National Council

Established in 2020, the UR School of Nursing National Council serves as a leadership volunteer advisory group to the dean and a bridge between the school and the greater community. It consists of national thought leaders who bring particular knowledge and experience to help shape plans for the future of the school. The Council meets semi-annually.

National Council Chair

Sandy Parker, former president and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees


  • Rachel Bandych, franchise executive consultant and attorney
  • Kamila Barnes, ’11N (MS), ’13N (DNP), assistant professor of nursing at Long Island University - Brooklyn, family nurse practitioner at Northwell Health
  • Nancy Dianis, ’85N (MS), vice president and practice director, Westat
  • Sergio Esteban, chairman and principal at LaBella Associates
  • Marilyn Fiske, ’67N, retired co-founder, OCI
  • Arnice Jackson, ’11N, nurse practitioner, adjunct professor, Long Island University
  • Gerri Lamb, ’78N (MS), professor, founding director, Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research, Arizona State University
  • Susan Parkes McNally, executive vice president, treasurer and human resources director, O’Connell Electric Company
  • Jacqueline Nasso, ’95N (MS), ’97N (MS), certified nurse midwife, assistant professor of clinical nursing, UR School of Nursing
  • LaRon E. Nelson, ’02N, ’04N (MS), ’09N (PhD), associate dean of global affairs and planetary health and Independence Foundation Associate Professor of Nursing, Yale University
  • Phyllis Arn Zimmer, ‘72N, NP, president, Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation; faculty, University of Washington School of Nursing; president, America’s Nurses, a public benefit corporation