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Committees & Leadership

Committees of the Center for Nursing Research


Leadership Team (LT)

Purpose:  To drive the agenda for the CNR meetings and serve in a supporting capacity to the subcommittees

Chairperson:  The Chairperson will be elected by a simple majority of the CNR members. The Chair will serve for a period of two (2) years.

Chairperson Duties:

  • Oversees the activities of the CNR and leads meetings;
  • Serves as a point of contact with external agencies and CFN staff; and
  • Delegates work to members of the Committees as deemed necessary

Vice-Chairperson:  The Vice-Chair is the Chair-Elect. The Vice Chair will be elected by a simple majority of the CNR members and serve for a period of two (2) years.

Vice-Chairperson Duties:

  • Assumes the role of the Chair as needed;
  • Serves as Chair of the Strategic Planning Subcommittee;
  • May be delegated activities by the Chair as appropriate; and
  • Assumes the role of Chair at the completion of the two year term

Former Chair:  Serves in an advisory position and assumes activities delegated by the Chair as appropriate

Participation in the Leadership Team

  • Participation is representational. Participants are recommended  by, represent the interests of, and serve as conduits to their identified constituent groups including but not limited to Regional Research Alliances, NYONEL-RC, ANA-New York, Magnet, STTI and ENRS;
  •  Participants are appointed to serve a three-year term with an option for a second consecutive three-year term;
  • After serving a six-year term, the participant may be re-appointed to the LT after a one year hiatus;
  • A proviso to allow participants who have exceeded six years of participation to remain on the Committee until such time as a full complement of participants is in place.

Standing Subcommittees of the Center for Nursing Research

Comprised of participants of the CNR and, in some cases, outside consultants.  Subcommittees meet in person and virtually.


Strategic Planning Subcommittee

Purpose:  To develop a 5 year strategic plan for the CNR.

Scope:  To provide a strategic plan that supports and sustains the mission, vision, values and goals for the CNR

Participants:  Participants are encouraged to volunteer based upon interests of and service to constituent groups. Participants may be appointed by the chair of LT.


1. The Strategic Planning Subcommittee of the CNR will develop a five-year strategic plan. This group may suggest ways to operationalize the vision and goals;

2. Progress will be reviewed and revised, at a minimum, on an annual basis;

3. Presents report to the CNR on an annual basis for approval;

4. Makes recommendations to the LT and staff about action items;

5. Provides strategic plan to the Board of Directors


Scholarships, Awards and Appointments Subcommittee

Purpose:  The awards subcommittee makes recommendations to the CNR regarding appointment of fellowships, recipients of scholarships and awards such as the Research Fellows, Distinguished Nurse Researcher (DNR), Rising Nurse Researcher (RNR), and Evidence Based Practice Award.  See the policies and criteria for each award. They also process applications and make recommendations regarding appointment to the subcommittees

Scope: The principles and guidelines published in the appropriate policy will guide the call, nomination and selection process

Functions: As the evaluation process for award and applications, nominations and CNR appointments

Participants: Teams will be formed for each award to be evaluated. Participants may volunteer or be appointed. Participants are encouraged to volunteer based upon interests of and service to constituent groups. Participants may be appointed by the chair of LT.


1. Review the application/nomination award packets;

2.  Make recommendation to CNR;

3. CNR then recommends nominee to the Board of Directors;

4. Process and make recommendations regarding appointment to subcommittees;

5. Plan awards events



Leadership Committee Members

  • Linda Millenbach, PhD, RN – Chair
  • Connie Jastremski, MS, MBA, RN – Co-chair
  • Kathleen Sellers, PhD, RN – Past Chair
  • Jennifer Yingling, PhD, RN – Leatherstocking Regional Alliance
  • Rhonda Maneval, D.Ed, RN – ENRS
  • Chris Malmgreen, RN-BC, MA, MS – Hudson Valley Regional Alliance
  • Patricia A. Edwards, EdD, RN, ANEF – Capital District Regional Alliance and NY/VT Magnet liaison
  • Lynda Dimitrof, PhD, RN – Finger Lakes Regional Alliance
  • Priscilla Sanford Worral, PhD, RN – Scholarship Committee
  • Jenna Thate, MSN, RN, CNE, PhD(c) – Dissemination Committee
  • Dr. Frances Crosby – Western NY Regional Alliance


Staff Support

  • Deborah Elliott, MBA, BSN, RN – Executive Director
  • Jeanne Westcott, PhD, RN – Research Specialist
  • Kennedee Blanchard, BA – Communications Manager