Join us

We welcome the involvement of anyone who wants to connect personally to the School of Nursing - alumni, parents, students, and friends. There are many options available, some that can be done from a distance.

Not sure which is the right fit for you? Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and answer a few questions - we'll look for opportunities that match your interests, skills, proximity, and availability.

Alumni Council

Alumni 2017

The School of Nursing Alumni Association (SONAA) was founded in 1916, fifteen years after the School of Nursing was established.  Nursing graduates from all degree and certificate programs are automatically considered members upon graduation. The Alumni Council is the leadership body of the SONAA. The Council operates according to the Alumni Association Bylaws. 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)
  • Awards Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Scholarships Committee
  • Communications Committee

The SONAA is pleased to make a number of resources available to SON students, faculty, staff, and fellow alumni:


For more information, contact the Alumni & Development Office at (434) 924-0138 or

Advisory Board

The School of Nursing Advisory Board was established in 1993. Its officers and members serve solely in an advisory capacity to the Dean of the School of Nursing. Its mission is to support and promote the Dean's vision for the School of Nursing's educational, research, and service objectives.

The objectives of the board are to advise and assist the Dean of the School of Nursing in pursuing the vision, mission, and implementation of strategic priorities; to provide philanthropic support both directly and through development of beneficial relationships; and to serve as advocates for the School of Nursing with various internal and external constituent groups.

Members are appointed to the board by the Dean of the School of Nursing and include alumni, parents, and friends of the School, as well as representatives of the School of Nursing faculty and student body. The President of the School of Nursing Alumni Council also serves on the Advisory Board.

Current Members

  • Jennifer T. Bell (BSN '89)
  • Amy Black (DNP '14)
  • Jane Cooke (A&S '84)
  • Katie Crowe (A&S '05)
  • Mary Dixon (DNP Student)
  • Beth Eckert (Parent '16)
  • Mary Glerum
  • Kristiane Crane Graham (A&S '79)
  • Christa E. Hartch (BSN '97)
  • George A. Hurt, M.D. (MD '64)
  • Charles E. Johnson, Jr.
  • Dawn M. Jones, Esq. (BSN '89)
  • Trina Kumodzi (BSN-PhD Student)
  • Nancy T. Rizor (BSN '80)
  • Ryan C. Thomas (BSN '20)
  • Barbra Mann Wall, PhD
  • Ex-officio: Dorrie Fontaine, Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing and Dean


For more information about the School of Nursing Advisory Board, please contact Kelly McCaskill, Executive Director for Development in the School's Alumni & Development Office, (434) 924-0097.

Parents Council

Parents Council Spring 2017

The mission of the School of Nursing Parents Council (SONPC) is to enhance the nursing student experience.

Established in 2013, SONPC gives voice to parents who provide insight, leadership and philanthropic support to make the School of Nursing student experience even better.

Members support the Nursing Annual Fund, which in turn funds the most vital operations at the School, including student research, instruction, and scholarships.

What We Do

Council meetings provide parents with the opportunity to meet each other, dialogue with faculty and leadership about their child’s experience, strategize about overall parent engagement and provide advice and counsel. SONPC has successfully advocated for:

  • Increased lighting on grounds
  • Safe ride options to clinical rotations
  • Medical Spanish class offerings

Outside of meetings, members are encouraged to continue their involvement, including:

  • Hosting or organizing parent gatherings
  • Helping the School cultivate philanthropic relationships with other parents
  • Providing outreach to other nursing parents during key times of the year

Current Members

SONPC is led by the Chair with support from the Vice Chairs and staffed by the School of Nursing Development Office. Membership is for one year and is renewable.

  • Beth & Tom Eckert
  • Jennifer & Edward Bell
  • Harvard & Joan Birdsong
  • Melinda & Scott Bond
  • Jane & Mark Cooke
  • Allyson & Richard Dickinson
  • Patricia & Jim Hunter
  • Gabby & Don McCree
  • Beth & Jeff Meadows
  • Debbie & Scott Muir
  • Sally & Rob Partlow
  • Gay & Barritt Peterson
  • Pam & Robert Pik
  • Beth & Bryan Platter
  • Dominica & Robert Potenza
  • Jill & Danny Powell
  • Tony Surak & Mary Wu
  • Bob & Betsy Swindell
  • Jennifer & Richard Tugman
  • Amy & Jerome Wright

Join Us

To join the School of Nursing Parents Council, or for more information, please contact Nicole Thomas, Associate Director of Development, (434) 924-0084.