Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN 

Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN  currently works as a certified school nurse at a public high school and as an adjunct professor of nursing at several universities, most notably at DePaul University and her alma mater Saint Xavier University.  She is committed to being a lifelong learner and continues her efforts in improving child health outcomes in our most vulnerable populations through her current practice, advocacy, and teaching.

Gloria serves on the National Board of Directors of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and is President of the Illinois Association of School Nurses and the President-Elect of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Illinois Chapter—both strong affiliates of ANA-Illinois.  She has been engaged with ANA-Illinois by serving on the Legislative Committee and most recently on the Membership Taskforce.  Gloria has been appointed to the IDPH Diversity in Health Care Professions Task Force as well as the Illinois Terrorism Task Force’s School Safety Committee. She represents the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Nursing Section in the Nursing Coalition on Climate Change and Health and is an active member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE).  She has gained interest in addressing environmental health issues and protecting public health from climate change.  She’s been recognized for her leadership and community work by several organizations, both locally and nationally.