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The Honorable Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Robert A. McDonald

McDonald was nominated by President Barrack Obama to serve as the eighth Secretary of veterans affairs and was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 29, 2014. Prior to joining VA, Secretary McDonald was chairman, president, and chief Executive officer of the Procter & Gamble Company. An Army veteran, McDonald served with the 82nd Airborne Division, and upon leaving military service, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. The secretary is personally committed to values-based leadership; he and his wife, Diane, are the founders of the McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference at West Point -a biennial gathering that brings together the best young minds from the universities around the world and pairs them with senior business and government leaders in an interactive learning experience.
Donna Bliss, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
School of Nursing Foundation Research Professor
University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Bliss is a Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and is the current director of the Center for Clinical Investigation of the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, chair of the Nursing Committee of the International Continence Society and a Horace T. Morse/Alumni Association Distinguished Teacher. Her research has been funded by NINR, NIH and corporate grants, and focuses on incontinence and associated skin damage. She has 90+ publications on these topics.
Shelley Brown-Cleere, MSN, RN
Director of Neuroscience Services
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Brown-Cleere has worked as a nurse leader in various areas of nursing that include acute care, sub-acute care, long-term care, ambulatory care, home health care and acute inpatient rehabilitation. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Texas Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. She participated in the development and implementation of a care coordination model at UT Southwestern Medical Center and has presented at the Press Ganey National Client Conference in 2012 and 2014 with regard to UT Southwestern’s accomplishments with patient satisfaction.
Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association

Pamela Cipriano is the 35th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA). A distinguished nursing leader, Cipriano has held positions in health care systems, academia and national professional organizations. Prior to becoming ANA president, Cipriano was senior director for health care management consulting at Galloway Advisory by iVantage. She has served in faculty and leadership positions at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 2000 and currently holds a faculty appointment as research associate professor at the UVA School of Nursing. Cipriano serves on a number of boards and committees, including the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission. She was the 2010-2011 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine.
Christina Dempsey, MBA, MSN, CNOR, CENP
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Press Ganey

Dempsey is a registered nurse with nearly three decades of health care experience in nursing. In her present role at Press Ganey, Dempsey has worked to improve employee and physician engagement, improve the flow of patients throughout organizations, and prepare organizations for health care reform. She also serves as a faculty member of the Missouri State University Department of Nursing and is a member of the American Nurses Association, an ANCC Pathway to Excellence® appraiser and an editorial board member for the Journal of Nursing Administration. Dempsey speaks and publishes nationally and internationally on patient experience, patient flow, physician-hospital collaboration, and balancing cost and quality.
Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN
System Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

In her role at CHRISTUS, Gelinas is responsible for ensuring nursing and allied health care is delivered within the framework of evidence-based practice throughout the CHRISTUS Health system continuum. Gelinas is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), served on The Academy’s Workforce Commission for four years, and currently is co-chair of the Fellow SelectionCommittee. She chairs the Nursing Informatics and Technology Expert Panel and is an active member of the Magnet Designation Expert Panel. Gelinas is editor-in-chief of American Nurse Today.
Rosemary Gibson, M.Sc., BS
Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center
Section Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine

The American Medical Writers Association has designated Gibson as a 2014 award recipient for her outstanding contributions to the field of medical communication. Her works include “Medicare Meltdown, “Battle Over Health Care,” “Treatment Trap” and “Wall of Silence”. She has given presentations and grand rounds on patient safety at hundreds of hospitals; keynoted meetings of the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, AONE, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the Federation of State Medical Boards, among others.
Stephanie Huckaby, MSN, RN-BC
Director of Nursing
UT Southwestern Medical Center

As director of nursing, Huckaby is responsible for Surgical Specialty and Women’s service lines and has helped develop and implement a care coordination model at UTSW. Huckaby sits on the TNA Practice Committee, is an ANA nurse fatigue panel advisory member, and serves in the editor capacity for the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing’s MEDSURG Matters publication. Early in 2014 she spoke on the role and function of the care coordinator to the Texas Nurses Association.
Bea Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN
Shirley Titus Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Director of
Innovation and Evaluation
University of Michigan School of Nursing

Kalisch was the 2013 – 2014 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. She has conducted numerous research studies and her current research centers on missed nursing care (standard nursing care that is not being completed) and nursing teamwork. She is a noted author and presenter and has been the recipient of many awards. Kalisch teaches courses on nursing systems and policy at the graduate level.
Diane K. Newman, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN
Adjunct Professor of Urology in Surgery and Senior Research Investigator at the Perelman School of Medicine and Co-director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health Division of Urology
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

Since 2008, Newman has been the urology expert for the development and implementation of a CAUTI-prevention program, including an RN-driven indwelling-catheter removal initiative at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has held multiple leadership positions in professional groups and government-sponsored panels over the past decade. She is the author of the books The Urinary Incontinence Sourcebook, Managing and Treating Urinary Incontinence (1st and 2nd editions), Overcoming Overactive Bladder and a co-author of Fast Facts: Bladder Disorders. She is also the principal investigator for two NIH studies of prevention and treatment of urinary incontinence and prostate cancer.
Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN
Senior Partner
Innovative Health Resources
Editor, Nephrology Nursing Journal

Ulrich is nationally recognized for her research studying nursing work environments and the experiences of new graduate nurses as they transition from nursing school into the workforce. She has extensive experience as a health care executive, educator and researcher. Dr. Ulrich has been a co-investigator on a series of national nursing workforce and work environment studies and participated in two studies of critical care nurse work environments conducted with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.