There are currently seven member organizations in the Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations (CPHNO). Each organization has three Board representatives. See below for member organizations and Board Members and Officers. 

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) is the only national nursing organization that focuses solely on the intersection of health and the environment.

The Mission of ANHE is to promote healthy people and healthy environments by educating and leading the nursing profession, advancing research, incorporating evidence-based practice, and influencing policy.

Tom Engle, MN, RN – CPHNO Secretary

Tom Engle, MN, RN is mostly retired. His past work history includes County Health Director, County Mental Health Director, and Community Liaison Director Oregon Health Division. He was the chair of the organization of county health departments in Oregon for 10 years. He is on the board of the Oregon Public Health Association, Co-Chairs the Oregon Action Future of Nursing group, is on a County health department advisory board and the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health advisory board. He is on the APHA Governing Council. He has been on the board of the Association of Public Health Nurses. He facilitated passing the first local tobacco ordinances in Oregon. He was an early chair of the Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalition, and was an early scholar of the National Public Health Leadership Institute.

Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, FAAN

Katie Huffling is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and the Executive Director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE). With ANHE, Ms. Huffling works with nurses and nursing organizations to elevate environmental health issues, such as climate change, toxic chemicals, and sustainability in healthcare, amongst the nursing profession. Ms. Huffling was an editor of the environmental health e-textbook “Environmental Health in Nursing” that won the 2017 AJN Book of the Year in Environmental Health. She was also the recipient of the 2018 Charlotte Brody Award which recognizes nurses who go beyond everyday nursing endeavors to proactively promote and protect environmental health.

Barbara Sattler, RN, MPH, DrPH, FAAN

Dr. Sattler is a Professor at the University of San Francisco and an international leader in environmental health and nursing. She is a founding and active member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, an international organization that is helping to integrate environmental health, including climate change, into nursing education, practice, research, and policy/advocacy. Her environmental health foci include climate change and the public health implications of food and agriculture.

Dr. Sattler has been an advisor to the US EPA’s Office of Child Health Protection and the National Library of Medicine for informational needs of health professionals on environmental health. She has been the PI on a host of grants from NIEHS, HUD, USDA, and the EPA.   She helped to found Health Care Without Harm, a national organization focused on greening the health care sector. She is the author of Environmental Health and Nursing, and many peer-reviewed articles.  Dr. Sattler is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  She received her MPH and DrPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. 

American Public Health Association – Public Health Nursing Section

APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We are the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence policy to improve the public’s health.

The Public Health Nursing Section advances this specialty through leadership in the development of public health nursing practice and research. The Section assures consideration of nursing concerns by providing mechanisms for interdisciplinary nursing collaboration in public health policy and program endeavors.

Lisa Campbell, DNP, RN, APHN-BC – CPHNO Co-Chair

Lisa Campbell, DNP, RN, APHN-BC is an associate professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing and teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Her teaching focus for doctoral students is population health, epidemiology, and health policy. Through her teaching role, Dr. Campbell engages students in real world population health and policy projects that include environmental health related topics. Dr. Campbell founded Population Health Consultants, LLC a company whose mission is building human capital to improve population health. She served as the director of two health department in South Texas, where she led a diverse staff and implemented initiatives to advance public health in these urban and rural communities. Dr. Campbell is the immediate past chair of the American Public Health Associate Public Health Nursing Section & is a member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments’ Board of Directors.

Joyce K. Edmonds, PhD, MPH, RN

Dr. Joyce K. Edmonds is an Associate Professor at Boston College School of Nursing. She received an MPH from Oregon Health Sciences University and a PhD from Emory University.  Dr. Edmonds holds the following two certifications: Advanced Public Health Nurse, Board Certified, (APHN, BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Certification in Public Health (CPH), National Board of Public Health Examiners. She has experience in state and local health departments with Title V maternal and child health programs including evidence based home visitation. Her research interests are in maternal health and health seeking behavior. Her current research concerns risk factors for cesarean delivery among low-risk women and the influence of culture on childbirth decisions. She has research appointment with the Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is chair-elect of American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section.

Shawn M. Kneipp, PhD, RN, ANP, PHNA-BC, FAANP

Dr. Shawn Kneipp, PhD, RN, ANP, PHNA-BC, FAANP is currently Chair of the American Public Health Association Public Health Nursing Section, and an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her program of research, teaching, and collaborative practice with community partners in the social services sector focuses on the social, policy, and economic determinants that impact the health of disadvantaged populations in relation to welfare policy, employment, women’s health, and chronic disease self-management. 

