For information on Board Member appointment, length of terms, etc. see Arkansas Nurse Practice Act 17-87-201.
Ramonda Housh, APRN
APRN | Term expires October 1, 2018
Ramonda Housh, of Pocahontas, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and fills the Board position for advanced practice registered nurse. She received her bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and earned her Master of Nursing Science degree from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Housh is the Division Chair for Allied Health and RN Program Chair at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. Previously she served patients as a registered nurse in medical-surgical nursing and as a community health nurse, as well as pediatric patients as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Housh is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Housh, a native Arkansan, stated, “After 20 years as a nurse and ten years as a nurse educator, I want to be involved in the protection of the public and in the regulation of our profession.” She is married to Eric Housh and has two children, Dylan and Sydney.
Yolanda Green, LPN
LPN | Term expires October 1, 2021
Yolanda Green, of Jacksonville, is a licensed practical nurse. She graduated from Arkansas State University in Newport. Green has over nine years of experience in psychiatric nursing at the Arkansas State Hospital. Green states, “I believe nursing is one of the most important occupations. We can positively or negatively affect at person’s healing process. By serving on the Board, I want to make sure that the public is being served by the best nurses.” In her spare time, she likes to read, bowl and is a movie buff.
Kaci Bohn, Ph.D.
Consumer Member | Term expires October 1, 2019
Kaci Bohn, of Searcy, is an assistant professor at Harding University College of Pharmacy, Bohn is the director of the Harding University drug take back program, Medication Cleanout™, in partnership with the Searcy Police Department and White County Sheriff’s Department. She earned a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, Texas. She has authored a children's book and is currently developing a medication safety curriculum for children under the age of 12. Bohn was recently elected to the leadership succession committee for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Dr. Bohn is married and has four children.
Mike Burdine, RN Treasurer
RN (associate) | Term expires October 1, 2019
Mike Burdine, of White Hall, is a registered nurse and fills the position for one of the associate degree nurses on the Board. He received his associate degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Burdine works at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock He wants to serve on the Board to bring the perspective of a long term bedside nurse who intends to remain in direct patient care. Burdine is married with two adult children and, in his spare time, enjoys sailing, kayaking and gardening.
Neldia Dycus, RN
RN (diploma) | Term expires October 1, 2021
Neldia Dycus, from Cabot, is a registered nurse and works at the Arkansas Department of Health as a Regional Director. Previously she practiced at Baptist Medical Center as a staff nurse for labor and delivery and ICU, and as a chief nurse at St. Anthony CHI and St. Vincent North CHI. She earned a nursing diploma from the Baptist School of Health, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and master degrees in health services administration and human resource development from Webster University. Dycus also has a post-graduate certificate in public health from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. When asked why she wanted to serve on the Board, she said, "I have been interested in serving on the board for many years. I see it as a way to contribute to my profession and to give back to the nursing community." Dycus is married to Dennis Dycus and has one daughter, 2 stepsons and six grandchildren. Her hobbies include drawing, writing and reading.
Melanie Garner, LPN
LPN | Term expires October 1, 2020
Melanie Garner, of Fort Smith, is a licensed practical nurse and graduated from Westark Community College. Garner has worked in women’s health and public health and is a Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a lifelong resident of Sebastian County and is married with a son, daughter-in-law and foster grandson who will soon be adopted. Garner wants to serve on the Board to serve her state and profession and to ensure that all respondents have a fair hearing. Her hobbies include exercising, reading and Beth Moore Bible studies.
Stacie Hipp, RN
RN (BSN or higher) | Term expires October 1, 2020
Stacie Hipp, of White Hall, began her nursing career in 1996 after graduating from the Jefferson School of Nursing diploma program. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2010, and graduated December 2016 with a master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Hipp is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society-Kappa Rho at Large, International Association of Forensic Nurses, American Association of Nurse Practitioners (student status), and Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association (student status). She is a trauma registrar at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff and a sexual assault nurse examiner at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Pine Bluff. Hipp said, “I want to serve on the Board because I want to be part of a team of different disciplines that all have one goal in mind, which is to protect the public by ensuring safe nursing practice as well as ensuring nurses have proper education, as well as continuing education, to provide safe care to the public.” She is married with three children and one grandson and loves to spend time with family and enjoys forensics.
