2021-2022 Consultants & Advisors

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Organizational Manager

Regina Adams, MSN, RN, CNOR

Welcome, fellow New Jersey nursing students and nursing faculty. My name is Regina Adams and I am the administrative manager. My focus is to provide support and guidance to the students as they plan the annual convention and transition into their new leadership roles. There is an enormous amount of work that board members must accomplish to ensure a successful convention. It is my pleasure to be a part of this wonderful organization. We hope that you will take advantage of all the focus sessions have to offer and enjoy the first night party. On a personal note, I am a graduate of Capital Health System School of Nursing in Trenton, NJ. I finished my bachelor’s in nursing at Thomas Edison State University. Presently, I am a graduate student at Thomas Edison State University and an operating room nurse at Penn Medicine at Princeton Medical Center. As an assistant nurse manager, I am responsible for neuro/spine/vascular/thoracic procedures. The nursing profession provides numerous opportunities! Seek and you shall find your calling and passion.

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NJLN Consultant

Illya Devera-Bonilla, MSN, RN

Illya DeVera-Bonilla is faculty at the Trinitas School of Nursing (TSON) in Elizabeth, New
Jersey.  Ms. DeVera-Bonilla received her MSN in Education from the College of St. Elizabeth in
Convent Station, New Jersey.  Currently she is the lead faculty for the Foundations of Nursing,
course lecturer for the Fundamentals of Nursing course and she mentors senior students in their
Leadership & Management seminar.   Additionally, she has served as manager of the learning
simulation center at the school of nursing.  Ms. DeVera-Bonilla coordinates the school’s student
success initiative, STEPS Program (Success Through Effort Planning & Support), a program
which assists students in managing the rigors of nursing school through her coaching of the
students.  Ms. DeVera-Bonilla’s passion is her mentoring of new graduate nurses and nursing
students into the professional nursing role.  As the New Jersey League for Nursing’s mentor for
the New Jersey Nursing Student (NJNS) association, she is able combine her passion for
mentoring and her knowledge of leadership in developing the next generation of nursing leaders
through the NJNS.  Ms. DeVera-Bonilla’s clinical specialty is in critical care nursing.

NJSNA Consultant 

Stephanie Herr, DNP, MSN, BSN,RN, EMT

Stephanie Herr is the Director of Clinical Education at St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson, NJ.  Dr. Herr is committed to creating system approaches to health that begin in the community and include their in-the-field, inpatient, and ambulatory experiences. She serves as the director for the nurse residency and oversees the onboarding, orientation, and professional development of the clinical organization. She holds advanced degrees in nursing practice, healthcare leadership, and nursing education, coupled with previous experiences as an academic dean and an emergency medicine safety officer which affords insights to leverage system innovations to improve patient experiences. She is an active member of the New Jersey State Nurses Association and serves as Vice President of Congress on Policy & Practice (COPP) for Region 3 and co-chairs the COPP committee. She takes pride in her role with the New Jersey Hospital Association to standardize plain language emergency alerts throughout the state’s acute care facilities and for collaborating on the Opioid Reduction Options (ORO) initiative.  Dr. Herr is a past state treasurer for NJNS, Inc., and is pleased to have the opportunity to continue supporting the organization in an advisory role.

Presidential Advisor

Dharti Patel, BSN, RN 

Hello, New Jersey nursing students! My name is Dharti Patel, and I am the Presidential Advisor for New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS). I recently graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in Psychology. I currently work at Jersey City Medical Center in the Psychiatric and Mental Health unit. My involvement with NJNS started three years ago when I served as the Fundraising Director. Through NJNS, I have gained memorable experiences, made lifelong friendships, and expanded my knowledge of the nursing profession. NJNS has fine-tuned my professional skills and I am forever grateful for all the opportunities I have received from being a member of this organization. It is my honor to continue supporting NJNS board members in an advisory role as they go on to plan the next Council of School Participants and annual convention.

Treasurer's Advisor

Argylle Lubang, BSN, RN 

Hello! My name is Argylle Lubang, and I am the Treasurer’s Advisor for New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS). In May 2021, I graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in Health Administration. I previously served as the 2020-2021 Treasurer and Membership/Nominations Director after serving as a monitor during the 68th Annual Convention and being inspired by the Board of Directors. Through NJNS, I learned the importance of professional organizations and their impact on nursing practice. It has also enhanced my nursing education and knowledge about the profession. Being part of the organization provided opportunities to develop my leadership skills further and improve my adaptability and professionalism skills, which will be instrumental as I begin my career in nursing. It has been a pleasure being part of an impactful organization, and I am honored to continue to serve NJNS and have the amazing opportunity to assist the new board members in their leadership roles.