Dan Suarez, RN, MA, who serves as Nurse.coms associate director of sales for the New York region, officially was installed as president-elect of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses at the organizations 37th annual conference July 17-20 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Suarez was one of six executive committee members and seven board members to take on new roles in NAHN at the event.
“I was truly overwhelmed with emotions from all the support and enthusiasm the membership felt,” Suarez said. “Members who came from all over the U.S. feel that we are on the right track with the right group of leadership in place. Past President Angie Millan has stabilized the association, and President Jose Alejandro and I will continue to steer and guide the association for the next five years [2012-2017] with a strategic plan based on five pillars: learning, advocacy, growth, education and community.”
Suarez, who previously was president of NAHNs New York chapter, will serve a two-year term as president-elect. He will begin his two-year term as president in 2014.
“Everyone at Nurse.com is very proud of Dan,” said Melyni Serpa, publisher. “We applaud and support the work that Dan and this great organization is doing for nurses and in Hispanic communities across the nation. We look forward to celebrating NAHNs accomplishments for years to come.”
Alejandro, RN-BC, PhD(c), MBA, CCM, FACHE, echoed Suarezs sentiments about the importance of the organizations work in the next five years.
“The election of the new board of directors will be critical to implementing NAHNs Strategic Plan 2012-2017 that was developed during the [recent] Presidents Retreat,” Alejandro said in a news release.
The new executive committee also includes Vice President Margaret Avila, RN/NP, PhD(c), MSN, MS, PHN; Secretary Sonia Valdez, RN, BSN, PHN, CVRN; Treasurer Paloma Garza, RN, MPH, FNP-C; and Millan, RNP, MSN, CNS.
Five of the new board members — Armando Riera, RN, MSN, ARNP-BC; Mario Alfredo Martinez Chavez, RN, BSN; Edward “Tony” Ornelas, RN, BSN; Rose Caballero, RN, MSN, CCM; and Corina Ibarra Chick, RN, BSN — were elected to their positions. Appointed board members were Anabell Castro-Thompson, RN, MSN, ANP-C, and Norma Cuellar, RN, DSN, FAAN.
“We want to leave our NAHN footprint wherever our national conference is held by selecting local programs to lend our support with our members presence,” Suarez said. “We want to demonstrate that we will live and breathe our mission throughout our tenure and into the future.”
In 2013, NAHNs 38th annual conference is scheduled for Aug. 6-9 in New Orleans.
FOR INFORMATION about NAHN, visit NAHNnet.org.