Skip to content
Skip to content
Open navigation

ANCC Leadership and Management Directory

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

ANCC Leadership


Rebecca Graystone


Senior Vice President, Accreditation and Organization Credentialing

Rebecca is Senior Vice President, Accreditation and Organization Credentialing. She is responsible for the strategic vision, governance, and operations of ANCC's 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 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

Meagan White


Assistant Director, Certification Accreditation and Governance

Joy Daquila-Casey


Assistant Director, Certification Operations

Tara Myers


Director, Measurement Services

Timothy Sares


Assistant Director, Measurement Services

Institute for Nursing Research and Quality Management

Marcela Cámpoli

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

Director, Institute for Nursing 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. 

Reginald Farrar


Vice President

Director of Human Resources & Inclusivity
Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing

Reggie is a native of St. Louis who received his B.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his M.A. in Human Resource Development and Management from Webster University. He also received his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute and his certification as a Senior Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resource Management.  And just recently received his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from Virtualocity, LLC.

Reggie joined Goldfarb August 2022.  Prior to joining Goldfarb, he was the Director of Human Resources at Memorial Hospital, which he joined in February 2019.  Prior to joining Memorial, he was a Sr. HR Business Partner with Southwest Airlines. In addition, Reggie’s more than 35 year career includes time spent with Express Scripts, BJC Behavioral Health, US Bank, AG Edwards, and Edison Brothers Stores as well.

Reggie currently serves as the Co-President of the Society of Multicultural Professionals in Human Resources (SMPHR) and previously served as President of the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) and the Vice President of Programs and Professional Development for the Dallas Chapter, as well as the Midwest Region Vice President of NAAAHR.

Reggie believes Human Resources is a critical component to every organization and should be a strategic partner in helping an organization meets its goals and objectives. In addition, Human Resources should be a driving force behind moving the organization and its most important resource, PEOPLE, to the next level.

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

Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, is Chief Executive Officer of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Enterprise, which consists of the ANA membership organization representing the nation’s 4.3 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. Prior to assuming this role in 2018, Dr. Cole was the Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Dr. Cole is an accomplished health care leader with more than 30 years of nursing and management experience. Before joining the ANA Enterprise, she served as Chief Nursing Executive of several Virginia hospitals within the HCA Health System, where she directed system-wide clinical operations, partnering with other C-suite leaders on strategic and tactical planning and execution.

Active in many professional organizations, Dr. Cole served as President of the Virginia Nurses Association from 2012 until 2014. She has presented at a wide range of conferences, both domestically and internationally on a variety of leadership and health care topics. 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 Academy of Nursing.

Julian Gallegos


Dr. Julian L. Gallegos, Ph.D., MBA, FNP-BC, CNL, FAUNA, is a Clinical Associate Professor, Interim Assistant Head of Graduate Programs, and DNP Program Director at Purdue University School of Nursing - West Lafayette. He is a dedicated and patient-focused Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Educator with 21 years of nursing experience in the military and civilian sector, having served in various roles. He has experience in hospital management, educational administration, diabetes care and research, stroke systems and clinical care, urology, sleep medicine, and men’s health clinical practice, research, and advocacy.

He has been in academia for 7 years where he has developed programs and curriculum focused on the role of the advanced practice nurse and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree. He maintains his clinical practice as a men’s health primary care nurse practitioner at the North Central Nursing Clinics in Indiana. The impact of his work as an exemplary NP educator in the space of health equity, clinical expertise in men’s health and developing clinical programs that serve the underserved is evident in his involvement in nursing educational and professional organizations on boards and committees. He currently serves the great state of Indiana as a gubernatorial-appointed member of the Board of Nursing, member of the Board of Directors of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and an elected member as a Director at Large of the American Association for Men in Nursing. He also volunteers as a member of the subcommittee on Quality Health for the Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.

He is a sought-out speaker and presenter, regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to health equity, leadership, and men’s health and has received several awards for his work related to these impactful areas. He also serves on several editorial boards for professional, scientific journals, including the Urologic Nursing Journal and the American Journal of Men’s Health. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Urological Nurses and Associates and a Luther Christman Fellow of the American Association for Men in Nursing.

Dr. Gallegos is a proud Boilermaker and is glad to be back in Indiana, giving back to his Alma Mater and helping the Purdue School of Nursing achieve its next Giant Leap!

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. 

Jennifer S. Mensik Kennedy


ANA President

Jennifer S. Mensik Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is the 37th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation’s largest nurses organization representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses.

Mensik Kennedy is currently an assistant professor at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing in Portland Oregon. Mensik Kennedy is a sought-after presenter and prolific author. Her books include Lead, Drive, and Thrive in the System and The Nurse Managers Guide to Innovative Staffing 2nd ed. She co-authored Lead like a Nurse, A Nurse’s Step-By-Step Guide to Transitioning to the Professional Nurse Role and The Power of Ten (Second Edition) and contributed a chapter to the book The Career Handoff: A Healthcare Leader’s Guide to Knowledge & Wisdom Transfer across Generations.

