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Tim Porter-O’Grady


Dr. Tim Porter-O'Grady, DM, EdD, APRN, FAAN has been involved in health care for 42 years and has held roles from staff nurse to senior executive in a variety of health care settings. Tim is currently senior partner of an international healthcare consulting firm in Atlanta specializing in health futures, organizational innovation, conflict and change, as well as complex health service delivery models. He is noted for his work on shared governance models, clinical leadership, conflict, innovation, complex systems, and health futures. As associate professor and leadership scholar at Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, he has co-lead the implementation of the new Masters, PhD and DNP tracks in Health Innovation; He is visiting Professor in the hybrid DNP Program at University of Maryland, and is an adjunct professor at Lakehead University, School of Public Health, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Porter-O'Grady holds graduate degrees in clinical leadership, 2 earned doctorates; one in learning behavior and a second in organizational and systems leadership. In addition, he received a Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa, from the Medical University of Ohio. He has done post-doctoral work in aging and is board certified as a nurse executive, in advanced practice in gerontology and as a wound specialist. Tim is also certified by the Georgia Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution as a registered mediator and arbitrator.

Tim has published extensively in health care with over 175 professional journal articles and 21 books and is an 8-time winner of the AJN Healthcare Book of the Year Award. He has consulted internationally with over 500 institutions and has lectured in over 1000 settings internationally. He has held a number of offices in professional associations and national and community boards such as the vice chair of the governing board of Catholic Health East, governor with Sigma Theta Tau International, president of AID Atlanta, and the STT International Foundation, just to name a few.

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick

Vice Chair

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, is the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland Ohio where she was Dean from 1982 through 1997. She holds an adjunct position as Professor in the Department of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y. She earned a BSN from Georgetown University, a MS in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from The Ohio State University, a PhD in Nursing from New York University, and an MBA from CWRU in 1992. In May, 1990, Dr. Fitzpatrick received an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Humane Letters, from her alma mater, Georgetown University.

She was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1981 and in 1996 a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. She has received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award 18 times; the Midwest Nursing Research Society Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award; The Ohio State University Distinguished Alumna Award; Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Founders Award for Excellence in Nursing Research; and New York University Division of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award. In 1994-95 she was a Distinguished Scholar at the National Academy of Medicine and American Academy of Nursing, and in 1995 was a Primary Care Fellow through the Bureau of Health Professions. In 2002, Dr Fitzpatrick received the American Nurses Foundation Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Science Award for her sustained commitment and contributions to the development of the discipline. In 2003 she received the STTI Lucie Kelly Mentor Award and in 2005 she received the STTI Founders Award for Leadership. In 2007-2008 she served as a Fulbright Scholar at University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. In 2010 she received the Midwest Nursing Research Society Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is widely published in nursing and health care literature; she has over 300 publications. She served as co-editor of the Annual Review of Nursing Research series, vols. 1-26; she edits the journals: Applied Nursing Research, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, and Nursing Education Perspectives, the official journal of the National League for Nursing. She edited the classic Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (the 3rd edition will be released in September 2011), and a series of nursing research digests. In 2008 she edited the book, The Doctor of Nursing Practice and Clinical Nurse Leader. In 2010 she completed two books, Giving through Teaching: How Nurse Educators Are Changing the World, and Problem Solving for Better Health: A Global Perspective. Her book, 201 Careers in Nursing (with E. Ea) was released in August, 2011. Additional books to be published shortly include: Global Service-Learning in Nursing (with T. McKinnon), to be published in September 2011, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: An Interpersonal Approach (with J. Jones and V. Rogers) to be published in early 2012.

