Who We Are
Global Nursing Caucus is currently governed by a Secretary/Treasurer, two Board Co-Chairs, a Board of Directors, and a group of Advisors. The Board and Advisors include members of academic institutions, non-profits, and affiliate organizations.
Keep scrolling to meet the team!
Board of Directors
Dr. Monica Adhiambo Onyango, RNM, MPH, MS, PhD
Dr. Onyango has over twenty-five years of experience in health care delivery, management, teaching, and research. Currently she is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH)/Department of International Health & Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD). She teaches courses in managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, and sexual and reproductive health in disaster settings. Onyango worked as a health team leader with international non-governmental organizations in relief and development in South Sudan, Angola, and a refugee camp in Kenya. Her experience also includes ten years as a nursing officer in hospital management at the Kenya Ministry of Health and a lecturer at Nairobi’s Medical Training College, School of Nursing. In 2011, Onyango co-founded the Global Nursing Caucus at BUSPH. Her current research interests focus on care among populations affected by disasters, reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and the role of nurses and midwives in improving health status of populations globally.
Nancy White Street, ScD, PNP, BC
Nancy White Street is a pediatric nurse practitioner with over twenty years of experience in adolescent health, working in urban health care centers. She currently holds the Julia and Harold Plotnick Endowed Professorship in Global Health at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Street received a BS in Nursing from Boston College and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania. She also has an MS in Public Health and ScD from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her two professional passions focus on adolescent health and well being and nursing education. Street’s current global health work involves the development and implementation of a nurse faculty education program in Haiti, where faculty from nursing schools throughout the country are studying for an MS degree in nursing.
Pritika Patel, MS, FNP-BC
GNC Board Member
Pritika Patel is a family nurse practitioner. She earned her bachelors and masters in nursing from Regis College in Weston, MA. While attending Regis, Pritika was a project assistant to the Regis College Haiti Project (RCHP). The goal of the RCHP is to improve access to quality health care in Haiti by advocating for the advancement of nursing education in Haiti and addressing the acute nursing shortage. Prior to Regis she received her BS in biology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Pritika has engaged in global health work in South Africa, Haiti and Grenada. Currently, Pritika co-authors the GNC’s monthly online newsletter with colleague Lauren Ghazal.
Natasha Viveiros, MPH, RN
GNC Board Member
Natasha Viveiros is a Surgical Intensive Care Registered Nurse, and a recent graduate of Boston University School of Public Health. She holds a masters in Global Health, and has been involved in malnutrition and sexual education research in Nicaragua. Her focus is on quality improvement and access to healthcare in Central and South America. Natasha also served as Interim Program Coordinator for GNC.
GNC Board Member
Dr. Barbara Astle, PhD, RN
Meaghan Bradley, BSN, RN, MPH
Pat Daoust, MSN, RN
Lauren Ghazal, FNP-BC
Rosanna F. DeMarco, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, APHN-BC, ACRN, FAAN
Joyce Pulcini, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN
Steven Purcell, MPH, RN
Anne Sliney, ACRN BSN DSc(hon)
Anne Sliney was the Chief Nursing Officer of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) from 2004 until 2016. Anne worked with CHAI country and global teams on health system strengthening activities, particularly Human Resources for Health (HRH). She has worked closely with the government of Rwanda on its HRH program since its inception in 2011, and with the Government of Liberia to implement its Health Workforce Program.
In her role as Chief Nursing Officer, Anne has assisted governments in resource-poor countries as they scaled-up care and treatment programs for HIV infected individuals. She advised CHAI on nursing issues, and worked with nursing leaders and educators in partner countries to design programs that enhance the role of the nurse.
She is an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse and developed and implemented a community-based HIV adherence program in Rhode Island, prior to her work in
global health. She is a cooperating faculty member of the Rhode Island College School of Nursing, where she received an honorary doctor of science degree in 2006.
Dr. Jeanne Leffers
Dr. Jeanne Leffers worked as a public health nurse in Tennessee and Virginia and has taught nursing for more than 30 years in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island. Currently
she is an Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Nursing where she taught public health in the BS, MS and PhD programs and was involved with curriculum
development, program evaluation, diversity initiatives, service learning, international programs, and sustainability programs. Her special interests within community/public health are
environmental health and global health where she focused her teaching, research and service. In her global health work, she has been a nurse volunteer in Uganda, the Dominican Republic,
Guatemala, Honduras and Haiti. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for Nursing Education at Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), and formerly as the HVO nursing education
coordinator for Uganda and the Sigma Theta Tau International Service Task Force. Dr. Leffers co-authored the book Volunteering at Home and Abroad: Essential Guide for Nurses (2011) and co-
editor of the book, Global Health Nursing: Building and Sustaining Partnerships. She served as Associate Guest Editor for the special topic of international partnerships for Frontiers Public