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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. 

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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