Nursing Advisory Committee

Committee Charge

The Nursing Advisory Committee works to serve the health care needs of the community through nursing practice by guiding and assisting the ongoing work of the program related to:

  • issues, trends and changes in nursing practice;
  • interprofessional partnerships to promote excellence in nursing practice;
  • creating a culture of patient safety;
  • curriculum evaluation, planning and development;
  • advancement of evidence based practice;
  • academic-practice partnerships;
  • student practice experiences and graduate work experience feedback;
  • implementation of the IOM Future of Nursing report recommendations;
  • awareness and growth of diversity in the workforce; and
  • education funding and scholarship growth.

The Nursing Advisory Committee (NAC) works to build a strong foundation of support for the program and collaborates with faculty, staff, students and community organizations to continually promote the program to higher levels of excellence, innovation and prominence.  The NAC is composed of respected community and health care leaders with professional or voluntary ties to Western Washington University and those dedicated to advancing excellence in nursing practice to promote healthy communities resulting in safe, high-quality health care for our community.


Name Agency/Affiliation Title/Role
Kelly Espinosa, RN, MN PHSJMC CNO
Denise Sartz, RN DNP PHSJMC Director Professional Practice
Bree Johnston, MD PHSJMC Palliative Care Program Director
Annette Flanders , RN, MN Whatcom Community College Nursing Director
Cindy Hollinsworth, RN, MN Bellingham Technical College Nursing Director
Janice Lapsansky WWU Biology Faculty
Maureen (Mo) West, PhD, RN Community member / Nurse Nursing Faculty
Nancy Poulin, RN, MN Care Coord. Community of Practice (CCCoP) Nurse Care Coordinator
Jackie Coggins, RN PHSJMC Senior Health Center Clinical Team Lead
Chris Philips PHSJMC Community Outreach Director
Astrid Newell, MD Whatcom Health Department Community Health Manager
Lorali Gray, RN, MN Northwest Education School District School Nurse Corps School Nurse Corps Administrator
Judy Ziels, RN Whatcom Health Department Supervisor - Parent & Child Health
Joni Hensley, RN Whatcom Health Department Supervisor-Communicable Diseases & Epidemiology
MJ Mosher RN WWU Anthropology
Mary Baroni PhD RN WWU / UW Bothell Nursing Faculty
Jill Mount PhD RN WWU Nursing Faculty
Christine Espina, DNP, MN, RN WWU Nursing Program Interim Director
Carola Williams WWU Nursing Program Coordinator
Karla Hall, RN, BSN PHSJMC Program Coordinator Palliative
Bev Keyes, RN, MSN Skagit Valley College Program Director
Kirstin Miles NNCPC Consortium Clinical Coordinator
Jan Helm, RN SVC-Whidbey Island Nursing Director Nursing Director
Carsi Padrnos, RN, BSN PHSJMC United Medical Center DNO
Lois Pate Island Hospital CNO
Dianne Riter Washington Dental Service Foundation Program Manager
David Strutz Mt Baker Kidney Center Administrator
David Flarry, RN, BSN WWU RN-to-BSN Alumni Alumni
Eliz Mattison, RN, BSN WWU RN-to-BSN Alumni Alumni
Denise Sone, RN, BSN WWU RN-to-BSN Alumni Alumni
Zach Doobovsky, RN, BSN WWU RN-to-BSN Alumni Alumni
PHSJMC = PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center