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Home : Leadership Institute : Nurse Faculty Leadership : Faculty and Participants

Nurse Faculty
Leadership Academy (NFLA)

formerly Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership
Development Program (NFMLD)

Faculty and Participants

Who are the faculty?
NFLA is led by expert leadership faculty:

Tony Forrester, RN, PhD, ANEF
Dr. Forrester serves as the Lead Faculty Advisor for the 2012-2013 Cohort of the NFLA.

Dr. Forrester is professor and Senior Associate Dean at Rutgers School of Nursing and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Deb Cleeter, MSN, EdD
With more than 40 years of experience in the health care 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, administrator and currently is the president of a consulting firm and CEO of the Sawgrass Leadership Institute. Her extensive executive experience and doctoral research provide the foundation for her work as an executive coach and consultant.

Laura Cox Dzurec, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Dr. Cox Dzurec is a dean and professor at Kent State University College of Nursing. Her research and publications largely have addressed communication processes as they influence both interpersonal interactions and the dissemination of nursing knowledge through formal channels such as journals and books. She received her PhD from Case Western Reserve University, her MS from The Ohio State University, and BS from the University of Connecticut.

Barb Friesth

Barb Friesth, PhD, RN
Dr. Friesth is a faculty member in the Adult Health Department at Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON). She also serves as Director of Learning Resources at IUSON, where she is responsible for providing leadership and vision for the integration of instructional technologies into curricula of the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Friesth received her BSN from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her PhD from Indiana University. She has extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and is an expert in the use of numerous instructional technologies. Dr. Friesth has also served as a co-investigator and consultant on HRSA grants related to distance accessible graduate nursing programs.


Ainslie Nibert, PhD, MSN, BSN
Ainslie Nibert is a vice president ofReview and Testing, eEducation, producing the HESI computerized testing program of Elsevier, Inc., an internationally-known nursing and scientific textbook publisher. Dr. Nibert earned a BSN from Texas Christian University, an MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, and a PhD in nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She is a clinical associate professor at TWU, and has also served as a staff development coordinator, nurse manager, associate professor, and department chairwoman of a baccalaureate nursing program. Her articles appear in several journals, including CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing; Journal of Nursing Education; and Nurse Educator.

Elizabeth Peter, RN, PhD
Dr. Peteris an associate professor and Associate Dean, Academic Programs in the Lawrence S. Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Canada. She is also a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics the University of Toronto and is the chair of the Canadian Nurses Association Ethics Advisory Committee.She completed her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree at the University of Windsor and went on to complete a masters degree in nursing at the University of Toronto. She also earned a degree in Philosophy from York University, and finally a PhD though the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Collaborative Programme in Bioethics, University of Toronto. She has written widely in the field of health care ethics with a particular focus on ethical issues in home care practice, withmore than40 peer-reviewed publications and 70 invited presentations.

Fran Vlasses, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Dr. Vlasses received a BSN from Villanova University in 1972 and an MSN in Community Mental Health from Ohio State University in 1974. She received a PhD in Nursing from Loyola in 1997.Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Vlasses had extensive experience in nursing service administration, project management, hospital nursing staff professional development, clinical and classroom instruction and nursing and health care consulting. From 1997-1999, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical effectiveness and outcomes at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Health Systems Management at the Niehoff School of Nursing Loyola University Chicago and Nursing Research Consultant for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill.

Carol Winters, PhD, RN, CNE
Dr. Wintersis a professor of nursing and Director of the Nursing Education Concentration in the MSN program at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. She was the former dean of the School of Nursing at Hawaii Pacific University for 16 years and has traveled and learned in Japan, Norway, Spain, Canada, New Zealand, England, France, Germany, Scotland, Austria and Nepal as well as cyberspace.

2010-2011 Scholars
Tonya Rutherford-Hemming, RN, MSN, APRN/ANP-BC
Laurie L. Stark, RN, MS, Doctoral, Candidate
Joanna Guenther, PhD, RN, FNP-C
Mabel C. Ezeonwu, PhD, RN
Janis Puglisi, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC
Frances M. Rice-Farrand, DNP, APRN, CNS
Katherine Menard, MSN, RN, CCRN
Michael T. Clark, DrNP, CRNP
Bette A. Mariani, PhD, RN
Haifa Abou Samra, PhD, RNC-NIC
Janet M. Phillips, PhD, RN
Karen Ruth Breitkreuz, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N.
Andrew C. Storer, DNP, CRNP
Brenda W. Dyal, MSN, ARNP-BC
Deborah Jones, PhD, RN

2010-2011 Mentors
Jeanette Rossetti, EdD, MS, RN
Ermalynn M. Kiehl, PhD, CSN, ARNP
Keith Ellen Ragsdale, EdD, RN
Bobbie A. Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN
Laurie Kennedy-Malone, PhD, APRN-BC, FAANP, FAGHE
Mary T. Quinn Griffin, RN, MSN., MEd., PhD
Michael L. Williams, PhD(c), MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE
Christine Bradway, PhD, RN, CRNP
Barbara J. Patterson, RN, PhD
Jacqueline McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Jane H. Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN
Virginia Adams, RN, PhD
Evelyn M. Clingerman, PhD, RN
Myra D. Williams, PhD, RN
Diane Billings, EdD, RN


Who are the advisory group members?
NFLAis advised by:

Chairwoman Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN
Distinguished Professor and Dean Indiana University School of Nursing
Indianapolis, Ind., USA
Professor Diana Lee
The Nethersole School of Nursing Director Assistant Dean, Faculty of Medicine Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Pegge L. Bell, PhD, RN,
Dean Barry University School of Nursing College of Health Sciences Barry University Miami Shores, Fla., USA
Lynnette Leeseburg Stamler, BSN, Med, PhD Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies, Continuing Nursing Education Information Technology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Vicki Drury, PhD, RN, RMHN, MCl.Nsg, PGCertMH, GradCert Mens Health, BEd, BHlthSc(Nsg)
National University of Singapore

Lucy N. Marion, PhD, APN, FAAN
Dean School of Nursing Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, Ga., USA
Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, RPN, RCN, RNE, RNM
Professor and Head of the School of Nursing Science North West University
South Africa
Mary Mundt, PhD, MSN, RN
Professor and Dean School of Nursing Michigan State University
East Lansing, Mich., USA

Applications for the
2012-2013 cohort are closed.



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