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Wilhelmina M. Manzano

President

MA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Senior Vice President | Chief Nurse Executive & Chief Quality Officer
NewYork-Presbyterian
Assistant Dean of Nursing
Columbia University School of Nursing

President, Board of Trustees

Wilhelmina (Willie) Manzano, MA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN is Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive & Chief Quality Officer for New York-Presbyterian Health System Enterprise (NYP) and serves as Assistant Dean of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing.

As CNE & CQO, she leads the Department of Nursing, as well as quality, patient safety, performance improvement, infection prevention and control, and The Joint Commission and regulatory compliance for all eleven sites at NYP. In addition to her role as Chief Nursing Executive for NYP, she also held the position of Chief Operating Officer for NYP/Allen Hospital. Prior to joining NYP in 1998, Ms. Manzano held various leadership roles at several New York area hospitals.

Ms. Manzano is widely recognized for her transformational leadership that spans across service and academia. She founded the Center for Professional Nursing Practice at NYP to advance nursing and promote standardization and integration of best practices across the enterprise. The Center has repositioned and supported nurses to be leaders, innovators, teachers and mentors. 

Ms. Manzano provides enterprise-wide leadership in the development and implementation of strategies to facilitate a patient-centered approach to care. She also sets the strategy and the direction for the journey towards Magnet® across the enterprise. She has been instrumental in the creation of many innovative programs and strategic partnerships to meet the dynamic needs of the nursing profession. She established joint faculty appointments for nurse scientists with Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON). Her vision led to the creation of the CUSON Masters in Advanced Clinical Management and Leadership (ACML) to enhance nurses’ abilities to assume leadership roles within health care settings, with an emphasis on care coordination.

Ms. Manzano received her BS in Nursing, MA in Nursing Administration, and Advanced Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from New York University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Program for Nurse Executives and the New York Academy of Medicine. She earned her Board Certification in Nursing Administration, Advanced (NEA-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, American Organization for Nursing Leadership, and the Philippine Nurses Association of America.

Ms. Manzano’s volunteer leadership included service on the board of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR), New York University College of Nursing and Women United in Philanthropy (United Way of NY). She currently serves on the Boards of the American Nurses Foundation, NYP/ Lawrence Hospital and Columbia University School of Nursing. She was recently recognized as one of Crain’s New York Notable Women in Healthcare for 2019.

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick

Vice President

PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Case Western Reserve University

Inaugural Director, Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy

Vice President, Board of Trustees

 

Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick is the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in Cleveland, OH where she was Dean from 1982 to 1997. She holds an adjunct position as professor in the Department of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. She earned a BSN from Georgetown University, an 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 May1990, Fitzpatrick received an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Humane Letters, from her alma mater, Georgetown University. In 2016, she was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing.

Fitzpatrick was elected a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1981 and a fellow in the National Academies of Practice in 1996. 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 2002, 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. In the year 2007, she served as a Fulbright Scholar at University College Cork (Cork, Ireland). In 2010, she received the Midwest Nursing Research Society Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tom Tefft

Secretary/Treasurer

Consultant

Tom Tefft was the Senior Vice President and President of Medtronic’s $2B Neuromodulation business from 2009 to 2016 where he oversaw the research and development, operations, and sales and marketing for products used in the treatment of chronic pain, movement disorders, overactive bladder and urinary retention, and ... gastroparesis. Prior to this role Tefft held numerous finance leadership roles at Medtronic including Vice President Corporate Controller, Vice President Finance for the Cardiac Rhythm Management business and Vice President and Controller for Europe, Africa and Middle East based in Belgium and Switzerland.  Tefft spent 10 years at Price Waterhouse prior to joining Medtronic in 1992.

Tefft currently serves on the board of directors of American Family Insurance, several private med tech companies, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the American Nurses Foundation, and the Deans Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tefft and his wife Julie live outside St. Paul, MN and are parents of three adult children.

Paul W. Abramowitz

PharmD, ScD (Hon), FASHP
Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Dr. Paul W. Abramowitz is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  

Prior to joining ASHP in September 2011, Abramowitz worked in hospitals and health-systems for 34 years. He served as Associate Hospital Director for Professional Services and Chief Pharmacy Officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He also held prior positions as Director of Pharmacy and Associate Professor at the medical College of Virginia and the University of Minnesota.

Abramowitz received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Biology from Indiana University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Toledo, a Pharm.D. from the University of Michigan, and completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

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. 

