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ANCC Leadership and Management Directory

Meet the senior team leading the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to promote excellence in nursing.

ANCC Leadership

Executive

Kathy Chappell

PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN

Senior Vice President, Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, and Institute for Credentialing Research

Dr. Chappell is the Senior Vice President of Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, and the Institute for Credentialing Research and Quality Management at the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is responsible for certification of individual registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses; and development of certification examinations.  She is responsible for the accreditation of organizations that provide continuing nursing education and interprofessional continuing education; and for 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 masters 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 & Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

Rebecca Graystone

MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC

Vice President, Magnet Recognition Program® and Pathway to Excellence®

Rebecca is the vice president for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program(r) and Pathway to Excellence(r) Program. She is responsible for the strategic vision, governance, and operations of both credentialing programs. The Magnet Recognition Program designates organizations worldwide where nursing leaders successfully align their nursing strategic goals to improve the organization's patient outcomes. The Magnet Recognition Program provides a roadmap to nursing excellence, which benefits the whole of an organization. The Pathway to Excellence Program recognizes a health care organization's commitment to creating a positive practice environment that empowers and engages staff. By investing in the optimum workplace for nurses, organizations demonstrate a culture of sustained excellence, resulting in the successful recruitment of top candidates and staff retention through high job satisfaction. Rebecca holds baccalaureate degree in nursing, both a master of science and master of business administration from the University of Maryland, University College, and is a PhD student in health sciences, health care administration.

Accreditation

Sheri Cosme

DNP, RN-BC

Director, Accreditation Program, Practice Transitions Accreditation Program and Nursing Skills Competency Program

Jennifer Graebe

MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Director, Primary and Joint Accreditation

Certification and Measurement Services

Marianne Horahan

MBA, MPH, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ

Director, Certification

Terreline "Shellie" Sims

MS

Assistant Director, Certification

Joy Daquila-Casey

MS

Assistant Director, Certification Operations

Tara Myers

PhD

Director, Measurement Services

Timothy Sares

PhD

Assistant Director, Measurement Services

Lee Skinner

MA

Director, New Measurement Products

Institute for Credentialing Research

Vicki A. Lundmark

PhD

Director, Institute for Credentialing Research

Magnet Recognition Program®

Maureen Lal

MSN, RN

Director, Magnet Recognition Program

Pathway to Excellence® Program

Christine G. Pabico

PhD, RN, NE-BC

Director, Pathway to Excellence® Program

ANCC Board of Directors

Patricia Reid Ponte

DNSc, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

ANCC President

Appointed by the American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors, as the 9th president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of ANA, Dr. Reid Ponte is an experienced senior nursing executive, researcher, and educator. Dr. Reid Ponte is a clinical associate professor at Boston College School of Nursing and a professor of practice at Simmons College of Nursing. She is the former Chief Nursing Officer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she spent the last 17 years. Her groundbreaking research has advanced patient safety, patient-and family-centered care, nursing leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, and health care practice environments.

Anne McNamara

PhD, RN

Vice-President

Mary Graff

MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Secretary

Teresa M. Haller

MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Treasurer

Rhonda Anderson

DNSC(h), RN, FAAN, FACHE

Loressa Cole

DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC

ANA Enterprise CEO

Cole Edmonson

DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN

At-A-Glance

  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas - Chief Nursing Officer
  • Texas Hospital Association - Nurse Executive Trustee
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives - Board member, Region 7 Representative

When did you first advocate for a nurse presence on your hospital’s board

Before my first job interview I did research that helped me position and advocate for the nursing competency on our board. I learned that in the 46 years of this hospital’s existence, there had never been a nurse on its board. The board is constructed on a competency model to achieve well-balanced oversight by lawyers, business people, non-profit leaders, physicians and a minister. So I knew it would be useful to ask whether the hospital’s current employment base, 55 percent of whom are nurses, was reflected in the composition of the board. During my job interview, I asked whether they had ever considered having a nurse on the hospital’s board. They said that while they didn’t have a nurse on their board, they felt the CNO who attended their board meetings, not as a voting member, was actually serving in that capacity for the board. My follow up question for the board of trustees was, ‘Are you open to having a nurse on the board?’ They were. So I also asked them to share what capabilities they would want in that nurse. This information helped me fulfill my responsibility as the newly hired CNO to identify, vet and recruit nurse board member candidates for board approval.

