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    Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Dean and Professor, University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation

    Anne R. Bavier, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, is dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at the University of Texas at Arlington. Previously she was dean of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, and dean of nursing at Saint Xavier University. In addition to her experience in higher education Dr. Bavier has worked as a program director in the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute, and as deputy director of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications on nursing education, professional development, and oncology nursing.

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    Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN

    Professor and Director, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN has a compelling record of leadership and advocacy for equity of opportunity, diversity, and inclusive excellence in academia, the workplace, in national nursing professional organizations, and in her consultant activities. Dr. Alexander provides leadership and resources to three nationally known schools on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus: the nursing school, Gilling’s School of Public Health, and the UNC School of Dentistry. High impact initiatives, devoted to exploring marginalizing processes and generational equity as well as implementing transformative inclusion practices, bear witness to her game-changing works.

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    Patricia Yoder-Wise, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, ANEF

    Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President, The Wise Group

    Patricia Yoder-Wise is professor and dean emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and also teaches for the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. She has taught in every type of nursing education program from nursing assistant through doctoral and continuing education. She is an author (e.g., Leading and Managing in Nursing and leadership/competence articles), editor (e.g., The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing /Nursing Forum), and serves as president of the Wise Group. Dr. Yoder-Weiss is a past president of the Texas Nurses Association, American Nurses Credentialing Center, and CGEAN, and served as treasurer of the American Academy of Nursing.

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    Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

    Professor Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

    Teresa Shellenbarger is a professor in the department of nursing and allied health professions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is an experienced educator having taught for more than 25 years across various levels of nursing education. An accomplished author, researcher, and nursing leader, Dr. Shellenbarger has expertise in faculty role development, innovative classroom and clinical teaching strategies, program development, scholarly writing development, and technology use in education. She is an NLN-certified nurse educator and an inaugural fellow in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education.

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    June Larson, EdD, MSN, RN, ANEF

    Associate Dean University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences

    June Larson was promoted to associate dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Dakota in January 2009. She served as chair of the department of nursing from 1998-2009, leading the program to achieve status as an NLN Center of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education. She was elected to the NLN Nursing Education Advisory Council in 2006 and chaired the task group responsible for the NLN Outcomes and Competencies for Graduates of all types of nursing education programs. Professor Larson was inducted into the NLN’s Academy of Nursing Education in 2008. She promotes innovation and creativity and enjoys being on the cutting edge.

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    John Lundeen, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE

    Assistant Professor and Graduate Nursing Simulation Coordinator Samford University

    John Lundeen has a long history of leadership in nursing education at the local, state, and national levels. Dr. Lundeen has demonstrated a commitment to ethical practice, diversity, and excellence in nursing and nursing education. His passion for student learning and success, both inside and outside the classroom, is evidenced by multiple honors and awards. A leader in innovative teaching strategies, Dr. Lundeen helped to design and implement simulation into the curriculum at the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing where he serves as the graduate nursing simulation coordinator in addition to his faculty role.

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    Ann Marie Mauro , PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, FAAN

    Ann Marie P. Mauro , PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, FAAN Assistant Dean, Professor, and Director for the Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Nursing

    Ann Marie P. Mauro, PhD, RN, CNL, CNEFAAN, provides leadership for the promotion of teaching and learning excellence, collaborations in interprofessional education, and advancement of nursing education science.  A fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Dr. Mauro is a certified nurse educator and clinical nurse leader with expertise in diversity, educational policy, innovative teaching strategies, and curriculum development.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Association of Colleges of Nursing recognized her groundbreaking diversity work with a New Careers in Nursing Innovation Award and an Above and Beyond Award.  Dr. Mauro’s successful leadership development, mentoring, and curricular initiatives have cultivated diverse leaders nationwide from the most underrepresented groups in nursing. 

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    Linda Moneyham, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Linda Moneyham, PhD, RN, FAAN , is a professor and senior associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Moneyham earned a BSN degree from Berea College, an MSN in psychiatric/community mental health nursing from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD in nursing from Indiana University. She is president-elect of the Alabama League for Nursing, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia League for Nursing. An NIH funded researcher, Dr. Moneyham has received numerous awards for her research and mentoring of PhD students and new investigators.

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    Janet Phillips, PhD, RN, ANEF

    Director RN to BSN Degree Completion Program Clinical Assistant Professor Indiana University School of Nursing

    Janet Phillips, PhD, RN is a clinical assistant professor at Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Phillips’ professional expertise lies in the areas of partnerships and adoption of innovative curricula. She has been teaching nursing for fourteen years in clinical, didactic, laboratory, and online settings. She is presently the director for the Indiana University School of Nursing RN to BSN Degree Completion Program, where she oversees the implementation and evaluation of a state-wide program of over 300 students. Dr. Phillips has been a primary investigator for a national study on the innovations in curriculum design, and has been a co-investigator for a simulation study on teamwork and collaboration between nursing students, medical students, and medical residents.

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    Kathleen R. Stevens, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF

    Professor and Director of the Improvement Science Research Network at University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio

    Kathleen R. Stevens, is the founding director of the Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice, a UTHSCSA School of Nursing Center of Excellence where she leads efforts to advance evidence-based quality improvement through research, education, and practice. Dr. Stevens is an investigator on interprofessional projects with emphasis on systematic reviews and organizational change for evidence-based quality improvement. Her research focuses on the impact of evidence-based interventions, knowledge transformation, and workforce preparation for quality and safety. Dr. Stevens has received significant funding to develop a national network to support rigorous improvement research projects (National Institutes of Health), to create a community-wide collaborative for team training (University of Texas System), and to engage frontline teams in quality improvement in acute care (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).

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    Launette Woolforde, EdD, DNP, RN-BC

    Vice President Nursing Education and Professional Development Northwell Health, Office of the Chief Nurse Executive

    In her 17 years in Nursing Education, Launette Woolforde has served as corporate director of nursing education, faculty for LPN through BSN programs, and assistant professor at a school of medicine. She co-led the NSLIJ health system to successful NLN Center of Excellence designation in 2012, one of only three health care organizations to earn distinction in the inaugural group. Dr. Woolforde models education, commitment, and mentorship as a 20-time scholarship recipient and fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She holds several certifications and earned a DNP from Case Western Reserve University and an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Public Members

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    David Johnson

    President Laerdal Medical Corporation

    David A. Johnson is president and regional director for Laerdal Medical, Americas, a pioneer in the field of resuscitation and simulation education. Laerdal is most widely known for the introduction of Resusci Anne in 1960 marking the beginning of modern day resuscitation training. Prior to Laerdal, David held positions with Extracorporeal, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson and IVAC Corporation. Mr. Johnson currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Citizen CPR Foundation and is a corporate council member for both the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the National Patient Safety Foundation. He holds a BS in business administration with emphasis in finance and marketing from Susquehanna University.

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    Michael A. Newsome, CRA

    Office of the Vice President for Research Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing

    Michael Newsome is associate vice president for research at Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia. He received his BS in business and accounting from Virginia Union University. During his career at VCU, Mr. Newsome has served as manager in grants and contracts accounting, business manager in the School of Nursing and manager in the budget office. Mr. Newsome has served as the public member on the NLN Board of Governors since 2006 and has served as treasurer on multiple occasions. He is a certified research administrator and is also a member of the Society of Research Administrators and is a past president of the Business Officers of Nursing Schools.


bev_2011Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

CEO, National League for Nursing New York, New York
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