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Program Advisory Board

American Sentinel’s programs are updated on a regular basis with input from industry experts to ensure they continue to be of great value to students and employers.  We rely on the expertise of our Nursing Professional Advisory Board to make sure all of our nursing programs are well-aligned with the ever-changing needs of the healthcare profession.  American Sentinel’s advisory board is made up of 15 healthcare professionals from around the country with extensive real-world experience in the healthcare industry.

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Jenny M. Bauer, MSN, RN, NPD-BC serves as the Nursing Education Supervisor for Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin and has been in professional nursing for 20 years, with the past 8 of those years dedicated to Nursing Education. Ms. Bauer collaborates across Mayo Clinic Rochester and Mayo Clinic Health System sites to champion nursing education scholarships, academic partnerships and innovative models for nursing student’s clinical experiences. In her current role, she leads the teams who specialize in nursing education and professional development services across a 5 hospital system that includes practice environments of Acute Care Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Ambulatory and Home settings. Ms. Bauer oversees the educational programing for orientation, transition to practice, competency management, role development, continuing education and academic affairs for over 2000 nursing employees. She is ANCC board certified in Nursing Professional Development, holds Academic Appointment of Instructor of Nursing, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, is a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development, recipient of the Daisy Nurse Leader Award, serves as a community Advisory Board Member for Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire WI and brings the unique perspective of professional nursing practice in community based and rural health care settings.

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Ms. Wendy Devreugd, RN, BSN, PHN, FNP, MBA has been a registered nurse for 48 years and advanced practice nurse for 38 years. She is currently the Assistant Medical Center Administrator of Operations for Continuing Care at Kaiser Permanente, Downey, CA, a 352 licensed-bed facility servicing 378,000 Kaiser members. In that capacity, she oversee the departments of inpatient Case Management and outpatient Home Health, Palliative Care, and Hospice. Ms. DeVreugd is a specialist in Transition of Care Program implementations at the Medical Center. She is the Total Joint Replacement Program Coordinator and recently the Program was awarded a designation of Advanced Disease-Specific Certification from The Joint Commission. The TJ program does approximately 930 Total Joint Hip and Knee Replacements per year, and discharges 75% home the day of surgery through their ERAS protocols and Home Recovery program design with Home Health services. She also has assisted the Spine surgeons in launching Kaiser’s first Spine surgery Home Recovery ERAS Program and the Medical Center’s Neonatologists in implementing a NICU Infant Early Discharge Program with specialized follow-up of these high risk infants with Home Health OB/NICU/Pediatric RNs. In the past, Ms. Devreugd has championed Case Management mentorship programs, scholarships for higher nursing education, and developed academic partnerships to assist over 300 nurses to attain higher degrees. She has also published over 25 articles in Case Management publications and was a columnist with CMSA TODAY magazine for over two years.

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Dr. Ellen Harper has made significant contributions in the field of biomedical informatics. Her keen interest in Health IT and secondary use of data has produced innovative technologies, patents, and methodologies designed to answer questions about clinical and operational safety and quality. As an advocate to achieve the Quadruple Aim (better care, better health, lower costs, and improving caregivers’ experience) Dr Harper is dedicated to rigorous foundational and applied research, effective translation of research to practice, and development with adoption of interoperability standards.

Currently, Dr. Harper has a faculty appointment at the University of Kansas School of Nursing within the Center for Health Informatics. Her research includes big data science practices, workforce and evidence based practice. Prior to joining University of Kansas (2017), she served as the VP, Chief Nursing Officer at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City. During her time in industry she focused on clinicians’ accessibility to patient information across the care continuum, implementation science, and ensuring that technology enhances the end-user experience.

An accomplished writer with multiple peer reviewed published articles and book chapters she has lectured extensively in the United States and around the world.

Dr Harper is a registered nurse and board certified in informatics, holds a doctorate in nursing practice executive leadership, and a master’s in business . Dr. Harper is active in numerous HIT related organizations, and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nurses.

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Jessica Keller is the manager of clinical education at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St Louis Missouri. She was a PICU nurse for ten years and the pediatric critical care clinical educator for the past seven years for SSM Health prior to moving to the manager position. Her Associate degree is from Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois. Her BSN and MSN is from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois.

