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Jane Abanes, , DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC

Vanderbilt University

LCDR Jane Abanes’ medical career started in 1995 as a Navy Hospital Corpsman. Later commissioned as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer, she served in various settings including medical surgical ward, inpatient psychiatric unit, case management department, post-anesthesia care unit, and general surgery clinic. Her passion for mental health began during her post-master’s studies at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).…

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Maura Abbott


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Anisha Abdul-Ali, , DNP, MPH, RN

Senior Director of Clinical Programs

Dr. Abdul-Ali is the Senior Director of Clinical Programs at OCHIN in Portland, Oregon, leading a team of twelve clinicians who provide expertise in informatics, practice facilitation, clinician engagement and efficiency, and program evaluation.  Her focus is on the translation and implementation of clinical decision support tools in the electronic health record. A leader in healthcare innovation and transformation, with a background in adult critical care, clinical education, project management and informatics, Dr.…

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Brittany Abeln, , BSN, RN

University of Arizona

I am currently entering my fourth year as a dual PMHNP DNP/PhD student. Prior to starting my program I received my BSN and a BS in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. My research interest is in LGBTQ mental health inequalities; I am specifically interested in understanding the experiences of transgender youth and their mental health outcomes.…

Susan Adamek

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Christy Adams, , M.P.H., R.N.

University of California-Davis

Christy Adams is a Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy student at the University of California, Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Her clinical practice interest is injury prevention across the age continuum with a research focus on fall prevention among older adults transitioning from acute care to home. In addition to a Bachelor’s in the Science of Nursing, she holds a Master’s in Public Health.…

Maura Adams

The Catholic University of America

Maura Adams is currently a Doctorate in Nursing Practice student at the Catholic University of America. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing in Public Health Nursing from the Catholic University of America in 2014, and prior to that earned her BSN from Villanova University in 2007, where she also participated as a member of the NROTC unit.…

Sara B. Adams

University of Illinois at Chicago

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Sheika R. Adams, MHA, CPPS, ACRN, CMSRN

University of Colorado-Denver

Lisa Adams Wolf

Boston College

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Helena Addison, MSN, RN

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Lucky Agbator, ,DNP

Duke University

I have 27 years of Professional experience in a combination of Clinical, Health Informatics, and Manufacturing Performance Improvements with multi-faceted experience in Health, and Business Analytics. My main concentration is in Healthcare Performance Data Standards, EHRs implementation, Clinical workflow, Quality Improvements, Administration, Compliance, and sustenance of Healthcare Systems. I have experience in utilizing improvements principles, research methods in Healthcare, and Clinical and Manufacturing Environment.…

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Christine Agenor, , MPH, RN-BC

University of Central Florida

In my doctoral research at the University of Central Florida, I am exploring the promotion of flourishing, defined as the optimal state of mental health, including psychological, emotional, and social well-being. My dissertation will be a grounded theory study of the social forces that influence flourishing in ethnically diverse youth. My interest in this research area is based in my clinical experience as a mental health nurse at the VA, as well as my undergraduate preparation in psychology and graduate preparation in public health.…

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David Chinyeaka Agor, BSN, RN, CM/CD

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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Anastasia Aguiar, MSN, EdM, RN

Columbia University

Khira Ahmed-Yahia, , BSN, RN, CCRN

University of Wisconsin-Madison

I am a second year full-time Doctor of Nursing Practice student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My focus is in primary care pediatrics with a special interest in nursing education. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 with my BSN. Following graduation I accepted a new graduate nursing position in the pediatric intensive care unit at Mattel Children’s Hospital-UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.…

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Alma Ahmetovic, , MSN, RN, WCC, HFA

Indiana University

Current program – Interested in the care of older adults and research in this area. 2017 August – Presented on the topic of The First 72: Post-Acute Care Onboarding & Hospitality during a 3.5 hour, half-day intensive session at the 2017 Pioneer Network Annual Conference in Schaumburg, IL. 2015 – Present: Facility Administrator on Record, Swiss Village, Berne, Indiana; HFA.…

