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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


Kathy Chappell


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

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


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.


Sheri Cosme


Director, Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP)

Jennifer Graebe


Director, Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) & Joint Accreditation Program

Advanced Practice Initiatives and Certification Outreach

Sean DeGarmo


Director, Advanced Practice Initiatives and Certification Outreach

Certification and Measurement Services

Marianne Horahan


Director, Certification

Terreline "Shellie" Sims


Assistant Director, Certification

Joy Daquila-Casey


Assistant Director, Certification Operations

Tara Myers


Director, Measurement Services

Timothy Sares


Assistant Director, Measurement Services

Institute for Credentialing Research

Marcela Cámpoli

PhD, MHA, BA, ASQ Organizational Quality/Excellence Expert

Director, Institute for Credentialing Research and Quality Management

Magnet Recognition Program®

Maureen Lal


Director, Magnet Recognition Program

Pathway to Excellence® Program

Christine G. Pabico


Director, Pathway to Excellence® Program

ANCC Board of Directors

Rhonda Anderson



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. 

Mary Graff


Vice President

Mary Graff is a past president of the North Carolina Nurses Association, she served in this role from September 2015 to September 2017. She also served as a trustee of the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing and as the Chair of the North Carolina Nurses Association Leadership Development Committee.  Graff holds a BSN degree with Distinction from Wayne State University School of Nursing in Detroit Michigan and an MSN in Nursing Administration from Duke University School of Nursing. Graff began her nursing career in 1983 as a bedside nurse in critical care.  She was employed at Duke Raleigh Hospital from 1988 until her retirement in 2014.  During her tenure at Duke Raleigh Hospital, she held several leadership positions including Clinical Operations Director of Critical Care and CV Services, Magnet Program Director, Associate Chief Nursing Officer responsible for Nursing Quality, Research, and the Neuroscience Service Line. Graff served as Interim Chief Nursing Officer for Duke Raleigh Hospital for a year and a half prior to her retirement. She successfully led the organization to Magnet designation in 2009 and in collaboration with Duke University Health System nursing achieved re-designation in 2014 as a health system.  She served a two-year term as the NCNA Triangle Regional Director, and two years on the Board of The Great 100 serving as steering and finance chair.  Graff was recognized as a North Carolina Great 100 Nurse in 1998 and is ANCC board-certified as a Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC).

Cole Edmonson



Dr. Cole Edmonson has a career spanning two decades with roles including clinical nurse, supervisor, manager, director, Magnet project director, associate chief nursing officer, and his current position of Chief Clinical Officer at AMN Healthcare. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; the American College of Healthcare Executives; and the American Organization for Nursing Leadership; and Nursing Executive Advanced-Board Certified by ANCC. He is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Alum. He completed his BSN and MSN at Oklahoma University College of Nursing and his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Texas Christian University.

He is a contributor to the literature, locally and nationally in the area of leadership, succession planning, research, moral courage, nurse bullying, culture building, emerging global health issues, and Magnet®. Edmonson is a speaker in the academic and professional settings, locally and nationally on topics ranging from Magnet, research, leadership, succession planning, moral courage, nurse bullying, customer service, resilience, culture building, genetics/genomics, emerging global health issues and the IOM future of nursing. He is the co-creator of the Stop Bullying Toolkit.

Edmonson is a true nursing advocate who believes, espouses, and actively works to create leaders from the bedside to the boardroom and empowering them to lead. He creates environments where nurses are valued, respected, has the integrity of practice, and clearly demonstrate their contributions at all levels. He has lead two organizations to Magnet and Magnet Re-designation in the DFW area, one being the first Magnet in North Texas, as both a Magnet Project Director and a Chief Nursing Officer. He has been a primary investigator and a co-investigator on numerous national and local nursing research studies ranging from Just Cultures to genetics/genomics competencies for nurses. He is a co-creator of the genetics/genomics toolbox for the NIH/NHGP/NCI. He is a mentor to clinical nurses and both emerging and experienced leaders in healthcare, with his influence being felt outside of nursing. He was the primary architect of the “Just” Culture created in a large facility in Dallas and teaches High Reliability and Just Culture.

