Sharon Stanley was an Army nurse on both active duty and the reserve who continued to serve her community after retirement. She served at the national level as Chief Nurse of the American Red Cross from 2009 - August 2013. Under her leadership, Red Cross nurses received training and experience in all areas of service, to include disaster response and the National Student Nurse Program. Sharon was responsible for the volunteer management of over 15,000 Red Cross nurses and volunteer nurses. She also increased the presence of Red Cross volunteer nurses in both military hospitals and the VA healthcare system. In addition, she has been a part of the Community Health Resilience Initiative for the Office of Health Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security. Sharon also serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Nursing. She is directly involved with Wright State University in developing a national standardized program of disaster training that will provide nurses with a certificate in Disaster Nursing, helping to fill a knowledge gap among different state and community disaster protocols. Sharon was honored in 2013 as one of only five nurses from the U.S. to be awarded the prestigious Florence Nightingale Medal by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Throughout her life and career, Sharon Stanley has improved the lives of countless service members and civilians.