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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

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.

Christopher Scott Holliday, PhD, MPH

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 (13) and Scottie (10).

Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENP

Dr. Houlahan is senior vice president, chief nurse executive at UW Health in Madison, Wisc. Her nursing career has been 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 current role, Dr. Houlahan is accountable for all nursing practice across UW Health, which includes 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, Dr. Houlahan 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. Dr. Houlahan served for 13 years in a variety of administrative roles at the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics. She codirected 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.

Dr. Houlahan received her doctorate in nursing practice at Rush University, Chicago, Ill., and completed the Johnson and Johnson Wharton Nurse Executive Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. She is certified in executive nursing practice.

She has received several honors throughout her nursing career such as the IONL, Outstanding Nurse Leader Award; Alumni Professional Achievement Award, Mt. Mercy College; and AAACN, Excellence in Administrative Ambulatory Nursing Practice Award, to name a few.

Susan Jeska, EdD, MBA, BAN, RN

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 42,000 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, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Joan Kavanagh 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 enterprisewide work of nurse professional development specialists and oversees all American Heart Association classes for the enterprise. Kavanagh 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 Healthcare Executives, Association of Nurse Executives, National League for Nursing, Ohio League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau. She holds an MSN in Education from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a doctoral candidate in the PhD in Nursing Education program at NOVA Southeastern University. She received a BSN with distinction from the Catholic University of America and diploma with distinction from the Helene Fuld School of Nursing in Camden, New Jersey. Before joining CC in 2005, Kavanagh held diabetes research and clinical positions at University Hospitals of Cleveland and undergraduate and graduate faculty positions at Ursuline College, and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at CWRU.

Kavanagh directs 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 incorporating the full trajectory of fidelity. She also serves as the CC liaison for 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 collaborating to address the nursing and nursing faculty shortage and the preparation-to-practice gap of new graduate registered nurses. 

Kavanagh 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 CC one of only four health care institutions in the United States with this distinction.

Elisabeth A. Klar, CPLP, PhD

Dr. Klar recognized a passion for workforce learning and development early in her career as a retail banking center manager. She has since performed numerous learning and development roles spanning financial services, higher education, and health care, including classroom/online facilitator, adjunct faculty member, instructional designer, and training leader.

Dr. Klar joined the Office of Learning & Performance Development (presently the Global Leadership & Learning Institute) at Cleveland Clinic in September 2013 as director, employee development. Her primary area of responsibility was to foster competency development and career growth for a frontline health care audience. In June 2015, Dr. Klar accepted the role of director of onboarding and leadership transitions within the Global Leadership & Learning Institute. In this role, she oversaw the enterprisewide onboarding strategy for all new Cleveland Clinic caregivers and leaders ranging from frontline to C-suite. She assumed the role of executive director of workforce development with Allegheny Health Network (an integrated healthcare system within Highmark Health) in November 2016.  She was responsible for the strategic planning and execution of professional development across the multidisciplinary network of 17,000 employees. In June 2017, Dr. Klar accepted the role of director, talent management at Highmark Health, where she is responsible for the design and deployment of the talent strategy for all affiliated business units of the Highmark Health enterprise, including Allegheny Health Network. Dr. Klar was named Vice President, Perform & Grow Journey Lead, in May of 2019.

Dr. Klar enjoys collaborating with others to identify innovative methods and best practices for growing and developing today’s diverse workforce. She is a certified professional in learning and performance with the Association for Talent Development. She holds a PhD in organization and management from Capella University, with an emphasis in management education. She conducted doctoral research on learning-style differences among today’s multigenerational workforce.

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

Cynthia Latney is the current senior vice president of nursing business operations at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health. Latney’s experience include 30 years of nursing leadership with Centura Health, Hospital Corporation of America and The Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. 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.

Latney is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders, American Nurses Association, and American College of Healthcare Executives. She serves 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, Latney is currently pursuing her PhD 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

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 40 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.

Fred Neis, MS, RN, FACHE, FAEN

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 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.

