Pressanna Parackal 
DNP, RN, RN-BC, CCRN, CNRN, CRRN
Email: nainausanews@gmail.com

The committee responsibilities are:

  • NAINA news publications & Communications to NAINA Members at large through email, website & social media.
  • Compilation and publication of the NAINA Newsletter.
  • Maintain NAINA website including contents update.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • NAINA News publications.
  • Manage and update contents of the NAINA website.
  • Solicits contents postings to the website/Newsletter

Sandra Emmanuel  
MA, RN-BC 
Email: nainaeducation@gmail.com

Focus: Educational initiatives at the national level.  The biennial national conference is under the purview of this committee as well.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Continuously assesses, identifies, plans, implements and evaluates educational program to meet membership needs.
  • Acts as a resource for local chapters and other nursing organizations in developing and implementing educational programs.
  • Develops educational content of all NAINA conferences.
  • Prepares and publishes official conferences brochures/ handouts, etc.
  • Collaborates with chapter Presidents in planning & implementing all NAINA educational conferences.
  • Identifies national healthcare trends that need to be presented in regional, national and international conferences.

Vidya Kanagaraj
MSN, RN
Email: nainaawards@gmail.com

Focus: review of awards and scholarships applications and related activities

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Initiates/reviews for awards/scholarships criteria
  • Assists fund raising related to awards/scholarships
  • Publishes the criteria locally and nationally to select awards/scholarships recipients
  • Selects the recipients with the approval of the executive board

Nancy Fernandes
DNP, RN
Email: nainamembership@gmail.com

Focus: to increase and support membership, including the creation of new chapters.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Initiates programs for membership recruitment of the Association
  • Provides assistance in the formation of chapters of the Association.
  • Maintains a copy of the membership roster of the Association

Anne B. Luckose
PhD, PM-ANP, APRN, NP-C
Email: nainaresearch@gmail.com

Focus: Research and grant related activities

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Initiates/reviews research/grant criteria
  • Assists fund raising related to Research/Grant
  • Publishes the criteria locally and nationally to select research scholarship/s recipients
  • Selects the recipients based on merit scores assigned by the Research Committee    

Anna George
PhD, APRN, FNP-CC
Email: nainaapn@gmail.com

  • Researches, reviews and analyzes practice issues affecting APNs and make
    recommendations to NAINA
  • Serves as a liaison to represent NAINA in clinical practice projects
  • Implements annual APN clinical excellence conferences

Rachel Zachariah
PhD, RN
Email: nainasecretary@gmail.com

Focus: Review and revision of governing rules and regulations on an on-going basis.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Initiates amendments to the bylaws for review by the Governing Board
  • Presents the proposed amendments to the membership after review by the Executive Board at least thirty (30) days prior to voting
  • Reviews and recommends change of Chapter-Bylaws.
  • Submits annual reports to the Governing Board in a timely fashion.

Members can access a copy of the bylaws by request or available on our website in the Members-Only section.

George Peter
DNP, APRN, NP-C
Email: nainausanews@gmail.com

  • Makes recommendations towards strategic plan.
  • Solicit and publish news and articles for the peer reviewed journals – electronic version every odd year and in addition to the electronic, a commemorative journal to be released at the biennial conference.
  • Sends publication materials to website committee

Pauline Alookaran
BSc, MSc (A)
Email: nainasecretary@gmail.com

Roles and responsibilities:

  • The Election Committee Chairperson will appoint the two other members of the committee.
  • The Election Committee Chairperson will oversee the execution of the election process.
  • The Election Chairperson is solely responsible for the safekeeping of the ballot box, ballots and voter registry.
  • The election committee will work to ensure an unbiased and fair election. It is the Committee ‘s responsibility to ensure that the Election policies and procedures are strictly enforced.
  • The election committee will review and amend election policies and procedures during a. contested election where the policies and procedures are suspect.
    a. to accept and review any petitions that contest election results.
    b.To determine the eligibility for voting rights of any member.
  • The Election committee is responsible for compiling a voter registry of all eligible voters.
  • The Election committee members are responsible for counting the ballots.
  • The Election committee will review candidate nominations and notify nominees of his/her nomination.
  • The election committee chairperson will notify the winners of the election/ selection and the governing board minimum three weeks prior to the installation of the officers
  • The election committee will assist the Executive board with the installation of new officers.

