Rebecca Huie, DNP, RN, ACNP, VHA-CM
Dr. Huie has 18 years of nursing experience. She completed her Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) in 1996 at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama; Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2006 at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB); Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) at UAB in 2011, specializing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse First Assistant; and Doctorate Degree in Nursing at UAB in 2012. She also has experience in wound care, long-term healthcare a she is a Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) instructor at the facility and community levels.
Dr. Huie’s career at the BVAMC began in 2004 as a Staff Nurse on a medical-surgical nursing unit, where she quickly was promoted to Charge Nurse. In 2006 she transitioned to the SICU to obtain critical care nursing experience and, in 2007, accepted the position of Charge Nurse. In 2012 she became Nurse Manager responsible for several primary care clinics. In this role she is responsible for thepc Community-based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) across central and northern Alabama.
For over 103 years, ASNA has served and advocated for nurses of all specialties and settings of care. ASNA is fortunate to have had quality leadership from the academic, administrative, advanced practice, and clinical nurse backgrounds over the years. Dr. Huie understands the challenges nurses face every day as well as policy and political issues that impact nursing practice. As a strong advocate for better access to care and fewer encumbrances on the nurses’ primary focus on quality patient care, Dr. Huie will lead ASNA forward in accomplishing its mission to promote excellence in nursing.
John C. Ziegler, D.Min, MA, BA
Executive Director, ASNA
Dr. Ziegler has served as Executive Director of the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) 2012 – present. ASNA is the original professional nursing organization in the state. It was instrumental in the passage of the first Alabama nurse practice act in 1915. ASNA represents the interests of all nursing specialties and is an affiliate of the American Nurses Association. In his role of Executive Director, Dr. Ziegler works with the ASNA Board, staff and numerous volunteers to provide opportunities for members to grow personally and to collectively promote excellence in the nursing profession. He also works with the Alabama Coalition of Nursing Organizations to help facilitate Nurses Day at the Capitol, the annual clinical/policy event held annually in Montgomery.
During his tenure as Executive Director, ASNA has grown by more than 20%, upgraded member benefits, and enhanced the ASNA brand with a total upgrade of their website, social media and the Alabama Nurse publication. Other popular additions to ASNA offerings include the introduction of the first ever Alabama Nurse specialty auto license plate and Visa Nurse Platinum credit card. Revenue from the license plates has provided thousands of dollars for Community Grants and Nurse Scholarships. Due to the popularity of the Nurse Tags, The Alabama Nurses Foundation is expected to continue to grow and become a large source of funding for scholarships. With respect to legislation and policy issues, Dr. Ziegler is a registered lobbyist with a singular focus on serving the interests Alabama’s 93,000 nurses and the nursing profession.
He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Master of Arts from Illinois State University and a Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary. Before coming to ASNA, he served as Public Information Officer for the Alabama Department of Mental Health. Earlier in his career, he served on a Lieutenant Governor’s staff and as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor.
Charlene Roberson, MEd, RN-BC
Director of Leadership Services, ASNA
Charlene has been a member of the ASNA team since 1985 and before coming to ASNA she was in academic education. Her certifications include Nursing Professional Development and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Since being employed at ASNA she has been involved in all aspects of the association’s day to day operations. She oversees the continuing nursing education department as well as being the point person for event planning. Areas of impact include policies/procedures, bylaws, strategic plans, resolutions, content for the website, Facebook, and The Alabama Nurse. However, her primary role is being a nurse advocate.
Katie Drake-Speer, MSN, RN
Continuing Education Coordinator, ASNA
Katie joined us in December 2016. She is an experienced nurse educator, and formerly served as a nurse consultant in the continuing education department at the Alabama Board of Nursing. Please contact Katie with any questions relating to continuing nursing education approval.
Programs & Structural Unit Coordinator, ASNA
April has been with ASNA since 2000 and in this capacity assists the executive team with record keeping, database maintenance, membership applications and maintaining the continuing education records. April has an extensive background with customer service, database management and project management.
Don Eddins, BS, MS, JD
Don Eddins is the legal representative for ASNA. In addition to providing legal direction and lobbying support Eddins’ law practice is devoted to representing teachers, nurses and others in employment, discrimination, and civil and criminal matters.