Ruth Fisher Pollard, MS, MBA

Ruth Pollard serves as an executive director with Ascension—the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S., and the world’s largest Catholic health system. With more than 20 years of leadership experience, Pollard recently transitioned into this new role to develop a long-term strategic plan that will help transform the health field through a targeted workforce development program, which will aim 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. Pollard will continue to leverage the power of relationships and networks; build and sustain strategic alliances and partnerships; work across private, public, and corporate sectors to develop philanthropic support; and advance the program mission through advocacy and strategy.

As the former vice president and chief strategy officer for Providence Health System, a member of Ascension, Pollard’s work focused on transformation of the local market through collaborative and strategic relationships and partnerships. Pollard, as part of the executive team, led the conceptual planning for the health village concept in Washington, DC, in response to community need. Extending her impact, Pollard 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. She is on the forefront of conversations about systems thinking and planning, health and policy alignment, and community engagement and impact.

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

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

Jennifer Shepherd is a registered nurse leader and educator. She is dedicated to improving health care services by process and quality improvement, research, advocacy, information access, and knowledge expansion by using innovative ideas.

Shepherd has an extensive background in acute care, hospice, and clinical professional development throughout her 20-plus-year nursing career. She has served as clinical educator and mentor for various facilities, most recently as director of education for Capital Caring, the Capitol region’s largest and oldest not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider organization. In addition to her clinical background, she has served in roles dedicated to supporting project and systems management, quality improvement, and data-based decision making. Her current role is director, educational services for Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP), where she is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans to grow the CHAP education and community engagement pillar across the U.S. She also currently serves as a lead appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Practice Transition Accreditation Program.

She is certified in hospice and palliative care by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, in pediatric critical care by the American Association of Critical Care Nursing and by the ANCC in nursing professional development and as a nurse executive, advanced. Shepherd serves on the Virginia Nurses Association (VNA) board as commissioner of workforce issues where she manages VNA member-led subgroups to develop initiatives addressing the specific nursing workforce challenges in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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

Sheila S. Stern, EdD, MSP/I-O

With almost 20 years of operational and human performance improvement experience, Dr. Stern is passionate about developing people. In her most recent position as vice president for Ascension Care Excellence Clinical Professional Development, she was responsible for optimizing workforce strategies and developing care providers to meet the needs of the organization's national health care ministry across 141 sites of care and more than 160,000 clinicians and associates.

Her responsibilities included cultivating thought leadership in the design and delivery of executive clinical development; implementing the learning, technology, and communication strategies for clinical professional development programs; and fostering collaboration to build trustful relationships with health care teams to enable comprehensive clinical professional development and change management solutions.

As an U.S. Air Force First Sergeant and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm war veteran, Dr. Stern holds a Southwest Asia Service Medal with Commendation for Valor. In addition, she serves as a board member for the Jobs for America’s Graduates for Missouri, and Capella University School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board, and mentors for the American Corporate Partners military veteran program.

She often serves as a guest lecturer and speaker for various workforce development professional organizations as well as university graduate school programs focused on health care careers, workforce development and planning, military veteran recruitment, and military preparation for civilian careers.

Dr. Stern holds a Doctor of Education, Performance Improvement Leadership degree as well as an industrial/organizational psychology master’s degree. For joyful fun, she spends time traveling with her husband Adam and two daughters: Autrianna and Presley.

Lee Valenta

Lee Valenta has been with Optum for over 16 years. He currently serves as president of the Optum State Government Solutions Group.  In this role, Valenta assists state government with health care technology and outsourcing solutions. Previously, Valenta 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 commercialization.

Valenta also served as chief operating officer (COO) for OptumInsight 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 OptumInsight (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 OptumInsight and subsidiaries.

He has more than 35 years of experience in operations, finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Optum in 2002, Valenta 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 clients. 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.