What is your advice to CNOs who are searching for good board candidates?

It’s important for a CNO to be the active point person to find, vet and propose nurses who are suitable candidates for board service — especially since you want to identify someone with whom you can work effectively. Non-nurses may not have the network, knowledge or understanding of the subtle conflicts of interest that can occur.

When I joined the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas as CNO, I reviewed my list of contacts among nurses in the community and began to informally vet board candidates. I invited people to lunch or dinner to see where they were in their careers, explore whether they were open to board service and identify possible conflicts of interest.

It can be difficult in a small community and even in a large community to find someone without a conflict of interest that makes them ineligible to serve on your board. A board member cannot work for a competing health system or be an employee of your hospital or health system. Even a nurse in academia may have a potential contract or connection to a particular health system that makes them ineligible to serve.

As part of my informal vetting process, I asked Stephanie Woods, RN PhD, Associate Dean at Texas Women’s University, who later became our first nurse board member, to co-facilitate a regional access meeting for the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report. That was my chance to see her as a leader and to understand where we may have alignment or differences in our philosophies. After that I knew Dr. Woods was the right person to serve as the first nurse on our board of trustees. She was exemplary at building professional and social relationships on the board through which she had real impact. I also identified and recommended her capable successor, Lola Chriss, who is worldwide occupational health manager at Texas Instruments.

What are some of the measurable impacts of having a nurse on your board?

The board chair appointed Dr. Woods, as the board leader, to work closely with staff and physician leadership to investigate and potentially make a recommendation that the hospital pursue a Level II trauma center certification and designation. As the staff leader on this blue ribbon panel, I witnessed first-hand how effectively Dr. Woods assessed, influenced and led our hospital’s pursuit of this important goal. We spent three months intensively researching strategies and tactics, return on investment, and staffing, equipment and physical space needs; eventually our recommendations were approved by the board. Our hospital’s trauma center began operating in 2014. In September 2016, the American College of Surgeons made a site visit that resulted in no deficiencies and myriad strengths in the survey. According to this assessment, we were the first to create such a quality and comprehensive program in just two short years, an impressive achievement.

Today, we are serving a vulnerable population of trauma patients in North Texas with excellent outcomes in large part due to the leadership of a nurse on our board who understood the clinical, financial and important mission value of pursing this goal. An initial startup investment of around $5 million saw a return on investment in less than two years. This program has continued to meet and exceed our initial projections for quality and adds significantly to net revenues annually.

How has having a nurse on your board helped you achieve your goals as CNO?

It has been an accelerator for me to have a strategic partner on the board who helps us achieve excellence in patient care and nursing outcomes. Texas Health Dallas is a third-time designated Magnet hospital, the global hallmark of nursing excellence. Dr. Woods served on our board during our second magnet designation and Lola Chriss was a board member during our third designation. Their leadership participation was among several key factors in our ongoing improvements in outcomes, best practice, research and leadership.

Our hospital’s employee engagement is at 98 percent, putting us in the top 2 percent of hospitals in the nation. Having someone on the board who recognizes the challenges we face as nurses truly makes a difference as they can offer ideas based on nursing experience and expertise about what we want to look at or change to ensure that we provide the highest caliber care to our patients and a premier practice environments for all employees, especially nurses.

If a board is resistant to having a nurse as a full voting member, what strategy do you recommend?

CNOs often say that board members ask them, ‘Why should we have a nurse on the board?’ I suggest trying to change the frame. Respond with: ‘Can you share with me why you think we should not have a nurse on the board?’ This changes the paradigm and opens an important conversation through which you can identify and assess barriers, issues and concerns to overcome so a nurse could serve on that board.

