Meet Our Writers

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Valerie Anderson

Valerie Anderson is a former senior editor for Diversity: Allied Health Careers.

Valerie Anderson and Maureen Vaught

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

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 Smith Stephens, Ed.D., L.C.S.W.
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.

Vicki Chung

Vicki Chung is a former associate editor of Minority Nurse.

Vicky Cerino

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

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

Walter Brooks

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

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.