Meet the RNS Board of Directors

President and Conference Committee Chair
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing
Huntsville, AL

Sheree C. Carter, PhD, RN, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing, Huntsville, 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 Program (ACIP) at the University of Alabama...Read more

President-Elect & Membership Committee Chair
Nurse Practitioner
Beals Institute
Lansing, MI

Iris Zink, MSN, NP has been working as rheumatology nurse practitioner for 13 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

Immediate Past-Co-President & Co-Founder
Nurse Manager
Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center
Baltimore, MD

Victoria Ruffing, RN, CCRN is a Nurse Manager at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. She is currently involved in both clinical practice and rheumatology research. Victoria is actively involved in both professional and patient education. She is a contributing member to the Johns Hopkins Rheumatology Education Website and has spoken at numerous seminars designed for patients.  In the...Read more

Philadelphia, PA

Elizabeth Grace, RN, has been in Rheumatology since 1993, working as a Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Manager of a Rheumatology Practice, and Manager of Rheumatology Clinical Trials Research. Elizabeth has created patient education materials, rheumatology nurse education materials and a comprehensive education tool for nurses entering research.

Elizabeth was a consultant for physician-in office-infusion room set-up,...Read more

Immediate Past-Co-President
Clinical Coordinator / Infusion Nurse
Greenwood Regional Rheumatology Center
Greenwood, SC

Deborah Hicks, RN, has been a rheumatology nurse since 1987. She has been involved in the care and education of patients during that time. She currently is the clinical coordinator for a private practice, which includes the supervision of an eight-chair infusion suite. She has been a member of the Speakers Bureau for several pharmaceutical companies. She was the chairperson for the Scope and Standards Committee and brought the...Read more

Director of Community Outreach
Healthlink Primary Care Clinic
Havre de Grace, MD

Vickie is the Director of Community Outreach and the Executive Director for the Healthlink Primary Care Clinic (PCC) at Upper Chesapeake Health located in BelAir and Havre de Grace, Maryland. Vickie founded the HealthLink PCC in 2000, and for the last 10 years has been focused on providing healthcare services to the uninsured poor and homeless populations. She is also responsible for health and wellness centered program development...Read more

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

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

Treasurer Elect
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

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