Association of Community Health Nursing Educators

Gina Alexander, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN

Dr. Gina Alexander is Associate Professor in the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas Christian University with teaching responsibilities in public health nursing at the undergraduate level and research advising at the graduate level. With a research background in integrative therapies for health promotion and self-care, her current scholarship focuses on promoting food literacy and environmental health literacy across the lifespan. As the project lead of RxPLORE™: Prescribing Life Outdoors and Real Exploration, she directs undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from a diverse range of disciplines on nature-based health promotion and conservation efforts.

Dr. Alexander is a consultant on professional development and continuing education with the Tarrant County Public Health Department, where she also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Nurse-Family Partnership. Within the Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations, she serves as the appointed representative of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators.

Lori Edwards, DrPH, MPH, BSN, RN, APHN, BC

Dr. Lori Edwards is an Assistant Professor, at the University of Maryland Baltimore, in the School of Nursing, Department of Family Community Health, and in the School of Medicine, MPH Program, and Department of Occupational Medicine.  She is a leader at UMB in the IPACE (Interprofessional Program for Academic Community Engagement), and works with the UMB Community Engagement Center. She is also the faculty director for UMB’s interprofessional student run health program, Health Alliance, which offers free health services for local communities in West Baltimore.  Edwards has extensive experience working in local Baltimore communities and globally.  She is the President of the American Association of Community Health Nursing Educators.  Dr. Edwards received her BSN from University of Maryland, and her MPH and DrPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been board certified as a clinical specialist in Public Health Nursing since 1997.

Krista Jones DNP, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC

Dr. Krista Jones is Director of UIC College of Nursing’s Urbana Campus and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Nursing Sciences where she instructs undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. She is a board certified Advanced Public Health Nurse and the author of numerous publications. She has served as Co-PI on two National Library of Medicine grants to instruct public health nurses (PHN) on the acquisition and application of evidence to inform practice and PI on a recently funded third phase to expand sessions to acute/ambulatory care nurses.

She is a member of the Illinois PHN Leadership Academic Practice Partnership (APP) Workgroup. This team has championed three state-wide APP conferences and received a Robert Wood Johnson grant that funded 25 APP community service projects. Dr. Jones serves as Vice Chair of the Illinois Nursing Workforce Center Advisory Board, President of the Champaign County Board of Health, Section Councilor of the American Public Health Association PHN Section and is President-Elect of the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators.

In 2019, she received the Midwest Nursing Research Society Public Health Section Research Excellence award. Additionally, she has received the Daisy Award and two Silver Circle Awards for teaching excellence at UIC.

Association of Public Health Nurses

The Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN) began as the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing (ASTDN) in 1935 as an advisory group of state health department nurses. The organization has grown over the years with members from across the United States and territories, supporting all nurses working in community and public health.  In 2012, ASDTN became APHN, providing a forum for public health nurses at all levels of practice to network and exchange ideas.  APHN is an affiliate of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).

Jennifer Cooper, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, CNE

Dr. Jennifer Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where she teaches in the undergraduate nursing and public health programs.  She serves as President of the Association of Public Health Nurses and Million Hearts® liaison for APHN.  Her expertise is in chronic disease prevention and management and care of older adults.  Dr. Cooper earned her DNP from The George Washington University, MSN from Rush University and BSN from Cedarville University. 

Zenobia Harris, DNP, MPH, RNP – CPHNO Co-Chair

Dr. Zenobia Harris is a Public Health Nursing Leader with over 35 years of experience in providing preventive health care to Individuals, groups and communities.   A graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, she worked in varying capacities in the Arkansas Department of Health for most of her professional career.  She is currently serving as Executive Director of the Arkansas Birthing Project, a mentoring and empowerment program for pregnant women.  She is also an alum of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Fellows Program.  Her research involved utilizing technology to improve the education and training offered to Birthing Project volunteer mentors.

Zenobia has also been active on the national level, advocating for health equity and for improvements to maternal, child and family health. She has served on the Board of Directors of several national health organizations and is Immediate Past President of the Association of Public Health Nurses and Co Chair of CPHNO. She is interested in models which promote improved health status and outcomes in communities of color.

Carol McDonald, MSN, RN

Carol McDonald, MSN, RN recently retired from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a nurse consultant.  She is an experienced public health nurse with over 32 years in the profession. She has been an active member of APHN since 2014 and has served as Region VIII representative for 4 years, elected as a Board Member at Large, and is the current President-elect of the organization.  Some of her accomplishments include: serving as one of the primary designers of a new public health department in Colorado; leading some of the first emergency preparedness and response projects for Colorado post 911; assuming lead roles within nursing and public health organizations including President of the Public Health Nurse Association of Colorado; co-creating the online Public Health 101 Interactive Microlearning for Public Health in Colorado; and receiving recognition and awards for her work such as the John Muth award, the Most Innovative Project award, and the Public Health Nursing Award for Excellence.  Carol earned her BSN and MSN degrees from the University of Phoenix graduating with honors from those nursing programs. She is also a fellow of the Regional Institute for Public Health and Environmental Leadership.

