Diane Evans-Prior is a long-time New Mexico resident, spending her entire professional career here as a nurse. She has worked as a bedside nurse in long term care, orthopedics, home health, and intermediate care settings. Passionate about sustainability in nursing, she has been a nursing instructor at Central New Mexico Community College since 2001 moving into the director role in 2012. She currently serves on the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium Leadership Council, the New Mexico Action Coalition, and volunteers as a peer evaluator and Evaluation Review Panelist for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of New Mexico in 2016, focusing her studies on the need for transition to practice programs in hospital and non-hospital settings. She presents regularly at both national and local conferences and has authored many publications. In her off-hours, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.