About

NAHN Illinois – A rich history in bridging healthcare disparities among nurses & our communities.

Our History

In January of 1986, Jesusita Pedroza-Sepulveda RN brought together the founding committee who identified the many needs of healthcare delivery system for the Hispanic community. Recognizing that the lack of Hispanic Nurses and other healthcare professionals affected access to care for the entire Hispanic Community.

This association continues to increase awareness of nursing, improve access to care by providing educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic Nurses in Illinois. In 1994 the Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association was created, known as IHNA. IHNA has since, adopted the National title, so we are now known as NAHN-Illinois.

Our objectives

Assess

To assess the safety and quality of healthcare delivery services.

Collaborate

To collaborate with other organizations committed to serving bilingual, bicultural Spanish speaking communities and increasing the pipeline of Hispanic nurses.

Dialogue

To provide a forum for Hispanic Nurses to analyze and evaluate the healthcare needs of the community.

                   


Board of Directors

Stephanie Mendoza
DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

2021

President

Board of Directors

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Jose Alejandro
PhD, RN, NEA-BC, MBA, CNE, CCM, FACHE, FAAN

2024

2022

President-Elect

Board of Directors

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Susana Gonzalez
MSN, MHA, CNML, RN

2017

2013

Immediate Past President

Board of Directors

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Josefina A. Corral
MSN, RN, CNL, ACRP-CP

Secretary

Board of Directors

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Monica Y. Najera
BSN, RN

Treasurer

Board of Directors

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Rocio Sanchez
BSN, RN, PCCN

Treasurer-Elect

Board of Directors

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Jamie J. Najera
BSN, RN

Social Media & Public Relations Coordinator

Board of Directors

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Committee Chairs

Lisa A. Hernandez
BSN, RNC-MNN

Pre-Nursing / Mentorship Chair

Linkedinlahernandez.nahn@gmail.com
Bianca Maldonado
LPN

Membership Recruitment & Retention Co-Chair

Linkedinbmaldonado.nahn@gmail.com
Susana Gonzalez
MSN, MHA, CNML, RN

Scholarship & Awards Co-Chair

Community Engagement Co-Chair

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Karla Echevarria
BSN, RN

Community Engagement Co-Chair

LinkedinKgedavila@yahoo.com
Amelia Perez
PhD, RN

2023

2023

Nominations Chair

Linkedinaperez@siue.edu
Nancy Ramirez
BSN, RN

Membership Recruitment & Retention Co-Chair

Linkedinnngarcia@luriechildrens.org
Ursula Canli
DPN, ANP-C

Scholarship & Awards Co-Chair

Assistant Professor

Resurrection University College Of Nursing

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Diana Ortega
BSN, RN

Pre-Nursing / Mentorship Chair

Staff Nurse

Rush Oak Park Hospital

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Past Presidents
Isis Reyes
MSN, AG-ACNP-BC

2021

2021

ireyes.nahn@gmail.com
Elizabeth Aquino
RN, PhD

2017

2021

Susana Gonzalez
MSN, MHA, CNML, RN

2013

2017

ASI Home Care Agency Nurse Consultant

ASI

susanagonzalez.ihna@gmail.com
Adrianna Nava
MSN, RN

2011

2013

Director of Quality

Edward Hines VA Hospital

​Loraine Moreno
RN

2009

2011

Director of Women's Health

​Chicago Family Health Center