Welcome to the first issue of the Jonas Alumni Newsletter!

The Jonas Alumni Group serves to enhance professional collaboration among Alumni Scholars through promotion of relevant networking events and partnership opportunities, dissemination of news from our community of Scholars, and circulation of resources and content.

Each newsletter will include a summary of recent and upcoming events; Alumni Workgroup Updates; and a Spotlight section that will highlight cutting edge collaborative models for practice, research, education, and scholarship. In addition, we are pleased to share some of the achievements of your Jonas Alumni peers in our Scholar Happenings column, and hope you will consider sending us achievements of your own for inclusion in future newsletters!

We hope you enjoy this new way to stay engaged as a Jonas Alumni Scholar, and that it is a useful resource to maintain informed and updated as you move forward on your career path.

Warmest Welcome,
Co-Editors Michael Lord, Annie Rohan, Teresa W. Yambo
The Jonas Scholar Alumni Advisory Council was formed in 2016 and is comprised of ten alumni from around the country who provide strategic direction and make key decisions for the structure of the growing Jonas Alumni Group. The group's mission is to foster strong and long-term connections among the nationwide Jonas Scholar network, and to develop strategies to maintain connections between Scholar Alumni and the Jonas Center.
Pictured on top from left to right: Dr. Debbie Anglade, Dr. Annemarie Dowling-Castronovo,
Dr. Nicole Gibson, Dr. Deborah Greenwood, and Dr. Kathy Ingelse
Pictured on bottom from left to right: Dr. Michael Lord, Dr. Misty Richmond, Dr. Annie Rohan,
Dr. Alicia Rossiter, and Dr. Teresa W. Yambo
"We're very pleased to announce the creation of the Jonas Scholar Alumni Council for 2016-2018, charged with leading and organizing communication and events for the more than 600 Jonas Scholar Alumni across the country," said Donald Jonas, who co-founded the Center ten years ago with Barbara Jonas, his wife. "The Alumni Council represents every region of the U.S., as well as PhD and DNP graduates, Nurse Leader and Veterans Healthcare Programs."
To further the professional development, networking, and leadership of Jonas Scholar Alumni, the Advisory Council operates primarily through four workgroups: the Newsletter Workgroup; the Webinar Workgroup; the Regional Meetings Workgroup; and the Communications & Social Media Workgroup.
Regional Meetings
The Regional Meetings group is working to develop networking opportunities at major nursing conferences. The first successful event was held during the Southern Nursing Research Society’s (SNRS) Annual Conference with a robust turnout. These events give Jonas Alumni and current scholars an opportunity to connect. There will be three additional meetings in April. Details can be found below. Stay tuned via email and social media for an invitation to join us if you will be at the conference, or if you are simply in the area!
The Webinar Workgroup is evaluating speakers for its first Alumni Scholar Webinar, tentatively scheduled for Fall 2017. To highlight the role of the Jonas Center as a leader in deliberate building of DNP-PhD teams, the topic of the first Webinar will be “DNP-PhD Collaborations.” As always, Jonas Alumni Scholars will all be invited to learn and to earn no-cost CEUs at these Jonas/AACN-sponsored Webinars.
Communications & Social Media
The Communications and Social Media Workgroup has supported exponential growth of social media use by our Alumni over the past year! LinkedIn has emerged as the primary method for social media exchange among Scholars (see Other Information below for information on how to join our LinkedIn community). In addition, consider following us on Facebook to keep up with our many regional and national events!
Arianna Chao
Jonas III Scholar
Recent Publication:
Chao, A., Wadden, T., Faulconbridge, L. Sarwer, D. Webb, V. Shaw, J., Thomas, G., Hopkins, C., Bakizada, Z., Alamuddin, N., Williams, N. (2016). Binge-Eating Disorder and the Outcome of Bariatric Surgery in a Prospective, Observational Study: Two-Year Results. Obesity, 24 (11).
