Board of Directors Election 2021-2023
Welcome to the Illinois Nurses Association Board of Directors Election for 2021-2023
All members eligible to vote should have received an email with a unique link to cast their vote for the Executive Board positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Members at RC-23 and UIH should have received a second email with a link to their local unit Director positions. For other units, no timely Consents to Serve were submitted, and thus no there are no candidates for those local Director spots. Those units will still have representation on the Board; those positions will be appointed, per the INA Bylaws.
If you did not receive an email but believe you are eligible to vote, please send an email to Toni Fox (email@example.com) and Jessica Prewitt (firstname.lastname@example.org). If we do not have an email on file for you, a letter was mailed to your home mailing address with your voting credentials enclosed; however, if you contact us with an email address, we can also send it to you via email.
Members have thirty days to cast their votes; the polls will close at 8 p.m. on October 8, 2021. The results will be posted here and emailed to the membership shortly thereafter.
Below you will find Candidate Statements from those running in the election, listed by position in alphabetical order; the term of office for those elected will be from October 2021- October 2023.
If you have election related questions other than a missing ballot, please send an email to Julia Bartmes (email@example.com).
The Committee on Nominations and Elections
Candidate names are listed in alphabetical order.
INA Executive Board Candidates
Tori Dameron for INA President
My Name is Tori Dameron, I am the current vice president for the Illinois Nurses Association. I am an RN
from the RC-23 Unit where I serve as the Chair of the RC-23 Board of Directors (for the past 5 years).
When I Joined the Board of Directors for RC-23 I quickly learned that my local unit presented many
challenges due to it being many facilities spread out all over the state of Illinois. Engaging these different
facilities into one unit has been one of the biggest challenges, and to see the members turn out increase
and our unit organize and stand together as been its own accomplishment. This I hope to bring to INA as
we represent the vast array of nurses all in many different sectors all over the state.
Over the Last two years Nurses have had to fight and adapt to so many unknowns. This has left nurses vulnerable to management. This has resulted in management taking advantage of nurses and the current unprecedented times. As a leader of the RC-23 unit I represent over 60 facilities across the state of Illinois, I spend time traveling to facilities that local stewards are struggling with management and assisting with Labor management and contract enforcement. I currently travel around the state of Illinois assisting and am certified to lead union basic steward training along with other CE’s that our nurses need and want to better their own professional platforms. INA has had its own struggles the last few years and I am committed to working with the INA Directors and staff to not only better our current union through transparency and engagement but work to organize our current membership and build as an organization with new units.
Uniting with the other locals and working together it what makes our union strong. Every unit comes from a different background and takes care of different patients but together we can move mountains. The safety of every nurse and every patient needs to be our top priority. In the coming year I would like to see the continuation of the legislative movement for Safe patient limits for the acute care facilities. As well as the legislative movements to ensure Mental health facilities and more nurses for our CDPH unit.
In addition to these two large projects, I truly believe that there has been a call to action for legislation for safety limits for our Nurses that work in locked units such as the DHS mental health facilities. Let’s work together for the safety of our nurse, regardless of the unit or location ever nurse IS the INA and together we make the difference.
Ryan Flynn for INA Vice President
Hello, my name is Ryan Flynn. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2012. I started my career with a focus in trauma. After several years in a critical access hospital, I started a career in RC-23 Department of Corrections and transferred to Department of Public Health. I have served on the the RC-23 Board of Directors since 3/15/18. I became treasurer of RC-23 on 9/15/18 and held the office until current.
During my time as a RC-23 board member, I have been involved in the RC-23 contract negotiation team, the ongoing Covid-19 negotiation meetings, and been the chair of the finance committee. I became a member of the Board of Directors for INA proper on 12/11/19. Since that time I have been voted into the position of Secretary for INA proper, as of 3/31/21. I am the current Secretary of the RC-23 West Chicago IDPH local, as of 4/15/21. I feel the INA has great potential for growth in the future.
United we bargain, divided we beg.
Deborah Henry-Walker for INA Secretary
DEBORAH HENRY-WALKER, RN, MSN
PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE II- CDPH July 2002-Present
LOCAL CDPH UNIT TREASURER (JULY 2017-JULY 2021)
If I am elected as your Board of Director’s Secretary, Transparency, Fairness, and with Integrity is how I will serve. I am analytical, thorough, conscientious, and accountable. These are key elements for which I believe that every person holding an office should possess. My books will always be open, and I am here to serve and not be self-serving. My past INA activities include: COVID Labor Management Meetings, to protect the Health and Safety of the Nurses along with the Contract Negotiations Platform for the Year of 2017-2022. I have attended numerous conferences and have been on several committees to produce our past Public Health Forums. I believe that I would be a great candidate for your Board of Director’s Secretary because I would hold the nurses welfare and well-being to the highest of standards of the sphere. I humbly request that you allow me to serve you as your Board of Director’s Secretary because I come with a vast amount of experience. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve.
Pat Meade for INA President
Abiding and promoting the supreme authority of INA—its members in Bylaws, Policies and Committee
- Following science to promote protect the public’s health general welfare in INA contract language and Illinois state policy and law!
- Leading at tables where healthcare decisions are being made bringing the voice of nursing front & center!
