Board of Advisors
The Indiana University School of Nursing Board of Advisors meets twice per year and serves to advise the dean and the IU School of Nursing on strategic decisions, long-term planning, and philanthropic goals. Each member serves a three-year term. We invite you to read about each of the current board members.
Brenda L. Cleary, PhD, RN, FAAN
Brenda Cleary is a healthcare consultant. As a result of her education and clincal expertise in geriatrics, she formerly consulted with Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society on aging initiatives, including developing a Center for Nursing Excellence in Long Term Care and broader leadership initiatives in aging. From 2008–2011, she served as the inaugural director of the Center to Champion Nursing in America—a joint initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—to address the growing nurse and nurse faculty shortage. Cleary is an expert in healthcare workforce research and policy and for fourteen years prior to joining AARP, she held the position of executive director of the North Carolina Center for Nursing. Formerly, Cleary was regional dean and professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. Cleary received a BSN and MSN from Indiana University and a PhD in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin and was recognized as a distinguished alumna by both schools of nursing. She was named one of the Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders in 2014 during the School's 100th anniversary.
John E. Dewey, MBA
John Dewey is a financial advisor with Edward Jones and formerly a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. A former small business owner and executive director in healthcare, John graduated with a BA in business, French and economics from Doane College in 1991 and an MBA from Bellarmine University in 2010. His expertise in small business start-up, healthcare planning, and administration allows for a consultative approach with his clients and organizations.His financial practice is focused on helping women address the problems and concerns they face when navigating a life transition. Women, like his mother, who find themselves seeking his advice on protecting their assets and providing for their future. Often, new clients are referred after the passing of a husband or sudden divorce because they struggle with understanding their current investments and how they relate to their goals. John currently sits on the Board of Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis and is past chairperson for the 2012 East Central Indiana Heart Walk. He is an active member of the Indianapolis Rotary Club and Rainmakers. Past boards experiences include the National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Wabash County, and the Wabash County Council on Aging. A driving reason for becoming involved with the IU School of Nursing Board of Advisors is to help educate others on how financial planning for healthcare workers impacts quality of life factors later in life.
Nancy Dickenson-Hazard, RN, MSN, FAAN
Nancy Dickenson-Hazard has spent 30 of her 40+ years in nursing as a leader. She holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. During her 14 years at the helm of the world’s largest nursing honorary, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, she presided over the organization’s burgeoning growth and evolution into an international nursing force. From her early career caring for the impoverished children of Appalachia to her current position, she has created and driven initiatives that directly impact patient care, constituent service, and professional issues.
As a newly graduated pediatric nurse practitioner, Dickenson-Hazard held a dual practice and administrative position at Georgetown University Health Plan. In this role, she was instrumental in designing and implementing a shared governance model of physicians, health administrators, and nurse executives at five health centers. She also spearheaded a plan-wide health promotion program, and while managing a practice of 125 families, she developed a nurse triage system still in use today.
During her 12 years as executive director of the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses, Dickenson-Hazard was responsible for revitalizing the national pediatric nurse practitioner certification and certification maintenance programs, as well as initiating similar programs for the generalist pediatric nurse. Similarly, under the leadership of Dickenson-Hazard, the honor society tripled its asset base and experienced a 40 percent growth in membership and 26 percent increase in established chapters. She increased research grant funding, initiated an international nursing leadership institute, established an international think-tank conference series, and developed partnerships with national and international organizations and businesses.
Currently, Dickenson-Hazard is the principal of NDH Agency, a consulting firm that specializes in executive coaching, leadership development, and innovation. Among her consultation clients are the World Health Organization, the Institute of Pediatric Nursing, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Johnson and Johnson, and Sigma Theta Tau International. Her coaching clients include nursing faculty, association and business executives, and nursing executives/administrators from national, international, and local organizations. She is an adjunct faculty at the Indiana University School of Nursing and the University of Western Sydney School of Nursing in Australia. She is a prolific writer on leadership and professional issues and her book Ready, Set, Go Lead was published in September of 2008 by Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, www.nursingknowledge.org
Mark E. Douglas, JD, MSN, RN
Mark Douglas currently serves as head of Innovation and Value-Based Purchasing for Aetna Medicaid where he has oversight for leading the medical management team's efforts to transform healthcare for the most vulnerable populations and those with special needs. His other leadership efforts included director of Clinical Project Coordination for the Aetna Medicaid Business Unit. In that role, he led the Aetna Medicaid national efforts for the Patient-Centered Medical Home, pay-for-performance, and provider clinical profiling. Mark previously served at Aetna as the clinical director of Provider Strategies, deputy to the chief medical officer, and the Indiana plan director of Care Management.
Prior to joining Aetna, Mark worked as a health law attorney for Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, where his practice focused on reimbursement and general counsel activities representing various hospitals and providers. During law school he served as the research fellow for the Indiana University Consortium for Health Policy, Law and Bioethics researching on state and national health reform and alternative care delivery models.
