School of Nursing & Health Sciences Advisory Board

Collaboration for Success: Health Care Leaders & Faculty

The advisory board serves as a brain trust for leaders and key decision makers within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Composed of leading health care strategists and influencers, the board provides insight into current and emerging trends, market needs, decision-making evidence, and workforce competencies.

Our mission

The mission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences is to educate health care and nursing leaders to address increasingly complex needs in their sector. To accomplish this, the school provides competency-based educational offerings delivered by expert faculty using advanced learning technologies. Our goal is to enable our graduates to collaborate interprofessionally to improve patient, system, and population outcomes.

Capella University is also a founding strategic partner of the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC), which is committed to building healthier communities through the service of nurses on boards throughout the country.

Capella faculty working with the advisory board

The advisory board provides industry and practice-relevant insight to school leaders and faculty to enact on the mission of the school to meet the needs found within the health care sector. Capella leaders and faculty, collaborate with board members to ensure curricula effectively build the competencies needed in today’s complex health care environment.

In addition, the interactions between the board and Capella leadership and faculty ensure Capella’s programs are professionally relevant and provide the flexibility needed for learners to succeed in their educational programs, and have a positive impact on both patient outcomes and the health of their communities at large.

Board Members

Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN

Senior Vice President of Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, Quality and Research
American Nurses Credentialing Center

Kathy Chappell is the senior vice president of Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, Quality and Research at the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is responsible for certification of individual registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses and for the development of certification examinations. Dr. Chappell is responsible for the accreditation of organizations that provide continuing nursing education and interprofessional continuing education and accreditation of residency and fellowship programs for nurses. She also directs the Institute for Credentialing Research, analyzing outcomes related to credentialing, and the quality management department. She holds a baccalaureate in nursing with distinction from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Nursing, and a doctorate in nursing from George Mason University. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a distinguished scholar and fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

Ruth Fisher Pollard, MS, MBA

Pinnacle Network Solutions, LLC

Ruth Pollard serves as a consultant with Pinnacle Network Solutions, LLC, a cybertechnology and healthcare firm. In this role, Ruth consults on strategic planning, partnership building and sustainability, and community engagement and advocacy for health care and human services organizations.

With more than 20 years of leadership experience, Ruth recently completed a five-year tenure with Ascension—one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the United States—serving as vice president and chief strategy officer of Providence Health System in Washington, D.C., and an executive-in-residence to the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA). In this role, Ruth led the development of a long-term strategic plan to transform healthcare workforce through a targeted workforce development program. The program’s aim is to close the skills gap for District of Columbia residents pursuing careers in health and provide rewarding opportunities in the industry while being both transformative and sustainable. As the former vice president and chief strategy officer of Providence Health System, Ruth’s work focused on transformation of the local market through collaborative and strategic relationships and partnerships. Ruth, as part of the executive team, led the conceptual planning for the health village concept in Washington, D.C., in response to community need. 

Extending her impact, Ruth has a faculty appointment in the department of health systems administration at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Sciences as an adjunct instructor. Ruth is on the forefront of conversations about systems thinking and planning, health and policy alignment, and community engagement and impact. 

Prior to her tenure with Ascension, Ruth worked in government relations and advocacy with Children’s National Health System for 10 years. During her tenure, Ruth served as the inaugural chair of the DC Healthy Communities Collaborative—an alliance of hospitals/health systems and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to improve community health through collective accountability—leading the first comprehensive and collective community health needs assessment (CHNA) and corresponding community health improvement plan (CHIP). Ruth is the co-vice chair of Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas Board of Directors, a faith-based ministry serving vulnerable populations through housing and other social services. 

Kimberly Harper MS, RN, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer
Indiana Center for Nursing

With nearly 40 years of healthcare experience, Kimberly Harper currently serves as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Indiana Center for Nursing, an organization that unites state-wide nursing education and practice leaders to effect change through one voice to ensure a high-quality nursing workforce that meets the needs of Indiana's healthcare consumers. In her CEO role, she also serves as the Nursing Co-Lead for the Indiana Action Coalition, which serves to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing Report. In addition, Kimberly now serves as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the national Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC), which unites over 25 national nursing organizations toward the goal of improving the healthcare of our nation through the service of 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020.