Irene Akande, ,RN, BSN, MSN

University Of Maryland

After attaining my Bachelors of Nursing Degree (BSN 2nd Degree) from the University of Maryland in 2005, I joined Dimensions Healthcare Systems as a Critical Care/ICU/Trauma Nurse where I gained vast experiences as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse. As part of my career advancement in late 2006, I was offered a position with The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington DC as an ICU Staff Nurse.…

Toyin Akanni, , DNP,BSN,RN

University of Washington

I am a DNP student in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track at the University of Washington. What has prepared me for this future role are the different life experiences. Experience as a single mother, an immigrant, 17 years of psychiatric nursing, and a state of the art advanced evidence-based DNP education at theUniversity of Washington.…

Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill

University of Florida

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Dr. Kimberly Albero

University of Virginia

Kimberly Albero is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She is the Research Program Director for the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, managing a medication assisted treatment clinic in southwest Virginia and educational programs connecting primary care providers throughout the state with specialists at the University.…

Karen Alexander, , MSN, RN

Duquesne University

Karen Alexander is currently an instructor at Jefferson College of Nursing in Philadelphia, PA. She is a PhD student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her clinical experience includes neonatal nursing, pediatric home care, and public health nursing involving family health promotion. She also served on the expert panel of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing convened to develop competencies related to care coordination in nursing.…

Lacey Alexander, , MS, RN

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lacey Alexander is currently a 5th-year PhD student in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lacey was an Early Entry Option PhD student at UW-Madison, which means that she received early research training and mentorship as an undergraduate nursing student. Lacey’s PhD minor includes coursework in psychology and women’s studies, with a strong emphasis on feminist theory.…

Robbi K. Alexander

University of Delaware

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Margarett Alexandre


Dr. Margarett Alexandre is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at CUNY York College. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Nursing with concentration in administration and education from Adelphi University. She earned her doctoral degree from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she also earned the distinction of being a Jonas Scholar.…

Carissa Alinat, ,RN, CLC

University of South Florida

Carissa Alinat is a BS-PhD student in the Dual Oncology and Adult Gerontology track at the University of South Florida. She was admitted into the doctoral program immediately after completing a second-degree accelerated BS in Nursing program at USF in 2012. Upon admission, she was awarded a one-year university graduate fellowship, and toward the end of her first year, she was also awarded a graduate teaching assistantship, as well as a research assistantship.…

Micheal Allen, ,ONS, BSN

Uniformed Services University

I am currently enrolled at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) pursing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner. My short term clinical interests are in screening and health promotion with increasing screening in the primary care setting. My long term interests are in Pediatrics specifically Hematology and Oncology with the goal of becoming certified as a Oncology Nurse Practitioner.…

Rachel Allen, , MSN, PMHNP-BC, RN

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Rachel Allen is a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). After graduating from Thomas Jefferson University with her BSN, she began her nursing career in the Neuroscience ICU at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her experience in the Neuroscience ICU nurtured a respect and intrigue for the brain-behavior connection as well as healthcare ethics, and ultimately led her to complete her MSN at the University of Pennsylvania.…

Kacy Allen-Bryant, ,RN

University of Kentucky

Kacy Allen-Bryant is a PhD student in the University of Kentucky’s College of Nursing. Her research interest is workplace tobacco use-related policies. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing, Master’s of Science degree in Nursing, Master’s of Public Health degree, and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky. As part of her doctoral studies, she’s been a Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing fellow.…

Sallie Allgood, , MS, RN

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Sallie Allgood is a Ph.D. student in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include examining evidence-based interventions to improve health behaviors and identifying which components of these interventions help individuals improve their health and wellness. She is also interested in the role of Community Health Workers (CHW) to deliver these interventions.…

Bankole Aluko

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Lisa Alvarez, , MSN, RN, FNP-BC

University of San Diego

Short-term goals include attending the PhD nursing program at University of San Diego and graduate in three years. After graduation, initiate and participate in clinical trials for advancement in cardiology to promote my hospital as the best community heart center in the South Bay. Long-term goals include developing a continuum from inpatient to outpatient pathway for heart failure patients.…

