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.
Lori York, MSN RNC-OB
Lori York is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Essex County College (ECC). As an alum of ECC, Lori inspires students towards the love of nursing as they embrace achievements in the art and science of nursing. Lori has 27 years of nursing experience, received her BSN and MSN from the University of Phoenix and is a PhD candidate at Rutgers School of Nursing. Her prior experience, as a perinatal nurse educator at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, includes mentoring nursing graduates transitioning into the nursing profession. Lori belongs to AWHONN and is a NJ SIDS Center Advisory Member.
Norma Rodgers, BSN, RN, CCRA, ACRP-PM
President NJSNA Region 3 (Essex & Union Counties) 2020 - Present
Past President, New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) 2015-2017
Past President New Jersey Nursing Student, Inc. 1998-1999
Norma Rodgers started her professional journey 35 years ago as Licensed Practical Nurses. In 1999 she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Bloomfield College. In 2001 Ms. Rodgers embarked on a career path within the pharmaceutical Industry. She currently works for Syneos Health as a Senior Clinical Research Associate II managing Respiratory and Oncology Clinical trials. Ms. Rodgers is a 2014 Nurse In Washington Internship Fellow and 2004 Fellow of the Rutgers University Minority Nurse Leadership Institute. ACRP Certified Clinical Research Associate for 17 years and a newly Certified Project Manager.
Ms. Rodgers served as the 1st African American President of the New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc., 1998 – 1999. Ms. Rodgers has been very active in the New Jersey State Nurses Association/Institute for Nursing (NJSNA/IFN) for over 20 years by serving on several committees, promoting and addressing healthcare practice and policy issues. On January 10, 2015, Ms. Rodgers was sworn in as the 45th President (2nd African American), New Jersey State Nurses Association, where she continues to advance the profession of nursing by advocating for nurses and the communities where nurses live and work, research, and education. Ms. Rodgers currently serves as the President, NJSNA Region 3 (Essex & Union Counties). Ms. Rodgers continues to serve as mentor to new graduates and nursing students. She is actively engaged in a number of professional organizations, community initiatives and legislative affairs that positively impacts the delivery of nursing care in all settings.
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.