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The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) has tapped the best and brightest nurses in long-term and post-acute care to help create and validate our state-of-the-profession curriculum. Meet our more than three dozen experts!
CC is chief strategist for Quantum Age Collaborative, which specializes in positioning and branding, strategic planning, and leadership development for the senior living and aging services sector. She serves on advisory groups for several organizations, including SAGE, Environments for Aging, and St. Joseph’s College of Maine. She chairs the Advancing Excellence Communications Work Group and the American College of Health Care Administrators Awards Committee. Ms. Andrews holds a master’s degree in management of aging services from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County School of Aging and a bachelor’s degree in communication and economics from Oberlin College.
Maria is clinical product manager at American Healthtech, a post-acute care information technology company. She has more than 30 years’ experience in nursing, specializing in long-term post-acute care, including roles in direct care, nursing administration, consulting, and teaching, and has assisted nursing facilities across the country with regulatory compliance and quality improvement activities. Maria has served as an expert witness, providing consultation to attorneys on nursing standards of care and nursing home operations, and participated on several CMS Technical Expert Panels involving the CARE tool. She is also a past member of the Nursing Informatics Committee for the Health Information Management Systems Society. As a nurse informaticist, she held roles in telehealth program development and research, as well as in the design of clinical software applications for clinicians.
With more than 40 years of experience in long-term care, Barbara served as director of nursing for more than 10 years. She has a diversified background in the long-term care and geriatric-psychiatry settings, having worked as staff nurse, nurse manager, nurse administrator, treatment team leader, chief of service and administrator. Barbara has focused on the current survey and certification process, resident assessment, care planning and clinical approaches to the improvement and prevention of skin alterations. She works with the University at Albany School of Public Health’s Gold STAMP Program to improve the prevention and care of pressure ulcers across healthcare settings, and provides instruction in PRI and MDS. Barbara is a per diem Pro Care consultant with Leading Age New York.
Jan has more than 20 years’ experience in long-term care, serving at multiple levels, including director of nursing and nursing home administrator in Colorado. She served for several years as the director of clinical services, providing directors of nursing with education and training in clinical and regulatory compliance, systems development and implementation, risk management, and performance improvement. She also functioned as the director of clinical systems, responsible for developing, coordinating, and educating clinical software application programs for nursing homes. As the corporate director of Alzheimer’s services, she developed and provided dementia training for dedicated Alzheimer’s facilities and special-care units throughout the country.
Since 1996, Sandy has assisted with MDS curriculum development and training at New York State University at Albany’s School of Public Health, as well as serving as a trainer for infection control practitioners. In 2010, Sandy retired from her full-time position as director of nursing facility policy at LeadingAge New York. Prior to her work at LeadingAge, she served in numerous leadership roles in long-term care, including director of nursing services, director of quality improvement, staff development coordinator, and RAI coordinator.
With more than 25 of nursing experience in long-term care, Diane has been a director of nursing at three LTC facilities in the Toledo area. She was director of clinical services for HCF Management in Ohio from 1998 to 2012, servicing nine LTC facilities. Currently she serves in clinical campus support for Trilogy Health Services in Louisville, Kentucky, performing duties that include survey readiness, clinical medical record review, orientation of new directors of health services, and nursing staff education.
In 2014, Diane was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. In 2007, Long-Term Living Magazine named her one of long-term care’s 10 most influential people of the past 40 years for harnessing the Internet and Web-based learning in 1999 and for being the creative force behind the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC). More recently, she has overseen development of the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) and its constituent associations, AANAC and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS). AAPACN provides support for the work lives of nurse assessment coordinators and directors of nursing services in long-term care (LTC). Diane’s leadership has made AANAC the premier association for LTC nurses, providing more than 14,500 clinicians daily with pertinent information that is accurate and current. She plays a major role in getting the LTC nursing voice heard, advancing a national agenda to meet the needs of elders and others residing in LTC.
Laura is a senior nurse consultant at Pathway Health Services. In addition to holding a master’s in nursing administration, Laura is a multistate-licensed RN, certified resident assessment coordinator, certified nursing aide instructor, and certified INTERACT champion. She has many years of experience as a DNS, NHA, MDS coordinator, and EHR specialist.
In her 30+ years working in healthcare accounting, Nancy has acquired experience in a number of settings, including housing, hospital, and nursing home. She has served as a finance director and field accountant, overseeing the business office operations of numerous providers in Minnesota and its surrounding states. Nancy is a fellow of Care Providers of Minnesota Foundation’s Leading 4 Life Fellowship program.