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Angela Kersenbrock is currently the president of the Community College Baccalaureate Association. An accomplished educator with experience at the associates, bachelor, master’s and doctoral levels, she recently retired after 34 years at Seminole State College in Orlando, Florida. There, she was a tenured faculty member, department chair, dean and the associate vice president of the School of Business, Health and Public Safety. Angela holds a doctorate degree in Higher Education and Public Policy and a masters in nursing. She has been involved with workforce education programs, having developed almost 30 different degrees and certificates, as well as several baccalaureate programs, including business and information management, nursing, health sciences, and information systems. She has also led partnerships between multiple stakeholders to gain regional approval for baccalaureate degrees at Seminole State. In her current role, Angela is focused on leading the CCBA in its mission of developing workforce baccalaureates that result in family-sustaining careers.

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Tina Lear is the National Program Director of NEPIN, the National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative. NEPIN continues the work of APIN to advance nurses to higher degrees by serving as a national leader for key stakeholders to build alliances to accelerate progression; creating a comprehensive national resource; identifying and disseminating consistent data collection and metrics; creating successful communication strategies to further education progression; and expanding alliances strategically. Tina is also the Executive Director of the Missouri Center for Nursing, where she oversees the implementation of collaborative programs to improve the health of Missourians through the nursing profession. In this role, she also manages the Missouri Action Coalition which is dedicated to ensuring that nurses are equipped to be full partners in health and health care of the future. Tina holds a BS in Education and a Master of Health Administration with an emphasis in Informatics. She has previously worked in economic statistics, the insurance industry, government sponsored health programs, provider recruitment, and health IT. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the National Nurses on Boards Coalition and just completed a two-year term as the Secretary and Treasurer of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers. Though she is not a nurse, Tina is a nurse champion. She has tremendous passion for ensuring that the contributions, potential, and value of nursing are recognized and acknowledged. Tina lives in Jefferson City, Missouri with her husband and six children, ages 16-1. When she is not working, she can usually be found at a sports facility cheering on and supporting her kids.

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Dr. McMenamin’s career encompasses more than 45 years of both private market and government experience in health care financing research, policy analysis, and advocacy. His most recent engagement was as Senior Policy Advisor with the American Nurses Association. He was also the Chief Health Economist for the Association. His portfolio included documenting the economic value of registered nurses and he identified, collected, and curated data on employment and compensation of RNs including advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). He was a frequent spokesperson for ANA with respect to trends in the nurse workforce and economic controversies involving nurses. Dr. McMenamin has also been an expert economic consultant for the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services working on such issues as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s efforts to improve vaccine availability in Africa and examining appropriate government policy with respect to determining prices for pharmaceuticals.

Previously he was an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton on the Economic and Business Analysis Team working on issues for the Veteran’s Administration and Medicare. He was Senior Director of Research for PhRMA, where he was responsible for assuring the methodological soundness of all in-house policy research, and initiating research into federal data sets with respect to changes in spending for prescription medicines. As the Director of Health Care Financing Policy for the American Medical Association his duties included preparation of advocacy documents presenting AMA policies and objectives to the public, Congress, federal agencies, and physician and other health care oriented associations. He also represented AMA in liaison to Washington, DC area research groups and health care advocacy organizations with respect to health insurance reform and market-oriented approaches to health care. As a former federal official and as an economic consultant on health care financing issues Dr. McMenamin has worked in, with, or for virtually all of the government’s civilian health agencies: ASPE, OASH, HRSA, CMS (formerly HCFA), NIH, CDC, OTA, CBO, CRS, PROPAC and PPRC (now MEDPAC).

Dr. McMenamin is also an expert on health data collection and analysis and was a member of the Data Development Advisory Committee to the Maryland Health Care Access and Cost Commission. Dr. McMenamin served as a member of the Advisory Panel on Preventive Health Care Services for the Elderly under Medicare for the Office of Technology Assessment. In the late 1970s, he taught economics and health administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His experience includes: advocacy and association projects, physician reimbursement studies, drug cost studies, Medicare Part B data analysis, data systems, cost of illness studies, payment/coverage forecasts/projections, and public health/evaluation studies, among others

