Nursing Leadership — OONL

Nursing Leadership — OONL

The Ohio Organization for Nursing Leadership serves as the catalyst for innovative health care in Ohio and the nation through expert nursing leadership.

Purpose & Objectives

OONL shall be the state organization for nursing leadership in healthcare that provides for nursing leadership development by:

  • Providing a forum for the interchange of ideas and dissemination of information and materials relative to nursing leadership
  • Identifying and defining nursing practice, nursing education and health care issues
  • Establishing and communicating position statements to influence legislative and public policy
  • Developing and promoting educational programs/activities to strengthen nursing in education, administration, research and clinical practice
  • Supporting systems for the advancement of healthy communities
  • Leading the development and implementation of patient care delivery systems that produce high quality, safe patient care through innovations
  • Participating in local and state wide community efforts to promote nursing leadership involvement

Membership Eligibility & Application

OONL membership is open to registered nurses working in a leadership role (manager or above) and employed by an Ohio hospital or health system that is an OHA member organization. OONL members may be full members, associate members, honorary or emeritus members.  Board approval is required for honorary or emeritus.

To join OONL, complete the society membership application.

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Log in to the OHA website is required to access and complete the application. If you do not have an existing OHA login, click on “Register for an Account” to create one.

Membership in OONL is effective upon formal application and approval of OHA.

Benefits of Membership

  • Personal member of OHA
  • Direct communications on pertinent programs and nursing issues
  • Reduced registration fee to all OONL-sponsored educational programs
  • Participation in OHA Annual Meeting
  • Opportunity to share information with other nurse leaders
  • Opportunity to participate on OONL committees
  • Quarterly OONL Newsletter
  • Networking opportunities for professional growth
  • Annual OONL fall conference
  • Regional OONL chapter education programs

Get Involved

OONL Fall Conference
Save the Date: Nov. 6-8
Renaissance Westerville-Polaris Hotel

OONL Regional Chapters

OONL Leadership


Melissa Kline, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP

OONL President / Former SVP, System Chief Nurse Executive

The MetroHealth System

Past President

Jayne Gmeiner, MS, RN, NEA-BC

VP & Chief Nursing Officer

Dayton Children's Hospital


Maureen Oltman, MSN, RN, CNML, ACM-RN

Manager, Care Management & Social Services

Kettering Health Dayton


Karen Gates, DNP, RN, NE-BC

Vice President of Nursing and Operations | Administration

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Lodi Hospital

Bylaws Committee Chair

Lisa Keegan, RN, MEd, NE-BC

Risk Manager, Patient Safety Manager

Cincinnati VA Medical Center

Communications Committee Chair

Teresa Coakley, MSN, BSN, RN, CPN, NEA-BC

Heart Center Director of Clinical Services

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Engagement Committee Chair

Katie Chieda, RN, BSN, MSN, MBA


Fisher-Titus Medical Center

Evidence-Based Practice Committee Chair

Ruth Labardee, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPPS

Director of Health System Nursing Quality and Evidence-Based Practice

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Legislative & Practice Committee Chair

Diane Sprankle, RN, MSN, NE-BC

Director, Ambulatory Nursing Clinical and Quality

Akron Children's Hospital

Legislative & Practice Committee Chair

Robert Williams, AACC, BSN, MBA, RN

Director Surgical Services

Memorial Health System

Program Committee Chair

Ramona Cheek, MSN, RN, CPHQ

(Retired) Vice President of Nursing Transformation and Innovation

Bon Secours Mercy Health

Central Ohio Chapter Chair

Christine Maihle, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Program Manager

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Cleveland Area Chair

Jody Blessing, MS, BSN, CNML, RN

Nurse Manager Ambulatory

Willoughby Hills Family Health Center

Dayton Ohio Organization for Nursing Leadership Chair

Angela Wale, RN, MSN, CENP

System Director Nursing Professional Practice & Research

Premier Health

Eastern Ohio Organization for Nursing Leadership Chair

Melissa Rucci, MSN

Vice President of Nursing

Mercy Health - St. Joseph Warren Hospital

Greater Cincinnati Chapter Chair

Mary Ahlers, BSN, MEd, RN

Clinical Coordinator, Air & Mobile Care

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

North Central Ohio Organization for Nursing Leadership Chair

Kayla Pfeiffer, MSN, CPN, RN

Patient Safety & Accreditation Manager

Fisher-Titus Medical Center

Northeast Region Chapter Chair

Kyle Anderson, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC

Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Summa Health System

Rural Northwest Chapter Chair

Amber Jackman, RN, BSN

Manager of Quality Improvement, Manager Emerging Care Services

Henry County Hospital

Southeast Area Chapter Chair

Sarah Oldaker, MSN, RN

Senior Director Inpatient Services, Chief Nursing Officer

Memorial Health System

Toledo Area Organization for Nursing Leadership Chair

Paula Grieb, DNP, RN

Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer


West Central Ohio Chapter Chair

Kimberlee Freeman, MS, NEA-BC, RN, DNP

Vice President, Patient Care Services & CNO

Wayne HealthCare

Nursing Summit Liaison

Paige Smith, MSN, RN

VP, Patient Care Services & CNO

Marietta Memorial Hospital

OBN Liaison

Andrea Manning, DNP, RN, MBA, NEA-BC

Vice President, Clinical Services

Nationwide Children's Hospital

OHA Board Liaison

Anne Gunther, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP


Aultman Hospital

OHA Clinical Advisory Committee Liaison

Diane Sprankle, RN, MSN, NE-BC

Director, Ambulatory Nursing Clinical and Quality

Akron Children's Hospital

SAABO Liaison

Barbara Turner, DNP, RN, NE-BC

Director, Professional Practice and Clinical Education

Mercy Health - Youngstown

Aspiring Nurse Leader Award

Emily Kesner, MSN, RN

Assistant Nurse Manager ED

Dayton Children's Hospital

Aspiring Nurse Leader Award

Traci Sheipline, MBA, MSN, RN, CPHQ

Patient Safety Officer

Summa Health System

OONL Leadership Award

Todd Tussing, DNP, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, EBP-C

Assistant Clinical Professor

The Ohio State University College of Nursing

OONL Leadership Award

Christine Young, RN, DNP, MBA, NEA-BC

Chief of Hospital Based Services & Chief Nursing Officer

Akron Children's Hospital

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair

Wendy Ungard, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Assistant Vice President Patient Services/Acute Care

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

OONL Workforce Wellness Award

Jenny Michel, DNP, CNP

Director, Advanced Practice Providers

Akron Children's Hospital