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 degree in 1992, with his master's degree in 1999. He later completed his law degree at Indiana University with a concentration in health law.
Christina Hale, recently returned to Kiwanis International to serve as executive director of Kiwanis Youth Programs. A Purdue University graduate, Christina began her career as a newspaper reporter in Northern Indiana. She previously was chief communications officer for the Kiwanis global organization where she worked to strengthen and support communities across the globe. Hale served most recently as the president and chief executive officer of Leadership Indianapolis. She formerly served as Indiana State Representative for House District 87 of the Indiana General Assembly and was nominated as a lieutenant governor candidate in 2016. She also works as an independent on-air talent and columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal, the Howey Report, In Focus (CBS 4, Fox 59) and Inside Indiana Business (WFYI & stations statewide). Christina is well known locally and throughout Indiana as a public servant. Christina was name IBJ Woman of Influence in 2015 and in the same year received a Leadership Award from the Latino Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence and Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Legion of Indiana. Christina has grown up, raised her family and worked her entire life in Indiana. Her work has taught her that communities thrive when they have active, engaged citizens collaborating for the greater good.
Anita J. Harden, MBA, MSN, RN, Chair
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.
Cynthia Hubert “Cindy”, was the President and CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and served with distinction until retiring from her leadership role in September 2016. During her six-year tenure, Cindy led Gleaners to new levels of effectiveness and impact as the organization experienced an 86% increase in food distribution and growth in all phases of its operation. On an annual basis, Gleaners distributes the equivalent of 21 million meals to hungry families through a network of 237 charitable hunger relief agencies and 287 schools. As the largest food bank within the state, Gleaners provides food to one out of every eight people in its 21-county service area - a quarter -of - a million people annually. In collaboration with IMPD Public Safety leadership, IMPD, IFD and EMS officers, Cindy directed the efforts of providing food in a unique and successful way in the identified key focus areas in Indianapolis During her time at Gleaners, Cindy was responsible for a staff of 75, an annual budget of $55 million, and led a team of senior managers focused on providing compassionate service to those in need while maintaining high standards of operational efficiency.
Prior to joining Gleaners, Cindy served as the President and CEO of Second Helpings in Indianapolis, leading a staff of 19—and numerous volunteers—in the work of rescuing prepared food and turning it into nutritious meals for over 50 social service agencies that feed hungry people. In 2008, Cindy identified, led the effort and worked with other stakeholders in the fight against hunger to organize the Indy Hunger Network, a coalition of food providers and public and private partners that is addressing the issue of food insecurity in central Indiana. Along with her deep knowledge of the hunger issue, Cindy brought proven ability as a communicator, finely honed organizational and community leadership skills and a keen passion to work collaboratively toward the vision of a hunger- free central and southeast Indiana.
Cindy is a recipient of the Indiana Commission for Women's Torchbearer Award for 2011 and was recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal as a 2012 Woman of Influence. In September 2016, Governor Michael Pence recognized Cindy’s extensive contributions to Indiana by awarding her with the Sagamore of the Wabash designation. Cindy received her B.A. from Bloomfield College (NJ) in Psychology.
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 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.
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.
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.
Andrea Cohee, PhD, RN
Andrea Cohee, PhD, RN, joined the faculty of Indiana University School of Nursing this fall 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Health Systems after completing a two-year behavioral oncology post-doctoral fellowship. Her research focuses on psychosocial issues resulting from a breast cancer diagnosis, specifically identifying factors that impact fear of a cancer recurrence and depressive symptoms for both breast cancer survivors and their partners. Dr. Cohee is currently building an intervention to reduce fear of recurrence in survivors and partners. Her doctoral work was funded through competitive awards, including: R25t pre doctoral fellowship, American Cancer Society graduate scholarship, Oncology Nursing Society Graduate Scholarship, and National Institute of Nursing Research-funded individual National Research Service Award. Following completion of her PhD program, Cohee applied to and received a competitive NCI-funded R25t (one year) and T32 (one year) postdoctoral fellowship.
Cohee is involved in several professional organizations, including: Oncology Nursing Society, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Society of Behavioral Oncology, and Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Indiana University School of Nursing Alumni Association. She currently serves as President for the Indiana University School of Nursing Alumni Association Board of Directors. Cohee received her BSN and PhD from Indiana University.
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.