SPEAKERS 

 OPENING KEYNOTE 

Rear Admiral Susan Orsega, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Director of Commissioned Corps Headquarters
U.S. Public Health Service

As Director of Commissioned Corps Headquarters, Rear Adm. Susan M. Orsega oversees the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, composed of approximately 6,000 uniformed health officers who serve in nearly 800 locations around the world, promoting, protecting, and advancing the health and safety of our nation. This includes the activation of the USPHS Commissioned Corps to support national COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Appointed to this position in March 2019, she is responsible for directing all functions regarding personnel, operations, readiness, deployment, and policy for the USPHS and development of the Reserve Corps. She is the principal advisor to the assistant secretary for health on activities and policies related to USPHS training, deployment, and total force fitness. Rear Adm. Orsega served as Acting Surgeon General from January 26, 2021 – March 25, 2021 pending the Senate confirmation of Dr. Vivek H. Murthy as the 21st Surgeon General of the United States.

MODERATOR

Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN
Visiting Professor
University of Texas, Austin

Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, is visiting professor at the University of Texas Austin School of Nursing. In addition, she holds a Distinguished Professorship at Georgetown University. In late 2020, she was tapped by the incoming Biden-Harris administration to join its transition team. In 2015, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Wakefield the acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that, she was Associate Dean for Rural Health and Director of the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks. Dr. Wakefield is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She received her BSN from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND, and her MS and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

SESSION SPEAKERS

Name/Title Organization Session
Beaudet, Oriana, DNP, RN; VP of Nursing Innovation American Nurses Association Enterprise ANA’s Focus on Policy, Innovation, and Advocacy
Begley, Robin, DNP, RN, NEA-BC; Chief Executive Officer American Organization for Nursing Leadership Charting the Nursing Path Forward: A Listening Tour to Inform the Future of the Profession.
Benton, David, RGN, PhD, FFNF, FRCN, FAAN; Chief Executive Officer National Council of State Boards of Nursing Nurses on the Front Lines: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Benton, Lynda, Senior Director, Global Corporate Equity & Partnership Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. Charting the Nursing Path Forward: A Listening Tour to Inform the Future of the Profession.
Carrico, Ruth, PhD, DNP, APRN, CIC; Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases University of Louisville Nurses on the Front Lines: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dale, Karen, MSN ; CEO & Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies Health Equity, Innovation, and Delivery Across Medicaid
Dhillon-Chattha, Pritma, DNP, MHA, RN; Co-Founder Lavender ANA + HIMSS NursePitch™ – Nurse Innovation Showcase
Fields, Sheldon, PhD, RN, CRNP, FNP-BC, AACRN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN; Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion Penn State University How Diversity Will Improve Nursing and Health Policy
Gannon, Brighid, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Co-Founder Lavender ANA + HIMSS NursePitch™ – Nurse Innovation Showcase
Grant, Ernest, PhD, RN, FAAN; President American Nurses Association ANA’s Focus on Policy, Innovation, and Advocacy
Hardin, Lauran, MSN, CNL, FNAP, FAAN; Senior Advisor National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs ANA + HIMSS NursePitch™ – Nurse Innovation Showcase
Hatmaker, Debbie, PhD, RN, FAAN; Chief Nursing Officer American Nurses Association Enterprise Charting the Nursing Path Forward: A Listening Tour to Inform the Future of the Profession.
Henderson, Kristi, DNP, NP-C, FAAN, FAEN; Senior Vice President – Innovation & Telehealth Optum Health at United Health Group Transformation Across Virtual Care & Telehealth
Jones, Faith, MSN, RN, NEA-BC; Director of Care Coordination and Lean Consulting HealthTechS3 Nursing Advocacy— Policy Impacts to Nursing Profession
Koeppen, Erik, Assistant Director, Political Engagement American Nurses Association Nursing Advocacy— Policy Impacts to Nursing Profession
Lewis, Corinne, MSW; Program Officer – Delivery System Reform Commonwealth Fund Delivery & Payment System Reform: Complex Care
Loughlin, Bre, MS, RN; Co- Founder Nurse Disrupted ANA + HIMSS NursePitch™ – Nurse Innovation Showcase
Lusis, Ingrid, VP of Policy and Government Affairs American Nurses Association ANA’s Focus on Policy, Innovation, and Advocacy
McCarthy, Chris, MBA, MPH; VP of Strategy & Design Hope Lab Innovation 101: Design Thinking — Back to the Future
Miyamoto, Suzanne, PhD, RN, FAAN American Academy of Nursing Nursing Advocacy – Policy Impacts to Nursing Profession
Montalvo, Antonette, MSN, PNP-BC, RN, BA ; Owner, Antonette Montalvo Consulting and Coaching Services; Founder/ Author, Visionary Nurse™; Co- Founder Montalvo International Community Health Initiative Montalvo International Community Health Initiative Transformation Across Virtual Care & Telehealth
Moody-Williams, Jean, RN, MPP; Deputy Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Policy 101 – Medicare & Medicaid
Murphy, Erin United States Senate Advancing Innovation in Healthcare: Partnership to Achieve Shared Goals
Naylor, Mary, PhD, RN, FAAN University of Pennsylvania Delivery & Payment System Reform: Complex Care
Persichilli, Judith, RN, BSN, MA; Commissioner State of New Jersey Department of Health Nurses on the Front Lines: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Persily, Cynthia, PhD, RN, FAAN; Senior Director of Health Sciences West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Nurses on the Front Lines: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Quinn, Winifred, PhD; Director, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs, Center to Champion Nursing in America American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Policy 101 – Medicare & Medicaid
Russell, CAPT Sophia, DM, MBA, RN, NE-BC; Director, Division of Nursing and Public Health Health Resources & Services Administration Nurses on the Front Lines: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Schwab, Andrew United States of Care Advancing Innovation in Healthcare: Partnership to Achieve Shared Goals
Skinner, Lori, RN, DNP Medica Advancing Innovation in Healthcare: Partnership to Achieve Shared Goals
Tinker, Beth, PhD, MN/MPH, RN; Clinical Nurse Advisor/ MCH Consultant Washington State Health Care Authority Health Equity, Innovation, and Delivery Across Medicaid
Whelan, Ellen Marie, NP, PhD, FAAN; Chief Population Health Officer Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Health Equity, Innovation, and Delivery Across Medicaid
Zuber, Christi, PhD, RN; Founder & Managing Director Aspen Labs Innovation 101: Design Thinking — Back to the Future
Nurse Disrupted ANA + HIMSS NursePitch™ – Nurse Innovation Showcase

SESSION MODERATORS

 Name/Title  Organization 
Gontscharow, Zina, MPP; Senior Policy Advisor American Nurses Association American Nurses Association
Miyamoto, Suzanne PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer American Academy of Nursing American Academy of Nursing
Moore, Jennifer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Founding Executive Director Institute for Medicaid Innovation Institute for Medicaid Innovation
Trainum, Brooke, Assistant Director – Policy and Regulatory Advocacy American Nurses Association American Nurses Association
Wakefield, Mary, PhD, RN, FAAN; Visiting Professor University of Texas, Austin University of Texas, Austin