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.

  • Richard (Rick) Markoff, Chair

    Dr. Markoff recently retired as founding president of the newly created Damar Foundation. Damar Services’ board of directors established the foundation to help raise funds to support the work of the non-profit that has been serving children and adults challenged by autism, as well as intellectual, developmental, and behavioral disabilities, for nearly 50 years.

    A retired Simon Youth Foundation executive vice president, Markoff served as a visiting senior advisor to Dr. Charles Bantz, former IUPUI Chancellor. As a senior advisor, Markoff worked primarily as the chancellor's consultant for The Education Alliance, a coalition of more than 30 partners, including Butler University, Marian University, Western Governors University, IUPUI, Ivy Tech, Martin University, and the University of Indianapolis as well as dozens of non-profits and key community businesses. Markoff provided ongoing leadership support for this initiative—whose goal is to create an infrastructure so that every student in Central Indiana is prepared to succeed academically—earning a high school diploma, enrolling in some form of postsecondary education, then graduating and entering a career. Markoff also served as a visiting lecturer in the organizational leadership and supervision degree program in the Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Prior to his arrival in Indianapolis, Dr. Markoff was president of the St. Vincent Medical Center Foundation, Toledo, Ohio, from 1983–1994.

    He earned his PhD in higher education from The University of Toledo; Master of Education degree in higher education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Western Michigan University.

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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 current role, Harden was vice president of behavioral health for Community Health Network. She is a nursing graduate of Indiana University, where she also received her Master’s of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration degrees. Prior to her post at Community Health Network, she taught at the Indiana University School of Nursing, where she currently holds an adjunct associate professorship appointment with the university. 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.

  • 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, PhD, RN, is the associate vice president for Nursing Education at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, where she is responsible for the overall administration and operation of the statewide associate of science and practical nursing programs.

    Dr. Peters has served in several state and national leadership roles including: president and vice president of the Indiana State Board of Nursing, serving two consecutive terms; consultant to the Louisiana Board of Regents; member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Practical Nursing Practice Analysis Panel of Experts; member of the Indiana State Board of Nursing Education Subcommittee; member of the Indiana Career Pathways Committee on Integrated Academics for Health Sciences Programs; member of the Indiana Workforce Development Commission, State Action Team for Health; the Indianapolis Star Salute to Nurses, Awards Selection Committee; and the Indiana Governor’s Commission on Long Term Caregivers.

    Currently Dr. Peters serves on the National League for Nursing’s Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) Standards Committee, responsible for development of Licensed Practical Nurse through Doctorate of Nursing Practice standards for this new national accreditation organization; co-chair of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education Single Articulation Pathway Committee for Nursing; the Indiana Center for Nursing board of directors; and is secretary for the Council of Indiana Nursing Deans and Directors. She has ongoing partnerships with numerous four-year universities to enhance provision of seamless articulation between Ivy Tech associate degree graduates and baccalaureate nursing programs.

    She is also developing concurrent enrollment collaborations with four-year universities to provide associate degree nursing students the ability to enroll in baccalaureate degree programs while concurrently completing their associate degrees.

  • 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.

  • Ex Officio

    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.

    Eric Newsome, 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.