Distinguished Members and Associate Members of PNAAL

Peggy Sellers Benson, RN, MSHA, MSN, NE-BC

Alabama Board of Nursing- Executive Director

Peggy brings 40 years of experience in nursing and healthcare leadership to her role with ABN. She is a board-certified nurse executive who has worked in various executive roles in nursing and human resources. Peggy’s previous roles include Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), System Director of Critical Care and Medical Surgical Nursing over a five-hospital system, Director of Nursing for Specialty Services, and Assistant Administrator of Human Resources, Deputy Director, and Executive Officer of the Alabama Board of Nursing. She has served as a Board Member and President of the Alabama Board of Nursing, member of the Governor’s Task Force on Healthcare Improvement, Chair of the Governor’s Infrastructure Committee, board member and President of the Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives, board member and Secretary for the Central District Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives, and as a current member the Model Rules and Act Committee of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. She serves as the commissioner for the Alabama Nurse Licensure Compact.

Lindsey Harris, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Lindsey is a doctoral prepared family nurse practitioner. Her nursing career is dedicated to promoting the profession of nursing and improving outcomes of those we serve. She is the first person of color named President of the Alabama State Nurses Association. Dr. Harris is involved in the community. She is a mentor to many, and enjoys helping others along the way.

What is your goal(s) for joining PNAAL? My goal for joining PNAAL is our mission: to support and encourage Filipino and Filipino-American nurses through community, mentorship, and outreach.

What part of the US or Alabama do your ancestors hail from? My family resides in Flintstone, GA, a small town outside of Chattanooga, TN.

Favorite Southern and or Filipino food? Pancit (with chicken)

Hobbies? I enjoy traveling, spending time with family, and helping others.

Doreen Harper PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean of the School of Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Harper is Dean and Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing in the UAB School of Nursing. She also serves as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on International Nursing at UAB, one of ten centers in the United States that focus on nursing education to improve the care for children and families through global outreach. Dr. Harper's scholarly work breaks new ground in joint academic/service partnerships for nursing workforce development.

Linda Moneyham PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor / Senior Associate Dean

Dr. Moneyham is Professor and Senior Associated Dean for Academic Affairs in the UAB School of Nursing, with appointments as a Senior Scientist in the Center for AIDS Research, the Minority Health Research Center, the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. She has also served as an Associate Director for the Center for Nursing Research, Co-director of the Behavioral Core of the Center for AIDS Research, and Research Leader of the Minority Health Research Center.

Adelais Markaki, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor of Nursing

Dr. Markaki is Director of Global Partnerships, known for her sustained work in primary health care capacity building and global health integration. She demonstrates nurses’ role in achieving universal health and advocates for raising the nursing workforce status.

As Co-Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center (WHOCC), she leads one of only nine designated centers in the USA, integrating global health into nursing education, research, and clinical practice. Since 2016, Dr. Markaki has expanded the school’s global footprint through partnerships across continents. In 2019, she led the successful re-designation of UAB WHOCC, tasked with supporting PAHO efforts to overcome health disparities in the Americas’ region.

Bryan Wilbanks PhD, DNP, CRNA

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Wilbanks is a nurse anesthetist with over 12 years of clinical experience. He is also an educator and researcher. His expertise is in nursing informatics, specifically how electronic health record interface design impacts usability in real-world settings.

Sabria Baker DNP, RN, CNE

Instructor of Nursing

Ms. Baker began her career in the Surgical Intensive Care at UAB Hospital. She became interested in education and moved to the school to teach clinicals for undergraduate nursing.

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