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Deborah Shields, PhD, RN, AHN-BC®, QTTT, CCRN

 Deborah Shields, President
Deborah Shields, PhD, RN, AHN-BC®, QTTT, CCRN, is a Professor of Nursing at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, a perioperative staff nurse at Doctors Hospital OhioHealth, and has a private practice as a Therapeutic Touch practitioner and teacher. She loves nursing and is passionate about integrating science and art in caring for self and other. Deb is committed to holistic nursing practice and has, over her life, been blessed to share community with amazing mentors and colleagues – relationships which have been transformative! She is an advocate for nurse self-care and integrates concepts and practices of holistic self-care into her personal and professional life. As an educator she introduces students and practicing nurses to self-care, inviting them to explore the importance of this as a Holistic Nurse…asking the hard question ‘How can you be present, to listen to another if you do not do this for yourself’? With Dr. Sharon Stout Shaffer, Deb developed Holistic Self-Development (Shields & Stout Shaffer, 2013), a model that weaves contemplative quieting, self-awareness, self-reflection and intentional self-care practices that are nurturing and support growth, development and wellness.
Deb has been integrally involved in the development of courses grounded in holistic philosophy. In 2009, all Capital nursing programs received endorsement from AHNCC. She has mentored baccalaureate and graduate students interested in the holistic paradigm and practice skills throughout her teaching career. She was Co-Editor and contributing author to Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (7th edition). Deb has been offered abundant opportunities to serve Holistic Nursing and is currently the AHNA Nurse Peer Review Leader and 2019 Conference Chairperson. Her current practice and scholarship includes developing Holistic Nursing education curricula, integrating aesthetics into practice, and theory development.
Deb welcomes opportunities to share holism and support nurses – and she believes that nurses are seminal voices in reshaping healthcare. She is deeply honored to serve as the AHNCC President-elect. Her vision, expansive and dear to her heart, is that every nurse holds certification as a Holistic Nurse and that every school is endorsed by the AHNCC. Our shared commitment is foundational in ensuring that those we serve receive the care they cry out for! Holistic Nursing – there is no other way!

David Rabinowitsch, DNP RN CHTP/I CNE AHN-BC®

Board of Directors/CEO: David Rabinowitsch, DNP RN CHTP/I CNE AHN-BC®;  Past-President
David Rabinowitsch, DNP RN CHTP/I CNE AHN-BC® is a holistic nurse who has practiced and taught guided imagery and energetic healing for many years. He is an Associate Professor of Nursing, has also worked in nursing education administration. His most recent clinical practice has been in Hospice. In January, 2016, he joined the American Holistic Nursing Certification Corporation (AHNCC) as president-elect of the Board. He earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western University with a concentration in Nursing Education, completing research on Healing Touch offered for college credit. His MS education from Sage Colleges prepared him to be a Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. He is a certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor as well as certified Nurse Educator. In his work he incorporates principles of holistic nursing into every day care. Dr. Rabinowitsch has spread the gifts of holistic health and wellness in the U.S. and abroad.

Rose Hosler, RN, BSN, HNB-BC®, HWNC-BC®

 Rose Hosler - Secretary
Rose received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cleveland State University 1992. She has experience in medical surgical nursing, surgical intensive care unit, emergency room, sexual assault nursing, and the post anesthesia care unit. In 2007 she became certified in clinical aromatherapy and in 2010 completed training as Reiki Master. In 2012 Rose became a Healing Touch Level II student and studied Healing Touch for babies. From 2011-2013, Rose was the Employee Wellness Coordinator for large regional hospital providing education, training, and support to employees. She was a resource for staff and integrated holistic care. She has always seen the patient as whole and valued the mind/ body/ spirit connection when working with patients, families, and staff. Rose became Board Certified Holistic Nurse in 2014, and Board Certified Health and Wellness Nurse Coach in 2017, and is currently working at the bedside in a hospital as a holistic nurse. She has been putting into practice holistic nursing theory, integrating holistic modalities, and has worked on acupressure certification. In 2017, she became a board member of AHNCC.

