Board of Directors and Staff


CAROLE KENNER, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, ANEF : PRESIDENT

CAROLE KENNER, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, ANEF

PRESIDENT

Carole has over 35 years’ neonatal/perinatal/pediatric experience. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University (USA) with the degrees in neonatal/perinatal nursing and nursing education. She has taught for 30 years, developed educational programs in the US and abroad. She is the author/editor over 30 textbooks and a four-time winner of publishing awards including the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year. She received the Audrey Hepburn Award from Sigma Theta Tau for her international contributions to child welfare and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Lifetime Achievement Award. Carole is the Dean of the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey (USA) at present. She was the founding President of COINN.

ceo[at]coinnurses.org
KAREN WALKER, PhD, RN (AUSTRALIA) : VICE PRESIDENT

KAREN WALKER, PhD, RN (AUSTRALIA)

VICE PRESIDENT

Clinical Associate Professor Karen Walker is a Senior Research Fellow in Grace Centre for Newborn Care, the neonatal intensive care unit at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance International Multi-disciplinary Prevention and Cure Team for Cerebral Palsy (IMPACT for CP). Karen is the current President of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses and is passionate about mentoring and developing leadership and research skills in neonatal nurses.

karen.walker[at]health.nsw.gov.au
KAREN NEW, PhD, RN, (AUSTRALIA) : SECRETARY

KAREN NEW, PhD, RN, (AUSTRALIA)

SECRETARY

Karen is a Clinical Academic Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia where she obtained her PhD in 2012. Her current research focus is preconception, early pregnancy care, and improving pregnancy outcomes. Karen has a keen interest in neonatal care and nursing in low resource settings. Another passion is advancing neonatal nursing evidence base. Karen currently serves on the board of Cochrane Innovations and is the vice-president of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses.

karennew[at]coinnurses.org
DEBBIE O’DONOGHUE, RN (NEW ZEALAND) : Treasurer

DEBBIE O’DONOGHUE, RN (NEW ZEALAND)

Treasurer

Debbie is the Nurse Manager of the NICU at Christchurch Women’s Hospital New Zealand. She has been working within New Zealand in a senior neonatal nursing role for the past 17 years. Debbie’s background is within neonatal and paediatric nursing and midwifery both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has a post graduate Diploma in Nursing (Health Sciences) and is just completing her Master’s, undertaking a qualitative research study within the NICU setting. Debbie is a current member of the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and a member of the neonatal nurses College of Aotearoa (NNCA). Debbie’s areas of interest are improving neonatal nursing best practice, nursing workforce planning, and staff wellbeing.

debbie.odonaghue[at]cdhb.health.nz
MARY BLANKENSHIP POINTER : CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

MARY BLANKENSHIP POINTER

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Mary is a native of Oklahoma City (USA) and has over 38 years of banking/finance. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her philanthropic activities and active community service that are combined with extensive experience in financing, business development, and banking. Her expertise in finance and fundraising are known nationally and internationally. She started with COINN in 2004. Her two main passions are healthcare and education.

Mpointer[at]rbt.com
MARINA BOYKOVA, PhD, RN (RUSSIA) : NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MARINA BOYKOVA, PhD, RN (RUSSIA)

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Marina received her nursing diploma from the School of Nursing #3, Leningrad, in 1989 and worked as a NICU nurse for 19 years at Children’s Hospital #1, Saint Petersburg, Russia. She got her Bachelor of Science (Nursing) and Master of Science (Health Promotion) degrees from the University of Liverpool (Chester, United Kingdom), and her doctorate in nursing (PhD) from the University of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, USA). She also holds a Diploma in Higher Nursing Education from the University of Great Novgorod, Russia. Marina is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing since 2000. Her passion is neonatal nursing, care for preterm infants (specifically, transition from hospital to home) and international collaboration. She also serves as Project/Research Manager for COINN.

m.boykova[at]coinnurses.org
AGNES VAN DEN HOOGEN, PhD, RN (THE NETHERLANDS) : NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

AGNES VAN DEN HOOGEN, PhD, RN (THE NETHERLANDS)

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Agnes is a nurse scientist and clinical nurse at the University Medical Centre of Utrecht (UMCU), Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, Utrecht, The Netherlands. She has been a neonatal intensive care nurse since 1985 and holds degrees from the Cardiff University (Wales, UK) and the University of Utrecht. Agnes’ clinical interests are in intravenous access in neonates, ethics, epidemiology, and education. She was the President of the European Society for Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC) from 2009 until 2013. Agnes is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI), Vice Chair for the Education and Training in the Committee for Standards of Care for Newborn Health in Europe (via EFCNI) and member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

ahoogen[at]umcutrecht.nl
KAREN LASBY, MN, RN (CANADA) : NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

