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Maternal-Child Health Nurse
Leadership Academy (MCH NLA) 
2012-2013 Faculty and Participants 
Who are the faculty?
The MCH Nurse Leadership Academy is led by an expert faculty consisting of:
Katheryn Arterberry, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Katheryn Arterberry graduated with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from The University of Alabama in August 2010, from NSU College of Nursing with MSN and BSN in 1994 and 1985 respectively. She is currently teaching at Northwestern State University (NSU) in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Teaching experience includes Grambling State University and NSU in the undergraduate programs. Volunteerism is important to her and she regularly volunteers at the Martin Luther King Health Center free clinic and Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission. Providing care to medically underserved clients is a priority. She is the President of the Shreveport Black Nurses’ Association and Leadership & Succession Committee member for Beta Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. She was selected to participate in the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy 2008-2009 cohort and is thrilled to be back in her new role as a Faculty Advisor. 


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Billie Bitowski, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Billie Bitowski has over 37 years of experience as a faculty member teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs. She has clinical experience in community health, geriatrics, prenatal care, adolescent clinics and pediatrics. Ms. Bitowski was a consultant for a rural industry developing and implementing a prenatal care program which resulted in an 87% reduction in maternal-infant health care costs over a two-year period. The program was cited in the national media including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and "ABC Evening News." In addition, Ms. Bitowski is involved in a geriatric practice as a family nurse practitioner. She joined the STTI MCH Leadership Institute faculty in 2010.
Ann Marie Brooks, DNSc, MBA, RN, FAAN
Ann Marie Brooks is Vice President for Patient Care Services at Riddle Hospital that is part of Main Line Health System located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pa. She has held nurse executive positions at major academic centers and hospitals in the United States and abroad and was Dean of the School of Nursing at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., from 2000-2004. Dr. Brooks is a charter faculty member of the Johnson & Johnson Sigma Theta Tau Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy and brings extensive leadership experience in professional organizations.She is past president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, past president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. Leadership development is her passion and she has done extensive international work to build leadership capacity across the globe. She co-authored a book on global nursing in 2007 and has published and presented on health care issues and concerns. Dr. Brooks has been a Magnet Appraiser/Team Leader since 2003. Her BSN, MSN, DNSc degrees are from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and her MBA is from Loyola College in Baltimore, Md.
Patricia Clinton PhD, RN, CPNP, FAANP
Patricia Clinton is Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at the University Of Iowa College Of Nursing. She received her BSN and MSN from the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Dr. Clinton has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 1982 and has had pediatric clinical experience in primary care and in acute care settings. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Iowa with an emphasis in Sociology of the Family. Dr. Clinton has served as President of both the national membership and certification organization for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She is Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is the 2005 Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow for NAPNAP. Dr. Clinton has contributed to advance practice graduate nursing education through leadership in specialization organizations and certification. As President of NAPNAP she worked with the Society of Pediatric Nursing in developing a unified Scope and Standards for Pediatric Nursing. She has served on committees charged with developing primary care competencies for nurse practitioners, DNP competencies, criteria for scholarly projects for DNP programs and most recently with CCNE to revise accreditation standards for graduate programs and incorporating DNP programs in the standards. She continues to work with the Tri-Council Research Project in monitoring the current meta-analysis research project examining outcomes of NP practice. While President of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, she shepharded through policy for the certification of acute care PNPs. She has presented nationally and internationally on certification, scope of practice, and DNP curriculum and has co-authored several articles related to DNP issues.
Carolyn Miller, MS
Carolyn Miller is the President of Carolyn Miller & Associates, Inc., (CMA), a performance coaching and management consulting firm. Her career spans more than 35 years working in and with organizations. She has consulted in such areas as executive/leadership development, change management, and self-managed work teams. Ms. Miller’s coaching and consulting experiences encompass single individuals to worldwide initiatives with her current focus on developing emerging leaders and coaching women executives. Her clients have included: Indiana University, School of Nursing Executive Team; Johnson & Johnson; Arizona State University, Dean of the School of Nursing; and Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Prior to beginning CMA in 2008, Ms. Miller was a Consulting Director with Johnson & Johnson (J&J). She served on the faculty of many leadership development programs conducted across J&J’s Family of Companies, including Ethicon, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Vision Care, and Johnson & Johnson Medical. Among her significant contributions at Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Miller co-developed and delivered the first Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy sponsored by J&J’s Pediatric Institute and the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and, for five years, taught the Leadership Development Program for J&J’s Master Black Belts worldwide. Ms. Miller obtained her BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas (summa cum laude), MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of North Texas, and completed the Advanced Program in Organization Development & Human Resources Management at Columbia University.