Uchechi Amajuoyi

George Washington University

Paul Ambrefe, , Jr. MSN, RN, FNP-C

Vanderbilt University

Paul Ambrefe has worked in adult intensive care as a staff nurse both in neurological and post-surgical settings. He currently works in a retail healthcare clinic in Nashville as a Family Nurse Practitioner and as a full-time faculty member with Belmont University School of Nursing along with adjunct work with Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. He is currently enrolled as a Ph.D.…

Yasmine Amin

Samuel Merritt University

I was born at UCSF and have lived in the Bay Area. I attended SFSU for my undergraduate and graduated in 2006. I worked at UCSF afterwards and did some research where I was a co-author on a publication in 2008. I went off to nursing school via a MEPN program where then I received my MSN at USD.…

Marie Amma, , MSN, RN

Florida International University

PRESENTATIONS Francine Gomberg Research Day, Poster presentation, Lee Memorial Health Systems, 2012. Implemented the PUPS team, (Pressure Ulcer Prevention Surveillance) in the ICU. Practice was changed in the ICU per EBP research, data collected for one year. Community Involvement Sigma Theta TauAACNChamberlain College of Nursing Honor Society Quality Council Co-chair Gulf Coast Community ICU Committee for Continued Patient Safety and Progress GCMCNon Academic- Professional University of Miami 1991-1998-Surgical Transplant ICU staff/charge nurseÿ Attended an International Transplant seminar, Washington D.C.…

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Joseph Amnawah, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

Adelphi University

Olivia Ampiah-Bonney

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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April Ancheta, , BS, RN

Columbia University

April J. Ancheta is a first-year PhD student at Columbia University. April’s current research focus is LGBTQ health disparities, specifically healthcare needs across the lifespan and promotion of healthy behaviors. April plans to become part of The Program for the Study of LGBT Health at Columbia. She also has previous experience conducting research on high energy drinks.…

Alison R Anderson, , MSN, ANP-BC, NP-C

Vanderbilt University

After graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2005 with a Masters in Nursing Science, Alison has practiced as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in a variety of settings. The majority of her work experience has involved treating patients with painful conditions. She currently works with a specialist seeing complicated patients with fibromyalgia and rheumatological conditions.…

Ashley Anderson, , MPH, RN

Idaho State University

I am currently attending Idaho State University where I am working on my PhD of nursing. I previously earned a Bachelor of Nursing from Weber State University, and a Master of Public Health from George Washington University. Over the past 9 years I have worked in various nursing roles including the ER, PACU, ICU, Infection Prevention, and Quality Improvement.…

Lindsay Anderson, , MS, PMHCNS-BC

University of Minnesota

Lindsay Anderson is currently a 3rd year PhD student in Nursing at the University of Minnesota. She has a strong interest in youth mental health promotion through the use of integrative therapies. Currently practicing as a Child/Adolescent Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, Lindsay is dedicated to serving inner-city youth with mental health concerns.…

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Ashley Andraski, BSN, RN

University of Florida

Rebecca Ann Andrews, ,ANP

Vanderbilt University

I am a new graduate from Gwynedd-Mercy College, where completed a majority of collegiate studies and was also a Graduate Assistant. I have a passion for education, both as a student and teacher. A majority of my RN nursing practice has been focused on improving mental health care, and assisting individuals who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.…

Kimberly Angelini, , WHNP-BC, RN

Boston College

Kimberly J. Angelini, BSN-RN, WHNP-BC is an MS/PhD student at Boston College. She is currently a board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Kim works as a staff nurse on the in-patient transplantation unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. She serves on the board of directors for ANA Massachusetts and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Chi chapter, the Society of Urological Nurses and Associates (SUNA) and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).…

Debbie Anglade

University of Miami

Sharee Anzaldo, , MS, RN, PHN

University of California-Los Angeles

Sharee Anzaldo is a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing. She entered the nursing profession through the Masters Entry Program in Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing, earning a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a minor in Education. She also completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at UCLA.…

Ella Archibald, , FNP, MS

Pace University

I grew up in the family of healthcare professionals. Since childhood I was mesmerized by their dedication to make a difference in people’s lives. It has been the most meaningful and important profession for me. During my student years and career I have taken pride and enjoyment in learning more and working harder than others. Despite this sense of ambition, I am always compassionate with my patients and my coworkers.…

