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.

  • John E. Dewey, MBA, CFP, CRPC, Chair

    John E. Dewey, EMBA, CFP®, CRPC®, is a financial advisor and partner with Edward Jones. His expertise is in healthcare planning for pre-retirees as well as tailored compensation strategies for executives and business owners. His practice focuses on a consultative approach primarily dedicated to serving women because he grew up in a single parent household with a mother who was a small business owner in the healthcare industry. Dewey graduated with a BA in Business, French, and Economics from Doane University in 1991; an Executive MBA from Bellarmine University in 2010; CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER designation from Wake Forest University in 2018; and is currently obtaining his Certified Investment Management Analyst designation from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In addition to his service to IU School of Nursing, Mr. Dewey sits on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for Heartland International Film and the Lawrence Community Development Corporation.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Elizabeth "Liz" Madigan was the Independence Foundation Professor in Nursing Education at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, where she had been for more than two decades. Dr. Madigan was the Director of the school’s Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Collaborating Center for Research and Clinical Training in Home Care Nursing. She has extensive global experience, having served as a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile, and served as principal investigator on an interprofessional aging training project in the Caribbean. Dr. Madigan is also a respected researcher. She has published numerous book chapters and research articles and presented at nursing conferences worldwide on interests including home healthcare issues, the use of technology to improve chronic disease outcomes, and international healthcare issues. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wright State University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the Ohio State University, and a PhD in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She assumed her role as STTI CEO on September 18, 2017.

  • Bambi McQuade-Jones, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Vice Chair

    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 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.

  • Carolyn Miller, MS

    Carolyn Miller is the President of Carolyn Miller & Associates, Inc. (CMA), an executive coaching and management consulting firm. Her career spans 40+ years working in and with organizations. She consults in such areas as executive coaching, leadership/board development, and change management. Carolyn’s coaching and consulting experiences encompass single individuals to worldwide initiatives. In 2013, Carolyn was inducted as an Honorary Member of STTI for her contributions to the advancement of nursing at the national and global levels. She also served four years on STTI’s Nursing Knowledge International Board, and participated as a panel member to discuss leadership, at STTI’s 2014 Leadership Connection Forum. Carolyn consulted with IU School of Nursing and many other organizations over the years. Prior to beginning CMA in 2008, Carolyn held the position of Consulting Director with Johnson & Johnson Corporate (J&J). Among her significant contributions at J&J, Carolyn led the leadership alignment work for the acquisition of Pfizer’s Consumer Healthcare Business in 2006, a $16.6B acquisition, the largest in the 120+year history of Johnson & Johnson. Prior to joining J&J, Carolyn served as an internal management consultant with Texas Instruments’ Defense Systems & Electronics Group (DSEG).  Carolyn obtained her B.A., summa cum laude, in psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas, M.S. in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of North Texas, and completed Columbia University’s Advanced Program in Organization Development and Human Resources Management.

  • Eric Tyner Newsom, RN, MSHI

    Eric Tyner Newsom decided to switch his career to nursing and graduated with his BSN from IU School of Nursing in 2009. His first 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 transitioned his career to the IT business division at IU Health as a Clinical Application Analyst where he led system implementations across the state. He worked 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 served as President from 2015 until fall 2017 and was 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. Newsom journeyed West in Summer of 2017 and is currently doing contract travel nursing in the Los Angeles area.

  • Julie Schnieders, CNP, MSN

    Julie Schnieders is the Vice President of St. Vincent Women’s Services North Region Indiana. She is responsible for the development and building of the St. Vincent Women’s Center in Carmel. The center provides comprehensive health services for women. The Women’s Center has everything for women in one building including breast care, heart health, bone health, OB\GYN practices including services for high-risk pregnancies, pelvic health and a Women’s Health boutique that specializes in DME for women. Ms. Schnieders is a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner who is still practicing and has a special interest in menopause and age-related issues faced by women. 

    Her career has spanned 40 years as a nurse and 28 years as a women’s health nurse practitioner. She received her MSN from IU in 1994 and undergraduate degree from Purdue in 1978. Julie was involved in the original core group who developed the Center for Hope, a city-wide program to treat women who have been sexually assaulted. She also developed a High-Risk breast program and was responsible for the 338-4HER series that provided access to women’s questions 24 hours per day. She is a frequent guest lecturer on a variety of women’s health topics throughout the state and country. Julie’s goal is to take care of women, as they spend most of their lives taking care of everyone else. 

  • 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.

    Melora Ferren, MSN, RN-BC
    Melora Ferren is the Vice President/Associate Chief Nurse Executive at Indiana University Health, a healthcare system of 17 facilities. Her nursing career spans 25 years with a clinical background in the emergency department, critical care transport, and leadership. She has a master’s degree in nursing education. She has presented internationally on leadership and nursing education. Melora is board certified in Nursing Professional Development, a member of AONL, ANPD, and Sigma Theta Tau.

    Anita Harden, RN, MSN, MBA
    Anita Harden is president and CEO, Interim Executives, LLP, and retired president 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 formerly served as the interim executive director of the Madame Walker Theatre Center. 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 and has received the Spirit of Philanthropy Award from IUPUI in 2018.