Janice Denton Ivers, RN
RN (BSN or higher) | Term expires October 1, 2020
Janice Denton Ivers, of Jessieville, is the Dean of Nursing at National Park College in Hot Springs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1983 from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, and a master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Ivers has served in various capacities of nursing education since 2001 and is a Certified Nurse Educator. Previously, she practiced in various patient settings in Arkansas and Colorado, with the majority of her experience in oncology. Ivers states, “I became a nurse because as a nurse, I have the unique opportunity to help people during some of the most vulnerable moments of their lives. I love serving others and, hopefully, being able to have an impact on their lives. To top it off, I get to enjoy one of the most exciting and fast-paced professions.” She wants to serve on the Board to protect the public, administer accountability and direction to the current workforce and refine the future workforce. Ivers is married and has three grown sons.
Pamela Leal, RN
Representative of the Older Population | Term expires October 1, 2019
Pamela Leal, of Shirley, is the representative of the older population on the Board. Leal earned her nursing diploma from Marshalltown Community College in Marshalltown, Iowa. She is married to Robert, who is a retired civilian investigator in the Crimes against Children Division of the Arkansas State Police. They have one son, Dr. Josh Leal, who is a maxillofacial surgeon in Little Rock, and he is married to KTHV reporter Meredith Mitchell, and has a daughter who attends the University of Arkansas. Leal’s nursing background includes the United States Navy Nurse Corps, college health service director, medical pediatrics, acute care, home health and hospice. Currently, she is manager of Ozark Health Home Care in Clinton. She states, “I am dedicated to quality patient care to all Arkansas residents and felt a place on the Board would help ensure safe practitioners providing such care.” Her hobbies include riding her Harley trike and short term medical missions.
Lance K. Lindow, RN
RN | October 1, 2021
Lindow fills the at-large position for a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. He is a registered nurse and earned his associate degree from National Park Community College. He received the Duke University Hospital “Strength, Hope and Caring” award in 2012. Lindow’s nursing background includes being a flight nurse and NICU. Currently, he is an emergency room nurse at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He states, “I became a nurse because I can’t change the world, but I can change my patients’ world 12 hours at a time. Lindow is married and has two sons. In his spare time he likes Razorback sports and being with family.
Renee Mihalko-Corbitt, DNP, APRN
RN | Term expires October 1, 2019
Renee Mihalko-Corbitt, of Cabot, fills the position for one of the registered nurses on the Board. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University, a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, and a doctor of nursing practice degree from Case University in Cleveland, Ohio. Mihalko-Corbitt is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society, Gamma Xi Chapter. She was selected as the APRN (advanced practice registered nurse) of the year in 2014 at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS). Mihalko-Corbitt has a passion for healthcare ethics and is on the ethics committee and CPR committee at CAVHS. Her area of expertise is cardiology, with a sub-specialty in electrophysiology. Previously, she was an ACLS instructor for over 20 years at CAVHS. Mihalko-Corbitt is married and has one son and daughter-in-law. She is interested in the ethical treatment and protection of the public.
Rachel Sims, RN
RN | Term expires October 1, 2021
Rachel Sims, of Little Rock, is a registered nurse and fills an at-large registered nurse or licensed practical nurse position on the Board. She earned her bachelor degrees in nursing and dietetics from University of Central Arkansas, and is certified from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Sims also has certifications in Advanced Injection Training and Advanced Laser Resurfacing Certified and works at Little Rock Plastic Surgery. Previously, she worked at Conway Regional Medical Center. Sims stated, "I want to represent my field of nursing to make positive changes to ensure patient safety. In 2017, Sims was named as AY's (About You magazine) Best Healthcare Professional. In her spare time, she enjoys running.
LPN | Term expires October 1, 2018
Haley Strunk, of Crossett, is a licensed practical nurse and fills the position for one of the licensed practical nurses on the Board. Haley earned a nursing certificate from University of Arkansas in Monticello-CTC Crossett. She is the Clinical IT Nurse and Staffing Coordinator at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Haley enjoys working with all ages in patient care, as well as facilitating the use of the Electronic Health Records (EHR)among nursing staff. Through this position, she has been able to improve patient care and work flow among nursing and physicians through the use of the EHR. She also serves as an adjunct clinical instructor in Practical Nursing and Phlebotomy at the University of Arkansas in Monticello-CTC Crossett. When asked why she wanted to serve on the Board, Haley stated, "I want to help protect our citizens. I think that it will be a great experience to help ensure quality nursing care for our citizens and also bring a high standard of practice to our nurses." Strunk is married and has three children.