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2021-2022 Consultants & Advisors
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.
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.
Daniel Misa, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC
Dan Misa is the full time night shift nurse educator (effective November 2022) and a per diem administrative manager (nursing supervisor) at Atlantic Health System Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ. Mr. Misa received his MSN degree in nursing leadership and management and his BS in nursing degree from the School of Nursing and College of Nursing, respectively, from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is the current treasurer for the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) and the Institute for Nursing (IFN), serving as the chairperson of the NJSNA & IFN Joint Finance Committee. Mr. Misa has previously served as representative to the American Nurses Association Membership Assembly, president of NJSNA Region 1 (Morris, Sussex, Passaic, and Warren Counties) and chairperson of the Nominations Committee at the state and region levels. He is a frequent speaker for NJNS, having presented on the topics of emergency nursing, travel nursing, and men in the nursing profession at past annual conventions and at a Council of School Participants (COSP) event. Mr. Misa holds certifications in emergency nursing, pediatric emergency nursing, and as a nurse executive, and he is pleased to support NJNS and its nursing student members on behalf of NJSNA.
Jessica Zheng, BSN, RN
Hello! My name is Jessica Zheng, and I am the Presidential Advisor for New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS). In May 2022, I graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I previously served as the 2021-2022 President and 2020-2021 Resolutions 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.
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