Abramowitz has actively combined practice, teaching, and research throughout his career. He has lectured and published extensively focusing on the effect that quality pharmacy care can have on improving outcomes of care and reducing costs, developing new care models, reducing adverse drug events, and expanding comprehensive pharmacy care to the ambulatory setting.

He was a recipient of the John W. Webb Lecture Award in 2000 and the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award in 2009, health-systems pharmacy’s highest honor. In 1990, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy, in 2010, the Alumni Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, and in 2013 the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Toledo. In 2015, he was recognized as one of Washington’s Trending Association Leaders by Bisnow.

Currently, Abramowitz serves on the boards of the American Nurses Foundation and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, and is Professor-Emeritus at the University of Iowa.

Karen Daley

PhD, RN, FAAN
Immediate Past President
American Nurses Association

From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Karen Daley served as 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.  She 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.” She is also the recipient of two honorary doctorates.

Kathy Driscoll

RN, CCM

Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer

Humana

 

In her role as Chief Nursing Officer, Kathy oversees Humana’s strategy to advance the experience of Humana’s community of nurses, care managers, and social workers, promoting a culture that engages, values, and inspires clinical professionals, while impacting the health outcomes of Humana members. Focus areas include clinical quality and innovation, clinician growth and development, and clinician engagement and recognition. She also leads initiatives to support the health and well-being of Humana’s clinical communities leveraging internal and external partnerships such as the ANA Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation initiative. Kathy collaborates with other senior leaders to advance Humana’s Home Solutions strategy, supporting member health by advancing capabilities in the home, and growing the breadth of clinical offerings by the organization.

Prior, Kathy served in various senior leadership roles at the company, including as Vice President and Chief of Operations at Humana At Home, where she led clinical operations including Care Management Services for Humana members as well as private pay clients, homecare operations, including licensed and certified home health agencies and other in-home care services.  She was a founding member of the Humana At Home Innovation Team, which developed a consumer-centered health experience initiative focused on envisioning the future of health care delivery, services, products, and other opportunities in the home.

Prior to Humana, Kathy was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SeniorBridge, a national Care Management and Homecare company acquired by Humana in 2012. She has more than 30 years of experience in nursing, with a concentration in geriatrics, homecare, managed care, and care management.  Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University and is completing her Master of Science in Nursing Management and Executive Leadership at Sacred Heart University. She is a Registered Nurse, licensed in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Connecticut. She is a board-certified Case Manager. Kathy is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international Nursing Honor Society.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for Humana At Home’s SeniorBridge business, as well as serving on the Corporate Advisory Board for the American Nurses Association Foundation. Kathy is a current member of the American Nurses Association, the Case Management Society of America, the American Organization for Nurse Leadership, and the American Association of Managed Care Nurses.

Zoila D. Escobar

MBA
President, AltaMed Foundation
Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
AltaMed Health Services

 

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 fundraising and policy development. Escobar’s experience with community health centers began when she 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. 

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, Escobar served as clinic administrator for HIV services and later became the director of education and government affairs for the Arthritis Foundation. Escobar was involved in policy work that led 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, 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, 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 Escobar with the development of a separate HIV Testing program form for the blood bank system making the Chilean blood-supply safer. She is also responsible for the introduction of the first 15 million units of factor into Chile’s hemophilia treatment system of care.

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 (ACS) as the director of development for special populations for South Bay and Imperial Counties where she was responsible for all fundraising 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, she helped to develop a national policy in the areas 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,” the “Latino Artists against AIDS” Art Show, and the “Big Sisters of Los Angeles - Latina Advisory Dinner and Gala” fund-raising committees. Escobar also provided leadership as a member of the fundraising 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.”

Escobar returned to AltaMed Health Services in 1992. Under 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. AltaMed consistently raises more than $25 million annually. 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.

Escobar received the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation Woman of the Year award in 2007. She was also recognized for her contributions to health by the Los Angeles chapter of the National Latina Business Women Association in 2008 and the Latino Spirit Awards of the California Latino Legislative Caucus in 2011.

Escobar has 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 from Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, Honduras, and Guatemala who are working in the United States or Canada, and was one of the primary architects of Health Care Summit and Professional Exchange held in Mexico City in February 2003.

She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Services Administration and a Master’s Degree from the University of La Verne.

Laura Leigh Ferrio

MBA, MSN, RN, CRRN, NEA-BC
Chief Advancement Officer and President, Keystone Board
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Laura Ferrio is a creative executive with vast clinical, managerial and executive experience.

For more than 30 years, Ferrio 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.

Ferrio 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 the Prestigious Magnet® Recognition — the first rehabilitation hospital in the country to secure this designation in recognition of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The extensive process for application that she 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, Ferrio 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.