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Donna Meyer is the CEO of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) and is an executive leader in the National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN), partially funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prior to beginning her tenure, as OADN’s CEO she was the Dean of Health Sciences and Lewis and Clark Community College and the Director of the Lewis and Clark Family Health Clinic, the only nurse managed center operated by a community college. She developed the clinic in 2007 through the assistance of funding from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Education and Practice Grant. She is very engaged in numerous organizations, holding appointments and offices in both state and national organizations. Her professional nursing activities include: HRSA’s National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP), American Red Cross National Nursing Committee, the National Academies Global Forum on Interprofessional Healthcare Education, the Nurses on Boards Coalition Board of Directors, American Sentinel University Advisory Board, American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Commission, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Additionally, she has lead nursing mission trips to a remote village in Guatemala for both faculty and students to provide much needed healthcare. She has received various awards for her work including the: MetLife Community College Excellence Award for Innovation, Illinois Nurses Association Innovation in Health Care Award, Illinois Community Administrators Award for Innovation, Illinois Nursing Pinnacle Leader of the Year, the Southern Illinois University Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, and was inducted into the Southern Illinois University Hall of Fame. In 2015, she was bestowed the Professor Emeritus designation from Lewis and Clark Community College. She has published in numerous journals on various nursing topics and presented at both national and international conferences on nursing leadership, innovative clinical practice, and education. She is a fellow of the National League of Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education and an honorary fellow in the Academy of Associate Degree Nursing.

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Carol Pehotsky, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, ACNS-BC, CPANt, is associate chief nursing officer of surgical services for Cleveland Clinic health system, and senior director of surgical nursing at Cleveland Clinic main campus. In her role, she is responsible for leading the strategic direction of all surgical nursing services throughout the health system, as well as providing direct oversight and supervision for the surgical nursing areas within Cleveland Clinic main campus. Dr. Pehotsky has received certifications as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Certified PeriAnesthesia Nurse, and an Advanced Nurse Executive. She is a recipient of the Cleveland Clinic Professional Development and Education Award and her departments have been recognized for engagement.

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Leanne Salazar, DNP, APRN, MBA, MSN, is the Chief Operating Officer at Oak Hill Hospital. Dr. Salazar is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree, a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is Board Certified in Family Practice (FNP-BC). She is also Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP), Professional Health Care Quality (CPHQ), a Professional in Patient Safety and Certified Executive in Nursing Practice.).  Dr. Salazar completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for executive leadership at American Sentinel University.

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In his role as Regional Chief Nurse Executive &Vice President, Dr. Spicer provides strategic leadership to drive “Best Hospital” initiatives across the Southern California region of Kaiser Permanente.  Working collaboratively with the 15 medical center Nurse Executives, he and his team ensure consistency of operational systems and processes.  In order to maximize the quality and safety of patient care as well as meet the clinical and financial goals of Kaiser Permanente Health Plan/Hospitals, he leverages his experience in professional practice, health care delivery systems, workforce policy, program evaluation, and health services research.

During his tenure with Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Spicer has been instrumental in establishing a Regional Professional Practice Community, bringing together key nursing leaders within the region, including labor, to address practice and professional issues that span the continuum of care.  Under his leadership, Kaiser Permanente Southern California secured a multi-million dollar grant to support new graduate nurses’ completion of a 13-week transition-to-practice program.  Dr. Spicer is committed to increasing the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees and is working with Kaiser Permanente Senior Leadership and Labor Partners to develop a plan to reach 80 percent by 2025. Additionally, Dr. Spicer and his team are developing educational and training programs to prepare Kaiser Permanente nurses to assume leadership positions at all levels.

Before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2011, Dr. Spicer was part of the executive team at Colorado-based St. Mary’s Hospital & Medical Center where he oversaw all aspects of the delivery of clinical services to patients.  He joined St. Mary’s in 1999 as Director of Emergency Services. The following year he assumed to role of Administrative Director of Patient Services and in 2003 he accepted the position of Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.  Prior to joining St. Mary’s, he served as Assistant Administrator for the Corpus Christi Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

A graduate of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Dr. Spicer continued his education receiving a Bachelor in Nursing from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in health care from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.  He completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from American Sentinel University, Aurora, Colorado.  Dr. Spicer’s doctoral research examined the perceived importance of nurse executive competencies on Chief Nurse turnover.

