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Board of Directors

The purpose of the Certification board is to maintain and oversee the operation of NASC certification programs in a manner consistent with recognized national accreditation standards, in alignment with NASC mission and values, and with the highest level of professional integrity. The certification board shall have the sole authority for establishing, reviewing, and maintaining essential certification program policies and procedures as it deems necessary to carry out its purpose.

The certification board consists of six members who are RNFAs, as well as one public member. The board members’ terms are staggered, allowing for only a small number of members to be elected each year.

Board Members


Sharon Van Wicklin, PhD, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC, FAAN, ISPAN-F
Aurora, CO

Vice President
Robert Salsameda, MSN, FNP-C, NP, RN, CNOR, CRNFA
Long Beach, CA

Dawn Whiteside, MSN (Ed), RN, RN-BC, CNOR, RNFA
Charlevoix, MI

Matthew Sheh, BS
New York, NY

Members at Large

Karen Knapp, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA
New Era, MI

Charles Ludwig, MSN, RN FNP-BC, CNOR, CRNFA
Murfreesboro, TN

Dean Parsons, BSN, RN, CNOR, RNAS-C, RNFA
Bennington, NE