Dr. Fitzpatrick founded and led the Bolton School's World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing. She has provided consultation on nursing education and research throughout the world, including universities and health ministries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. With the CWRU School of Medicine, she designed a series of educational interventions focused on HIV/AIDS prevention in Uganda. She led the Bolton School in its development of innovative academic programs, community initiatives, and clinical partnerships. From 1997-99 she served as President of the American Academy of Nursing. From January 1998 through August 1999, while on sabbatical from CWRU, she was a Visiting Scholar at New York University, editorial consultant to Springer Publishing Company, and consultant to Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Nursing and Institute for Medicare Practice. She served as project director for a Nursing Care Quality Initiative, a multi-system, 10-hospital project focused on improving the care provided to hospitalized elders and their families funded by the New York Health Alliance and the Brookdale Foundation. Since 2004 she has served as a global nursing consultant to the Dreyfus Health Foundation, with nursing programs in 15 countries. In 2008, she was appointed the first Spratt Center for Nursing Education and Research Visiting Scholar at Danbury Hospital in CT. As of 2009 she has served as Chair of the Global Advisory Committee for the Center for Nursing Research and Education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY.

Dr. Fitzpatrick’s research has been focused on dimensions of meaningfulness in life, including the meaningfulness of nurses’ work life as related to satisfaction, turnover, and empowerment. In 2008 she conducted a national study of empowerment and intent to leave among specialty certified and non-certified critical care nurses funded by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is currently funded for a similar study of emergency department nurses (funded by the Emergency Nurses Association).

Zoila D. Escobar

Secretary / Treasurer

Zoila D. Escobar has an extensive history in the health care arena both in program design and implementation as well as in the area of fund-raising and policy development. Ms. Escobar’s experience with community health centers began when Ms. Escobar first joined AltaMed Health Services Corporation in 1979 as part of the Teen Advocacy Project. There she served as a Teen Advocate/Peer Counselor, and later became Project Coordinator.

Ms. Escobar’s administrative experience includes working with AIDS Project Los Angeles, as Program Director of the first “Latinas and AIDS” program in Los Angeles County. At the UCLA Family Planning Clinic, Ms. Escobar served as Clinic Administrator for HIV Services and later became the Director of Education and Government Affairs for the Arthritis Foundation. Ms. Escobar was involved in policy work that lead to the development of the Ryan White Act Legislation and played a role in the inclusion of HIV/AIDS in the Americans with Disabilities Act legislation. In 1991, Ms. Escobar served as Technical Assistant/International Director for the World Health Organization in a joint project with the World Federation of Hemophilia. During her tenure, Ms. Escobar developed and implemented a comprehensive training program to help physicians and other health care professionals improve Hemophilia and HIV Infection Health Care Systems and piloted the First “Hemophilia and AIDS” workshop in Santiago, Chile. This training model has been replicated in Sao Paulo, Brazil; New Delhi, India; Budapest, Hungry; and Warsaw, Poland. The Chilean Government credited Ms. Escobar with the development of a separate HIV Testing program form for the Blood Bank system making the Chilean blood-supply safer as well as holding her responsible for the introduction of the first 15 million Units of Factor into the Country’s Hemophilia Treatment system of care.

Ms. Escobar’s experience in the area of Fund Development dates back to 1984 when she joined the staff of the American Cancer Society - San Diego Unit as the Director of Development for Special Populations for South Bay and Imperial Counties where she was responsible for all fund raising components directed at minority communities, including the recruiting and staffing of 13 volunteer committees to plan and implement special events, direct mail, telephone and door to door campaigns, and individual gifts. While at ACS, Ms. Escobar helped to develop a national policy in the area of Uterine and Breast Cancer Screening, Smoking Cessation, and HIV/AIDS for Spanish-speaking Populations.

She served as co-chair of the first “Bi-national U.S./Mexico AIDS Conference”; “Latino Artists Against AIDS” Art Show and the “Big Sisters of Los Angeles - Latina Advisory Dinner and Gala” fund-raising committees. Ms. Escobar also provided leadership as a member of the fund-raising committees for events such as: “The National Latino AIDS Teleconference”; The first Latino HIV Fundraising Gala “A la Vida” and “The Surgeon General’s Hispanic/Latino Health Initiative Regional Conference.”

