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Krista Pinola Appointed Chair of the Penn Nursing Board of Advisors

Effective July 1, 2021, Krista Pinola (NU’86) will be appointed as Chair of the School of Nursing Board of Advisors. Andie Laporte, sitting chair, and Dean Antonia M. Villarruel unanimously endorsed this appointment in consultation with the Office of the University Secretary, and with the approval of President Amy Gutmann, David Cohen, and Scott Bok – outgoing/incoming Chairs of the Board of Trustees (respectively). Krista will follow Andie Laporte’s successful tenure as Chair.

Krista has most recently served as Vice Chair of the Board. As both an alumna and long-time friend of the School, Krista began her volunteer journey as a member of the Nursing Alumni Board, serving in a number of roles that included President, Chair of the Alumni Outreach Committee, and Chair of the Nominating Committee. In 2010, she joined the Board of Advisors, where she has held numerous leadership roles, including co-chair of the Innovating for Life and Living Campaign, which exceeded its $60M goal. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at the School since 2011. In her role as Chair, Krista will work closely with the School, advising and guiding the Board, faculty, and staff toward the completion and implementation of the new strategic plan: Leading to a Healthier, More Equitable Future.

As a nurse, Krista worked for 24 years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in multiple roles, including Manager of the Office of Patient Safety and Quality from 2003-2010. Since leaving CHOP, Krista has been a Community Representative to CHOP’s Patient Safety Committee, a committee she helped to start in 2004.

In other interests, in 2009 Krista co-founded the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Duke of Edinburgh International Award (DofE Program), a youth program that focuses on community service, physical fitness, and character development while building self-esteem.

The role of Chair will transition to Krista from Andie Laporte, who has led the Board of Advisors for the past five years. Andie has been on the Board for nearly 15 years, during which time she co-chaired the highly successful Where Science Leads Campaign. She has been equally engaged in the Innovation for Life and Living Campaign, contributing to the Campaign’s ultimate success by partnering in the creation of 14 new endowed scholarships. Andie has positively impacted Penn Nursing throughout the years with endless hours of her time, her wonderful talent, and generosity. 

Penn Nursing is beyond grateful for Andie’s dedication and continuing service as a member of the Board of Advisors, and is delighted to welcome Krista to the role of Chair, which tangibly aligns with her longstanding dedication and commitment, as well as with the expertise that she has brought to the School over the past 20 plus years.