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Alabama Organization for Nursing Leadership (AlaONL)

The Alabama Organization for Nursing Leadership (AlaONL), an affiliated organization of the Alabama Hospital Association, is an organization of nurse leaders who design, facilitate and manage care.  The organization provides direction and leadership for the advancement of nursing practice and patient care in health care systems, supports and promotes excellence in nurse executive and nurse management practice, and helps to shape policy affecting health care delivery from the perspective of the nurse executive and the nurse manager.

AlaONL serves its members by:

  • Providing vision and actions for nursing leadership to meet the health care needs.
  • Influencing legislation and public policy related to nursing and patient care issues.
  • Offering member services that support the management, leadership, educational, and professional development of nursing leaders.
  • Facilitating and supporting research and development efforts that advance nursing administration practice and quality patient care.


The organization membership requirements and categories shall be consistent with those set for the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) bylaws for full and associate membership. Full members of AlaONL shall consist of Registered Nurse (RN) leaders or aspiring leaders.  This includes those RNs who hold or aspire to hold an organizational role of administration/management, who are accountable for strategic, operational and/or performance outcomes in sites where health care is delivered; faculty in graduate and undergraduate nursing programs, including deans and directors; executive directors of AlaONL Affiliated Chapters; consultants in nursing administration/management practice; persons working in professional associations, regulatory agencies and/or accrediting health care organizations; and editors of professional journals.

Scan the QR codes below to complete your AlaONL registration and to pay for membership fees.

Membership Form
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Board of Directors

Click here to view bios and headshots for the AlaONL Board of Directors.

Cheryl Bailey, MBA, BSN, RN
Vice President Accounts and Organizational Strategy, Healthlinx

President Elect
Christy Nation, MSHA, BSN, RN
Senior Director, UAB Medicine, Women and Infants Center

Laura Needham
Division Director, Inpatient Nursing Services, Children’s of Alabama

Secretary Elect
Lee M. Hardin, DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC, CNE, COI
Associate Professor, Samford University

Sr. Director of Medical Nursing, UAB Hospital

Treasurer Elect
Emily Pentecost, MSHQS, BSN, RN, LSSGB
STEMI Program Coordinator, UAB Hospital

Director at Large – North Alabama
Arin Zapf
Chief Nursing Officer, Huntsville Hospital

Valerie K. Heinl, MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Director of Clinical Compliance and Regulatory Services, USA Health Children’s and Women’s Hospital

Chairman, Nominating Committee
Kathleen A. Ladner
Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing, UAB School of Nursing