AWHONN Section Advisory Committee- District 5 Representative (Illinois, Missouri, & Wisconsin)

Carol Burke, MSN, APRN/CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Post-master’s prepared Advanced Practice Professional Registered Nurse / Clinical Nurse Specialist specializing in women and newborn health with Certificate in Nurse Midwifery and Nursing Administration.  Extensive clinical, administrative, and educational background in both low risk and high risk, culturally diverse perinatal populations. Creative author and lecturer at national and local seminars. Expert clinician, successful manager, project leader and quality improvement specialist.  Proven clinical excellence in academic and tertiary in-patient hospital settings. NCC certified in Inpatient Obstetric Nursing and Electronic Fetal Monitoring. Actively involved in perinatal professional organizations.


Section Chair/ Section Conference Coordinator

AWHONN Illinois Section Chair
I have been a nurse for 24 years practicing in education, public health (3 years), and neonatal clinical settings. My public health experience included WIC and Family Case Management with a primary focus on follow-up for high-risk newborns. I have been a NICU staff nurse and most recently the Neonatal Outreach Educator for the South-Central Illinois Perinatal Center at Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. Babies are my passion, and I embrace every opportunity to further the specialty through active participation in nursing organizations, quality improvement, and continuing education. As an AWHONN member, I previously have served as the Section Education and Conference Coordinator, Chapter Coordinator for the South-Central Chapter in Springfield, and on the National Membership Committee.  I am an active member of the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative-Neonatal Advisory Committee and a member of the Academy of Neonatal Nursing Executive Committee.

Christine Emmons, MSN, MPH, RNC-NIC, CNL, C-ONQS
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I have been a nurse for 24 years practicing in education, public health (3 years), and neonatal clinical settings. My public health experience included WIC and Family Case Management with a primary focus on follow-up for high-risk newborns. I have been a NICU staff nurse and most recently the Neonatal Outreach Educator for the South-Central Illinois Perinatal Center at Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. Babies are my passion, and I embrace every opportunity to further the specialty through active participation in nursing organizations, quality improvement, and continuing education. As an AWHONN member, I previously have served as the Section Education and Conference Coordinator, Chapter Coordinator for the South-Central Chapter in Springfield, and on the National Membership Committee.  I am an active member of the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative-Neonatal Advisory Committee and a member of the Academy of Neonatal Nursing Executive Committee. 


Section Secretary Treasurer


Roma Allen, MSN ed., DNP, RNC-OB
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Doctoral prepared registered nurse with a focus on maternal child health and a Master’s degree in nursing education. NCC certified in Inpatient Obstetric Nursing. AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitor Instructor. Member of the Illinois Maternal Child State Quality council and the Illinois Severe Maternal Morbidity committee. Poster and oral presentations with a focus on preeclampsia, perinatal hemorrhage, and substance use disorder in the maternal population. Experienced clinician with over 30 years of obstetric practice including project leader, program developer, evidence-based practice, quality initiatives, and leadership. Contributing expert and co-author to publications regarding water births and complications of Cesarean Deliveries.


Section Legislative Coordinator

I am a diploma graduate of Evangelical School of Nursing, finished my BS at Elmhurst College and obtained my graduate degree at Loyola University. My work history includes staff nurse positions in neonatal intensive care and labor and delivery, a clinical nurse specialist position at a small community hospital and full time university faculty. I have taught nursing as an outreach educator, and as clinical faculty at various nursing programs. In recent years I also worked in home health as a pediatric hospice nurse. Currently I am a perinatal network administrator and participate in education and quality initiatives with our network hospitals.

Peggy Cowling, APN, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CHSE contact

SECTION EDUCATION COORDINATOR

I am currently the Women and Children’s Education Coordinator at UW Health-Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL. I became a nurse in 2014, at which time I started on Labor and Delivery. During that time I committed myself to professional development and gained my NCC certification in Inpatient Obstetrics and in 2021 received my MSN in Education. I am an AWHONN Intermediate EFM & AWHONN OPS instructor and participate in many ILPQC initiatives. Obstetrical nursing is my passion and I strive to offer and promote the highest level of evidence based practice through education to L&D, Postpartum and Women’s Health staff, providers and residents.

Courtney Pemberton, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

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I am definitely known for my sarcastic sense of humor and quick wit. My co-workers, friends and family would definitely agree that I am able to find the humor in most situations. I attribute a lot of that to my time spent as an L&D RN, however I have always used humor as a form of expression while I communicate with others both in professional and personal settings.