He dedicates his time to serving on local boards of colleges and universities to help shape the future and propel the profession of nursing forward. He served as a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Acceleration to Practice Committee, a commissioner on the NLN Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation and is the Chair of the NLN Foundation. Edmonson served on the Texas Board of Nursing transition to practice study group. He served on the Texas Hospital Association Board and as chair of the foundation. He served on the United Healthcare Groups External Clinician Advisory Council. He is a Past President for the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and is the AONE Board Region 7 Representative beginning in 2017. He has been recognized for his leadership as the TNA District 4 nurse of the year, the winner of the Nurseweek Excellence Awards – Leadership Category, DMagazine Nursing Excellence Award in Leadership, the Nursing Management Magazine Visionary Nurse Leader of the year, DFW Great 100 Nurse 2003 and DFW and most recently the Oklahoma University Distinguished Alumni Inaugural Award.

Brian Selig



Brian Selig is the Vice President of Surgical Services at Sunrise Hospital & Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. 

Dr. Selig served as a Commissioner for the ANCC Commission on Magnet Recognition from 2009-2018 and as a member of the Commission Executive Committee from 2013-2018. He has been named a 2019-2020 Reilly Nursing Leadership Fellow, was a 2012-2014 National Jonas Scholar, and a 2008 AONE Nurse Manager Fellow. He also served as the 2011 Kansas Emergency Nurses Association President.

Prior to this role, Brian held leadership positions in Perioperative, Procedural, and Emergency nursing units, in Kansas City as well as Las Vegas, NV. Early in his career, he worked as a clinical nurse in a Level I trauma center Emergency Department and as a Flight Nurse for an air ambulance program in Kansas City.

Dr. Selig has several publications and has been a speaker both nationally and internationally on topics such as nurse leader development, controlled substance diversion, organizational throughput, and improvement strategies using Lean Methodology.

Loressa Cole


ANA Enterprise CEO

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, FAAN, 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.

Ernest J. Grant


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


ANA Enterprise Chief Nursing Officer/EVP

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. 

Ruth Kleinpell


Dr. Ruth Kleinpell is currently the Assistant Dean for Clinical Scholarship, Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Education, and Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and is known nationally for her work on advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) outcomes and role development of acute care nurse practitioners.

She served on the board of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Board of Commissioners from 2012-2016 and on the board of the American Academy of Nursing from 2013-2015. In addition, she served as the first non-physician member on the American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine Board from 2014 to 2018.

Dr. Kleinpell has led national health care quality improvement initiatives and recently served as PI on a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute funded 2-year initiative to promote patient centered outcomes research in ICU settings, with use of a national collaborative with 63 hospital ICU teams to implement patient and family centered initiatives. She also serves as co-lead of the National APRN Choosing Wisely Collaborative, funded by the American Association of Nurse Practitioner Fellows.

A past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Kleinpell was the third nurse to serve in this role in the 46-year history of the organization. Additionally, she is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.

Michael D. Ward


Dr. Ward is the Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity and Professor for Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Science from St. Louis University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University. In his role as Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity, Dr. Ward is responsible for key functions and programs that influence the admissions, enrollment, and support of students from pre-entry to the College through their alumni engagement post-graduation.

