Alumni Council of the School of Nursing Alumni Association

SONAA Presidents The Alumni Council is the leadership body of the Nursing Alumni Association. Help us celebrate the Nursing Alumni Association Centennial Anniversary in 2016! 

Council members serve three-year terms and help determine the direction and activities of the Nursing Alumni Association. 

The current offices and roles of the Council members are:

President -  Judy Etheridge Bilicki (BSN '81), Alexandria, VA*
Vice President - Martha Coupe Schneider (BSN '04, MSN '08, DNP '13), Charlottesville, VA
Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Volunteer Outreach - Amanda Caroline Faircloth (BSN '00), Richmond, VA
Alumni Engagement Coordinator, SON Young Alumni (SONYA) - Page Dunbar (BSN '11, current FNP student), Charlottesville, VA

Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Special Projects - Carleen Barnocky Kelley (BSN '81), McLean, VA
Awards Coordinator -  Elizabeth "Betty" Sydrock Dunning (BSN '74), Fairfax, VA
Communications Coordinator - Christa E. Janowski Hartch (BSN '97), Greenwich, CT
Finance Coordinator - Sandra Reed-Bryant (BSN '78, MSN '86), Alexandra, VA  
Scholarships Coordinator - Linda Smith Halpin (BSN '75), Annandale, VA  

Faculty Representative - Rebecca Harmon (PhD '03), Staunton, VA
Student Representative - Alice Xie (BSN '17), Germantown, MD
Immediate Past President - Sharon Cumby Fay (BSN '76, MSN '80), Annandale, VA
*  Serves concurrently on the Dean's School of Nursing Advisory Board .

To contact any member of the Alumni Council, please use links above or e-mail for forwarding.

Council Operations and Activities

The Council operates according to the Alumni Association BylawsAlumni Association Bylaws - July 1, 2014. Opportunities to serve will be regularly advertised and candidates may also be nominated by members of the Council, the Advisory Board, other volunteers, school administrators and staff, alumni membership, and other appropriate groups. A list of interested candidates will be maintained by the alumni office.

The Alumni Council also has a number of standing, working committees that seek volunteers for short and long-term commitments:


  • School of Nursing Young Alumni (SONYA) – provides ideas and support for activities to keep young alumni engaged, including the oversight for local and regional alumni events.  
  • Awards Committee – reviews nominations and selects recipients for the Alumni Achievement, the Distinguished Alumni, and the Decade Awards, as well as several recognition awards for excellence and leadership.
  • Finance Committee – represents the concerns of alumni and donors by making recommendations to the full Council each year on how a portion of the Nursing Annual Fund should be allotted.
  • Scholarships Committee – reviews applications and selects recipients for a number of merit scholarships funded through the Nursing Annual Fund.
  • Communications Committee - advises on alumni communications, such as the Virginia Nursing Legacy magazine, social media, and e-communications. 

For more information about volunteering with the Alumni Council or one of its committees, please contact the Alumni & Development Office.