How It All Started
Sacramento Black Nurses Association (SBNA) was founded in 1978 by nurses Geri Hunter, Sharyn Sephus, Bernice Walton and Ruth Love. They felt the needs of Black nurses and the health of the Black community was not being met. They also had a concern about the retention of Black students in nursing school.
SBNA has stayed committed to the goals of our founders by keeping the following objectives:
- Providing nursing scholarships
- Support of fellow nurses
- Serving as role models
- Collaborating with other community organizations on health and related issues
- Providing health screenings throughout the community
“As a founding member of the (SBNA), it is so rewarding to me that this organization is … alive and well and thriving…”
The SBNA is a dynamic and fun organization. Each member in the organization has a voice. SBNA has over forty (40) years of committed service, partnerships and collaborations in the Sacramento community.
According to co-founding member Geri Hunter, in order for any organization to survive it needs:
- Participants who are in agreement with and believe in its mission, goals and objectives,
- Active, committed working members, and
- Ongoing recruitment and retention of new members to bring in new ideas, concerns and keep the organization functional.
To read Ms. Hunter’s full 2008 letter, click the thumbnail to the left.
We try to find innovative ways to give back to the community. We are proud of the SBNA history! We are a community/local organization. We are not a national organization. If you are looking for a national organization, please contact:
Meet Our Board
Robyn Chatman-Bolds, President
Robyn Chatman-Bolds has been a member of SBNA since 2005. She holds several degrees and certifications including: a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), a certified Family Nurse Practitioner (NFP-C), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Nurse Practitioner III. She has worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, a Nurse Practitioner and Quality Liaison at Kaiser in South Sacramento and Roseville. She has worked with Kaiser Permenente since 1984. Robyn is not only committed to our local Sacramento community, she has traveled extensively with medical teams doing mission work in travels to Africa, Nepal, Philippines and Panama.
Aissata Morten, Vice President
Aissata Morten has been a member of SBNA for over 30 years. Currently Vice President, she has held several board positions in the past. She loves the community support SBNA provides. She’s been a nurse for over 30 years, where she’s worked in the areas of newborn, maternal, child health, neurology, advice nurse, oncology, and home health. She worked in the UC Davis hospice department for the last 17 years of her career, at which point she retired. She currently works per diem for Yolo hospice. Aissata’s passion is the love and uplifting of her community. She loves to travel and all types of dancing.
Jacquline Galloway, Secretary
Jacqueline is a Registered Nurse certified in public health nursing. A SBNA member for nearly two decades, current position of secretary, past position of treasurer and a 2008 scholarship recipient. She is currently employed in the role of Patient Care Coordinator (PCC) and Life Care Planner (LCP) for a large insurance plan. In the role of PCC, management of members medical benefits in skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and assisting members and families in SNF as a LCP to make future healthcare decisions on quality of life and life sustaining treatments. Jacqueline’s passion is to serve others. She volunteers with SBNA to educate those in the community on the issues of healthcare that affect many and has served with faith based and community organizations to address the issues of homelessness and infant mortality
Delilah Peppers, Correspondent Secretary
Delilah Peppers is a Registered Nurse with the Oncology Infusion Department at Kaiser Permanente, and has been an SBNA member for over 25 years. She currently serves as SBNA Correspondent Secretary; however she held previous positions as Treasurer, Secretary and SBNA President twice. She has worked on a number of SBNA committees including the Scholarship, Education and Membership committees. Delilah volunteers with the American Cancer Society (ACS), and started the Wigs for Her Program to raise funds to purchase wigs for the ACS wigs bank. She enjoys being involved with SBNA, saying “SBNA has always supported my ideas and projects to give service to our community.”
Aleasia Turner, Treasurer
Aleasia Turner has been a nurse for over 30 years. Most of them have been in the Sutter Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her educational background began with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN), followed by her Bachelor’s (BSN) and then her Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN). She has been a committed member of SBNA for over 10 years, and has served on many committees through the years. She enjoys giving back through SBNA community outreach projects, mentoring and educational sharing. Says Aleasia, “I am looking forward to many more years of how SBNA will be helping to serve the community and nursing.”