Fern Blizzard, BSN, RN, HNB-BC®

Fern Blizzard, Director at Large
Fern Lisa Wargotz Blizzard, BSN, RN, HNB-BC® began her professional Nursing career with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Bridgeport School of Nursing in 1978. She began her career as an Operating Room Nurse as well as being very interested in Holistic Nursing at that time. She continued in this career choice for 24+ years. During this time, she worked as a Nursing Medical Legal consultant and Expert Witness. After her tenure as a Perioperative nurse she worked as a Holistic Nurse Consultant for a health food store while working for the University of Maryland, Shore Health System as the only appeals nurse, then becoming the Manager of Appeals in Patient Financial Services. While in that position she acquired her Certification in Holistic Nursing, the HNB-BC, her most treasured credential. She also held the position of Chapter leader for AHNA in Easton Maryland as the first leader in that area. She continued her corporate role as a Regional Manager of Denials for one of the largest hospital systems, A Denials Management Analyst for Shriners Hospitals for Children. She then was recruited to be the Director of Denials and Appeals for CHS Shared Services Center in Tucson, Arizona. She retired from her corporate role in January 2018 to pursue her life long dream of being a full time Holistic Nurse.
Fern is passionate about Holistic Nursing and its benefits for Nursing and the Public. She has brought her passion to corporate America and continues to be concerned about the health and wellness of corporate employees and the public at large. She is presently studying for her Certificates in Patient Advocacy, Patient Education, and Coaching through the National Institute of Whole Health, a Harvard Affiliate. She plans on using her passion of Holistic Nursing for the benefit of clients and society at large. She is greatly appreciative to be serving as a board member and looks forward to assisting in achieving the goals of AHNCC.

Darlene R. Hess, PhD, RN, APHN-BC®, PMHNP-BC, ACC, HWNC-BC®
APHN-BC® Representative

Darlene R. Hess, APHN-BC Representative
Darlene Hess is Owner and Director of Brown Mountain Visions, an organization dedicated to serving nurses and others in their quest for enhanced well-being. Services include integral and holistic counseling and coaching, medication management, and education and program development emphasizing integral/holistic perspectives.
Darlene has a PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion, and two master’s degrees in nursing, one as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, and the other as a Community Clinical Nurse Specialist/Family Nurse Practitioner. She is board certified as an Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse and as a Health and Wellness Nurse Coach by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC). She is credentialed as a certified coach by the International Coach Federation. She is licensed as a registered nurse (RN) and as a certified nurse practitioner (CNP) in New Mexico.
Dr. Hess has approximately 20 years’ experience teaching in a variety of nursing education programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree level. Dr. Hess has developed holistic nursing educational courses and programs and is an on-site evaluator of baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree nursing programs for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Darlene was Co-Director of a national task force commissioned by the American Holistic Nurse Certification Corporation to create role competencies and a certification process for nurse coaches and has co-authored several scholarly publications on nurse coaching including Facilitating change: Motivational Interviewing and Appreciative Inquiry, Nurse Coaching, Defining Holistic Nurse Coaching, White Paper: Holistic Nurse Coaching and The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide for Coaching Scope and Competencies.
Her previous clinical experiences include critical care, correctional care, home health care, and primary care.

Noreen Frisch, PhD, RN, AHN-BC®, FAAN
Director at Large, International Representative

 Noreen Frisch, Director at Large, International Representative
Dr. Frisch is a Professor at the University of Victoria. Her academic career includes appointments at four post-secondary institutions in Canada and the US where she has held leadership positions. She has maintained interests in and commitment to holistic nursing throughout her career and worked with others to develop the initial standards of holistic nursing practice. She has published four books and numerous articles focusing on holistic nursing, nursing theory and nursing education. Some of her recent work focuses on the use of Web 2.0 technologies and social media for professional collaboration and professional development, and the development of informatics competencies for baccalaureate graduates. In addition, she has led a group of scholars to identify research competencies nurses need throughout their careers. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a Fellow of NANDA-International and a recipient of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia Award for Excellence in Nursing Administration.

Nancey E.M. France, PhD, RN, AHN-BC®
Director at Large

Nancey France, Director at Large
Dr. Nancey E.M. France is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at FAU is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation for the BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD programs. As Assistant Dean, Dr. France ensures that the curricular outcomes and the teaching/learning environment embody holistic nursing grounded in caring science. She teaches the practica in the Advanced Holistic Nursing Concentration. Her research and scholarship focus is co-creating healing environments. Her current research is exploring the influence of HeartMath® on resilience and empowerment in female college athletes. She is past president of the International Association for Human Caring.

Lorrine Hall, MSN, RN-BC, AHN-BC®, B.Msc, BA, CMI
Director at Large

Lorrine Hall, Director at Large
Lorrine Hall, MSN, RN-BC, AHN-BC®, B.Msc, BA, CMI, began her professional nursing career with a Bachelor of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She then continued her nursing education at Tennessee State University, where she earned her Master of Science degree with a concentration in Holistic nursing. Other areas of her nursing education include psychiatric mental health nursing.
Ms. Hall is an energetic nurse advocate, a proponent of servant leadership and is involved with a number of nursing organizations. Her current leadership roles include: Board of Directors membership for the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, Advisory Board member for Chrysallis Empowerment and Transformation, Incorporated, and a steering committee member for the Whole Health for Life (WHFL) Patient Centered Care transition at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Health Care System (VAHCS).
Nurse Hall is currently employed by the Atlanta VAHCS, where she provides mental health services for Veterans in the Trauma Recovery program, facilitates WHFL services for those clients and is the employee Wellness Champion for her clinic. Her passions include mentorship and spirituality.