Annemarie Dowling-Castronovo
Jonas II Scholar
Recent Presentation:
Invited to attend the 9th Annual Bedside to Bench Conference “Urinary Incontinence in the Elderly: A Translational Research Agenda for a Complex Geriatric Syndrome.”
Annette Elliott
Jonas IV Nurse Leader
Recent Publication:
Elliott, A. (2017). Professional Values Competency Evaluation for Students Enrolled in a Concept-Based Curriculum. Journal Of Nursing Education, 56(1), 12-21.
Alicia Rossiter
Jonas III Veterans Healthcare Scholar
Recent Publication:
Rossiter, A. G., Dumas, M. A., Wilmoth, M. C., & Patrician, P. A. (2016). I serve 2: Meeting the needs of military children in civilian practice. Nursing Outlook. 2016 Sep-Oct;64(5):485-90. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.05.011. Epub 2016 Jun 9. PMID: 27477834
Barbara White
Jonas IV NLN Scholar
Recent Presentation:
African American Nursing Students: 2016
Removing Threats to Success
International Webinar, audience over 300
Simulation IQ
pigniatello.jpg Grant Pignatiello Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar
Recent Publication:
G., Hickman, R. L., & Hetland, B. (2016). End-of-Life Decision Support in the ICU Where Are We Now?. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 0193945916676542. (published on November 7, 2016)
Quinn Maloney
Jonas IV Veteran Healthcare Scholar
Recent Presentation:
Presented his DNP Capstone Project Expanding Borders: Implementing Mobile Telehealth Technology to Facilitate Nurse Practitioner Clinical Education at both the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2017 Doctoral Education Conference and 2017 Faculty Practice Pre-Conference in Coronado, CA.
Asefeh Faraz
Jonas III Scholar
Recent Publication:
Faraz, A. (2016). Novice nurse practitioner workforce transition into primary care: A literature review. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(11), 1531-1545. doi:10.1177/0193945916649587
Daniel Ochylski
Jonas IV-STTI Nurse Leader Scholar
Selected as 2016-2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow
Kyle Merandy
Jonas IV Blaustein Nurse Leader Scholar
Recent Publication:
Merandy, K. (2016). Factors Related to Adaptation to Cystectomy with Urinary Diversion: An Integrative Review. Journal Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, 43(5), 499-508.
Lisa Sundean
Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar
Recent Publication:
Sundean, L.J., Polifroni, E.C., Libal, K. & McGrath, J.M (2016). Nurses on healthcare governing boards: An integrative review. Nursing Outlook. (in publication before press).
Mari Griffioen
Jonas III Nurse Leader Scholar
Recent Publication:
Griffioen, M. A., Dernetz, V. H., Yang, G. S., Griffith, K. A., Dorsey, S. G. & Renn, C. L. (2015). Evaluation of dynamic weight bearing for Measuring Non-Evoked Inflammatory Hyperalgesia in Mice. Nursing Research, 64(2), 81-87.
Margaret McCarthy
Jonas II Scholar
Recent Publication:
McCarthy, M.M., Whittemore, R., Gholson, G., & Grey, M. (2017). Self-management of Physical Activity in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes. Applied Nursing Research, 35, 18-23.
Sheridan Miyamoto
Jonas II Scholar
Recent Award:
Awarded a DOJ-OVC grant to start the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Forensic Examination and Training (SAFE-T) Center, which will focus on improving access to quality forensic sexual assault care for adult and adolescent victims in underserved communities.
Dyan Summers
Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar
Jessica Tillman
Jonas III Scholar
Recent Publication:
Tilman, J., Mark, H. (2015). HIV and STI testing in older adults: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24, 2074-2095.
Michelle Litchman
Jonas II Hartford Scholar
Recent Presentation:
The Power of "Me Too": An Analysis of the Diabetes Online Community. Webinar. Utah Department of Health. 02/15/2017.