Mensik Kennedy has held numerous high-profile leadership positions within the nursing profession. She served as President of the Arizona Nurses Association 2007-2010. Nationally, Mensik Kennedy has served Treasurer, Second Vice President, and Director-at-Large on the American Nurses Association board of directors. Additionally, she held the role of governor of nursing practice for the Western Institute of Nursing in 2010-2014.

Mensik Kennedy earned a PhD from the University of Arizona College of Nursing with a focus on health systems and a minor in public administration from the Eller College of Management. Mensik Kennedy's MBA degree is from the University of Phoenix, while her BSN degree is from Washington State University. She also holds an ADN degree from Wenatchee Valley College-North. Mensik Kennedy was inducted as a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

Denise Warren Simmons

DNP, MSN, PMHNP, BSN, Forensic Nurse Examiner

Dr. Warren Simmons currently works at Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare as a Peer Support Specialist for the Nurse2Nurse Mental Wellness Division. Dr. Warren Simmons graduated from Rutgers University School of Nursing in 2018 with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Community Health Nursing and Executive Leadership.

Dr. Warren Simmons is the Chief Executive Officer and President of DRW Healthcare Services & Mental Wellness Solutions, where she collaborates with community leaders to educate, enlighten, and edify awareness to mental healthcare services.

Dr. Warren Simmons is an Internationally known Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Recipient, Chapter Gamma Nu from Seton Hall University where she received her Master’s Science of in Nursing in Health Systems Administration in 2015. She has also worked at Seton Hall University as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Mental Health Nursing, where she provided the undergrad students with their clinical nursing experiences with the mentally ill patients in the acute psychiatric setting.

Dr. Warren Simmons has been Inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success from Walden University where she studied for her Post Masters Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 2022. Dr. Warren Simmons worked as an Adjunct Professor of Community Health Nursing at Kean University educating undergraduate nurses on how to address the community and its changing environments.

Dr. Warren Simmons has worked in many leadership roles advocating for the profession of nursing, representing the profession of nursing, and implementing educational presentations that will enhance, enrich, and empower the lives of the nursing community.

Dr. Warren Simmons serves as a member of the University Hospital Oversight Board, Newark, New Jersey. She serves as Congress on Policy and Practice for New Jersey State Nurses Association Executive Committee, Dr. Warren Simmons serves as the Vice President of Education for New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) Region III covering Essex and Union Counties. Dr. Warren Simmons also serves as a member of the Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) for the National League of Nursing (NLN).

Dr. Warren Simmons has served as the President of multiple community organizations promoting the wellbeing of healthcare and the mental wellness of the community across the State of New Jersey. Dr. Warren Simmons has been Honored by the New Jersey General Assembly Resolution for her emeritus services giving back to the community, she has also been acknowledged and Honored with the Presidential Service Award for her dedication to the American Legion Auxiliary by the City of Newark Municipal Council. Dr. Warren Simmons continues to provide her servant leadership to the profession of nursing and the communities in which she lives, practice and support.

Laura J. Wood


As Executive Vice President Patient Care Operations, 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 oversight of patient care delivery in support of the organization’s network, satellites, and expanding care delivery settings. Boston Children’s serves as the pediatric training center for Harvard Medical School, where nurses in concert with interprofessional care teams actively translate science to care delivery as part of the world’s largest pediatric research enterprise - treating more children with rare and complex conditions than any other hospital in the world.

Since joining Boston Children’s in 2013, Wood has further strengthened the hospital’s exceptional nursing practice environment through: the creation of nurse-designed care delivery strategies, the implementation of advanced practice clinician career advancement models in concert with a doubling of the APRN workforce, expansion of healthy work environment supports with positive system-wide outcomes, quality-safety-experience innovations, strategic contributions to nursing workforce diversity and inclusivity and the formation of the organization’s formal Office of Health Equity, and promotion of child-health and informatics public policy advocacy. In 2014-15, she jointly launched the organization’s high reliability organization (HRO) quality improvement initiative with the hospital’s president and other key leaders, resulting in ongoing reductions in the rate of serious safety events and numerous improvements to care quality — including national recognition of nurse-sensitive outcomes measurement performance.

Under Wood’s leadership, Boston Children’s nursing has achieved two successive ANCC Magnet® re-designations representing the most prestigious international distinction a health care organization can receive for direct care nursing excellence and achieved by only 12% of hospitals nationally.  Over the past decade, she has guided the launch of Boston Children’s nurse residency program that was subsequently awarded ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program with Distinction designation. Additionally, she supported several pediatric specialty-focused teams to be recognized via the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Beacon Award program in all five intensive care units and through the Emergency Nursing Association to achieve three successive Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award designations.