Caralyn is a veteran healthcare writer and editor who has spent more than 20 years covering clinical, financial, and management issues for the long-term care, home health, and acute-care markets. She is a contributor to AADNS’s DNS Navigator and AANAC’s LTC Leader. She is a former editor of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, Billing Alert for Long-Term Care, and Postacute Payment Report, as well as former assistant managing editor of Jenks Subacute Business Report and former executive editor of Home Health Business Report. Caralyn is a nationally recognized expert in the interpretation of federal regulation for the long-term care provider, monitoring releases from CMS, the FDA, and other federal agencies to enable providers to understand the impact of regulation.
Sara has been a nursing home administrator for Colavria Hospitality since 2009. She has been in long-term care for more than 20 years and practicing as a licensed administrator since 2004. Beginning as the director of social services at Springfield Rehab and Health Care Center in Missouri, she then became a resident family coordinator at a Alzheimer’s center in Colorado, where she completed her Administrator in Training program. She served as the administrator of operations and then as the nursing home administrator at a large long-term care community in Thornton, Colorado. She serves on the Board of Nursing Home Examiners and is the chair of District One for the Colorado Health Care Association.
Charlotte is the former executive director of the American Association for Long Term Care Nursing. She is a specialist in holistic gerontological and long-term care nursing who has dedicated more than 30 years to the advancement of these specialties. She is involved with the culture change movement, and has served as the director of the Wellspring Program. Charlotte has been a director of nursing, and pioneered the roles of clinical specialist in gerontological nursing in the acute medical service of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and state specialist in gerontological nursing for the Maryland Department of Health. She is a past president of the American Holistic Nursing Association, and a member of the American Nursing Association Committee to Revise Gerontological Nursing Standards.
A former policy analyst for AADNS’s sister organization, AANAC, Priscilla has more than 25 years of experience in long-term care. She has been a quality improvement specialist with the Colorado Quality Improvement Organization, has performed survey and certification work with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, has conducted quality surveys in federal VA community living centers with the Long Term Care Institute, has been an independent and corporate long-term care consultant, and has served as a director of nursing. Priscilla has also served as a quality monitor for OIG Corporate Integrity Agreements and conducted long-term care case review for the Department of Justice.
Regina is a research nurse scientist and associate professor at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing and School of Medicine. She has focused her career on caring for persons with cancer and pain. She is a co-investigator on an American Cancer Society–funded grant on palliative care for Latinos with advanced cancer. Other research includes the development and testing of an instrument to measure the graduate nurse transition. She was a co-investigator on an Agency for Health Care Research and Quality grant awarded to the University of Colorado, College of Nursing for improving pain management in nursing homes.
Jacqueline is a gerontological therapy consultant for the Colorado Foundation for Medical
Care with the Nursing Home Quality Initiative. She has worked in long-term care for more than
10 years as an occupational therapist, rehab manager, and consultant, and has completed research regarding the driving abilities of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Jacqueline is also on the board of the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado.
As senior vice president of health and wellness for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, Jeanne has been directly involved in the implementation of the QIS process in Kansas, as well as assisting with the QIS process in other states. Jeanne has become a nationally recognized expert on QIS. Her many years of long-term-care nursing leadership have allowed her to use her extensive knowledge of survey management, quality assurance management, informatics, and the MDS to help other long-term care professionals throughout the country to provide the best possible care to their residents.
Marianna leads the curriculum development for the certification and education programs for AADNS. She has more than 30 years of leadership experience in post-acute care. Most recently she served as President and CEO of the American College of Health Care Administrators, and was the executive director for both Long Term Care and Assisted Living accreditation programs at the Joint Commission. She taught nursing at the University of Toledo and at St. Vincent’s school of nursing, and served as adjunct associate professor for the Medical College of Ohio School of Nursing.
Scott provides nursing home management support services through his company, Symmetry Healthcare Management. He has more than 35 years of experience operating skilled nursing facilities in California and Washington State. His facilities specialized in higher-acuity, post-acute care, including both rehabilitative and extensive nursing services. In California his facilities spend the first two Medicaid certified units providing ventilator care in a nursing home setting. In both states he partnered with multiple managed care companies to introduce Medicare Risk plans in facilities for complex care. Scott is the Medicaid Managed Care Liaison for the Washington Healthcare Association, working with state officials on developing programs and providing education and training to association members.
With nearly 25 years of healthcare experience and expertise in the areas of the RAI process and clinical reimbursement systems, Lisa is curriculum development specialist for AADNS’s sister organization, AANAC. Her areas of expertise include performing and overseeing various reimbursement reviews for Medicaid and PPS in multi-state skilled nursing facilities, long-term care and sub-acute care assessment and operations, and leadership and team building.
