Birthale Archie, DNP, MSN, BS, RN, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nursing Care Force, LLC – a home health care agency in Kentwood, Michigan, and faculty at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the College of Health Professions. She was the Visionary-Founder and President of the Kalamazoo-Muskegon Michigan Black Nurses Association headquartered in Kentwood and is currently the Second Vice President for the National Black Nurses Association. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Dr. Archie has taught in schools of nursing for over 15 years both in clinical practice and academia with expertise in Pediatric, medical-surgical, and critical care nursing. She completed recent research on Medication Adherence and design a “Medication Adherence Algorithm” which is a clinical tool to be used by nurses to promote Medication Adherence in the older adults. She has been the keynote speaker for many engagements and has received awards and honors both in nursing and the world of business.
Anabell Castro Thompson, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, FAAN, is a nurse practitioner and Vice President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Equality Health. She also serves as the President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. She serves on multiple national and regional boards and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the 2015 University of Arizona Alumni – “Young Professional Achievement Award”, the 2011 Valle del Sol “Latino Excellence in Health and Science Award”, the 2010 Arizona State University- Los Diablos Hispanic Alumni, “Horquilla Award” and the 2010 National Association of Hispanic Nurses “Janie Menchaca Wilson Leadership Award.”
Iluminada C. Jurado, MSN, RN, CNN, has over 30 years of experience in nursing and is currently a pre-transplant coordinator at St. Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey. She is a founding member and past treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the International Transcultural Nursing Society and is Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Philippine Nurses Association of America. She is a member of the New Jersey State Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.
Martha A. Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE, is an assistant professor and MSN specialty coordinator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She has experience inacademic medical centers, community hospitals, and academia. She has served as a Vice President of Clinical Operations, Chief Nurse Executive, Associate Chief Operating Officer, and consultancy. Dawson is a RWJ Nurse Executive Fellow, J & J Wharton Nurse Fellow, and Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She received academic honors the Nursing’s Innovation in Teaching Award, Graduate Deans Mentorship Award, and President Teaching Excellent Award. Dr. Dawson is an experienced, dynamic health care leader and sort lecturer and workshop leader on leadership, work design, organizational systems, staff development, community health, health careers, and management. She has served as the principal investigator, project director, and coordinator on workforce grants exceeding $2.1 million. Her research focus is career barriers, mobility, and development, succession planning, coaching effectiveness of entry and middle management, health disparity, and workforce diversity and planning.
Wallena Gould, CRNA, EdD, FAAN, 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.
Varsha Singh, RN, MSN, APN, is an APN Manager at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway, New Jersey. She received her Master’s degree from Seton Hall University. Varsha Singh is current President of NJSNA Region-3 and PR Chair of the National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA), President-Elect of NJ stroke coordinators consortium as well as FNAP NJ. She was awarded March of the Dimes Nurse of the Year award 2015 in Advance Practice Category, Elizabeth Seton Young Alumni Award from Seton Hall University in 2013, Health Care Heroes Award in 2012 (NJ Biz), Meridian Health IFN scholarship for her doctoral program, and is a current JONAS SCHOLAR as a doctoral student. Varsha believes in mentoring student RNs. As a leader, she fosters the professional growth of members of NAINA as well as NJ State-based professional nursing organizations.
Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Director of Quality Management at Nevada’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center, Nevada Health Centers, Inc. (NVHC) comprised of 18 health centers in urban, rural and frontier Nevada. As the Director, she is responsible for ensuring high quality and cost effective healthcare throughout NVHC’s integrated practice of medical, dental and behavioral health services. Dr. Toney has more than 30 years of clinical and leadership experience in nursing and community-based health promotion programs. She began her career as a critical care nurse and progressed into leadership roles. A strong advocate of patient-centered care, Dr. Toney is a national and international speaker known for her passionate, enthusiastic and inspirational style and her ability to get to the heart of the matter.
Eric J. Williams, DNP, RN, CNE, FAAN, was installed as the first male and 12th President of the National Black Nurses Association on August 2, 2015. Currently, Dr. Williams is the Assistant Director/Faculty Leader and Professor of Nursing at Santa Monica College. He is recognized as being the first African American male faculty member where he began his appointment in 2001. He has presented locally and nationally on a variety of health related topics. He was featured in a CNN segment on health care reform entitled “A Nursing Professor Rejoices.” Also, he was featured in Minority Nurse regarding NBNA 40th Anniversary. Dr. Williams’ research interest is centered on levels of cultural competence among nursing students. He was listed as a pioneer in nursing by St. Louis University. Dr. Williams is a past board member of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing. He is a current member of the Technical Expert Panel for Education for the Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality, and he currently serves as a board member of the Haiti Nursing Foundation. Dr. Williams was inducted into the William Carey University Hall of Fame on March 28, 2015. He has received several awards, including the National Black Nurses Association Trailblazer Award (2011); Great 100 Nurses of New Orleans (1992); Outstanding Young Men of America (1987); and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities (1986). He was featured as a local leader by Working Nurse in 2015.