Alumni Association Board

Vision and Goals | 2022

  • Engagement: Strengthen the synergy between the board and alumni globally through social media, networking events and partnerships with professional organizations.

  • Operations: Increase and sustain financial support for student professional growth and engagement endeavors.  

  • Sustainability: Develop standardized playbooks for committee chairs and executive positions to ensure continuity of board operations.

  • Leadership: Leverage knowledge and expertise from the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy through educational offerings and mentorship.

  • Centennial: Collaborate and participate in the planning and implementation of activities for the 2023 Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Centennial Celebration. 

Board Meeting Dates | 2022

  • Aug. 17, 78 p.m. EDT, virtual only

  • Oct. 7,  2 p.m. EDT (Homecoming and Reunion Weekend), hybrid, State of the School and Alumni Board Presentation. More information to follow.
Executive Board

Erika Cheung, MSN, BSN'12

Patricia Beam, DNP '15
Past President

Colleen Leners, DNP'12

Paula Forsythe, BSN'82, MSN'84
Operations Director

Germaine Cheryl Nelson, DNP '17, MSN
Alumni Engagement Director


Board Members Committee Members

Pat Beam, DNP '15

Latina Brooks, PhD '02, MSN '98, BSN '95, BA '93

Theresa Campo, DNP '08

Erika Cheung, BSN '12

Mary Alice Dombrowski, DNP '04, MSN '00

Kathleen Frato, MSN, RN

*Paula Forsythe, MSN '82, BSN '64

Heidi Ann Goodwin, MSN '08

Karen Hogan, ND'83

Helen Hurst, DNP '08, MSN '99

Mary Jo Krivanek, DNP '18

Lauren Kusi, MSN ''20

Colleen Leners, DNP '12, MSN

Germaine Cheryl Nelson, DNP '17, MSN

Pamela Slaven-Lee, DNP '08

Ramona Sowers, DNP '09, MSN

Courtney Donahue Stathis, DNP '19, MSN

Eric Staples, DNP '05

Mary Louise Tatum, MSN '20

Joanne Thanavaro, ND '04

Nancy Wagner, DNP '09



Sharon Bradley, DNP '11

Christina Burrell Clark, MSN '08, BSN '04

Julia Golden, BSN '09

Alice Jiang (Ad Hoc, Nursing Student Representative)

Marianne Johnstone-Petty, BSN '9

Ruth O'Brien, PhD, MSN '66

George Peraza Smith, DNP'12

Joi Yuhas, MSN '09

















Alumni Association Board Members

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Professional Development Specialist

Areas of Expertise: 

- Nursing Education

- Pediatric Nursing


- Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy

Dr. Beam is the professional development specialist for Pediatric Nursing at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Her research includes examining nurses' reported stress, anxiety, and stress-related growth during COVID-19 and has examined the influence of emotional intelligence and self-awareness on the bedside nurses perception of clinical leadership. Dr. Beam is a member of the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy.She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, The Association of Nursing Professional Development, and the National League of Nursing. As a member of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, she participated in the development of the Core Curriculum for Pediatric Nurse Residencies.

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Assistant Professor and Director
Family Nurse Practitioner

Areas of Expertise:

- Nursing Education
- Women’s Health/Primary Care


- National Black Nurses Association Triple Alumni (with PhD)

Dr. Latina Brooks is an assistant professor and director of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). In addition to program administration, teaching and research, Dr. Brooks has been a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specializing in primary care for women for over 20 years. She has provided primary care services for women of all ages, with a particular interest in African American women, the medically under served and women with cognitive and functional disabilities.

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Chair (EMS), Director (ED NP), and Associate Professor Nurse Practitioner

Areas of Expertise:

- Family Medicine
- Emergency Medicine


American Organization for Nursing Leaders

Dr. Theresa M. Campo is Chair, Department of EMS, Director, Emergency Nurse Practitioner track, and Associate Clinical Professor at Drexel University. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner with 30 years of experience in emergency and trauma. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Campo is a founding Board Member of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENP), a national organization, and has served as Vice-Chair of the American Nurses Credentialing Center content expert panel for Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification. She was the first nurse appointed to the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physician Board of Directors. A national and international lecturer on emergency and urgent care topics and is an Associate Lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates,

In addition to numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Campo is also the Co-editor of, “Essential Procedures for the Emergency, Urgent, and Primary Care Settings: A Clinical Companion, 1st and 2nd editions” the 3rd edition will be released February 2021 and has published the first nurse-authored medical imaging and radiograph interpretation text. She is on the Editorial Board for the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal.