A hospital or healthcare organization that doesn’t have a nurse on its board is missing representation of their work force, and doesn’t benefit from nursing’s understanding of complex situations and keen awareness of the patient perspective. Nurses’ potential contributions are sometimes underestimated because we are clinical: the board might not be aware of nurses’ business acumen, and how involved we are in strategy, finance and business.

Can you recommend ways for a nurse who’s not a CNO to effectively request that a nurse be added to the board of their hospital or health system?

Direct care nurses may not realize that the board plays such an enormous role in quality, finance, strategy and selection of leadership for the facility, as well as being the final credentialing body for medical staff. Once you educate yourself and others on the impact of the board on hospital strategies and even operations, it becomes clear that nursing should be represented as a voting member of the board to reflect the demographics of the workforce. The board is the highest governing body in the organization that impacts and influences all aspects of the facilities. Having a nurse on the board creates equity, can flatten hierarchies, bring patient advocacy more fully to the table and increase sensitivity to operations, along with systems thinking and the business and clinical acumen that many nurses possess.

In terms of advocacy, I would ask all nurses to work closely with their CNO and their senior leadership team to create a compelling case for a voting nurse on the board that describes the value they see in being represented at the board level.

Ernest J. Grant

PhD, RN, FAAN

ANA President

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.

Debbie D. Hatmaker

PhD, RN, FAAN

ANA Enterprise Chief Nursing Officer/EVP

Michael D. Ward

PhD, RTR, FASRT, FMoSRT

Commission on Certification

Stefanie Coffey

DNP, MBA, FNP-BC, RN-BC

Chair (Executive Committee)

Dr. Coffey presently serves as a nurse practitioner at the Roseburg VA Healthcare System in Roseburg, OR. She provides patient care to Veterans in the emergency department and is a provider in the Office of Community Care where the team coordinates care for the Veteran within the VA and the community through case management. Dr. Coffey is active on national nursing task forces related to care coordination and transition management and is a chapter co-author about Cross-Setting Communications and Care Transitions.  She is a national and international speaker on advanced practice nursing issues and advocacy.

Heidi McNeely

MSN, PCNS-BC

Vice-Chair (Executive Committee)

Heidi has been on the Commission on Certification for the past two years and is employed as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist focusing on Drug Diversion Prevention at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, CO.  Heidi has been a pediatric nurse for 18 years and has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist since 2005.  Heidi served two terms as a Content Expert for the Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification exam through ANCC.  She is active in pediatric and healthcare professional organizations as well as devotes some of her free time volunteering in her community and serving on boards.  She is currently a PhD student at the University of Kansas.

 

Heidi received recognition as a Nightingale nominee in 2013 and 2015 and received the Excellence in Advocacy award in 2014 as well as was nominated for the New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements award in 2018 for her work in research and quality improvement.  Heidi has been certified through ANCC since 2006 and recognizes the importance of professional certification as a means to identify expertise in a specific field as well as to promote professional growth as a nurse.  Heidi is pleased that the profession of nursing offers so many different opportunities for growth and experience, nurses have endless opportunities to help others through a variety of positions within the field.  “Nursing is the heart of medicine.”

Theresa Kessler

PhD, ACNS-BC

Executive Committee

Theresa is the current COC Chairperson, having served in this capacity since 2012. Theresa is currently employed as a Professor of Nursing at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. She is the recent recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Valparaiso University, and has been active with ANCC for several years; previously serving as the Chair of the Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Content Expert Panel and the Appointments Committee. Theresa has been active with the Indiana Division of the American Cancer Society and received a regional volunteer of the year award. Theresa is also active with the Zeta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, holding various positions including President.

Theresa sees ANCC as the leader in credentialing and working together with other professionals dedicated to the common purpose of maintaining excellence in credentialing is exciting. Being a member of the Commission on Certification (COC) affords her the opportunity to contribute to processes that acknowledge individual nurse's expertise and commitment to improving health outcomes.