Ms. Escobar returned to AltaMed Health Services in 1992, where she now holds the position of Vice President for Strategic Development and Community Support as well as being the President of the AltaMed Foundation. Under Ms. Escobar’s leadership her department conducts the functions of Corporate Strategic Planning, Implementation and Tracking of Business and Development Plans, Public and Private Fundraising, Compliance and Marketing. Under Ms. Escobar’s leadership, AltaMed consistently raises more than $25 million on an annual basis through Grants, Special Events and Individual Giving programs. Additionally, she provides marketing oversight for all AltaMed’s product lines, with a bottom line average contribution to the organization of $22.4 Million per year.

Ms. Escobar was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal as Woman of the Year in 2006. Received the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation Woman of the Year award in 2007. In 2008, Ms. Escobar received the National Latina Business Woman Association L.A. In May 9, 2011 Ms. Escobar received the 2011 Latino Spirit Awards from the California Latino Legislative Caucus.

For the past 10 years, Ms. Escobar has also served as LA Area Coordinator the Health Initiative of the Americas responsible for organizing a Bi-National Health Week - Health Awareness Campaign aimed at immigrants for Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, working in the United States and or Canada, and was one of the prime architects of Health Care Summit and Professional Exchange held in Mexico City in February 2003.

Ms. Escobar holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of La Verne and is currently finishing a Masters Degree with the same University.

Paul W. Abramowitz

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon), FASHP is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Prior to joining ASHP in September 2011, Dr. Abramowitz worked in hospitals and health-systems for over 30 years, most recently as Associate Hospital Director for Professional Services and Chief Pharmacy Officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He also served as Professor and Assistant Dean at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.

In addition to serving as Treasurer of ASHP from 2007-10 and as ASHP President in 1993-94, he chaired the Board of the ASHP Research and Education Foundation, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy, and the Board of Directors of the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center.

Dr. Abramowitz has actively combined practice, teaching, and research throughout his career. He has lectured and published extensively focusing on the effect that quality pharmaceutical care can have on improving outcomes of care and reducing costs, reduction of adverse drug events, developing new care models, and practice innovation.

Currently, Dr. Abramowitz serves on the Boards of the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. He is Professor-Emeritus at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.

Gregory A. Adams

Gregory A. Adams is executive vice president and group president reporting to the Chairman and CEO. He has direct responsibility for all seven Kaiser Permanente Regions, serving more than 10 million members and operating 38 hospitals and more than 620 medical office facilities. Greg's accountabilities include co-leading Enterprise Shared Services to serve the operational needs of the regions and leading Kaiser Permanente's national Medicare care delivery strategy. He also has responsibility for the organization's partnership with the National Basketball Association, the first-ever health care partnership with the NBA.

Adams was appointed president of the Northern California Region for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc. in April 2008. In January 2011, Adams was named one of the organization’s Group Presidents, assuming additional responsibility for the Mid-Atlantic Region and various national initiatives. In July 2013, Adams was appointed executive vice president and in April 2016, he was named Group President for Kaiser Permanente’s seven regions. In addition to his group president responsibilities, he serves on the organization's National Executive Team and Executive Committee.

Adams has 30 years of leadership experience as a senior health care executive and strategic consultant. He started his career with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California in 1999 and has held a number of executive leadership positions within the organization. In the Southern California Region, he served as senior vice president and service area manager of the Tri-Central area and chief operating officer for the region. In 2007 he moved to Northern California, where he was associate regional president and chief operating officer before being named president.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Adams held several executive roles in the health care industry, providing strategic and operational leadership for hospitals, health systems and medical groups throughout the country. He was senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Catholic Healthcare West in Southern California; president and CEO of St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino, California; chief operating officer for Baptist Healthcare System of Southeast Texas; and director of Critical Care Services for the Mayo Clinic’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He also owned a health care firm that provided strategic and operational improvement consulting for health care organizations.