Mary Rita Hurley is vice president of government affairs for AADNS. She is recognized nationally as a speaker, consultant, and advocate in the long-term care field due to her continued successes in her 30-plus year career. Recent appointments include the Governor’s Commission for Senior Services, the Medicare/Medicaid Integration of Services Work Group for Health Care Reform in Oregon, and the Medicaid Long Term Care Quality & Reimbursement Advisory Council. She is the immediate Past President of the National Gerontological Nurses Association and most recently was the Executive Director of the Oregon Center for Nursing. Dedicated to improving the health and health care of older adults, she has extensive experience in gerontology and managing the oversight of long-term care and senior housing facilities in both urban and rural settings.
Stephanie brings years of hands-on and consulting experience in long-term care. She started her nursing career as a nursing assistant while in school and continued in many provider-nursing roles prior to working as a consultant. She has extensive expertise in organizational performance analysis, facility operations, and reimbursement systems. Her in-depth knowledge is concentrated in state and federal regulations and all aspects of the RAI process. She has expertise in MDS 3.0, reimbursement (Medicare and Medicaid), regulatory compliance, and long-term care provider operations.
Judi serves as the vice president of curriculum development for AADNS’s sister organization, AANAC, where she oversees the development and integrity of the content and curriculum for the Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification (RAC-CT), Medicare University and other educational programs. She serves as the executive editor of the LTC Leader newsletter and represents AANAC nationally. Judi’s career began as a nursing home administrator in 1987. Throughout her nearly 30-year career in long-term care leadership, Judi has focused her work on supporting facilities in managing the RAI process, MDS coding, and nursing system quality improvement.
Becky is an expert in educating long-term care professionals at the facility, corporate, state, and national levels on all aspects of the Resident Assessment Instrument/Minimum Data Set process. She began her nursing career in the acute-care setting, moving into nursing informatics and the long-term care industry, where she advanced to vice president of clinical reimbursement before opening her consulting service, RLL Consulting. She serves on the Nurse Assessment Coordinator-Expert Advisory Panel for AADNS’s sister organization, AANAC.
Theresa is vice president of clinical consulting at Specialized Medical Services, and is responsible for consulting and training services to the LTC community on Medicare, coverage and documentation, billing, survey and compliance, quality measures/indicators, and corporate compliance. She has worked in long-term care for more than 40 years and has been a director of nursing of a 227-bed sub-acute care facility, a corporate consultant, and an assistant administrator. She is an expert on MDS, PPS, and managed care.
With 45 years of experience in health care, Kathy has been a director of nursing services in long-term care for more than 13 years. She has experience in psychiatric services, ICU, CCU, ER and OR. She has continued her education in the field of health services administration and management. Her range of experience has been utilized to bring her long-term care nursing staff into contemporary nursing practice. She has assisted in overseeing the building of a new long-term care facility, the expansion of a sub-acute care unit, as well as a certified dementia care unit.
Ray has been in healthcare for 35 years, including 30 years in ALs/SNFs and 5 years in the acute-care setting, developing, implementing, and sustaining policies and procedures focused on staff and resident cultures of safety. His current responsibilities include guiding the development and implementation of programs on resident and employee safety, risk management, and loss prevention. He prepares and provides education in multiple healthcare settings (facilities, corporations, and associations) on a variety of topics—developing and sustaining cultures of resident and staff safety, root-cause analysis, frontline-staff engagement, bullying, emergency and disaster preparation, healthcare systems and technology, reducing falls risk, and ensuring person-centered care and resident choice. Ray participates on both state and national healthcare association committees.
Lynn has more than 27 years of experience in geriatric nursing. Lynn began her nursing career as a nurse’s aide in a long-term care facility, and recently graduated with a master’s in nursing with an emphasis on nursing education. Lynn has held multiple positions in her nursing career, including RAI coordinator, charge nurse, patient care coordinator, clinical nurse instructor and director of nursing services. Lynn practices nursing in Honolulu, Hawaii where she is an interim member of the Hawaii State Center for Nursing.
Jennifer has expertise in all areas of the Resident Assessment Instrument, including its clinical, financial, and quality-reporting aspects. Having begun her career as a nursing assistant, Jen has more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare, including past experience as a clinical and regulatory consultant to the Division of Nursing Homes at CMS. She has expertise in wound care, particularly in systems management related to the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers in the nursing home. Jen chairs the National Alliance of Wound Care’s Wound Care-Certified Certification Committee.
Janine is a national account manager with PointRight. She has more than 20 years of experience in long-term and post-acute care and health IT. She has been a corporate compliance officer and vice president of operations for a multisite aging-services provider and is proficient in the areas of HIPAA and corporate compliance, clinical services, quality management, the revenue cycle, clinical informatics, and IT. She has also served as a clinical, EHR, and financial systems implementation project manager.
Rena is president of RRS Healthcare Consulting Services, providing long-term care consulting and training services to facilities, corporations, government agencies, and attorneys nationwide. A nationally recognized expert on resident assessment and care in nursing homes, she is a popular speaker and has written many books and articles on nursing home care and operations. She was the founding chair of AADNS’s sister organization, AANAC, and served as executive editor. She has been a consultant to CMS and several QIOs. She was director of nursing services in nursing homes for 14 years. She holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration.