Ferrio 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, Ferrio 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 governor appointment to serve on the Illinois Board of Nursing, a role which she held for a decade (2004-2014). In addition, Ferrio received the 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Health & Human Sciences at Northern Illinois University.

Richard A. Hachten II

FACHE, retired
President and Chief Executive Officer
Alegent Creighton Health
Former Senior Vice President, Divisional Operations
Catholic Health Initiatives

Richard Hachten became Alegent Creighton Health’s president in 1996, and CEO in 2009. Before retiring in 2013, he contributed significantly to leading the region’s largest integrated healthcare system on an ambitious track of pioneering leadership, quality, and innovation. Alegent Creighton Health, now known as CHI Health, is a not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system with more than 1,500 physicians and 10,000 employees and six metropolitan medical centers, including an academic medical center affiliated with Creighton University, five regional hospitals, a specialty spine hospital, a free-standing psychiatric facility and Alegent Creighton Clinic with 100 locations and more than 475 providers in Nebraska and Iowa. Sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives, Alegent Creighton Health also has collaborative affiliations with hundreds of other healthcare providers in the region.

Prior to his role at Alegent, he 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. He also served as chief executive officer for six years at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, California, and was a leader, including CEO, of Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia for 12 years.

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. He has served as a board member of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Hospice House, and the Omaha Symphony. Hachten has actively participated in many healthcare organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Hospital Association.

Randall Lipps

Randall Lipps
Chairman, President, CEO and founder
Omnicell

Randall Lipps is Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer, and founder of Omnicell. He founded Omnicell in 1992, and the company has grown to offer the most comprehensive portfolio of medication management solutions across the continuum of care. Omnicell is now building on its success in advanced automation, data intelligence, and expert services to fulfill its vision of the Autonomous Pharmacy.

Prior to founding Omnicell, Mr. Lipps was Assistant Vice President of Sales and Operations for a division of American Airlines. His work in airline industry operations and logistics inspired him to develop a better way to manage supplies and medications in healthcare.

As a healthcare industry thought leader, Mr. Lipps has served on the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing Board and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation Board of Directors.

A longtime supporter of start-up enterprises, Mr. Lipps is on the Advisory Board of Launchpad Digital Health and RexPay, and he previously served on the Board of Directors for Invuity and Candescent Health.

Mr. Lipps has made giving back to the community a priority at Omnicell as well as a personal mission. He and his wife have focused their own philanthropy in areas such as poverty, education, and local community efforts.

Mr. Lipps holds bachelor’s degrees in both Economics and Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Kathleen Malloch

PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
President
Kathy Malloch Leadership Systems

Dr. Kathy Malloch 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, Malloch has been a registered nurse for over 40 years. She 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.

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, Malloch and Porter-O’Grady created the Executive DNP Program at OSU-College of Nursing, Columbus, OH.

Malloch 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.

A graduate of Wayne State University, College of Nursing, Malloch 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 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
  • Senior Consultant for Tim Porter-O’Grady Associates

Mehul Mehta

MBBS, MS, MA

Chief Medical Officer

ASG

 

Mehul Mehta, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer at ASG. He draws on decades of global healthcare, medical education, and life science research systems experience to advise and assist groups on the development and implementation of healthcare, education, and research systems in markets around the world while also providing healthcare inputs to ASG and its teams.

Previously, Dr. Mehta held leadership positions at Harvard Medical International and at Partners Healthcare International, where he oversaw global strategy, program development, and operations implementation in over 30 countries. At each, he worked to reform healthcare delivery systems and educational and research entities around the world. His emphasis has been on building sustainable and innovative health care, research and medical education capacity. He also served as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute, where he was the faculty lead on the technology and health initiative, specifically focused on AI in global health. He has been a member of the Department of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School since 1997, and an Honorary Clinical Staff member at Massachusetts Eye & Ear in Boston.

Dr. Mehta completed medical school with honors at the University of Bombay in India, and his clinical training in retinal diseases at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye & Ear. He completed his post-doctoral research at the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Harvard Medical School. He also holds an M.A. in Cognitive and Neural Systems, focused on neural networks and AI, from Boston University. Earlier in his career he was a consultant in the healthcare practice at McKinsey and Company. Dr. Mehta sits on the boards of non-profit health care entities and continues to teach and publish on global health. Dr. Mehta is based in Boston.

