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Board Member Spotlight: Colleen Leners

Colleen A. Leners, DNP, APRN, FAAN, FAANP
1stCallHEALTH

What advice would you give your younger self?
Be patient with yourself.... be bold go forward without any trepidation!

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Italy and Greece


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Board Member Spotlight: Cyrus Batheja

Cyrus Batheja, EdD, MBA, BSN, PHN, RN, FAAN
OptumRx

What advice would you give your younger self?
Patience is necessary; Resilience is required; Care is the key

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Hawaii, Big Island


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Board Member Spotlight: Bethsheba Johnson

Bethsheba Johnson, DNP, APRN-BC, CNS, AAHIVE
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Have a growth mindset and not a closed mindset. Utilize your natural resilience, perseverance in grit to believe you can do it and help others through scientific discourse.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I love anywhere with warm water and beaches. Last year it was Punta Cana and this year it was Cancun.


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Board Member Spotlight: Diane Santa Maria

Diane M. Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAAN
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Cizik School of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
To follow your heart, do good work, and have fun along the way.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere with my family, a beautiful view, and time to exhale.


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Board Member Spotlight: Teri Murray

Teri A. Murray, PhD, PHNA-BC, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Saint Louis University Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
Build a strong program of research that can shape macro-level health policies to improve population health. Always connect research to outcomes. In community-based participatory research, know that community engagement is key in shaping health equity focused policy changes.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Paris


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Board Member Spotlight: Ashley Darcy-Mahoney

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, NNP-BC, FAAN
The George Washington University School of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell myself three things: 1) to continue to follow the work that brings the most joy and enables me to follow my interests and passions. 2) Find colleagues and teams that bring out the best part of you and challenge you to be a better version of yourself as a clinician and scientist. 3) Listen closely to parents and caregivers. They are their child's first and best teacher. Partner with them to optimize outcomes for kids.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
The beach, any beach, but I do love Kauai.


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Board Member Spotlight: Dianne Morrison-Beedy

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, CGNC, FFNMRCSI, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
The Ohio State University College of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
Realize not every opportunity offered to you is right for you at that time or perhaps ever. Be judicious, and grateful, with saying yes.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I will be in Greece and Italy and the Czech Republic this year so I may change my mind but I think my favorite spot is Aix-en-Provence in France - I received wise advice from many people I met there to “work to live, not live to work”. I am trying hard to find more balance in my life.


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Board Member Spotlight: Adey Nyamathi

Adey M. Nyamathi, ANP, PhD, FAAN
University of California, Irvine, Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
Learn early to be purposeful in your goals and intentions. Figure out early what your passion is; and what you are deeply invested in that gives you a sense of purpose and motivates you to keep moving forward. That makes all the hard work so much easier.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Japan, especially during the Sakura Hanami (cherry blossom gazing season)


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Board Member Spotlight: Christy Dempsey

Christy Dempsey, DNP, MBA, RN, CNOR, CENP, FAAN
Christina Dempsey Enterprises, LLC

What advice would you give your younger self?
Never be afraid to take a calculated risk.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Italy.


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Board Member Spotlight: Usha Menon

Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of South Florida College of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
It's never going to be easy but a career in nursing is so worth it.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere with the ocean or mountains.


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Board Member Spotlight: Eileen Hacker

Eileen D. Hacker, PhD, APRN, AOCN, FAAN
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

What advice would you give your younger self?
Be the person that you want to be regardless of the circumstances.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere I can completely unplug.


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Board Member Spotlight: Laura Wood

Laura J. Wood, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Boston Children's Hospital

What advice would you give your younger self?
I would offer the Zen precept, “Leap and the net will appear.” Courage is a necessity to create a life of meaning.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. It’s a wonderful mix of spectacular beaches, nature, and many venues where our beloved golden retriever family member is also welcome!


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Board Member Spotlight: Vicky Tiase

Victoria L. Tiase, PhD, RN-BC, FAMIA, FAAN, FNAP
University of Utah 

What advice would you give your younger self?
Make as many good friends as possible, they are worth their weight in gold.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Canandaigua Lake - or anywhere with swimmable fresh water.


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Board Member Spotlight: Donna Bliss

Donna Z. Bliss, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
University of Minnesota School of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
Think about planning options for your career path as a first half then a second half.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Italy


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Board Member Spotlight: Cathleen Wheatley

Cathleen Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP, FAAN
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

What advice would you give your younger self?
Don't worry about what you can't control.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
The Caribbean


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Board Member Spotlight: Sandy Leake

Sandy C. Leake, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
The University of Tennessee Medical Center

What advice would you give your younger self?
First, relationships are everything! Time spent developing and nurturing relationships is never wasted, and those will be the people who support and celebrate with you when things are good, and who lift you up (and even piece you back together if needed) when things are hard. I could never have been successful in my work (or my life) without so many amazing family members, friends, and colleagues. Second, never underestimate the difference you can make in someone's life by doing even the smallest of things... ones that make a person feel seen, heard, valued, and that you genuinely care about them.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Southwest Harbor, Maine, is my favorite place. The scenery is stunning, the people warm and welcoming, and the lobster incomparable. It is where I go to rest, relax, reset and restore my soul before returning to the demanding work we do as nurses.


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Board Member Spotlight: Victoria Niederhauser

Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
Follow your passion, seek first to understand, and balance action with patience.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Hawaii! I had the great fortune to live in Hawaii for 22 years and love returning to the islands to visit friends and my favorite places.


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Board Member Spotlight: Gideon Esuzor

LCDR Gideon Esuzor, MBA, MSN, RN
Defense Health Agency

 

What advice would you give your younger self?
Enjoy the journey and experience no matter the difficulties you encounter on your road to success. The difficult moments are character-building, so embrace them.


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Board Member Spotlight- Diane M Santa Maria

Diane M. Santa Maria, DRPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC,FSA-HM,FAAN
Associate Professor Department of Research



What advice would you give your younger self?

Hang on because it is going to be an unpredictable and exciting ride!

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Any alpine lake with great views and fresh air. I love the national parks.




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Board Member Spotlight: Dianne Morrison-Beedy

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
The Ohio State University College of Nursing

 


What advice would you give your younger self?
Early on in your career, create a balance between work and taking care of your health and your relationships. Make this your long-term habit. Realize that there are relatively few opportunities that are a "once in a lifetime" and even if you have to say "no" to something, it doesn't mean that another similar, or same, opportunity won't become available in your future. You do not have to say "YES" to everything right away and overwhelm your life. Lastly, remember the passion behind the start of your research and scholarship - it might be a patient, some challenge you or a loved one faced, or something that tugged at your heartstrings. Keep that front and center when times get tough and the work is dragging - remember WHY you chose this path and this focus!


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