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

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

  • Created 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)

  • 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.

Board members serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. All former Board members are invited to become active in the School of Nursing Alumni Society Academy. Academy members are invited to attend Board meeting, enjoy full rights of membership on the Board except for voting, and can be appointed by the Chair as full members of a standing committee. 



Members of the Board of Governors


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

Vice-President: Daniel Tounsel III, BSN '01


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

Deborah Erickson, BSN '77

Karen Hollingsworth, BSN '76

Frances Jurcak, BSN '81

John Knight, MS '13; current DNP student

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

Barbara Ruppal Medvec, BSN '77 

Ann M. Nicklas, BSN '80

Anna Maria Pokriefka, BSN '16

Mary Wahl, BSN '65

Student Representatives:

Olivia Livernois, BSN 2020

Jordan Rimsa, MSN 2018

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, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, at or call 734-763-9524.