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Meet the Board Members & COINN Staff

Board Members

Karen Walker, President of COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, leading global newborn care initiatives.

PRESIDENT

PRESIDENT

Karen Walker, PhD, MN, BAPPSC, RGN, RSCN, MACN

Karen is a Clinical Professor with the University of Sydney and is the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Consultant at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia...

boardpresident@coinnurses.org

Linda Ng, Secretary of COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, facilitating global newborn care strategies.

SECRETARY

SECRETARY

Linda Ng
PhD

Linda is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland and a practicing clinician at the NICU, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Queensland Australia.

linda.ng@uqconnect.edu.au

Debbie O’Donoghue, Treasurer of COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, ensuring financial stability for global newborn care initiatives.

TREASURER

TREASURER

Debbie O’Donoghue,
MS, RN

Debbie is the Nurse Manager of the NICU at Christchurch Women’s Hospital New Zealand. She has been working within New Zealand in a senior neonatal nursing role for the past 24 years...

debbie.odonoghue@cdhb.health.nz

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Andre Ndayambaje, Non-Executive Director of COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, guiding strategic direction for global neonatal care.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Andre is the founder and commissioner of funds in board of Rwanda Association of Midwives(RAM) since 2011. The Founder and president of Rwanda Association of Neonatal Nurses (RANN) since 2015...

fifi4andre@gmail.com

Andre Ndayambaje
MS, RN

Marina Boykova, Non-Executive Director at COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, shaping global neonatal healthcare vision.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Marina Boykova
PhD, RN, PNAP

Marina received her nursing diploma from the School of Nursing #3, Leningrad, in 1989 and worked as a NICU nurse for 19 years at Children’s Hospital #1, Saint Petersburg, Russia...

boykova_marina@yahoo.com

Wakako Eklund, Non-Executive Director of COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, driving global neonatal health strategies.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Wakako Eklund

DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

Dr. Wakako Minamoto Eklund has been clinically active as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) with Pediatrix Medical Group of TN in Nashville, TN, USA since 2003...

eklundthree@gmail.com

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Miki Konishi, Non-Executive Director at COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, advancing global neonatal healthcare initiatives.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Miki Konishi
PHD, RN, PHN (JAPAN)

Dr. Miki Konishi is as a Professor at Dokkyo Medical University School of Nursing. As a professor, her responsibilities include teaching not only undergraduate nursing students but also master’s and doctoral students, and midwifery students...

Mikit1004@gmail.com

Patrick Too, Non-Executive Director of COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, guiding global neonatal care policies.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Patrick Too
RN

Mr. Patrick Kimutai Too is a specialized neonatal nurse practicing in newborn unit Kenyatta national hospital. He is a mentor and a trainer on Emergency Triage assessment and treatment including admission of sick neonates (ETAT+).

patrickkimtos@gmail.com

Shela Hirani, Non-Executive Director at COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, shaping global neonatal healthcare strategies.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Shela Hirani
PhD, RN, IBCLC

A/Prof Hirani was recognized by World Health Organization as one of 100 outstanding women nurse leader. In 2022, she received “YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Award” recognizing her research and scientific pursuit for the vulnerable population...

shela.hirani@gmail.com

Camille-Kae Torre, Non-Executive Director of COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, advancing global neonatal care initiatives.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Camille-Kae Torre
DNP, CCRN-N

Camille-Kae Torre, DNP, CCRN-N is a corporate nurse educator for a large health system in Miami, FL, USA. She has been a NICU nurse for over six years and has been involved in numerous initiatives involving neonatal care and education...

ckaett@gmail.com

Julia Petty, Non-Executive Director at COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, spearheading global neonatal healthcare advancements.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Julia Petty

PhD, MSc, PGCE, RGN/RGN, PFHEA

Julia Petty is an Associate Professor (learning & teaching) and a Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing at the University of Hertfordshire, UK where she has worked since April 2013...

j.petty@herts.ac.uk

Tracey Jones, Non-Executive Director at COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, driving global neonatal health strategies.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tracey Jones

RN CHILD, BSC, HONS, MSC, ENNP

Tracey is a senior lecturer in neonatal nursing at The University of Manchester and a senior fellow of the higher education academy. She has been involved in neonatal education since 1999 when she started her first education post...

tracey.m.jones@manchester.ac.uk

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Marsha Campbell-Yeo, Non-Executive Director at COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, championing global neonatal healthcare.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Marsha Campbell-Yeo
RN, MN, NNP-BC, PhD, FANN

Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo, a neonatal nurse practitioner, is a Professor, Clinician Scientist and Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) funded New Investigator at the School of Nursing...

Marsha.Campbell-Yeo@dal.ca

Judy Hitchcock, Non-Executive Director at COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, advocating for global neonatal healthcare.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Judy Hitchcock
RN

Judy Hitchcock, Registered Nurse specialising in maternal, infant and child health. I have both a professional and personal interest in neonatal care, as my own son was 34/40, a long time ago now, when management was vastly different...

time4nowc@gmail.com

STAFF

Staff Members

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Carole Kenner, CEO of COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, pioneering global neonatal healthcare excellence.

CEO

Carole Kenner

PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, ANEF, IDFCOINN

Professor Kenner has over 35 years’ neonatal/perinatal/pediatric experience. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University (USA) with the degrees in neonatal/perinatal nursing and nursing education...

ceo@coinnurses.org

Sue Prullage, Director of Nursing Education at CoNP, shaping the future of nursing education for excellence.

DIRECTOR OF NURSING EDUCATION - CoNP

Sue Prullage
DNP, APN, NNP-BC, RN

Sue has been a nurse since 1981 and a neonatal/pediatric nurse since 1984. In 1994 I became a neonatal nurse practitioner and in 1996 I obtained my pediatric nurse practitioner...

directornursingeducation@coinnurses.org

Cyndie Fidanze, Secretariat at COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, orchestrating global neonatal healthcare coordination.

SECRETARIAT

Cyndie Fidanze

Mary Blankenship Pointer, CFO at COINN - The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, ensuring financial integrity for global neonatal healthcare.

FINANCIAL

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Mary Blankenship Pointer

Chief Financial Officer

Mary is a native of Oklahoma City (USA) and has over 38 years of banking/finance. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her philanthropic activities and active community service that are combined with extensive experience in financing, business development, and banking.

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ADVISORS

Advisors to COINN Board & COINN Research Committee

Juliana Marcatto, Advisor to COINN Board, guiding strategic decisions for global neonatal healthcare excellence.

ADVISOR

ADVISOR TO COINN BOARD
 

Juliana Marcatto

Information coming soon.

julianaoliveiramarcatto@gmail.com

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RESEARCH

RESEARCH COMMITTEE

Agnes Van Den Hoogen

PhD, RN, Chair

Agnes is an A Professor and postdoctoral researcher at the University Medical Centre of Utrecht (UMCU), Neonatology, Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital and senior, academic lecturer in Clinical Health Science at Utrecht University (UU), The Netherlands...

ahoogen@umcutrecht.nl

Deanne August, Research Committee Member at COINN, advancing evidence-based practices for global neonatal healthcare.

RESEARCH

RESEARCH COMMITTEE

Deanne August

PhD, Member

Dr August is a Registered Nurse, a post-doctoral Research Fellow at University Queensland, and the Nurse Research Co-ordinator for the Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital...

d.august@uq.edu.au

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