Board of Directors

PCNA Executive Board

Jo-Ann Eastwood headshot

Jo-Ann Eastwood
UCLA School of Nursing, Los Angeles, CA

Kim Newlin headshot

President Elect
Kim Newlin
Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville, CA

Dennison Himmelfarb headshot

Immediate Past President
Cheryl R. Dennison Himmelfarb
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

Kathy Berra headshot

Kathy Berra
Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford, CA

PCNA Board of Directors

Lynne T. Braun
Rush University and Heart & Vascular Institute, Chicago, IL

Susan Bush


North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, CO

Mary Ann Champagne
Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA

Lola Coke headshotLola A. Coke
Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, IL


Sandra B. Dunbar
Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Barbara FletcherBarbara J. Fletcher
University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Eileen M. Handberg
University of Florida, Orlando, FL

Laura L. Hayman
University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

Nancy Houston Miller

Nancy Houston Miller
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Cindy Lamendola

Cindy Lamendola
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

PCNA Board of Directors - Bios


Dr. Lynne Braun is a Professor in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, Rush University College of Nursing, as well as a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Rush University Medical Center.  She is a nurse practitioner in the Rush Heart Center for Women where she focuses on prevention. Dr. Braun’s clinical and research interests include cardiovascular risk reduction, exercise, cardiac rehabilitation, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension management.  She is a Diplomate of the Accreditation Council of Clinical Lipidology.  She served as co-investigator for 3 research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, most recently, a study entitled, “Reducing Health Disparity in African American Women: Adherence to Physical Activity.”  She is a co-author of five AHA/ACC Scientific Statements, the AHA/ACC statement on Performance Measures for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, and 3 AHA clinical practice guidelines.  She chaired the AHA policy statement on palliative care in cardiovascular disease and stroke. She has served as consultant to the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention for several projects.  Dr. Braun is an editorial board member for the Journal of Clinical Lipidology; she serves as reviewer for numerous other journals.

Dr. Braun has been an active volunteer for the American Heart Association since 1980 in numerous capacities.  She is the immediate Past Chairperson of the Illinois Advocacy Committee, and the President-Elect of the Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors.  Nationally, Dr. Braun is the Past Chairperson of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, and is a member of the Advocacy Coordinating Committee.  

Dr. Braun is Past President of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and a current board member.  She is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Heart Association, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, the National Lipid Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice from Sigma Theta Tau International, Distinguished Alumna Awards from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Nurses Alumni Association, the Healthcare Volunteer of the Year Award by the American Heart Association, and the Coeur d’Or Medical Honoree by the American Heart Association of Metropolitan Chicago.

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Kathy graduated from Stanford University and received her Master's and Adult Nurse Practitioner Degree from the University of San Francisco. Her research at Stanford University School of Medicine focused on heart disease prevention, women and heart disease, and nurse case management for CVD risk reduction. She has published extensively in the medical literature, has authored 2 books, and speaks internationally on heart disease related subjects.
In 1991, she received the National Award of Excellence from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. In 2001, she received the first "Wenger Award" for clinical contributions to women's health by WomenHeart.  She received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in September 2001.  She was awarded the National Healthcare Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Heart Association in 2008.  She is a recipient of the Master of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation – Awarded by AACVPR in 2010.

Kathy is past president and founder of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.  She is past president and founder of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and has served on their Board of Directors since the 1980’s. In 2007, Kathy and Nancy Houston Miller started the LifeCare Company, a home-based care management company dedicated to improving the health of persons with complex multi-morbidities who live at home

