Board of Directors

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Karen L. Pickard


Beebe Health Care

Karen L. Pickard, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE earned her diploma in nursing from Beebe School of Nursing. She earned her Bachelors degree from Gettysburg College, and later earned her MSN from Wesley College. She is a Certified Nurse Educator through the NLN. In 2016, Karen completed a post-master’s certificate in Healthcare Administration at the University of Delaware.


Her most recent accomplishment was earning her doctoral degree (DNP) from American Sentinel University, with a focus in Executive Leadership. She has worked for Beebe Healthcare for nineteen years.


Karen is currently the Program Administrator for the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing (Beebe) and has been in that position for over 5 years. She is also a peer evaluator for the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing). 


President Elect

Constance Przybylek


Christiana Care   

Constance Przybylek MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC is the Director of Perioperative Services at ChristianaCare, where she has been employed for 39 years.  Her responsibilities include management of the support services in perioperative services including clinical informatic nurses, anesthesia technicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Constance lead the project to implement computerized documentation and supports computer systems in perioperative services. 

 Connie received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wilmington University and her master degree in nursing administration from University of Delaware. She is certified in nursing informatics and nursing administration, advanced though the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

Immediate Past President:

Catherine Shull Fernald,


Christiana Care   


Catherine Shull Fernald, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, NEA-BC is a senior healthcare executive with over 27 years of experience leading clinical operations, nursing, ancillary, and support services across the care continuum. Her professional roots started in direct care and quickly evolved into various leadership realms involving education, training, and administration.


She excels in safety, quality, satisfaction and fiscal outcomes in healing environments that are resource-sensitive, highly competitive and heavily regulated. In her current role as Chief Nursing Officer-Acute Care, she oversees clinical nursing practice at ChristianaCare, a 1100-bed Level ONE Trauma Center in Delaware.


Stephanie McClellan




Stephanie McClellan, MBA, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC began her nursing career at Bayhealth Medical Center in 2011 as a Medical Surgical Nurse.  After working in direct patient care, Stephanie knew she wanted to be apart of creating better outcomes for patients and opening doors for care in the community.  This passion and commitment helped her to transition into a formal leadership position.  


Since beginning her career, she has completed her Masters in Nursing Leadership and Management and a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare.  Stephanie is dual certified in both Medical Surgical Nursing and as a Nurse Executive. She is a member of the American Organization for Nurse Leaders, the Delaware Nurses Association and a board member for the Delaware Prostate Cancer Coalition, and sits on the Delaware Cancer Consortium Committee for Early Detection and Prevention. 



Courtney Crannell 


Christiana Care   

Courtney Crannell has been a nurse since 2004, working exclusively in oncology her entire career. Having first earned a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science, she returned to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Delaware. Working on an inpatient oncology unit, Courtney learned her true passion for oncology nursing and caring for this population. She returned to school to receive her Master’s degree in nursing in 2010 followed by her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2019, both from Wilmington University.


She currently manages the inpatient oncology unit and stem cell transplant unit at Christiana Care. Courtney also is adjunct instructor at Wilmington University. She also just finished a tenure as treasurer of the Delaware Diamond Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society and is current secretary of the same organization. She has presented posters as well as podium presentations at the Oncology Nursing Society annual congress. Courtney is married with 2 sons, ages 10 and 15. When not working, she is an avid reader and traveler to her favorite town of Williamsburg, Virginia.