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Board of Directors

Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders 

Board of Directors

President and Planning Committee Chair
Katie Boston-Leary


Katie Boston-Leary, MHA, MBA, BSN, CNOR, NEA-BC
106 Bow St
Elkton, MD 21921
Ph: 410-398-4000, ext. 1677

Katie is the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Union Hospital in Elkton, Maryland.  She collaborates with our Medical Staff to ensure continued clinical effectiveness and provides operational oversight of all nursing and ancillary services at Union Hospital.

Katie has a Master of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Bowie State University.  She is a graduate of the Wharton Leaders Program and is certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC) and is a Sigma Theta Tau Inductee.  Katie serves on the Meditech Nursing Advisory Board; Board Quality and the Community Patient Advisory Council.

Katie joined Union Hospital in February 2012 as the Director of Surgical & Endoscopy Services and was promoted to Chief Nurse Executive in July 2013.  

She has participated in several speaking engagements both National and International such as: ANCC Pathway to Excellence (2012); National Meditech Conference (2014, 2015); AONE (2016); Winner of poster presentation MNA (2014); and the OR Business Management Conference (2015).

Katie is currently pursuing her PhD in Health Services at Walden University.

Jesus Cepero

Jesus Cepero
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer
Meritus Health System
11116 Medical Campus Road
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Ph: 301-790-8104

Jesus Cepero Ph.D. RN, NEA-BC joined Meritus in January 2012 and has responsibilities for all patient care areas, Cancer Center, Behavioral Services, Rehab, Respiratory Services, School Nursing Program for Washington County, Wellness Services, Surgical Services, Community Outreach/ Education and Patient Experience.   Prior to MMC, Jesus was the Executive Director of Cardiovascular services at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson and Vice President of Nursing at Children’s Hospital in Washington DC.   He graduated with his Ph.D. from Catholic University in 2012 and previously held an MPA from Seton Hall University and an MSN from Kean University.    Jesus is actively involved in community services serving on the Board of March of Dimes, and advisory committee’s to Shepherd University, Hagerstown Community College, and the Washington County School Board  for Health Issues.

Nominations Committee Chair
Barbara Jacobs

Barbara S Jacobs, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN
2001 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD  21401
Ph: 443-481-4825

Barbara Jacobs, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, is the Vice President Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.  Prior to this Barbara held the position of Senior Director/Chief Nurse Officer of Suburban Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine.  In addition, she worked at George Washington University Hospital as Director of Critical Care and several hospitals in Philadelphia and New Jersey. Her undergraduate education was completed at the University of Rochester and her master’s degree from George Washington University.  She has certifications in critical care nursing and gerontological nursing.  She is a member of many professional organizations including AACN, ENA, AONE, FACTS-care, CHEST, NGA, SCCM and Sigma Theta Tau.

Lil Banchero

Lil Banchero, MSN, RN
2001 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD  21401

Ph: 443-481-4644

Lil Banchero, MSN, RN is a senior nursing leader with greater than three decades experience in emergency, medical surgical, and school nursing. In her work at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Annapolis, Maryland, she manages millions of dollars of complex revenue, volume, and expense budgets. Lil graduated with her Masters in Nursing Leadership from Notre Dame of Maryland University and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society.

In her operational roles at AAMC, Lil currently manages throughput and patient access, the flexible staffing pool, central staffing functions, and the Observation and Acute Care for the Elderly nursing units. Patient and Family Centered Care and developing life long learning for nursing staff and the multidisciplinary team are the foundation of Lil’s leadership practice. This work has included establishing the Patient and Family Advisory Council and impacting changes in wayfinding, eliminating restrictive visiting, patient mobility, SMART discharge protocol, virtual dementia tours, bedside shift report, bedside rounding, and the unique application of scanners for bedside shift report. Lil brought NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health system Elders) certification to AAMC. Additionally, she is on the nurse leader team that led AAMC’s initial ANCC Magnet Designation in 2014.

Kim Bushnell, DNP, RN

Kim Bushnell, DNP, RN

Dr. Kim Bushnell is currently the Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Mercy Medical Center. Among many accomplishments Dr. Bushnell led the nursing division to successful Magnet re-designation in May 2016.  Prior to joining Mercy, she held various leadership positions including Assistant VP for Patient Care and Director positions of Critical Care and Emergency Services. Her clinical background includes trauma and emergency nursing, critical care nursing and flight nursing.

Kim received her BSN from George Mason University in Virginia, her MSN from The Catholic University in Washington, DC and her DNP from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Maryland. Kim is certified as an advanced nurse executive and is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has spoken nationally on topics related to transformational leadership and professional practice models. Kim is currently piloting a Clinical Nurse Leadership Academy at Mercy Medical Center.

Kim has been an active member of MONE for several years and in the past participated on the Planning Committee.

Membership Committee Chair
Lauren Decker, MHA, BSN

Lauren Decker, MHA, BSN
Director, Med/Surg & Detox
Mercy Medical Center
345 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Ph: 410-332-9099

Lauren Decker is currently Director of Medical Surgical Services and Detox at Mercy Medical Center. Prior to joining Mercy, Lauren lived in Hawaii for 3 years holding several manager roles including Ambulatory Surgery, PACU, Bariatric, Orthopedic and General Surgery.