Karen Morin, DSN, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Karen Morin is a professor in the College of Nursing at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as the Director of the PhD Program. She served as president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) for the 2009-2011 biennium. As President of STTI, she was instrumental in procuring NGO associative status for the organization, in supporting the organization’s momentum in becoming truly global, and for increasing the opportunity for members’ voices outside North America to be heard. Not only has Dr. Morin published more than 100 journal articles, chapters, and abstracts, but she also has been recognized for her teaching abilities: She received the Excellence in Teaching, National League for Nursing in 2003 and the Excellence in Nursing Education Award, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses in 1999, and the Volunteer of the Year award from the Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the March of Dimes in 1998. She has given numerous presentations addressing the need for practice based on evidence, the need for leadership succession planning, and the influence of mentorship on the profession. She has been actively involved in several STTI leadership programs such as Board Leadership and is a founding faculty of the STTI & J & J Maternal-Child Health Leadership Academy. She contributes to a monthly column on family nutrition and is a manuscript reviewer for MCN: The American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education, JOGNN, and Research in Nursing and Health.
Becky Palmer, PhD, RN, CNM, CEC
Becky Palmer is the Vice President, Professional Practice, Research, Learning & Development, and Chief of Nursing, for BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH), Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW). In this capacity, Dr. Palmer provides strategic direction and leadership in regard to clinical and professional practice. Dr. Palmer has a solid background in perinatal clinical practice, midwifery, nursing education, nursing research, and most recently, nursing leadership. Dr. Palmer serves as the Lead Faculty Advisor for the 2012-2013 cohort of the MCH NLA.
Leigh Small, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FNAP
Leigh Small has been a nurse for over 25 years and has always worked in maternal-child health areas. Her passion revolves around providing quality health care to children. Initially, she worked as a staff nurse in the special care nursery in a secondary level hospital. After a life-changing health event, she decided to focus on academic pursuits to become an independent primary health care provider. Upon completion of her master’s program at the University of Rochester, she had the opportunity to work in a primary care office and did so for 11 years, where she provided care to underserved minority children and their families. In 2004, she relocated to Phoenix, Ariz., and took on the coordinator position for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation in Phoenix. Her research interests are focused on obesity treatment and prevention in 4 to 8-year-old children and their families.
Julia A. Snethen, PhD, RN
Julia A. Snethen has worked as a maternal-child nurse in a variety of clinical and academic settings and has focused her research on children with chronic health conditions. Currently, Dr. Snethen is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing. She has been active in the Eta Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, currently serving on the board, as well as the Society of Pediatric Nurses both nationally as well as on the board of the Greater Wisconsin Chapter. Currently, Dr. Snethen is the assistant editor of Nursing Outlook and serves on the editorial board of Journal of Family, Systems, and Health, as well as reviewing for many other journals. Dr. Snethen has had manuscripts published in professional journals including: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), Research in Nursing and Health (RINAH), Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, and Journal of Transcultural Nursing.
Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Diane Spatz is an educator, clinician, researcher and active member of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing community. She received her bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In addition to teaching, Dr. Spatz enjoys mentoring students and is the faculty advisor to SNAP (Student Nurses at Penn). In 2005, she received the Faculty Advisor of the Year award from the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania. Her interest in lactation in high-risk pregnancy is evident from her clinical involvement at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and her numerous funded research studies. She is also the president of the Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter.
Leeann Taylor, MSN, RN
Leeann Taylor is currently a Manager in Acute Health Services for two Neonatal Intensive Care Units within Fraser Health, located in British Columbia, Canada. Ms. Taylor has spent the past 12 years working with women and their infants developing a keen passion for women’s health and the issues that impact women’s choices. During her graduate studies, Ms. Taylor focused on exploring the reality of Woman Centered Care in community hospitals. As a mentee in the 2008-2009 cohort of the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy, her project included developing and implementing a family centered recovery room, allowing women and their babies to remain together during the recovery process following a caesarean section. Ms. Taylor returned as a leadership mentor in the 2010-2011 cohort where she supported her mentee to implement a project to reduce the amount of formula given to healthy, term breastfeeding infants.
Barbara Woodring, EdD, RN, CPN
Barbara Woodring has had more than 30 years of experience as a pediatric nurse educator. She has held positions as a staff nurse and clinical nurse specialist in pediatric trauma. She holds master’s degrees in nursing (maternal-child), education (adult and continuing education) and psychology (measurement). Her doctorate is in higher education administration. Her leadership journey has led her through a variety of academic and professional roles such as: committee chair and, ultimately, president of the Society of Pediatric Nurses; consultant for development of international nursing education; and several appointments as academic nursing administrators. She was an associate dean and is currently director of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing at Georgia State University. She is widely published with current interests focused on development of innovative educational programs/models and nursing leadership. Her current funded research relates to increasing nursing involvement in limiting the health risks of children exposed to secondhand smoke.