Pressanna Parackal
DNP, RN, RN-BC, CCRN, CNRN, CRRN
Communications Chair

Dr. Pressanna Parackal is the Website and Communications chair. Dr. Parackal served as the founding President of the San Antonio Indian Nurses of America (SAINA) (2019-2020). Her term began with establishing the SAINA website, obtaining the 501(c)3 status and creating a seamless registration process for membership. Her team was actively involved in creating visibility in the community among and many other organizations through the distribution of hygiene kits and blankets to the community in San Antonio. Currently she serves as the advisory board chair of SAINA and the treasurer of San Antonio United Malyalee Association (SUMA). Dr. Parackal serves as a House Supervisor in the University Health System and as a Nurse officer on Duty at the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. She completed her doctoral studies at Chamberlain University and has received several awards for her outstanding leadership ability. Dr. Parackal states, she is willing to take up the challenge to learn, innovate and build communication strategies among members within the organization and increase NAINA visibility nationally, and internationally.

Sandra Emmanuel
MA, RN-BC 
Professional Development/
Education Committee Chair

NAINA welcomes Sandra Emmanuel as the Educational and Professional Development chair and the Lead Nurse planner for NAINA, ANCC Provider unit. Ms. Emmanuel is the immediate Past President of the American Association of Indian Nurses, New Jersey chapter 2.  She has held Executive board and committee chair positions at the chapter level since its inception. She has been the go-to person for all Contact hour applications in the past at AAIN-NJ2.

Ms. Emmanuel serves as an Education Specialist at Hackensack Meridian Health Network at the Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) campus since February 2007.She is certified as Nursing Professional Development for several years. Ms. Emmanuel is an active member of 3 Joint Commission DSCs committees: Depression, Geriatrics and Diabetes. By being active on these committees she ensures quality care is rendered consistently to these patient populations. Ms. Emmanuel is a credentialed EPIC educator who helped with the training of the Hackensack Network Hospital when the network instituted EPIC. Ms. Emmanuel is the lead educator for the Clinical Partners at HUMC. She coordinates the onboarding and ensures competencies. She receives favorable evaluations consistently.  This program increases the clinical partners confidence and makes them feel valued.

Ms. Emmanuel brings in four decades of experience as nurse educator, completed her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Shreemati Natibhai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University, Mumbai, India and her master’s in Nursing with a concentration in Education from New York University (NYU). In 2020, Ms. Emmanuel was nominated and named as the finalist for the Institute for Nursing, New Jersey State Nurses Association C.A R.E. S Award (Clinical practice, Administration, Research, Education, Support) in the Education category. She was also named as one of the finalist for the NAINA Excellence award in 2020. In New Jersey, Sandra is named as the President with a caring and gentle demeanor.

Nancy Fernandes
DNP, RN
Membership Chair

Dr. Nancy Fernandes, DNP, RN is the Membership Chair of NAINA (2021-2022). Dr. Fernandes is a member of the Indian Nurses Association of South Florida (INASF) and has served on various committees at the chapter level. Dr. Fernandes currently serves as the Quality Management Specialist at Broward Health Imperial Point, Florida. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Broward College and Florida Atlantic University.  She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing and Midwifery from the Institute of Nursing Education, Goa, India, her bachelor’s degree in Nursing and master’s degree in Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, and the Doctorate in Healthcare Systems Leadership from Chamberlain University, Chicago.

She brings in over two decades of nursing experience in nursing practice, education, and leadership.  Dr. Fernandes believes that altruistic and aesthetic aspects of life are equally beautiful as professional life, and we need to balance that alongside our profession. She enjoys international music, dance, gardening, bike riding, and attending different cultural activities.

Dr. Fernandes pledges that under her leadership as the membership chair, the committee will focus on retaining our present members while adding new chapters and members to increase NAINA’s strength, image, and visibility.  She firmly believes that members are the essence of our organization in establishing standards and ethics in the national and global nursing industry and more importantly, they drive revenue for our organization.

Anne Luckose
PhD, PM-ANP, APRN, NP-C
Research/Grant Chair

This week we would like to welcome Dr. Anne B. Luckose, PhD, PM-ANP, APRN, NP-C NAINA, Research and Grant committee chair (2021-2022). Dr Luckose is a member of the Indian Nurses Association of Illinois (INAI) and has served on various committees at the chapter level. Research helps us expand our knowledge and implement evidenced-based practice. The Advance Practice Committee will work alongside the research committee to create Research Interest Groups (RIG). This committee will focus on research topics related to the health and well-being of Asian Indian immigrant, social structure, patterns of immigration, COVID 19 vaccination, COVID 19 effects on mental health, and any relevant topic of health concerns.

Dr. Luckose currently serves as the Assistant Director and Senior Nurse Practitioner at the Wellness Center, Lakeshore Campus of Loyola University Chicago, IL. She is also an Assistant Professor at Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago.  Dr Luckose earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Faran College of Nursing, Bangalore, and Karnataka; received her master’s degree in nursing from Fr. Muller’s College of Nursing, Mangalore, Karnataka; Post-Master’s degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from North Park University, Chicago, and her research doctorate in nursing from Loyola University, Chicago.