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Alumni Board President

Registered Nurse
Special Pathogens Program Coordinator

Areas of Expertise:

- Pediatric Nursing
- Disaster preparedness
- Emergency Management
- Infectious Disease


- Travel Nursing
- Global Health Nursing

Erika Cheung is currently working as a nurse in the Pediatric Float Pool at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She also serves as the nurse champion for the Special Pathogens Program and helps to keep CHLA prepared to care for patients with novel

Prior to landing at CHLA, she got her start at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and then worked as a travel nurse in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. She was originally born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts. In her spare time, she enjoys playing indoor volleyball and traveling the world. So far, Erika has visited twenty countries... only 177 more to go! Her dream job is to work internationally for a humanitarian
NGO, such as MSF or the UN.

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Nurse Practitioner

Area of Expertise:

- Pediatric Gastroenterology


- Holistic Nurses Association

I was born and raised in Michigan but have lived in Cleveland, OH for 25 years. After graduating with a liberal arts degree from Boston College, I enjoyed working for a few years as a research assistant. Working alongside some brilliant and dedicated nurses, I decided to become a nurse. I went back to school and pursued advance degrees at CWRU, FPB SON.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with and learn from great clinicians and researchers; and feel each experience has led me to the next. Although I am a family nurse practitioner, I have worked primarily in Pediatrics. I spent 10 years in private practice and then joined RBC Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology in 2010.

I have a strong interest in integrative health and wellness which I hope to continue to incorporate into my clinical practice and research endeavors. Finally, I am married and have three wonderful children; my most challenging and rewarding experience yet!

photo of Kathy Frato


Areas of Expertise:

- Nurse Management
- Nursing Professional Development

I have worked for University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center for 45 years before retiring  in various positions from staff Nurse to Manager. I also have experience as a Nursing  Professional Development Coordinator.

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Past Board President

Document Writer


Area of Expertise:

- Neonatal Nursing

I believe the experiences, history, and wisdom I acquired by participating on the Alumni Board for two terms of service and fulfilling all the leadership roles, as well as a committee chairperson or member are assets in furthering the Board's future endeavors. Also, the education gleaned by precepting students in the clinical setting and teaching in the FPB SON Pediatric Simulation Lab provides me a broader perspective in making decisions. SHORT BIO: (300 words or less)  

I received my BSN and MSN, from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, CWRU. I was an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) for Neonatal Services at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, UHCMC, Cleveland Ohio for 31 years, most of which serving as their Division's CNS. I practiced in an academic setting that expected, valued and celebrated educational accomplishments, continued learning and interprofessioanal relationships.

I was active in the development, implementation and charter formation of the UHCMC APN Council and the APN Clinical Promotion Program, and served as Chair for several years. I have been a faculty member of the InterProfessional Education Program sponsored by CWRU. I currently work PRN for UHCMC as a Document Writer.

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Nurse Practitioner
Certified Nurse Midwife

Area of Expertise:

- Women’s Health (breast cancer)


Nurse Leader Fellowship


I have been a nurse for 26 years and a nurse practitioner and midwife for almost 13 years. I am a nurse leader currently practicing in the area of surgical breast oncology with my own
practice at University Hospitals of Cleveland. I specialize in breast, both malignant and benign and I run the high risk breast clinic for the hospital system.

I manage a group of advanced practice providers and maintain active membership on several hospitals committees. Most recently I was chosen to be a part of the 2021 Nurse Leader Fellowship program at University Hospitals.

I was born, raised and reside in Mentor, a Cleveland suburb. I have 3 children and 3 step children. My son lives in Jacksonville, Fl and works in politics, my elder daughter is a junior in nursing school and my youngest is a senior in high school and will be attending Kent State in the fall. My husband work in IT at Progessive and my two special needs step sons live nearby, one who works at Walmart. I am honored to be returning to CWRU to serve on the alumni board.