Kimberly's background includes serving as executive director for Nursing 2000; vice president for Public Affairs and the Foundation for Wishard Health Services (now Eskenazi Health) in Indianapolis, Ind.; holding senior leadership positions in nursing, marketing, and human resources, and executive vice president roles in academic medicine at Indiana University; and holding nursing practice and faculty positions at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind.

She has been active in many professional organizations, assuming leadership roles with the NOBC, the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, and the National Association for Health Care Recruitment. She is a National Association of Public Hospitals fellow and has served on the boards of numerous nursing-related foundations, organizations, and committees, including the Governor's Task Force for Healthcare Education, Pipeline, and Training for Indiana. Kimberly also serves on the advisory boards of numerous schools of nursing across Indiana, is a guest lecturer, and holds an adjunct faculty role with Case Western University.

A regular speaker at the state, national and international level, Kimberly has received numerous awards, including the 2017 Distinguished Alum of the University of Southern Indiana, the Nursing Professionalism and Practice Award for her "Outstanding Professional Contributions and Excellence in the Practice, Science and Art of Nursing" by the Indiana State Nurses Association. the President's Achievement Award Commencement Address at the University of Southern Indiana, and has been inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Christopher Scott Holliday, PhD, MPH

Director, Population Health and Clinical-Community Linkages
American Medical Association (AMA)

As the director of Population Health and Clinical-Community Linkages at the AMA, Dr. Holliday leads a multidisciplinary team in efforts to develop and implement national, clinical, and public health strategies for improving health outcomes and reducing costs for high-impact chronic medical conditions, such as CVD and type 2 diabetes. He works with physicians and care teams, practices, health systems, and the communities they serve to devise multilevel, evidence-based interventions that promote clinical-community linkages to improve health outcomes. He is a passionate advocate for health equity, policy, systems, and environmental change strategies that impact the social determinants of health.

A community psychologist by training, Dr. Holliday served as the executive director of the National Center of Excellence on the Social Determinants of Mental Health at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, where he led research on the influence of social conditions on population-level mental health. Previously, he served as the CEO of Communities Joined in Action, a national organization of more than 200 health care access and care-coordination coalitions in 44 states, and CEO and founder of a private consulting firm, Community Speaks, LLC. In addition, he has served in various leadership roles in local, state, and national public health, including director of the Center for Community Health Transformation and Director of Community Health and Preventive Services within the Georgia Department of Public Health in metro Atlanta.

Dr. Holliday received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and PhD degrees in social and community psychology from Northwestern and Georgia State Universities, and his Master of Public Health degree in health policy and management from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.

He resides in Chicago, IL with his wife British, a banking attorney, and two children, Sheridan (14) and Scottie (11).

Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENP, FAAN

Beth Houlahan recently retired from her role as senior vice president, chief nurse executive at UW Health in Madison, WI. For decades, her nursing career focused on creating high quality, reliable systems of care and developing the next generation of nurses and healthcare professionals to lead in changing times.

In her role at UW Health, Beth was accountable for all nursing practice across UW Health, including inpatient, ambulatory, and procedural settings, as well as advanced practice providers, home health care, and patient care services for respiratory therapy, pastoral services, clinical nutrition, social work, and nursing quality. Prior to joining the UW Health system, Beth served as senior vice president of patient care services at Mercy Medical Center, a 455-bed facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was responsible for clinical, operational, and financial leadership for nursing and clinical inpatient and outpatient services for Mercy Medical at five campuses in Cedar Rapids, including an acute care facility, medical plaza, alcohol and drug outpatient treatment center, and an inpatient hospice house. Beth served for 13 years in a variety of administrative roles at the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics. She co-directed a service leadership initiative for more than 7,000 employees and served as clinical director of a primary care center staffed by 300 physicians and 100 staff. As nurse manager, she was responsible for the daily clinical operations in the department of medicine.

Beth received her doctorate in nursing practice at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, and completed the Johnson and Johnson Wharton Nurse Executive Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is certified in executive nursing practice and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

She has received several honors throughout her nursing career, including the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daisy Foundation, the Outstanding Nurse Leader Award from the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders, the Alumni Professional Achievement Award from Mt. Mercy College, and the Excellence in Administrative Ambulatory Nursing Practice Award from the American Academy Ambulatory Care Nursing. 