Ahrin Mishan

Executive Director
The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation

Ahrin Mishan is the executive director of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, one of the nation’s leading philanthropies focused on Nursing and the role it plays in improving the health of patients, families and communities. He oversees the Foundation's grant-making efforts which focus primarily on the education of nurse innovators and on the advancement of leading edge, nursing-driven models of care that target the needs of vulnerable populations. Mishan serves on the American Nurse Association’s Innovation Advisory Board; was a member of the steering committee of the National Nurse Funder’s Collaborative; and served as co-lead of the New York Future of Nursing Action Coalition.  He is also a trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as the Spence School. He holds a Master’s degree in Visual Anthropology from the University of Southern California, as well as a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from New York University.

Bernie Park

DNP, CCRN, OCN, ANP-C

Founder and Chair

Park Family Charitable Foundation

 

Bernadette “Bernie” Park is the founder and Chair of the Park Family Charitable Foundation. Park is also the Chair and founder of the Fairfield County Leadership Council (FCLC) and Teen Leadership Council for Save the Children. FCLC was established in response to the need for local support in Fairfield County for the mission of Save the Children through fundraising and advocacy. In addition to general mission support and hurricane emergency relief efforts, the council has supported Early Childhood Education in the US and Return to Learning initiatives to help displaced children globally. As a result of these efforts, Park was recognized as a Changemaker for children and honored at the 2019 Save the Children Centennial Celebration. She was among a diverse group of changemakers including corporate leaders, teachers, policy makers and humanitarian workers.

Park is a partner with Social Venture Partners SVP-CT, a network of local community partners aligning passion and purpose to realize greater impact with their philanthropy. SVP-CT’s social impact focus is to close the opportunity gap in Connecticut by supporting innovative organizations and initiatives in education and workforce development. Bernie is serving on their Investment and Strategic Planning Committees and working on their DOMUS team which is focused on helping reentry youth assimilate successfully back into their community after being incarcerated. She is exploring expanding Yale-New Haven Hospital Transitions Clinic- a medical home model staffed by nurse practitioners and community health workers. She is also working with local community colleges and hospital systems to develop career pathways for High school students interested in allied health and nursing careers.

Park has over 15 years of advocacy, grassroots community organizing and fundraising experience and has served on several executive boards for area non-profits.  Prior to her service in the non-profit sector, Ms. Park worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a critical care nurse, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and ultimately as a Nurse Practitioner of their Cancer Prevention and Wellness Program. She was also an adjunct clinical professor at Fairfield University.

Park is currently getting her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) at Yale School of Nursing. For her DNP project, she is collaborating with the Connecticut Nurse Association and the Nurse on Board Coalition on the SpringBoard to Board service initiative. She is facilitating connections to community foundations and matching nurses interested in board service to nonprofit boards in their communities. She is working to develop a pathway to board leadership offered through community foundations aimed at helping nonprofit and philanthropic organizations become structurally diverse, equitable and inclusive.

Park holds a BS in Nursing from the College of Mount St. Vincent, a MS in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and an Advanced Certificate as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with a focus in Primary care and Oncology from Columbia University. She is a member of the ANA, CNA and Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Mu Chapter, Yale School of Nursing.

Tim Porter-O’Grady

DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, FACCWS
Senior Partner, TPOG Associates LLC

Dr. Tim Porter-O’Grady is currently senior partner-health systems for TPOG Associates LLC, an Atlanta-based international health consulting practice. He is an advanced practice nurse in geriatrics/wound specialties and holds three doctorates. Porter-O’Grady has been Clinical Professor, Leadership Scholar at The Ohio State University, College of Nursing and also Professor and Innovations Scholar at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation for the past 10 years, and is currently Clinical Professor at Emory University, School of Nursing. He is nationally/internationally recognized as an expert/futurist in clinical health systems, leadership, professional governance, and health systems innovation. Porter-O’Grady has consulted with over 600 clinical systems world-wide and has lectured at well over 1000 settings globally. He has authored/co-authored 26 books and over 200 publications and is a 9-time winner of the AJ N “Book of the Year Award”. Porter-O’Grady is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a clinical fellow in the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists. He is currently Chair of the Board of the American Nurses Foundation and Board member of St. Joseph’s Mercy Care of Atlanta, a community health system for the underserved and homeless. He also serves on the editorial boards of five proctored healthcare journals. Porter-O’Grady has received numerous awards including the AONE Lifetime Achievement Award, ANA Luther Christman Health Leadership Award, and the AACN Healthcare Pioneer Award just to name a few. He participated in the federal grant project for initiating St Joseph’s Mercy Care of Atlanta some 30 years ago and guided its implementation. He still serves there today as a practicing clinical wound specialist in the Mercy Care Street Medicine program.


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