Barbara, Assistant Dean and clinical associate professor at Rutgers University, has over 20 years of experience in nursing education and teaches maternity and leadership courses. She received her BS, MS, and PhD in nursing from Rutgers University College of Nursing. As a perinatal clinical specialist, she works closely with state and national organizations, such as the March of Dimes and the Central NJ Family Health Consortium, to influence care of childbearing families. Her research focuses on clinical issues related to pregnancy and care during pregnancy. She also serves as an advisor to NJNS, the Rutgers Student Nurses Association and is the faculty counselor for the Alpha Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.
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.
Kimberly Seaman MSN, RN-BC, CNE
Kimberly Seaman, who joined the Rutgers School of Nursing faculty in 2017, is a board certified pediatric nurse whose clinical work is focused on pediatric intensive care, pediatric transport team, pediatric community health, and primary care. Ms. Seaman continues to work as a nurse at the Pediatric Center in New Providence, New Jersey. She is also a certified nurse educator who utilities research to promote student success.
Throughout her career, Kimberly Seaman has been dedicated to educating students entering the nursing profession and mentoring young nurses as they launch their own careers. She is active in numerous professional organizations and serves as a consultant for the New Jersey Nursing Students Executive Board. As a student advocate, she actively engages those she teaches to be involved in professional and service opportunities. She has extensive experience in curriculum design and implementation, with a focus on the socialization of the new graduate through professional involvement.
Kimberly Seaman is currently pursuing her PhD in nursing education from Walden University. She received both her master’s degree in nursing education and a bachelor’s degree in nursing education from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Ara Kim, BS, RN
Hello, New Jersey nursing students!
My name is Ara Kim and I am the presidential advisor to the NJNS board for the 2019-2020 year. Having served on the board for the past two years, first as membership/nominations director and last as president, I have developed a great appreciation for the work of the NJNS board. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of the change involving nursing students in New Jersey, and I am very excited to assist the new board transition into their professional leadership roles.
On another note, I am a recent graduate of the Rutgers School of Nursing Baccalaureate in Nursing Program and have just become a licensed nurse. I aspire to work in a trauma/critical care setting, and I am excited for the new many opportunities in post-grad life. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
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.