Board of Directors

Sheree C. Carter, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor
University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing
Tuscaloosa, AL

Sheree C. Carter, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Additionally, she received her doctorate of philosophy in nursing at the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. She was formerly the Administrative Program Director II for the Arthritis Clinical Intervention...Read more

President-Elect and Conference Committee Chair
Nurse Practitioner
Beals Institute
Lansing, MI

Iris Zink, MSN, NP has been working as a rheumatology nurse practitioner for 14 years. She has lectured extensively both locally and nationally to university students, nurse practitioner organizations and registered nurses on a variety of topics including psoriatic arthritis, management of chronic pain patients, sjogrens, lupus and intimacy and chronic disease. Iris has been published in the Rheumatologist twice for articles on...Read more

Deanna Owens
Director of Infusion and Clinical Services
Low Country Rheumatology
Charleston, SC

Deanna Owens, RN, MSN is the Director of Infusion and Clinical Services at Low Country Rheumatology in Charleston, SC. She is developing her professional expertise in infusion therapy practices—specifically in rheumatology. Her professional growth has evolved through her passion for educating nurses in the management of rheumatic diseases and standards of infusion therapy practices. As a seasoned RN, Deanna has worn many hats in her...Read more

Chapter Development & Chapter Governance Chair
Linda Grinnell-Merrick
Nurse Practitioner
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS,NP-BC is a nurse practitioner in  the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY. She has been a nurse for over 30 working on medical surgical units, Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, and Solid Organ Transplantation.  She has been very active in her local and national nursing organizations as a member and holding various officer positions...Read more

Infusion Suite Coordinator
Piedmont Arthritis Clinic
Greenville, SC

Following his career in Architecture, Tim returned to school and obtained his nursing degree in 2002. He has experience in the emergency room, emergency surgery, outpatient surgery and endoscopy. He found his true calling in 2009 when he became the infusion suite coordinator at Piedmont Arthritis Clinic, a busy four physician practice in Greenville, South Carolina. Tim has joined the RNS board currently as a Member-at-Large, and...Read more

Cathy Patty-Resk
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Children's Hospital of Michigan
Detroit, MI

Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner in the Division of Rheumatology at Children's Hospital of Michigan(CHM), Detroit, MI where she provides medical services to  inpatient and outpatient Pediatric Rheumatology patients.  She has been a nurse for over 25 years.  As an RN, she has worked as ED staff nurse and education special projects, cardiac step-down, general pediatrics, newborn and step-...Read more

Education and Curriculum Chair
Elizabeth Kirchner
Nurse Practitioner
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Elizabeth Kirchner has worked with Dr. Len Calabrese, one of the gurus of immunology, for over 14 years. She provides direct patient care to adults with HIV as well as autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, retroperitoneal fibrosis, and other conditions. Although her focus is primarily on patient care she has participated in some research over the years including the study of the immune systems...Read more

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