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Maryann Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN

Chief Officer, Nursing Regulation, NCSBN & Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Nursing Regulation

Dr. Alexander is the Chief Officer, Nursing Regulation, at NCSBN, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nursing Regulation, as well as a former Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Nursing. Dr. Alexander is also a clinical nurse specialist in pediatrics, formerly on staff at Rush University Medical Center, where she also held a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing.

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Marion Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN

Duke University School of Nursing

Dr. Broome is the Ruby F. Wilson Professor of Nursing, Duke University. Dr. Broome previously held the position of Dean of the School of Nursing and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Duke University, as well as Associate Vice-President for Academic Nursing at Duke University Health System from 2014-2021. From 2004-2014 she also served as Dean and Distinguished Professor at Indiana University School of Nursing. She is Editor-In-Chief of Nursing Outlook: the official journal of the American Academy of Nursing and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.
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Michelle Buck, MSN, APRN

APRN Senior Policy Advisor, Nursing Regulation, NCSBN

Ms. Buck is the APRN Senior Policy Advisor, Nursing Regulation, at NCSBN. In this role, Ms. Buck provides support for legislative action related to the Campaign for APRN Consensus, and liaises with related professional organizations at a national level. Ms. Buck is also a clinical nurse specialist in orthopedics, formerly on staff at Northwestern Medicine, and has held faculty positions at Northern Illinois University and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Jim Cleghorn, MA

Director of Engagement Services, CGFNS International, Inc.

Mr. Cleghorn served as the executive director for the Georgia Board of Nursing from 2010 to 2020.  Mr. Cleghorn was appointed by NCSBN's Board of Directors to serve on the Commitment to Ongoing Regulatory Excellence (CORE) Committee in 2012.  In 2013, the Georgia Nurses Association awarded him the Excellence in Partnership with Nursing Award.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors of NCSBN from 2014 to 2020 and was elected as president elect in 2018.
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Nancy Coldham, MAIIC, Hon. B.J.

Strategic Communications Practice Lead, The CG Group

Ms. Coldham started The CG Group in April 1981. She is the firm’s Strategic Communication Practice Lead and one of only a few communication professionals in Canada who studied with global expert, Dutch Culturalist, Fons Trompenaars in Cross-Cultural Business Models. Ms. Coldham has a Master’s of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication from Royal Roads University, receiving a 2013 Governor General of Canada Gold Medal Award for Academic Excellence. She is the recipient of the Order of Ontario (2019) and the YWCA Women of Distinction Award (2014).

Sandy Evans, MAEd, RN

Former Director, Idaho Board of Nursing

Ms. Evans is the former Executive Director of the Idaho Board of Nursing, as well as the former chair of the Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators, the governing body of the Nurse Licensure Compact.

Stephanie Ferguson, PhD, RN, FAAN

President and Chief Executive Officer of Stephanie L. Ferguson & Associates, LLC

Dr. Ferguson is a global health care leader who has worked in 100+ nations as a technical advisor, consultant and facilitator for organizations, including the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

She received her PhD in 1996 and her BSN in 1985 from the University of Virginia, and a MS/Nursing degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, in 1987.

Rebecca Fotsch, JD

Director, State Advocacy & Legislative Affairs, NCSBN

Ms. Fotsch is the Director, State Advocacy and Legislative Affairs, at NCSBN. In this role, Ms. Fotsch provides support for legislative action related to model legislation such as the Nurse Licensure Compact. Prior to her work at NCSBN, Ms. Fotsch was an attorney at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Assistant Counsel at the Illinois House of Representatives.
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Eileen Fry-Bowers, PhD, JD, APRN, FAAN

Associate Professor, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science at the University of San Diego

Dr. Fry-Bowers is the Associate Professor, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, as well as the Associate Provost for Research Administration, at University of San Diego. Previously, Dr. Fry-Bowers has previously served as faculty at Loma Linda University, and as Associate Director of their Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, as well as serving as a visiting scientist at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
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Nicole Kaminski-Ozturk, PhD, MA

Research Scientist, Research, NCSBN

Dr. Kaminski-Ozturk is a Research Scientist at NCSBN. Previously, Dr. Kaminski-Ozturk served at University of Illinois at Chicago as a Principle Research Analyst, and later as the Director of Assessment with the College of Pharmacy.
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Amy K. D. Lippert, PhD, MA

Associate, Nursing Regulation, NCSBN

Dr. Lippert has held fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Mellon Foundation, the Huntington Library, the Clements Library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the Bancroft Library at U.C. Berkeley.
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Nicole Livanos, JD

