The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

Emerging Global Leader Institute 

September 2017 | Speakers*

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"The movers and shakers of global health in one conference, the experience was extremely valuable!"

- Supakorn Kueakomoldej
2016 Emerging Global Leader Institute attendee




David Benton, RGN, PhD, FFNF, FRCN, FAAN

    Benton, David photoDavid Benton took up post as chief executive officer of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) on 1 October 2015. Immediately prior to this, he worked at the International Council of Nurses in Geneva, Switzerland, for the 10 years; initially as their consultant on nursing and health policy specializing in regulation, licensing, and education, and then as CEO.

    He qualified as a general and mental health nurse at the then Highland College of Nursing and Midwifery in Inverness, Scotland. His MPhil research degree focused on the application of computer assisted learning to post-basic nurse education, and has over the past 30 years, had articles published in relation to research, practice, education, leadership, regulation, and policy topics. He has a PhD summa cum laude from the University of Complutense for his work on researching an international comparative analysis of the regulation of nursing practice.

    David has held senior roles for 25 years across a range of organisations. These roles have included working as executive director of nursing at a health authority in London; as a senior civil servant in Northern and Yorkshire Region; as chief executive of a nurse regulatory body in Scotland; and as nurse director of a University Trust Health System.

    David is the recipient of several awards and honours. He is particularly proud of being awarded the inaugural Nursing Standard Leadership award in 1993. He was presented with Fellowship of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2001, awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2003 for his contribution to health and nursing policy, and most recently became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2015.

    David has held several visiting appointments and is currently a visiting professor of nursing policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

Ann Marie T. Brooks, PhD, RN, MBA, FAAN, FACHE, FNAP

    Brooks, Ann Marie photoDr. Ann Marie T. Brooks is a healthcare leader, international nurse consultant, and educator with extensive executive leadership experience in practice and education in the United State and across the world. She has held senior nurse executive positions at major academic healthcare centers and hospitals in the United States and abroad and was dean of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C, USA. Dr. Brooks has been involved in national and international leadership development programs since 1992 and was a founding faculty member of the International Nursing Leadership Institutes, sponsored by the American International Health Alliance, and a charter faculty member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International's (STTI's) Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy (sponsored by Johnson & Johnson) and served as faculty in five, 18-month programs. Examples of her leadership experience in professional organizations includes serving as past president of the American Organization and past president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Dr. Brooks is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. She has authored numerous articles and co-authored a book on global nursing; presented papers, research, and leading practices at national and international conferences; and has been a Magnet Team Leader/Appraiser for over 15 years. She recently completed the Institute for Healthcare Program Patient Safety Executive Development to continue her own learning journey. Her BSN, MSN, and PhD degrees are from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., USA, and her Executive MBA is from Loyola College of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

    Glass, Nancy photoNancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing; Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Department of International Health and Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. Dr. Glass conducts multidisciplinary projects in partnership with local experts and communities across diverse global settings, including conflict and post-conflict countries (Somalia, DR Congo, South Sudan) to evaluate employment, economic empowerment and safety interventions to improve the health, economic stability, and well-being of survivors of gender-based violence and their families.

Aden Hamza, BSN, RN

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    Aden Hamza is currently a graduate student in the Masters of Science in Nursing program at Western University, where she also completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with distinction in 2011. Following her undergraduate degree, Aden pursued her interests in global health and humanitarian affairs by completing an intensive Humanitarian course with Duke University and accompanying internship with the Sphere Project. The experienced helped strengthen her ability to understand and contribute on global policies and inspired her to pursue a graduate degree in order to further understand and conduct global health research. In line with these goals, Aden conducted field research in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, interviewing women about their experiences receiving humanitarian aid following the earthquake in 2010.

    These experiences have added value to Aden’s active role in her local and global community, where she has focused on advocating for the youth voice and promoting community engagement. She is currently a committee member of the Northeast Community Conversations, which is a grassroots group that works with local leaders to organize workshops and discussions on various global and local issues; a founding member of Youth Empowerment Committee of the African Canadian Federation of London and Area, which provides unique services to African and racialized youth; and Leadership Succession Chair of the Iota Omicron Chapter of STTI. Her current and previous community involvement has granted Aden recognition as an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Aden also gained further international experience by representing Canada as the National Youth Delegate at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in Malta this past November, where she worked with youth representatives from across the Commonwealth to draft youth-oriented recommendations and action plans to be presented to the Heads of Government.

    Aden’s clinical experience lies in medical/surgical where she began her career at London Health Sciences Centre, and later transitioned to the Emergency Department where she is currently working. 

Andrea Harrison, JD

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    Andrea Harrison serves as Deputy Legal Advisor for the Washington Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. In this capacity, she is responsible for legal support to ICRC activities in the U.S. and Canada, with particular focus on detention issues including legal processes such as military commissions and periodic review boards, as well as privileges and immunities, and sanctions and export control issues.

