COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ohio Nurses Association is proud to welcome several key staff members who will undoubtedly strengthen ONA's work of advancing registered nurses, promoting professional nursing practice and advocating for quality health care.
Liliana Castillo joined ONA on September 28, 2015 as the Director of Organizing. Castillo will direct innovative projects to strengthen the value of our organization to professional nurses throughout the state.
Castillo graduated from the University of Houston with a baccalaureate degree in psychology and moved in Ohio in 2011. She brings with her nearly a decade of experience in labor relations and member engagement project implementation including internal organizing campaigns in both the private and public sector, including healthcare professionals.
Joseph Hauser joined ONA's award-winning continuing education team on October 19, 2015 as the Director of Continuing Education-Provider Unit. Hauser's experience and background in continuing education will enhance and build on the dynamic educational opportunities offered by ONA to Ohio's registered nurses.
Hauser held previous positions on ONA's Continuing Education Approver Council while working as a primary nurse planner for Promedica prior to his joining ONA. Hauser earned his baccalaureate and master's degree in nursing from Lourdes University. His master's degree focused on nursing education and his background includes critical care.
Vincent O'Connor and Claire Galiano have joined the Ohio Nurses Association's team in the position of Labor Representatives. They join our strong team of representatives who guide, support and ensure the strong voice of nursing in workplace environments. O'Connor began at ONA September 15, 2015. Galiano's joins the team on November 2, 2015.
O'Connor brings with him over two decades of labor relations experience from Alaska and Washington state. He specializes in contract negotiations, internal organizing, grievance representation, mediation and the arbitration process.
Galiano began her career, after studying neuro- science at Temple University, in direct patient care working in the Emergency Department where she maintained the additional role of a union steward. Thereafter, Galiano became Vice President/Director of the Professional Division for a local union in New Jersey representing licensed and certified professionals in both the private and public sectors. She brings various experiences with her, including but not limited to labor relations, collective bargaining negotiations, conflict resolution, grievance and arbitration, as well as, many legislative activities and victories that empower and protect healthcare workers in their workplaces.
"The Ohio Nurses Association is fortunate to add these professionals to our expanding staff team. Ohio Nurses Association is the leader and advocate for professional nursing in Ohio, and our strength comes not only from our remarkable members, but from our expert staff who serve, support and empower them," states Lori Chovanak, chief executive officer of ONA.
About ONA: Formed in 1904, the Ohio Nurses Association is a powerful network of registered nurses who are committed to advancing nursing through education, political action and workplace advocacy. ONA is the leading voice of the approximately 190,000 professional registered nurses in Ohio. To become a member of the Ohio Nurses Association, visit www.ohnurses.org.
SOURCE Ohio Nurses Association