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Home : Leadership Institute : Geriatric Nursing Leadership : Faculty and Participants
Geriatric Nursing
Leadership Academy (GNLA)
Faculty and Alumni

Who are the faculty?
The GNLA faculty receive program guidance from a national Advisory Council consisting of nurse leaders from the nine Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence as well as other luminaries and key stakeholders in the development of geriatric nurse leaders.

Claudia Beverly

Claudia Beverly, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Beverly serves at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science campus as the inaugural recipient of the Murphy Chair for Rural Aging Leadership and Policy in the College of Medicine, Director of the Arkansas Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Director of the Arkansas Aging Initiative, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, and Professor, Colleges of Nursing and Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Beverly’s areas of specialty and research interests include geriatrics and integrated community-based systems of health care and social service delivery. She is also an alumna of the RWJ Executive Nurse Fellows Program.




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Deborah Cleeter, MSN, EdD
With over forty years experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Cleeter has achieved success in practice, administration, academia, and consultancy.  She has held positions as a clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing, university faculty member, administrator, President of a consulting firm, and currently is CEO of the Sawgrass Leadership Institute.
Janice Penrod Janice Penrod, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Dr. Penrod is Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Center for Nursing Research at The Pennsylvania State University, home to a Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, where she serves as a faculty member. She has teaching experience in multiple levels of nursing education, and currently concentrates her efforts in graduate education. Dr. Penrod’s research interests focus on informal family caregivers and end-of-life care.






Nelma Shearer, PhD, RN
Dr. Shearer is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Arizona State University Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, an American Nurse Foundation Scholar, and a John A. Hartford Foundation Institute of Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar. In 2006 she received the Geriatric Nursing Research award from the Western Institute of Nursing in partnership with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. Dr. Shearer conducts research in promoting health empowerment in older adults, and was funded by NIH/NINR for the study “Health Empowerment Intervention with Homebound Older Adults.”
Jean Wyman, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FAAN, FGSA
Dr. Wyman is Professor and Endowed Chair in Nursing Research at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, as well as Professor of Community Health and Family Practice at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. She also serves as the Director of the Minnesota Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Dr. Wyman is an internationally known nursing scholar and has advanced the field of geriatric nursing in the following areas: fall prevention, exercise, and educating urinary incontinence in older adults.
Dr. Kathleen Burke, PhD, RN, CENP
Dr. Kathleen Burke is Program Director for the Nursing and Healthcare Administration and Health Care Leadership graduate programs and Director for the Center for Professional Development at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr Burke received her MSN from Widener University and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She has over 25 years experience in education and leadership development. Dr Burke teaches Health Leadership, Systems Analysis, Consulting and Project Management, provides oversight for administrative practicum’s and is a qualified administrator in the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Her research has included work in the Helene Fuld Leadership Development in Nursing grant, HRSA grant on Leadership Development in Long-Term Care Facilities and currently faculty on the HRSA2 continuation grant on Leadership Development in Long-Term Care. In addition, Dr Burke is Principal Investigator on the Leadership in Patient Safety Grant funded by the Veteran’s Health Care Administration. Dr Burke served on the Board of Directors Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, Trustee Pennsylvania Nurses Foundation and past President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter (SEPA) of American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Currently, Dr Burke is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, XI Chapter, American Nurses Association, American Association for the Study of the History of Nursing and on the advisory board for the J and J Wharton Health Care Nurse Leadership Program, the Commission on Accreditation for the American Nurses Credentialing Center and on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Staff Developmental and Continuing Education. Dr. Burke has published several articles and book chapters in the area of nursing education, leadership and leadership in geriatrics including several chapters in the recently published book Leadership and Management Skills for Long-Term Care (2008), Sullivan- Marx & Gray-Miceli Editors, Springer. New York: New York. She is a frequently invited speaker locally, regionally and internationally.

Who are the GNLA alumni?

2010-2011 Fellows

  • Jennifer Bright, BSN, RN, BC
  • Julie Britton, MSN, RN-BC, GCNS
  • Tamara Burket, MS, ACNS-BC, GCNS-BC, CCRN
  • Matthew Clerc, MSN/ED, RN-BC
  • Gina Connolly, BSN, RN
  • Amy LeClair, BSN, RN
  • Karen Madden, MPH, BSN, RN-BC
  • Ginger Rogers, DNP, ARNP, GNP-BC
  • Catherine Roscoe-Herbert, DNP, GNP-BC, RN, CNS
  • Karen Smith, MSN, CRRN
  • Shirley Tuller, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC
  • Pauline Youngren, MN, RN

2010-2011 Mentors

  • Shawna Grossman Kates, MSW, LSW, MBA, CMAC
  • Irene Fleshner, RN, MHSA, FACHE
  • Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP
  • Patricia Greene, MSN, BSN, RN-BC
  • Kathy Frank, PhD, RN
  • Amy Cotton, MSN, GNP-BC, FNGNA
  • Mary Waldo, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, CPHQ
  • Pat Kappas-Larson, DNP, APN-C, FAAN
  • Peter DeGolia, MD, CMD
  • Kimberly Shea, PhD, RN
  • Heather Altman, MPH
  • Joanne Rader, MN, RN, PMHNP
  • Nelma Shearer, PhD, RN
2008-2009 Fellows
  • Kimberly Bergen-Jackson, MSN, RN
  • Linda Bifano, MN, RN, MPA
  • Shirley Conway, MSN, MBA, RN, BC, LNHA
  • Amy Cotton, MSN, FNP-BC, FNGNA
  • Linda Sue Davis, MSN, RN, CMSRN, GCNS-BC
  • Gena Edmiston, BSN
  • Lynn Etters, MSN, GNP-BC
  • Susan Gordon, ACNP-BC
  • Linda Hassler, MS, RN, GCNS-BC
  • Katherine Hostvedt Marchese, PhD, MSN, RN
  • Cynthia Johnson, MSN, RN, GNP-BC
  • Cynthia McDaniel, MSN, RN
  • Jeanne St. Pierre, MN, RN, GCNS-BC
  • Lynn Szender, BSN, RN, NHA
  • Cecilia Vinson, MSN, RN
  • Kathy Wright, MSN, GCNS-BC, PMHCNS-BC
2008 - 2009 Mentors
  • Rose Beeson, PhD, RN
  • Deborah D'Avolio, PhD, ACNP-BC
  • Irene Fleshner, RN, MHSA
  • Alison Galway, PhD
  • Marilyn R. Gugliucci, PhD, MA, AGHEF, GSAF, AGSF
  • Mark Hawk, MSN, ACNP
  • Christine Hedges, PhD, APRN, RN, BC
  • Teri Kiss, RN, MSSW, MS, CCRN
  • Mary Beth Lepczyk, MSN, ACNS-BC
  • Linda Luce, MNA, RN
  • Robin McAtee, PhD, MHSA, RN, FACHE
  • Cheryl Merrill MSN, RN, CNAA-BC
  • Janet Specht, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Renee Twibell, DNS, RN, CNE
  • Catherine Van Son, PhD, RN
  • Judith Woodruff, JD


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