Our Board Members

Patrise Tyson, MSN, FNP-BC, Interim President

Patrise is a family nurse practitioner and nurse researcher. She serves as sub-investigator on phase I and phase II clinical trials at Syneos Health (formerly inVentiv Health Miami) where she assists the Medical Director by managing the day to day responsibilities for clinical trial conduct, assessments of the clinical trial, and provides treatment and care to all volunteers who meet study eligibility criteria and are enrolled in the actual clinical trials. She also is experienced working with adult and pediatric populations on phase II and phase III multi-specialty clinical trials. She continues to exemplify leadership and accountability in her current role as Interim President. She is actively involved in community outreach efforts, leadership forums and conducting and coordinating educational sessions for nurses and lay community members.

Sharon Rogers, RN, BSN, MSM, NEC, MSN Ed, 1st Vice President

Sharon is currently an Academic and Clinical Professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Miramar, FL since 2013. She has over 7 years of teaching experience. She has extensive experience working at Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) of the Jackson Health System (JHS), in Miami as an Associate Director of Patient Care Services, Women’s Center and at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, NY Management/Leadership. She conducts community presentations on behalf of Miami BNA and the American Heart Association and coordinates National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) “Capitol Hill Day” meetings with U.S. Congressional Legislators. She is a member of multiple professional organizations including her service on the Nominating Committee of the Florida Nurses Association.

Marie Etienne, DNP, ARNP, 2nd Vice President  

Marie is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and professor in the Benjamín León School of Nursing at Miami Dade College. She provides sound academic educational opportunities to her students. She exemplifies nursing leadership as she engages her students in classroom and community activities locally and internationally. In the community clinical arena, Marie provides quality care to the indigent and underserved families in Belle Glades and Immokalee, Florida as well as serves our international community in Haiti.

Constance Harvey Miller, DNP, RN, CNE, Treasurer

Constance is a retired Full Professor in the Benjamín León School of Nursing.  She became a fulltime faculty member at the College in 1988. She received both Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in Nursing from Barry University, and a DNP from the University of Miami. Constance followed in the footsteps of her biological mother who was a Cadet Nurse, and her grandmother who was a nurse midwife in Pompano Beach, Fl.  After working in various hospitals as an intensive care nurse, she became a nurse educator with encouragement from her adopted mother, a retired educator, and as well as her best friend.  Her passions in life include nursing, teaching and helping others.  She is a Certified Nurse Educator and nothing gives her more pleasure than to see former students demonstrating excellence and compassion as professional nurses. Constance is a member of several professional organizations, including the Miami Chapter-Black Nurses Association.

Phyllis Rhymes-Johnson, DHS, MSN, ARNP BSN, Parliamentarian

Phyllis is an independent Family Practice nurse practitioner. She is a Medtronic Brady Device specialist. While working at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Phyllis oversaw the electrophysiology specialty lab where she managed cardiac rhythms and cardiac special devices. She is also a former adjunct faculty at Florida International College of Nursing. And Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Phyllis coordinates BNA Community Education events which targets healthcare issues of underserved populations and serves on the Board of Multicultural Task Force of the American Heart Association as the Miami BNA representative. She is a certified CPR instructor with the American Heart Association.


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