IONL Professional Recognition Committee:

  1. Selects and coordinates professional recognition activities for Outstanding Nurse Executive and Outstanding Nurse Leader.
  2. Selects and coordinates recognition for Innovation in Patient Care Award.
  3. Evaluates applications for financial assistance from the IONL scholarship fund.


  • Victor Bycroft, Humboldt Memorial Hospital, Humboldt
  • Amanda Lass, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames
  • Joleen Sernett, Humboldt Memorial Hospital, Humboldt
  • Brenda Dietiker, Winneshiek Medical Center
  • Heather Ries, Regional Medical Center, Manchester
  • Sue Pankey, Davis County Hospitals and Clinics, Bloomfield
  • Amanda Rynearson,Cass County Health System, Atlantic
  • Sandy Byers, CHI-Mercy, Council Bluffs
  • Jacque Bookin-Nosbisch, Jefferson County Health Center, Fairfield
  • Megan Westerl, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center
  • Maria Nelson, Unity Point Health-Blank Children's Hospital, Des Moines


IONL Education Committee:

  1. Provide educational opportunities for IONL members.
  2. Facilitate the development of nurse leaders through networking and mentoring.
  3. Identify educational needs of the membership through the use of surveys, feedback from district meetings and evaluations from previous programs.


  • Greg Opseth, Guthrie County Hospita
  • Marlys VanOtterloo, Floyd Valley Healthcare, LeMars
  • Rose Hedges, Unity Point Health-St. Lukes, Cedar Rapids
  • Jessica Kendrick, Ottumwa Regional Health Center
  • Jodie Boswell, CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs
  • Meg Nugent, Communications Engineering Company, Des Moine


IONL Research Committee:

  1. Promotes the use of research and research process to evaluate the effectiveness of care delivery strategies and structures.
  2. Provides assistance to the Executive Board in conducting the annual practice survey.
  3. Develops opportunities for collaborative research.


  • Bridget Drafahl, UnityPoint Health- Des Moines
  • Christina Fevold, UnityPoint Health Trinity Regional Medical Center,  Ft. Dodge
  • Suzanne Foster, UnityPoint HealthTrinity Regional Medical Center, Ft Dodge
  • Amanda Mohr, Greater Regional Health, Creston
  • Sharon Santoro, UnityPoint Health- Des Moines


IONL Bylaws Committee:

  1. To develop, review and revise the bylaws and rules and regulations of the organization.


  • Becky Stoltz, Spencer Hospital, Spencer
  • Brenda Oehler, UnityPoint Health- St Luke's, Cedar Rapids
  • Sherri Dogget, MercyOne Centerville
  • Diane McGrew, Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak
  • Kelley Blackburn, UnityPoint Health- Des Moines


IONL Advocacy Committee

  1. Promotes and supports advocacy efforts for IONL


  • Deb Moyer, UnityPoint Health- Des Moines
  • Wendy Lindley, UnityPoint Health- St. Luke's, Sioux City
  • Dan Lose, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City
  • Jenene VandenBurg, Methodist Jennie Edmundson, Council Bluffs
  • Denise Cundy, UnityPoint Health- Des Moines