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The CBN Certification Committee is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the specialty of bariatric nursing care by maintaining the CBN certification program.


  • William F. Gourash, RN, CRNP, PhD


  • Jessie M. Moore, MSN, APRN

IHEC Liaison

  • Kellie Armstrong, MSN, RN, CBN

Staff Liaison

  • Nicola Field


  • Sharon Hillgartner, RN, CBN, MBSCR (Leader)
  • Karen Groller, PhD, RN-BC, CMSRN
  • Carah Horn, MBA-HCA, BSN, RN, CBN

Exam Development

  • Ruth M. Davis, RN, BSN, MBA (Leader)
  • Cheryl L. Holsworth, RN, BSN, MSA, CBN
  • Heidi Bednarchuk, MSN, ARNP, CNS, CBN
  • Mara Berman, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR
  • Carmela Pontillo, RN, MSN, CBN

Examination Preparation

  • Karen Flanders, MSN, ARNP, CBN (Leader)
  • Barbara L. Lawrence, RN, MEd
  • Karen Schulz MSN, CNS, CBN
  • Laura Boyer FNP-C, CBN


  • William Gourash, RN, CRNP, PhD
  • Tracy Martinez, BSN, RN, CBN
  • Bobbie Lou Price, BSN, RN, CBN
  • Jessie Moore, MSN, APRN


  • Veronica Cook, RN, MSN, CBN
  • Shirley Bearden, RN, CBN

Practice Analysis

  • Susan Dugan, RN, BSN (Leader)
  • Teresa R. Fraker, RN, BSN, MS
  • Melissa G. Rowan, RN, BSN, CBN
  • Linda Neumann-Potash, RN, MN, CBN


  • Ron Permenter, RN, CBN (Leader)
  • Nicole Forryan, MS, RN
  • Marcela Montemayor, RN, CBN
  • Mary Ellen Sparks, RN, CBN

Other Discipline Credentialing

  • William Gourash, RN, CRNP, PhD
  • Jessie Moore, MSN, APRN

International (New)


Promotion of the CBN program to members and nonmembers
Continue recertifying existing CBN members
Work toward accreditation of the CBN Program

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