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Jose Alejandro, MSN, PhD(c), RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE, is Corporate Director of Case Management at Cornerstone Healthcare Group and Nursing Faculty at West Coast University – Dallas Campus. Mr. Alejandro serves as President, National Association of Hispanic Nurses and Treasurer, Case Management Society of America. In 2008, Jose was selected as an “Emerging Leader” by the Texas Nurses Association for his contribution to the nursing profession. Mr. Alejandro also serves on the American Medical Association Commission to End Healthcare Disparities.

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Teresita Bushey, MA, APRN-BC, RN, is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., where she mentors first-generation freshman nursing students through the college’s Project WISE (Wal-Mart Initiative for Success in Education). Her current research projects include investigating the role of professional socialization behaviors in predicting academic success in nursing education, and assessing the use of academic electronic health records (AEHRs) in nursing education. Tessie recently co-presented a poster session on AEHR use at the 2009 Nursing Informatics Conference in Helsinki, Finland.

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Wallena Gould, CRNA, EdD, is the founder and chief executive officer of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping nurses and students from underrepresented minority populations prepare for advanced practice careers as certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). Lena has mentored literally thousands of minority students in nurse anesthesia programs across the country–an achievement that earned her 2009 Top National Winner recognition in the prestigious Cherokee Inspired Comfort Awards and Governor Thomas H. Kean Outstanding Alumni Award. She successfully defended her dissertation on the professional socialization of underrepresented minority nurse anesthetists and nurse anesthesia students at Wilmington University.

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Constance Smith Hendricks, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor of community health and gerontology nursing at Auburn University School of Nursing in Auburn, Alabama. Selected as an Emerging Nursing Star in Health Disparities Research at Howard University Division of Nursing’s 2004 M. Elizabeth Carnegie Research Conference, Constance has conducted more than 30 grant-funded research studies and published more than 60 articles. She is associate editor of The Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health and was recently inducted into the American Academy of Nursing.

Ed_JamesSmall_Sized_photo_0000_Layer 2Dr. Ed James earned his MD and MBA (The Wharton School) from the University of Pennsylvania as a participant in the Penn Med Scholars combined degree program. Although a physician,  several years ago, he personally struggled with obesity and pre-diabetes. On the advice of his doctor, he began to make healthy lifestyle changes and was soon “cured”. Drawing inspiration from his personal experiences, he founded Heal2BFree in 2011, where he serves as President. Heal2BFree focuses on helping individuals and organizations to develop and implement action plans for healthy lifestyles and is committed to closing the health disparities gap.  His bimonthly Radio Show, Funerals and Fried Chicken™, provides practical information on making healthy lifestyle changes to prevent and reverse many chronic diseases.  Dr. James is also the Healthy Lifestyle Expert for BlackDoctor.Org and regularly writes preventive health related articles. He has a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

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Sandra Millon Underwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing, which recently honored her with its Faculty Distinguished Public Service Award. She has conducted many funded research projects focusing on cancer education, prevention and early detection in at-risk, underserved minority populations, including the Cancer Control Collaborative for Congregational Nurses and the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Program for Nurse Educators at Historically Black and Minority-Serving Institutions. Sandra received the National Black Nurses Association’s Trailblazer Award in 2006 and was inducted into the NBNA’s Institute of Excellence in 2009.

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Tri Pham, PhD, RN, AOCNP-BC, ANP-BC, is secretary of the Vietnamese-American Nurses Association (VANA) and a full-time nurse practitioner with The Department of Stem Cell Transplantation & Cellular Therapy at The University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is also on the faculty at Texas Woman’s University-Houston Center-College of Nursing.

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Ronnie Ursin, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, is the Senior Director of Nursing Resources and Education at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Ursin is a lifetime member and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA).  He is the President of the Black Nurses Association of Baltimore.  Dr. Ursin is also the Editor-in-Chief of NBNA News – the official newsletter of NBNA.  He worked with the National Council State Boards of Nursing on the NCLEX Item Development Panel, is a site visitor for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, and a manuscript reviewer for MEDSURG Nursing – the official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.