- Utilizing evidence-based research on decisions for our union of professional registered nurses. attorneys, LPNs & healthcare workers.
- My goals are to promote accountability and transparency. Promote INA unity. That all local needs are heard and addressed promptly. An atmosphere that allows open dialogue be the norm and the expectation. And, despite all objections, Our nurses demands for “Safe Patient Limits” becomes a reality.
- Check your email for voting directions and the ballot. Vote for me. For Our Union. INA “The Nurses Union”.
Naeemah Muhammad-McMillon for INA Treasurer
I have been a member of INA since 2003. I have served on the Board of Directors since 2017. I currently work as a Public Health Nurse with the Chicago Department of Public Health. I have been active with INA since the early 2000’s by committing to participate in the Membership Assembly Meetings across Illinois. I have been Chair of the Membership Assembly committee since 2015.
I advocated for nurses in my local to attend these meetings across Illinois and stressed the importance of being involved in the INA, CDPH has always had a high attendance for many INA events, and I am proud of that. I support initiatives designed to increase transparency, legislative lobbying, and education. It is essential as a union that we continue to recognize the strength we exert when we are active, engaged and informed.
Please vote for me as Treasurer for INA.
Paul Pater for INA Treasurer
Fellow INA Members,
I come before you today asking for your vote to be the next Treasurer of the Illinois Nurses Association. As a current Board of Directors member, the chair of the Political Action Committee, and the Co-Chief Steward of the UIC local, I have been working diligently to uplift our profession and out members at every possible opportunity. From building a political war chest with the PAC to winning the most generous contract in INA’s history at UIC’s local, I approach every situation with a look to our short-term needs, but with the vision for long-term success. I do not stop until we have what we need. My ability to recognize opportunities where there were none before, has allowed me to help INA claim victories it had previously not attained.
Now, I have recognized new opportunities to grow INA’s financial foundation, allowing the organization to flourish in ways not seen in our Union’s history. We must be able to grow our financial portfolio beyond what we are provided solely on members’ dues. While our current portfolio is somewhat robust, I believe that we have been far too conservative with the way we have been generating and investing funds. We must adapt to the 21st century and do basic things like hold fundraisers, sell INA-branded merchandise, and find meaningful ways to advertise our organization to nurses in need of liberation.
I believe these changes, while at times difficult, will be the seeds for the rapid growth of our beloved
Union. The State of Illinois needs our guidance and our voice. We can augment that voice by wielding a heavy purse in our hand. Allow me to fill that purse with the funds we need to truly be a powerhouse in the healthcare and union sectors.
Individual Unit Director Candidates – RC-23 State of Illinois
Michelle (Mickey) Abens for RC-23 Director
Department of Corrections
INA RC-23 Executive Board Vice President
Theresa McNulty for RC-23 Director
In 1986 I started working for the state of Illinois as a Mental Health Technician and became a member of
the local union. I was a member in good standing and participated in the union’s functions and volunteered whenever needed.
In 2000 as I continued my work with the State of Illinois, I became a Registered Nurse and an INA
From 2000 to present, I remained an INA member in good standing.
In 2016 I decided to run for the RC23 board and was elected. While on the board, I was elected as the
Vice Chair of RC23. As of present I am still on the RC23 board of directors. I currently represent the
Illinois Department of Public Health for the RC23 board. I have been on several committees including the
Communications committee, the Membership committee, and the Finance committee. I have also
chaired the Communications Committee and the Membership committee. I was elected to work on the
RC23 Contract Negotiation team and the RC23 COVID Negotiation team (ongoing).
In 2020 I became a board member of INA representing one of the two RC23 seats. I currently hold that
In 2021 I was elected Vice Chair of IDPH’s local West Chicago region and helped organize that unit.
If I am elected as an INA Board of Director, RC23 seat, I will make sure that all of our nurses’ voices are
heard and represented.
Athena Smith for RC-23 Director
Department of Corrections
RC23 Board of Directors 2018-current
Robert (Bobby) VanBebber for RC-23 Director
I am currently employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections as a Corrections Nurse I. In one short week I will be promoted to Corrections Nurse II! I started working as a proud RC-23 Corrections Nurse in July of 2019.
Previously, I was employed by a small-town hospital where I worked as Critical Care Registered Nurse. I then moved to the ER where I worked as an Emergency Department Registered Nurse before coming to Illinois Department of Corrections.
I am currently wrapping up my Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Public Health at Grand Canyon University. I am an Alumni of Methodist College in Peoria, Illinois.
I am a firm believer that the Illinois Nurses Association can change healthcare delivery in the State of
Illinois through fair and effective bargaining as well as the promotion of patient focused legislation.
University of Illinois Hospital- RN Unit
Leander Londres (University of Illinois Hospital Director)
Last year we gathered together and became one powerful voice. We used this voice to empower each other to fight for our rights and become the best advocates for our patients and their families. Only through unity is how we build a strong Union.
To build our nursing power we need to have evidence-based research, follow our bylaws and policy and to stand for transparency. During the strike I marched for 7 days, I waved our union flag downtown, I chanted till I lost my voice, and then used my fan to create a sound no one can ignore. Those 7 days showed me how strong and powerful we are together.
I will continue to use my voice to represent, and build our strong union.