Terri Ares
Jonas III Scholar
Recent Publication:
Ares, T. L. (2016). Comparing clinical nurse specialist students’ socialization based on Magnet employment. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 30(6), 332-340. doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000251
Ann Stanton
Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar
Recent Presentation:
Stanton, A. E. & Kako, P.M. (2016). The mental health-related experiences of mothers of minor children released from jail or prison: A pilot study. Poster presentation at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference. Hartford, CT. October, 2016
Briana Snyder
Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar
Recent Publication:
Snyder, B.L. (2016). Women’s experience of being interviewed about abuse: A qualitative systematic review. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 23, 605-613.
Timiya Nolan
Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar
Recent Publication:
Nolan, T. S., Frank, J., Gisiger-Camata, S., & Meneses, K. (in press). An integrative review of psychosocial concerns among young African American breast cancer survivors. Cancer Nursing.
Nowai Keleekai
Jonas II Scholar
Recent Publication:
Keleekai, N., Schuster, C., Murray, C., King, M., Stahl, B., Labrozzi. L., Gallucci, S., LeClair, M., & Glover, K. (2016). Improving nurses’ peripheral intravenous catheter insertion knowledge, confidence, and skills using a simulation-based blended learning program. Simulation in Healthcare, 11(6):379-384.
Timothy Sowicz
Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar
Postdoctoral fellowship at the VA in Pittsburgh in September 2016.
Robertson Nash
Jonas III Scholar
Recent Grant Award:
Awarded a grant from Ryan White Part B to fund the start-up of his PATHways clinic, a new interdisciplinary model of care designed to focus on the intersection of clinical care and mental health care for people failing to control their HIV.
Shannon Halloway
Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar
Recent Publication:
Halloway, S., & Buchholz, S. W. (2017). Sedentary behavior: Considerations for the nurse practitioner. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 13(1), 59–63.
Shena Gazaway
Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar
Recent Publication:
Gazaway, S., Schumacher, A., & Anderson, L. (2016). Reasons for Mentoring Newly Licensed Registered Nurses: A Literature Review. Nursing Management. 3(9-13).
Tania Von Visger
Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar
Recent Publication:
Chipps, E. M., Carr, M., Kearney, R., MacDermott, J., Von Visger, T., Calvitti, K., . . . Landers, T. (2016). Outcomes of an oral care protocol in postmechanically ventilated patients. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing / Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, doi:10.1111/wvn.12124 [doi]
Varsha Singh
Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar 
Recent Presentation:
Presented Stroke Education at FISANA -South Asian community event August 6, 2016 –to about 3000 Gujarati community members.
Annie Rohan
Jonas I Scholar
Recent Award:
Awarded $2,240,000 by HRSA for project titled, Leveraging Disadvantage for Health: The Promise of Advanced Practice Nursing Students. The goal of this 4-year project is to reduce health disaprities by preparing nursing students from disadvantaged background to enter the primary care healthcare workforce.
Additional accomplishments for future newsletters can be shared by clicking here
Jonas Scholars and Alumni were well represented at the Southern Nursing Research Conference (SNRS) in Dallas, Texas on February 22-25th. Jonas Scholars Paula Cairns, Leigh Bray, Brittany Beasley, and Adam Booth as well as Jonas Alum Timiya Nolan all had presentations at the conference. Many of the scholars and Board members were able to attend these presentations and we salute Paula, Leigh, Brittany, Adam, and Timiya for their amazing research and for showcasing their research aimed at transforming healthcare.
Jonas Alumni Advisory Board members Alicia Rossiter, Annemarie Dowling-Castronovo, and Debbie Anglade hosted a reception for all the scholars and alumni not only at the conference but also living in the local area. It was a great opportunity for Board members to engage with the scholars and alumni and to highlight the accomplishments of the Jonas Center and impart what it means to be a Jonas Scholar. It also provided an excellent opportunity for all attendees to network, socialize, and just have fun celebrating each other and the many accomplishments of all the Jonas Scholars. We look forward to meeting other scholars and alumni at the upcoming events!
