The AHNA Board of Directors

Peggy A. Burkhardt PhD, ARNP, BC, HNC

Peggy Burkhardt Ph.D., ARNP, BC, HNC is the New President of the American Holistic Nurses Association.  She is currently an Associate Professor Emerita at the West Virginia University School of Nursing, Charleston Division.  As a nursing educator she has taught BSN, MSN and Doctoral nursing students and has been a holistic nurse for over twenty-five years. Peggy is Family Nurse Practitioner and received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Miami, in Miami, Florida; her Masters in Nursing from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York and her Bachelors of Nursing from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She was named The American Holistic Nurses’ Association 1999 Holistic Nurse of the Year and the same year was named the Outstanding Graduate Faculty by the West Virginia University School of Nursing. Peggy lives in West Virginia. She has published numerous articles and books related to Holistic Nursing.

Carole Ann Drick PhD, RN, TNS, CPNS

Carole Ann Drick’s passion for quality of life began with 12 years as a labor and delivery nurse and natural childbirth educator. She then entered academia for 10 years only to return to a hands-on practice as Director of Conscious Awareness Inc., in Austintown, Ohio. She has authored or co-authored three books and numerous professional publications as well as four meditation CDs. Carole Ann with co-author, Lynn Keegan, authored End of Life: Nursing Solutions for Death with Dignity (2011) which received two AJN Book of the Year awards. After being on graduate faculties of two large universities, she developed and implemented a new BSN program based on holistic principles and adult teaching/learning strategies that received full initial NLN accreditation. Her passion for quality of life presently focuses on end of life. She knows holistic health is a vital component of deepening consciousness, and assists professionals and clients using many natural therapies and innovative stress coping methods. 

Lourdes Lorenz  RN, MSN-IH, AHN-BC, HTPa 
Membership and Chapter Coordinator

Lourdes Lorenz MSN-IH, RN,AHN-BC,NEA-BC,HTPa, is the Director of Integrative Healthcare at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.  She has been an RN for almost 30 years with extensive experience in critical care.  Lourdes is currently working towards her doctorate in Healthcare Administration. She is board certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse, Advanced Nurse Executive, and is a Healing Touch apprentice.   Lourdes oversees the inpatient, community outreach, and research developed by the Integrative Healthcare Department. She is a well-known nursing educator who receives rave reviews for her promotion of holistic nursing and evidence-based complementary modalities.   Lourdes has provided presentations at the national meeting for the American Holistic Nurses Association and at the Healing Touch Program worldwide program. She was published in 2009 in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.  Lourdes serves as a member of the Health Advisory Council for the Institute of Emerging Issues, a public policy institution in Raleigh, NC, and on several non-profit community boards.  In September 2011 she was appointed to the American Nurses Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics.  In June, 2012, she was appointed to the AHNA Board of Directors to fill a vacancy and in 2013 was elected to a 2 year term (2013-2015).

Deborah Shields PhD, RN, CCRN, QTTT, AHN-BC
Education Coordinator

Deborah (Deb) Shields PhD, RN, CCRN, QTTT, AHN-BC is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, a staff nurse in PACU at Doctors Hospital OhioHealth in Columbus, and a Qualified Therapeutic Touch teacher, practitioner and mentor. She received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Holistic Nursing from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio; her Masters in Nursing from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Deb lives with her husband David in a cabin that they, with the help of their beloved family and friends, built many years ago. She loves living in southeast Ohio amidst the beauty of nature and a variety of earth dwellers. Deb enjoys being and she gardens, reads, writes poetry and is an avid walker. Her family and friends are the deepest gifts in her life...and bearing witness to her grandchildren growing up is a joy beyond words!

Deb is committed to the Core Values of Holistic Nursing and passionate about sharing the strength and beauty of this lifeway. Through holistic praxis—weaving practice, education, research and aesthetics—holistic nurses can create caring/healing communities and advance holistic nursing in all care settings. She believes that the AHNA offers us connection and support as we, together, transform the healthcare world.


Barry is a certified holistic nurse with 18 years experience in clinical and nursing operations, quality management, and performance improvement. Barry is currently the Regional Manager of Quality Management, Epidemiology and Patient Safety 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 article was published in the 2013 Journal of Holistic Nursing, 31(2) issue. He also holds a faculty advisor position at The BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformation, where he advises in the Integrative Healing Arts Program. His many roles as a Registered Nurse have ranged from Staff Nurse to Director of Nursing Quality and Improvement Initiatives.

Colleen Delaney Phd, RN, AHN-BC
Research Coordinator

Colleen Delaney PhD, RN, AHN-BC is the Research Coordinator of the American Holistic Nurses Association. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Connecticut. Her clinical specialty area is community/public health nursing, and she is board certified in advanced holistic nursing. Dr. Delaney conducts clinical and health outcomes research with the major goal of improving health status and health care delivery systems for older adults and their families. Her major areas of investigation are: spirituality and spirituality-based interventions for community dwelling older adults with cardiovascular disease, nurse-led multicomponent interventions for older adults with heart failure, evidence-based interventions to enhance care of older adults with depression, and holistic nursing education.

During her 12 years as a member of AHNA, she has been a member of the research committee from 2009- present, 2012 Research conference coordinator, and has presented her research at the annual conference for the past 8 years. She believes that supporting and increasing the research endeavors of AHNA members and providing evidence of the efficacy of holistic care and interventions is essential in advancing the voice and influence of holistic nursing.

Marci Resnicoff  RN
Practice Coordinator

Marci Resnicoff RN, BSN, BA, HNB-BC has been elected to the position of Practice Coordinator on the AHNA Board of Directors.  Marci Resnicoff is currently the charge nurse overseeing the night staff of a 30 bed rehabilitation unit in an acute care hospital. In addition to her acute care responsibilities, she teaches Body-Mind-Spirit self-care classes as part of a relationship-centered approach in the hospital.  Prior to that, Ms. Resnicoff was a staff nurse on a Medical-Surgical Unit specializing in trauma and surgery patients.  She is also a Reiki Master practitioner and teacher.

Ms. Resnicoff received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Connecticut College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center. She completed the Integrative Healing Arts Program, a Certificate Program for Holistic Nursing through The BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformation and became certified as a Holistic Nurse Baccalaureate in 2010. Prior to her career in nursing, Ms. Resnicoff’s first career was in theatre and performing arts. In June, 2013 Marcie was appointed to the Board of Directors to fill an unexpired vacancy.



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