Website and Social Media Coordinator


Christina Stupek MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, C-ONQS Contact

My medical experience started in the Army National Guard as a medic while going to college and was part of an ambulance platoon. I have been a nurse since 1997, all but the first 2 years in Obstetrics. My past roles in Obstetrics include, staff nurse, preceptor, charge RN, Unit Manager of 2 different OB units, adjunct faculty for OSF SAMC College of Nursing, Professional Development Coordinator in obstetrics and Perinatal Outreach Educator, which all gave me valuable experience in quality and safety. Currently, I am an instructor for the AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring, Advanced Fetal Monitoring and AWHONN OPS. My Certifications include NCCs inpatient obstetrics, EFM and Obstetric & Neonatal Quality and Safety. My participation includes ILPQC Promoting Vaginal Birth as a clinical Lead and a member of the Perinatal Outreach Educators of Illinois. Other opportunities include item writing for NCC and participating in the job analysis work group for the inpatient OB certification test.


South Central Chapter Coordinators


Co-Chair Simone Parlier, RNC-OB, MSN, CEFM, CNML, IBCLC, C-ONQS
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I am currently the OB/Level II Nursery Department Nurse Manager at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois.  In the 15 years that I have worked in the OB department at Passavant Hospital, I have strived to improve myself, as well as the department, by obtaining the Inpatient OB certification, the lactation counselor certification, and subsequently the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification. Additionally, I hold certifications in Electronic Fetal Monitoring, Nurse Manager and Leader, and Obstetric and Neonatal Quality and Safety.    I am also a student at Loyola University Chicago in the PhD in Nursing program with a research interest in maternal health outcomes for rural populations.  As a nurse, student, and mother I am committed to improving the care and outcomes of the women and infants in my community as well as nationally


I have been working as a perinatal nurse for 18 years.  For the past 15 years I’ve been at Passavant (the rebranded: Jacksonville Memorial Hospital). I strive to expand my career development and have obtained certifications in EFM, inpatient OB, and became an IBCLC.  I am committed to AWHONN’s vision to empower and support the nurses and families I serve. As a mother of 5 grown children and grandmother to 4, I am driven to be a part of my professional organization that continues to improve the care of mothers and babies

Co-Chair Debra Crowley, RNC_OB, C-EFM, IBCLC


Southern (Bellevillle) Chapter Coordinator

Former AWHONN Illinois Section Chair (2013-2017)

Mona LeGrand, RNC-OB, C-EFM

OB Staff nurse for 37 years serving in multiple roles:  Staff nurse, Charge nurse, Interim nurse manager, and team member for Level II-E redesignation with IDPH.  I have a special interest in Informatics and served as the Systems Analyst and Manager for our OB Unit.  This role allowed me to apply my talents with policy and procedure development, education, and systems maintenance.  I have been a member of the Nursing Quality Leadership Team, Unit Quality Leadership Team, and represented our department on the Research Committee. 

I have had the opportunity to serve on a variety of AWHONN Committees at the National level including the National Finance Committee, AIM Project Member, and Conference Moderator.  State Section activities include Website Manager, EFM Instructor, Chapter Coordinator, and Illinois Membership Retention and Recruitment Chair. 


Lakeshore Chapter Coordinators

Co Chair
Azijada Djordjevic
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Co Chair

Deborah Roache
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Northwest Chapter Coordinators

Co-Chair Genevieve Stoner


Co-Chair
Courtenai Smith, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
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I am the Obstetrics Clinical Educator at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois. I have over 20 years of experience in Obstetrics with a focus in the clinical areas of Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, High Risk Nursery and Women’s Health. I am an Intermediate Fetal Monitoring and NRP   Instructor and am committed to improving care and outcomes for mothers and newborns


Chicago Chapter

Chair- Olga I Marrero DNP, RN-BC, IBCLC
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I have been a Perinatal nurse for over 20 years. I currently hold an Advance Practice Nursing licensure, attained with a Perinatal Nurse Certification and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification. My experience and education have provided me with the knowledge and skills to care for the Perinatal family and enhance nursing skills and knowledge. During my carrier I have been a faculty for community college, a university faculty and a member of the professional development team leader. Currently, I work with the leadership team to bring evidence based information to healthcare providers. I have been an active member of AWHONN and have enjoyed many conferences.


North Central Chapter Coordinators

Co-Chair Mary Ann Liner Contact


Co-Chair & Exhibitor Coordinator Susie Swain
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Northern Illinois Chapter

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