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Meet the ANA Enterprise leadership team; each with a passionate commitment to advancing the nursing profession.

Pamela F Cipriano

PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

ANA President on the Record

The 35th president of ANA, Dr. Cipriano holds a doctorate in executive nursing administration and has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers. An internationally renowned authority on the provision of quality health care, Dr. Cipriano has been named one of the 100 most influential people in U.S. health care for the past three years by Modern Healthcare magazine.

A distinguished nursing leader, Dr. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers. In 2017, she was named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare magazine for the third year in a row. In 2015, the publication also named her as one of the "Top 25 Women in Healthcare."

Prior to becoming ANA president, Dr. Cipriano was Senior Director For Health Care Management at Galloway Consulting. She has served in faculty and leadership positions at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 2000, and currently holds a faculty appointment as research associate professor at the UVA School of Nursing.

Dr. Cipriano is known nationally and internationally as a strong advocate for health care quality. She was elected to the International Council of Nurses Executive Board in 2017 and has served on a number of boards and committees for influential national organizations, including the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission. Dr. Cipriano was the 2010-11 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Cipriano has been a long-time active member of ANA at national and state levels. She was the recipient of the association’s 2008 Distinguished Membership Award for her outstanding contributions to ANA and was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of American Nurse Today, the official journal of ANA, from 2006-14.

Dr. Cipriano is certified in advanced nursing executive administration. She holds a PhD in executive nursing administration from the University of Utah College of Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in physiological nursing from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from American University. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow in 1991. 

Loressa Cole

DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC

ANA Enterprise CEO

An accomplished health care leader who has more than 30 years of nursing and management experience, Dr. Loressa Cole became the ANCC Executive Director and Executive Vice President in 2016, and was appointed ANA Enterprise CEO in 2018.

An accomplished health care leader who has more than 30 years of nursing and management experience, Dr. Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, became the ANCC Executive Director and Executive Vice President in 2016. Dr. Cole was appointed as the ANA Enterprise CEO in 2018.

Most recently, she served as the Chief Nursing Executive for Lewis Gale Regional Health System in Salem, Virginia, where she directed system-wide clinical operations, partnering with other C-suite leaders on strategic and tactical planning, and execution.

Previously, she served as Chief Nursing Officer at Lewis Gale Montgomery Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she led the hospital to achieve its initial Magnet® designation in 2009 and its redesignation in 2013. Dr. Cole began her career as a staff nurse in medical/surgical and critical care settings.

Active in many professional organizations, Dr. Cole served as President of the Virginia Nurses Association from 2012 until 2014. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

She has presented at a wide range of conferences, including the 2011 and 2012 ANCC National Magnet Conference. She earned her DNP at Case Western Reserve University, her Master's in Business Administration (MBA) at Averett University, and her BSN at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is ANCC board-certified as a nurse executive, advanced, and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Debbie Hatmaker

PhD, RN, FAAN

ANA Executive Director

Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN, a nationally known nursing leader, is the Executive Director of ANA. In this role, Dr. Hatmaker leads the implementation of ANA's strategy and plan to advance the association's comprehensive policy, advocacy, and national communications agenda.

Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN, a nationally known nursing leader, is the Executive Director of ANA. In this role, Dr. Hatmaker leads the implementation of ANA's strategy and plan to advance the association's comprehensive policy, advocacy, and national communications agenda. Dr. Hatmaker is responsible for ANA's programmatic, government relations, membership, board governance, and communications areas. Additionally, she is a key member of the ANA executive leadership team.

Prior to joining ANA, she served as the Chief Programs Officer of the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA), one of ANA's constituent/state nurses associations. At GNA, she managed the Southern Performance Assessment Center program for Excelsior College School of Nursing's external degree program and GNA's continuing education provider/approver units. She also supported GNA's leadership development, legislative/public policy, nursing practice, and workplace advocacy programs.

Dr. Hatmaker's diverse practice experience serves her well as an advocate on behalf of patients, nurses, and the profession. After an early career in public health and maternal-child health, she was on faculty at the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing for 16 years and also practiced as a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) and SANE educator.

Dr. Hatmaker served on the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner certification task force and item-writing committees to create a SANE-A certification examination. She was appointed as the first president of the IAFN-affiliated Forensic Nursing Certification Board.

