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INS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sue WEaver

PhD, RN, CRNI®, NEA-BC

President

Sue Weaver, PhD, RN, CRNI®, NEA-BC, has been a nurse for more than 30 years. She has a PhD in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing with a focus in nursing administration. Currently, Sue is a nurse scientist at Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH), Ann May Center for Nursing and the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, with a program of research on the nursing workforce. She has published her work in multiple peer-reviewed nursing journals and presented at state and national conferences. At HMH, Sue is an active member of the Vascular Access Device Team. She has experience as an ICU nurse, evening nursing supervisor, and nurse educator, with responsibility for teaching the IV course. Sue has just completed her term on the INS National Council on Education. Sue has been a CRNI® since 2008 and also has nurse executive, advanced certification.

Max Holder

MSN, RN, CRNI®, NE-BC.

President Elect

Max is the nurse manager of the Vascular Access Team and Inpatient Acute Hemodialysis Unit at Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) in Dallas, Texas where he oversees the day to day operations of both units. In addition, Max is the chair-person of the BUMC CLABSI Executive Steering Committee and the co-chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council at BUMC. At a system level, Max serves as the subject matter expert for vascular access and infusion therapy and chairs the Vascular Access System Council.

 Max previously served two terms as an INS Board of Director in the Director-at-Large position from 2014 to 2019. He has served on his local chapter’s leadership team, the DFWLonghornINS Chapter, since 2010. In addition to serving on the INS board as President-Elect, he is currently serving on the INS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce.

 

Angelia Sims

MSN, RN, CRNI®, OCN®

Presidental Advisor

Angie is the manager of nursing services for Compass Oncology in the Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington area, where she oversees infusion operations and activities across 3 states. Angie has experience in oncology and outpatient infusion service and has managed an IV team, dialysis unit, and outpatient infusion unit. She has served on the INCC RN exam council and on the INS board of directors as a director-at-large. Angie previously served as president of her local INS chapter and was named INS chapter president of the year in 2010. She had presented at numerous conferences, reviewed policy and procedure manuals, and contributed to the revised edition of IV Therapy Made Incredibly Easy. Angie has been a CRNI® since 1999 and an OCN® since 2000.

 

Joan Couden

BSN, RN, CRNI®

Secretary-Treasurer 

Joan Couden is currently the Vice President, Nursing, at Option Care Health; a position she has held since 2017. Prior to this role, Joan held multiple clinical and operational roles in infusion and home health services. Joan received her BSN from The Ohio State University and her CRNI in 2019.

In her more than 25 years in the home infusion industry, she leaned on the INS standards and policies as the “North Star” for infusion nursing. Upon assuming the VP, Nursing role, she looked to INS and the credentials that come from obtaining a CRNI for support in developing a career ladder for nursing with Option Care Health. She is passionate about the practice of nursing and once they developed the “Certified Infusion Nurse” role, decided she needed to “eat her own cooking” and prepare for and sit for the exam herself. She has now challenged all of her direct reports to do the same as she firmly believes that the knowledge obtained through this certification can ensure that we guide through evidence based principles and support patient safety and clinical excellence in all we do.  Joan has attended multiple INS conferences and presented a poster in 2018 on “Peripheral Infusion Success Rates in Home Infusion”.  She looks forward to giving back to the Infusion Nurses Society through her board appointment as she believes she owes them a debt of gratitude for all they have done to elevate the practice of infusion nursing.

 

Nancy Bowles

MHA, RN, OCN®, CRNI®, NEA-BE, CPC-A

Director-at-Large

Nancy is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience and 33 years in leadership positions. Currently, Nancy serves as senior director of nursing at the Schar Cancer Institute (part of the Inova Health System) in Fairfax, Virginia. Nancy received a BSN from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinoisand an MHA from Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri. She is holds numerous certifications with experience in inpatient pediatric oncology, outpatient adult oncology, and infusion therapy. Nancy has been an INS member and a CRNI® since 2003.

Angela Skelton

BSN, RN, CRNI®

Director-at-Large

Angela has more than 20 years of nursing experience, with a background in long-term care, critical care, ambulatory surgery, and infusion nursing. Currently, she is manager of outpatient chemotherapy/infusion services at United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she has practiced for the past 19 years. During her tenure at United Regional, she chaired its central line-associated bloodstream infection improvement and value analysis teams and was a clinical cochair of its Commission on Cancer. She has also been involved in community outreach through nursing and other infusion-related programs. Angela has been actively involved with INS since 2010 and obtained CRNI® certification in 2011. She is also an active member and leader in the DFW Longhorn Chapter, having held the offices of president and program chair. 

John S. Garrett

MD, FACEP

Public Member

John S. Garrett, MD, FACEP, currently serves as the chief patient safety officer at Baylor University Medical Center and the vice chief quality officer for Integrative Emergency Services. After completing his training and fellowship in emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, Dr. Garrett relocated to Baylor University Medical Center. Over the past decade, his research efforts have focused on patient safety and implementation science: bringing the newest developments in patient safety and resuscitation science to the Baylor Scott and White health system. His approach focuses on the development of care systems aimed at eradicating avoidable patient harms.

Mary Alexander

MA, RN, CRNI®, CAE, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer

Mary serves as chief executive officer of INS and INCC. As INS CEO, she is responsible for the management of an international, nonprofit specialty nursing organization of more than 5,000 members and for providing the consistent delivery of the highest-quality education and professional services. Mary’s role has taken her across the country and around the globe where she has delivered infusion education programs to clinicians in Armenia and China and established relationships with international colleagues from Europe to South America, Asia Pacific, and everywhere in between. As INCC CEO, Mary oversees the certified registered nurse infusion (CRNI® ) credentialing program, and she works with other nursing organizations in the U.S. and worldwide to further knowledge of and the practice of infusion therapy. Mary is also editor of the Journal of Infusion Nursing, INS’ scientific, research-based, peer-reviewed publication.

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The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) is an international nonprofit organization representing infusion nurses and other clinicians  who are engaged in the specialty practice of infusion therapy.
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