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Susan Bush, RN, BSN, CCRP, FPCNA has devoted her career to cardiovascular nursing in various capacities including critical care, disease management, and cardiac rehabilitation.  Her nursing education started with an Associate of Science degree from Florida State College and continued with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Regis University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Susan is currently the Heart Failure Nurse Navigator at UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado educating and managing patients with heart failure. Prior to this she spent many years in Cardiac Rehabilitation in Colorado and Florida. Professional duties included supervision of Phases I through III Cardiac Rehabilitation, staff, patient, student, and community health education development and presentation, planning and facilitation of support group meetings, quality improvement, policy and procedure development, and certification preparation. She successfully completed the requirements for Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional with American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. As a cardiovascular disease manager she researched, developed, and implemented a lipid disease management program for sixty primary care physicians which included training as well as compiling and analyzing data.  Susan is a founding member and past President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of PCNA.  Since the official designation as a chapter in October 2010, she has planned and moderated meetings and collaborated with the Colorado American College of Cardiology developing educational conferences. She has been a PCNA member since 2004 and has participated on multiple committees and education projects. She is on the Board of Directors for PCNA. Other professional memberships include AACVPR and ACC.

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Mary Ann Champagne, MSN, CNS, FAHA, FPCNA is a clinical nurse specialist and the nurse coordinator for the Stanford University Medical Center's Preventive Cardiology Clinic. Ms. Champagne received her Bachelor of Science degree from Seattle University and her Master of Science degree with a specialty in adult cardiovascular nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She has spent the majority of her professional career in the area of risk reduction and prevention of cardiovascular disease; starting out in the coronary care unit and moving in to cardiac rehabilitation and then to primary and secondary prevention. She was one of the nurse coordinators in the Stanford Coronary Risk Intervention Project (SCRIP). This was an angiographic regression trial that utilized nurse case managers to implement an aggressive multiple risk factor reduction intervention in patients with coronary artery disease. She has been a medical supervisor in the local cardiac rehabilitation program for over 30 years. She also lectures in subjects related to global cardiovascular risk reduction and disease prevention with an emphasis on dyslipidemia and hypertension. Ms. Champagne is one of the founding board members of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She served as president of PCNA for two terms and has also been co-chair for the annual symposium. She continues to serve on the Board of PCNA and has been involved in a variety of activities, including serving as chief editor of “A Pocket Guide: National Guidelines and Tools for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction.” Ms. Champagne has been a member of the Cardiovascular Nursing Council of the American Heart Association (AHA) since mid 1980’s. She has supported many of the local, state and national AHA initiatives. In November 2004, she was designated as a Fellow in the AHA.

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Dr. Lola Coke is an assistant professor in Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago, Il. Dr. Coke has worked as a cardiovascular nurse for 30 years; 15 as a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist. Her acute care experience ranges from intermediate cardiac critical care to care of post open heart and peripheral vascular surgery patients. Her research area of interest includes the impact of resistance training on household physical activities and quality of life in women experiencing cardiac events. She was awarded an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in 2001 and developed a “Healthy Heart” program for under-served African American women, continuing the program for two years, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the program. In 2006 she received the “Martha Hill New Investigator” Award from the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, American Heart Association for her resistance training research. In addition, Dr. Coke recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Bio-behavioral Health Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Coke is certified in Motivational Interviewing and conducts workshops and webinars in MI. Dr. Coke is a member of the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, serves as co-web editor for the Council website and serves on the membership committee. Dr. Coke is also a member of AACVPR and ACSM. Besides her program of research, Dr. Coke’s passion is to develop culturally sensitive, literacy appropriate materials to teach under-served populations about cardiovascular risk factor reduction and to develop creative and effective methods to begin educating patients in the acute care setting.

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Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb’s sustained passion and commitment to reducing health disparities and improving the quality of care and outcomes for cardiovascular and critical care patients is seen as a consistent thread throughout her program of research, professional practice, and teaching. Research by Dr. Himmelfarb has led to the development of effective and transferable health system and interdisciplinary team-based strategies to improve the quality of cardiovascular care. Dr. Himmelfarb’s scholarship has contributed to a greater understanding of social and cultural determinants of cardiovascular risk, particularly among black and resource-limited populations. Dr. Himmelfarb has served on numerous National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association expert panels that have generated scientific statements and national clinical guidelines to reduce health disparities and improve the quality of cardiovascular care. She has authored or co-authored over 130 publications to translate and disseminate research to both scientific and clinical audiences, thus she has informed future research and policy efforts while driving improvements in current clinical practice and patient outcomes. Dr. Himmelfarb is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