Adams is past chair of the California Hospital Association's Board of Trustees and serves on the executive committee. He is a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and also serves on the board of directors for the California Chamber of Commerce.

Adams has a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and a master's degree in nursing administration from Wichita State University. He speaks regularly on issues related to management, leadership and healthcare delivery and financing.

Karen Daley

Karen Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, served from 2010 to 2014 as the president of the American Nurses Association, the nation’s largest nursing organization representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and the Massachusetts Center for Nursing and has served on the boards of ANA, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the ANA-PAC. She is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the American Nurses Foundation and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Daley spent more than 25 years in clinical practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and served as a project principal for the Nurses Education Hepatitis C Project funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as well as a project coordinator for a trauma research study conducted by the Harvard Injury Control Center at the Harvard School of Public Health. Daley holds a diploma in nursing from Catherine Labouré School of Nursing, a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Curry College, a master’s in public health from Boston University School of Public Health, and a master’s in science and PhD in nursing from Boston College.

She has been honored for her outstanding leadership and excellence in practice, including being recognized as a living nurse legend by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses. In 2006, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of her advocacy work in needlestick prevention. In 2011, Daley was listed among Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Health Care” and, in 2013, was selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.”

Laura Leigh Ferrio

Laura Ferrio, MBA, MSN, RN, CRRN, NEA-BC, is a creative executive with vast clinical, managerial, and executive experience. 

For more than 30 years, Laura has served the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the global leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation for adults and children with the most severe, complex conditions. In her current role as Chief Advancement Officer and President of the Keystone Board, she leads philanthropy and development efforts for AbilityLab, increasing annual direct contributions, endowments, and restricted funding. Funds support research and specialized programming within the state-of-the-art Shirley Ryan AbilityLab — the first-ever “translational” research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators, and technologists work together in the same space, 24/7, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying (or “translating”) research real time.

Laura began her career with the organization as a Nurse Intern, eventually working her way up to Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President of Patient Care and Services. In that role, she influenced decision-making in every clinical area, including patient-care units, therapy, and research laboratories and ancillary departments. She also spearheaded efforts that resulted in AbilityLab receiving Magnet® Recognition — the first rehabilitation hospital in the country to secure this prestigious designation in recognition of its nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superiority in patient care. The extensive process for application that Laura developed and implemented, laid the groundwork at the hospital for receiving three successive Magnet® designations, a distinction achieved by only 3 percent of all U.S. hospitals for nursing care.

With philanthropic seed funding, Laura co-founded the AbilityLab’s LIFE Center, which now houses the largest collection of patient education and consumer health resources for people with functional impairments. 

Laura holds a BS in Nursing from Northern Illinois University, as well as an MBA and MS in Nursing from Loyola University Chicago. She also completed a Fellowship for Nurse Executives at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong champion for nurses, Laura serves on the board of the American Nurses Foundation. She is the past president of both the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Illinois Coalition for Nursing Resources. She was named the Illinois Nurse Leader of the Year in 2004 and received a gubernatorial appointment to serve on the Illinois Board of Nursing, a role which she held for a decade (2004-2014). In addition, Laura received the 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Health & Human Sciences at Northern Illinois University.

Kathleen Gallo

Kathleen Gallo, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN is senior vice president and chief learning officer for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Under her leadership, the Center for Learning and Innovation–North Shore-LIJ's corporate university–and the Patient Safety Institute were created to transform the health system into a learning organization by strategically focusing on workforce development.

Dr. Gallo is responsible for leadership development throughout the organization, the creation and implementation of a comprehensive learning strategy, and the development of a new human resources (HR) architecture that transformed HR into a strategic business partner. Within North Shore-LIJ, Dr. Gallo has served as system director for emergency medicine and vice president for emergency medical services. She has more than 25 years experience in emergency nursing, having held a variety of clinical and administrative positions in tertiary care hospitals on Long Island.

