History of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee

In 2016, Mary E. Kerr, Phd, RN, FAAN, then-dean and May L. Wykle Professor, created the school's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Its purpose was to lead the development of diversity and inclusion strategic plan for the school. The committee's work began with the collection and review of strategic plans from private and public schools of nursing to educate all committee members on definitions, scope, activities, and outcomes of diversity and inclusion efforts at peer institutions.

At the same time, the committee invited Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD, the university's vice president for inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity, to educate the group on her work on behalf of the University. Dr. Mobley leads the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO) and its mission to promote equitable and fair treatment in employment, education and other aspects of campus life.


The committee's vision is to create the best environment in which students, staff and faculty work, learn and share diverse ideas and where all members of the school feel proud, safe and valued.

Dedra Hanna Adams, MA, MPA, co-chair
Director of Financial Aid

Laurine A. Gajkowski, ND, RN, CPN, co-chair
Clinical Instructor

Fabrienne "Faye" Alexander, BA
Department Assistant III
Sarah Cole Hirsh Institute, QSEN Institute, University Center on Aging & Health

Cynthia Danko, DNP, RN
Assistant Professor

Faye Gary, EdD, RN, FAAN
The Medical Mutual of Ohio Kent W. Clapp Chair & Professor of Nursing

Teona Griggs, MA, MEd
Director of Student Services, Diversity & Inclusion

Ronald L. Hickman, Jr., PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research
The Ruth M. Anderson Professor of Nursing

Maureen Kendel
Manager, Faculty Affairs and Special Projects

Janna Kinney, MSN, RN, CCRN

Scott Moore, PhD, RN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC
Assistant Professor

Kimberly Rossi
Director of Human Resources and Administrative Operations

Amy Zhang, PhD
Associate Professor


The Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing works to promote diversity and inclusion among students, staff and faculty using principles of mutual respect, and open communication. Diversity is the array of differences, both visible and invisible, that may affect human interaction. As we work to become more diverse, we embrace our differences, which add value and advance the goals and objectives for the School of Nursing.


The committee values diversity and inclusion. Diversity is the spice in thought, speech, and action, from which we can learn about our respective differences and support the expression of brave ideas that reach beyond the norm. It is important that students, staff, and faculty exhibit accountable behaviors that demonstrate integrity and ownership. We will celebrate our accomplishments and the cultural heritage of those represented in our community.