Board Members


Carmen Hill-Mekoba, DNP, APRN-BC

Board President

Dr. Carmen Hill-Mekoba, DNP, APRN-BC is an adult and geriatric Nurse Practitioner. Over twenty years ago, she began her nursing career in the hospital working in cardiac and critical care areas. After leaving the hospital setting, she began working as a Workers Compensation Case Manager and progressed to the occupational health environment. As an occupational health nurse, she provided leadership to the Linden, New Jersey and Doraville, Georgia medical departments at General Motors Corporation for eight years. Thirteen years ago, she resigned from General Motors and incorporated her own business in which she provided medical house calls to the elderly and consultative services to corporations for wellness initiatives. For 5 ½ years, she was working in a leadership position as the Senior Vice President of Clinical Services for Matrix Medical Network which is an organization that delivers innovative healthcare initiatives in the home, as well as the community. She is currently the Vice President of Clinical Services Delivery for Accolade Incorporated, a clinical advocacy company that works with employers to help employees navigate through the healthcare delivery system.  She has also taught as adjunct faculty for RN to BSN, nurse practitioner, as well as doctoral students at Simmons College of Nursing, Chamberlin University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Boise State University.

Dr. Hill-Mekoba earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. In 2010, she completed a post masters certificate at the University of Massachusetts in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Additionally, in May of 2011, she graduated from Georgia Southern University with a doctorate degree in nursing practice. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and is currently the president of Arizona Board of Nursing.  Her practice philosophy is based on empowering patients with the knowledge that is needed to improve overall health and wellness.

Volunteerism and stewardship play an intricate role in Dr. Hill-Mekoba’s life.  For the last two years, she has served as program chair for Hashtag Lunchbag in Phoenix which is an organization that coordinates events to pack and distribute bagged lunches to the homeless with inspirational notes of encouragement. Additionally, she has led a Mentoring in Medicine program in the city of Atlanta where students enrolled in the city’s public school system were invited to participate in activities focused on the health sciences.

Dr. Hill-Mekoba has been married for twenty-five years and is the mother of three children ages 14, 15, and 21.  She resided in Georgia for thirteen years, but was born and raised in New Jersey. Her relocation to Arizona occurred over 5 years ago.


carolyn mccormies

Carolyn Jo McCormies, RN, MS, FNP-BC

Board Vice President

Carolyn McCormies has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years and is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is the Director of an Associate’s Degree Nursing Program, Eastern Arizona College, located in Thatcher, Arizona. She has a special focus in rural healthcare when she practices as an advanced practice provider there. She has practiced in most areas of nursing. She has had the privilege of traveling to Honduras on medical missions, and writing NCLEX© test questions. She is both an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence Site Visitor. Carolyn currently serves as a District Board member of Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center. She graduated with an associate’s degree from Mesa Community College, then received a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and an MS in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner from Arizona State University. Her greatest accomplishment is becoming a wife, mother and grandmother.

Her professional memberships include the Arizona Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau.

Cecelia Andersen

Cecelia Andersen, BSN, RN

Board Secretary

Ms. Andersen attended Graduate School at University of Washington for Psychiatric Nursing. She received her BSN in 1968 from the College of St. Theresa. She has18 years of experience in adult/pediatrics intensive care, coronary care unit, emergency room care and 14 years experience as a Behavioral Health Administrator in three hospital programs. Ms. Anderson was involved in the ownership of Andersen Health Care Consulting that included startups for behavioral health projects and outpatient clinics. She is a Retired Administrator at Department of Economic Security – Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Lori Guitierrez

Lori A. Gutierrez, MSN, RN-BC

Board Member

Ms. Gutierrez is the Dean of Nursing for Arizona College of Nursing, Phoenix Campus. She is a graduate of the nursing program at Phoenix College and has a BSN and MSN in Executive Leadership from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Her areas of expertise or clinical interests are Clinical Education and Training, Geriatrics, Quality Improvement, Federal and State Regulations, Survey Preparation and Consulting. Ms. Gutierrez’s professional memberships include the: Arizona Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Arizona Healthcare Association, and Sigma Theta Tau.

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Theresa (Terri) Berrigan, LPN, C-AL

Board Member

Ms. Berrigan is employed at Koelsch Senior Communities in Mesa, Arizona. She has been a licensed practical nurse since 1990, has been working in Long Term Care for 17 years, is a graduate of Syracuse Central Technical Vocational Center, New York, and has been Certified in Excellence of Care by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Her areas of expertise or clinical interests are Long Term Care, Alzheimer’s, Assisted Living, Public Policy and Regulation. Ms. Berrigan’s professional memberships include American Assisted Living Nurses Association (Arizona Chapter President) and the Arizona Health Care Association.

Elizabeth Boyer

Elizabeth Boyer, BSN, RN

Board Member

Mrs. Boyer works with the pediatric population at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. She received her BSN from Grand Canyon University in 2011 and her first nursing position was at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (now known as Banner University Medical Center) in the Pulmonary/Medical-Surgical Unit. She was a preceptor for new graduate/new hire nurses, enjoying the teaching opportunity and growth she witnessed in others until her transfer to pediatrics in November of 2014. She is a volunteer at the Neighborhood Christian Clinic in Phoenix and has also served on short-term medical mission trips, travelling to Kenya, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras.

Dr. Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith, PhD, RN, CNE

Board Member

Dr. Smith has fifteen years experience in hospital management and executive nursing administration, and twelve years in higher education. She received her PHd in Nursing from Barry University in Miami, Florida in 2012. She currently serves as the Dean of Nursing and Healthcare Professions at Grand Canyon University.

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Angela Fountain, DNP, CRNA

Board Member

Dr. Fountain received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2019 from Arizona State University, Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia in 2013 from Wolford College, and Master of Science in Nursing in 2010 from Grand Canyon University. She is a member of American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Her areas of expertise or clinical interest include Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Workplace Incivility.