Susan Jeska, EdD, MBA, BAN, RN, FAAN

Vice President
Center for Clinician Advancement at UnitedHealth Group

With 40 years of experience in the health care industry, Susan Jeska successfully blends a unique background in nursing, business administration, and educational leadership to promote talent development, expand workforce capability, and drive change across the enterprise.

She began her career at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and assumed progressive leadership roles and operational accountability for orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation, general surgery, recovery room, kidney and peritoneal dialysis, and organ and bone marrow transplant before moving into the field of leadership and organizational development.

Dr. Jeska’s career has evolved through three leading health care delivery systems in the Twin Cities to her current role as vice president, Center for Clinician Advancement at UnitedHealth Group. In this capacity, she leads initiatives in support of the company’s nearly 48,000 clinicians located in all 50 states and seven countries around the world.

Dr. Jeska holds a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing from St. Catherine’s University, and a Master of Business Administration and a doctorate in education from the University of St. Thomas. Her research and dissertation focused on a qualitative study of leadership in nursing.

Joan M. Kavanagh, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Clinical Education and Professional Development Nursing Institute at the Cleveland Clinic (CC)

Joan M. Kavanagh, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, is the associate chief nursing officer for clinical education and professional development in the Nursing Institute at the Cleveland Clinic (CC), where she facilitates the enterprise-wide work of nurse professional development specialists and oversees all American Heart Association classes for the enterprise. Joan is a member of the editorial board for the award-winning Nursing Institute publication, Notable Nursing. She is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, the Association of Nurse Executives, the National League for Nursing, the Ohio League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau. She holds a PhD in nursing education from NOVA Southeastern University. In addition, she received a BSN with distinction from the Catholic University of America and a diploma with distinction from the Helene Fuld School of Nursing in Camden, New Jersey. 

Before joining the clinic in 2005, Joan held diabetes research and clinical positions at University Hospitals of Cleveland as well as undergraduate and graduate faculty positions at Ursuline College and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at CWRU.

Joan is responsible for the creation and development of CC's state-of-the-art nursing skills and simulation lab designed to replicate the practice settings of the intensive care, operating room, and medical-surgical unit. The lab features advanced human patient simulators (HPS) incorporating the full trajectory of fidelity. She also serves as the CC liaison for the school of nursing programs in Northeast Ohio and has served as the chief operating officer for the deans' roundtable: a consortium of deans, directors, and educators from service and academia working together to address the nursing and nursing faculty shortage and the preparation-to-practice gap of new graduate registered nurses.

Most recently, Joan launched CC's inaugural simulation and competency-based New Graduate Registered Nurse residency program and led the work to obtain the National League for Nursing Center of Excellence Award in 2017, making Cleveland Clinic one of only four healthcare institutions in the United States with t his unique distinction. 

Elisabeth A. Klar, CPLP, PhD

Vice President, Perform & Grow Journey Lead
Highmark Health

Elisabeth Klar currently serves as the vice president and lead of the Perform & Grow journey at Highmark Health. In her role, Elisabeth is responsible for adopting leading practices to deliver exceptional experiences for enterprise employees at every human resources touchpoint, including performance acceleration, succession planning, career development, engagement, and development/delivery of learning programs.

Previously, Elisabeth served as the director of onboarding and leader transitions at Cleveland Clinic, where she led the enterprise-wide onboarding strategy and deployment for all new Cleveland Clinic caregivers and leaders ranging from front line to C-suite. She has over 20 years of extensive cross-industry experience in health care, retail, financial services, and higher education, serving in various leadership roles in operations, learning, and HR functions.  

Elisabeth possesses a love of learning and is relentlessly passionate about developing herself and others. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio State University, a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and a PhD in Organization & Management with an emphasis in management education from Capella University. Elisabeth is a certified professional in learning and performance (CPLP) with the Association for Talent Development with expertise in designing, developing, implementing, and measuring the effectiveness of value-add talent programs.  

In her free time, Elisabeth enjoys quality time with her husband and two children and loves to cook, read, and vacation at the beach.