Mallory Bejster, DNP, RN, is an Assistant Professor at Rush University College of Nursing in the Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health where she teaches public health nursing courses and advises students in the DNP - Advanced Public Health Nursing Program. Along with teaching, she is involved in several local public health efforts including the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) process at the county level. Her experiences in public health nursing, nursing education, and the inextricable connection between them provide the foundation for her practice and scholarship work. Throughout her career, Mallory has focused her education, practice, scholarship and service activities around assessing for and meeting the needs of learners and community-based partners by planning, implementing and evaluating evidence-based strategies and programs. She has been a member of APHN since 2016. Currently Mallory is APHN’s President-Elect and chairs the Public Policy Committee.

National Association of School Nurses

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) has emerged to lead the transformation of school health. Partnering with national health organizations, NASN continues to strengthen its membership, develop educational programs, resources, and research, and influence stakeholder support for school nursing through advocacy.

The NASN vision is that all students are healthy, safe and ready to learn.  The NASN mission is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing.

Laurie G. Combe, MN, RN, NCSN

Laurie G. Combe, MN, RN, NCSN, President of the National Association of School Nurses, is a nationally certified school nurse, having earned both bachelors and masters degrees from Louisiana State University Medical Center. With 44 years as a registered nurse, Laurie has experience in adolescent psychiatry, nursing education and home health hospice.  In her 27 years as a school nurse, Laurie has found her passion in working with students and families, building trust that serves to support student health and learning.  A guiding value of Laurie’s work is the pursuit of equity for individual students, as well as underserved populations and communities. Laurie currently works as Consultant for School Nursing & School Health, serving the Texas Region 4 Educational Service Center.

Laurie Fleming RN, MPH, NCSN

Laurie Fleming is a nationally certified school nurse who serves 600 middle school students in Derry, NH.  She is the president-elect of the NH School Nurses’ Association and represents the public health interests of the National Association of School Nurses on the Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations.  Laurie proudly serves as a council member for Youths with Chronic Conditions which advocates for the special health care needs of over 55,000 children in New Hampshire.  Laurie also works as a health consultant for 27 preschools in New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.

Laurie earned her Bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology from Liberty University, an Associates in Nursing from NH Vocational Technical College, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of NH.  Laurie recently contributed to revising the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice 3rd Edition.  Laurie has been an active member of NASN for the past 15 years, having served on the NASN board of directors for 4 years.   

Lisa E. Patch, MSN, RN, NCSN

Lisa E. Patch, MSN, RN, NCSN has been the Executive Director of Health Services for the Alamogordo Public Schools for 22 years.  Her role includes oversight of the nursing department, counseling department and community schools.  Her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Sciences as well as her Master’s degree in Nursing has been advantageous in recognizing and addressing public health concerns.  She was instrumental in passing state legislation on allowing stock emergency medications in the schools to include epinephrine and albuterol.

She has served on the National Association of School Nurses Board of Directors 2016-2020, served as the New Mexico School Nurses Association President 2012-2014, served as the Otero County Community Health Council President 2013-2014 as well as many other local boards. 

She has received the honor of being selected as the New Mexico School Nurse Administrator of the Year 2014 and presented at many conferences.  Two National conferences, NASN: Reducing Youth LGBTQ Adverse Outcomes and upcoming ASHA conference.

Rural Nurse Organization

The Rural Nurse Organization is an organization formed for the purpose of recognizing, promoting, and maintaining the unique specialty of rural nursing practice.

The RNO Envisions:

  • Recognition of the diversity of rural nursing practice
  • A voice for rural nurses to healthcare agencies, academia, and government
  • Continuing education and access to resources for rural nurses
  • Quality healthcare for rural communities

Paige Johnson, PhD, MSN, RN

Dr. Johnson joined the faculty of the Capstone College of Nursing in 2005. She currently is serving at the Saxon Chair for Rural Nursing. Dr. Johnson received her BSN and MSN from the Capstone College of Nursing and she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama/University of Alabama at Birmingham in Health Education and Health Promotion.

Dr. Johnson teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs and serves on dissertation committees. She is a faculty sponsor for the CCN Research Society where she mentors undergraduate students to develop a love for research.