Dr. Gallo serves on the advisory boards for the Executive Program in Work-based Learning Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania and the IHI Open School for Health Professions. She chairs the Quality Committee for the Council for Accreditation, Society for Simulation in Healthcare and serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Applied Nursing Research. Dr. Gallo is an associate professor of science education at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and an associate adjunct professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. She was an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Program from 2003-2005 and served on the advisory board for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) from 2004-2010. In addition, she has held several regional posts for emergency medical services and emergency nursing.

A noted speaker, Dr. Gallo addresses a wide range of subjects including "Future Workforce Requirements," "Creating a World-Class Learning Organization," "Effective Leadership for Today’s Workforce," "Building the Business Case for Learning and Development," "Preparing Tomorrow’s Clinicians for Tomorrow’s Healthcare System," "Enhancing Patient Safety Through Interprofessional Education and Collaboration," "Heralding in a New Era: Patient Safety at the Forefront," "Transforming Healthcare into Higher Reliability Organizations," and "Creating a Culture of Safety: Lessons Learned from Aviation."

Dr. Gallo is a board member of the American Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees and was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2011. She was also inducted into the 2005 Hall of Fame at Adelphi University School of Nursing, and received the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr. Gallo received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Excelsior College, University of the State of New York; a Master of Science (Nursing) degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook; a PhD (Nursing) from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York; and a Master in Business Administration, also from Adelphi University.

Brian Graves

Brian Graves heads marketing and communications for Connance, a leader in world-class predictive analytics which leverages insights from hundreds of facilities to transform the performance of financial processes at hospitals, physician groups, and outsourcing organizations. Connance focuses on operational excellence in areas such as cash flow, operating costs, reimbursement, and policy compliance.

With over 20 years in health care information technology, Mr. Graves has held a variety of positions with vendors such as MEDITECH, Pyxis, and Kronos, spanning sales, marketing, business development, and service delivery. Before joining Connance, his most recent position was as Kronos’ global practice leader for healthcare. He is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). He earned his bachelors’ degree from the University of New Hampshire with a double major in communications and psychology.

Richard A. Hachten II

Richard A. Hachten II, FACHE recently retired from his position as chief executive officer (CEO) of Alegent Creighton Health, a leading not-for-profit,faith-based regional health care system with more than 1,500 physicians and 10,000 employees in Nebraska and Iowa. Under Hachten's direction, Alegent Creighton Health demonstrated growth in volumes of services, profitability, patient and employee satisfaction and quality outcomes.

Hachten served as president of Bergan Mercy Medical Center from 1991 to 1995. In 1995, he was appointed president of Bergan Mercy Health System with responsibilities for both Bergan Mercy and Mercy hospitals. With the consolidation of Bergan Mercy Health System with Immanuel Medical Center in January 1996, he became president of Alegent Health. With the acquisition of Creighton University Medical Center in September 2012, he became president and chief executive officer of Alegent Creighton Health, a name adopted to reflect Creighton's legacy in clinical education and research. Under Hachten's direction, Alegent Creighton Health employees have made significant advancements in living the Mission and pursuing the vision of Alegent Creighton Health. This is demonstrated by growth in volumes of services, profitability, patient and employee satisfaction, and quality outcomes.

Before coming to Omaha, Hachten served as chief executive officer for six years at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, California. Prior to that, he had joined Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia, as an administrative assistant in 1972 and was promoted to assistant administrator in 1973. In 1976, Hachten became associate administrator, and in 1978 he served as vice president for administration before becoming chief executive officer from 1980 to 1984.

Hachten received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1967. He completed his master's in business administration in 1969 at UCLA. Hachten is a member of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees for the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Board of the Hospice House and the Board of Governing Members of the Omaha Symphony. He has actively participated in many healthcare organizations throughout the years, including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Hospital Association, Nebraska Hospital Association, Hospice House and Mercy Housing Midwest. Hachten has also served as an American Hospital Association delegate for Regional Policy Board 6 and is a past chairman of the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Hospital Association.

