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ANCC Leadership and Management Directory

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

ANCC Leadership

Executive

Kathy Chappell

PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN

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

Dr. Chappell is the Senior Vice President of Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, and the Institute for Credentialing Research and Quality Management at the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is responsible for certification of individual registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses; and development of certification examinations.  She is responsible for the accreditation of organizations that provide continuing nursing education and interprofessional continuing education; and for accreditation of residency and fellowship programs for nurses.  She also directs the Institute for Credentialing Research, analyzing outcomes related to credentialing, and the quality management department.  She holds a baccalaureate in nursing with distinction from the University of Virginia, a masters of science in advanced clinical nursing, and a doctorate in nursing from George Mason University.  She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Distinguished Scholar & Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

Rebecca Graystone

MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC

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

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

Accreditation

Sheri Cosme

DNP, RN-BC

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

Jennifer Graebe

MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Director, Nursing Continuing Professional Development & Joint Accreditation Program

Certification and Measurement Services

Marianne Horahan

MBA, MPH, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ

Director, Certification

Terreline "Shellie" Sims

MS

Assistant Director, Certification

Joy Daquila-Casey

MS

Assistant Director, Certification Operations

Tara Myers

PhD

Director, Measurement Services

Timothy Sares

PhD

Assistant Director, Measurement Services

Lee Skinner

MA

Director, New Measurement Products

Institute for Credentialing Research

Vicki A. Lundmark

PhD

Director, Institute for Credentialing Research

Magnet Recognition Program®

Maureen Lal

DNP, MSN, RN

Director, Magnet Recognition Program

Pathway to Excellence® Program

Christine G. Pabico

PhD, RN, NE-BC

Director, Pathway to Excellence® Program

ANCC Board of Directors

Rhonda Anderson

DNSC(h), RN, FAAN, FACHE

President

Mary Graff

MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Teresa M. Haller

MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Loressa Cole

DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC

ANA Enterprise CEO

Cole Edmonson

DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN

Ernest J. Grant

PhD, RN, FAAN

ANA President

Dr. Ernest J. Grant is the 36th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation’s largest nurses organization representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses.

A distinguished leader, Dr. Grant has more than 30 years of nursing experience and is an internationally recognized burn-care and fire-safety expert. He previously served as the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill. In this role, Grant oversaw burn education for physicians, nurses, and other allied health care personnel and ran the center’s nationally acclaimed burn prevention program, which promotes safety and works to reduce burn-related injuries through public education and the legislative process. Grant also serves as adjunct faculty for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, where he works with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings.

Grant is frequently sought out for his expertise as a clinician and educator. In addition to being a prolific speaker, he has conducted numerous burn-education courses with various branches of the U.S. military in preparation for troops’ deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2002, President George W. Bush presented Grant with a Nurse of the Year Award for his work treating burn victims from the World Trade Center site. In 2013, Grant received the B.T. Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council for making a difference in preventing the devastating effects of fire and burn injuries and deaths within the state.

An active participant in professional organizations, Grant is a past chair of the National Fire Protection Association board of directors and served as second vice president of the American Burn Association board of trustees. He also holds membership in Sigma Theta Tau and Chi Eta Phi. Grant served as president of the North Carolina Nurses Association from 2009-11. In 2002, ANA honored Grant with the Honorary Nursing Practice Award for his contributions to the advancement of nursing practice through strength of character, commitment, and competence.

Grant holds a BSN degree from North Carolina Central University and MSN and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2014. He is the first man to be elected to the office of president of the American Nurses Association.

