Advisory Board

Angela Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN
Angela Amar is an associate professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Her research focuses on traumatic experiences, especially violence, mental health responses to trauma, and aspects of forensic nursing. Research outcomes are the identification of victims and potential victims so that services and resources to manage and avoid experiencing trauma and violence are received. She has received intramural funding at Boston College and external funding from Health Resource and Service Administration. She is certified as an Adult Advanced Practice Psychiatric nurse. Amar serves as Research Column Editor and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Forensic Nursing. She earned her BSN and her MSN from Louisiana State University and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Geraldine "Polly" Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN
Geraldine “Polly” Bednash was appointed executive director of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in December 1989. In her role as chief executive officer, she oversees the educational, research, governmental affairs, publications, and other programs of the organization that is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate-degree education programs in nursing – the nation’s largest health care profession. Prior to serving as executive director and CEO, Bednash headed the association’s legislative and regulatory advocacy programs as director of government affairs. In that post she directed AACN’s efforts to secure strong federal support for nursing education and research, coordinated new initiatives with federal agencies and with major foundations, and co-authored AACN’s landmark study of the financial costs to students and to clinical agencies of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. Bednash serves as the chair of the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care, a member of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions, and a member of the Quality Alliance Steering Committee. She has been appointed to the Secretary’s Academic Affiliations Council of the Veteran’s Administration. Bednash earned her BSN from Texas Women’s University, her MSN from The Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in higher education policy and law from the University of Maryland.
Patricia A. Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN
Patricia A. Grady is director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). An internationally recognized researcher, Grady's scientific focus has primarily been in stroke, with emphasis on arterial stenosis and cerebral ischemia. In 1988, Grady joined NIH as an extramural research program administrator in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in the areas of stroke and brain imaging. Two years later, she served on the NIH Task Force for Medical Rehabilitation Research, which established the first long-range research agenda for the field of medical rehabilitation research. In 1992, she assumed the responsibilities of NINDS Assistant Director. From 1993 to 1995, she was deputy director and acting director of NINDS. Grady served as a charter member of the NIH Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center Board of Governors. Before coming to NIH, Grady held several academic positions and served concurrently on the faculties of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and School of Nursing. She earned her BSN from Georgetown University, her MSN from the University of Maryland, and a doctorate in physiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Bernard Harris, Jr.
Bernard A. Harris, Jr., MD, MBA, FACP
Bernard Harris is currently chief executive officer and managing partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm that invests in early to mid-stage Healthcare technologies and companies. As CEO, he is responsible for managing a portfolio of private assets of early and mid- stage venture investments and operating companies. Prior to Vesalius Ventures, Harris worked with Vanguard Ventures, a $500 million early-stage venture capital firm focused in life sciences, information technology and telecommunications. He led the company’s emerging VC accelerator in telemedicine for six years. Harris was at NASA for 10 years, where he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis. He conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend astronaut stays in space. Selected into the Astronaut Corp in January 1990, Harris was a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-55/Spacelab D-2 in 1993. As payload commander on Space Shuttle Discovery STS-63 in 1995, he served on the first flight of the joint Russian-American Space Program, becoming the “First African American to walk in Space.” A veteran astronaut for over 20 years, he has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space. Harris is also the founder of the Harris Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports math/science education and crime prevention programs for America's youth. He earned a BS in Biology from the University of Houston, a Master of Medical Science from the University of Texas Branch at Galveston, and MBA from the University of Houston, and an MD from Texas Tech University School of Medicine.
Linda Headrick
Linda Headrick, MD, MS, FACP
Linda A. Headrick is the Helen Mae Spiese Distinguished Faculty Scholar, senior associate dean for Education, and professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. She leads a dean's office team that supports all aspects of medical education, from pre‐admissions through continuing medical education. In that role, she has enhanced the medical school's internationally recognized curriculum by emphasizing quality improvement and teamwork. Her academic work focuses on quality improvement in health care and health professional education, with an emphasis on preparing new health professionals to improve care as part of their daily practice. In 2009‐10, Headrick was the national faculty lead for “Retooling for Quality and Safety,” an Institute for Healthcare Improvement initiative supported by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. “Retooling for Quality and Safety” engaged six competitively selected School of Medicine and School of Nursing partners in implementing innovative methods to integrate health care improvement and patient safety content into required curricula; a paper summarizing the results was published in Health Affairs in December 2012. Headrick is the chair of the Association of American Medical College’s Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) initiative, with the goal of ensuring education in quality and patient safety (including interprofessional education) for the next generation of physicians. Headrick earned her AB in Chemistry at the University of Missouri – Columbia, her MD at Stanford University, and her MS in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University.