Join us for the upcoming regional Jonas receptions listed below!
Networking Reception at Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference
Thursday, April 6
7:30 - 9:00 pm (ET)
Salon 5 & 6
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA
Networking Reception at Midwestern Nursing Research Society Conference
Friday, April 7
7:30 - 9:30 pm (CST)
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN
Networking Reception at Western Institute of Nursing Conference
Thursday, April 20
6:00 - 8:00 pm (MST)
Mineral Foyer, Level 3
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th Street
Denver, CO
*All networking receptions are open to current and Alumni Jonas Scholars, even if you are not planning on attending the respective nursing conference. If you would like to attend a reception, please RSVP to Arianna Morrell at
In this inaugural issue, we are proud to begin our Spotlight series highlighting exemplar models of DNP-PhD collaboration. We believe that the Jonas Center is the leading national network to identify and showcase collaborative education and practice models, including building deliberate DNP-PhD partnerships and creating DNP-PhD teams.
Three faculty from Rush University, Elizabeth Carlson, PhD, RN, DNP, Marcia Murphy, DNP, ANP, FAHA, FPCNA, and Beth A. Staffileno, PhD, FAHA, developed a collaboration model based on the Practitioner-Teacher model, a foundational model at the medical center. In 2014, the faculty led a DNP and PhD nurse practitioner facilitated initiative to enhance the cardiovascular health in two underserved populations. The success of this program led interest in developing further DNP-PhD collaboration with a focus on practice, education, and research among the faculty. Faculty incorporated principles of the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate by teaching DNP and PhD students to learn, appreciate, and collaborate interprofessionally. This collaborative venture facilitated a deeper understanding of the roles of DNP and PhD faculty. To emphasize the national dialogue on doctoral collaboration, the 2017 Annual Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference (April 6-9, 2017) will host a panel discussion on collaborative teams which we encourage you to attend if you are interested in learning more.
Don’t Forget to Join the Jonas Alumni LinkedIn Group!
We encourage you to join the Jonas Alumni LinkedIn group to stay connected with other Jonas Alumni and find out about upcoming regional events and funding opportunities. To request to join the group, click here. Jonas Center information will be shared on a frequent basis through this group.
If you’re already on LinkedIn and are wondering how to maximize your participation, check out this helpful guide to Best Practices for Nurses on LinkedIn.
Jonas Scholar Program Growing to 1,000 Scholars!
The Jonas Scholar Program began with six Scholars in 2008, and has since supported more than 1,000 doctoral nurse Scholars at nearly 150 universities in all 50 states. This total includes 562 Nurse Leader PhD Scholars, 198 Nurse Leader DNP Scholars, 128 Veterans Healthcare PhD Scholars and 156 Veterans Healthcare DNP Scholars. Currently, there are more than 600 Jonas Scholar Alumni and 400 current Scholars who are in the process of completing their doctoral programs.
Would your organization like to be a sponsor of the 2017 Jonas Scholar Conference?
The 2017 Jonas Scholar Leadership Conference will take place October 29-31, 2017 in Washington, DC. It will convene 450 doctoral nursing Scholars focused on critical health priorities from all 50 states, as well as clinicians, educators, executives and policy experts in the healthcare field. It is a great way to highlight your organization at a national event! Contact Eliza Bromfield for sponsorship information.

Dr. Michael Lord is Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA, and a Yale University Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar (2012-2014). Dr. Lord can be reached at
Dr. Annie Rohan is Director of Pediatric Research, Stony Brook University School of Nursing, Stony Brook, NY, and a Columbia University Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar (2008-2012). Dr. Rohan can be reached at
Dr. Teresa W. Yambo is the Instructor of the Military Spouse Employment Program at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea and a Rush University Bob Woodruff Foundation-Jonas Veterans Healthcare Nursing Scholar (2012-2014). Dr. Yambo can be reached at
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