IENA Board Biographies

Wendy Buenzli, BSN, MN, PhD

Wendy formerly served as Occupational Group Director Education Rep, Secretary and was on the Nominating Committee.

Dr. Wendy Williams-Buenzli is a dynamic nurse leader with a variety of experiences working in both clinical and academic educational settings. She has leveraged her expertise to work as both a faculty and nurse administrator. Her goal is to ensure students receive a quality nursing education while empowering faculty to innovate and build contemporary nursing programs.

She received her Associate degree from Everett Community College, her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing for the University of Washington Bothell and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Health Systems leadership. The focus of her doctoral work was "A Measure of Soft Skills Gains Acquisition with Engagement in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs."

She started her nursing career in the rural hospital setting. She has worked with a variety of critical access hospitals throughout the state of Washington. Dr. Buenzli continues to keep a nursing practice working with East Adams Rural Hospital in Ritzville, WA. The need for access to quality healthcare for rural populations is very important to Dr. Buenzli. The rural population, access to care and policy is where Dr. Buenzli plans to focus her research agenda.

She has held the position of Associate Dean of Nursing, Clinical Assistant Professor, Instructor and Product Development Manager at various institutions of higher learning. These experiences have provided her with the expertise in curriculum and program development.

Dr. Buenzli grew up in Eastern Washington and has strong ties to rural communities. She loves any activity that involves being outdoors. When she is not exploring her ten acres she enjoys hiking, camping and snowboarding with her family.


Wendy Buenzli

Wendy is a graduate of Everett Community College. She also obtained her PhD at the University of Southern Mississippi with focus on Nursing Leadership.

She is currently Associate Dean of Nursing at Spokane Community College.

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