John Sheridan, MHSA, is president and a founder of eHealth Data Solutions. As such, he serves the long-term care industry to use data and information, providing evidence-based strategic vision and direction. His experience includes consulting and operations positions within medical practices, acute care and long-term care companies, Ross Division of Abbott Laboratories and Indemnity and Managed Health Insurance Plans. John’s experience qualifies his abilities as a strategist, advisor, consultant, and entrepreneur, serving the long-term and post-acute spectrum of providers – nursing facilities, CCRCs, acute care hospitals, physicians and supporting healthcare organizations such as pharmacy services, both here and abroad. He earned the Barton Certificate in Risk Management from the American Hospital Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Joanne provides consulting services to healthcare organizations committed to maximizing effectiveness. Her expertise is in organizational development, strategic planning and collaboration. In addition to delivering thought-provoking keynotes at many industry events, Joanne also delivers customized leadership education. She facilitates a variety of retreats, seminars, workshops and educational experiences. Her clients include the American Health Care Association, Leading Age, Opis Senior Services Group, Miller Health Systems, Association of American Medical Colleges, Texas Health Care Association, and Mercy Medical Center. A noted author, her articles are featured in industry and trade publications. Joanne was recently appointed associate professor in the doctoral program in management and decision sciences at Capitol Technology University in Laurel, MD.
Amy is a legal nurse consultant for the law firm Hall, Prangle, Schoonveld (HPS) in Chicago. Amy has 20 years of experience in the post-acute healthcare industry with expertise in the areas of Resident Assessment Instrument, clinical reimbursement, quality, and regulatory change. Prior to joining HPS, she was the division director of reimbursement for 18 skilled nursing facilities in the Chicago area, and was part of a larger hospital system that participated in CMS innovative payment models. Past roles include director of nursing, pharmacy quality consultant, wound care consultant and MDS coordinator.
Robin is a board-certified wound specialist for the American Academy of Wound Management, and served as its president from 1999-2000. Robin is also regional wound specialist for 16 LTC/sub-acute facilities in the southeastern region. Robin has more than 20 years of clinical/management experience in hospital, geriatric sub-acute, long-term care, and home settings.
Senior director of research for National Research Corporation, Vivian has conducted and led academic and applied research nationally and internationally, including in the United States, India, the Bahamas, Ireland, and Argentina. He has done research for the Gerontological Society of America, the Illinois Department of Public Aid, the Illinois Hospital Association, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and Joint Commission International. He has pioneered research with a national scope in quality-of-care outcomes in long-term care, has co-developed survey tools, and has published widely.
Lisa is the chief marketing and strategy officer at Pathway Health Services. She has more than 25 years’ experience, including leadership and oversight of daily operations in long-term care, skilled nursing facilities, mental health facilities, IID/DD, assisted living facilities, home health, and hospice. As a chief executive officer, vice president, executive director, administrator, marketing director, and director of various IDT departments, Lisa has been instrumental in supporting leadership teams from all levels through a number of organizational changes to establish regulatory compliance, standards of practice, operational strategies, discharge to community settings, and population health. She is skilled in the coordination and leadership of strategy teams and compliance teams that aid organizations in achieving regulatory, health service, treatment, programming, and financial turnaround.
Susan has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years, specializing in operations, including facility management, human resource management, information technology, and staff training. In her leadership role as AADNS’s chief operation officer, she keeps up with the ever-changing laws and regulations related to human resource management, including the Americans With Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Equal Employment Opportunities regulations.
Lia has been a clinical editor for Ostomy/Wound Management from 1997 to present and a nurse consultant from 1987 to present. She is a certified oncology and radiology nurse and has been an enterostomal therapist since 1980. Her other specialties include neuro/neurosurgical ICU and orthopedic and spinal cord injuries.
With more than 30 years’ experience in long-term care, Linda has been a director of nursing for 15 years. She has a diversified background in the long-term care setting, having worked as staff nurse, supervising nurse, nurse educator, and administrator. With an eye to improving resident care, Linda has focused on the current survey and certification process, resident assessment, and clinical approaches to the improvement and prevention of skin alterations. She has a master’s degree in nursing and works with the University at Albany School of Public Health’s Gold STAMP Program to improve the prevention and care of pressure ulcers across healthcare settings. Linda is a per diem Pro Care consultant with LeadingAge New York.
Karen is associate professor of nursing at Montana State University, and has more than 20 years’ nursing experience, including as charge nurse, geriatric extended care nurse, surgical unit team leader, staff nurse, and clinical instructor in medical/surgical nursing. She is an expert in assessing and managing pressure ulcers. Karen received the Dissertation Award from Sigma Tau International.