KAREN LASBY, MN, RN (CANADA)

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Karen is the developer and team leader for the Neonatal Transition Team, a unique team of specialized neonatal public health nurses that follow very-low-birth-weight infants post-discharge in Calgary, Alberta. Karen’s 30+ year career has encompassed NICU point-of-care nurse, transport nurse, NICU educator, and clinical nurse specialist, as well as a long 28 year commitment to curriculum design, course development, and instruction for a distance-delivery neonatal certificate program. From May 2016-2017, Karen is the president of the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses (CANN). Karen is the co-chair for the COINN 2016 “ONE” international neonatal nursing conference, hosted by CANN in Vancouver, Canada, August 14-17, 2016. Karen was one of 100 nurses to receive a 2016 “Centennial award” for nursing excellence from the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta.

karen.lasby[at]shaw.ca
Carin Maree, PhD, RN (SOUTH AFRICA) : Non Executive Director

Carin Maree, PhD, RN (SOUTH AFRICA)

Non Executive Director

I am a senior lecturer at the Department of Nursing Science, University of Pretoria. My qualifications include PhD, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, MCur (Professional Nursing), Diploma in Neonatal Nursing Science, BA Cur (Education and Administration), Diploma in Child Nursing and BCur(General-, Community- and Psychiatric Nursing and Midwifery). My experience is related to neonatal intensive care, quality improvement and accreditation of healthcare settings and higher education.

My passion is competent and compassionate neonatal care that includes the family, as well as quality education and research. My research interest includes neonatal intensive care and families of neonatal patients. I also have an interest in education, especially in curriculum development, interprofessional education and whole brain learning.

Sue Prullage, DNP, ANP, NNP/PNP,-BC RN (RWANDA) : Non Executive Director

Sue Prullage, DNP, ANP, NNP/PNP,-BC RN (RWANDA)

Non Executive Director

Sue has been a nurse since 1981 and a neonatal/pediatric nurse since 1984. In 1994 I became a neonatal nurse practitioner and in 1996 I obtained my pediatric nurse practitioner. In 2008 my husband and I volunteered at a district hospital in Rwanda. I have been involved in neonatal care since 2008 in Rwanda in many capacities. I have been a professor at 2 different universities, researcher and worked as a neonatal and pediatric nurse practitioner. In 2015, I was a mentor to the board of the newly developed Rwanda Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Julia Petty, MA, MSc, RN (UNITED KINGDOM) : Non Executive Director

Julia Petty, MA, MSc, RN (UNITED KINGDOM)

Non Executive Director

Julia Petty is a Senior Lecturer, Children's Nursing at University of Hertfordshire (UH) where she has worked since April 2013. Julia's role at UH comprises teaching and assessment for a variety of child health modules including leading a module focusing on care of the sick child and a generic nursing module in professional aspects of care. She has an extensive educational background in the neonatal specialty including a role of newborn life support instructor for the UK Resuscitation Council. Julia has a keen interest in the development of digital neonatal learning resources. She is currently in the early stages of undertaking a Doctorate in Education exploring how a storytelling approach can be used to understand the patient journey and the design of specific curricula for learning in neonatal care incorporating the principles of co-production with parents and health professionals.

Andre Ndayambaje, BS, RN (RWANDA) : Non Executive Director

Andre Ndayambaje, BS, RN (RWANDA)

Non Executive Director

Andre is the founder and commissioner of funds in board of Rwanda Association of Midwives(RAM) since 2011.  The Founder and president of Rwanda Association of Neonatal Nurses (RANN) since 2015, he is also the general secretary of Rwanda Nurses and Midwives Union (RNMU) at King Faisal Bureau since 2013 and the Vice-Chair of Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee at King Faisal Hospital NICU since 2013.

Andréia Cascaes, PhD, RN (BRAZIL) : Non Executive Director

Andréia Cascaes, PhD, RN (BRAZIL)

Non Executive Director

Andreia received her neonatal nurse diploma from University of São Paulo (Brazil) in 2004. She worked as a NICU clinical nurse for five years at a private hospital in Brazil.  She got her Master of Science and Doctor of Science (PhD) degrees from the School of Nursing of University of São Paulo(Brazil). She is researcher in neonatal, pediatric and family nursing fields. Currently she is professor at a Pediatric Nursing Department of School of Nursing of Federal University of São Paulo (Brazil). Andreia is a member of International Family Nursing Association (IFNA), first secretary of Brazilian Society of Pediatric Nursing and member of board - non-executive director- of COINN (2016-2019).