Dr. Spicer is active in professional organizations and boards at the local, state and national levels.  He is past-president of the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders, the past Chair of the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence Board of Directors, a member of both the American Nurses Association and the Association of California Nurse Leaders, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and certified as a Healthcare Insurance Executive. Currently, Dr. Spicer is a member of the Nursing Advisory Council, a Board Committee of the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC).  In 2006, Dr. Spicer received the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders “Circle of Excellence “ award and is a 2008 alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program.

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Donna Spivey is the Dean of Nursing at Houston Community College. Dr. Spivey is currently serving as President for the Board of Directors for the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) and President Elect for the Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs (TADDPNP). Dr. Spivey started her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse on a medical/surgical floor at Dauterive Hospital in New Iberia, LA. Her love for nursing lead her to nursing education. She has worked as a faculty member and Nursing Program Director. Over her many years of nursing, Dr. Spivey was staff educator and ED Director at a level 4 trauma center as well as other nursing roles. Dr. Spivey has been active at both the state and national level promoting nursing education. Her professional activities include: Past President of the Texas Association for Associate Degree Nursing and Treasurer of Texas Association for Associate Degree Nursing; past board member of OADN; and has presented at the OADN conference and other state conferences on a variety of nursing topics. In addition to OADN, Dr. Spivey is a member of the American Nurses Association; Organization for Nursing Leadership, Texas Community College Teachers Association; International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning; Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society and Golden Key International Honors Society. Dr. Spivey has volunteered for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to help raise money for scholarships in education. Dr. Spivey was the recipient of the Chair Academy International Exemplary Leadership Award and was named Who’s Who among Students in American Universities. Dr. Spivey completed her Associates Degree in Nursing at the Louisiana State University-Eunice; Bachelor degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch; Master’s degree at the University of Texas at Tyler with an emphasis on Nursing Leadership and her DNP from American Sentinel University with an emphasis in the Leadership of Nursing Education.

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Daniel Suarez has been a Nursing professional with more than 35 years of experience in the nursing field. During his career, he has held several positions as a Clinician and Nurse Recruiter in several hospitals around New York City. Currently, he is a Clinical Liaison Manager at Mount Sinai in NYC. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, he was Director of Sales for the NY/NJ region, at Nurse.com formerly Nursing Spectrum.

Besides having a successful professional career, he is also very involved in the Hispanic community to help students and young professionals to pursue a career in Nursing. Presently, he is the Immediate past President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.

He graduated from Stony Brook University with a BS in Nursing, and he also earned a Master degree from the Teachers College at Columbia University.

Honors:

  • 2007 NYU Latino Institute leadership Award
  • 2007 Lutheran Medical Centers Hispanic Heritage Award and Community leadership award
  • 2008 Lillian Wald medal of Honor Espirit Award
  • 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from Stony Brook University
  • 2009 St. Vincent Medical Centers Mission Award for Community service
  • 2010 Inducted into New York Academy Medicine as a Fellow
  • 2012 National Association of Hispanic Nurses Leadership Award
  • 2014 Received the Annual Sales of the year award from Nurse.com
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Shawn Ulreich is chief nursing executive and senior vice president, clinical operations of Spectrum Health, a $6.5 billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in West Michigan. Shawn is responsible for the practice of nursing and pharmacy services within the 12-hospital system. She also serves as the executive leader for Spectrum Health Aero Med as well as North Flight Aero Med, a joint venture air medical transport program between Spectrum Health and Munson Healthcare.

Shawn is an experienced leader, including 18 years of executive health care leadership. She joined Spectrum Health in 2004 as the chief nursing officer and vice president of operations. Throughout her tenure at Spectrum Health, Shawn has been responsible for a number of clinical departments, including laboratory, nursing, pastoral care, pharmacy, respiratory and surgical service, as well as Spectrum Health Aero Med and North Flight Aero Med. She currently has responsibility for 3,000 employees. Under Shawn’s leadership, Spectrum Health Grand Rapids has achieved Magnet status three times.

Prior to joining Spectrum Health, Shawn served for five years as chief nursing officer and chairman for the division of nursing at The Cleveland Clinic. In that role, she had direct responsibility for professional nursing practice within the division of nursing and surgical services. She also led that organization to its first Magnet designation. Within the Cleveland Clinic, Shawn held a number of roles of increasing leadership. Shawn started her career as a staff nurse at St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, in 1980 and joined Parkview Osteopathic Hospital in 1983 as the director of staff development.