Dr. Johnson has received the CCN Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, the Outstanding Scholarship Award, Distinguished Community Engaged Scholar Award, Rural Health Heroes Award, and the Alabama League for Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Johnson served as faculty senator and on the University Provost Search Committee. Dr. Johnson has served as the Treasurer for Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter, Member Director for the Alabama League of Nurses, and Secretary for the Rural Nurse Organization. She is on various committees for the college of nursing as is a member of local, national and international organizations that support nursing education and rural health.

Dr. Johnson’s research focus is on addressing health disparities in the rural, underserved communities of Alabama. She has published in the areas of childhood obesity, cardiovascular health, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, STD prevention and innovative teaching strategies.

Dayle Sharp, PhD, DNP, McPH, FNP-BC, APRN – CPHNO Treasurer

Dayle Sharp, PhD, DNP, McPH, FNP-BC, APRN is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner (NP) program at University of New Hampshire.  Dr. Sharp’s area of focus is access to health care to rural and underserved populations. She has practiced as a rural NP in Idaho and along the United States-Mexico border working with underserved populations. She has over fifteen years instructing graduate nursing students and directing nurse practitioner programs. She is committed to advancing health care to rural and underserved residents. Dr. Sharp  is a board member for the International Rural Nursing Organization (RNO), she represents the RNO on CPHNO, and she conducts research in both the United States and internationally on rural nursing. 


Audrey Snyder is the President of the Rural Nurse Organization. She is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Practice and Innovation in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro in the United States. Dr. Snyder’s contributions have focused on promoting access to care for rural and under-served populations national and internationally and decreasing barriers to access advanced education for rural nurses. Clinical and research interests include rural underserved populations, evaluating methods to improve access to health care locally and globally, emergency medicine, disaster preparedness and response, international health, and nursing history. She is a dynamic education and health care professional, and is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been honored as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Academy of Emergency Nurses and the American Academy of Nursing. She received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Nursing from the University of Virginia in 2007.

CPHNO Liaison Positions

The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) is a collaborative of 23 national organizations focused on improving public health education and training, practice, and research. Established in 1992 to implement the recommendations of the Public Health Faculty/Agency Forum, the Council on Linkages works to further academic/practice collaboration to ensure a well-trained, competent workforce and the development and use of a strong evidence base for public health practice. 

Susan Haynes Little, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, CPH, CPM

Dr. Susan Haynes Little, RN, PHNA-BC, CPH, CPM, has worked in Public Health since the mid-1990’s in local, state, national, and international settings.  Her passion is described as a “commitment to excellence in the public health nursing profession and community.”

Dr. Little’s current professional role is as Chief Public Health Nurse and Branch Head for the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Dr. Little volunteers her time as the Council of Public Health Nursing Organization (CPHNO) liaison to the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, the appointed Practice Co-Chair of the ANA Public Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice revision workgroup, member of the appointed Competency Review Task Force who revised the 2018 QCC Competencies for Public Health Nursing, and is Past-Chair of the NC Public Health Association’s Nursing Section.

Dr. little holds certification in Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN-BC) and was a member of the Content Expert Panel who designed the APHN-BC certification by portfolio process.  Dr. Little also holds certifications in Public Health (CPH), and as a public manager (CPM). 

Dr. Little is a Consulting Associate and serves on several academic advisory boards for the Duke University School of Nursing.  Dr. Little also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina School of Nursing and visiting faculty for the North Carolina Institute for Public Health. 

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) was established in 1996 to develop The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide). The founders understood right away that it was impossible for the CPSTF to represent all of the perspectives and experiences needed to inform their work. Therefore, they invited Liaison organizations and agencies to participate in the process of developing the Community Guide. Liaison representatives do the following

  • Represent the views, concerns, and needs of their organization and constituents
  • Provide input into review prioritization and CPSTF recommendations and other findings
  • Serve on, or recommend participants to serve on individual systematic review teams
  • Disseminate CPSTF recommendations among their members and constituents
  • Help their members and constituents translate CPSTF recommendations into action
  • Provide feedback on how CPSTF recommendations and other findings were disseminated, implemented, and used, and how well the recommendations and other findings met the needs of their constituents

Soohyun Kim, MPH, MSN, RN, CPH, APHN-BC

Soohyun Kim is a Public Health Analyst with the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs at the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Soohyun received an MPH and an MSN from Johns Hopkins University and holds two certifications: Advanced Public Health Nurse, Board Certified, (APHN, BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Certification in Public Health (CPH), National Board of Public Health Examiners. She has worked for State of Alaska, supervising public health centers and itinerant public health nurses and providing safety net public health services at individual, community, and system levels. Soohyun had also been previously involved in various maternal and child health projects, including a national evaluation of neonatal health program in Malawi, CYSHCN community health needs assessment, and health education and promotion among resettled refugee mothers.