Billie Bitowski, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP BC
Billie received her BSN from Northwestern State University of LA in 1973, her MSN from Texas Woman’s University in 1979, and her APRN from Northwestern State University of LA in 1996. Billie is retired from Northwestern State University, where she taught for 38 years. She was an undergraduate and graduate faculty member where she taught and participated in clinical experiences in the areas of pediatrics, postpartum, prenatal, medical surgical, and community health. Billie was also involved in leadership, physical assessment, and research. She is currently employed as a nurse practitioner in a geriatric practice.
Barbara Woodring, EdD, MA, MS, MEd, BSN, RN
Dr. Woodring is Senior Scientist for Executive Leadership and Development Corp. As a leader in both the academic and clinical arenas, Dr. Woodring has specialized in nursing care of children. She has taught at a variety of levels, from continuing education through doctoral programs; served as president of the Society of Pediatric Nurses; helped establish national certification for pediatric nurses; and enacted administrative roles, from department chair to dean/director of schools of nursing. She has consulted and spoke nationally and internationally in the far East and Africa focusing on issues of maternal-child health. Her research is centered around safe practices in car of children and sustaining inter-generational families.
Carol Klingbeil, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC
Carol is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing. She is also an Advanced Practice Nurse working at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Urgent Care. She has spent over 30 years in practice and education settings teaching nurses and other disciplines about effective communication, patient education, and health literacy principles. Carol has published and presented nationally on these and other topics. She started her career in nursing at the University of Michigan and recently graduated with her DNP from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Carla Rider, MSN, MBA, RNC-LRN
Carla Rider is the Women's Service Line Administrator at West Florida Hospital, Pensacola, Florida, for over a year. Prior to accepting this role, she was the Administrative Director of Women's and Children's Services in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for over four years. Rider has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Woman's University, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix, and a master's degree in nursing from Bellarmine University. Rider is currently pursuing a doctorate degree from University of South Alabama. Most of her career has been focused in maternal-child health and most recently, leadership.
Pegge Bell, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC
Dr. Bell has held leadership roles in maternal-child practice areas and in the academic setting. She has served as a faculty member, associate dean, and dean of a school of nursing and college of health sciences. With over 40 years’ experience, she recently retired for academe and now serves as Leadership Consultant for Sigma Theta Tau International’s Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy and Lead Faculty for the Emerging Education Administrator Institute.
Julia Snethen, PhD, RN
Julia Snethen has spent her career focused on maternal-child health nursing in a variety of clinical and academic settings. Currently Dr. Snethen teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing as an associate professor. Dr. Snethen has served as president of the Eta Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International for the past two years. Dr. Snethen has also been active in the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN), where she has been the president of the Wisconsin chapter. Currently, Dr. Snethen is the Associate Editor of Nursing Outlook
, the official journal of the American Academy of Nursing
Shakira Henderson, PhD, DNP, MS, MPH, RNC-NIC, IBCLC
Shakira Henderson is a nurse scientist, associate professor, and subject matter expert in pediatric/neonatal nursing and research. Dr. Henderson holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters of Science in Anatomy, Masters of Public Health, and Masters of Science in Nursing with a sub-specialization in education. Her passion for leadership and advocacy has allowed her to win many local, regional, and national awards.
Margaret Sharon Harris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Margaret Sharon Harris has had numerous leadership experiences over her 41 year nursing career, including nursing director and CNO roles. She is currently the Administrative Director of Nursing at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. In this position, she has operational and strategic responsibilities for maternal-child Services in the facility and community nursing. She was actively involved in assisting her facility receive Magnet Designation in 2016. She is a graduate of the STTI MCHNLA and currently serves as volunteer faculty. She utilizes the principles she learned in the academy to influence other to improve the nursing care environment and patient care.
Leigh Small, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
Dr. Small is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Family and Community Health Department at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. She is an experienced pediatric nurse practitioner of greater than 20 years, administrator, researcher, and nurse educator. Her primary teaching experiences include graduate and doctoral students in the areas of pediatric healthcare, evidence-based practice, and research methods and measures. Her scholarship mirrors her expertise in pediatric healthcare, health promotion, and childhood obesity. As a result of Dr. Small’s research and professional service, she has been recognized as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Katheryn Arterberry, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Dr. Arterberry has been a nurse for over 30 years. She worked in a busy labor unit at a university hospital in many roles before moving into academia and advance practice. She has taught all levels of nursing and currently teaches graduate nursing students in an MSN and DNP program. She is passionate about caring for underserved, vulnerable populations as evidenced by her volunteerism and research interests. As an active leader professionally and in STTI, and a graduate of MCHNLA, she is equally passionate about the leadership development the academy fosters. Dr. Arterberry is currently working in the new role of small business owner since opening her own practice in 2014.