The Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC) assembled an Advisory Board that is reflective of diverse practice areas, academic pathways, geographic location, and populations served. The advisory board oversees curriculum development and determines metrics for review. The PA-AC is working with Advisory Board stakeholders to ensure that the course content is engaging, thoughtfully articulated, and caters to a wide audience. In year two of the project, Geisinger employees across the health system will pilot and evaluate the curriculum. The advisory board will use lessons learned to prepare the program for implementation across HHS Region 3 in Year Three.
Brianna Blackburn is a nurse, educator, and advocate for the advancement of nursing education. Bri serves as a steering committee member for the Pennsylvania Action Coalition's Nurse Residency Collaborative and an advisory board member for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's Nurse Residency Program. Bri works as an Instructor of Nursing for Penn State's Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing where she is also pursuing her PhD.
Dr. Brayden Kameg is an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Pittsburgh, where she coordinates the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) program. She is the founding program director of a PMHNP residency at the Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). Clinically, Dr. Kameg works on an inpatient basis and in the addiction psychiatry program at VAPHS, and co-owns a private practice, Peace of Mind Psychiatry, in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Stacy Huber is a Clinical Education Associate Professor at WVU School of Nursing. She is Director of the SON Honors program and chairperson of the WVU SON Total Faculty Committee. She is an on-site evaluator for the National League of Nursing (NLN) Commission for Nursing Accreditation. She serves as a Nursing Education Team Lead for the Future of Nursing West Virginia Recruiting and Utilizing Nursing Faculty team. Dr Huber was a 2022 inductee into the West Virginia University Health Science Center Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Dr. Crystal DeVance-Wilson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She is also the Assistant Director of the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center. She has been elected or appointed to several national and University of Maryland School of Nursing committees including Faculty Council where she is currently serving as Immediate Past Chair. Dr. DeVance-Wilson is currently serving as Chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Health.
Dr. Gloria Jones Dinkins is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (HUCNAHS) in Washington, DC. She teaches in the Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Science graduate family nurse practitioner program. She is on the educational committee of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association. She is a project coordinator partnering with the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) to educate women with disabilities on the importance of mammogram screening.
Dr. Rebecca Wiseman is an Associate Professor at University of Maryland School of Nursing .She is the founding director of the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center. She is the Maryland state representative and the Treasurer of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers. She was Sigma Pi chapter President twice. Dr. Wiseman has been involved in Maryland statewide initiatives for the past twelve years, beginning in 2010 with her involvement with the Maryland Action Coalition. Dr. Wiseman was invited to submit a Maryland Higher Education Nurse Support II grant to establish the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center (MNWC) in 2018.
Valerie Clary-Muronda is an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University College of Nursing and has been a full-time faculty member at Jefferson since 2016. Dr. Clary-Muronda is also the coordinator for the Thomas Jefferson University College of Nursing STEP-UP Nursing Program, a program developed to educate Philadelphia high school students about the nursing profession. She has been a member of the New Jersey Board of Nursing since 2021.
Kortney Welles is a Professional Development Specialist at Lehigh Valley Health Work in Pennsylvania 5 years of experience in medical surgical nursing and 3 years of experience in healthcare education.
Dr. Danielle McCamey, DNP, ACNP-BC, FCCP, is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Practice & Relationships at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She is also the founder, CEO, and president of DNPs of Color.
Dr. Debbie Rahn is the Director of the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences (RHSHS). Dr. Rahn has held multiple other roles in professional and academic settings including, Assistant Head Nurse, Nurse Manager, Nursing Program Faculty, Curriculum Coordinator, and Director of a Nursing Program. She served on the Board of Commissioners for Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Dr. Rahn is an ethics consultant on the Reading Hospital Ethics Committee. Dr. Rahn’s leadership resulted in the creation of dual enrollment programs for the RHSHS Nursing, MI, DMS, and ST Programs. Dr. Rahn is an adjunct professor at Alvernia University teaching in the MSN Nursing Education.