Lee Ann Kimak

Lee Ann Kimak, BA, MBA, JD, PMP has more than 20 years of experience across healthcare encompassing medical devices, drugs and vaccines. She started her career in analytical chemistry at Exxon Research & Engineering then transitioned to marketing at Johnson & Johnson where she launched a new sterilization device. Lee Ann also held several roles of increasing responsibility in marketing while working on women’s healthcare brands at Ethicon. She later led a global, cross functional team for a Milan, Italy based pharmaceutical company to define the global commercialization strategy for a late Phase 3 drug.

During her tenure at Wyeth, now Pfizer, Lee Ann was responsible for the launch of before moving into her role as Senior Director, US Operations. In this role, she provided operational support for a $9B US commercial structure including sales force of 3000 and more than 18 pharmaceutical brands. She led the 5 year strategic planning process with US Management Team in this role resulting in the evolution of Wyeth’s commercial structure to be more customer focused, drive revenue growth and reduce operating expenses.

She was then promoted to Executive Director, Premarin Family Marketing where she ran greater than $1B Wyeth US women’s healthcare franchise, growing the market for these mature products through innovative marketing and sales strategies. Lee Ann was named Wyeth’s HBA Rising Star in 2007 and received the President’s Achievement Award. Since joining Pfizer, Lee Ann has been the only employee to be voted the Great Manager Award for two consecutive years in a row.

Lee Ann is also active in community leadership. Lee Ann was accepted into the Forum of Executive Women of Philadelphia. She is the founder and immediate past president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) which she helped to grow to more than 1000 members in 3 years.

She also served on the Board of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania Women's Initiative. This initiative supports adolescent girls through community and school-based activities that focus on helping girls build self-esteem, honor their bodies and maintain healthy relationships with their peers. The Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow program supports attitudes and behaviors related to the “six pillars of character” – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Lee Ann linked these two great organizations through an annual golf outing to raise money for annual day camps that support the “Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow” initiative. Beyond raising funds to support camp for these girls, it linked two organizations and supported mentoring relationships and volunteering across the groups as well.

Kathleen Malloch

Kathy Malloch PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN is a recognized expert in leadership and the development of effective evidence-based processes and systems for patient care. Her uncanny focus on accountability and results is the hallmark of her practice. Her expertise has been useful to many organizations across the country.

A nationally known writer and speaker, Dr. Malloch has been a registered nurse for over 40 years. Kathy has published extensively in proctored health journals. She is a frequent presenter and author on leadership topics, healthcare innovation, professional nursing practice, and patient classification systems.

Dr. Malloch served as the first program director for the Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Master’s in Healthcare Innovation program. This innovative, multidisciplinary program is the first of its kind in the country. She continues to teach in the leadership of innovation track in the nursing doctoral program at Arizona State University. Most recently, Kathy and Tim Porter-O’Grady created the Executive DNP Program at OSU-College of Nursing, Columbus, OH.

Kathy is the designer of the Expert Nurse Estimation Patient Classification System (ENEPCS), an innovative model to integrate the role of the professional nurse in daily nurse-patient staffing to achieve the best outcomes. In 2008, ENEPCS was purchased by API Healthcare, a GE Company.

Dr. Malloch is a graduate of Wayne State University, College of Nursing, received an MBA from Oakland University and a PhD in nursing from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing.