DeeAnn Davidson-Corbett

MSN, AGACNP-BC

DeeAnn has worked as an inpatient nurse practitioner on the hepatopancreatobiliary surgery service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) since 2011, and is a founding member of MSKCC’s nurse practitioner council. At the national level, she serves as a content expert for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam, having previously served on the exam’s Item Writer and Standard Setting Panel. Recent poster and podium presentations include the 2014 and 2016 American Association of Nurse Practitioners conferences, and the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners in 2013 and 2016.

DeeAnn is in her first year as a member of ANCC’s Commission on Certification (COC), where she works to ensure that ANCC’s certification exams reflect current, evidence-based practice in conjunction with educational curricula. She believes the COC strengthens nurse practitioner practice and provides it with cohesion and continuity by upholding consistently high standards of practice.

Karen Goda

ND, RN-BC

Karen is one of our newer Commissioners and is presently employed as an Application Coordinator for Mercy Health. She is based in Cleveland, Ohio. Karen is ANCC certified in Informatics Nursing and has served on the Content Expert Panel (CEP) for that specialty. As a member of the CEP, she participated in the Informatics Nursing Standard Setting Study.

Karen values life-long learning and is motivated to help nurses achieve their educational and professional goals. Being a member of the Informatics Nursing CEP and Commission on Certification has allowed her to have a meaningful impact on nurses seeking certification, as well as serving the nursing profession.

Angelique ‘Angel’ Lawyer

MSN, RN, MPH, PHNA-BC

Angelique (Angel) recently joined the Commission and works as an Advanced Public Health Nurse Consultant with the Army National Guard Bureau, Office of the Chief Surgeon. Angel also serves as a CNE Peer Reviewer for the, Nursing Education Branch Professional Education & Training Department, US Army Medical Department Center and School, Army Health Readiness Center of Excellence and an Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN) Appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Angel feels strongly about guiding and motivating individuals, families, nursing professionals, and communities to continually move towards their highest manifestation of health and wellness achievable. Angel chose to apply to serve on the ANCC Commission on Certification (COC) to be part of a team aimed at improving and shaping the national standards for public health nursing practice. She wants to be actively engaged in the progression of our profession and always keeps in mind the quote; “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” ―John E. Lewis

Margaret (Peggy) Leonard

MS, RN-BC, FNP

Margaret (Peggy) Leonard has served on the Commission on Certification since 2012, and is nationally known for her work in case management, care coordination, transitions of care, certification and Public Policy. She is Vice President for Medical Management of MVP Healthcare, a managed healthcare organization in New York State (NYS) with over 750,000 members.

Peggy sits on the editorial boards of two healthcare publications. She is the President of the national Case Management Foundation, Chair of the National Transitions of Care Coalition, Public Policy Task force, Co-Chair of the NYS Department of Health consolidated workgroup for Health Homes, Chair Emeritus of the Public Policy Committee and the past president of the national Case Management Society of America and adjunct faculty at the College of New Rochelle where she teaches the Politics of Nursing and Health Care.

Being a member of the ANCC COC; which is considered the “gold standard” for certification in the world, spurred me on to want to give something back to those nurses who work to prove their expertise in their fields, to the public.

Robert ‘Bob’ Sweeney, III

MS

Robert (Bob) serves as the appointed Public Member to the Commission on Certification. Bob is currently employed as a Systems Engineer with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He has an intrinsic interest in certification; as a retired naval officer, throughout over 30 years of my professional life, both my assignments and promotions were determined by achieving a series of certifications from midshipman underway through engineering officer of the watch and culminating in the comprehensive written exam and oral board which lead to my selection as a commanding officer of a warship. As commanding officer, Bob was both a product and a practitioner of this certification process -- the ultimate quality assurance for the competency of my crew, both officer and enlisted. This experience left him with an appreciation and an enduring interest in the role of certification within high reliability organizations like those of the military, aviation, nuclear energy, and healthcare.