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Dr. Sandra B. Dunbar is the Associate Dean of Academic Advancement and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing at the Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta, GA. She has focused her program of research on improving outcomes for complex cardiovascular patients and their families and has conducted NIH and other funded clinical trials that developed and tested intervention focused on improving self-care and quality of life and reducing cardiovascular risk, psychosocial distress and health resource use. Her leadership spans three other professional nursing organizations in that she has served as Chair of the Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing of the American Heart Association (AHA), chair of the Nursing Council of the Heart Failure Society of America, and President of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She holds fellowships in the AHA, the American Academy of Nursing, and PCNA. She has published widely in nursing and interdisciplinary journal and has presented her work at local, national, and international scientific meetings.

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Dr. Jo-Ann Eastwood is an Associate Professor in Health Promotion Sciences/Acute Care Nursing and the Program Director for Advanced Practice at the University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing. She is a clinical nurse specialist and a board certified acute care nurse practitioner. Her program of research encompasses the study of gender differences in ischemic heart disease (IHD) and the identification of specific biologic, diagnostic and psychosocial correlates of IHD in premenopausal women. Her research activities include the development of new knowledge regarding hormonal mechanisms that contribute to early IHD as well as the early identification of "at risk" women for subclinical or early IHD. Her current research combines clinical and m-Health approaches to risk reduction in young, minority women. She is the recipient of an American Heart Association Clinical Research award, in which she combines a community-based participatory research model with mobile health technology. Her innovative approach focuses on development of self-management skills designed to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and reduce cardiovascular risk in young Black women in the Los Angeles area. 

Dr. Eastwood is a Fellow of the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) and the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention. She is the Vice-Chair of the Prevention Committee for these two councils. Dr. Eastwood is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She is a long-standing member of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau and the Academy of Women’s Health.

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Barbara Johnston Fletcher, RN, MSN, FPCNA, FAAN is currently Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, College of Health, at the University of North Florida and Research Collaborator, Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. As a clinician and researcher in the field of cardiovascular nursing, she has conducted seminal studies on activity for cardiac patients, which evolved into a steady trajectory of scholarly inquiry into exercise behaviors and outcomes for different patient populations. She has led multidisciplinary research projects as a co-principal investigator of federally funded studies addressing cardiovascular risk factors.  Barbara has consistently disseminated her expertise and research through more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books. She is a founding board member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and has supported nursing education and leadership for many years. Her leadership in the American Heart Association's Council on Cardiovascular Nursing led directly to innovative health policy activities, increased visibility for nursing science, and expanded the scope of nursing's influence in important patient care and research issues. Her innovative and creative contributions to nursing, health care, and the public are exemplary. She is one of the founding members of “Us”, a University of North Florida, College of Health program addressing women and girls’ health in the greater Jacksonville area.

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Dr. Laura Hayman, PHD, RN, FPCNA, FAAN is Professor of Nursing at UMass Boston. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, UMass Medical School.   Dr. Hayman earned her BSN, MSN, and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. Her program of research and scholarship has focused on primary prevention of obesity and risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in children, adolescents and families from diverse populations.  Her current interdisciplinary projects combine clinical and community-based approaches designed to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and reduce risk for obesity and cardiometabolic disease in children, adolescents and families and community-based research designed to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. 

Dr. Hayman has served on numerous national and international interdisciplinary advisory and expert panels relevant to primary prevention of obesity and CVD in childhood and adolescence. Dr. Hayman serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, and MCN: The American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing. She is a past president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) and a member of the Society's Health Policy Committee. 

Dr. Hayman has also served in leadership roles in the American Heart Association (AHA). Currently, she serves on AHA’s International Committee and the Leadership committee, Council on Cardiovascular  and Stroke Nursing. She holds fellowships in SBM, AHA, the American Academy of Nursing, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and PCNA. She has been a member of the PCNA Board of Directors since 1997, served as president, 2006-2007, and currently chairs the International Committee. 

