Steering Committee member Virlena Crosley has both a personal and professional interest in seeing more nurses involved on boards. Over a 15-year period Ms. Crosley has observed first-hand the important care that nurses have provided to a close family member. She knows these nurses to be “wonderful, caring and competent health-care providers.” As a business faculty member and researcher, Ms. Crosley is interested in focusing future research efforts on learning about nurses’ involvement and engagement on boards and contributing to the work of the OAC.
Ms. Crosley brings years of board experience to the OAC through her work as the Oregon Employment Department Director and as a board member of a credit union. While working for the state of Oregon, Ms. Crosley was a part of the Oregon’s Workforce Investment Board and discussed issues impacting different occupations and industries, including the education, training, and employment of nurses. After thirty years of working for various agencies in Oregon, Ms. Crosley decided to go back to school and completed a Doctorate in Business Administration. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Business at Linfield College and her research areas of interest include leadership, ethics and board engagement.
When not involved in teaching or research, Ms. Crosley is an avid traveler. She has visited Portugal, Spain, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and most recently has returned from a summer trip to South Africa. She and her husband love taking road trips and have traveled through all 50 states and all Canadian provinces and territories. Ms. Crosley has also taught in Shanghai, China and worked as a lead on a workforce project in several Caribbean countries and Suriname. When back at home, Ms. Crosley enjoys reading, spending time with her extended family, three grandchildren, and going out for Saturday morning breakfasts with her husband.