Before practicing law, Mark worked as a family nurse practitioner for a local community clinic, Gennesaret Free Clinic, serving as a primary care provider to the underserved and uninsured in the downtown Indianapolis community. He also jointly served as opening Director for the Health Recovery Program for homeless men. The Health Recovery Program is a unique integrated, community-based program designed to assist participants with recuperation from serious physical and behavioral health issues and gain access to stable housing and other needed community-based services. Mark began his nursing career working several years in the surgical intensive care unit at Indiana University Hospital.
Mark is a two-time graduate of the IU School of Nursing receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1992, with his master’s degree in 1999. He later completed his law degree at Indiana University-Indianapolis with a concentration in health law.
Anita J. Harden, MBA, MSN, RN
Anita Harden is president and CEO, Interim Executives, LLP, and president emeritus of Community Hospital East. Harden was with Community Health Network for over 35 years and became president of Community Hospital East in April 2004 after serving as interim president for five months. Prior to her role as president of Community Hospital East, Harden was vice president of behavioral health for Community Health Network. She taught at the Indiana University School of Nursing for several years where she currently holds an adjunct associate professorship appointment with the university. She serves as the interim executive director of the Madame Walker Theatre Center since February 2016.
Harden is active in the Indianapolis community as a volunteer and board member for many nonprofit and community organizations, including Citizen’s Energy Group, Rotary Foundation, Christian Theological Seminary, and the Indianapolis Zoological Society. She is a nursing graduate of Indiana University, where she also received her Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration degrees. Harden was named one of the Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders in 2014 during the School’s 100th anniversary.
Christia Hicks, MBA
Christia Hicks serves as Eskenazi Health’s vice president of Human Resources. Christia assumes administrative responsibility over several departments within Eskenazi Health, including Human Resources, The Eskenazi Health Institute for Employee Development, Volunteer Services, Eskenazi Health Wellness, Multicultural Affairs and Occupational Health. She was formerly a physical therapist for Washington, D.C., area hospitals, a health facility administrator for Eskenazi Health (formerly Wishard Health Services) and director of specialty clinics. Originally from Rockford, Ill., she is a proud product of Rockford Public Schools. She matriculated at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., graduating with a degree in biology. She then earned a Master of Physical Therapy from Drexel University and completed a Master of Business Administration in the fall of 2011 from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Christia serves on the United Way Community Impact Committee, IU School of Nursing Board of Advisors and the Board of Directors for Citizens Energy Group. She is a member of the University HealthSystem Consortium Chief Human Resources Officers Council, Society for Human Resource Management and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration.
Bambi McQuade-Jones, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Dr. Bambi McQuade-Jones, DNP, APRN, FNP-C is the new president/ chief executive officer at Riggs Community Health Center; Lafayette, Indiana; a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow; and a Health IT Fellow for the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT.
As founder and CEO of the Boone County Community Clinic (BCCC) from 2000 to 2014, Dr. McQuade-Jones created a stand-alone 501(c)3 nurse-led community health center that serves the vulnerable population including the uninsured, under-insured, and those Boone County residents with state-supported insurance. Within the past fourteen years, patient visits have increased from a few hundred (when the clinic was part of the volunteer-staffed Boone County Health Department) to 7,000+ today. Recently the BCCC achieved Community Health Clinic status in Indiana and has been recognized as one of the top 100 Medicaid providers in the state. The BCCC's model of care is centered on utilizing evidence-based medicine and healthcare innovation to provide the highest quality care to every patient, every day, regardless of their ability to pay. The BCCC participates in Medicaid Meaningful Use and has partnered with the Purdue Regional Extension Center (Purdue Healthcare Advisors) to facilitate the accreditation process for NCQA-Patient Centered Medical Home recognition. The BCCC administers multiple, ongoing grant programs specific to women’s health, including serving as a Susan G. Komen Foundation grantee for the seventh consecutive year. During her tenure as medical director of the Boone County Jail, Dr. McQuade-Jones and the BCCC saved the county tax payers a documented $1.3 million dollars over a four-year period through implementation of Electronic Health Records, protocols and policies to assure all inmates received proper medical care and assessment.
Laurie Peters, PhD, RN
Laurie Peters, former Associate Vice President for Nursing Education at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, where she was responsible for the overall administration and operation of the statewide associate of science and practical nursing programs, retired in January 2017 from this position. Peters has served in various roles during her 20+ years at Ivy Tech including Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dean for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Division, and nursing faculty. In addition to receiving her PhD in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Foundations from Indiana State University, Peter’s completed her Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Ball State University, and her Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from Indiana University at Kokomo.
Peters was appointed to several state and national leadership roles, including: past President and Vice President of the Indiana State Board of Nursing, a member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Practical Nursing Practice Analysis Panel of Experts and the Indiana Governor’s Commission on Long Term Caregivers. Currently Peters serves on the National League for Nursing’s Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) Standards Committee. Community service, engagement, and lifelong learning have been integral components of Peters’ personal and professional life. She was recognized for her contributions to health, excellence in teaching, and community service via various awards, including Ivy Tech’s Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction and Ivy Tech’s Presidents Award for Excellence in Instruction.
Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN
Nancy Sharts-Hopko is a professor and director of the doctoral program in the College of Nursing at Villanova University. In the mid-1980s she lived most of three years in Asia, where she served as a short-term consultant for the World Health Organization in Bangladesh and taught and conducted research at St. Luke's College of Nursing, Tokyo. Her Master of Arts degree in nursing education and doctoral degree were completed at New York University in 1983. With a background in maternal-infant and women's health nursing, Sharts-Hopko served on the FDA's Advisory Committee on Maternal Health and Fertility Drugs 1992–1995 and was a member of the FDA's Advisory Committee on Obstetrical and Gynecological Devices 1999–2003. Since its inception through 2011, she has served as a member and chair of the National League for Nursing Certification Commission. Sharts-Hopko served from 2003–2007 on the board of advisors of Sigma Theta Tau International. She was named one of the Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders in 2014 during the School’s 100th anniversary.
Lori Wilson joined the Channel 2 Action News family in January 2017. She anchors Channel 2 Action News at 6 and 11 on weekend evenings. She is an Emmy Award-Winning anchor and reporter who is thrilled to be back on air in Atlanta for a second time. She has worked in four other television markets.
Prior to joining WSB-TV, Wilson spent three and one-half years working for WISH-TV in her hometown of Indianapolis. Before that, she spent seven and one-half years at WCAU in Philadelphia, where she held a number of positions including anchor, reporter and host of the 10! Show. Before WCAU, Wilson spent three years at WGCL in Atlanta as an anchor and entertainment reporter. Her first anchor job was with KSLA in Shreveport, Louisiana and her first reporting job was with WCIA in Champaign, Illinois. Passionate about community service, Wilson created an online magazine for young black women, authored a children’s book, is a member of NABJ, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and The Indianapolis Chapter of the Links, Inc. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a minor in African-American Studies.
Virginia A. Caine, MD
Dr. Caine is director of the Marion County Health Department and associate professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. Prior to her appointment at IU, she was assistant professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She earned her MD from the State University of New York, Upstate Medical School, Syracuse, took her residency in internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati, and then completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Washington in Seattle. Other professional commitments include serving on numerous expert panels and served as the Internal Medicine Section Chair of the National Medical Association (NMA); in 1999, she was selected by NMA as Internist of the Year. Caine is also a board member of the National Association of City and County Health Officials, Bright Futures for Women Steering Committee, Fairbanks Institute (Life Sciences), Board of Directors; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Advisory Committee for Common Ground: Transforming Public Health Information and Member, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Leadership for Healthy Communities National Advisory Council. She was recognized as one of 25 influential women in Indianapolis in the June 1999 special supplement to Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ). In addition, Caine was honored as one of IBJ’s 2002 HealthCare Heroes as the physician winner and in September 2004, Caine received the Doris H. Merritt Service to Nursing Award at the 12th Annual IUSON Gala. Dr. Caine is past president of the American Public Health Public Association, the nation’s oldest and largest public health organization.
Michelle Janney, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Michelle Janney, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is executive vice president and chief nurse executive for Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana, responsible for setting the strategic vision for Nursing and Patient Care Services throughout the 18-hospital system. Working with a statewide nursing leadership team, Janney defines, designs and drives implementation of policies and standards across the hospital system to ensure quality and consistency for patients across all services. Janney also serves as Adjunct Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Indiana University School of Nursing. Previously she was senior vice president and Wood-Prince Family chief nurse executive at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, where she led the nursing team to Magnet designation in 2006 and re-designation in 2010.
Inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014, Janney is a past-president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing. She has served in various national leadership roles including the AONE Strategic Planning Committee, The Joint Commission Hospital Advisory Committee, the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board, and currently on AHA’s Board of Trustees and SmartMarket Board of Directors. She has earned numerous awards throughout her career, including the Joan L. Shaver Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader Award in 2014, the University of Toledo Alumni of the Year Award in 2012, the Nursing Spectrum Excellence Award for Advancing and Leading the Profession in 2010, and the Power of Nursing Leadership Pinnacle Leader Award in 2007. Janney is a graduate of the Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives at the University of Pennsylvania and the Leadership at the Peak Program at the Center for Creative Leadership.
Eric Newsom, RN, MSHI
Indiana University School of Nursing Alumni Board, President
Eric Newsom, RN, MSHI, decided to switch his career to nursing and graduated with his BSN from IU School of Nursing in 2009. His first and only bedside nursing position was on the neuro critical care unit at IU Health Methodist Hospital. Eric completed his Masters in Healthcare Informatics at IUPUI in 2013 and has since worked in the IT business division at IU Health as a Clinical Application Analyst where he leads system implementations across the state. He still works a few weekend shifts from time to time on the neuro critical care unit to keep in touch with patient care. Joining the IU School of Nursing Alumni Association board in 2009, Eric has served as President since 2015 and is active in leading the board’s ‘rebranding’ initiative. Prior to his nursing career, Eric worked in market research and IT consulting supporting clients at the former Chicago Board of Trade. His first degree was in English/French teaching from the University of Indianapolis in 1988.