Cynthia Latney, DHAc, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Senior Vice President, Nursing Business Operations
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health

Cynthia Latney has 30 years of nursing leadership experience with Jefferson Health, Centura Health, Hospital Corporation of America, and Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas. A strong transformational leader, her strengths lie in influencing a hospital’s strategic direction, ensuring that nursing goals and initiatives are aligned to advance patient care, and organizational success.

Cynthia is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a former member of the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders. She previously served as a board member for both the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders for Southern Colorado.

With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing, Cynthia is currently pursuing her doctorate in health care administration. In addition, she is board certified in nursing executive practice.

Her nursing career has been dedicated to creating high quality, reliable systems of care, and developing nurses and health care professionals to lead in the ever-changing health care dynamics.

Holly Lorenz, MSN, RN

Chief Nurse Executive
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

Holly Lorenz is the chief nurse executive of UPMC with responsibility for establishing and leading the strategic vision for over 18,000 nurses. Lorenz oversees nursing practice for more than 42 academic, community, specialty, and international hospitals as well as the 600 outpatient sites, rehabilitation, and long-term care facilities. Lorenz has several leadership roles within the service line management at UPMC.

She has presented locally, regionally, and internationally on financial management in health care, and models of interprofessional care, evidenced-based approaches to patient safety, quality, and nursing leadership. Lorenz is the associate dean for clinical relations in the School of Nursing, office of the dean at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a Wharton Fellow for nurse executives and a certified facilitator and educator for Development Dimensions International. Additional honors include being named to the 2015 University of Pittsburgh Nursing Honorary Alumni and a nominee for the Nightingale Award of Pennsylvania for Nursing Administration. Lorenz was named One of the 60+ Hospital and Health System CNOs to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2017.

Lorenz shares her vast knowledge and expertise in nursing leadership as a member on several influential boards. Being an inaugural member of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition State Steering Committee and Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Action Coalition allows her to advance nursing education and practice in the state of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Lorenz is active on the Duquesne University School of Nursing and Capella University School of Nursing and Health Sciences advisory boards, Family House Executive Board, Carlow University Trustee, as well as numerous UPMC boards. Lorenz is past president of the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Executives.


Vice President

Fred Neis is a Vice President for Lumeris. He leads efforts to assess and design large-scale transformational solutions for health systems, payers, and physicians to move from a volume-based business to one based on value, including taking downside risk, improving quality measures, and optimizing health system and medical group margin.

With nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare, Neis has held clinical and leadership roles within health systems before moving to consulting and advisory positions focused on both strategy and operations. Additionally, he is active at local and national levels as an author, journal peer reviewer, advisory committee member, and conference speaker to help shape policy and practice.

Neis is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as the Academy of Emergency Nursing, recognizing his contributions to the industry at large. He is also actively involved as a volunteer for several professional and philanthropic organizations.

Jennifer Shepherd, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CHPN, CCRN-K


Jennifer Shepherd is a consultant with an extensive and progressive background dedicated to improving healthcare services by process and quality improvement, research, advocacy, information access, and knowledge expansion by using innovative and advanced ideas. She has substantial experience across diverse settings, including community-based and acute care health systems as well as non-profit and for-profit healthcare organizations. 

Jennifer has served as a member of clinical leadership for various provider facilities and has served in roles dedicated to supporting operations, project and systems management, quality improvement, and data-based decision making. She currently serves as a nursing and healthcare consultant, where she assists clients in project and program management as well as professional development and analytics, leading teams to cultivate and implement innovative strategies and ensuring achievement of organizational goals. 

Jennifer regularly presents on topics such as interprofessional development and outcomes, practice innovation, quality analytics, and workforce management. She is actively involved in congressional district meetings across the Commonwealth of Virginia, providing analysis and insight regarding health policy and delivery, and she provides guidance to lawmakers on nursing and healthcare-specific issues in each of their districts. 

She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in nursing professional development, as a nurse executive, advanced, in hospice and palliative care by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), and in pediatric critical care by the American Association of Critical Care Nursing (AACN). Jennifer serves on the Virginia Nurses Association Board as commissioner of workforce issues and holds a position on Capella’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Master in Healthcare Administration. She is currently pursuing her doctorate. 

