Program Office

Developing a new generation of nurse leaders to transform America’s health care system

Julie A. Fairman
Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Director
Julie Fairman is the Nightingale Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her work on the history of critical care earned her awards from the American Association of the History of Nursing and her first book, Critical Nursing: A History, received favorable reviews in the national and regional popular press and from reviewers in professional journals. Her most recent book, Making Room in the Clinic; Nurse Practitioners and the Evolution of Modern Health Care is in its second printing and recently out in paperback. She is currently working on a history of the intersection of health policy and nurse practitioners in the United States from 1980 to the present.
Susan B. Hassmiller
Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Director
Susan Hassmiller joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1997 and is presently the senior adviser for Nursing. In this role, she shapes and leads the Foundation’s strategies to address nurse and nurse faculty shortages in an effort to create a higher quality of patient care in the United States. Drawn to the Foundation’s “organizational advocacy for the less fortunate and underserved,” Hassmiller is helping to assure that RWJF's commitments in nursing have a broad and lasting national impact. In partnership with AARP, Hassmiller directs the Foundation’s Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which seeks to increase access to high-quality, patient-centered care in a health care system where nurses contribute as essential partners in achieving success. This national effort strives to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Hassmiller served as the report’s study director.
Heather J. Kelley-Thompson, MA
Deputy Director
Heather Kelley-Thompson began working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2005, as the program associate for the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) program, which is also housed within the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In addition to her role with the Future of Nursing Scholars program, Kelley-Thompson serves in a leadership role with the school’s Nursing Engagement Action Taskforce, as the co-chair of the career opportunities committee. She is also chair-elect for the Penn Professional Staff Assembly. Previously, she was a vice president at a political advertising firm.
Denise Scala, CRA
Business Administrator
Denise Scala has been working in grant administration for the past 30 years at the University of Pennsylvania. Her focus has been both pre award and post award administration within the School of Nursing. She has responsibility for finance, compliance, training, and reporting for specific faculty. Scala has participated on committees to enhance compliance and electronic research administration. She is currently the treasurer for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Society of Research Administrators. She is a certified Research Administrator who is required to take continuing education seminars and/or present topics of interest in this changing field.
Amanda Bastelica Rutkowski
Administrative Coordinator
Amanda Bastelica Rutkowski graduated with a BA in English from Rutgers University in 2010. She took the role of administrative coordinator of the Future of Nursing Scholars program in the fall of 2013. She has a background in academic publishing and was previously employed as a productioneditor at a publishing company in Philadelphia.