Current Board and Officers

President: Lisa Radford, RN, BSN, CWOCN
President-Elect: CJ Crane BSN, RN, CWON 
Secretary:  Kathy Merkh MS,RN CWON
Treasurer:  Eva Sauls, BSN, RN, BA, CWOCN
Communications: Karen Houchins, BSN, RN, CWCN
Member at Large: Open position
Public Policy: Open position
Outgoing President: Ferne Elsass, MSN, RN, CPN, CWON


Lisa Radford, BSN, RN, CWOCN Kathy Merkh MS,RN CWON Eva Sauls, BSN, RN, BA, CWOCN

Dates / Locations for Meetings

We are a small but active group. We meet the 2nd Tuesday every month except June and October; either a luncheon or a dinner meeting. Locations vary.

Corrine Alvey accepting HR WOCN Nurse of the Year 2019, supported by the HR WOCN November 2019

posted 7/23/20

2019 Group Picture

HR Affiliate at the 50th Annual Conference in Philadelphia in 2018


HR Affiliate at the July Social Meeting in 2019


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News Updates

updated 7/23/20

Several of our members re certified for another 5 years:

Bridget Ahern, Ferne Elsass and Rosemary Brown all re certified in wound and ostomy, Virginia Lisenby re certified in wound, ostomy and continence and Sarah Rush became newly certified in ostomy. 

Longtime member Penny Crawford, re certified as a Family NP for 5 more years, applied for her independent practice license, and she retired from her other jobs.

Our current HR president and MAR secretary, Ferne Elsass, has been very busy. Besides re certifying, Ferne and co-author Stephanie Furtado, presented one poster at the WOCNext 2020 National Conference, A Novel Approach to Incontinent Associated Dermatitis in Pediatric patients. She is a content expert for two publications on the Wound Care Learning Network platform “Active Leptospermum Honey” and “The Trauma Wound and Wound Management with Active Leptospermum Honey”. Along with Dr. Vita Boyar, she has a publication in Wound Management and Prevention, “Single-use Negative Pressure Therapy and the Pediatric Patient”.

Congratulations on everyone’s accomplishments. What an awesome group of individuals!

updated 4/09/20

Ostomy Clinics for the Hampton Roads area: download the file (PDF).

Hampton Roads supported UOAA on World Ostomy Day by completing a virtual 5K. With the help of family, friends and the HR WOCN, Ferne Elsass raised $360 for the UOAA.

Ferne Elsass

(l to r) Claudia Thomas, Kathy Merkh and her granddaughter, Olivia, and Corrine Alvey

posted 10/23/18