Meet Our Writers

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Winnona Coleman, M.S.N., R.N. and Cassandra James, M.S.N., R.N.

Winnona Coleman, M.S.N., R.N., is currently employed as a staff nurse on an inpatient behavioral health unit at The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, Connecticut. Cassandra James, M.S.N., R.N., is currently a staff nurse on a medical surgical floor at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Both are recent graduates of the University of Hartford’s graduate nursing program, with a concentration in public health.

Wanda R. Sparks

Recently concluding a two-year study supporting the completion of her dissertation, Wanda R. Sparks is a member of the adjunct faculty at San Antonio College in Texas. She holds a Ph.D. in organizational leadership, a master’s in adult health nursing with a concentration in administration, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is also a major in the United States Air Force Reserves.

Walter Brooks

Walter Brooks is a media specialist in the Public Affairs Department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Wallena Gould, CRNA, EdD

Wallena Gould, CRNA, EdD, is the founder and chair of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program ( and a member of Minority Nurse’s editorial advisory board. She is also a doctoral candidate studying education at Wilmington University. Wallena can be contacted at To learn more about the CRNA admission process, rigors of the program, clinical expectation, didactic courses, balancing family and doctoral opportunities, nurses and nursing students can attend a Diversity CRNA Information Session & Airway Simulation Lab. Register online at

Vicky Cerino

Vicky Cerino is a senior media specialist for the Public Affairs Department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Vicki Chung

Vicki Chung is a former associate editor of Minority Nurse.

Venessa Lee, RN, MA, CRNAC, and Theresa Harris, RNC

Venessa Lee, RN, MA, CRNAC, is a clinical manager at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. She has 16 years of management experience. Theresa Harris, RNC, is an IV therapist at Memorial Hermann Hospital, with over 13 years of management experience.

Valerie Smith Stephens, Ed.D., L.C.S.W.
Valerie M. Howard, Ed.D., R.N.

 Valerie Howard is the Director of the Regional RISE Center and Associate Professor of Nursing at Robert Morris University, where she has designed and implemented high-fidelity simulation scenarios throughout the undergraduate and graduate nursing curriculum.

Valerie Anderson and Maureen Vaught

Valerie Anderson and Maureen Vaught are editors at Minority Nurse magazine.