2015-2016 Election Candidates

The Board of Directors election opens November 10, 2015. This position must be filled by a nurse who is OCN® certified.  The ONCC Nominating Committee has slated the two candidates below. Learn about them by reviewing the information below. 

Nurses who are ONCC certified as of October 25, 2015 are eligible to vote. Check your email on November 10 for a message from the ONCC election coordinator. It contains a direct link to your personal online ballot. All voting must be done online. Voting ends December 22, 2015.

Need another reason to vote? ONCC will donate $1 to the ONS Foundation for each vote cast in this election (up to $5,000). The ONS Foundation supports oncology nurses through awards, grants, and scholarship - regardless of whether they are ONS members. 

Note: the order in which candidates appear was determined by computerized random selection. Candidates appear in the same order here and on the ballot.


Nickolaus Escobedo, MSN, RN, OCN®, NE-BC

Clinical Manager
Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX

Leadership Experience:

  • American Organization of Nurse Executives, Nurse Manager Fellow, 2015
  • Review Course Presenter, Way Out West Chapter of ONS, 2013-2015
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Council, Houston Methodist Hospital, 2015
  • Nursing Leadership Council, Memorial Hermann Hospital, 2014-2015
  • Nursing Peer Review Committee, Chair, Memorial Hermann Hospital-Memorial City, 2014
  • Falls Initiative, Project Manager, Memorial Hermann Hospital-Memorial City, 2014
  • Unit Based Shared Governance Committee, Chair, Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC, 2012-2013

Candidate Statement:

Leaders in today’s fast-paced and fluid healthcare environment must understand and adapt to many changes that continue to impact professional nursing practice and patient care. Leaders must respond to these changes and advocate that nurses demonstrate competency to fully participate in providing excellent patient care. 

As oncology nurses, we interact with patients at one of the most difficult times in his or her healthcare journey. In my roles of clinical manager and adjunct nursing faculty I advocate for nurses to practice to the full extent of our profession while striving to deliver excellence in patient care. It is this continual drive for excellence that drew me to oncology nursing early in my career and also fostered a need to seek professional certification as an oncology nurse. If elected to the ONCC board of directors I pledge to work diligently to instill this same drive for those seeking certification as well as promoting the overall vision of the ONCC to promote a consistent level of excellence in oncology nursing. 

As a millennial, male nurse I understand the impact diversity has on the oncology nursing profession and how this value integrates into the mission and framework of ONCC to transform cancer care. I will continue to promote the high standards set forth by previous board members and maintain the commitment to validate the highly specialized nature of oncology nursing. As the ultimate advocate for certification in this role, I pledge to maintain and promote the advancement of certification in oncology nursing. As a board member, I will play an instrumental role in providing access to key information, education and test development to ensure the competency of the oncology nursing professional to practice and fully contribute as leaders and coordinators of care. This transformation will profoundly impact cancer care and help move us forward as we navigate the healthcare arena in the twenty-first century. 

I strongly hope that you will consider me as your choice as the next member of the ONCC Board of Directors and I look forward to being your voice for cancer nursing.


Loretta (Lori) Williams, PhD, RN, APRN, OCN®, AOCN®

Assistant Professor
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Leadership Experience:

  • AOCN® Test Development Committee, Member & Chair, ONCC, 1998-2003
  • AOCN® Passing Score Task Force, ONCC, 1997-2000
  • OCN® Test Development Committee, ONCC, 1994-1998
  • Board of Directors, Director-at-Large, ONS, 2011-2014
  • Evidence Based Practice Research Advisory Panel, ONS, 2009 – Present
  • Annual Congress Planning Team, Member & Chair, ONS, 2001-2003
  • Patient Advocate Foundation, Executive Board of Directors, Member, 2012 - Present

Candidate Statement:

With many changes occurring in the healthcare environment today, this is a critical but exciting time for healthcare certification organizations. While changes are occurring to make healthcare more efficient and nursing roles are changing to meet these challenges, there also is an increased emphasis on quality for cost. This presents a tremendous opportunity for certification.

The members of the ONCC Board of Directors must provide visionary leadership to position ONCC to be one of the providers of quality metrics for oncology care.

In addition to understanding where certification and credentialing are needed and appropriate to indicate levels of knowledge and competence, ONCC must also prove with evidence that the certified or credentialed nurse truly provides better quality care that produces better quality and cost-effective patient outcomes than the non-certified or credentialed nurse.

My particular knowledge of measurement and research design, as well as my understanding of changes in healthcare due to my position with a patient advocacy organization, will allow me to help the ONCC Board to provide this visionary leadership.