Members on the Move

The Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc. is proud to showcase its members who are on the move! Our members are dedicated nurses and faculty members who strive for excellence in their fields. From making advancements in nursing research to training the next generation of nurses globally, our members are trailblazers leading the way. We’re honored to work with such passionate and energetic individuals who are changing the face of nursing. Join us as we celebrate our incredible members and all they do for our profession! Congratulations to the movers and shakers within ABNF!

Dr. Wanda Chukwu: Amplifying Nursing Voices as a Podcast Co-Host and Advocate for Diversity and Health Literacy
Dr. Wanda Chukwu was selected to be one of the first co-host for the American Nurse Association (ANA) Michigan podcast, Voices for Nurses: A podcast for Michigan Nurses by ANA Michigan Nurses. Dr. Chukwu is serving a consecutive two-year term on the ANA Michigan Nursing & Health Policy committee. She is an active member of […]
Dr. Karen E. Alexander: Trailblazer in Nursing Education and Advocate for Veterans and Vulnerable Populations
Karen E. Alexander, PhD, RN, CNOR CNE, is an associate professor and founding director of all nursing programs at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL), College of Human Sciences and Humanities, Texas. She was the first faculty nurse educator ever to receive tenure at UHCL. As a registered nurse (RN) with over 35 years of […]
Dr. Benita Chatmon: A Multifaceted Leader in Nursing Education, Research, and Advocacy
Benita Chatmon, PhD, RN, CNE, is an assistant professor and the assistant dean for Clinical Nursing Education at LSU Health-New Orleans School of Nursing.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing in 2007 and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Education in 2010 from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, […]
Voncella McCleary-Jones Leads Academic Affairs in the College of Health Professions at Wichita State University
Voncella McCleary-Jones, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, directs academic affairs in the college of Health Professions at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS, and is immediate past chair of its School of Nursing. Her academic leadership experience includes...
Umeika Stephens Uplifts and Empowers Nurses of Color With No Nurse Left Behind, LLC
Umeika Stephens, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC is the founder of No Nurse Left Behind, LLC. It was founded to uplift and empower nurses of color. The sole purpose of No Nurse Left Behind (NNLB) is to provide mentorship, encouragement, and career direction and coaching for nurses seeking to advance their nursing education at all levels of Nursing. The organization strives to assist individuals in addressing the barriers that delay or hinder professional advancement within the profession of Nursing. 
Derek Holt Selected to Participate in the American Associations of Colleges of Nursing’s Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing Fellowship
Derek Holt, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ENP-BC, is an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) School of Nursing. Dr. Holt specializes in family and emergency medicine. A graduate of Vero Beach (Florida) High School, Holt received his BSN [cum laude] in 2003 from Alcorn State University (ASU).
Cynthera McNeill, Assistant Professor and director of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program
Cynthera McNeill, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-C, FAANP is an Assistant Professor and director of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program at Wayne State University. Dr. Cynthera McNeill holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Wayne State University...
Kechinyere (Kechi) Iheduru-Anderson Selected as the Inagural Nursing Program Director and Associate Professor
Kechinyere (Kechi) Iheduru-Anderson, DNP, RN, CNE, CWCN is the inaugural Nursing Program Director and associate professor at the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Central Michigan...
Marilyn Harrington Named Inaugural Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Marilyn Harrington, PhD, RN, AGNP-C is the inaugural Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and an Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) School of Nursing (SON) in Jackson, Mississippi.