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Dr. Handberg is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Program in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Florida. She also serves the University as an Institutional Review Board member, and representative on the College of Medicine Continuing Medical Education committee. She is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and has an outpatient practice, and manages research patient care. She is program Director for the practitioner competency assessment program Florida CARES, one of only 7 Assessment Centers in the US. Her clinical interests include exercise and lifestyle interventions, ischemic heart disease, heart disease in women, and heart failure.

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Nancy Houston Miller, RN, BSN, FAHA, FPCNA, is Director of the LifeCare Company dedicated to providing nurse care management to patients with complex medical problems.  She is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the University of California San Francisco and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.  For 35 years she was the Associate Director of the Stanford University Cardiac Rehabilitation Program of research. She attended the University of Washington School of Nursing where she obtained her BSN. Her fellowships include the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. Ms. Houston Miller has been the director of many major clinical research trials in cardiology prevention and rehabilitation.  She is also one of the developers of the MULTIFIT nurse care management program for patients with chronic disease including hypertension, diabetes, CAD, and heart failure. She is a past chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Affiliate of the American Heart Association, and has served on the national board of directors. Ms. Houston Miller is one of the founders of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and is a past president. In 2000, she received the Award of Meritorious Achievement from the American Heart Association for her work in secondary prevention, and the Award of Excellence from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for her contributions to cardiac rehabilitation. She is the author of over 150 publications including both journal articles and book chapters.

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Cindy Lamendola, MSN, ANP-BC, FAHA, FPCNA is a nurse practitioner/clinical research nurse coordinator at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Cardiology in Stanford, California. She received her MSN, from the University of California in San Francisco in 1997. In her current position, Ms. Lamendola's time is divided between clinical research and clinical practice. Her clinical research focus is on insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and its relationship to cardiovascular disease. Her clinical practice is focused on caring for complex patients with type 2 diabetes. Ms. Lamendola has been involved in cardiovascular nursing and primary and secondary prevention most of her career. Previously, she was an associate director/director of a large community cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program with a focus on risk factor education, lipid management and research. She also developed and managed a lipid clinic in a cardiovascular medical practice. Cindy Lamendola is a founding member, past president and current board member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She is also a member and fellow of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing Council and participated in the American Heart Association Prevention Conference VI: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Writing Group IV: Lifestyle and Medical Management of Risk Factors. She is also a member of the American Diabetes Association.

Ms. Lamendola is past president of the California Society for Cardiac Rehabilitation and is a fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. She currently serves on the review board for the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. She has spoken nationally on insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, lipid management, and cardiovascular risk factors, and has also published articles in peer-reviewed journals on these subjects. She recently wrote a chapter on Insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, in Cardiac Nursing, a companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease.

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 Kim Newlin is currently practicing as a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist and Adult Nurse Practitioner at Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, California. She first earned a BS in Exercise Physiology at University of California at Davis, then completed the RN and CNS program at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Gerontology/Adult Nurse Practitioner post-master’s program through the University of Massachusetts at Boston.  

Kim is the Clinical Manager of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab as well as the Heart Health Clinic and Cardiology Care Transitions program, while continuing to see patients in the Heart Health clinic which she established in 2011. She developed the first Care Transitions Program in the Sutter Sacramento region, both of which have significantly improved the patient experience during the transition home and reduced readmissions back to the hospital by focusing on improving medication reconciliation, creating a realistic transitional care plan and helping patients and families obtain the appropriate post acute care. She also teaches a variety of classes to the nursing staff, mentors new and seasoned nurses and works on a variety of process improvement programs within the hospital and the region. 

Kim was the president of the local PCNA chapter leader for ten years, serving on several PCNA committees and helped develop PCNA’s cholesterol brochure and the physical activity section of the Heart Healthy Toolbox. She is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and American Heart Association, where she serves on the CVSN Complex Cardiovascular Patient and Family Care Committee and is active with the local chapter.

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