Margaret McLean Heitkemper
Margaret McLean Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN
Margaret Heitkemper is professor and chairperson of the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, and adjunct professor in the Division of Gastroenterology at the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. She is also director of the National Institutes of Health–National Institute for Nursing Research–funded Center for Women’s Health and Gender Research at the University of Washington. In the fall of 2006, Heitkemper was appointed the Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Chair in Nursing. She has been on faculty at the University of Washington since 1981, and has received three School of Nursing Excellence in Teaching awards and the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2002, she received the Distinguished Nutrition Support Nurse Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), in 2003, the American Gastroenterological Association and Janssen Award for Clinical Research in Gastroenterology and in 2005, she was the first recipient of the Pfizer and Friends of the National Institutes for Nursing Research Award for Research in Women’s Health. In 2006, Heitkemper received the American Academy of Nursing Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award. Heitkemper earned her BS in nursing from Seattle University, her MS in gerontologic nursing from the University of Washington, and her PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Illinois.
Deborah E. Jones, PhD, RN, CNE
Deborah E. Jones, former dean of Nursing at Hampton University, currently works as an independent Nursing Education Consultant and Career Advisor, focusing on the areas of curriculum design, assessment of learning environment, leadership development and individual goal attainment. In her role as dean at Hampton University’s School of Nursing, she had leadership oversight for two campuses with responsibility for leadership, vision, coordination and strategic, operational and financial direction for all School of Nursing programs. Jones instilled a culture of academic excellence and established a record of accomplishment in curriculum redesign while providing an outstanding student and faculty experience. By mentoring faculty and staff, she expanded scholarly research while fostering collaborative relationships across the university and between nursing campuses. As dean, she helped to facilitate strengthening of research capabilities, resulting in the school establishing its own research agenda to include a school specific research mission, vision and goals and identification of specific areas of research interest. As an independent Nursing Education Consultant and Career Advisor, Jones advises faculty and administrators on curriculum design, effectiveness and implementation. To assist with accreditation and approval, Jones services extend to development of policies and procedures for data collection, analysis, and evaluation. Central to organizational achievement is student outcomes and student-centered learning principles, which are central to her leadership. Jones earned her BSN, MSN, and a PhD in Nursing Research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Ancella Livers
Ancella Livers, PhD
Ancella Livers is the senior faculty member on the Design and Delivery team at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), working with clients on gaining clarity around their leadership needs and creating dynamic solutions to meet those needs. While most of her clients have been in Fortune 500 companies, Livers has also worked with government agencies and nonprofits. For 12 years, Livers worked at CCL where she held a number of leadership roles including global director of open enrollment programs, global program manager of CCL’s flagship offering the Leadership Development Program and program manager of several other programs including the Foundations of Leadership, the African-American program, and the Women’s Leadership program. She has deep expertise on diversity issues, particularly those focusing on African Americans and women. For a time, Livers joined the Executive Leadership Council where she served as executive director of the Institute for Leadership Development and Research. Livers earned her BS in Mass Communications from Hampton Institute, her MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, and her MA and PhD in History from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN, NEA-BC is the Executive Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Patient Experience Officer for the Medical University of South Carolina. He is accountable for the practice of nursing at MUSC Health and oversees initiatives to enhance the patient experience. He ensures consistency in the standards of nursing practice across the enterprise and will create an environment in which collaboration is valued and excellence in clinical care, education and research is promoted and achieved. Mansfield ensures the vision of and the advancement of the profession of nursing for MUSC Health; he is responsible for strategic planning to standardize, develop, and ensure the appropriate translation of evidence-based care that is incorporated into daily practice throughout the enterprise to attain corporate goals. He is responsible for creating a visionary platform for patient experience to impact patients and families across the continuum of care.

Mansfield eceived his diploma in nursing from Saint Vincent Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Xavier University, a master’s degree in nursing administration and a PhD in public health from The Ohio State University. At OSU Wexner Medical Center, Mansfield was appointed the first Chief Nursing Officer at University Hospital East, the first corporate Administrator, Health System Nursing Services for quality, research and evidence-based practice, the first Chief Nursing Officer for Ambulatory Services and most recently, served four years as the Chief Nursing Officer for University Hospital and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital - both of which achieved their third Magnet Redesignation, February 2015. Mansfield formerly held an appointment as clinical professor of practice at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and served as faculty lead for the graduate nursing administration courses. He is the President of the RWJF-ENF Alumni Association and also holds an appointment as Member, National Advisory Committee of the RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Program.
Wanda Montalvo, PhD, MSN, RN, ANP
Wanda Montalvo is an innovative executive nurse leader and is the Associate Director at the Weitzman Institute, the first community-based research center established by Community Health Center, Inc. Her leadership at the state and national level include clinical director for the New York State Diabetes Campaign, chief programs officer for the Community Health Care Association of New York State, and Northeast Director for National Health Disparities Collaborative sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services' Bureau of Primary Health Care. Her work to reduce disparity in pediatric asthma and childhood obesity led to two U.S. Surgeon General Awards: C. Everett Koop National Health Award and Healthy Youth for Healthy Future. Montalvo has served on several national committees: Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future, Chaired the Operating Committee of the CDC/NIH National Diabetes Education Program, and most recently the RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars program. She earned her PhD from the Columbia University School of Nursing and her BSN and MSN from Long Island University School of Nursing.