Student Appointed to West Virginia Organization of Nurse Leaders board

PRESS RELEASE (Marshall University Doctor of Nursing Practice student Emily Hankins (pictured) has been selected to represent Marshall on the West Virginia Organization for Nursing Leadership (WVONL) board.

WVONL is a state affiliate of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL).  Hankins will participate in board meetings, sub-committees and events as well as be a non-voting member.

“We are delighted that Emily has accepted this position on our board as the inaugural aspiring leader,” Lya M. Stroupe, president of WVONL, said. “Emily will be able to assist WVONL’s board in deciding the needs of students and aspiring leaders from state organizations to continue their success through the academic setting into the practice setting.  We are also aligned with the American Organization for Nursing Leadership’s goals of developing leaders and promoting professional development.”

Hankins is appreciative of the opportunity.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a board member for the WVONL,” Hankins said. “The MU DNP program continues to provide unique connections with professional organizations, elevating engagement in nursing leadership. The WVONL spring conference was highly inspirational, and I am eager to learn from this exemplary group of nursing leaders. This collaboration is an exciting new venture, and I am honored to share in the professional development of aspiring nursing leaders.”

Emily Hankins has an MSN, APRN, FNB-BC degree. She works as a nurse practitioner at Marshall Health. Dr. Deborah Chapa is the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Marshall. She says it’s a great honor for the new program.

“We feel so privileged to have Emily serve in this inaugural position,” Chapa said. “She already is an exemplary leader who will represent the Marshall DNP program, the state and the region well. We look forward with anticipation for her future accomplishments. We appreciate this opportunity and partnership with the WVONL as we continue to support the development of future leaders in the state, the region and nationally.”

The honor for Hankins was announced at the 2023 West Virginia Organization for Nursing Leadership’s spring conference at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia. The mission of the WVONL is to shape health care in West Virginia through innovation, expert leadership and collaborative partnerships. For more information on the WVONL visit