Terri L. Ares

Villanova University

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Autumn Argent, , MS, BSN, RNC-OB, CCE

Arizona State University

My educational background is in nursing and nutrition. I obtained my undergraduate Bachelor’s degrees at the same time in both Nursing and Nutrition from Arizona State University in 2006. I earned my Masters in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University in 2009 and am currently working on my PhD in Nursing and Healthcare Innovation at Arizona State University.…

Cherry Arimas-Macalino, , MSN, RN, PHN

California State University-Fullerton

Cherry Arimas-Macalino is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student of the Southern California CSU DNP Consortium (California State University, Fullerton, Los Angeles and Long Beach). She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Biola University. She acquired her Master of Science in Nursing and her school nurse credential from CSU, Fullerton. She has extensive experience in community health, which included overseeing multiple programs as an Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing.…

Corletta Aririguzo, , RN, MPA

Texas Woman’s University

Corletta Aririguzo is a PhD student in the dissertation phase at Texas Woman’s University. Corletta’s research interest is in Women’s health, specifically exploring the experiences and symptoms management of African American women in menopausal transition. Corletta graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph’s College, NY. She then obtained her Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Texas A & M University of Corpus Christi.…

Katelin Arnold, , BSN, N, PCCN

University of Michigan-Flint

I chose to go into nursing to serve in rural and small US communities. I currently serve as a clinical educator and charge nurse at a long-term acute care hospital, which is the facility of choice in our area for ventilator weaning and advanced treatment of patients, including veterans, of all ages. Additionally, I am the Pathway to Excellence project director for our facility, as we just submitted our document to make us candidates for the Pathway to Excellence designation.…

Sandra Arnold, , MSN,CRNP, FNP-BC, CNS

University of Pittsburgh

I have been a registered nurse since 1984. I first obtained an MSN as a CNS with trauma specialty. I worked as a CNS for a Level 1 Trauma Center. I returned to school and obtained my FNP. I continued to work with trauma patients then changed to internal medicine. I am currently working at the VA in Pittsburgh in a 48 hour Observation Unit.…

Karen Arrant

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Karen Arrant is a second-year PhD in Nursing student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is currently in the process of preparing for the written comprehensive examination; and plans to start dissertation research in the fall. Karen is interested in sleep deprivation and interventions to improve sleep outcomes. Specifically, her dissertation question is, What is the effect of a Yoga intervention on quality of life, sleep quality, and sleep duration in older adults?…

Lydia Arriaga

Loyola New Orleans

Noel Arring, , DNP, RN, OCN

Oregon Health and Science University

Noël M. Arring, DNP, RN, OCN, is the Manager of Nursing Research, Department of Nursing at Mayo Clinic, Arizona. She received her DNP from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Public Health Nurse Leadership. She has over 10 years of experience working in the field of Oncology. She is currently a PhD student at Oregon Health & Science University where she is studying cancer-related fatigue in post-treatment cancer survivors.…

Annette Asper

Frontier (Idaho)

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Leilani Attilio

George Washington University

Leilani is an FNP-BC. She received her BSN at Widener University where she was awarded a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship. She was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an Army Nurse Corps officer. Leilani worked as a critical care nurse in the Army with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan; pediatric home care in rural settings; and surgical trauma critical care in a major urban setting.…

Corinne Audette, , MSN, CNM

University of Central Florida

Corinne Audette is currently a PhD student at the University of Central Florida. She received a BSN from Bethune Cookman University and a MSN from the University of Florida. Upon graduation, she was employed as a nurse midwife providing full scope midwifery care in a Federally Qualified Community Health Center. Her clinical experience also includes midwifery care at Winnie Palmer Hospital, one of the busiest obstetrical care hospitals in the country.…

Jonathan Auld, , MS, MAT, RN, CNL

Oregon Health and Science University

In September of 2014, I began pursuing my doctoral education at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing. Prior to my matriculation into the PhD program, I received my Masters in Science degree and clinical nurse leader certification from the University of Portland. Prior to becoming a nurse, I was a master’s prepared elementary education teacher.…

Jemma Ayvazian

Johns Hopkins

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Blessing Nonye Azonwu, BSN, PHN, RN

University of Minnesota