She brings in over two and a half decades of nursing experience in nursing practice and education, in addition to recent roles in research and leadership. Furthermore, she is a national and international conference presenter and has published in peer-reviewed journals (example: Western Journal of Nursing Research) and in dissertation databases

Her exemplary work notes several research awards that she has received since 2016. For example, Dr. Luckose received the Midwest Nursing Research Society Award for Abstract of Distinction for her student poster presentation at the 2016 annual research conference. She was awarded the Graduate Student Nursing Academy Recognition (2018), recognized as an   emerging leader by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She won nominee awards twice for the Indian Nurses Association of Illinois (INAI) best clinical APRN Award in 2018 and 2016. Moreover, she was the recipient of the Ad Majorum Dei Gloriam Nominee Award (2015) by Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Luckose, believes that her mission is in keeping with the goal “to purse independent research projects that make a contribution to the discipline of nursing”. Dr Luckose enjoys being with people who have a good sense of humor and loves indulging in music, dance, arts, crafts and, loves to try new recipes across any cuisine.

Anna George
PhD, APRN, FNP-C
Advance Practice RN Chair

NAINA welcomes Anna George, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-C, RN as the Advance Practice Forum committee chair and the President of Indian Nurse Association of New York (INANY). Dr. George has been an active member of INANY for several years. During her term in INANY she served as the Advance Practice Forum and the Education and Professional Development committee chair. During this term, Dr. George and her Advance Practice Forum committee members will work with the Research & Grants committee to address health issues among the immigrant population through research. She is also serving on the NAINA governing board in a dual role.

Dr. George completed her undergraduate studies in nursing from College of Nursing, Kottayam Medical College, where she earned her Master’s in Nursing. She completed the Family Nurse Practitioner program and earned her PhD in Nursing from Molloy College, New York. In 2018, Dr. George received the patient / customer focus award by Northwell Health. Currently, Dr. George serves as an Assistant Professor at Molloy College and is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Long Island Jewish Hospital. She is also a provider in a private clinic at Rego Park in New York. Dr. George has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national and international conferences.

As the President of INANY, Dr. George hopes to strengthen the organization’s focus on education, service, and charity.  

George Peter
DNP, APRN, NP-C
Editorial/Journal Chair

National Association of Indian Nurses of America is proud to introduce Dr. George Peter as the Editorial and Journal Committee chair of (2021-2022). Dr. Peter has been a member of Indian Nurses Association of South Florida (INASF) for the past 20 years and has served as the President from 2008-2010. During this period, he was able to release an 80-page souvenir for Indian Nurses Association of South Florida (INASF), where he received an endorsement from President Obama and the Defense Minister of India, Mr. A.K. Antony.

Dr. George Peter Serves as a Professor at Broward College in Florida and a practicing nurse practitioner. Dr. Peter completed his bachelor’s in science degree in nursing from Florida International University (FIU) in 1995 and graduated with his Master’s in Science degree in nursing with ARNP designation for Adult Health Nursing in 2000.  In 2015, he completed his terminal degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Chamberlain. In 2017, he was awarded the “Bank of America Endowed Teaching Chair” from Broward College.

 

During the past 10 years, he has presented health care topics at various professional, social cultural and religious organizations. He also coordinated a two-week medical mission trip with nursing students to India in 2016 and 2018.  In 2016 He founded the American Institute of Sanatana Dharma (AISD), which offers free monthly health and wellness classes to the local community.

Pauline Alookaran
BSc, MSc (A)
Election Chair

I am a midwife & registered nurse for the last 33 years and have been working in the Tampa, FL community for the past 20 years.  I have a variety of training and expertise in various capacities of Obstetric care which include but are not limited to faith community Nurse, prenatal educator, instructor in obstetrics for BSc nursing students, educator, RN in labor and delivery, and also being a midwife in both India and Canada 

I served as the Election Chair of the National Association of Indian Nurses of North America during the term 2012-2014. During this term I had the privilege of organizing the new online election process which was very successful and is being currently practiced. During this term I also had the privilege to be the convener of the NAINA   National Leadership Conference on November 8th, 2014 which was a great success. I also served as the Treasurer of the National Association of Indian Nurses of North America during the term 2017-2020. Currently serving NAINA as the election committee chair.

I belong to the local chapter of the Indian Nurses Association of Central Florida (INACF). One goal in my life is to give back to the community my time and skills in the best way possible.  I am involved in the community making essential and meaningful contributions in the achievement of a healthier future for the community.