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

Ernest J. Grant

PhD, RN, FAAN

President

A former nurse of the year award winner, Dr. Grant is the first man to be elected to the office of ANA president. Thanks to his world-class expertise in burns-related treatment and fire safety issues, Dr. Grant is a leading educator in this field and has lent this experience to various branches of the U.S. military as well as civilian fields.

Dr. Ernest J. Grant is the 36th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation’s largest nurses organization representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses.

A distinguished leader, Dr. Grant has more than 30 years of nursing experience and is an internationally recognized burn-care and fire-safety expert. He previously served as the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill. In this role, Grant oversaw burn education for physicians, nurses, and other allied health care personnel and ran the center’s nationally acclaimed burn prevention program, which promotes safety and works to reduce burn-related injuries through public education and the legislative process. Grant also serves as adjunct faculty for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, where he works with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings.

Grant is frequently sought out for his expertise as a clinician and educator. In addition to being a prolific speaker, he has conducted numerous burn-education courses with various branches of the U.S. military in preparation for troops’ deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2002, President George W. Bush presented Grant with a Nurse of the Year Award for his work treating burn victims from the World Trade Center site. In 2013, Grant received the B.T. Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council for making a difference in preventing the devastating effects of fire and burn injuries and deaths within the state.

An active participant in professional organizations, Grant is a past chair of the National Fire Protection Association board of directors and served as second vice president of the American Burn Association board of trustees. He also holds membership in Sigma Theta Tau and Chi Eta Phi. Grant served as president of the North Carolina Nurses Association from 2009-11. In 2002, ANA honored Grant with the Honorary Nursing Practice Award for his contributions to the advancement of nursing practice through strength of character, commitment, and competence.

Grant holds a BSN degree from North Carolina Central University and MSN and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2014. He is the first man to be elected to the office of president of the American Nurses Association.

 

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

Chief Nursing Officer, ANA Enterprise

Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN, a nationally known nursing leader, is the Chief Nursing Officer of the ANA Enterprise. In this role, Dr. Hatmaker leads the implementation of programmatic strategy to advance the association's comprehensive practice, policy, advocacy, and credentialing agenda.

Dr. Debbie Hatmaker, a nationally known nursing leader, is the Chief Nursing Officer of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Enterprise, which consists of the ANA membership organization representing the nation’s 4 million registered nurses; the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which promotes excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs; and the American Nurses Foundation, ANA’s charitable arm. 

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 practiced as a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) and SANE educator.

Dr. Hatmaker has served in many elected and appointed leadership positions. These include president of the Georgia Nurses Association from 1999-2002 and first vice president of ANA from 2006-2010. The ANA Board of Directors appointed her president of ANCC, where she served two terms from 2007-2011.

In recognition of her many outstanding accomplishments for the nursing profession, Dr. Hatmaker was inducted as a 2012 fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. 

Rhonda Anderson

DNSC(h), RN, FAAN, FACHE

American Nurses Credentialing Center President

Dr. Anderson is currently a healthcare consultant for RMA Consulting of Arizona and a consultant/surveyor for Global Healthcare Accreditation.

Dr. Anderson is currently a healthcare consultant for RMA Consulting of Arizona and a consultant/surveyor for Global Healthcare Accreditation. From 2009 to 2016, she was chief executive officer of Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, a Banner Health hospital. Prior to that, she held CEO, COO and CNO positions for healthcare organizations in the East Coast, Midwest, and Southwest. In addition to serving as the Joint Commission Commissioner for nine years and on the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees for three years, she was on the Board of the Joint Commission International, the quality Committee and public policy committee of the Children’s Hospital Association, the Coordinating Committee of the Measure Application Partnership at NQF for seven years and was the ACHE Regent for Arizona.

Dr. Anderson is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Hospital Association Committee of Performance Improvement and ACHEs Programs, Products and Services Committee.  She is currently a member of the NQF Medicaid Child task force. She chairs the AZNA foundation board and is a member of the AONE Foundation. She is a board member of Health Forum, Children’s Action Alliance, Arizona Perinatal Trust, ANCC, Healing the Children, Ryan House, Feeding Matters, Cymedica and Chamberlain University.  She serves her church as an elder and executive committee member, chairs the personnel committee and the organ committee.

Dr. Anderson has received several awards for her service to the nursing and business communities. In addition to receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award from Arizona State University College of Nursing, Dr. Anderson was a selected participant in The First International Institute: Executive Nurse Leadership in the United Kingdom and the United States, Florence Nightingale Trust in London, England. She was awarded the American Organization of Nurse Executives Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Dr. Anderson was named Arizona Business Magazine's 2012 Healthcare Leadership Award "Hospital Executive of the Year" and one of their “Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business” and was given the Award of Honor 2014, the highest award given by the American Hospital Association. 

Wilhelmina Manzano

MA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

American Nurses Foundation President

Wilhelmina (Willie) Manzano, MA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN is Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive & Chief Quality Officer for New York-Presbyterian Health System Enterprise (NYP) and serves as Assistant Dean of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing.

Wilhelmina (Willie) Manzano, MA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN is Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive & Chief Quality Officer for New York-Presbyterian Health System Enterprise (NYP) and serves as Assistant Dean of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing.

As CNE & CQO, she leads the Department of Nursing, as well as quality, patient safety, performance improvement, infection prevention and control, and The Joint Commission and regulatory compliance for all eleven sites at NYP. In addition to her role as Chief Nursing Executive for NYP, she also held the position of Chief Operating Officer for NYP/Allen Hospital. Prior to joining NYP in 1998, Ms. Manzano held various leadership roles at several New York area hospitals.

Ms. Manzano is widely recognized for her transformational leadership that spans across service and academia. She founded the Center for Professional Nursing Practice at NYP to advance nursing and promote standardization and integration of best practices across the enterprise. The Center has repositioned and supported nurses to be leaders, innovators, teachers and mentors. 

Ms. Manzano provides enterprise-wide leadership in the development and implementation of strategies to facilitate a patient-centered approach to care. She also sets the strategy and the direction for the journey towards Magnet® across the enterprise. She has been instrumental in the creation of many innovative programs and strategic partnerships to meet the dynamic needs of the nursing profession. She established joint faculty appointments for nurse scientists with Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON). Her vision led to the creation of the CUSON Masters in Advanced Clinical Management and Leadership (ACML) to enhance nurses’ abilities to assume leadership roles within health care settings, with an emphasis on care coordination.

Ms. Manzano received her BS in Nursing, MA in Nursing Administration, and Advanced Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from New York University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Program for Nurse Executives and the New York Academy of Medicine. She earned her Board Certification in Nursing Administration, Advanced (NEA-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, American Organization for Nursing Leadership, and the Philippine Nurses Association of America.

Ms. Manzano’s volunteer leadership included service on the board of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR), New York University College of Nursing and Women United in Philanthropy (United Way of NY). She currently serves on the Boards of the American Nurses Foundation, NYP/ Lawrence Hospital and Columbia University School of Nursing. She was recently recognized as one of Crain’s New York Notable Women in Healthcare for 2019.

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.

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