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The North Carolina Foundation for Nursing is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation. Funding to support the Foundation and its activities comes from individual contributions, business donations, bequests, recognitions, and memorials.

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Our Mission:

The purpose and goals of the Foundation are to secure and administer funds directed toward:

  1. education that assures that registered nurses are prepared to meet the current and changing health care needs of North Carolina citizens;
  2. research that identifies the value of registered nurses in health care delivery; and,
  3. activities that publicize the value of registered nurses in health care delivery.

 

NCFN Board of Trustees:

Megan Williams, President


Diamond Staton-Williams

Diamond Staton-Williams
Diamond received her ADN from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC in 2003 where she served as the President of the Student Nurses Association. She went on to receive her BSN in 2006 from UNC Greensboro. In 2010, Diamond completed her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Pfeiffer University. She is currently employed as a Director for the Ambulatory Care Management Department for Atrium Health and is Certified as an American Case Manager. Diamond is a volunteer with the Cabarrus County Ombudsman program for Adult Care Homes, Cabarrus County Schools, NCNA Awards Committee, ANA Awards Committee, and the YMCA as a Camp Nurse for Camp Thunderbird. Diamond is also a Board Member of Daymark Services in Cabarrus County and Communities in Schools Charlotte – Mecklenburg. She has been a member of the NCNA/ANA and ACHE. In November 2017, Diamond was elected to serve as a councilwoman for the Town of Harrisburg, NC. She is the first African American female to serve on the council. Diamond is married with 3 children a 23yr old daughter who is recent graduate of Hampton University, a 19yr old daughter who entering her Sophomore year at F.I.T. in New York , and a 14yr old son at Hickory Ridge Middle.


Deb Harding

Deb Harding, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Deb Harding serves as Vice President and Regional Chief Nurse Executive for Wake Forest Baptist Health. In this role, Dr. Harding has oversight of nursing and advanced practice nursing care of patients throughout the Region. Working collaboratively with all components of clinical delivery, including medical staff, she will advise on resourcing, planning and finances to lead to the highest quality of patient care and program growth in a cost-effective manner. A senior healthcare executive with 20+ years of experience in clinical and operational leadership, Deb has had a successful career at Wake Forest Baptist for 40 years, starting as a new graduate nurse in 1981. She served in a variety of clinical, administrative and progressively responsible leadership roles before being named Director of Nursing in 2010 and Chief Nursing Officer for the Winston-Salem campus in 2016. Select recent achievements include:

  • Development/operationalization of a comprehensive System Nursing Pandemic Response Plan, with focus on resource redeployment, surge/triage, restriction/reintegration of visitation/learners, crisis care standards, and training
  • Development/Implementation of system Nurse Scientist and Professional Practice Leader roles to partner in aligning discovery of new knowledge and translational science
  • Implementation of a system-wide Comprehensive Workplace Violence Program; achieved innovative vertical and horizontal integration among ED, inpatient and ambulatory domains related to Prevention, Response and Support
  • Launched the new WFBH System Patient Flow Operations Center, Transitions//Admissions/Discharge Units
  • Designed/implemented the Executive Action Team
  • Implemented the Interprofessional Bootcamp in collaboration with Wake Forest School of Medicine
Deb earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Doctorate in Nursing Practice-Executive Leadership from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. She is Board Certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive-Advanced and a recipient of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina award. Deb has professional affiliations with the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the American Nephrology Nurses Association. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Hunt School of Nursing (Gardner-Webb University) and the Nursing Advisory Committees for Winston-Salem State University and Forsyth Technical Community College. She was recently appointed to the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing (NCFN) Board of Trustees (NCNA). Professional interests include interprofessional collaborations, leadership development/mentoring, diversity/inclusion and patient/employee safety.

Marilyn Laken

Marilyn Laken
Marilyn Laken holds an MS in Nursing and PhD in biological anthropology. She had a 42-year academic career in Michigan and South Carolina including teaching, health services research and conducting interventions to improve health in vulnerable populations.


Deborah Ayers


Deryck Wilson


Kelly Thompson-Brazill


Executive Director: Tina Gordon

919.821.4250
Fax: 919.829.5807

4350 Lassiter at North Hills Avenue
Suite 250
Raleigh, NC 27609