Valenta’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 BA in accounting from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and served on the President’s Council for five years. Valenta is also a member of the American Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Jonathan Watkins, MPA, FACHE

A dynamic leader with more than 10 years of combined health care administration and general management experience, Watkins is chief executive officer of Broward Health Imperial Point. He provides overall leadership for the 200-bed acute care hospital, which offers medical-surgical inpatient care, behavioral health services, and a wide variety of outpatient services, ensuring high-quality patient care and service.

Prior to joining Broward Health in March 2018, Watkins most recently 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. Previously, he served as vice president of clinical operations/chief operating officer of Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., 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 health care administration and planning from Tennessee State University. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and board certified in health care 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 past president of the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Service Executives.

Cathleen A. Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP

She joined WFBH in September 2014. In this role, Dr. Wheatley is responsible for nursing practice and operations throughout the health system, for patient experience, clinical compliance, nursing education, and clinical information systems training. Dr. Wheatley has extensive experience as a health care executive, both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining WFBH, she served as the first corporate nurse executive of SEHA, Abu Dhabi Health Services, in the United Arab Emirates. During her tenure with SEHA, Dr. Wheatley was responsible for the professional practice and development of more than 9,000 nursing and allied health professionals and for the coordination of care in the advancement of patient outcomes throughout SEHA’s 12 hospitals and 62 ambulatory care clinics. Dr. Wheatley previously held senior leadership positions at Dekalb Regional Health System in Atlanta, Ga., serving in various roles including senior vice president, chief clinical operating officer, chief nurse executive, and chief quality officer. Dr. Wheatley 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 Executives as a Certified Executive in Nursing Practice and has completed the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, Nurse Leader Program.

Dr. Wheatley has professional affiliations with the American Nurses Association, NC Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Organization of Nurse Executives, North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a board member of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research and a CNO council member for both the Beryl Institute and the HealthLeaders CNO Exchange. Dr. Wheatley serves on the advisory boards of several schools of nursing including Capella University, the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and Winston Salem State University. Dr. Wheatley’s 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

Julie Diekman, MBA

Julie Diekman is a vice president of portfolio strategy for Capella University. In this role, Diekman oversees portfolio product management and development. She also leads the Centers of Excellence for Capella’s undergraduate nursing and healthcare programs; Capella’s doctoral programs; and Capella University and Strayer University’s masters programs.

Since joining Capella in 2011, Diekman has held multiple roles in product management and leadership within a number of degree programs including nursing, health care, public health, human services, public administration non-profit management and public safety.

Her previous experience includes more than 10 years of marketing and sales with Ecolab, Inc.

Diekman holds a Master of Business Administration, Marketing from Capella University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Concordia University, St. Paul.

Jennifer Dixon Hoff, MS

Jennifer Hoff currently serves as senior vice president of portfolio strategy at Strategic Education, Inc., leading a team focused on growing new markets, developing collaborative partnerships, optimizing portfolio offerings, and streamlining productivity effectiveness to support SEI’s goal of building a world-class student-centric experience that provides economic mobility for graduates. Prior to this position, she was the General Manager of Capella's College of Nursing, Health, and Behavioral Sciences, providing executive direction over numerous professional disciplines which contributed to over 50% of the revenue for the University. Jennifer’s prior work experience includes executive positions at, Coach Leatherware and Dayton Hudson Corporation. She holds a BA in Business Administration/Financial Management and a MS in Leadership.

Jennifer currently serves on the board of Bloom Early Learning and previously served as vice chair and chair. In 2017, Jennifer was named as one of 50 honorees for the Women in Business award by the Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal, and in 2019 was invited by the publisher to be a member of the MSPBJ "100 Women to Know", an exclusive group of leaders in executive roles.

In 2019 Jennifer joined the NLN Foundation Advisory Council, the preeminent foundation for Nursing Education Initiatives, and will also begin her term as the chair of the scholarship committee for the Boyd/Midwest Family Foundation. She is a member of the Women’s Health Leadership Trust which recognized Jennifer in April of 2019 with an award for her work in the Twin Cities healthcare community.

Elizabeth (Betty) A. Nelson, PhD, RN

Dr. Nelson is thee Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences

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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