Dr. Ward has served on and chaired numerous committees and commissions and has been very active in local, state, national and international radiologic science organizations. At the Missouri affiliate level, he has held the offices of Treasurer, Vice-President, and twice has served as President and Chairman of the Board. At the national level, Dr. Ward has served as Vice-President, President-Elect, President, and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. In June of 1988, he was elevated to Fellow of the ASRT and in 1996; ASRT honored him by selecting Dr. Ward to be the Hartman Memorial Lecturer. ASRT awarded Dr. Ward with its highest honor, that of Life Member in June 2011. Dr. Ward was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the ASRT Education and Research Foundation (the philanthropic arm of the ASRT), and from 2000 to 2003 was elected Chairman of the Board of the Foundation. In April 2005, Dr. Ward completed his second three-year appointment on the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

At the international level, he has served on the Board of Management for the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists and has represented the United States Radiologic Science community as a member of the Governing Council of this organization at meetings worldwide. In 2010, Dr. Ward was elected the 13th President of the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT). He was the first American to serve in that position which came with a four-year term of office. Prior to assuming the ISRRT Presidency, he served seven years on the board as the Regional Director for the Americas.

Laura J. Wood


As Executive Vice President, Patient Care Operations and System Chief Nursing Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, Laura J. Wood, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN leads the discipline of nursing and provides system-level operations leadership spanning ~6,000 nurses and interprofessional team members. Dr. Wood sets strategic direction within the world’s foremost pediatric academic health system and research organization, guiding nurse-led quality and safety practices that contribute to Boston Children’s being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the leading children’s hospital annually throughout her eight-year tenure 2013 to present.

An experienced nursing practice leader with substantial informatics and digital health industry experience, Dr. Wood disseminates quality, safety and experience innovations, nurse-designed models of care, and improves practice environments nationally and internationally through publications, presentations and consultations. Since joining Boston Children’s in 2013, Laura led the design and implementation of a high-reliability safety program associated with a significant reduction in the serious safety event rate (SSER) to patients, has led ANCC Magnet redesignation and ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program with Distinction efforts, and has guided the expansion of numerous healthy work environment, diversity and inclusivity, staff safety, and well-being initiatives.

Dr. Wood’s healthcare leadership career spans more than three decades. She previously held progressive leadership roles within three leading academic health systems: The Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and The University of Pennsylvania Health System serving in pediatric nursing and senior operational positions. Laura also served as National Vice President, Clinical Solutions, Siemens Healthcare (now Cerner Corporation) for over a decade where she managed clinical and business professional services, subsequently leading clinical IT business development for the entire U.S. and selected international settings spanning over 1,000 hospitals and health systems.

Laura holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She also completed a three-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellowship focused on senior leadership development. Wood currently serves as a Boston Children’s Hospital Board of Trustee ex-officio member, Principal Investigator of the Sporing Carpenter Chair for Nursing, and as a member of numerous national nursing and health care related-advisory boards including: Beryl Institute’s Nurse Executive Council, Boston Children’s Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA), CRICO / Risk Management Foundation, Friends of National Institute of Nursing Research, Greater Boston Nursing Collective, Harvard Medical School Bioethics Hospital Advisory Board, Johns Hopkins University Nursing Advisory Board, PHLOW’s Children’s Hospital Coalition - founding Board member, and The Joint Commission Chief Nurse Executive Advisory Board.

Commission on Board Certification

Heidi McNeely


Chair (Executive Committee)

Heidi has been on the Commission on Certification for the past four 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.”

DeeAnn Davidson-Corbett


Vice-Chair (Executive Committee)

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.

Cherith Godwin

Cherith joined ANCC as a Cardiac Vascular Content Expert Panel member in 2017. Since that time, she has been nominated as Chair of the CV CEP and joined the Appointments Committee. She started her nursing career by graduating from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She has worked in cardiac care nursing in three different countries and across a diverse array of cardiac settings, including Cardiac ICU, Cardiac Surgical ICU and Cardiothoracic ICU.

She earned her MSN at Duke University School of Nursing and is certified as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She has been an active participant in unit specific committees, Duke Navigators Program, and on ANCC’s Cardiac-Vascular Content Expert Panel and Appointments Committee. In addition to her years of ICU nursing experience, she is a Clinical Instructor for Duke University School of Nursing and an active volunteer for a variety of quality improvement projects.

