Current Officers

President Melanie Karner, BA, BSN, DNC, CWOCN
Treasurer Leslie Whitney BS, RN, CWOCN
Secretary Melissa Venker BSN, RN, CWOCN
Past-President Molly Lemanski, BS, RN, ONC, CWOCN
To contact us, please use our contact form.

Dates / Locations for Meetings

Our affiliate meetings are scheduled in the months of Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, and Nov. 

Zoom event: March 30, 2021

Happy Spring Everyone! Just a reminder our next Zoom meeting will be Tuesday, March 30th at 6pm. I am hoping more members will be able to join us that day to discuss possibly sponsoring the Ostomy Care Associate Program as an alternative to hosting the Ostomy Workshop.

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Meeting ID: 842 4835 2295 Passcode: 094608

WOC WEEK is coming soon! Please let me know if you would be interested in attending a dinner event to celebrate. We are planning the day to be Thursday, April 15th at a restaurant in Towson. It would be great to see you all again! Warmest Regards, Melanie

Welcome Members !

The Baltimore Affiliate continues to collaborate to provide fellow nurses, the community, and health care organizations with educational programs, volunteer work, and resources related to WOC nursing. We gladly welcome any health care professional to our meetings to discover the opportunities, benefits, clinical expertise, and the gratification of being a WOC nurse. Please contact us if you are interested!

BA Affiliate President 2020

Community Resource List for Ostomy

Download/view the 2020 Ostomy Community Resource List for the the Greater Baltimore Area

About Us

As an affiliate we have a great deal to offer our members:

The Baltimore Affiliate represents a diverse group of committed nurses certified in wound, ostomy, continence and foot care.  Our membership includes novice and expert WOC nurses with over 40 years of focused practice. Several WTA cohorts have been initiated by active Baltimore WOC Nurses.  A variety of practice settings are represented within our group including:

  • DME/Industry
  • Acute care
  • Home care
  • Rehabilitation/long term care

The Greater Baltimore Affiliate is involved in local ostomy support group leadership, CCFA, UOAA, and external mission trips.  Members are actively engaged at the regional level including officers, fundraising, educational functions, and WOC nursing policy. Focused interests include transitions in ostomy care, cultural implications for the WOC Nurse, and advancing the practice by “passing it forward” opportunities from our seasoned members.

Our Mission

The Greater Baltimore Affiliate of the WOCN Society advances the practice of wound, ostomy, and continence nursing by promoting the professional growth of our members through collaboration, communication, and advanced education with the goal of providing the highest standards of care for persons with wounds, ostomies or incontinence and their families/caregivers who support them.

News from the Baltimore Affiliate

We had participated in the UOAA's 2020 Run/Walk for Resilience Ostomy 5K on October 3rd. Thanks to all who supported our team The Baltimore Stoma Striders in honor of Ostomy Awareness Day!   click images for larger view





As an affiliated support group of the UOAA, the Greater Baltimore Ostomy Association is absolutely delighted to announce that we now have 20 certified visitors available to offer support to your patients who will have or have just had ostomy surgery. The purpose of the visit is to offer reassurance, help renew self-confidence and provide connections to community resources. There is truly no substitute for the visual proof provided by an individual who has learned to live well with an ostomy.

Visitors can meet your patient at home, in a mutually agreeable neutral location or in the hospital. (An understanding of HIPAA is part of the training.) We cover the metropolitan Baltimore area and surrounding counties, including Carroll and Anne Arundel. A telephone call is also an option.

Our visitors range in age from 37 to 60+. When requesting a visitor, please provide as much information as you can about the patient so we can match up a compatible visitor:

  • Name
  • Type of ostomy surgery
  • Sex
  • DOB
  • Hospital or general location
  • Single/married
  • Hobbies, interests or any specific concerns

Please note that if the visit is to take place in a hospital, the surgeon must consent to the visit.

Requests for visitors should be directed to Cindy Shephard, or 443-840-7965.

We look forward to your referrals and the opportunity to provide this very valuable peer support!  click here for our Flyer

Kind regards,
Cynthia Shephard, MSN, RN, CWOCN