The SUNA Foundation

Our Mission

The mission of the SUNA Foundation is to improve urologic health care and the lives of people with urologic health issues through funding of urologic scholarships, educational programs, and nursing research.


  • Debbie Buback, MSN, RN, ANP, Chair, St. Charles, MO
  • Jean Lewis, BSN, APRN, ANP, Immediate Past Chair, Minneapolis, MN
  • Ardeth Hale, CURN (retired), Chair Emeritus, Eugene, OR
  • Susan Lipsy, ANP-BC, CUNP, Treasurer, DeWitt, NY
  • Katy Bortel, MS, RN, CCRP, Secretary, Plainfield, IL
  • Donna Brassil, MSN, CURN, New York, NY
  • Carol Einhorn, MA, APRN, GNP, CURN, La Grange Park, IL
  • Valre Welch, MSN, RN, CPNP, Spring Grove, VA
  • Christopher Sellwood, Industry Representative, CURE Medical, Mahtomedi, MN

foundation trustees

SUNA Foundation Trustees (from left): Sue Lipsy, Valre Welch, Carol Einhorn, Debbie Buback, Ardeth Hale, and Katy Bortel. (Not pictured: Donna Brassil and Jean Lewis).

2019 Silent Auction ~ Call for Donations

The SUNA Foundation will host a Silent Auction in conjunction with the uroLogic Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL, in September 2019. The SUNA Foundation is requesting donations for the auction. Proceeds from the auction support the scholarships funded by the SUNA Foundation. All donated items for the silent auction are tax deductible. See the list of suggested donation items below; additional items will be accepted.

  • Gift cards
  • Electronic items or gadgets
  • Jewelry
  • Purses, wallets, or briefcases
  • Sports memorabilia
  • Books (cookbooks, SUNA publications, travel guides, educational texts)
  • Themed baskets
  • Clothing (hats, gloves, scarves, shawls, ponchos, sweaters)
  • Handcrafted items
  • SUNA membership dues
  • CBUNA certification exam fee

If you are interested in donating, please complete and return the Silent Auction Donation Form by September 5. Bring the donated item(s) with you to the conference or ship them to arrive in Florida by September 19.

Silent Auction Donation Form

Purchase Your Copy of the SUNA Foundation Cookbook!

The SUNA Foundation Cookbook contains 215 mouth-watering recipes – everything you need from appetizers to desserts. The cookbooks make wonderful gifts for family and friends as well as chapter door prizes or a special recognition for a chapter member. The cookbook is available for sale in the SUNA Online Store for $17 each (includes shipping).

Purchase the Cookbook

Cherish Celebrations and Memories with the SUNA Foundation

Cherish celebrations of personal milestones, special family events, or even chapter accomplishments with a donation to the SUNA Foundation. You also can donate a memorial gift honoring a loved one, friend, colleague, or patient. Your generous donations help SUNA members achieve scholarships for pursuing education to further the growth of urologic patient care and support urologic nursing research.

SUNA Foundation Online Donation

Urology nurses care for patients across the lifespan, providing guidance and treatment for a variety of urologic diseases and concerns. Recognizing the need to advance urologic nursing practice and create a continuum of knowledge, the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) formed the SUNA Foundation.

Committed to propelling urologic nursing care, the Foundation offers many opportunities for SUNA members by funding urologic nursing research, scholarships, and educational programs.

Gifts from donors help urologic nurses and associates research their ideas, further their nursing education, and seek specialized training. Patients ultimately benefit from their expanded knowledge and expertise.