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.

Julia Bluestone, CNM, MS

    Bluestone, Julia photoJulia Bluestone, CNM, MS, is a Senior Technical Advisor at Jhpiego Corporation. She has 15 years of experience in international education and training implementation and in performance and quality improvement. She provides technical direction on pre-service education and in-service training programs for medical, nursing, and midwifery schools, as well as national nursing and midwifery curriculum revisions, tutor and preceptor skills training, and evaluation. Ms. Bluestone is a member of the continuing education committee for the American College of Nurse Midwives and a peer reviewer for continuing education unit approval. She currently also chairs the Frontline Health Worker Coalition. 


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.


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.

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.

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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