About Us

Board of Directors

Venita Jones

Dr. Cynthia Stacy


Dr. Cynthia M. Stacy is an Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. She has been with the university for ten years, starting as an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer before taking on the role of Faculty Development Coordinator. In addition to her teaching duties, Dr. Stacy is also the HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Coordinator and a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nurses Inaugural Diversity Leadership Institute. In her various roles, Dr. Stacy is committed to patient advocacy, nurse education, and community advocacy and believes that nurses have the ability to improve healthcare outcomes through their use of knowledge and technology. Her area of research is Ethnocultural Empathy and Provider-Client Communication.

Dr. Stacy has received several awards, including the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Faculty, the Holy Names University Fay Bower Nurse Educator Award, and the Samuel Merritt University Presidential Award. She has taught various nursing courses, including Introduction to Nursing, Managing Care of the adult, Advance Care of Adults & Elderly, Health Assessment, Leadership and Management, and Transition to Practice. She enjoys walking, gardening, and stargazing in her spare time with her husband, three sons, and two cats in Antioch, California.

Cheryl-Lee Davis

Kimberly (Kim) Scott

Vice President

Kimberly (Kim) Scott is a Nurse Leader from the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a master’s degree in nursing administration and business administration.  With over twenty years of health care experience, Kim has established herself as a nursing advocate, author, speaker, coach, motivator, and connector. Kim is an equity, inclusion, diversity, and belonging champion. She has a passion for mentoring and loves to serve and speak about building community. Kim refers to the community as Common Unity.  

Kim is a past president of the Bay Area Black Nurses Association, Inc. and past  Board of Directors member for The  National Black Nurses Association, Inc., (NBNA). She is the immediate past national chair of the NBNA Collaborative Mentorship Program. Kim has made developing the next generation of Black Nurses her business. She has also served as Conference Chair of the Florence Stroud Black History Month Nursing Conference Series for nearly a decade. This conference addresses increasing diversity of the Nursing workforce and combating health disparity. Kim’s current role is Ambulatory Care Director of Nursing- for federally qualified health centers, (FQHC) in the East Bay.

Kim is a co-author of an anthology, The Diaries of A Resilient Black Nurse. She is also executive producer of her yet to be released show on Hip Hop TV, Health Diary Conversations with Nurse Kim J. She serves on the African American Wellness Project Advisory Board, as well as a Community Advisory consultant for the UCSF, Alzheimer’s Association, and National Black Nurses Association AHEAD project to increase education, awareness, and participation in clinical trials among African Americans for dementia.  Kim’s proudest role is mother of her daughter, Sydney an inspiring young lady.

Kim J. Scott, MSN, MBA, RN

Contact: [email protected]
LinkedIn: Kim_J_Scott
Facebook: Kimberly Scott
Instagram: @kim_j_scott


Cheryl-Lee Davis

Cheryl-Lee Davis

Chair of The Membership Committee

Ms. Davis has dedicated 42 passionate years to the profession of nursing, working her way up through the ranks from CNA, HHA, LVN, to earning her RN/BSN/PHN.
Ms. Davis works in Adult Neurology Kaiser Oakland. Ms. Davis has been a valued and influential member of BABNA since 1991 and has mentored many Medical Assistants, Licensed Vocational Nurses and Nursing Students to achieve Registered Nursing Status.
Any questions about membership please email: [email protected]
Kim Scott

Dr. Shelitha R. Campbell


For over 27 years, Dr. Campbell has been contributing to the advancement of the discipline of nursing  through personal and communal edification. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the  University of San Francisco, a Master’s in Nursing from San Francisco State University with a  certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis  in Executive Leadership from Loyola University, New Orleans.  

Dr. Campbell is a natural leader, she is the Co-Founder and CEO of a 501c3 public benefited non profit organization serving the Oakland and Bay Area, called A Sista’s Touch, serves as the interim  Board Chair for Bay Area Women Against Rape, serves as a Board member for Friends of MISSSEY, the  Principle Investigator for a multimillion nursing workforce diversity grant at Samuel Merritt University  through HRSA, serves on the 2024 – 2026 Executive Board for the Bay Area Black Nurses Association  as the Treasurer, is the former Co-Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Samuel  Merritt University, and has recently added, creator and curator of the C.A.R.E. Symposium, LLC, an  educational forum designed to foster a C.A.R.E. mentality and promote health equity on matters vital  to the community by addressing systemic disparities and advancing population health. 

Above these leadership roles, Dr. Campbell is an Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University, an  FNP at Roots Community Health Center, an advocate for social justice, health equity, and a champion  for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.  

Beyond these professional roles, Dr. Campbell’s greatest aspiration is building a legacy that her  husband, children, and mother can be proud of.


Mildred Crear

Mildred Crear

Founding Member,
Community Activities Chair

She is a graduate of U.C.S.F. School of Nursing (BSN), S.F. State University with a Master’s in Education, and a Master’s in Public Health Administration from U.C. Berkeley.

Most of her career she worked for the San Francisco Department of Public Health starting as a Public Health Nurse and ending her career as the Director of Maternal and Child Health in 2004.

She has been a member of the Bay Area Black Nurses’ Association (BABNA) since its inception in 1971. Currently, she is the Chairman of Nursing and Community Education.

Venita Jones

Mukulla Godwin

Media and Legislative Committee Chair

Mukulla Godwin, BSN, MS: Holds BS degrees from San Jose State University in Psychology and Behavioral Science, a BSN from the University of California, San Francisco and a Masters in Rehabilitation Sciences from San Francisco State University.

