Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania Announces New Board of Trustees

Updated on January 5, 2012

Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) has elected eight innovative leaders to join its Board of Trustees:

  • President, Marilyn D. Harris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Retired Executive Director, Abington Memorial Hospital Home Care / Hospice
  • Vice President, Paul E. Tarves, MSN, BSN, RN, Evangelical Community Hospital
  • Secretary, Patricia Sweeney, PhD, CRNP, FNP, BC, The School of Nursing at Penn State
  • Treasurer, Dolores M. Zygmont, PhD, RN, Temple University
  • Member, Esther Brown, EdD, RN, ThB, Widener University School of Nursing
  • Member, Beth Hogan-Quigley, MSN, RN, CRNP, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Member, Judith Anne Zdziera, MSHA, RN-BC, Fort Washington, PA
  • Member, Elizabeth Walls, MSN, MBA, RN, Chester County Health Department

“For 28 years, NFP has provided first-rate opportunities for professional nurses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” states NFP President Marilyn D. Harris.  “This freshly-focused Board enthusiastically accepts the challenge of providing NFP with strategic guidance and policy direction — most notably in the areas of governance, conflict of interest, human resources, financial and legal matters, openness, fund development, and public policy and advocacy.  We already know that Pennsylvania’s nurses are experienced, dedicated and hard working.  We look forward to our expanding initiatives to support and collaborate with them.”

NFP’s mission is to support charitable, educational and research ventures that improve health and advance the nursing profession.  The purpose of the NFP is to (1) secure funding for scholarly and other mission-oriented pursuits in nursing; (2) provide charitable support to the PA State Nurses Association (PSNA), a 501(c)6 membership organization advancing professional nursing; and (3) ensure NFP exists in perpetuity to assist in advancing the nursing profession in PA.  To learn more about NFP, visit

The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) is the non-profit voice for nurses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Representing more than 208,000 nurses, the Association works to be essential in advancing, promoting and supporting the profession of nursing to improve health for all in the Commonwealth. PSNA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association (

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