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Friends of the FWWSON

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

Original Friends Board Members

Original Board Members:

Pictured (l-r): Veronica Taylor, Mary Behrens, Mary Burman, Marcia Dale, Gaurdia Banister, Fay Whitney, Ed Henry


The "Friends" board was formed in 2009 to help direct the school's development plan and current initiatives. In 2013 the Friends board grew to 16 members. (Scroll down the page to read about each member.) This board has adopted a project to seek financial assistance/award funding for the Marcia Dale Aspire Scholar Program. This project will not only support and encourage our future nursing leaders, but will honor the name and memory of our very special former leader and dean, Marcia Dale.

Current Board Members

Gaurdia E. Banister, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN (BSN '80) - Friends Co-Chair

Gaurdia E. Banister, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN (BSN '80) - Friends Co-Chair

Executive Director, The Institute for Patient Care, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston / UW Distinguished Alumna 2014 / UW School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna 2008 / RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow 2001


Mary L. Behrens, BSN, MSN, RN, FNP-BC (MS FNP '98)

Mary L. Behrens, BSN, MSN, RN, FNP-BC (MS FNP '98)

ANA Leadership Institute member / VP of WY Center for Nursing & Health Care Partnerships / UW Health Science Advisory Board nursing representative / Friendship Bridge Humanitarian Teaching Project in Vietnam


Mary Burman, Dean and Professor

Mary Burman, Dean and Professor

Dean of the UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing / RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow 2007


William G. Dale

William G. Dale

Businessman and husband of late former nursing dean and Friend, Marcia L. Dale


Karleen Goerke, RN, MSN, NEA-BC (BSN, '86)

Karleen Goerke, RN, MSN, NEA-BC (BSN, '86)

Assistant Professor, Coordinator of MS Leadership Program, Loretto Heights School of Nursing, Regis University. UW School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna 2013


Edward Henry, MS, FNP-C (BSN '95; MS FNP '03)

Edward Henry, MS, FNP-C (BSN '95; MS FNP '03)

Family Nurse Practitioner for Sheridan VA hospital, providing care at the Afton Community Based Outreach Clinic, and at the Evanston Clinic via telehealth


Emily (Bandel) Hill, RN, BSN (BSN '13)

Emily (Bandel) Hill, RN, BSN (BSN '13)

RN, Hematology/Oncology unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. President of the inaugural board of the UW Alumni Association Nursing Chapter from 2014-2016.


Joyce Lyford, RN, MSN (BSN '83, MSN '86)

Joyce Lyford, RN, MSN (BSN '83, MSN '86) - Friends Co-Chair

UW School of Nursing alumna/former student of Marcia Dale. Lyford taught for the UW School of Nursing in Casper, Wyoming in the off-campus program.


Tonya MacDonald, RN, FNP (BSN '02)

Tonya MacDonald, RN, FNP (BSN '02)

Family Nurse Practitioner, Urgent Care, Seattle, Washington area


Taylor (Burke) Meyer, RN, BSN (BSN '11)

Taylor (Burke) Meyer, RN, BSN (BSN '11)

Manager of Patient Safety/Quality at Centura Health


Jeanine Niemoller, RN, MS, BC, RAC-CT (BSN '81, MSN '96)

Jeanine Niemoller, RN, MS, BC, RAC-CT (BSN '81, MSN '96)

Retired Director, Extended Care Facility, Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Laramie, Wyoming


Anne-Marie T. Octavio, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Anne-Marie T. Octavio

2015 graduate of the FWWSON, first DNP cohort / 2009 graduate of BSN program. Octavio is a Family Nurse Practitioner, ANCC board certified. She works at the Sheridan VA Healthcare System in primary care and telemedicine.


Brett Skattum, CRNA (BSN '08)

Brett Skattum, CRNA (BSN '08)

Engaging former student (first recipient of and inspiration for the "Spirit of Nursing" award at Nursing Convocation in 2008). Recently graduated from CRNA school, passing boards in Dec. 2016. Accepted an anesthesia position in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


Susan Steiner, PhD, RN, FNP

Susan Steiner, PhD, RN, FNP

Associate Dean, University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing


Veronica Taylor, RN, MS

Veronica Taylor, RN, MS

Director of infection prevention, professional development, and disaster preparedness, Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyoming


Fay Whitney, PhD, RN, FAAN

Fay Whitney, PhD, RN, FAAN - Advisor to the Friends

University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Professor Emeritus and recently newly titled as "Advisor" to the Friends development group



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