Dr. Vilma Davis is Director and Chair/Assistant at Lincoln University, where she is the evaluator with the CCNE accrediting body. She is Lincoln’s liaison to the PA-ACCEL Mentorship Program. She was Chairperson of the Nursing Department Student and Faculty Development Committee and Scholarship and Research Committee. She was an adjunct professor at Wilmington University. She was the secondary PI on a research project concerning, “Vaccine hesitancy among people of color.” She is a Board member of the Health and welfare foundation of Southern Chester County.
Jennifer Wasco is the Director of Nursing Continuing Professional Development and an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing (SoN) at the University of Pittsburgh. She is as a mentor to Swanson School of Engineering bio-engineering students as well as a mentor in the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program (URMP). She developed a course on the impact of climate change on global health. Dr. Wasco was named to the Provost’s Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Sustainability to develop recommendations for a University-wide Sustainability Institute. She is the SoN chair for the committee for professional development and continuing education.
Melissa Bellamy is the BSN Curriculum Administrator at Morgan State University. She oversees the undergraduate didactic and clinical faculty and serves as a support to the program director. Melissa worked for the University of Maryland Health Systems as an Emergency Room Nurse for 9 years and spent an additional 2 years in the health system as the ER Nurse educator.
Fallon Hughes is the Senior Director of Nursing Practice, Innovation, Research & EBP at WellSpan Health. Fallon has served as the Director of Nursing Education and Professional Development at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, overseeing a large Nursing Professional Development staff of 37. In addition, Fallon has worked as an adjunct faculty member for Harrisburg Area Community College and The Pennsylvania State University. Her clinical background is adult oncology for which she served as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist for a number of years.
Jen Kohler is a skilled clinical nurse educator with over 20 years of acute care experience. Jen has experience teaching new graduate nurses, facilitating clinical orientation for both experienced and new to practice nurses, and has worked closely and held leadership positions within a nurse residency program for over 10 years. Jen also develops and organizes maintenance of competencies for staff nurses working in telemetry, stroke, and oncology specialties. Jen also works closely with evidenced based practice and has experience leading projects and presenting at conferences.
CPT Nina Davis is a captain in the United States Army Nurse Corp. She has worked for 28 as an RN. She has her MSN and APRN and is currently seeking her PhD in nursing.
Dr. Felisa Smith is a former Army Reserve officer and member of the Military Officers Association of America. She is a member of the American Nurse Association, the National League for Nursing (NLN), the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, and the American Holistic Nurses Association. Dr. Smith is an NLN certified nurse educator (CNE) currently working as a full-time academic nurse educator teaching in a university in Virginia where she lives with her teenage daughter. She enjoys reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer Parrotte is the Director of Organizational Development, Nursing Education, Research, and the Magnet program at UPMC St. Margaret in Pittsburgh, PA. She is an executive mentor to six shared governance councils that include Inclusion, Evidence Based Practice and Research, Professional Practice, Night, Ambulatory, and Wellness Council. Jennifer has been recognized with awards such as, The University of Pittsburgh Gail Wolff Leadership award, The 10th annual UPMC St. Margaret Individual Patient Safety Award, and the Daisy Nurse Leader Award.
Nadine Lindsay is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), board-certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Lindsay created a clinical platform for NP and doctoral students. Dr. Lindsay now serves as an FNP/Chief Executive Officer of DelCare Health Solutions. Dr. Lindsay has an extensive nursing background in critical care, progressive care, medical-surgical care, long-term acute care, geriatric, rehabilitation, hospice care, and ambulatory care.
Professor Joshua Saylor, is a master’s trained clinical nurse leader finishing a Doctoral degree in Executive Leadership in May 2023. Mr. Saylor is the Systems and Processes Administrator at Morgan State University. Mr. Saylor is a Hospital Operations Coordinator at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore within the LifeBridge Health Network. Prior nursing work includes post anesthesia care, dialysis, hospice, pediatric bone marrow transplant, home health, and psych school nursing. Mr. Saylor holds certifications as a Six Sigma Black belt and a Certified Pediatric Nurse.
