Meet the 2020 Election Candidates

The ONCC® Nominating Committee has slated three candidates for one position in the 2020 ONCC Board of Directors Election. This position is open only to a CPHON/CPON-certified nurse.

Voting is open October 13 – November 19, 2020. Check your email on October 13 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.


Paige Johnson, RN, DNP, MPH, APRN, CPHON®

Nurse Practitioner
Children's Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO

Leadership Experience

  • Item Writer, CPNP Examination, Pediatric National Certification Board, 2006-2012
  • Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Course Instructor, Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON), 2018 – Present 
  • National Conference Planning Team, APHON, 2017-2019
  • Continuing Education Committee, Kansas City Chapter National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), 2011-2012
  • Nursing Ethics Committee, Children’s Mercy Hospital, 2015-Present
  • Clinical Volunteer, Care Beyond the Boulevard, Kansas City, 2016-Present

Mission Statement

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

I believe that we need to focus on inclusion of minority and underserved populations and teaching more information to nurses about their unique needs. We know that participation of minority populations, especially in pediatrics, is woefully low. We also know that their participation in bone marrow registries is also very low, leaving patients of similar racial backgrounds left out of the treatment opportunities available to those of strict Caucasian backgrounds.  As nurses, we need to be aware of needs and risk to underrepresented populations so we can serve them better, improve diversity in our clinical trials and therefore improving treatment options to all patients.  We need to make it easier to get consents and educational materials in other languages and appropriate literacy levels, so that all have the opportunities to participate in critical pediatric clinical trials.


Emily McKinney, RN, BSN, CPN, CPHON®

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Inpatient Nurse Navigator
University of Kentucky, Kentucky Children’s Hospital
Lexington, KY

Leadership Experience

  • Continuing Education Committee, Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON), Member, 2020 - present
  • Health Policy and Advocacy Committee, APHON, Member, 2018 - present 
  • Treasurer, Lexington APHON Chapter, 2016 - present
  • Annual Conference Planning Committee, Lexington APHON Chapter, 2016 – present
  • President, Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cancer Survivor Picnic, 2013 – present
  • President, Turkey Foot Homeowner’s Association, 2017-present 

Mission Statement

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

As we are all well aware, nursing is a constantly evolving field, but even more so, the specialty of oncology.  With the excitement of new treatment modalities, it is imperative that nursing staff remain up to date on the latest and, in my opinion, the greatest. The ONCC strives to assess and promote competence to this nursing profession.  If I were given the opportunity to serve as a board member for the ONCC, I would make it my personal goal to expand the ability of nursing staff to obtain certification.  Not only does certification benefit an individual, but it benefits healthcare facilities as well. Working with these institutions to assist in covering this very important part of one’s career would be at the top of my agenda.  In addition, the majority of my patient population is underserved, rural, and financially unstable. Providing these patients with the highest quality and most competent nursing staff is my goal.  No amount of work is too much to ensure that the oncology specialists have the tools in their hands to provide the very best care.


Leticia Valdiviez, MSN, RN, CPHON®

Nurse Case Manager
Prospect Medical Systems
Seal Beach, CA

Leadership Experience

  • CPHON Test Development Committee, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) Chair 2014-2016, Member 2011-2016
  • CPHON Test Item Writing, ONCC, Mentor 2018, Writer 2009
  • Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Instructor, Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON), 2015-2019
  • Co-author, Thrombophilia Patient Education Handbook, Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON), 2014
  • Section Author, Hematology CD, APHON, 2013
  • Docent, Christ Cathedral, Orange County, 2020

Mission Statement

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

My 25 years in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology has given me much enthusiasm for helping to develop nurses to meet the challenge of this specialty. I was excited to be one of the first nurses to take the new CPHON® exam and worked to encourage others. This subspecialty is a small piece of Oncology nursing practice, and I am well versed in the challenges in having resources available to keep nurses up to date with the rapid changes of the practice. I helped contribute to developing resources to contribute to nursing knowledge. It was a privilege to serve on the Test Development Committee for the CPHON exam. The team worked hard to maintain the integrity of the exam and to ensure that it was truly a measure of the knowledge that is consistent with current practice. The CPHON certification is a respected title that serves as an example of a nurse’s commitment to those they serve. If elected, I would use my previous experiences to help maintain this certification as one that continues to command respect and is reflective of current practice. 


*Nurses who are ONCC-certified as of September 15, 2020 are eligible to vote.