IONL offers its members the ability to connect to other nurses in their area, enabling them to collaborate on key policy issues and build their network. Throughout the year, IONL offers local educational events and invites members in each region to meet one another.



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Connect with Regional Directors

If you'd like to get involved in regional events or learn more about IONL, contact your regional director below.

Region 1A
Kathi Gehrke, MS, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Adult Inpatient – Rockton & Riverside Campuses
Mercy Health

Region 2C
Cara Marco, RN, MSN
Manager of Quality
Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers

Region 1B
Heidi Hess, MSN, RN-BC
Nursing Chief & Officer
Genesis Health System

Region 3A
Deidra Glisson RN, MSN, MBA, NE-BC
Director of Nursing Operations
Memorial Medical Center

Region 2A
Shelly Major, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
Chief Nursing Officer
UI Health

Region 3B
Julianna Sellett, DNP, MBA, RN, CPHQ, CENP
Vice President, Community Health Initiatives
The Carle Foundation

Region 2B
Michele Kramer, PhD, RN, AHN-BC
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Lewis University

Regions 4/5
Richelle Rennegarbe, PhD, RN, CENP
Graduate Program Director
DNP Program Director
McKendree University
Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders
225 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 650 | Chicago, IL 60606 | Ph: 312.265.3927

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