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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

Jeffrey N. Doucette

DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CENP, LNHA

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

Governance and Program Support

Ellen "Boo" Lahman

MS, RN, NEA-BC

Director, Governance and Program Support

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®

Rebecca Graystone

MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC

Director, Magnet Recognition Program®

Maureen Lal

MSN, RN

Assistant Director, Magnet Operations

Pathway to Excellence® Program

Christine G. Pabico

MSN, 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

Pamela Cipriano

PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

ANA President

Loressa Cole

DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC

ANA Enterprise CEO

Debbie D. Hatmaker

PhD, RN, FAAN

ANA Enterprise Chief Nursing Officer/EVP

Rosemary Luquire

PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Michael D. Ward

PhD, RTR, FASRT, FMoSRT

Commission on Certification

Mayola Villarruel

DNP, ANP-BC, NEA-BC

Chair (Executive Committee)

Mayola serves in the capacity of COC Vice-Chairperson, since 2014. Mayola is presently employed as the Director of Patient Care Services at Community Hospital in Munster, IN. She is currently ANCC certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and a Nurse Executive-Advanced.

Mayola chose to submit her application to serve on the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Certification (COC) because she values education. Serving on the Commission was a mechanism to direct the future of clinical competency and safe delivery of quality care to the consumer. The Commission on Certification has the vision to anticipate the ever changing demands on the health delivery system and value of the certified healthcare worker.

Angelique ‘Angel’ Lawyer

MSN, RN, MPH, APHN-BC

Vice-Chair (Executive Committee)

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

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.

Stefanie Coffey

DNP, MBA, FNP-BC, RN-BC

Stefanie presently serves as the Associate Chief Nurse Executive for Nurse Practitioner and Ambulatory Care Nursing Services at the Roseburg VA Healthcare System in Roseburg, OR. Prior to her current role, Stefanie was the Patient Aligned Care Team Care Coordinator in The Villages, FL. Stefanie holds a position on the Nominating Committee and was a member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses' National Task Force on Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum, and co-authored a chapter about Cross-Setting Communications and Care Transitions.

Stefanie adds, “If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” -Nora Roberts

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.

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.

Heidi McNeely

MSN, PCNS-BC

Heidi is a recent addition to the Commission on Certification and is employed as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Children's Hospital Colorado, in Aurora, CO. Heidi has been a pediatric nurse for 16 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 holds leadership positions in pediatric nursing organizations at the local level and uses much of her free time to volunteer on boards and in her community.

Heidi has received recognition as a Nightingale nominee in 2013 and 2015 and received the Excellence in Advocacy award in 2014. 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!”

Petrie Roodbol

PhD, np

Petrie serves on the Commission on Certification as our International Member, since 2014. She hails from the Netherlands, and is a Professor of Nursing at the University Medical Center at Groningen.

Petrie has a broad view on healthcare – in general, and especially, nursing. Petrie is considered ‘one of the founding mothers of the specialty of Nurse Practitioner in the Netherlands', as well as the educational programs, the development of new professions and research in nursing. She is described as an inspiring, experienced leader in nursing and multidisciplinary education. Petrie enjoys working internationally, because it broadens her horizons, both literally and figuratively.

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.

Joan VanBuskirk

BS, RN-BC

Joan is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse at Kaiser Permanente in California. Her expertise includes assessments for psychiatry and chemical dependency issues throughout the age span. In addition, she helps parents and guardians regarding developmental concerns, including accommodations and modifications following best practice guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education. Joan is a member of Kaiser Permanente’s Disaster Response Team and assisted with medical relief following Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. She is a member of Kaiser’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team and Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, as well as the national Registered Nurse Response Network.

Joan joined ANCC’s Commission on Certification (COC) this year. She is a second-term member of the Content Expert Panel for ANCC’s Psychiatric-Mental Health certification.

As a COC member, Joan brings a unique understanding of the relationship between mental and physical health. Her favorite quote from Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing 1860 is: “People say the effect is only on the mind. It is no such thing. The effect is on the body, too. Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, by color, and light, we do know this, that they have an actual physical effect.  Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the objects presented to patients are actual means of recovery.”

Commission on Magnet Recognition

Donna Havens

PhD, RN, FAAN

Commission Chair (Executive Committee)

Academic Representative

Brian Selig

DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC

Vice Chair (Executive Committee)

Patient Care Manager

Jeanette Ives-Erickson

DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Member-at-Large (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

Franz Wagner

MSc, RN

International—European (Germany)

Commission on Accreditation

Jann Balmer

PhD, MSN, RN, FACHEP

Chair (Executive Committee)

Amy Bernard

MS, BSN, RN-BC, CHCP

Vice Chair

Sally C. O'Neill

PhD

Member-At-Large

Courtney Bennett

DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Dawna L. Cato

PhD, RN

Sharon Decker

PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Mary Anne Dumas

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

Lienne Edwards

PhD, RN

Brenda Fischer

PhD, RN, MBA, CPHQ, FACHE

Mary Gobbi

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

Sue Johnson

PhD, RN, NE-BC

Aislynn Moyer

DNP, RN

Jennifer A. O'Neill

DNP, APN, NEA-BC

Jean Shinners

PhD, RN-BC

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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