Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, is a professor of nursing in the Nursing Population Health and Systems Cooperative Unit of the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. He is director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership and holds the Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership. Dr. Pesut has served on several organizational non-profit boards, most notably as President of the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) from 2003-2005.
Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN
Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN, is distinguished professor and university dean emerita at Indiana University School of Nursing; she is also a member of the Indiana University Health Board, and chairs the board’s Committee on Quality and Patient Safety. Dr. McBride is known for her contributions to women’s health, particularly the psychology of parenthood, and to psychiatric-mental health nursing. She served as president of nursing’s international honor society (1987‑1989) and of the American Academy of Nursing (1993‑1995). In 1995, she was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), and in 2006, she was named a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing. In recent years, she has directed the annual leadership conference sponsored by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, and chaired the national advisory committees for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Nurse Faculty Scholars Program and the American Academy of Nursing’s Institute for Nursing Leadership©. Her book entitled The Growth and Development of Nurse Leaders won the 2011 PROSE Award for the category “Nursing and Allied Health.” (Prose Awards are the premier awards for outstanding professional and scholarly publishing in the United States.)
Samuel L. Odle
Samuel L. Odle is a senior policy adviser for Bose Public Affairs Group. In this capacity, Odle works with clients on a variety of public policy issues involving healthcare and the life sciences. Sam served for over three decades as the CEO at Methodist Hospital/IU Health and was responsible for many significant initiatives, including the merger of Methodist Hospital of Indiana with the hospitals of the IU Medical Center, the IU Simon Cancer Center, and the completely new West, North, and Saxony Hospitals of IU Health. Sam is an elected member of the school board for Indianapolis Public Schools. In addition, he was named moderator for the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series Class XXXVIII in 2013 with the Indy Chamber. Board-certified in healthcare management, Sam is a fellow and past chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He works with the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship program to develop future healthcare leaders, and is also a member of FACHE (Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives). Active in the community, Sam is a member of the board of directors for WastePoint and has served on the board of directors for the Crossroads of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America since 2001, including a term as president. He has also served as chairman of the United Way fundraising campaign.
Kimberly Harper, MS, RN
With 35 years of healthcare experience, Kimberly Harper currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Center for Nursing, a membership organization that exists to assure a high quality nursing workforce prepared to meet the demand of the dynamic healthcare system of the future. In her role, she also serves as the nursing co-lead for the Indiana Action Coalition, which is implementing the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report. In addition, Kimberly now serves as the co-chair of the national Nurses on Boards Coalition, organized through the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. Kimberly is passionate about coaching and supporting nurse leaders to gain a strong voice on boards, where important healthcare decisions are made every day.
Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN
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, having been the 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 that time, 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.