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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

About Friends

The "Friends" board was formed in 2009 to help direct the school's development plan and current initiatives. In 2018 the Friends board grew to 17 members. (Scroll down the page to read about each member.)

The Purpose of Friends

...is to facilitate the attainment of the mission of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON). The Friends' commitment will be...

  1. ...to participate in development activities that support the mission of the school.

  2. ...to collaborate with Dean or designee regarding strategic priorities.

  3. ...to foster students’ professional development to best position them for leadership in nursing.

Check out the Friends Guidelines

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 for exceptional contributions to the nursing profession in the areas of administration and nursing practice / 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 / Fellow, American Academy of Nursing 2016 / Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2008 / RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow 2007


Johnna French, BSN, CLC (BSN '11)

Johnna French, BSN, CLC (BSN '11)

Maternal Child Home Visiting Nurse with Albany County Public Health in Laramie, Wyoming / UW School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna 2017 based on work in and passion for Public Health Nursing and outstanding involvement and contributions to the community


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

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

Retired Family Nurse Practitioner for Sheridan VA hospital, where he provided 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.


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

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

Director of Quality Resources at Centura Health


Holly Miller, MS, RN, CNE (BSN '81; MS '96)

Holly Miller, MS, RN, CNE

1981 BSN and 1996 MSN alumna / Retired Director of the Basic BSN and BRAND programs as well as former Coordinator of the Clinical Simulation Center at UW FWW School of Nursing / CHS Outstanding Career Achievement Award Winner 2018


Picture of Susan Mills

Susan Polston Mills, PhD, MSN, RN (BSN '96)

Senior Vice-President of Quality Improvement with Superior HealthPlans of Texas / UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna 2018 for outstanding contributions to the nursing profession and excellence in administration


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 / Vice-Chair, Wyoming Center for Nursing / Wyoming Nurses Association Outstanding Service to WNA awardee 2011 / Adjunct faculty at UW FWW School of Nursing


Susan Steiner, PhD, RN, FNP

Susan Steiner, PhD, RN, FNP

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


Veronica Taylor, RN, MS

Veronica Taylor, RN, MS

Retired; Former Director of infection prevention, professional development, and disaster preparedness, Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyoming / WNA Lifetime Achievement Award 2017


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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