Our Board Members
Erika A. Colón BSN, RN, NCBHP (Immediate Past President)
Erika graduated from Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Passionate about nursing and leadership development among Hispanic nurses, Erika along with the executive board members launched the Greater Milwaukee Chapter of NAHN in January 2018. Erika's clinical background includes medicine and surgery, cardiovascular ICU, surgical ICU, abdominal transplant ICU and over 16 years in neurosurgical ICU. She currently works in nursing relations.
Dominique Hyatt-Oates MSN, RN, PHN (President)
Dominique graduated from Marquette University’s Direct Entry Master’s of Science in Nursing program in 2018. Prior to becoming a nurse she got a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at Washington State University. She returned to the Midwest to work at a bilingual PT clinic, Physical Therapy of Milwaukee. She started her nursing career on a post-op orthopedic unit. She decided to pursue her passion of public health currently works a PHN. Dominique has served as an adjunct Instructor for Alverno College and recently recently she initiated a Black African American Employee Resource Group for the City of Milwaukee.
Felisa Antonchorgy MSN,RN,ACNP-BC (Secretary)
Felisa is a graduate of Marquette University with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and a Masters in Nursing/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty. She currently specializes in internal medicine in the acute hospital setting. She has contributed to advancing the education and professional growth of nurses for the last 7 years through preceptorship of nurse practitioner students and as Clinical Faculty in the Marquette University College of Nursing Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program. She is currently the Associate Option Coordinator for the AGACNP program.
Anjelica Sanchez BSN, RN-BC (Treasurer)
Anjelica's nursing career started as a nursing assistant in the long term care setting, followed by a transition to the acute hospital setting. She obtained her ADN in 2010 from Bryant and Stratton, and went on to obtain her Bachelor's completion from Cardinal Stritch in 2015. She joined Aurora Surgery Center as a Registered Nurse with a recent promotion to Team Lead, Supervisor. Anjelica views all her experiences in healthcare as opportunities for learning and service.
Melissa Mendoza BSN, RN (Scholarships & Awards)
Melisa's work is predominantly centered on the delivery of healthcare services to the geriatric population in long term care settings such as skilled nursing facilities, sub-acute rehab/transitional care facilities, Community Based Residential Facilities (CBRF) and Assisted Living settings. She has served in many roles including that of direct care provider, charge nurse, house supervisor, RN Case Manager and that of a Program Manager. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s Program.
Talia Acosta BSN, RN (Membership & Engagement)
Talia obtained her BSN degree is from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Talia was a non-traditional nursing student, beginning her professional career as a certified veterinary technician and as a paraprofessional for the First Nations Studies Program, managed through Milwaukee Public Schools. Talia pursued a second career in nursing inspired by the mental health concerns she witnessed within the veterinary profession and among MPS families and students. She started working at St. Luke's Medical Center and has recently accepted a new position at a local psychiatric hospital.
Kirsten Lezama MPH, BSN, RN, CHES (Community Outreach and Service)
Kirsten (Kiki) graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Alverno College. She quickly found a love for public health at the City of Milwaukee Health Department, working as a Public Health Nurse in both the Prenatal Care Coordination and Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention. She later relocated to Florida where she introduced a comprehensive sexual health education program for Hispanic minority communities as a school RN. Kiki obtained her Master's in Public Health in 2018, and went on to work as a Health Education Program Consultant and Manager at the Florida Department of Health. Since returning to Milwaukee, Kiki has served as a Public Health Nurse and Specialist, and now has moved into the role of Assistant Professor at Alverno College teaching Community Health Nursing Practice and Theory, as well as within the Public Health Program.
Marlyn Paniagua, MSN, RN
Marlyn obtained a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Andrews University in 2011 and shortly thereafter, pursued a career in medical interpreting in the Milwaukee area. It was during this time she realized that nursing was a great fit for her. She returned to school and graduated from Marquette University’s Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program in 2018. Since becoming a nurse, she has worked in neurosurgical ICU, medical/surgical ICU, and as a Case Manager for a local community clinic. Marlyn completed her Post Masters Certificate Program for Family Nurse Practitioner in December of 2021 and is preparing to take her certification exam.
Denisse S. Cruz-Molina BSN, RN, PHN
Denisse is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Previously, Denisse worked in the Medical Respiratory ICU where she grew in her career ladder. She decided to pursue her passion for public health and works as a PHN for the city of Milwaukee. Her duties include working in the vulnerable population in pre-natal care for expecting mothers who are facing difficulties. Denisse’s goal is to get her Master’s and grow in the nursing field to help others.