Lee Valenta

Lee Valenta recently retired after 18 years with Optum, most recently serving as president of the Optum State Government Solutions Group. In that role, Lee assisted state government with healthcare technology and outsourcing solutions. Previously, Lee was the president of Optum Life Sciences for three years where he led global operations that served pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients to help them address the changing global competitive, economic, and regulatory landscape by demonstrating the value of their products throughout the commercialization process.

Lee also served as chief operating officer (COO) for Optumlnsight for five years. In that role, he led the operations for all market segments (payer, provider, life sciences, and government) and 13,000 employees. He also led the capital committee for Optumlnsight (technology and product development) and was a member of UHG's Operating committee. Prior to being the COO, he was the chief financial officer for Optumlnsight and subsidiaries.

He has more than 35 years of experience in operations, finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Optum in 2002, Lee worked as a global managing partner for Arthur Andersen LLP and served on the firm's National Healthcare Practice, responsible for directing consulting engagements for payer, provider, and life sciences client s. He also spent eight years as chief financial officer and vice president of corporate development for Hunter-Keith, Inc., a Minneapolis-based private equity firm.

Lee's volunteer activities include 10 years on the Board of Directors of Pillsbury United Communities, a Minneapolis-based social services agency. He is active in his church, previously serving on the church council, and on a committee to support the education of seminary students. He has a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and served on the college1s Presidents Council for five years. Lee is also a member of the American Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Jonathan Watkins, MPA, FACHE

Regional President
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)

A dynamic leader with more than 10 years of combined healthcare administration and general management experience, Jonathan Watkins is the regional president of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). 

Prior to joining CTCA, Watkins held the position of chief executive officer of Broward Health Imperial Point, where he provided overall leadership for the 200-bed acute care hospital. Watkins’s experience also includes having served as chief operating officer at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals & Health Plan in California’s Central Valley area, where he facilitated, directed, and coordinated operational activities and programs related to the day-to-day operations of three hospitals. 

Prior to that position, he served as vice president of clinical operations and chief operating officer of Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was responsible for leading, developing, and executing key business strategies, as well as directing and administering day-to-day operations.

Watkins holds a master’s degree in public administration with a certification in health administration, as well as a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration and planning from Tennessee State University. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and board certified in healthcare management as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Watkins was named the 2013 National Association of Health Services Executives Young Healthcare Executive of the Year and is a past president of the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Service Executives.

Cathleen A. Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP

President, System Chief Nurse Executive, & Sr. Vice President of Clinical Operations
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC)

Cathleen joined Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH) in September 2014 as chief nurse executive and was named president of the flagship 885-bed academic medical center in April 2019. She continues to serve as a system chief nurse executive as well as senior vice president of clinical operations for WFBH. She is responsible for the overall performance of health system operations at WFBMC, Brenner Children’s Hospital, and oversight of nursing practice throughout the health system. She brings disciplined leadership to bear on complex issues where clinical expertise, strategic thinking, and organizational savvy are essential. As a leader, Cathleen uses experience and insight to provide structure, order, and clarity to enable teams to make rapid and lasting progress on critical issues.

Cathleen’s naturally holistic and global perspective was enhanced when she served as the first corporate nurse executive of Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), in the United Arab Emirates. She was responsible for the professional practice and development of more than 9,000 nursing and allied health professionals for which she generated formalized and benchmarked international competency and practice standards with an ongoing structured competency validation program. She led the improvement of patient outcomes throughout SEHA’s 12 hospitals and 62 ambulatory care clinics resulting in a reduction of adverse events, mortality, nursing-sensitive preventable conditions, and length-of-stay. 

Earlier in her career, she held senior leadership positions at Dekalb Regional Health System in Atlanta, Georgia, including senior vice president, chief clinical operating officer, chief nurse executive, and chief quality officer. 

Cathleen earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at Georgia State University and her doctorate in nursing practice at the University of Central Florida. She is board certified with the American Organization of Nurse Leaders as a certified executive in nursing practice and completed the nurse leader program at the Wharton School of Business. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Organization of Nurse Leaders, North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Active in professional organizations, she is on the board of Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) and is a CNO council member for the Beryl Institute and the HealthLeaders CNO Exchange. She serves on the advisory boards of schools of nursing for Capella University, the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, North Carolina A&T University, and Winston-Salem State University. Her philanthropic interests include the economic independence of women in developing countries and educational preparatory programs with a global focus. She is a current sponsor of Women for Women International and a past member of the board of trustees of the Atlanta International School.

