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Krista Pinola Appointed Vice Chair of the Penn Nursing Board of Overseers

Effective immediately, Krista Pinola has been appointed by the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania as Vice Chair of the Penn Nursing Board of Overseers.

Krista is an alumna of Penn Nursing (Nu’86), as well as a long-time friend of the School. She 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 Overseers, where she has been equally enthusiastic and active, previously acting as co-chair of both the Alumni Outreach Workgroup and Dean Emerita Afaf Meleis’ gala celebration. Most recently, she has been a co-chair for the Innovating for Life and Living Campaign, and also worked on the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” planning committee.

In addition to this robust roster, Krista is adjunct faculty at Penn Nursing—a position she has held since 2011. She co-directs an elective case study course for undergraduate students: “Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety.”

As a nurse, Krista worked for twenty-four 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.

Penn Nursing is delighted that Krista has accepted the role of Vice 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.

As Vice Chair, Krista will continue as campaign co-chair (through June 2021) and as a member of the Board’s Executive Leadership Team. She’ll also 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 Future 2.0.