    Prior to her recent posting in Washington, Andrea served in ICRC's headquarters in Geneva as Legal Advisor to Operations for the Near and Middle East and Central and Southern Africa. Before this, she was a legal attachée to the ICRC's Legal Division in Geneva.

    In addition to work at the ICRC, Andrea teaches Law of War as an adjunct professor at American University School of International Service and serves as the Chair of the International Humanitarian Law Committee for the American Branch of the International Law Associate (ABILA).

    Andrea earned her J.D. at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island and is a member of the Texas bar. She also holds an LLM from The Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and a BA in International Studies and Spanish from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA.  

Carol Huston, MSN, MPA, DPA, FAAN

    Huston, Carol photoCarol Huston, MSN, MPA, DPA, FAAN, has been a professor in the school of nursing at California State University, Chico (CSUC) since 1982 and was named the 2001/2002 Outstanding Teacher for CSUC as well as the 2008/2009 Outstanding Professor. She served as the director of the school from 2010-2015 and currently teaches part time as a professor emerita. In May 2016, she was inducted into the CSUC Hall of Honor.

    Dr. Huston is the author of five textbooks on leadership, management, and professional issues in nursing (18 editions total) and has published more than 100 articles in leading professional journals. She has also keynoted more than 250 presentations worldwide.

    Dr. Huston served as the 2007-2009 president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has led numerous healthcare delegations globally to locations including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Russia, Cuba, and Peru.

Marty Makinen, PhD

makinen-webMarty Makinen, PhD, is a Managing Director at Results for Development Institute (R4D). He oversees and contributes to a portfolio of work by R4D through global and country specific projects and activities in health financing and systems. Global projects include the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), led by Jhpiego; a Health Financing and Governance (HFG) project, led by Abt Associates; and Joint Learning Network on Universal Health Coverage (JLN on UHC), funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Country specific projects include Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, and Benin. Specific topics taken up by this work include the development and implementation of health financing strategies, developing tools for diagnosis of health systems barriers and solutions to them, costs and financing of specific services, private-sector roles in health, development of UHC health insurance systems and institutions, health financing systems and quality, and domestic resource mobilization for health, among others.

Dr. Makinen is an economist with more than 40 years of experience. Before joining R4D in 2008, he spent 23 years at Abt Associates Inc., where he directed three global health financing and systems projects. In addition, he has held academic positions at the Universities of Delaware and Michigan.

Dr. Makinen has worked with more than 40 low- and middle-income countries on practical solutions to systems, financing, and economic issues in all regions of the world, with specific emphasis on Francophone Africa and South Asia. He is a native speaker of English and speaks fluent French. Dr. Makinen has numerous publications and speaks frequently at professional meetings. He holds a PhD and master's degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and a BA in Economics from Kalamazoo College.

Keith Martin, MD, PC

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    Dr. Martin is a physician who, since Sept. 2012, has served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) based in Washington, DC. The Consortium is a rapidly growing organization of over 130 academic institutions from around the world. It harnesses the capabilities of these institutions across research, education, advocacy and service to address global challenges. It is particularly focused on improving health outcomes for the global poor and strengthening academic global health programs.

    Dr. Martin has been on numerous diplomatic missions to areas in crisis including Sudan, Zimbabwe, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Colombia, and the Middle East. He served as a physician in South Africa on the Mozambique border during that country’s civil war. He has traveled widely in Africa, visiting the continent 26 times. Dr. Martin is the author of more than 150 editorial pieces published in Canada's major newspapers and has appeared frequently as a political and social commentator on television and radio. From 1997-2000, he created and moderated the nationally syndicated, current affairs television program, Beyond Politics. He is currently a board member of the Jane Goodall Institute, editorial board member for the Annals of Global Health and an advisor for the International Cancer Expert Corps. He has contributed to the Lancet Commission on the Global Surgery Deficit, is a current commissioner on the Lancet-ISMMS Commission on Pollution, Health and Development and is a member of the Global Sepsis Alliance. Dr. Martin is based in Washington, DC, which is the home of CUGH’s Secretariat.

Rear Admiral Susan Orsega

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    As chief nursing officer, RADM Orsega leads the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) Nurse Professional Affairs, and advises the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps nurse professionals.

    Rear Admiral Susan Orsega is a Senior Program Management Officer at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is responsible for the operational management of international research partnerships with South African and Malian Governments, involving 150 international nurses and researchers, and 7,000 research participants. In 2015, RADM Orsega played a fundamental role in the United States Government (USG) NIH Ebola response and was instrumental in the implementation of first human vaccine trial in Liberia and the operational management of first Ebola Z-Mapp trial in Sierra Leone.

    RADM Orsega’s leadership strength is in bringing multidisciplinary members from different governments, organizations, cultures and languages together towards a common mission, connecting talents with initiatives. One of her primary goals in every assignment is to disseminate knowledge to improve nursing practice and health systems globally.

