The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) has expanded with two new board members and a new employee.

Since 2002, OCN has been governed by a board of directors comprised entirely of nursing professionals.  In January 2016, two new board members joined OCN’s dedicated group of volunteer board members.

Mendy Stanford, RN, MSN/Ed, CNE  is the Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health at Treasure Valley Community College. Mendy began her nursing career as a rural health nurse in a Central Idaho frontier clinic.  Mendy holds a BSN from Montana State University-Bozeman, a Masters in Nursing and Post Masters Certificate in Nursing Health Care Education from University of Phoenix and is currently working on her doctoral degree in Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University. Mendy is also a Certified Nursing Educator through the National League of Nursing. OCN is thrilled to have Mendy  representing associate degree nursing programs and rural Oregon communities on our board of directors.

Steve Buck, MSN, RN  is Clinical Faculty at OHSU School of Nursing in Monmouth, Oregon. Steve spent 6 years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, before working his way through nursing school as a Dialysis Technician. Steve was worked in ICU and emergency departments, in addition to working as a professional development specialist for Salem Health.  Steve holds an ADN from Chemeketa Community College, BSN from Arizona State University, MSN from Gonzaga University and is currently enrolled in Washington State University’s PhD program. He loves golf, fly fishing, camping, hiking and spending time with his family before his son enlists in the Navy in August following dad’s footsteps.  OCN is looking forward to Steve sharing his expertise in nursing education from a clinical and education perspectives.

OCN is also pleased to announce we a new addition to our staff.  Kate Kaznowska recently joined OCN as our Nurses on Board Project Coordinator.  The Nurses on Board initiative is a grant-funded program working to increase the number of nursing professionals who are interested in and prepared to serve on boards responsible for guiding health policy in Oregon.  For more information on the Nurses on Board program, click here.

Kate Kaznowka graduated from the Portland State University with a Certificate in Project Management in 2014. Previously, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Oregon University. Kate has used her project management talents coordinating projects in the publishing industry and managing a small local business in Portland. She is currently a member of the Project Management Institute (Portland Chapter) and also the Portland Art Museum. Kate loves to make a difference in her local community and often volunteers at many non-profits in her free time. She cares deeply about the environment and loves to travel.