Deborah Harris


Deborah is currently Visiting Professor in Educational Measurement and Statistics at The University of Iowa, where she conducts research, works with graduate students, and teaches. She is also editor of the National Council of Measurement in Education journal Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice. Formerly, Deborah was Vice President of Psychometric Research at ACT, Inc., where she was responsible for providing psychometric leadership, consultation and support for assessment programs, and for ensuring the effective delivery and communication of measurement and reporting services to internal and external customers.

She has over 35 years of experience in high stakes, large-scale assessment, including licensure and certification testing, and has worked with paper and on-line assessments, multiple choice, constructed response, and mixed-format instruments. She has presented and published extensively, particularly in the area of the comparability of test scores, including equating, concordance, vertical scaling, and test security.

Michael Jones


Dr. Michael Jones is a results-oriented, value-driven nursing leader inspiring teams to achieve their unimaginable. Michael has more than two decades of healthcare experience from practicing critical care nursing through leading the delivery and operations of health information systems and management services in large, complex, health systems. Dr. Jones continues his servant leadership commitment to addressing social determinants of health and improving our communities’ health and wellness.

Michael has worked with leading health systems and consulting firms before returning to nursing operational leadership (informatics). Currently, Michael serves as the clinical informatics division director (Arizona) for Dignity Health, a CommonSpirit Health organization that is the largest non-profit health system by revenue. As a part of Michael’s professional commitment to practice, he served as the chair for the Nursing Informatics Content Expert Board for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Michael holds a doctorate and masters in health administration, a master of business administration, and a bachelor of science in nursing. He is also a board-certified nurse informaticist (American Nurses Credentialing Center), certified professional in healthcare information and management systems (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), a project management professional (Project Management Institute), certified in executive nursing practice (American Organization of Nurse Leaders), and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Holly Ma


Holly Ma, MS, BSN, RN, NPD-BC, is the Marian Shaughnessy Endowed System Director of Nursing Education and Nurse Leader Center at University Hospitals Health System in Northeast Ohio. She earned her BSN (University of Indianapolis, 1998) and Master of Science in Adult Education (Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis, 2004).  She is currently enrolled in the Doctorate in Nursing Practice for Chief Nurse Executive program at Case Western Reserve University in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Ms. Ma is board certified in Nursing Professional Development with ANCC as well as a certified Hogan Assessment coach.  She earned her Certificate in Distance Education (2003), and is trained in Lean Six Sigma: Green, A3 and Training Within Industry (TWI). She currently serves on numerous schools of nursing clinical advisory boards. She is a past American Nursing Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) Director Fellow (2019) and University of Illinois at Chicago Leader Fellow (2003). She is an active member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD), and local AONL and ANPD chapters. 

Ms. Ma is recognized as an influential, innovative, and approachable nurse leader with a focus on quality, patient outcomes, developing relationships, and employee engagement.   She is passionate about elevating the nursing profession and mentoring new leaders.  She challenges the status quo and strives to identify novel opportunities to improve the development of nurses. 

Julie Marfell


Dr. Julie Marfell is an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky, College of Nursing.  She is certified and practices as a family nurse practitioner.  Dr. Marfell is a leader in nursing education.  She has been a pioneer in online learning, has built curriculum, lead successful accreditation efforts and has held leadership positions in nursing education including dean of nursing.

Dr. Marfell has served on executive boards of directors for national and regional professional organizations.  She served as treasurer for the National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives and remains on the finance committee for both organizations.  Dr. Marfell has been a member of the work group that revised and delineated suggest content for the Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies (2017) (2014). She led the work for the Family/Across the Lifespan competencies for the NONPF Population-focused NP Competencies (2013). Dr. Marfell served on the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Committee for the development of standards and processes for accreditation to practice programs (2017-18). She served as a member of the Kentucky AARP Executive Board of Directors and is currently on the board of directors for the Kentucky Center for Nursing. She has served as a mentor and is now a faculty advisor for the Emerging Education Administrators Institute for Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Marfell is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and an AACN/Wharton Fellow.