She has a deep interest in African American health, nursing and medical history which lead her to produce a documentary, “A Jewel in History, The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital for Colored” in 1997. After retiring from her position primarily in psychiatry, she has continued active in health services, serving as Chairperson for the Depression Education Project with the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and various other community based groups. She also values networking with various groups, such as, the California Nurses Association, The Physicians for a National Health Plan, the Physicians Organizing Committee as well as, supporting international groups interested in health and well being in the African Diaspora.

Norma Faris

Norma Faris-Taylor

Board Member

Norma Faris Taylor was inspired to become a nurse by her aunt Angelina Nettles, a US Army nurse. Educated in New York public schools, her nursing career began as an LPN, then graduated to RN via Bronx Community College. Earned a BS at UCSF, and MPH at UCBerkeley School of Public Health. Her nursing practice included: Community Mental Health Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Nurse Manager.

Special Projects:

Community Service
Bay Area Black Nurses Association President
Rotary Club of SF Bayview Treasurer
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Deaconess


Norma Faris

Ruth Ann Terry

Bylaws Chairperson

Ruth Ann Terry, RN, MPH has been a member of BABNA for over 50 years when she joined as a student! Ms. Terry received her BSN from San Francisco State University and a Masters in Public Health from University of California, Berkeley where she developed an interest in community health and health policy which is reflected in all of her employment, professional, and community activities over the years. She currently serves as the Bylaws Chairperson for BABNA. 

Ruth Ann Terry, RN, MPH was appointed as Interim Chairperson in the Department of Nursing at Holy Names University, Oakland, CA in March, 2011. Ms. Terry has overall responsibility and decision making authority for all programs and faculty in the department including budgetary and day to day operations. The Nursing Department oversees programs in the LVN to Baccalaureate, RN to Baccalaureate, Master’s programs in Administration and Management, Education and a Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She also taught at the University of California San Francisco in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. At the state level, Ms. Terry was a Nursing Education Consultant first at LVN Board, then was promoted to Supervising Nursing Education Consultant at the Board of Registered Nursing and in 1993 became the Executive Officer of the RN Board. Ms. Terry served as Executive Officer of the CA Board of Registered Nursing for 15 years and as Supervising Nursing Education Consultant for 10 years prior. Ms. Terry served as Treasurer of the National Board State Boards of Nursing (2007-2009) Board Members, National Black Nurses Association (1976-1979), California Black Network (1991-2007), and Health Impact, Inc. (2009-2021).

Contact: [email protected]



Norma Faris

Kendra A. Murthil

Mentorship Chair/Chapter Mentor Ambassador

Kendra Murthil is an accomplished Public Health Nurse with over ten years of experience in the public health sector. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University and a Public Health Nurse certificate. Kendra has worked extensively in various community health programs, including schools, communicable disease control, and Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health.

Kendra is passionate about volunteering in the community and promoting equity in her workplace and the community. She is a skilled mentor and enjoys teaching new nursing professionals, particularly those from diverse backgrounds. Her ongoing academic pursuits further demonstrate Kendra’s commitment to community health. She is currently pursuing advanced degrees in Master of Public Health (MPH), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), with a focus on population health.

BABNA Member Highlight

Venita Jones

Salamah Locks

BABNA Member

Salamah Locks, nee Yvonne Gibbs, graduated from Polytechnic High School on June 1963. During her years at Poly, Yvonne was a Pom Pom Girl for basketball and football seasons.
She was active in political science and served as the student body Treasurer and Vice-President. Salamah is a Founding Board member of the Polytechnic Alumni Association which gives scholarships to San Francisco high school seniors who are admitted a technical school, college or university upon graduation.

Locks graduated from City College of San Francisco with an AS degree in Anthropology and Psychology in 1979 and from the College of Marin, Larkspur with ADN in Nursing in 1981. She returned to school and graduated from the University of California, San Francisco with a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing, in 1986, and a Master of Science in Nursing in 1990 with a focus in community health nursing. She returned to UCSF again for a Post Masters in Gerontology.

With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention and wellness of patients and their families, Locks has gained more than 30 years of nursing experience with a background in medical surgical nursing, heart and lung transplant nursing, telemetry, and military nursing. Locks served as an instructor at College of Marin in Larkspur, California and part-time adjunct instructor at University of San Francisco. She retired from clinical practice at the University of California Hospitals, San Francisco in July 2011, and later retired with the rank of Commander from the
U.S. Navy in August 2012, after serving nearly 22 distinguished years. Her present appointment is San Rafael Commissioner, and the former Chair of the Marin County Commission on Aging.

Locks has received several awards and commendations, including the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Navy Commendation Metal. She is a recipient of the National Daisy Award for Outstanding Nursing, and 2019 Health Achievement Award from the San Francisco City Public High Schools Committee. Her most recent award was the National Black Nurses’ Association 2021 Nurse of the Year for Community Service.

Locks has presented at international, national and regional conferences, including the International Conference on Women’s Health Issues, Gaborone, Botswana; 21st Annual Transcultural Nursing Society Conference, Hilo, Hawaii; the Gerontological Society of America; the Western Institute for Nursing; and the 22nd Annual Nursing Research Conference VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She has published a chapter in the book, Culture and Clinical Care.


* Make nursing responsive to the health needs and demands of the consumer.
* Recruit African-Americans into schools of nursing and encourage advancement into leadership roles.