Advisory Board

Patricia L. Starck, DSN, RN, FAAN
Patricia Lee Starck served as dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing for 30 years. Since stepping down in 2014, she has continued to serve as UTHealth's Senior Vice President for Interprofessional Education, a role she has held since 2013. Starck's commitment to nursing and nursing education is evident in her numerous leadership roles and contributions. Starck's accomplishments include more than 37 years of administration, combined with more than 47 years of nursing education, and 55 years as a registered nurse. Starck served two years as UTHealth’s senior vice president for Community Affairs, where she led the Office of Advancement to expand public awareness of UTHealth and cultivate philanthropic support. Starck earned her MSN from Emory University and her doctorate from the University of Alabama.
Shelley White-Means
Shelley White-Means, PhD
Shelley White-Means is professor of Economics in the Health Outcomes and Policy Research Division, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). White-Means is past president of the National Economic Association, a post-doctoral fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and on the steering committee for the Meharry Medical College Community Health Centers, Community Networks Program. She previously served as vice-chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences and chair of the PhD program in Health Outcomes and Policy Research at UTHSC. Prior to her current appointment at University of Tennessee, she served on the faculty at Cornell University and University of Memphis. White-Means serves on the Executive Board of the Community Engagement and Research Unit of the UTHSC Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI). She is adjunct professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at UTHSC and Faculty Associate at Methodist LeBonheur Center for Health Care Economics, University of Memphis. White-Means is a health economist with over 25 years of research emphasis in health disparities and access to care for ethnic minorities, women, the elderly, and other vulnerable populations. Her research emphasizes long-term care for ethnic elderly, labor market implications of caregiving, and racial disparities faced by Blacks and Hispanics in the utilization of medical services. White Means earned her bachelor’s degree in economics at Grinnell College, her master’s degree and her PhD, also in economics, at Northwestern University.
Douglas Wholey
Douglas Wholey, PhD, MBA
Doug Wholey is a professor in the School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy & Management, at the University of Minnesota. He studies health care organization and management. His current research focuses on chronic care teams, assertive community treatment teams, medical homes, lean management in health care, care coordination, and primary care performance measurement. He is also interested in public health systems, managed care firms and markets, the diffusion of information technology, and software team management. He has extensive experience as an information systems professional where his tasks included systems analysis, application and system programming, and software engineering management. Prior to coming to Minnesota, he managed the Information Systems program at Carnegie Mellon University for four years. Wholey earned his MBA in management and his PhD in organizational behavior and industrial relations from the Haas School at the University of California-Berkeley.
Shanita D. Williams, PhD, MPH, APRN
Shanita Williams is chief of the Nursing Practice and Workforce Development Branch in the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As branch chief, she oversees the Division of Nursing’s Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention and Nurse Workforce Diversity portfolios. Williams is also the program officer for HRSA’s National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NC-IPE) cooperative agreement award. She is a family nurse practitioner and social epidemiologist. Her background includes training in qualitative and quantitative methodologies, focus group methods and analyses, and social epidemiology. Williams earned her BSN and her MSN from the University of South Carolina at Columbia and her PhD in Nursing from Georgia State University.