Teresita McNabb


Teresita has been a Nurse Executive for the past 17 years at Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma Louisiana. Her bedside career included Critical Care Nursing as well as becoming that Department Director prior to moving into a Nurse Executive role.

She is currently serving her second year as the President of the Louisiana Organization of Nurse Leaders and just recently completed a term in the Nursing Administration role on the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN). During her term on the LSBN she was appointed to the National Council of State Board of Nursing’s (NCSBN) National Item Review Sub Committee. She enjoyed the interaction at the national level greatly, which led her to apply for a position on the ANCC Commission on Certification.

Other state-wide committee work that she participated on include: Nurse Fatigue, Clinical Capacity and Availability Task Force (Chairman), Louisiana Hospital Association Medical Marijuana Task Force, and Louisiana Organ Procurement Advisory Board Member.

Teresita has received the Nicholls State University Xi Zeta Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Leadership Award and was nominated for the Nursing Leader award for the Nightingale Gala.

Her commitment to continued nursing education for her staff as mirrored by her own continued learning is her passion. She understands that supporting and encouraging nurses to practice to the full extent of their license and be confident that they are the most educated in their field of practice is a priority to her as a nurse leader.

Jeffrey Ramirez


Jeffery is employed as an Associate Professor at Gonzaga University and practices as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the Mann Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. He has over two decades of practice in psychiatric mental health nursing and higher education. He is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, on the Board of Directors for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and served 2 terms on the ANCC Content Expert Panel for the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification.  He stays active in both educating future psychiatric nurses at both the generalist and advanced role and in practice treatment veterans with psychiatric and substance use disorders. 

Justin Smith


Dr. Smith is ANCC Board Certified as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Nurse Executive.  He currently practices as a clinical nurse specialist with the Allina Health System in St. Paul, MN. He provides direct care to patients along the wellness to illness continuum, currently focusing time with patients in the acute and progressive care inpatient settings. Dr. Smith has been an item writer for the adult-geriatric clinical nurse specialist exam, and serves on the content expert panel for the adult-geriatric clinical nurse specialist exam. His past clinical experiences have included emergency care, correctional, academic, and administrative nursing. He is a new addition to the commission on certification and believes strongly in the value of board certification. Certification is the primary way we demonstrate professional competence in a specialty, not only to nursing but to the broader community; it elevates safety and quality of professional nursing practice for all.

Robert ‘Bob’ Sweeney, III


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.

Commission on Magnet®

Jeanette Ives-Erickson


Commission Chair (Executive Committee)

American Academy of Nursing

Sharon H. Pappas


Vice Chair (Executive Committee)

American Organization of Nurse Leadership (AONL)

Nancy May


Member-at-Large (Executive Committee)

Ambulatory Care

Fatima Al Rifai


International—Mid East (Abu Dhabi)

Richard Evans


Public Member/Consumer

Melissa Fadipe


Clinical Nurse

Melissa Kline


Chief Nurse Officer

David Marshall


Magnet® Nurse Executive

Adam Meier


Pt Care Manager

Mary Lou Sole



Helina Somervell



Danny Van Heusden



Commission on Accreditation in Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Amy Bernard


Chair (Executive Committee)

Sue Johnson


Vice-Chair (Executive Committee)

Pam Dickerson


Member-at-Large (Executive Committee)

Judith Cullinane


Dana Dinsmore


Sasha DuBois


Mary Gobbi

PhD, MA(Ed), RN, Dip N, Dip N(Ed), JBCNS (100), FFNMRCSI

Bradley Goettl


Evelyn Lengetti


Elizabeth McClure


Cali Morrison

Ed.D., M Ed, BA, CPC

Dion Richetti


Bridgett Sellars


Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs

Lya Cartwright-Stroupe


Chair (Executive Committee)

Residency Director - Acute Care

Dawna L. Cato


Vice-Chair (Executive Committee)


Christine Young


Member-at-Large (Executive Committee)

CNO (Chief Nursing Officer)

