The AHNA Board of Directors

Carole Ann Drick PhD, RN, AHN-BC

Carole Ann Drick PhD, RN, AHN-BC, is one of the early organizers and supporters of the holistic health focus in nursing, as well as a known leader in holistic nursing. As a member of AHNA for over 30 years, Dr. Drick has helped shape the voice of holistic nursing as well as AHNA. She currently serves as the President. Her rich history with the Association reflects her love and passion for holistic nursing. In 2008 she co-authored the American Holistic Nursing Association’s first historical account:  Implementing Visions of Health and Healing. She is a two-time recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for her work in end of life. Currently living in Austintown, Ohio, Dr. Drick is the Founder/Director of Conscious Awareness and the Co Founder/Director of Golden Room Advocates. Knowing holism and self care are vital components in shifting the national health care consciousness to wellness, Dr. Drick assists professionals, clients, organizations and institutions in using natural integrative modalities and innovative self-care and self-reflection methods.

Lourdes Lorenz DHA-abd, MSN-IH, RN, AHN-BC, NEA-BC

Lourdes Lorenz DHA-abd, MSN-IH, RN, AHN-BC, NEA-BC, earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and is a doctoral candidate in Health Care Administration at the University of Phoenix. She is the current President-Elect for AHNA , VP Healthy Living Leader for Mosaic Life Care Journey and an Advisory Board member for Park University’s Nursing Department, she also serves on the AHNCC Advisory Committee and is a member of the American Integrative Holistic Medicine Academy Board Membership Committee/Fundraising Committee.

Lourdes was the CEO for the International Integrative Health Institute (IIHI), a consulting service that helps bring hospital administrators, medical professionals, nurses, CAM practitioners and the community together to share information and solutions to patient needs. Prior to working at the IIHI, she created and implemented an Integrative Health department that provided holistic nursing inpatient and outpatient services at a large Level I Trauma hospital in Asheville. She has been an RN for more than 32 years with extensive experience in critical care and healthcare administration. She is board certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse, Advanced Nurse Executive, and is a Healing Touch apprentice. She is a national speaker who promotes holistic nursing, Integrative Health, and evidence-based complementary modalities. Lourdes has provided presentations at the national meetings for the American Holistic Nurses Association, Oncology Nursing Society Congress, American Society of Clinical Hypnotherapy, and at the Healing Touch Worldwide Program. In September 2011, she was appointed to represent the AHNA at the American Nurses Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics and co-authored the position paper on The Value of Care Coordination.


Barry Gallison DNP, MS, APRN-BC, NEA-BC, CPHQ, AHN-BC is a certified holistic nurse leader with 20 years of experience in clinical and nursing operations, quality management, and performance improvement.  He started his nursing career in 1995 as a staff nurse in Vascular and General Surgery.  His many roles have ranged from Senior Staff Nurse, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Patient Care Director, and Director of Nursing Quality and Improvement Initiatives.  Barry is currently the Regional Director of Clinical Quality Services at Broward Health Imperial Point in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Barry obtained his Doctor of Nursing Practice from Stony Brook University in May 2012, where he completed his research on Acute Care Nurses Spiritual Care Practices.  His research can be found in the 2013 Journal of Holistic Nursing, 31(2) issue. He holds an adjunct faculty position at The BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformation, where he advises in the Integrative Healing Arts Program.  Barry is currently serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the American Holistic Nurses Association.

Jalma Marcus MS, RN, BS, HNP-BC, CBP, CLE, AT

Jalma Mesnick Marcus MS, RN, BS, HNP-BC, CBP, CLE, AT, earned both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Boston University School of Nursing, holds a certificate in Outcomes Management, is a Certified Accunect, BodyTalk Practitioner, Access Trainer , Accunect Self-care Instructor, Certified Life Style Educator, and Board Certified Holistic Nurse.  She has held faculty positions at Boston College, Villanova University, and has leadership and clinical experience in Medicine, Surgery, Trauma and Psychiatry. Presently, Jalma utilizes her intensive knowledge in Chaos and Systems theory, energy and shamanic healing to provide holistic alignment for healthcare, corporate and other nonprofit organizations with Providence Consulting, has a private quantum wellness practice and is Adjunct Faculty in the Holistic Nursing Program at Immaculata University.

