Meet the 2019 Election Candidates

The ONCC Nominating Committee has slated three candidates for one position in the 2019 ONCC Board of Directors Election. This position is open only to an ONCC-certified nurse.

Voting is open October 8 – November 6, 2019. Check your email on October 8 for a message from the ONCC Election Coordinator ( with a link to your personal online ballot.* All voting must be done online – no paper ballots will be mailed.

Read below to learn about the candidates who are on the ballot. Meet the current ONCC Board.

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


Lori Ranallo, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, CBCN®

Nurse Practitioner
University of Kansas Health System, Cancer Center
Roeland Park, KS

Leadership Experience

  • CBCN® Test Development Committee, ONCC, Chair 2014-2017 and Member 2012-2018 
  • CBCN® Role Delineation Study, ONCC, 2011
  • CBCN® Test Item Writer, ONCC, 2012
  • Capitol Hill Days Delegate, Oncology Nursing Society, 2018 - Present
  • Kansas City Chapter, Oncology Nursing Society, Nominating Committee, Membership Committee, Legislative Liaison, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Content Expert, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, 2009 - Present

Mission Statement

Candidate’s response to the question “How would you further the mission of ONCC?"

The credentialing of nurses in our profession is a critical process. Credentialing is viewed by the public as a safeguard to insure competent care. Certification is an objective measure of competency, with the goal of improving patient outcomes. The benefits of certification are noted in literature and confirms that a certified nurse demonstrates superior clinical expertise, technical performance, higher job satisfaction, longer retention and improved patient outcomes. Nurses should strive to obtain credentialing in their field; and this can be accomplished through experience and standardized competency examinations. The role of the ONCC board, as I see it, is to educate our profession on the purpose, the process and the value of certification as well as ensuring that the certification examinations go through a rigorous process to maintain the integrity of certification.


Maura Abbot, PhD, AOCNP®, CPNP-PC&AC

Assistant Professor/Nursing Director Oncology/Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Columbia University
New York, NY

Leadership Experience

  • Oncology Care Initiation Unit/Oncology Urgent Care, Founder and Clinical Director, Columbia University Medical Center, 2018 - Present
  • Oncology Nurse Practitioner Council, Founder/Chair, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, 2017 - Present 
  • Community Outreach/Diversity Committee, Columbia University School of Nursing, Chair 2016 -2018, Member 2016 - Present
  • Clinical Content Expert/Faculty Panel Member, Clinical Trials Education, Susan G. Komen Foundation, 2017-2018
  • Website Committee, Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, Member 2016-2018
  • University Senate, Yale University Graduate School, Senator 2009-2010

Mission Statement

Candidate’s response to the question “How would you further the mission of ONCC?"

As an ONCC Adult Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP®), I recognize the importance of certification as the gold standard for Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Nurse Practitioners in the field of Oncology across the lifespan. Certification demonstrates to health care colleagues, patients, and patients’ families and caregivers that the nurses involved in patient care are specifically trained and experts in delivering Oncology Nursing care. Oncology is a dynamic field with new developments in prevention, etiology, or treatment being reported almost daily. As a member of the ONCC Board of Directors, I will work to develop educational opportunities and encourage Oncology nurses to seek out opportunities for continued education and/or advanced degrees. This will allow for provision of up to date evidence-based care for Oncology patients across the lifespan and could lead to more nurses seeking certification. I would advocate for increased certification rates by encouraging all Oncology Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Nurse Practitioners to become certified. I would continue to uphold current certification requirements in order to maintain integrity and stature of ONCC certification.


Kerstin Scheper, MSN, RN-BC, OCN®, CHPN

Oncology Nurse Educator
Atlantic Health System
Morristown, NJ

Leadership Experience

  • OCN® Test Development Committee, ONCC, Member 2012-2017
  • Nurses Improving Care for Healthcare System Elders (NICHE) Committee, Atlantic Health System, Chair, 2015-2017
  • Certification News Editorial Board, ONCC, Member 2018-2019
  • Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP) Team, Oncology Nursing Society, 2016 - Present
  • Beacon Shared Governance Committee, Atlantic Health System, Chair, 2018 - Present
  • Adult Oncology Practice Committee, Atlantic Health System, Chair, - Present

Mission Statement

Candidate’s response to the question “How would you further the mission of ONCC?"

My passion for oncology nursing has spanned over 30 years, working as an infusion nurse, nurse manager, nurse navigator, and now nurse educator. I became an oncology certified nurse in the 90’s, when not all employers recognized the value of certification with reimbursement or salary compensation. I applaud and support ONCC for creating The FreeTake Certification Program. If elected to the Board of Directors, I will promote FreeTake and work to develop more programs and opportunities, so all oncology nurses can demonstrate their professionalism, skill, knowledge, and competency through national certification. I became an item writer for ONCC in 2011 and was honored to serve on the OCN® Test Development Committee from 2012 to 2017. I will draw on my past volunteer experience in reviewing and revising examination content to ensure the quality of the general oncology nurse and subspecialty nurse exams. I will utilize my current experience as an oncology nurse educator mentoring oncology nurses, as chair of Atlantic Health System Adult Oncology Practice Committee developing and implementing oncology nursing practice, policy, and competency, and as Oncology Nursing Society Putting Evidence into Practice Dyspnea team member summarizing and appraising evidence, to ensure certification reflects current evidence based practice, promotes excellence in patient care, and signifies the values of oncology nursing. I am currently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Program and I hold two additional national certifications in geriatric and hospice and palliative nursing, demonstrating my commitment to national certification and lifelong learning. Geriatric and palliative and hospice nursing are specialties essential and integral to promoting the health and safety of our oncology patients and ensuring competency in caring for our patients with cancer. As our population of older adults living with multiple comorbidities and diagnosed with cancer grows, the need for nurses with specialty knowledge in the care of patients with cancer grows. If elected, I will work with our dedicated ONCC volunteers to address this demand and encourage employers to support certification.


*Nurses who are ONCC-certified as of September 11, 2019 are eligible to vote.