About Us

About the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL)


ACNL is the premier professional organization for nurse leaders in California, with over 1400 members spanning the entire state. Sixteen local chapters work to further the organizational mission of developing nurse leaders, advancing professional practice, influencing health policy and promoting quality health care and patient safety throughout the state.

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About the Greater San Francisco Chapter


Our Greater San Francisco Chapter is a vibrant, engaged group of nurse leaders spanning clinical practice, academia, and industry that meet monthly to connect, network, and dicusss the top nursing issues of the day. Our members include nurse managers, nurse executives, nursing consultants, nursing professors, and emerging nurse leaders as well. In addition to a focus on professional development, our chapter also prioritizes community outreach, with our current initiatives revolving around elder care and placement.

Chapter Board of Directors


President: Virginia Terra Hodge, RN, MS, NE-BC
Administrative Director, Adult Urology Faculty Practice, UCSF Health System


Virginia Terra Hodge RN, MS NE-BC holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing Administration from UCSF and is Board certified as a Nurse Executive via ANCC. Her clinical experience spans Cardio thoracic, Vascular Med-Surg and Critical Care. Her management experience is equally varied spanning med-surg, intensive care, periop, Cardiac Cath and Electrophysiology. Her involvement in ACNL has been primarily at the State level, either as a committee member or committee chairperson.


Her specialized interests include healthy workforce environments and mentoring.


President-Elect: Colleen Hurst, MSN, RN
Unit Director – Adult Catheterization Lab & Electrophysiology Labs UCSF Medical Center



Vice-President: Tarina Kwong, DNP, RN
Director, Cardiovascular Health, Heart and Vascular Clinics and Lab
Stanford Health Care


Secretary: Janette V. Moreno, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, NEA-BC
Director of Professional Development and Clinical Education
Stanford Children’s Health/Lucille Packard Childrens Hospital Stanford


Treasurer: Theresa Mueller, MS, RN, CCRN
Asst. Patient Care Manager, 8/11 Neurological Intensive Care Unit
UCSF Medical Center