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ONA 2013 Elections: Vice-President


Norma O’Mara, BSN, RN

  • Clinical Supervisor, Linn County Public Health
  • Became a member of the Oregon Nurses Association in 1975. I worked for 32 years as a staff nurse at Good Samaritan in Corvallis, then Silverton Hospital for 2 years. Currently I am the Clinic Supervisor at Linn County. My staff is not represented by ONA for collective bargaining. My work with ONA: appointed to the Cabinet on Practice and Research (6 years) and Chair (4 years); served two terms on the ONA Board; appointed Treasurer, then elected for 4 years plus another 2 years. As Treasurer I was a strong and vocal advocate for managing our investments conservatively. We set aside sufficient funds over the past three years for a new computerized membership database system. The direct purchase of this system, without borrowing funds, proved the conservative actions of the Finance Committee, under my leadership was effective. Current Vice President and Chair of the Policy Committee. As VP I lead the 2012 ANA Oregon delegation so that the President could keep family commitments. I would like to serve another term as Vice President and continue the work of the policy committee, especially due to the major changes in the 2012 Bylaws. My history proves my serious commitment to ONA.

Thomas Saifkhani, BSN, BS, CCTN, RN

  • Staff Nurse, Oregon Health Sciences University
  • I am a strong believer in ONA’s core values which are integrity, respect, mutual support, spirit of team work, advocating for nurses and professional excellence. I would like to actively advocate for ONA’s core values. In my humble opinion, the primary focus of staff is to provide services to ONA members and I strongly admire this about ONA staff.
  • My experience as staff RN in an academic medical center for more than a decade has provided me with knowledge of local nursing work and policy issues. My previous involvement in local constituent association leadership positions are a good foundation for me to run for this position.
  • I am a very active member of AURN where I work. Nurse staffing and issues surrounding staffing laws in Oregon are my passion. I am a solid advocate for safe, patient-centered and oriented models which integrate direct care staff nurse input in delivering it. I currently serve as the AURN vice-president, member of OHSU hospital based nurse staffing committee, OHSU staff nurse representative in Oregon Nurse Staffing Collaborative (ONSC) and Oregon State Board of Nursing Practice Counsel.
  • I am very excited to join the ONA Board of Directors as the vice president and I am kindly asking for your vote.

Dominga Lopez, RN, BAAS

  • Charge Nurse Staffing, Integrated Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
  • My entire nursing career has been active in local/state/national politics representing the voice of nursing while maintaining a full time job in nursing leadership roles. I have been and continue to be a role model for nurses and nursing and have many years’ experience of being a nursing leader. Have served as a nursing mentor for new nurses and nursing students. Had many years of experience in supervision and management of nursing and support staff. I have a passion for nursing and nursing education. I am a people person and strive by learning from others. It is thru these means, that I have been able to influence others and have effectively worked as a team player. I enjoy teaching others about anything in life, most importantly about nursing professionalism and nursing practice.

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