Margaret "Maggie" O'Brien King

Margaret (Maggie)  O’Brien King, PhD, RN-BC, AHN-BC, CNL is currently Professor Emeritus and former Associate Director of the Undergraduate Program, School of Nursing at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH where she has been a faculty member for the past 27 years. She was responsible for the development of a nursing curriculum incorporating the Scope and Standards of Holistic Nursing.  It was largely through her work that the School of Nursing was recognized as one of two initial schools providing a nursing curriculum that would permit students to obtain Holistic Nurse Certification through the American Nurses Certification Committee upon completion of their nursing program.  This distinction remains in place to this day.
Maggie’s most recent recognition for her work with AHNA was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 annual meeting in Branson, MO. Recognizing Maggie’s passion and expertise with holistic nursing, AHNA has also asked her to prepare a 60 minute and a 120 minute Power Point, discussing holistic nursing to be distributed to all schools of nursing throughout the United States.  Maggie has been a Sharing Circle Facilitator at the AHNA Annual Convention for many years and in 2014 served as the Co-Lead Facilitator for the conference.  She has presented several workshops and posters and has served on the Awards Committee for the past three years.  She has been the Co-chair of the Consortium of Nurse Educators and is presently a member of the Education Committee writing continuing education questions for a select article every Beginnings issue.  Having published and reviewed numerous manuscripts related to holistic nursing, leadership, gerontology and education, she was appointed an Associate Editor for the Journal of Holistic Nursing.  She frequently addresses nurses encouraging them to follow in Florence Nightingale’s footsteps.

Elizabeth Scala MSN, MBA, RN

Elizabeth Scala MSN, MBA, RN, earned a Bachelors in Psychology and a Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Delaware, and an MSN/MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, and a certified Health and Wellness Coach. Elizabeth is a member of AHNA and is a Nurse Entrepreneur Chapter Leader; she’s spoken at various chapter meetings throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. When she isn’t being sought after as a speaker and presenter, Elizabeth is the host of 'Reiki Radio: Self-Care for Healthcare’, the founder of the ‘Art of Nursing’ virtual conference, and the author of ‘Nursing from Within: A Fresh Alternative to Putting Out Fires and Self-Care Workarounds’. Her most recent speaking engagement was as the keynote at the South Dakota Nurse’s Association Annual Convention and her most recent presentation was ‘Nurse Entrepreneurs and Best Practices in Health’ at the October 2014 National Nurse’s Health Institute Conference. Elizabeth has published several books including two Kindle eBooks and three print books, and is currently a contributor to several Holistic Health articles, newsletters, and for Scrubs Magazine. Elizabeth also contributes to and is a guest blog writer for several websites including, and

Deb Shields

To be sure, the greatest gifts in Deb’s life are her family and friends. She lives with her husband David (a holistic nurse), and their furr-bud family in SE Ohio. Her professional life is abundant and truly delightful. She began her nursing career as an LPN and, over the years, ultimately earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentrate focus in Holistic Nursing at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati. Deb is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Capital University, a staff nurse at Doctors Hospital OhioHealth in perioperative care, and has a private practice as a Therapeutic Touch Therapist and teacher. Deb has enjoyed numerous opportunities to deepen her holistic practice through presenting at workshops, conducting research, publishing, and sharing relationships with others through networking and membership in professional associations.

Deb has been involved with AHNA since the early 80’s when she read Cardiovascular Nursing: Bodymind Tapestry (Guzzetta & Dossey) – and knew she had found her home in holistic nursing. Her time in AHNA has been nothing short of amazing, having met so many wonderful people and learned so much about life and about herself! She has had the opportunity to serve in many roles with AHNA over the years. Currently she is a member of the AHNA Education team on both the Provider and Approver side, a Nurse Planner on the 2016 Conference Committee, the AHNA representative to the AHNCC Consensus Model Task Force and a member of the NANDA-I Task Force that is resubmitting the Nursing Diagnosis related to Energy. Deb belongs to a number of other professional associations including Therapeutic Touch International Associates, the International Association for Human Caring, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

On Capital University campus, she serves as a faculty in both the pre- and post-licensure program, and is currently the facilitator of the workgroup that assembles all materials required for the American Holistic Nursing Credentialing Corporation endorsement as a Holistic Nursing education program. Deb was instrumental in the initiative for the educational partnership and faculty/learner exchange program with Guangxi Medical University in Nanning, China. 

Deb has stated that she “is humbled at the blessings offered to her and her heart is so grateful.  Thank you for reading this and for being part of her life!”


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