Additionally, she has served in many elected and appointed leadership positions. These include President of the Georgia Nurses Association from 1999-2002 and President of the Center for American Nurses from 2004-2006. Dr. Hatmaker was the first Vice President of ANA from 2006-2010, and the ANA board of directors-appointed President of ANCC from 2007-2011.

Dr. Hatmaker has received numerous honors, including GNA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. In June 2012, ANA awarded her the Distinguished Membership Award for outstanding leadership and participation in, and contributions to, the association. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2012.

Dr. Hatmaker earned her BSN degree from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing and her MSN and doctorate degrees from the Medical College of Georgia.

Patricia Reid Ponte

DNSc, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

American Nurses Credentialing Center President

Dr. Patricia Reid Ponte, RN, DNSc, FAAN, NEA-BC, has been a member of the ANCC board since 2013 and had previously been chair of the ANCC Commission on Magnet®.

With a BSN from the University of Massachusetts, and master’s and doctorate from Boston University, Dr. Reid Ponte began her nursing career as a primary nurse on a hematology-oncology unit at Tufts Medical Center. She completed a three-year Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellowship in 2004, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing that same year, and completed the Health Care Quality Advanced Training Program (ATP) at Intermountain Health Care in 2008.

Now Nurse-Scholar-in-Residence at the same organization, Dr. Reid Ponte was formerly Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and also Executive Director of Oncology Nursing and Clinical Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Reid Ponte also teaches the Health Care Quality course in the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) programs at Simmons College in Boston and at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She was a recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.

Dr. Reid Ponte was a co-founder of the Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development (WORLD) Institute, an innovative academic practice collaborative initiated by DFCI, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. The collaborative aimed at pooling knowledge, expertise, and resources to identify, quantify, and develop exemplary leadership in care delivery.

She has conducted research in patient safety and patient- and family-centered care, and has published extensive non-empirical work in nursing leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, and health care practice environments.

Kate Judge

American Nurses Foundation Executive Director

A former Assistant Dean at the University of Pennsylvania, Kate Judge is a leading expert in fundraising, charity management, and communications. She has more than 25 years of experience in building effective donor relationships and increasing revenue of non-profit organizations, and has utilized those skills for the likes of the American Red Cross and Carelift International.

Kate Judge has more than 25 years of professional experience in the areas of fundraising, charity management, and communications. Her development work has supported education, healthcare, and human service missions in domestic and international organizations.

She most recently was co-principal of End/Start Consulting, where she worked on projects that focused on the assessment and reorganization of major and annual gift programs, board development and training, and the creation of campaign materials and branding concepts.

Before this, Kate served as Assistant Dean at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where she led fundraising for the school’s $125m capital campaign. While at the University of Pennsylvania she also directed development at the university’s top-ranked School of Nursing for eight years – with both Dean Norma Lang (past Foundation Chair) and Dean Claire Fagin (ANA  Hall of Fame inductee) – where she played a key role in creating one of the nation’s largest nursing scholarship programs.

She has also directed development and communications at the American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, and consulted with the national Red Cross organization on affiliate/national coordinated fundraising.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Economics (Beloit College) Kate has focused particular attention in her work on the link between fundraising and finance within organizations. Her commitment to the non-profit sector as a volunteer has included board service with social service and religious organizations in the Philadelphia community.

Tim Porter-O’Grady

American Nurses Foundation Chair

Porter-O’Grady, previously vice chair of the Foundation’s board, has more than 40 years of health care experience. As senior partner at Tim Porter-O’Grady Associates, Inc., an Atlanta-based health care consulting firm, Porter-O’Grady is noted for his work on shared governance models and clinical leadership. Additionally, he holds professorships at both Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation and The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Porter-O’Grady also serves as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta.

As senior partner at Tim Porter-O’Grady Associates, Inc., an Atlanta-based health care consulting firm, Porter-O’Grady is noted for his work on shared governance models and clinical leadership. Additionally, he holds professorships at both Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation and The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Porter-O’Grady also serves as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta.

Porter-O’Grady’s work has been published in more than 200 professional journal articles and 23 books. An eight-time winner of the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Healthcare Book of the Year Award, he has been recognized by the American Organization of Nurse Executives with their Lifetime Achievement Award and by ANA with its Luther Christman Award.

Porter-O'Grady holds two doctorates, one in learning behavior from Nova Southeastern University and a second in organizational and systems leadership from the University of Phoenix. Additionally, he holds a Doctor of Science degree from the Medical University of Ohio. Porter O’Grady is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and is a clinical Fellow of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists.

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