    RADM Susan Orsega received her Bachelors of Science Nursing degree from Towson University. In 2001, she obtained her Master’s degree of Science from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Nurse Practitioner program. In 2013, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Kevin Ousman, MSN, HSM

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    Kevin Ousman, MSN, HSM, is a Cameroonian-born healthcare professional with specialized training and experience in clinical nursing as well as health systems management. Mr. Ousman has more 10 years of combined experience in nursing practice and strengthening health systems services in diverse practice areas, including critical care, education, and HIV/AIDS management and prevention domestically in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, South America, and the Middle East.

    Currently Mr. Ousman is a consultant Program Officer in the directorate of the Health Systems Cluster of the WHO’s Regional Office for Africa, where he works under the cluster’s director to coordinate and manage various health systems initiatives and programs in WHO member states in the African region. Mr. Ousman serves as a working group member on the Afya Bora Consortium of Universities Fellowship, composed of eight universities across the United States and East Africa, which specializes in leadership training among health care providers — especially nurses and physicians. For the Consortium, Mr. Ousman co-leads the development and dissemination of the global health policy module and lectures on the human resources for health crisis and need for task shifting practices.  He has extensive knowledge of global health systems and equity issues at all levels of the health system, including the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on achieving universal health coverage (SDG goal 3.8). Mr. Ousman is pursuing a PhD in Nursing and is a Jonas Nurse Leader scholar.

Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Sherwood, Gwen photoGwen Sherwood is professor and associate dean for strategic and global initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Her work focuses on transforming healthcare environments by improving quality and safety through expanding relational capacity of healthcare providers. She was co-investigator for the award winning Robert Wood Johnson funding Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project to prepare nurses for working in and leading quality and safety in redesigned healthcare. Two of her books were AJN books of the year, most recently Reflective Organizations: On the Front Lines of QSEN & Reflective Practice Implementation.


Jeremy Shiffman, PhD

    Jeremy_Shiffman AU web resolution April 2011Jeremy Shiffman is Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University in Washington, DC. A political scientist by training, he researches the politics of health policy-making in low-income countries. His research has been funded by the Gates, MacArthur, and Rockefeller Foundations, among other organizations. His work has appeared in multiple journals, including The Lancet, The American Journal of Public Health, and Population and Development Review. He is the inaugural recipient of the Gary and Stacey Jacobs Award for excellence in health policy research. Across his career he has received five awards for excellence in teaching. He received a BA summa cum laude from Yale University in philosophy, an MA from Johns Hopkins University in international relations, and a PhD from the University of Michigan in political science.

Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN

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    Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams is the Acting Surgeon General. As Deputy Surgeon General, RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams advises and supports the Surgeon General regarding operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and in communicating the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation. She served as the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS from November 2013 through May 2016. In this role, she advised the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps nurse professionals.

    RADM Trent-Adams has held various positions in HHS, working to improve access to care for poor and underserved communities. As a clinician and administrator, she has had a direct impact on building systems of care to improve public health for marginalized populations domestically and internationally. 

    Prior to joining the Office of the Surgeon General, RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams was the Deputy Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She assisted in managing the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program). The $2.3 billion program funds medical care, treatment, referrals and support services for uninsured and underserved people living with HIV disease as well as training for health care professionals.

    RADM Trent-Adams began her career in the Commissioned Corps of the USPHS in 1992. She has published numerous articles, participated in research studies, and presented to a variety of domestic and international organizations and professional groups. Prior to joining the USPHS, RADM Trent-Adams was a nurse officer in the U.S. Army. She also served as a research nurse at the University of Maryland. RADM Trent-Adams also completed two internships in the U.S. Senate where she focused on the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities and scope of practice for nurses and psychologists. She has served as guest lecturer at the University of Maryland and Hampton University. Her clinical practice was in trauma, oncology, community health, and infectious disease. She has also served as the Chair of the Federal Public Health Nurse Leadership Council, and the Federal Nursing Service Council. 

    RADM Trent-Adams received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University, a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN

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    Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN, is the Director of Global Initiatives for the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). In this role, she works with the Global Initiatives team to expand STTI's reach and reputation globally through maintaining the organization’s Economic and Social Consultative Status with the United Nations; developing global healthcare leaders; establishment of satellite offices in Asia, Africa, and Europe; expanding relationships with global healthcare organizations; and presenting information about STTI around the world. Cynthia has a broad level of diverse nursing leadership experience. She served as Chief Nurse of the American Red Cross for nearly a decade, during which time she also chaired the Global Advisory Group for Nursing under the International Committee of the Red Cross. She has been both a member and chair of the United States Federal Nursing Chiefs Council and has coordinated nursing involvement for various international relief missions. Prior to her appointment as chief nurse, Cynthia provided nursing leadership and support to Americans stationed in Europe and the Middle East as Director, Nursing and Health Services, European Area, American Red Cross.

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