MSNCB Board of Directors

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What is the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors (BOD) are the decision-making authority for the associations. They manage the business and affairs of MSNCB, including determining policy, managing financials, and defining strategic direction.

Operationally, the Boards develop, execute, and oversee organizational goals. All directors understand, uphold, and support the mission, vision, values, bylaws, and policies of MSNCB.

Meet the Board of MSNCB

Antoinette Falker
President, Antoinette Falker, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, CMSRN, CBN

Ann is the clinical nurse specialist for Trauma, Geriatric Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Bariatrics at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Ann is an active participant in a number of hospital-based committees and has developed system wide educational programs for Bariatric Sensitivity, Weight loss Surgery, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

She has presented nationally on a variety of topics at the National Association of Bariatric Nurses, National Databases of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute (NTI) and the Academy of edical-Surgical Nurses.

Ann is also the president of the Board of Directors for the Medical-Surgical Nurses Certification Board.

Jessica Tully
Treasurer, Jessica Tully, DNP, RN-BC, CMSRN, CNML, CENP

Jessica is the Medical-Surgical Services Director for Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. Jessica earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She possesses certifications in Professional Development, Medical Surgical Nursing, Nurse Manager Leader, and Executive Nursing Practice. Jessica is actively involved in numerous local and national boards.

Charles "Wes" Foster
Secretary, Charles "Wes" Foster, MSN, BA, RN, CMSRN, CCCTM, OCN

Wes has been a medical - surgical oncology nurse for most of his career. Currently, he is residential faculty at Mesa Community College. Wes has been certified as a CMSRN since 2006. Prior to joining MSNCB, he was a member and chair of the CMSRN Item Writers and Test Development Committees and was part of the original workgroup for the CCCTM exam.

Cathryn Kelly
Director, Cathryn Kelly, MSN, RN, RD, CCCTM

Cathryn is an experienced leader in health care management working with Populytics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lehigh Valley Health Network where she oversees a division of the care coordination services.

She is skilled in clinical quality, care management, clinical nursing, peritoneal dialysis, and nutrition-dietetics. She is a strong operations professional and has a demonstrated history of working innovatively in the hospital & health care industry. Cathryn has her MSN from Loyola University New Orleans as well as her Certification in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM).

She serves on the Medical Surgical Nursing Certification Board of Directors, and participates with the American Case Management Association, the American Medical Surgical Nursing Association, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses, and Signa Theta Tau Nursing Honors society.

Portia Zaire
Director, Portia Zaire, MSNEd, RN,CCCTM

Portia currently works as Partner Liaison and Residency Director at The Ohio State University College of Nursing in the RN in Primary Care Program. Portia specializes in care coordination and transition in care, team development, leadership, and professional development.

Portia is also a published author and national speaker. As a board director she prides herself on creating pathways to validate the practice and expertise of Registered Nurses.

Kim L. Lipsey
Public Member, Kim L. Lipsey, MLS

Kim is Coordinator, Education Services for the Health Information Services Division at Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine. I am also the MSNCB Public Member Director and delight in providing the perspective of the health consumer to the board.

Robin Hertel
Ex-Officio Director, Robin Hertel, EdS, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Robin has been a practicing nurse for more than 25 years. Her nursing education journey includes training as an LPN, an ADN, a BSN, and as a Master's prepared nurse with an advanced degree in education. Throughout her years of practice, she has worked primarily as a medical-surgical nurse in an acute care setting, but has also worked in academia.

She is currently working in the corporate setting as a nursing education specialist. Robin has published articles covering topics such as osteoarthritis, pain management, PTSD, the Affordable Care Act, mandatory staffing levels, and nurse activism. She has presented at national conventions to nurses on topics including clinical leadership and legislative issues as well as presenting medical-surgical certification review courses.





Terri Hinkley
CEO, Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN, CAE

Terri has been the CEO of AMSN and MSNCB since 2017. Terri is a former senior clinical research operation professional with 21 years of clinical and industry experience, coupled with over 32 years in acute care nursing in the healthcare setting. She has almost seven years of association management leadership experience.

Terri received her RN from Centennial College, BScN from York University, an Executive MBA from Athabasca University, and an Ed.D. in the Executive Leadership (ELP) Human and Organizational Learning (HOL) Program at the George Washington University.

Kristina Esposito
Certification Services Director, Kristina Esposito, BBA

Kristina has three years of association management experience and over ten years’ experience as an administrative professional. She began her association experience with AMSN, where she provided quality customer service to members, coordinated with volunteer committees to carry out successful social engagement activities at the annual convention, and worked with the faculty members of the professional development courses.

In her current role with MSNCB, she works directly with the Board of Directors and assists the CEO in driving organizational growth set forth by the board’s strategic plan. Kristina received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University.

She recently received the Credentialing Specialist Certificate from the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE) and aspires to sit for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) examination within the next few years.


Are You Interested in Serving on the Board of Directors?

Participating on the Board of Directors is a very rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. It requires a variety of skills and knowledge about MSNCB, medical-surgical nursing, and resource management.


Candidates interested in serving on the MSNCB board are self-nominated. They are vetted by the MSNCB directors. The call for nominations is issued in the spring annually and CMSRNs in good standing who meet the eligibility requirements may apply.

The Presidential term is four years (one year as President-Elect, two years as President, and one year as Immediate Past President). All other terms are three years.

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