Associate Director, State Advocacy & Legislative Affairs, NCSBN

Ms. Livanos is an Associate Director, State Advocacy and Legislative Affairs, at NCSBN. In this role, Ms. Livanos provides support for legislative action related to model legislation such as the APRN Compact. Previously, Ms. Livanos has also served at the Uniform Law Commission and the Illinois Attorney General’s office.
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Brendan Martin, PhD, MS

Director, Research, NCSBN

Dr. Martin is the Director of Research at NCSBN. Prior to his work at NCSBN, Dr. Martin was a Biostatistician and Senior Research and Strategy Analyst at Loyola University in Chicago.
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Ellen May, MA

Managing Editor, Journal of Nursing Regulation

Ms. May is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Nursing Regulation, the official journal of NCSBN. As a writer and editor, Ms. May has also provided services to a number of prominent health care organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
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Laura Rhodes, MSN, RN

Former Executive Director, West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses

Ms. Rhodes is the former Executive Director of the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, as well as a past president of NCSBN.

Kathy Russell, JD, MN, RN

Associate Director, Nursing Regulation, NCSBN

Ms. Russell is an Associate Director in Nursing Regulation at NCSBN. She practiced nursing as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and as a Rush University clinician and instructor, as well she is an experienced trial attorney. At NCSBN, she is responsible for services provided to member boards related to investigation and discipline, National Practitioner Data Bank reporting, alternative to discipline programs, substance use disorder, licensure fraud and most recently cannabis.
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Kathy Scott, PhD, MPA

Co-Founder and Partner of L3 Fusion LLC

Dr. Kathy Scott is a seasoned healthcare executive and consultant with recognized expertise in transforming organizations to achieve high reliability structures and processes. She is also a noted speaker and author on contemporary leadership, clinical transformation and patient safety. She currently is Co-Founder and Partner of L3 Fusion LLC, a boutique company that helps individuals and teams maneuver through the organizational chaos to find their path to healthy living, leading and learning.
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Richard Smiley, MA, MS

Senior Statistician, Research, NCSBN

Mr. Smiley is a Senior Statistician, Research, at NCSBN. Prior to his work at NCSBN, Mr. Smiley worked as a statistician for the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as serving in the Peace Corps.
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Richard Steinecke, BA, LLB

Counsel at Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc

Mr. Steinecke is counsel to Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc and practices law exclusively in the area of professional regulation. He has a Certificate in Risk Management from the University of Toronto, and is the editor of the widely read Grey Areas newsletter commenting on recent developments in professional regulation. In 2015 Mr. Steinecke received the Regulatory Excellence award from the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) and in 2019 he received the Tom Marshall Award of Excellence for the Public Sector from the Ontario Bar Association.
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Nancy Spector, PhD, RN, FAAN

Director, Regulatory Innovations, NCSBN

Dr. Spector is the Director of Regulatory Innovations at NCSBN. Prior to her work at NCSBN, Dr. Spector has held Assistant Professor positions at Loyola University and DePaul University. She is also a critical care nurse with a specialty in pulmonary nursing.
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Sherri Ter Molen, PhD, MA

Associate, Nursing Regulation, NCSBN & Acquisitions Editor, Journal of Nursing Regulation

Dr. Ter Molen is an Associate in Nursing Regulation at NCSBN, as well as the Acquisitions Editor for the Journal of Nursing Regulation. Prior to her work at NCSBN, Dr. Ter Molen served as an adjunct instructor in the College of Communication at DePaul University. She has also served as a Research Fellow, Communication Lecturer, and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University.
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Leonard Young, EdD, MS, PRP

Dr. Young is a nationally known expert in parliamentary procedure and has been a professional registered parliamentarian since 1983. He has served many governing boards including those governed by state and federal law. Dr. Young served as president of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) from 1999–2001, NAP executive director from 2011–2012 and official national parliamentarian for the NAP from 2013–2015. He has acted as the parliamentarian for NCSBN since 2014.

Dr. Young believes that parliamentary procedure is a good tool for assisting organizations and their boards in transacting business efficiently and fairly. He teaches that parliamentary procedure is not something to keep an assembly from doing business but rather help to do it more effectively

Elizabeth Zhong, PhD, MEd

Research Scientist I, Research, NCSBN

Dr. Zhong is a Research Scientist at NCSBN. Previously, Dr. Zhong served as the Manager of Research at the American Dental Hygienist Association. She is an ad hoc member of the Dissertation Committee of the Counseling Psychology Department at Loyola University.
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