2017 Election Results

A special thank you to the Nominating Committee members:
Dr. Akiko Araki, Dr. Jyu-Lin Chen, Dr. Kiyoko Kamibeppu, Dr. Marion Mitchell, Dr. Lisa Whitehead and IFNA Board Liaison, Dr. Sandra Eggenberger.

Once again, they put together a strong and diverse slate of candidates for this year’s election process.

Thank you to the 144 IFNA members who voted.  Terms of office begin June 30, 2017 and extend for 2 years.

Below are the election results. It is with sincere appreciation that these IFNA Members are willing to take on this important role within the organization.


Dr. Sonja Meiers, (USA)


Dr. Kathleen A. Knafl, (USA)


Dr. June Horowitz, (USA)
Dr. Wendy Looman, (USA)
Dr. Birte Oestergaard, (Denmark)

Nominating Committee

Dr. Kristen Abbott-Anderson, (USA)
Dr. Jyu-Lin Chen, (USA)

The following will continue in their current term on the IFNA Board of Directors:

Dr. Jane Lassetter, President, (USA)
Dr. Carole Robinson, Past President, (Canada)
Dr. Sandra Eggenberger, Secretary, (USA)
Dr. Naohiro Hohashi, Director, (Japan)
Dr. Veronica Swallow, Director, (United Kingdom)
Dr. Cristina Garcia-Vivar, Director, (Spain)

The following will continue in their current term on the IFNA Nominating Committee:

Dr. Marion L. Mitchell, (Australia) (Chair 2017 – 2018)
Dr. Kiyoko Kamibeppu (Japan)
Dr. Lisa Whitehead (Australia)

Overview of Responsibilities

Officers and Directors constitute the Board of Directors and are the governing body of the organization. This is a working Board that manages the business and affairs of IFNA.  All members serve in good faith, uphold the highest professional, ethical, and legal standards, and fulfill the obligations of their positions.  Click here for the IFNA bylaws.

The IFNA Board meets monthly via conference call. The duration of each conference call is 90 minutes. Attendance and active participation is required of all Officers and Directors. Those not able to attend at least 50% of all BOD meetings per year may be replaced.  Occasionally, there are ad hoc meetings of the Board arranged as necessary.

Officers and Directors serve as liaisons to the IFNA standing committees and provide updates on committee activities during the board meetings.

The daily business of IFNA is handled via email.

Newly elected board members will be introduced at the IFNA Business Meeting Saturday, June 17th, in Pamplona, Spain.