Earlier in her career, Wood held progressive nursing and operational leadership roles within three leading academic health care settings: The Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and The University of Pennsylvania Health System serving in pediatric nursing, educational, and operational leadership roles. Additionally, she served as National Vice President, Clinical Solutions, Siemens Healthcare (subsequently Cerner/Oracle Corporation), where she managed clinical and business professional services, and subsequently led clinical IT business development for the U.S.

Wood received a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude, from West Virginia University School of Nursing; a Master of Science (MS) degree from The University of Maryland, Baltimore; and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She is a Johns Hopkins University Deans Award recipient and Fralic Nursing Leadership Fellowship recipient. Wood is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow alumna, and completed the both the MGH Institute of Health Professions Health Disparities Leadership Fellowship and Harvard Medical School Macy Foundation Fellowship for Leaders in Collaborative and Humanistic Interprofessional Education.

Wood serves on a wide-range of regional and national boards, including: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC); Boston Children’s Hospital (ex officio member); Friends of the Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR); Johns Hopkins University Nursing Advisory Board; Pediatric Physician Organization of Children’s (PPOC); PHLOW Children’s Hospital Coalition to reduce pediatric drug shortages; Risk Management Foundation for Harvard affiliated health systems (CRICO); and, the SIGMA Foundation for Nursing Scholarship.

Commission on Board Certification

DeeAnn Davidson-Corbett


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


Vice Chair (Executive Committee)

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.

Holly Ma


Member at Large (Executive Committee)

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. 

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.

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.

Heidi McNeely


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.”

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


(Public Member)

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®

Sharon H. Pappas


Commission Chair (Executive Committee)

American Organization of Nurse Leadership (AONL)

David Marshall


Vice Chair (Executive Committee)

American Academy of Nursing

Adam Meier


Member-at-Large (Executive Committee)

PT Care Manager

Fatima Al Rifai


International—Mid East (Abu Dhabi)

Richard Evans


Public Member/Consumer

Melissa Fadipe


Clinical Nurse

Patricia "Pat" Givens


Magnet® Nurse Executive

Melissa Kline


Chief Nurse Officer

Nancy May


Ambulatory Care

Joy Parchment



Helina Somervell



Danny Van Heusden



Commission on Accreditation in Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Evelyn (Evie) Lengetti


Chair (Executive Committee)

Elizabeth McClure


Vice Chair (Executive Committee)

Dion Richetti


Member-at-Large (Executive Commitee)

Amy Bernard


Judith Cullinane


Pam Dickerson


Dana Dinsmore


Sasha DuBois


Mary Gobbi

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

Bradley Goettl


Sue Johnson


Cali Morrison

Ed.D., M Ed, BA, CPC

Bridgett Sellars


Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs

Lya Cartwright-Stroupe


Chair (Executive Committee)

Residency Director - Acute Care

Melinda Cooling


Vice Chair (Executive Committee)

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

Christine Young


Member-at-Large (Executive Committee)

CNO (Chief Nursing Officer)

Cory Church



Amelia Kerner


APP Program Director

Corinne Lee


RN Fellowship Program Director

Whitney Lerch


Interprofessional Team Member, Physician Assistant Post-graduate Training Program

Georgia (Gina) Luchen


Interprofessional Team Member, Pharmacy or Medicine Residency Program

Heather Meissen


APRN Program Director

Sara Owen Musselman


Emerging Leader, APRN Fellowship Accredited Program

Veerle Schoeters



Brandon Sessler


APP Program Director

Kate Spencer


Non-Acute Care Program Director

Dennis Washington


Emerging Leader, RN Residency Program

Commission of Pathway to Excellence®

Valerie A. Morrison


Chair (Executive Committee)

Pre-post Acute Care Setting

Linda Harden


Vice-Chair (Executive Committee)


Nora E. Warshawsky


Member-at-Large (Executive Committee)


Jane Carmody


Long Term Care

Francine Douce



Jane McCurley


Nurse Executive

Rodney "Rocky" Hauch


Staff Nurse

Lisa Keegan


Nurse Manager

Charles Perkins


Public Member/Consumer

Karen White-Trevino

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


Research Advisory 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.

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.

For questions or inquiries please contact the ANCC Research Council members at

Meet the senior staff team and volunteer American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board and Commissions members leading ANCC to promote excellence in nursing.

You are now leaving the American Nurses Foundation

The American Nurses Foundation is a separate charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation does not engage in political campaign activities or communications.

The Foundation expressly disclaims any political views or communications published on or accessible from this website.

Continue Cancel

Item(s) added to cart

Go to cart Continue Shopping