Alumni Society and volunteer opportunities

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Alumni Society overview

Originally founded in 1900, the U-M School of Nursing Alumni Society supports the school in its mission and work through coordinating key initiatives and facilitating communication between alumni and the school. All UMSN graduates become members upon graduation. Membership is free. 

Current Alumni Society activities include:

  • Collaborating with the School's undergraduate success coordinator to create a seminar series for students, focusing on priorities identified by the students (May 2016)

  • Establishing a Distinguished Alumni Award program to be awarded during the School of Nursing Homecoming Reunion celebration each year

  • Creating an alumni and student mentoring network to facilitate entry into practice, career paths and alumni connections as students transition into job opportunities around the country

  • Participation in the annual Homecoming Reunion celebration (open to all alumni)

  • Scholarship opportunities (see Alumni Society scholarships for full details)

  • Mentorship program for current students

  • Advocating for alumni interests

  • Advancing the mission and goals of the U-M School of Nursing

For more detailed information about alumni activities, Board of Governors service opportunities or scholarship support, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at or (734) 763-9710.

Board of Governors

The Alumni Society is led by an enthusiastic and dynamic Board of Governors which provides support to the School of Nursing. The board meets in Ann Arbor twice a year and via conference call on an as-needed basis. Officers are elected by the board to serve two-year terms of office. 

Members of the Board of Governors


President: Linda Zoeller, BSN '71, MPH '74

Vice-President: Daniel Tounsel III, BSN '01 (2nd term ending in 2019)

Treasurer: open

Board Secretary: open


Sara F. Atwell, BSN '84

Kristen Choi, BSN '14; Ph.D. candidate

Jade Curry-Burns, BS '02 (LSA), BSN '06, Ph.D. '16

Pam Dahlmann, BSN '89

Jacqueline Dufek, BSN '08, MPH '15 (1st term ending in 2017)

Deborah Erickson, BSN '77 (2nd term ending in 2019)

Christine Garry, BSN '74 (2nd term ending in 2017)

Karen Hollingsworth, BSN '76

Frances Jurcak, BSN '81 (2nd term ending in 2019)

John Knight, MS '13; current DNP student

Karl W. Lopata, BSN '09, MS '14

Barbara Ruppal Medvec, BSN '77 (2nd term ending in 2018)

Ann M. Nicklas, BSN '80

Anna Maria Pokriefka, BSN '16

Mary Wahl, BSN '65 (2nd term ending in 2019)

Honorary Member: 

Margaret Buchholz

Volunteer opportunities

Various volunteer opportunities are offered throughout the year, from acting as a patient for health assessment courses or disaster simulation drills to mentoring students and recent graduates. We believe that our alumni can offer valuable knowledge and guidance.

If you are interested in volunteering for the School of Nursing please contact Jodi Smolek, alumni relations coordinator, or call 734-763-9524.