Cory Church


Melinda Cooling


Nurse Vice President of Advance Practice Providers of an Acute Care Setting

Michael Le


Emerging Leader, RN Residency Seat

Corinne Lee


RN Fellowship Program Director

Whitney Lerch


Georgia (Gina) Luchen


Heather Meissen


APRN Program Director

Kate Spencer


Non-Acute Care Program Director

Amber Thomassen


Emerging Leader, APRN Fellowship Accredited Program

Commission of Pathway to Excellence®

Valerie A. Morrison


Chair (Executive Committee)

Pre-post Acute Care Setting

Linda Harden


Vice-Chair (Executive Committee)


Charles Perkins


Member-At-Large (Executive Committee)

Public Member/Consumer

Francine Douce



John R. Mastrocola


Long-Term Care

Jane McCurley


Nurse Executive

Steven McPherson


Nurse Manager/Pathway Organization

Rodney "Rocky" Hauch


Staff Nurse

Nora E. Warshawsky



Karen White-Trevino

DNP, RN, NE-BC, ACHE, Caritas Coach


ANCC Research Council

Marianne Weiss



Dr. Weiss is Professor Emerita of Nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Science degrees from the University of San Diego. Prior to joining the faculty of Marquette University, she held positions as clinical nurse specialist and nurse researcher in women’s services for a large healthcare system.

Dr. Weiss continues to be an active nurse researcher and research consultant. Her program of research focuses on the contribution acute care nurses make to patient outcomes. Much of her work has focused on discharge preparation, assessment of discharge readiness, and post-discharge outcomes across the range of patients discharged from acute care hospitals. Other related research focuses on nurse staffing, continuity of care, and nurse characteristics such as education and certification that contribute to nurse performance in achieving patient outcomes. Her goal is to document the critical role hospital nurses play in patient outcomes both at discharge and beyond the hospitalization. 

Instrument development has been an important aspect of her work on discharge readiness. Dr. Weiss’ instruments are in use by academic and clinician researchers in several countries. Dr. Weiss collaborates frequently with researchers worldwide on the science of discharge preparation. She has published extensively with US and international colleagues.

Jen (Rheingans) Bonamer


Jen Bonamer, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, AHN-BC, works as a Nursing Professional Development (NPD) – Research Specialist at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida. In addition to leading the nursing research and evidence-based practice programs, she plays a primary role in a variety of professional development programs including ethics, holistic nursing practice and healthy work environments. Jen received her BSN from the University of Florida and practiced for ten years in pediatrics (general practice as well as specializing in hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant) before transitioning into a centralized NPD role. She graduated from University of South Florida’s Nursing BS to PhD program in 2007 with her master’s in nursing (education) and a PhD (nursing). Jen is a Magnet appraiser and is certified in both NPD and advanced holistic nursing.

Sean Clarke


Sean Clarke, RN, PhD, FAAN, is a nurse academic and health services researcher who is currently Executive Vice Dean and Professor at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University.  Prior to this, he held an endowed chair in cardiovascular nursing at the University of Toronto, was an endowed chair directing a special donor-funded set of projects intended to advance collaboration between the School of Nursing and its affiliated teaching hospitals at McGill University and served as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs at Boston College.  His research has focused on quality and safety issues in acute care hospitals, workforce issues, and the influences of economic and political factors on health care delivery and the nursing profession.  In addition to teaching nursing and health policy and supervising research trainees for 25 years in Canada, the United States, and internationally and maintaining a program of research with colleagues from a number of countries, he codirected nursing health services and workforce research groups in Philadelphia and Toronto and has been a consultant to clinicians, leaders, and professional associations internationally.  Dr. Clarke has been a member of a variety of panels and boards related to health research and health care quality, has had extensive involvement in peer review of articles and research grants, and served on editorial boards of a number of scientific and professional journals in nursing and health services research. He completed his basic clinical and research training in nursing at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, as well as postdoctoral research training at the University of Pennsylvania.  He currently holds affiliate faculty appointments at the Université de Montréal and the University of Hong Kong.

