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Meet The Miami Chapter Board

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Armando Riera, MSN, APRN-BC

President

Armando Riera, MSN, APRN-BC is an internationally known nurse leader with over thirty years of experience, spanning perioperative nursing, clinical care coordination and advanced practice. As a nurse practitioner in a transitional clinic, he focuses on reducing hospital readmissions, decreasing lengths of stay and improving outcomes. He has served as a Board Member, Committee Chair, and Treasurer for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and is currently President of the Miami Chapter. He has been recognized for his service to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is a recipient of multiple awards including the Advanced Practice Provider of the Year and the Sarah Gomez Eric Humanitarian Award, among others.

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Juan E. Gonzalez PhD, CRNA

 President-Elect

Dr. Juan E. Gonzalez, PhD, CRNA has been a nurse since 1995. He received a BSN in 1995, an MS in Anesthesiology in 1999, and a PhD in Nursing in 2009. All his degrees are from Barry University. Dr. Gonzalez has worked as a Certified Registered Nurse (CRNA) in several hospitals. He was a full time CRNA-faculty at FIU for 15 years. Dr. Gonzalez worked at UM for nearly 4 years as a Full Professor of Clinical. During his academic career Dr. Gonzalez served as Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Program Director, and Program Director. Currently he is a full-time anesthesia provider.

Meet The Miami Chapter Board

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Nora Hernandez-Pupo PHD, RN, TNCC

Treasurer

Dr. Nora Hernandez-Pupo PhD, RN, TNCC has been a nurse for over 20 years. She received her BSN in Nursing from Florida International University and her MSN in Nursing from University of Phoenix, and her PhD in Nursing at Barry University. Dr. Pupo has worked in many hospitals and in various units. She has adult and pediatric trauma and ER experience. She has worked for Baptist Health as Sr. Supervisor of their stand-alone Urgent Care Centers and later as their Plaza Manager for Diagnostics and Urgent Care Centers. She is currently BSN Program Director and Assistant Professor at Barry University.

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Carmen Rosa Presti, DNP, APRN-BC

Secretary

Dr. Carmen Presti, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, combines her love of teaching and patient care as Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Beginning as a nurse in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit and now the cardiothoracic/surgical ICU she sees consequences of health care disparities related to gun violence, trauma, cardiovascular disease, and COVID-19.  She cares for patients recovering from cardiac surgery, organ transplants, mechanical circulatory support devices, general surgery, and COVID-19 respiratory failure. Her areas of scholarly interest range from novel educational strategies and complex clinical conditions to inequities in cardiovascular care.

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Maria Perez PhD, RNC-OB, LHRM, CHEP

Immediate Past President, Advisor

Dr. Maria Perez PhD, RNC-OB, LHRM, CHEP has been a nurse for over 35 years. She received her ASN in Nursing from Miami Dade Community College, her MSN in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University, and her BSN and PhD in Nursing at Barry University. Dr. Perez has worked in several hospitals specializing in Obstetrics and Neonatology and  cross-trained in various areas of nursing. She has seven years of leadership experience and 21 years of academia experience working in several universities and colleges. She has worked for Palmetto Hospital and Hialeah Hospital for over 25 years as a bedside RN, clinical expert in OB and NICU, and leadership director and supervisor positions. She has presented research at the international, national, and state local levels. She is currently an Assistant Professor at West Coast University and Assistant Professor at Barry University.

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