Our Leadership

Board of Directors




 Miriam Chickering - Chief Executive Officer

Miriam Chickering is the Chief Executive Officer at Nurses International. She is an author and nurse educator. Her background includes product development, business strategy, and consulting. Miriam and her husband live in Minnesota and have 6 children.




Mark Stovall - Board Member

Mark Stovall is a member of the Board of Directors at Nurses International. Mark spent many years as the Vice President of Africa Outreach at the International Commission. He has also served in associate and senior pastor positions. Mark has a background in psychology/sociology and seminary studies.

(Mark pictured with wife, Debby)


Matthew Nikolaiev - Board Member

Matthew Nickolaiev is a member of the Board of Directors at Nurses International. Matt, a strategic visionary, is currently serving as a Senior Director, Enterprise Services Sysco. He has a background in electronics engineering and an MBA from Mays Business School at Texas A&M.




      Nurses Council



                LuAnn Etcher PhD, APRN, CPG

Dr. Etcher is Professor and member of the Nurses Council at Nurses International.  She is also currently a faculty in the School of Health Professions at Spring Arbor University.  As a nurse scientist, educator, advanced practice clinician, and professional gerontologist, she is committed to developing a body of knowledge and advancing science to guide, inform, and transform global health care and policy, as well as to guide development of educational programs capable of producing graduates who are well-equipped for critical participation in the contemporary world to make better health a reality on a global scale.   

Dr. Etcher is an accomplished scholar and has a demonstrated productive track record of research projects. Her work has received local, national, and international recognition. Dr. Etcher received her PhD from Wayne State University in 2008, and was selected as a Claire M. Fagin post-doctoral fellow, 2008-2010, with her work funded by the John A. Harford Foundation & Atlantic Philanthropies.  She was honored to be selected for a second postdoctoral fellowship, being named as a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar in 2012.

Dr. Etcher has been historically involved with the education of nursing students and other health professionals at multiple levels, coordinating clinical and didactic courses at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. She has held positions as a research scientist, post-doctoral fellow, nurse faculty, and program director.  She has worked as faculty in a variety of institutions from the University of Michigan School of Nursing during her post-doctoral work, to a faculty member and program director at Wayne State University College of Nursing, and then as faculty largely focused on research at Yale University School of Nursing. She has taught extensively online, which has become for her an additional area of expertise.  

Dr. Etcher left her position at Yale University to return home to Michigan to care for her family in 2016. She was lead to join the faculty at Spring Arbor University as fulltime graduate level online faculty, which has provided her the opportunity to fully engage, using her talents and expertise, as a Christian educator.





                   Stacen Keating, PhD, RN

Stacen Keating, PHD, RN is a nurse and academician. She currently is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN). Her training and education took place on the east coast of the United States in New York, Boston, and Pennsylvania. Professor Keating has teaching and research experience across a variety of areas. She has taught in undergraduate and graduate programs and has focused on a primarily adult population including frail older adults with multiple comorbid conditions.

Early clinical work focused on adults with cancer, chronic medical disease, and HIV. Courses she has taught includes community health, health assessment, medical surgical nursing, fundamentals of nursing, research and evidenced-based practice among others.  Professor Keating is engaged in studying educational models of training for nurses. She has conducted a review of the literature surrounding dedicated education units and also is involved in simulation technology experiences to train nurses to care for individuals with varying acute and chronic illnesses.  

Professor Keating is interested in the health of communities and individuals. She currently works in an underserved area of New York City visiting clients who have significant health problems by training students to address the health, wellness and educational needs of vulnerable populations. She is also involved in a community health effort to engage people with chronic illness and food-related illness to learn healthy ways of eating and preparing food to improve overall health and mood.

Professor Keating brings over 20 years of nursing and teaching experience to Nurses International to help train future nurses in poorly served and impoverished areas around the world. Nurses International is thankful for Professor Keating's contributions to the curriculum and especially for her desire to honor God with her work and pursue His calling on her life. She has already made a difference for the Kingdom, and the Board of Directors and the Nurses Council looks forward to continued collaboration.





Lori A. Spies, PhD, RN, NP-C 


Dr. Spies joins us as a member of the Nurses International Nurses Council (NINC), Co-Director of Research. Dr. Spies is committed to preparing students to be excellent global citizens, health care providers, and Christian nurse leaders. She believes nurses are in a perfect position to affect both the physical and spiritual elements of the person. 

As an assistant professor and mission coordinator at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Dr. Spies has led faculty and student missions domestically and to China, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. Dr. Spies teaches a graduate global health and mission course and has led an international graduate clinical study abroad in Africa annually since 2005. Serving on several university committees, she is also the Chair of the Baylor University Mission Advisory Council.

Beyond her work at Baylor, Dr. Spies serves on the Inaugural Board of Directors for Lovebound International, an organization that focuses on health and education in Kenya; is the clinical education director, and researcher with the North Texas African Health Initiative, an organization that emphasizes building nurse capacity in Uganda; serves on a subcommittee with ICN APNN and volunteers locally through her church and facilitates a community garden for refugees from Myanmar.

Dr. Spies holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Texas, Arlington, a Master of Science degree- Family Nurse Practitioner and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. Her areas of scholarship include task shifting, neonatal asphyxia, non-communicable diseases and transformational nurse leadership.

Living in Sunnyvale, Texas, Dr. Spies and her husband, Richard enjoy travelling, outdoor activities, and entertaining. They have two grown children and one grandson. Community activities include volunteering to judge local high school science fairs, speaking to high school students about global health issues and volunteering with a community project to provide water, land, and supplies for a multigenerational multi-family community garden for refugees from Myanmar. Richard and Lori attend Lake Pointe Church.



 Amy Roberts Toone PhD, MA, FNP-BC, RN

Amy’s thesis Educational Preparation and Curriculum for Missionary Nurses formed the basis for the health care and missions classes at Baylor University. Her thesis was the culmination of her work in Tanzania. For 10 years Amy worked as a Family Nurse Practicioner in Tanzania. She supervised a hospital, directed mobile clinics, and translated learning materials into Swahili. In addition to her work in Africa, Amy volunteers at clinics for the underserved and the homeless near her home in Texas.

Amy is a professor at UT at Tyler and is currently Director for the APN programs. She has served as the graduate program director at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing and the FNP coordinator at Baylor University. Amy enjoys traveling and spending time with her sisters. 







Craig Clendinen

Craig is a consultant to Nurses International and provides legal counsel. He practiced law for 20 years in both private practice and also as a prosecutor serving as Chief of the special prosecutions unit. He works with SIL and Wycliffe Global Alliance in the area of external relations and strategic partnerships. In addition to his law degree earned from Florida State University, Craig is presently pursuing a Masters Degree from Eastern University in International Development and anticipates receiving that degree in May 2015.

Craig has extensive experience working with foreign embassies, the United Nations, the World Bank, the U.S. government and other non-governmental organizations. Craig has lived in Tanzania while helping SIL start an external relations program. In that capacity he helped to establish partnerships with local, national, and International Non Governmental Organizations working in Tanzania as well as government ministries and networks. He also served as legal consultant to the group on complex land issues. Craig lives in Florida with his wife Carolyne and enjoys spending time with his daughters.





Joshua Strecker

Joshua Strecker has a BS in Political Science from Texas A&M University and an MA in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate University. He is a freelance organizational consultant and a business owner. He and his wife Jana and their three daughters make their home in Texas. Josh has worked with various faith-based non-profit organizations. He specializes in leadership development and communication and has a deep interest in sustainable and innovative farming practices.









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