Sheila Haas


Sheila A. Haas, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Dean and Professor Emeritus of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago. Currently, she is the Nursing Research Consultant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  Dr. Haas holds a MSN from Loyola University Chicago and a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago where the focus of her research was productivity, clinical ladder systems, and patient acuity systems.  Dr. Haas developed the Nursing Administration major, the Health Systems Management non-nursing undergraduate degree program, and the dual degree MSN/MBA at Loyola University.  She also held a joint appointment to the Loyola University Chicago Graduate School of Business.

She taught translational research, health policy, and outcomes performance management courses in the graduate program in nursing (MSN, DNP and PhD), as well as, the MBA program.  She does research, publication, and consulting in the areas of translational research and evidence-based practice, clinical ladders, work redesign and evaluation, differentiated practice evidence-based practice, and nursing intensity systems.  She has facilitated development of prototypical intensity systems in several healthcare organizations.  Dr. Haas’ research, done with Loyola colleagues, on the role of the nurse professional in ambulatory care has been used to delineate competencies and to help conceptualize the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) conceptual framework and core curriculum.  Currently, with two other former AAACN Presidents, Dr. Beth Ann Swan and Traci Haynes, she has done a translational research project supported by AAACN designed to develop dimensions and competencies for care coordination and transitional management by registered nurses in ambulatory care  working with complex chronically ill patients. This project is summarized in the Nursing Economic$ (Haas, Swan, and Haynes, 2013) article and has been presented nationally and internationally.  The dimensions and competencies led to the development of The Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum (Haas, Swan, and Haynes, 2014) edited text.  A Logic Model (Haas and Swan) was also developed to guide the writing of this text by expert nurse volunteers.  This text can be used by registered nurses to prepare for the RN-Care Coordination and Transition Management (RN-CCTM) Role and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes through successful completion of a certification exam.  Dr. Haas has developed and published a methodology for tracking nursing contribution to patient outcomes (Haas and Swan, 2014) and developing staffing models for interprofessional teams in ambulatory settings (Haas, Vlasses, and Havey, 2016).

Dr. Haas has served on the Research Committees of AAACN and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).  She also served as an AAACN Board member and President.  She is also past President of the National Federation of Specialty Nursing Organizations where she is worked with the Board of the Nursing Organization Liaison Forum of ANA to design an innovative organization to represent the common goals and needs of specialty nursing.  In 2009, Dr. Haas was recognized as the Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader. Dr. Haas served on the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board of Directors for 8.5 years, Board of Pharmacy Specialties and the Nursing Economic$ Editorial Board. Most recently, she received the Margaretta Madden Styles President’s Award from ANCC Board President at the 2016 National Magnet Conference and was appointed to the ANCC Research Council. 

Catherine H. Ivory


Cathy Ivory, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Senior Director of Nursing Research, collaborates across VUMC entities to facilitate evidence-based care delivery and translate evidence into practice that improves quality, safety, patient experience, and the delivery of cost effective care across settings. She facilitates nursing research activities and connects nurse investigators with collaborators across the broader research enterprise at Vanderbilt.

Dr. Ivory has more than 20 years of experience as a staff nurse, clinical specialist, system-level nursing administrator, graduate nursing educator, and health services researcher. Dr. Ivory’s clinical focus is perinatal nursing and she served as the 2014 President of the Association of Women’s Health, OB and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), representing more than 300,000 nurses who care for women and newborns. She is also a board-certified informatics nurse who contributes to several national health IT initiatives. She was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2017.

Dr. Ivory holds a BSN, an MSN in nursing administration/healthcare informatics, and a PhD in nursing science. Her research interests include implementation science and using data generated by nurses to quantify their role in patient care, patient safety, and patient outcomes. She is passionate about the nursing profession, evidence-based nursing practice, and research.