Bob feels that no challenge today is more critical than universal access to quality, affordable healthcare. It is a challenge not only to the personal well-being of each individual, but to the well-being of our national and global economy, and by extension our national and global security.

Mary Elizabeth Teixeira

DNP, AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC, CDE

Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience as a certified nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator as well as preceptor to several NP students. She currently holds a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Capella University where she enjoys teaching and mentoring doctoral learners. Formerly Elizabeth held positions as an Assistant Professor at The College of New Jersey and LaSalle University. During her tenure at Lasalle she coordinated the transition of the Adult to the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program and successfully graduated the first class. In 2014, she received recognition as one of the Top 15 Adult-Gerontology Professors by Nurse Practitioner Schools.

Elizabeth has an established record of involvement in graduate education, online education, and forward thinking to achieve excellence. She has served in leadership positions with Delta Nu Chapter of STTI as Chair of the Nomination Committee, 2-year elected term on the Nominating Committee with the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), 3-year term as a Content Expert for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Primary Care certification exam through ANCC, and most recently appointed as a Commissioner on the Commission on Certification (COC).  

Commission on Magnet Recognition

Jeanette Ives-Erickson

DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Commission Chair (Executive Committee)

American Academy of Nursing

Fatima Al Rifai

PhD, RN

International—Mid East (Abu Dhabi)

Melissa Kline

DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nurse Officer

David Marshall

JD, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Magnet® Nurse Executive

Nancy May

DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC

Ambulatory Care

William V. Padula

PhD, MS, MSc

Public Member/Consumer

Sharon H. Pappas

PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

Nicholas Snow

MS, BSN, RN, NCC-EFM

Clinical Nurse

Helina Somervell

DNP, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC

APRN

Adam Meier

MSN, RN, NE-BC

Magnet Commissioner

Mary Lou Sole

PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, FCCM

Magnet Commissioner

Danny Van Heusden

MSN, BSN, RN

Magnet Commissioner

Commission on Accreditation in Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Jann Balmer

PhD, MSN, RN, FACHEP

Chair (Executive Committee)

Courtney Bennett

DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Amy Bernard

MS, BSN, RN-BC, CHCP

Vice Chair

Sharon Decker

PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Pam Dickerson

PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Sasha DuBois

MSN, RN

Lienne Edwards

PhD, RN

Mary Gobbi

PhD, MA(Ed), RN, Dip N(Ed), JBCNS, Dip N

Sue Johnson

PhD, RN, NE-BC

Evelyn Lengetti

PhD, RN-BC

Elizabeth McClure

MS, RN-BC

Aislynn Moyer

DNP, RN

Jennifer A. O'Neill

DNP, APN, NEA-BC

Sally C. O'Neill

PhD

Member-At-Large

Dion Richetti

DC, BS, BA

Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs

Anjelica Jackson

BSN, AND, PHN, RN

Christine Young

MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Dawna L. Cato

PhD, RN

Janet Silvester

Pharm.D., MBA, FASHP

Jean Shinners

PhD, RN-BC

Kaleen Cullen

PhD, APRN, FNP

Mary Anne Dumas

PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP

Michael Ward

BSN, RN

Lya Michele Stroupe

DNP, APRN

Commission of Pathway to Excellence®

Edna Cadmus

PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Chair (Executive Committee)

Academic/Education

Nora E. Warshawsky

PhD, RN, CNE

Vice-Chair (Executive Committee)

Charles Perkins

MBA

Member-At-Large (Executive Committee)

Public member/Consumer

Linda Bowersox

MSN, RN, ANP-BC

Long-Term Care

Linda Harden

RN-BC, BSN, MS

Ambulatory

Jane McCurley

DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Nurse Executive

Francine Douce

FACM, MACN

International

Catherine Hill

DNP, APRN, GNP-BC

APRN

Steven McPherson

BSN, RN

Nurse Manager/Pathway Organization

Adrian Ramirez, Jr.

BSN, RN

Staff nurse

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