Capella School of Nursing and Health Sciences Leadership

Jennifer Dixon Hoff, MS

Senior Vice President of Portfolio Strategy
Strategic Education

Jennifer Hoff is the senior vice president of portfolio strategy for Strategic Education, Inc., where she leads a team focused on program development, new market growth, and expansion of academic-employer partnerships, driving return on investment for both students pursuing an advanced education and the companies that employ them. Previously, Jennifer served as general manager of Capella University’s College of Nursing, Health and Behavioral Sciences, where she provided executive direction over the implementation and growth of academic programs spanning numerous professional disciplines. Jennifer’s background also includes executive leadership roles with several key players in the retail industry.

She speaks nationally regarding her insights and research in the area of workforce development, she is a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Foundation’s advisory council – the preeminent foundation for nursing education initiatives – and she is an active member and mentor for the Women’s Health Leadership Trust.

Active in numerous philanthropic efforts, Jennifer chairs the board of Bloom Early Learning, which focuses on closing the access and disparity gap in learning for underprivileged children. She also chairs the scholarship committee for the Boyd/Midwest Family Foundation.

The recipient of numerous awards and recognition, including The Women’s Health Leadership Trust Partnership award in 2019 for her work in the Twin Cities’ healthcare community, Jennifer was named one of the 50 honorees for the Women in Business award by the Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal (MSPBJ) in 2017, and in 2019, she was invited by the publisher to be a member of the MSPBJ 100 Women to Know, an exclusive group of leaders in executive roles across all industries in the Twin Cities.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Financial Management and a Master of Science in Leadership.

Elizabeth (Betty) A. Nelson, PhD, RN

President and CEO
Informed Practice International, Inc. 

Dean, School of Nursing & Health Sciences
Capella University

She has held leadership positions in nursing and hospital administration, academia, research, associations, policy analysis & development, and clinical practice (pediatrics). Previous positions include Academic Dean of the University of Phoenix School of Nursing, Vice President for Quality at Regional One Health in Memphis, Tennessee, Chief Nurse and Interim Hospital Administrator for Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia, Associate Dean for Doctoral Nursing Programs at American Sentinel University (founding), Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (founding) Yale University School of Nursing, Director of the Research Center (founding) at the American College of Physicians, Director of Medical Nursing at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, Memphis, Tennessee, and Director of Medical-Surgical Nursing, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Betty has held faculty appointments and visiting lectureships at a number of universities. She has served on various for-profit and non-profit boards, national advisory groups for the Agency for Healthcare Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and invitational summits of the Institute of Medicine and the Joint Commission.

She is President and CEO of Informed Practice International, Inc., a consulting firm offering services to improve the quality, regulatory, accreditation and fiscal position of hospitals, and health care systems through improving clinical processes, workforce preparation and clinical effectiveness.

Betty was a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and recipient of the first Dorothy M. Smith Award for Leadership from the University of Florida College of Nursing. She was elected to membership in Sigma Theta Tau International at the University of Delaware and Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Florida. She received her BSN from the University of Delaware, MSN from the University of Florida and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Adele Webb, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Webb has worked worldwide to build nurse capacity for treatment of communicable and noncommunicable diseases. She has received extensive funding for her international work and has published her findings in several refereed journals. She’s also contributed to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, testified to the Institute of Medicine and given testimony to the White House on nursing workforce issues. A much-sought-after speaker on international nursing care, Dr. Webb continues to collaborate with the WHO, as well as the World NCD Congress.

For her work, Dr. Webb has received the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Lifetime Achievement Award, the Nicholas Andrew Cummings Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Practice from the National Academies of Practice and fellowships from the International Council of Nurses, the Global Health National Academies of Practice, and the American Academy of Nursing.

After waiting until she was 29 to pursue her undergraduate degree, Dr. Webb went on to earn a BSN from the University of Akron, an MSN from Ohio State University, and a PhD in nursing from Wayne State University.

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