Alumni Board

Those who serve on our Alumni Board give the college the priceless gift of their time and their experience.

The College of Nursing Alumni Board encourages our alumni—numbering more than 13,000—to stay connected by supporting the mission and vision of the college and the priorities of the Office of Advancement. Board activities focus on alumni and student engagement and philanthropy, as well as advocating for and increasing visibility for the college in the nursing profession. All UIC Nursing graduates, as well as current students, are eligible to join.

Our current Alumni Board



PRESIDENT: Patricia Lewis, PhD ’93 – Retired Director of UIC Nursing-Rockford Campus

VICE PRESIDENT: Janet M. Spunt, MS ’83, BSN ’74, RN – Retired

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Karla J. Nacion, PhD ’88, MS ’87, RN, CNM, APRN-BC – Certified Nurse Midwife

TREASURER:  Noor Bader, BSN ’17, RN – Registered Nurse, Advocate Christ Medical Center

SECRETARY:  Karelle Webb, BSN ’16, RN – Registered Nurse, Rush University Medical Center



Amera Al-Ali, BSN ’16, RN – Registered Nurse, Almost Home Kids Chicago, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Margaret Beaman, PhD’87, MSN ’82, BSN ’78, RN – Lecturer, California State University San Bernardino

Yolanda A. Coleman, PhD ’12, MS, RN, MT (ASCP), ACHE, NEA-BC – Assistant Vice President, Nursing, St. Anthony Hospital

Sabina Dambrauskas, MS ’76, BSN ’68, CNM – Retired

Holli DeVon, PhD ’02, MS ’82, RN, FAHA, FAAN – Professor & Department Head, Biobehavioral Health Science, UIC College of Nursing

Alina Kraynack, DNP ’17, MS ’15, RN, APHN-BC – Adjunct Clinical Instructor, UIC College of Nursing

Linda L. Olson, PhD ’95, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN – Director of The Institute of Regulatory Excellence, National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Harlene Pearlman, MS ’95, RN, CDE – Diabetes Nurse Educator, West Suburban Medical Center

Beena Peters, DNP ’07, MS ’94, RN, FACHE, FABC – Chief Nursing Officer, Cook County Health and Hospitals System

Celeste Presperin-Pearson, PhD, BSN ’81, RN – DNP Student

Laurie Quinn, PhD ’96, RN, FAAN, FAHA, CDE – Clinical Professor, UIC College of Nursing

Joan Borsdorf Ruppman, MS ’83, RN – Retired

Interested in board membership?

All UIC Nursing graduates, as well as current students, are eligible to join the UIC Nursing Alumni Board.

To learn more, contact:

Sara Almassian

Associate Director, Alumni Engagement and Participation