Currently Dr. Malloch also serves as:

  • Past-President of the Arizona State Board of Nursing
  • Professor of Practice, Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Health Innovation
  • Clinical Professor, Ohio State University, College of Nursing
  • Clinical Consultant, API Healthcare, Inc. Hartford, Wisconsin
  • Senior Consultant for Tim Porter-O'Grady Associates

Wilhelmina M. Manzano

Wilhelmina M. Manzano, MA, RN, NEA-BC, has served as Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital & Health Care System since January 2004. Prior to that she held various positions including Vice President, Patient Care Services NYP/ Columbia & Chief Nursing Officer – NYPH. Ms. Manzano provides hospital-wide leadership in the development and implementation of strategies to facilitate a patient-centered approach to care. She is a co-leader in the development and implementation of eLearning strategies across the hospital, and also created the Nurse Credentialing Office to ensure compliance with nurse credentialing and privileging for all registered nurses, including advanced practice nurses. Ms. Manzano leads the System’s Center for Professional Nursing Practice to ensure hospital-wide nursing education and promotion and advancement of nursing through evidence-based nursing practice and research. She also serves as assistant dean for clinical affairs and adjunct clinical assistant professor of nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York.

Her volunteer leadership includes service on the board of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR); New York-Presbyterian/ Lawrence Hospital; Columbia University School of Nursing, New York University College of Nursing.

She is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Sigma Theta Tau, the Philippine Nurses Association of America, and the Health Management Academy CNO Forum and is a fellow in The New York Academy of Medicine. She earned her Board Certification in Nursing Administration, Advanced (NEA-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Ms. Manzano received her undergraduate and masters in nursing administration from New York University and is a fellow of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Ahrin Mishan

Ahrin Mishan is the Executive Director of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation is a New York-based philanthropy dedicated to improving the lives of patients and their families through nurse-led innovation. Its grant-making focuses on the education of nurse innovators, and on the translation of high-impact research into policy and practice. Ahrin serves as co-lead of the Future of Nursing, Greater New York Regional Action Team and is a member of the National Nurse Funder’s Collaborative steering committee. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Academy of Music since 2001 and was a founding Board member of the China Exploration and Research Society. He holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Southern California.

Marian Shaughnessy

Marian Shaughnessy, DNP, MSN, RN, is a nurse consultant and community leader in Cleveland, Ohio. Her nursing career includes leadership positions and consulting in periOperative care delivery at Lakeland Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Foundation and St. John’s Hospital.

Ms. Shaughnessy serves on the board of the University Hospitals of Cleveland – Cleveland Medical Center. She is co-chair of the Hospitals Quality and Professional Affairs Committee and is a member of the Medical Group and Clinical Council committees. She also serves on the Capital Campaign Committee for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.

Ms. Shaughnessy helped found the American Nurses Foundation’s Nurses on Boards Initiative and has served as a member of the national Nurses on Boards Coalition Placement Work Group since 2016. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Association of perioperative Registered Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau and the United States Equestrian and Dressage Federations.

Ms. Shaughnessy is a graduate of Indiana University School of Nursing and received a doctor of nursing practice and a master of science in nursing from Case Western Reserve University.

Tom Tefft

Tom Tefft recently retired as President of the neuromodulation unit at Medtronic. He served as Senior Vice President at Medtronic since 2009 where he oversaw the research, development, operations, and product sales and marketing for the Medtronic Inc.'s products and therapies used in the treatment of chronic pain, movement disorders, spasticity, overactive bladder and urinary retention, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and gastroparesis.

Tefft joined Medtronic in 1992 as Assistant Corporate Controller. He served as Vice President and Corporate Controller of Medtronic, Inc. His responsibilities included all accounting and financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Previously at Medtronic, Mr. Tefft served as the Vice President of Finance at Cardiac Rhythm Management group and served as Vice President and Controller for Medtronic's Europe, Middle East, and Africa operations.  Prior to Medtronic, he spent 10 years at Price Waterhouse in Minneapolis, where he managed the audits of several large multi-national companies.

Mr. Tefft has served as a Member of the Standing Advisory Group at Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) since 2009. He also serves as a board member of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. He is also a member of the board of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (Children’s Minnesota) since 2014.

Mr. Tefft received his bachelors of arts degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982.

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