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Home : Media

1 May 2012

Rachael McLaughlin, Director
Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

New nurse leadership academy cohort aims
to improve maternal-child health
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International partners with
Johnson & Johnson to meet United Nations Millennium Development Goals

INDIANAPOLIS – Every minute of every day, 21 children under the age of 5 die – fourteen of those from preventable causes. Each year, 350,000 women die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth.

The new cohort selected for the 2012-2013 Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy (MCH NLA) is out to change those statistics. Created by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and made possible through the support of Johnson & Johnson, the academy is helping the United Nations achieve two of its Millennium Development Goals – improve maternal health and reduce child mortality.

Specifically, the U.N. and STTI aim to reduce the under-5 mortality rate by two-thirds (compared to 1990), reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three-fourths, and achieve universal access to reproductive health by 2015.

“The emerging nurse leaders participating in the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy have a unique opportunity to improve the health and lives of mothers and children all over the world,” said Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, COI, president of STTI. “This academy is possible because of the great support and commitment we have from our partner, Johnson & Johnson.”

“Our commitment to nursing has never been stronger – we have a long history of supporting nurses in their roles as leaders and caregivers, dating to the earliest days of the Company,” said Joanne Fillweber, Manager Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson. “Our support of nurses and the nursing profession is global, spans multiple decades and focuses on building health care capacity, primarily through education and awareness.”

Participants in this cohort are:

Fellow   Leadership Mentor
Jonell Allen, MSN, RNC, CNS-BC
Community Health Network
Mary Browning, DNP, RN
Community Health Network
Jessica L. Anderson, MSN, CNM, WHNP
University of Colorado, College of Nursing/University of Colorado Hospital and Clinics
  Nancy K. Lowe, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
University of Colorado, College of Nursing
Katherine Anderson, MS, RN
Randall Children's Hospital
  Denise Sackinger, MN, BSN, RN
Randall Children's Hospital
Kimberly Ann Chrupcala, BSN, RN
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  Taryn Marie Edwards, MSN, CRNP,
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Elizabeth A. Cronk, RNC-OB
Kaiser Permanente Northwest
  Gayle M. Littlejohn, MBA, RN
Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Christie Marlene Forward, BSN, RNC
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  Pamela Mack-Brooks, MSN, CRNP
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Ivonne Freyre Hernandez, MS, RN, IBCLC
Tampa General Hospital
  Jessica Brumley, ARNP, CNM
University of South Florida
Cori Gibson, MSN, RN, CNL
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  Carol G. Klingbeil, MS, RN, CPNP-PC
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Jane S. Grassley, PhD, RN, IBCLC
Boise State University
  Judith A. Jones, MSN, NEA-BC
St. Luke's Boise and Meridian Medical Centers
Meredith Laine Green, BSN, RN
Washington Regional Medical Center
  Carla Elaine Rider, MBA, BSN, RNC
Washington Regional Medical Center
Shakira L. I. Henderson, MS, MPH,
South Miami Hospital – Baptist Health South Florida
  Rosina Cianelli, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN, FAAN
University of Miami
Ellee Humphrey, MSN, RN
Norton Suburban Hospital
  Ermalynn M. Kiehl, PhD, CSN, ARNP
Bellarmine University
Charlotte Li, BsCN
Fraser Health Authority – Surrey Memorial Hospital
  Ruth Stevens, BsCN, CNE
Fraser Health Authority – Surrey Memorial Hospital
Amy B. Manion, PhD, RN, CPNP
Rush University
  Marilyn K. Wideman, DNP, RN-BC
Rush University
Maryann G. Mattes, BSN, RNC
Riddle Hospital/Main Line Health System
  Lori W. Hallahan, MSN, RNC
Riddle Hospital/Main Line Health System
Kristy Lynn Mills, BScN, RN
Fraser Health
  Joanne Hamberg, MN, BScN
Fraser Health
Amy S. Nacht, MSN, BA, RN, CNM
University of Colorado, College of Nursing
  Nancy K. Lowe, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
University of Colorado, College of Nursing
Alice M. Nash, BSN, RNC-NIC
Winthrop-University Hospital
  Cathyjo Catalano, MSN, RNC
Winthrop-University Hospital
Sarah N. Rourke, BSN, RN
Fraser Health Authority
  Brenda M. Haan, BSc
Surrey Memorial Hospital
June Reetta Stikes, MSN, RN
University of Louisville Medical Center
  Mimia Cynthia Logsdon, PhD, APRN, FAAN
University of Louisville Hospital; University of Louisville School of Nursing
Sherry Stott, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, ACNS-BC
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
  Elizabeth V. Gilbert, MS, FNP-BC, CNS, RNC-OB
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
Jane M. Thompson, BSN, RNC-NIC, CNML
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
  Margaret Sharon Harris, MSN, RN,
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Jill Walsh, BA, BSN, RN
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  Marilyn Stringer, PhD, WHCNP-BC
University of Pennsylvania

Background on the Academy

An 18-month mentored leadership experience in which nurse groups plan, implement and measure the effectiveness of live projects.

The ultimate goal of the MCH NLA is improved health for childbearing women and children (up to 5 years old). This goal is achieved:
• Directly from the projects completed during the academy (which creates system change), and
• Indirectly from ongoing nurse leadership throughout the nurse’s career.

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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

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