Mary A. Helming, RN, FNP, PhD, AHN-BC®
Director at Large

Mary Helming, Director at Large
Dr. Mary A. Helming, RN, FNP, PhD, AHN-BC®, a family nurse practitioner (FNP) since 1980 with clinical work experience in family practice, urgent care, employee and student health, has been a Professor of Nursing at Quinnipiac University since 2000. She has recently retired as Professor Emerita but continues to serve as adjunct professor and as a new Contributing Editor for Journal of Christian Nursing. Her degrees are from Boston College (BSN), Yale University (MSN, FNP) and Union Institute & University (PhD). A board-certified Advanced Holistic Nurse, she is passionate about holistic nursing and spirituality in healthcare. Her work includes being an author of journal articles and Associate Editor for Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, 6th and 7th editions, as well as Co-Editor for Core Curriculum for Holistic Nursing, 2nd ed. Dr. Helming is a long-time reviewer for Journal of Holistic Nursing, Journal of Christian Nursing, and Journal for Nurse Practitioners, in addition to serving as a new Board member and reviewer for Holistic Nursing Practice. She is also a faculty member of Nurses International, helping to create online education for nurses in developing countries. Dr. Helming is grateful to be invited to join the AHNCC Board as well as be team leader for the Foundations of Holistic Nursing Program Committee. She is married and has an adult son and daughter and two Golden Retrievers.

Joyce B. Perkins, PhD, MS, MA, RN, AHN-BC®, CHTP, RMP-T, ACE-GFI
Director at Large

Joyce B. Perkins, Director at Large
Dr. Perkins is an Associate Professor at St. Catherine University Department of Nursing in St. Paul, MN, facilitating curriculum development for an American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) endorsed BSN program. Dr. Perkins trained in Psych/Mental Health nursing at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester. She completed her PhD in Nursing at the University of Colorado. She is an Advanced Practice Board Certified Holistic Nurse (AHN-BC®) with certifications in Healing Touch (CHTP), Reiki (RMT-P) Therapeutic Touch, and Qigong. She has also taught group exercise classes at local health clubs for the past 34 years (ACE-GFI). She serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Rogerian Scholars and the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. Formally trained by three Rogerians: Drs. Newman, Smith, and Reeder, she is a postdoctoral scholar of Caring Science with Dr. Jean Watson. Her research focus has been transcendental meditation.

Ellen Schultz, PhD, RN, HTCP, AHN-BC®, WWC
Director at Large

Board of Directors/CEO: Ellen Schultz, PhD, RN, HTCP, AHN-BC®, WWC; Director at Large
Ellen Schultz, PhD, RN, HTCP, AHN-BC®, WWC, is the President of the Board of Directors. She is Professor Emerita and Community Faculty at Metropolitan State University School of Nursing, St. Paul, MN. She has taught holistic nursing for more than 25 years. Certified in Advanced Holistic Nursing and Healing Touch, she also has certificates as a Feng Shui practitioner and labyrinth facilitator. She serves on the Leadership Council for the Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association and is an AHNA Chapter Leader.

Jessica Walker
Director at Large

Board of Directors/CEO: Jessica Walker; Director at Large
Jessica is an entrepreneur and a marketing strategist with a background in social media, business development and fashion.

Jessica has a certificate in Social Media and Web Analytics from UCLA and a degree in Fashion Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, both of which she was awarded with distinction.

Jessica has experience in social media management, content creation & strategy, web analytics. visual merchandising, management, and customer service.

Margaret Erickson, PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC®

Board of Directors/CEO: Margaret Erickson, PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC®; AHNCC CEO
Margaret Erickson PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC® has been the CEO of the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation since May 2000. She has practiced holistic nursing for 38 years and has worked with different populations in various settings, including, but no® limited to Adult Health, ICU, Newborn Nursery, Labor and Delivery, Mental Health, Long Term Care, and Case Management. She has also taught holistic nursing courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Texas at Austin and Tennessee State University. Margaret has researched, published and presented in holistic nursing and health and is a member of the AHNA Health Advocacy committee. For any questions regarding re-certification or AHNCC program endorsement please feel free to email us at or call 512-528-9210.