Candidates Provide Platform Statements as Campaigns for NAHN Offices Begin

NAHN's Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for upcoming elections. Each candidate has provided a platform statement. The election process will begin in June, and more information about voting will be sent as the election date draws closer. 

For President-Elect

  Alana Cueto, MSN, RN, CNL
Historically, NAHN hosts a volunteer event at every national conference leaving its footprint in its host city. It is my pledge that our footprint be recognized as the spirit of Hispanic nurses who are the leading voice of health in our communities. As the population and influence of Hispanics continues to grow locally and nationally NAHN stands poised and ready to engage the global community. It is my goal to lead and expand NAHN’s network through capacity building. Having the ability to recognize and forge relationships between key stakeholders at multiple levels within the organization, community and or government agency. VOTE Alana Cueto for President-elect-- Championing the voice of Hispanic nurses locally, nationally and globally! Follow my NAHN national campaign for President-elect on social media via FB, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter @acsqr #familia #NAHNnurse #Cueto4PrezElect #Committed2Nursing

   Eloisa Tamez, PhD, RN, FAAN
When a group of us got together to form the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, little did we know that someday this organization would be this big, strong and relevant. You have given Hispanic nurses the voice to make a difference in health care and service to our communities.  Together we will go forward to make healthy lifestyles a reality for our under-served populations. Together, let us share the benefits of the nursing profession and the demand for Hispanic nurses to meet the needs of an expanding Hispanic population.  I ask that you consider me as your choice as President-Elect.

For Board (2-Year Term)

   Ruth Amador, MSN, RN
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses exemplifies leadership, inspires collaboration, and fosters a sense of community. As a nurse educator, community leader, and representative of a professional nursing organization, cultivating a collaborative platform to bridge local and national organizational solidarity to elevate the profession, increase membership and advance leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses is my personal pledge to the organization. Personal commitment will be placed on innovative methods of recruiting new members and creatively motivating the existing membership to become nurse ambassadors at the local and national level. Through advocacy, incorporation of organizational cohesiveness, facilitating linkages between shared views, experiences, and professional expertise, my commitment aligns with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses’ vision on engagement and recruitment. Dedication to these core principles will promote organizational growth and give rise to a new generation of nurse leaders nationwide.

   Christina Machuca, RN
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses signifies evolution. In the years since its formation the association has grown, evolved, & evoked change within the communities it serves. Inspiration was and remains the forefront of all that we do and touch. Having been a member of NAHN for a number of years, I would not be where I am today if it were not for the guidance provided to me by NAHN & my beloved New York chapter specifically. I would be honored & humbled to be a part of National’s Board of Directors. It is my aim to make an auspicious mark within the EDI (Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) committee. NAHN members come from all walks of life, from all corners of the world. In embracing our differences, we can create a positive change to benefit all within the scope of our practice and within the realm of our mentorship.

   Carli Zegers, BSN, RN 
I would be honored to join the NAHN Board with the focus on increasing the resources provided to individual chapters with a special focus on enhancing the new chapter and new member experience. I believe that NAHN has a unique opportunity to disseminate information about the best ways to increase diversity in nursing across the nation and I pledge to assist in developing a unified and innovative voice which represents the mission and vision of NAHN. Finally, I pledge to increase the opportunities for nurses to connect and expand their professional development through increasing member communication, leadership opportunities, educational advancement, and expanding NAHN’s current capacity for continuing education. I hope, with the support of great leaders and members of NAHN, that we can continue the great legacy of supporting Hispanic community and nurses across the nation – together we can continue to make a difference.

For Nominating Committee

   Mayra Garcia, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC

I was one of the lucky ones that always knew I wanted to be a nurse; however, being a second- generation immigrant I did not have many mentors to look up to. When I joined NAHN in 2013, I did so with the inspiration and the desire to serve the Hispanic community with others who shared the same passion. NAHN has provided me with friendships, mentors, and leadership growth opportunities. This organization helps to provide a voice for other Hispanic nurses and advocates for members in the community. The national nominating committee assists in vetting candidates to help lead and enlarge NAHN. That is why I desire to help grow this amazing organization through the nominating committee.

   Jorge Prada, NP, RN, MS, FNYAM
There is a joy in reading the election ballots, candidates, their platforms and bios. The role of the Nominating committee is paramount in all this. I would like to be part of this team that reviews and ensures that our Elections continues to be times for renewals through the presentation of strong candidates of high caliber for our Board of Directors. I have been working on many leadership positions within NAHN for few years. As President of the New York Chapter, I have gained enough experience understanding membership and what moves them when it comes to seeking leadership positions. I have also gained insights on what interests them when it comes to election processes and candidate selection, and of course, understanding the why’s members want to make a difference by running for office. Adding to these, my energetic, passionate, committed, goal oriented and innovative forward-thinking personality, I could definitely help the committee in continue to delivery fast and efficient election systems that inspires our membership to participate and help NAHN to the next level. I am ready for the challenge, let’s do this!

   Claudia Valdez Lowe, MS, ANCP-BC
As a longtime member of NAHN, I would be honored to serve this organization as a member of the Nominating Committee. I would like to take this opportunity to inform the membership of my qualifications.

  • NAHN National Nominating Committee volunteer 2010-2014
  • Nominating Committee Chairperson for Amigos de Henry Ford which is an employee resource group at Henry Ford Health Systems. Elections are held every year.
  • Current member of the Nominating Committee for the NAHN-Michigan Chapter. Elections are held every 2 years.

I have also developed the election process timeline for both Amigos de Henry Ford and the Michigan Chapter. The timeline delineates the election process and establishes election policy for voters, candidates, and committee members.