Prior to moving to Hawaii Lauren was Director of Medical Surgical Services at Howard County General Hospital and preceding that she was Manager of Orthopedics, General Surgery and The Vascular Access Team at Northwest Hospital Center. Her clinical background includes trauma and emergency nursing.

Lauren received her BSN at Texas Christian University and her Masters of Healthcare Administration Executive at Bellevue University. 

Co-Chair of Nursing Management Consortium
Eugenia Powell, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Eugenia Powell, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Assistant Vice President
Nursing Education, Quality & Professional Development
Providence Hospital
1150 Varnum Street, NE 
Washington, DC  20017
Ph:  202-854-7278

Eugenia Powell, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, is currently the Assistant Vice President of Education, Quality and Professional Development at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC.  She also has responsibility for Volunteer Services, Patient Relations, and Interpreter Services.   
Prior to joining Providence , Eugenia served as  Director of Education and Professional Development at The George Washington University Hospital and Assistant Vice President of Professional Practice, Nursing Excellence, and Nursing Research at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.  

Eugenia has been an active member of MONE for several years and in the recent past participated on the Nursing Research Committee.  She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Nurse Manager Consortium.  

Eugenia has been selected as a fellow to become a National Magnet Appraiser by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is currently in the training process.  Eugenia is also a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development.

Eugenia received a BSN and Masters in Education from Howard University, following she earned a PhD from The Catholic University of America, both in Washington, DC.

Nursing Research Council Chair


Clint Morris MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Clint Morris MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Nurse Manager, Radiology
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD  21287
Ph: 410-955-6916

Clint Morris has been a Nurse Manager in the Department of Radiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for the past seven years, where he improved his unit's employee engagement scores from the 30th percentile to the 79th percentile.  He received his MSN with a concentration in Leadership in Nursing Administration from Notre Dame of Maryland University and his BSN from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  He's a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing.  He's board-certified as a Nurse Executive, Advanced; a graduate of The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing's, Nurse Manager Academy; and the beneficiary of a year of leadership coaching from a positive organizational psychologist.  He's currently working on getting certified as a leadership coach. 

LeighAnn Sidone, MSN, RN, OCN, CENP

LeighAnn Sidone, MSN, RN, OCN, CENP
Vice President / Chief Nursing Officer
Suburban Hospital / Johns Hopkins Medicine
8600 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Ph: 301-896-3652

LeighAnn Sidone is the Vice President of Nursing/ Chief Nursing Officer at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine. Suburban Hospital is a level II trauma center, 230 bed community not-for-profit hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.  LeighAnn has been at Suburban Hospital since 1996 in a variety of roles most recently the Director of Professional Practice and Nursing Quality/ Associate Chief Nurse.  During this time, she developed the governance structure for nursing and ensured alignment of council activities to the nursing strategic plan and magnet standards. LeighAnn obtained her Masters in Nursing and Healthcare System Management from Loyola University. She is dual certified in Oncology and Executive Nursing Practice.

Joan Vincent

Joan Vincent, MSN, MS, RN, NEA-BC
9901 Medical Center Dr
Rockville, MD 20850
Ph: 240-826-6516

Joan is currently part of the Executive Leadership Team at Shady Grove Medical Center as the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.  She earned her B.S. in Nursing from West Virginia University School of Nursing.  Joan worked as a Medical/Surgical nurse for two years, married Paul Vincent and relocated to Washington, D.C.  She returned to school and earned a Master’s Degree in Cardiovascular Nursing from Catholic University.

Joan’s nursing experience has been obtained through a wide variety of roles including clinical bedside nursing in Med/Surg, Critical Care and Professional Education as well as teaching at the Washington Hospital Center School of Nursing.  Her career took her to Sibley Memorial Hospital, where she worked for 22 years in various leadership roles such as the Critical Care Educator, Director of Education and Training, Clinical Coordinator and for thirteen years as the Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.  During that time she also earned a second Master’s Degree in Leadership from Marymount University, achieved Advanced Certification as a Nurse Executive and graduated from the Johns Hopkins Inaugural class: “Transforming Health Systems for Accountable Care”

Her compassion for nursing and strong leadership skills have resulted in a strong focused leadership team.

Danielle Wilson

Danielle Wilson
Director of Service Excellence
Baltimore Washington Medical Center
301 Hospital Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Ph: 410-787-4569

Danielle Wilson RN, MSN  began her nursing career at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center in 2005.  In November of 2013 she was chosen as Director of Service Excellence. This new department is charged with Patient Advocacy, Lean process improvement and patient experience initiatives.  Prior to this she was the Nurse Manager for the Emergency Department Observation Unit, staff/charge RN in the Emergency Department and the Orthopedic/Nuro floor.  Danielle was a member of the implementation team for the upgrade to the Cerner electronic medical record and a subject matter expert for the Epic implementation.  Danielle attended University of Maryland School of Nursing for her BSN and Notre Dame of Maryland University for her MSN.  Prior to nursing Danielle worked in software engineering, she also served in the US Air Force active duty and Air National Guard as an Intelligence Specialist.


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