Founding Members

Mary Enzman-Hines, PhD, APRN, CNS, CPNP-PC, APHN, SGAHN

Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Co-Owner of Integrative Pediatric Health Care, LLC. Mary is the past president of AHNA, a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-PC), certified Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse (APHN-BC), and a recognized researcher, educator, and consultant in Holistic Nursing and integrative healthcare. She has authored several chapters and articles on developing and implementing holistic graduate curriculum and education, advanced practice Holistic Nursing; her research focused on caring/healing in Holistic Nursing practice and advanced practice. Mary developed the first fully online holistic DNP program, funded by HRSA at the University of Colorado. Colorado Springs, and guided many graduate students to embrace and actualize a unitary, holistic clinical practice. She opened the first co-owned and operated integrative pediatric nurse practitioner practice in Colorado serving children and families seeking a holistic health experience. She has been recognized with several awards for her work in holism including the Holistic Nurse of the Year by AHNA.

Helen L Erickson, PhD, RN, CNS, AHN-BC, FAAN, SGAHN

Professor Emeritus, The University of Texas at Austin. Helen has held faculty and administrative positions at The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of South Carolina, and The University of Texas at Austin (UTA). She has also maintained a private practice; served as an international clinical and educational consultant; authored, co-authored books, chapters, and articles on theoretical Holistic Nursing; and developed and tested the holistic theory, Modeling and Role-modeling. She has received numerous awards, including AHNA Nurse of the Year Award, AHNA Life Time Achievement Award, Dignified Alumni, The University of Michigan School of Nursing; Living Legend, University of Texas Health and is recipient of the University of Texas Health Science Center, and The University of Texas at Austin Helen L Erickson Endowed Lectureship on Holistic Healing.

Margaret Erickson, PhD, RN, APRN, CNS, APHN-BC, SGAHN

CEO of the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. Chair of Integrative Health Policy Consortium; Board Member of the Accreditation Board for Nursing Specialty Certification and Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role-Modeling. Attended University of Michigan (BSN), The University of Texas at Austin (MSN & PHD). Doctoral study focused on relationships among Maternal Need Satisfaction, Perceived Support and Maternal-Infant Bonding-Attachment in Adolescent Mothers. Holistic Nursing teaching experience at The University of Texas: Austin and Tennessee State University; 40 years of practice experience with various populations and settings providing direct care, including ICU, Mental Health, L&D, Adult health, Long-term Care Coordinator and Case Manager. Received numerous awards including American Nurses Foundation Scholar award, Outstanding Graduate PhD Student, School of Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin, Cullen Endowed University Graduate Fellowship, Community Service Recognition Award from Epsilon Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, named AHNA 2018 Holistic Nurse of the Year.

Mary Anne Hanley, PhD, RN, QTTT, SGAHN

Current faculty at Sul Ross State University, Alpine TX. Former faculty at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX; University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX; and Lehman College, New York. Teaching and practice foci: mental health nursing, public policy and ethics, holistic nursing, and integrative therapies. Interim President, Therapeutic Touch International Association, Secretary, Therapeutic Touch Dialogues, Inc.; Board member Ohio Heart of Healing; Texas Nurses Association Health Information and Education Committee; American Holistic Nurses and American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation Consensus Model Task Force. Developed a Theory of Healing, publishing in Journal of Holistic Nursing, and Holistic Nursing Handbook.

M. Kay Sandor, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, SGAHN

Faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), School of Nursing at Galveston for over 20 years; Associate Member of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at UTMB, and UTMB Academy of Master Teachers; named a Distinguished Teaching Professor. Fulbright Teaching Award recipient to teach community and trans-cultural nursing in Hungary with continued interest in global and international heath. Board Certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse and past President and Board Member of AHNCC. Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 1997 with expertise in grief and loss and anxiety and depression and recently retired from her private telehealth practice. Certified Texas Master Gardener and leader of a local Community Garden for almost 20 years. Sailing and watercolor painting provide renewal and relaxation.

Deborah Shields, PhD, RN, CCRN, QTTT, AHN-BC, SGAHN

Professor, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. Deborah Shields is a board certified Advanced Holistic Nurse, a perioperative staff nurse and system educator at OhioHealth, and a qualified Therapeutic Touch practitioner and teacher She loves nursing and is passionate about integrating science and art in caring for self and other. Throughout her teaching career, Deb has mentored baccalaureate and graduate students interested in the holistic paradigm and practice. She was Co-Editor and contributing author to the Seventh and Edition of Dossey & Keegan's Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice. Deb serves as President of the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC). She served on the Board of Directors of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) and is currently the AHNA Nurse Peer Review Leader. Deb's current practice and scholarship includes developing holistic nursing education curricula, integrating aesthetics into practice, and theory development. Her research program involves d quality of life in people living with heart failure, comfort at end-of-life/conscious death and the exploration of healing.

Mary Elaine Southard, DNP, RN, CNS, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC, SGAHN

Associate Professor, Graduate Nursing, College of New Rochelle. Mary Elaine has been a national/international leader, educator, author, and clinician in Integrative Health and Nurse Coaching with diverse experience, including population health management, insurance, information technology, oncology, primary care, and a private Integrative Consulting and Coaching practice in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She is Board Certified as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse and Nurse Coach and past Board Member of AHNCC. Her research focuses on using the Omaha System in Nurse Coaching as a key to practice, documentation, and information management.