Debbie D. Hatmaker

PhD, RN, FAAN

ANA Enterprise Chief Nursing Officer/EVP

Michael D. Ward

PhD, RTR, FASRT, FMoSRT

Brian Selig

DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Ruth Kleinpell

PhD, RN, FAAN

Commission on Board Certification

Stefanie Coffey

DNP, MN, MBA, FNP-BC, RN-BC

Chair (Executive Committee)

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

Heidi McNeely

MSN, PCNS-BC

Vice-Chair (Executive Committee)

Heidi has been on the Commission on Certification for the past 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

MSN, AGACNP-BC

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

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

Robert ‘Bob’ Sweeney, III

BS, MS

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

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

Mary Elizabeth Teixeira

DNP, RN, APN, AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC, CDE

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

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

Deborah Harris

PhD

Julie Marfell

DNP, FNP-BC

Teresita McNabb

BSN, MSHA, NEA-BC

Jeffrey Ramirez

PhD, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FAANP

Commission on Magnet®

Jeanette Ives-Erickson

DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Commission Chair (Executive Committee)

American Academy of Nursing

Sharon H. Pappas

PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Vice Chair (Executive Committee)

American Organization of Nurse Leadership (AONL)

Nancy May

DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC

Member-at-Large (Executive Committee)

Ambulatory Care

David Marshall

JD, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Magnet® Nurse Executive

Melissa Kline

DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nurse Officer

Helina Somervell

DNP, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC

APRN

Nicholas Snow

MS, BSN, RN, NCC-EFM

Clinical Nurse

Adam Meier

MSN, RN, NE-BC

Pt Care Manager

Mary Lou Sole

PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, FCCM

Academic

Fatima Al Rifai

PhD, RN

International—Mid East (Abu Dhabi)

Danny Van Heusden

MSN, BSN, RN

International

Richard Evans

MA

Public Member/Consumer

Commission on Accreditation in Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Amy Bernard

MS, BSN, RN-BC, CHCP

Chair (Executive Committee)

Sue Johnson

PhD, RN-BC, NE-BC, FAAN

Vice Chair (Executive Committee)

Sally C. O'Neill

PhD

Member-At-Large (Executive Committee)

Jann Balmer

PhD, MSN, FACHEP

Courtney Bennett

DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Sharon Decker

PhD, RN, FSSH, ANEF, FAAN

Pam Dickerson

PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Sasha DuBois

MSN, RN

Mary Gobbi

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

Evelyn Lengetti

PhD, RN-BC

Elizabeth McClure

DNP, MS, RN-BC

Jennifer A. O'Neill

DNP, APN, NEA-BC

Dion Richetti

DC, CHCP

Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs

Jean Shinners

PhD, RN-BC

Chair (Executive Committee)

Professional Education Organizations

Lya Michele Stroupe

DNP, APRN

Vice Chair (Executive Committee)

Residency Director - Acute Care

Dawna L. Cato

PhD, RN

Member-at-Large (Executive Committee)

International

Christine Young

MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer

Kaleen Cullen

PhD, APRN, FNP

Fellowship Director - APRN

Michael Ward

BSN, RN

Residency Director - Non-Acute Care

Janet Silvester

Pharm.D., MBA, FASHP

Pharmacy Residency Program Representative

Mary Anne Dumas

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

Academia

Anjelica Jackson

BSN, AND, PHN, RN

Emerging Leader

Melinda Cooling

DNP, MBA, APRN, NEA-BC

Commission of Pathway to Excellence®

Edna Cadmus

PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Chair (Executive Committee)

Academic/Education

Nora E. Warshawsky

PhD, RN, CNE

Vice-Chair (Executive Committee)

Researcher

Charles Perkins

MBA

Member-At-Large (Executive Committee)

Public Member/Consumer

John R. Mastrocola

BS

Long-Term Care

Linda Harden

RN-BC, BSN, MS

Ambulatory

Jane McCurley

DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Nurse Executive

Francine Douce

FACM, MACN

International

Valerie A. Morrison

DBA, MSM, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, SHRM-SCP

Pre and Post-Acute Care Settings

Steven McPherson

BSN, RN

Nurse Manager/Pathway Organization

Rodney "Rocky" Hauch

MSN, RN, PCCN

Institute for Credentialing Research Council

Maria R. Shirey

PhD, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FNAP, FAAN

Chair (Executive Committee)

Jen (Rheingans) Bonamer

PhD, RN-SC, AHN-BC

Sean Clarke

PhD, RN, FAAN

Sheila Haas

PhD, RN, FAAN

Catherine H. Ivory

PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Simon Kitto

PhD

David W. Price

MD, FAAFP, FACEHP

Marianne Weiss

DNSc, RN

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