About the Jonas Scholars


The Jonas Nurse Scholar program supports doctoral nursing students pursing both PhD and DNP degrees. The goal of the Jonas Nurse Leaders Program is to increase the number of doctorally-prepared faculty available to teach in nursing schools nationwide, as well as the number of advanced practice nurses providing direct patient care. The Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program is a component of the Nurse Scholar Program that aims to increase the number of advanced practice nurses and faculty who are trained specifically in the unique needs of our veteran population.

Supported by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, both programs provide financial assistance, leadership development and networking support to expand the pipeline of future nurse faculty and advanced practice nurses. As part of their scholarship experience, all Jonas Scholar attend the Jonas Nurse Scholar Conference, a three-day event in Washington, DC, designed to convene the current Jonas Scholars for networking, mentoring and educational opportunities with prominent nurse educators, executives and policy experts in the field.

2015 Jonas Scholars


Nolan Timya 2Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar
Timiya Nolan, CRNP, ANP-BC
PhD Student

Timiya S. Nolan is a two-time graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing (BSN-2008; MSN-2011). She holds certification as an adult nurse practitioner and teacher of nursing. Timiya's nursing background is in hematology/oncology and primary care. In these settings, she has been an active team member who effectively communicates, treats, collaborates, and establishes rapport. As a former full-time instructor of adult health at UAB, she has become skilled in the design of challenging, enriching, and innovative learning activities. She volunteers as nurse practitioner in the medical ministry of The Worship Center Christian Church and the PATH Clinic of Birmingham, Alabama. She is the Membership Chairperson within the Central Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association. Academically, Timiya is a full-time pre-doctoral fellow enrolled in UAB's Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program. Her research interest involves reduction of health-related disparities within breast cancer survivorship. Particularly, she is interested in understanding and bettering the survivorship of young African American breast cancer survivors with dissemination and implementation of age-specific and culturally-sensitive interventions. As a Jonas Scholar, she will use her research and teaching expertise to assist with the development and implementation of the Alabama Oncology Nursing Society’s semi-annual conference.


student photoJonas IV Veterans DNP Healthcare Scholar
Karen Thombley, C-NPT, NNP-BC, RNC-NIC
DNP Student

Karen Thombley's nursing career began in 1986 when she pursued an LPN degree. She graduated in 1988 and briefly worked as a charge nurse in a nursing home. She knew there was more and desired to continue her education. She moved to Oklahoma and returned to school to complete her BSN in 1991, after which she began working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Ms. Thombley had incredible medical and nursing mentors and soon learned that neonatal nursing was her passion. In 1995 she joined the US Air Force. Her 19-year career has all been spent in the neonatal specialty between three military treatment facilities: Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX-7.



Nicholson Chance 1Jonas IV Veterans PhD Healthcare Scholar
Chance Nicholson, MSN, BS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, RN-BC
PhD Student

Chance Nicholson, MSN, BS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, RN-BC, is a first year academic faculty member in the university setting who is also seeking his PhD at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) after receiving his MSN in 2013. Currently, he is investigating the role of the vagus nerve in HIV neurocognitive disorders. Furthermore, he is exploring the relationship between the vagus nerve and PTSD. His current faculty practice is through the Veterans Administration as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at an outpatient clinic in Bessemer, Alabama. The faculty practice was developed through a partnership with UAB where he has served as a clinical preceptor and instructor in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. The partnership is one of only four in the country. He is a recent recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau Rising Research Star award. Formerly, he worked as an RN in the psychiatric intensive care unit at UAB. In this role, he served as the president of the psychiatric nursing congress and it was in this this role where he developed a nutritional model at UAB hospital. For this work, he received an innovation award along with an award of clinical excellence. Furthermore, he served as the primary committee member of the psychiatric patient satisfaction team where the hospital improved its overall scores from the 20th percentile to the 90th percentile. Additionally, he has published in the arenas of addiction, game theory and healthcare, and personality disorders. Prior to nursing, he received a bachelor's degree in psychology where he researched in the field of clinical psychology and worked as an addiction counselor associate at Pine Grove Mental Health in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.