Dr. White teaches Informatics, Mental Health, Medical/Surgical, Leadership, Critical Thinking, Community Health, Pharmacology, Transition Nursing, and Pediatrics at Delaware State University. She is the C.E.O. for the Hope Empowerment Center in Baltimore, MD. She is the Senior Apostle for The Church of Hope (TCH) in Baltimore, MD. She is a Senior Prophetic Instructor at several TCH Prophetic Academies located throughout the Maryland, Washington, and Delaware region. She established T.C.H Kingdom Life Coach Ministries to assist women to recover from a lifetime of abuse.
Sarah Craig is a faculty member since 2014 at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Previously she supported the school as a clinical instructor and graduate teaching assistant, and she worked at the University of Virginia Health System as a clinical nurse specialist in post-operative cardiovascular and thoracic surgery care. Sarah earned both her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy from the University. She recently completed a post-Graduate certificate in Nursing Education from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
Ms. Twanda Toliver- Gainer is the Founder and CEO of RN Reach, LLC. She is a retired Navy Nurse Corps Officer. Ms. Gainer has served as Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Manager, and Nurse Educator. She has also served as Nurse Residency Coordinator at Howard University Hospital; Assistant Professor, HU-Vets for Success Counselor, and Recruiter at Hampton University; Traditional BSN Program Coordinator at Norfolk State University; and Academic Success Coach and Clinical Adjunct faculty for both Virginia Commonwealth and South University.
Caroline Wilkinson is a graduate of Drexel University, School of Nursing and trained in Adult Gerontology in Primary Care and an Advanced Practice provider as a Certified Wound Care Nurse through WOCN. Caroline has been practicing since 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. Caroline’s interests also include end-of-life issues and practices in the specialty Primary Care and Wound Care as an APRN.
Dr. Bronzell-Wynder is the CEO and Founder of Lifecycles Health Center and Services, a nurse managed health center located in Camden, New Jersey. She is a Contributing Faculty at Walden University. Dr. Wynder was selected for the Carpenter Community Nursing Fellowship through NNCC and she received the Sandra Festa Ryan award for social innovation in nursing care from Thomas Jefferson University. She authored and co-authored several articles. She continues to work as a nurse practitioner in lung transplant at Temple University.
Amanda Cresswell MSN, BSN, RN is the Vice President of Nursing Professional Development, Magnet and Research at Geisinger, one of the nation’s largest health care organizations. Prior to joining the Geisinger family, Amanda held roles in other healthcare systems such as Chief Nursing Officer and System Director of Clinical Excellence.
Dr. Mary Jean Osborne is the Project Coordinator for the nursing programs of Northampton Community College (NCC). Prior to transitioning to the Coordinator role, Dr. Osborne served as Director of the RN and PN nursing programs at NCC (2005-2022). Under her leadership a preceptorship was integrated into Associate Degree program and a grant funded Shared Clinical Faculty Program in partnership with Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network (LVHHN) was successfully implemented. Prior to serving as Program Director, Dr. Osborne served in the roles of Trauma Clinical Specialist and later Director of Patient Care Services for Trauma and Cardiovascular Surgery at LVHHN. Dr. Osborne is President of the PA Chapter of the Organization of Associate Degree Nursing (OADN), and the PA Colleges of Associate Degree Nursing. Dr. Osborne is committed to the initiatives of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC). She served as President of the Academic Progression in PA subcommittee and currently serves on the PA-AC Executive Committee.
Dr. Barbara Todd is the Director of Practice & Education - Advanced Practice at the Hospital University of Pennsylvania and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing and Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She has practiced as a nurse practitioner in the Philadelphia region for the past 32 years and is an experienced clinician and administrator for advanced practice providers. She has been instrumental in developing NP models of care in several large academic medical centers. Her clinical interest has been in cardiovascular health, with a focus on valvular heart disease and role transition for nurse practitioners. She has published extensively and presented nationally on advanced practice clinical and administrative topics. She is certified in both family practice and acute care.
The Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Advisory Board is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $4 million dollars with no percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.