Arizona Nurses Association

Board of Directors

AzNA is led by a five member Board of Directors elected by the association members. The Past-President is an ex-officio member. Unique to professional nursing organizations in the state of Arizona has a full-time Executive Director, a registered nurse, with other full-time and part-time office staff.

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Carol J Stevens

Carol J. Stevens, PhD, RN, is a university professor with over 35 years of nursing experience. Dr. Stevens currently teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at Arizona State University. Her teaching focus is on professional nurse attributes, nursing theory, and evidence-based practice. Her research interests include obesity prevention among Hispanic adolescents and healthy nursing work environments. She has published and presented at national and international conferences. Currently, she manages a grant funded by Dignity Health that is evaluating a healthy eating and activity curricula for vulnerable Hispanic populations. Dr. Stevens is a Quality Matters (QM) peer reviewer and applies the QM process to online course design. She has been a long-time member of AzNA, served in various Board positions, participated in numerous committees and has contributed regularly to AzNA initiatives/functions. She serves on the Arizona Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Az Public Health Association and Western Institute of Nursing. For fun, she plays golf, bridge, hikes, runs half marathons, swims and enjoys reading a good book or traveling across the continent.

David P. Hrabe
Vice President

David P. Hrabe, PhD, RN, has over three decades’ experience as a nurse, consultant, and educator. At The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Dr. Hrabe serves as associate professor of clinical nursing and executive director, Academic Innovations and Partnerships where he teaches courses on leadership in advanced nursing care and scientific thought in nursing and conducts numerous workshops on personal development and self-care for health professionals. Prior to his position at Ohio State, Hrabe served as associate dean, College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. Throughout his career as a psychiatric nurse, Dr. Hrabe has a long-standing interest in how to improve the work lives of nurses, receiving grants and awards, publishing papers, and lecturing on these national healthcare issues. He is passionate about developing the next generation of nurses and healthcare team leaders to work more effectively by communicating clearly and taking better care of themselves and each other. He received his PhD in nursing from University of Arizona, his MS from Arizona State University and his BSN from Fort Hays State University.

Sandra A. Thompson

Sandy Thompson, MS, BSN, RN, is currently the Director of Professional Practice at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. She has over 20 years of direct nursing care experience in various hospital settings, including trauma step-down, progressive care, and case management. As the former Magnet Project Coordinator at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, she successfully facilitated the organization through its second Magnet designation. Sandy earned her ADN from Kent State University and her BSN and MS in Nursing Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She has been an active member of AzNA and ANA since 2003, serving on the Public Policy Committee, AzNA’s Director of Membership, and AzNA Secretary from 2011 to 2013. She served two terms on the ANA Reference Committee and is a former President of the Greater Phoenix Area Chapter 1 of the Arizona Nurses Association. Sandy is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (Nu Upsilon Chapter), and is adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University in the RN to BSN and Graduate nursing programs.

Carla M. Clark

Carla Clark, PhD, RN, CNML - I have been practicing nursing for over 38 years. I received my BSN and MS from Arizona State University and my PhD from the University of Arizona. My current role is the Director of RN Professional Practice at Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. I am an adjunct faculty member at Grand Canyon University facilitating nurse’s learning when going back for their MSN. My clinical background was as a trauma nurse practicing in a step down and then an ICU setting. I am an active member of AzNA participating on several committees in the past. I was a member of the Professional Issues Committee from 2005 – 2011, assisted with the planning for the 2007 Biennial Convention and participated on the Finance, By Laws and Membership Committees in the past. I enjoy hiking and reading in my leisure time.

Denise Giannascoli Link
Governmental Affairs Officer

Denise Giannascoli Link, PhD, NP, FAAN, FAANP has extensive experience in health policy at the state and national levels. She has been a member of ANA and her state nursing associations since 1977. A board certified Women’s Health NP since 1979, Dr. Link has maintained her nursing practice throughout her roles as educator and administrator. She has led or been involved in a number of legislative initiatives for nursing and health related issues in New Jersey and Arizona. Her current position is Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing at Arizona State University and Program Director for NP Healthcare Grace, a federally funded clinic in central Phoenix.

Teri Wicker
Past President

Teri Wicker, PhD, RN, is a nursing leader who has worked in acute care for over 30 years with the past 15 years in nursing leadership. Teri’s nursing career started as an ADN, progressing to a BSN, MSN, and in 2008 a PhD from the University of Arizona. She believes strongly in continuing education and encourages all nurses to return to school and maximize their capacity for knowledge. Teri prides herself as a life-long learner knowing that education has been instrumental in advancing her career. Throughout her career she has had many leadership roles and is currently employed at Banner Heart Hospital as the Director of Professional Practice. In this role she is able to influence nursing practice through evidence-based practice, research, leading teams and mentoring frontline nurse leaders. She has an extended background in nursing leadership and looks forward to continuing to utilize her leadership skills through the work of the Arizona Nurses Association.

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