| The AHNA Board of Directors
Glenda Christiaens PhD, RN, AHN-BC
Glenda Christiaens PhD, RN, AHN-BC is
is the former Dean of Nursing at Fortis College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and former host of the Glenda the Good Nurse talk radio show. Prior to her position at Fortis, Glenda was a tenured associate professor of nursing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for 10 years. While there she developed a holistic nursing course and taught community health nursing and health assessment. Before being elected as AHNA president, Glenda served as the 2007 annual conference chairperson, the education provider committee chair, the education coordinator on the Board of Directors, and a representative of AHNA to several National Student Nurses Association annual conventions. She believes in the mission of AHNA to engage in Community-building, Advocacy, Research and Education (CARE) to advance the voice and influence of holistic nursing in order to improve health care and global health. Glenda envisions AHNA moving forward as the leading source for nurses and the public to learn about and embrace holistic nursing. Glenda lives in West Jordan, Utah with her husband Steve. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Peggy A. Burkhardt PhD, ARNP, BC, HNC
Peggy Burkhardt Ph.D., ARNP, BC, HNC is the President-Elect 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.
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 Leadership Council.
Deborah Shields PhD, RN, CCRN, QTTT, AHN-BC
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.
Marie Shanahan MA, BSN, RN, HN-BC
Marie Shanahan MA, BSN, HN-BC is the founder and president of The BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformation in Florence MA. She received her BSN from Seton Hall University and her MA from Goddard College. Marie is board certified in Holistic Nursing (HN-BC) and has been a Reiki Master/Teacher since 1992. She is a co-founder of the North Jersey American Holistic Nurses Association Network and served as the AHNA Northeast Regional Education Coordinator from 1995-1997. Marie has received advanced training in holistic nursing, complementary care and alternative therapies. Her nursing experience includes clinical, administrative and educational roles. Research interests include self-care and restorative practices for nurses and nurse/patient satisfaction with optimal healing environments. She was the principle investigator for a major study funded by the Robert Wood John Foundation. The study showed significant improvement in patient satisfaction, staff nurse satisfaction, nurse retention, costs savings and quality improvement after implementation of a holistic nursing education program in a community hospital. She is an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Sigma Theta Tau and the Alliance for Integrative Healthcare. Marie currently she resides in Massachusetts.
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.
Colleen Delaney Phd, RN, AHN-BC
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.
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.