Simon Kitto


Dr. Simon Kitto is a medical sociologist who has been working in medical education research, sociology of surgery, and health services since 2002. His main research interests are studying how structural, historical, and socio-cultural variables shape interprofessional clinical practice, educational settings, and activities. This involves studying issues related to identity/role expectation and formation, competency acquisition/performance, and profession-based evidence/knowledge production.

During the last three years, he has focused on engaging in critical research and scholarly activities within Knowledge Translation (KT), Patient Safety (PS), Quality Improvement (QI), and Continuing Education (CE) interventions, with an interprofessional theme. His current research program, his work has been distilled into two essential and inter-related components: 1) the study of the construction and practice of the strategic integration of KT, PS, QI, and CE; and 2) the ways in which continuing interprofessional education (CIPE) in the workplace is constructed and the effect it has on relationships between providers, institutions, and patients.

Dr. Kitto's work has received national and international attention, resulting in invitations to present in the UK, Australia, North America, and Europe. His most recent international research collaboration is as co-investigator with Professor Scott Reeves at the University of California, San Francisco on the project, 'Understanding the nature of team-based care and patient and family involvement in ICU settings: A multi-site study'.

Dr. Kitto has published over 70 research articles, several reports, chapters, and books. His most recent publications focus on integrating CE, QI, PS, and KT initiatives. Dr. Kitto has been involved in capturing 24 research grants, totaling in excess of $3 M.

David W. Price


Dr. Price is Senior Advisor to the President, American Board of Family Medicine.  He is also Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 

Dr. Price spent 27 years in the Kaiser Permanente (KP) system in several roles, including Director of Medical Education for the Colorado Region and the (national) Permanente Federation; physician investigator with the KP Colorado Institute of Health Research; Co-director of the Kaiser Colorado Center for Health Education, Dissemination and Implementation research; Clinical Lead for Kaiser National Mental Health Guidelines; member of the Kaiser National Guideline Directors Group, and Chair of Family Medicine for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group.  He served on the ABFM Board of Directors from 2003 – 2008, where he chaired the R&D and Maintenance of Certification committees and was Board Chair from 2007-2008.  He is a former Senior Vice-President at the American Board of Medical Specialties. He is a past Director of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, a past-president of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, past chair of the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs section on Continuing Education and Improvement, and currently serves on the AAMC Integrating Quality Initiative steering committee.  He is widely published and has spoken nationally and internationally and published in areas ranging from continuing medical education/professional development, quality and practice improvement, mental health, and evidence-based medicine.

Dr. Price received his M.D. degree from Rutgers Medical School in 1985 and completed his Family Medicine Residency and chief residency at JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ, in 1988. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, and the Society of Continuing Medical Education (SACME) and the recipient of the 2018 SACME Distinguished Service in CME Award.

Olga Yakusheva


Dr. Yakusheva is an economist with research interests in health economics and health services research. Yakusheva's area of expertise is econometric methods for causal inference, data architecture, and secondary analyses of big data. The primary focus of Yakusheva’s research is the study the work of nurses. Yakusheva pioneered the development of a new method for outcomes-based clinician performance productivity measurement using the electronic medical records. With this work, Yakusheva was able to measure, for the first time, the value-added contributions of individual nurses to patient outcomes. This work has won her national recognition earning her the Best of AcademyHealth Research Meeting Award in 2014. Yakusheva is currently working to uncover traits and success strategies of highly-effective nurses, including education, experience, and expertise—and most recently practice-informed design-thinking and innovation.

Yakusheva is a team scientist who has contributed methodological expertise to many interdisciplinary projects including hospital readmissions, primary care providers, obesity, pregnancy and birth, and peer effects on health behaviors and outcomes

Yakusheva led the design of the Healthcare Innovation and Impact Program (HiiP) at the School of Nursing and was appointed to the position of the as the HiiP Director in September of 2019.

Yakusheva holds a PhD in economics, an MS in economic policy, and a BS in applied mathematics.

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