Catherine Burns, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN
Catherine Burns has been an educator of nurse practitioners in pediatric primary care for 30 years, lead author for Pediatric Primary Care (2009) which is in its 5th edition and has won several awards over the years. She is a past president National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Dr. Burns received the Henry K. Silver Award from NAPNAP in 2001. She is active with the NAPNAP Foundation Board of Directors. She has consulted with pediatric nurse practitioner programs and has been honored nationally for her work as a PNP educator. She joined the STTI MCH Leadership Institute faculty in 2010. 

2010-2011 Mentees
Shukri Y. Adam, MHCA, BSN, RN, PHN
Tera C. Bartelt, RN, MS
Elizabeth Broome, RN, BSN
Anne E. Brower, BA, RN, IBCLC, CD, CPCE
Jessica Brumley, CNM, ARNP
Holly A. Champagne, MSN, RNC, CNS
Elizabeth Grube Cullinan, RNC, BSN
Rachel Ann Gernerd, RN, BS, Science,

Joan D. Greenberg, RNC, CLC
Damaris Grunert, RN, BSN
Jennifer Guay, CNM, MS, BSN
Elisabeth Kurth, PhD, cand., CM
Karen Marie Marshall, MSN, CNS, ICCE, RNC-OB
Kristen S. Montgomery, PhD, RN
Lydia A. Perry, BSN, RN, BS, Ed, IBCLC
Annette Marie Pierdomenico, RNC, MSN
Laurie M. Rosa, MS, BSN, CLE, RN
Sharon Burgess Summers, RN, BSN, CPEN
Maya J. Vasquez, BSN, RN, IBCLC
Stephanie Wyatt, MNSc, APN
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2010-2011 Mentors
Bonnie Copland, RN, MSN, PHN
Holly H. Colby, RN, MS
Charlene Cunningham, RN, BSN, MSN, CCRN
Lisa Trefz, MSN, RNC, IBCLC, CNS
Cecilia Jevitt, CNM, PhD
Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, LCCE
Barbara Kurtz, MSN, RNC
Amanda Seelhorst, BSN, RN
Mary Jane Baillie, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Leeann Clegg, RN, BSN, MSN
Kathleen M. Mariano, DNS, RN/CPNP
Eva Cignacco, PhD, CM
Elizabeth V. Gilbert, MS, FNP-BC, CNS, RNC-OB
Laura Ann Talbot, EdD, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC
Catherine H. Ivory, RNC-OB, PhD(c)
Nikki Polis, PhD, RN
Diana L. Jennings, PhD, MS, RN
Patricia Avakian, MSN, RNC-OB
Louise A. DiMattio, BA, RN
Sarah Rhoads, DNP, APN

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