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Nursing Director

Areas of Expertise:

- Behavioral Health
- Emergency Services


- Magnet Program
- Former CNO


Director of Behavioral Health and Emergency Services, the Director of the Magnet Program at the Cleveland Clinic-Marymount. Previously was Chief Nursing Officer- Generations
Behavioral Health Hospital, Youngstown, Ohio; Director of Nursing-Mercy Health Behavioral Health Institute, Youngstown; Head Nurse Manager, Department of Psychiatry-University
Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio.

Received Doctor of Nursing degree through FPB, a BA in Chemistry and Biology-Cedarville University and MSN-Capella
University. Board Certification-Nurse Executive, Certification-Women in Healthcare Leadership from Weatherhead School of Management, Certification-Lean Six Sigma Practitioner-Kent State University. Served as clinical faculty-several SONs.

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Department Head and Associate to the Dean

Areas of Expertise:

- Obstetrics
- Women’s Health


- Editorial board for Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing


Dr Hurst is a Professor and the LGMC/BORSF Endowed Professor in Nursing, and serves as Department Head and Associate to the Dean at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette,
with over 25 years’ experience in antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and women’s health care. 

Helen's passion is promoting evidence-based practice in maternity care to improve maternal/ neonatal outcomes, and advocating for reducing disparities in maternal/child health. She was a member of the AWHONN national expert panel for the Empowering Women to Obtain Needed Care project, and was on the editorial board for Nursing for Women's Health and Healthy Mom and Baby, and is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.

Helen is a committee member of the Louisiana Pregnancy Associated Morality Review Panel. She has multiple publications. She received the DNP and MSN from Case  Western Reserve University, Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and a BSN and BS in Business from the University of  Southwestern Louisiana.

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Education Manager

Areas of Expertise:

-Leadership Development for nurse managers


Dr. Krivanek is a Nursing Education Manager for Cleveland Clinic who specializes in leadership development for Nurse Managers and Assistant Nurse Managers. She facilitates nursing professional development courses, an Assistant Nurse Manager Residency, and nurse leader succession planning sessions.

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Nurse Practitioner

Areas of Expertise:

- Psychiatric Nursing
- Behavioral Health

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Lauren Beverlee Kusi, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is currently a psychiatric nurse practitioner credentialed at Metrohealth Medical Center. She has been a nurse since 2013, and started her love for psychiatry by working at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Lauren attended Cleveland public schools until sixth grade. She then attended the Andrew school for girls in Willoughby, Ohio where she graduated in June of 2000. She continued her education at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia until her mother died in 2001 in which she decided to return home due to family obligations. Later she completed her bachelor’s degree at Hondros College of Nursing in Independence, Ohio.

In 2016, Lauren decided to attend Francis Bolton school of nursing at the Case Western Reserve University to pursue her master’s degree in nursing.  While pursuing her master’s degree,she was awarded a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant.  She graduated with her masters degree in 2020. 

Lauren currently lives in Solon, Ohio where she is active PTA member at Orchard Middle School. In her spare time Lauren enjoys swimming, traveling, and cooking with her son.  Lauren is an active member with Northeast Ohio Nurse Practitioner (NEONP) and Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN).

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Director of Policy
Nurse Practitioner

Areas of Expertise:

- Policy Fellow
- Family Medicine


Army Nurse Corps

Colleen Leners is the Director of Policy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing AACN) in Washington, D.C.  AACN serves as the voice of academic nursing, encompassing education, research, and practice. 

Dr. Leners was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the office of Senator John Thune (R-SD) of the Senate Finance Committee. 

Colleen serves on the board of Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINER), Case Western Reserve Alumni Board and many committees for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  She has maintained an active family nurse practitioner practice for over 26 years and has served our  country in the United States Army Nurse Corps. 

She has many notable achievements both civilian and military and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and my of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Leners was awarded the Bronze Star for her service overseas. She received her DNP in Leadership from Case Western Reserve University, MSN FNP from University of San Diego and her BSN from California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Clinical Program Manager

Areas of Expertise:

- Emergency Medicine
- Community Outreach


Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy

Dr. Germaine C. Nelson, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CPXP, CEN is a graduate of The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Case Western Reserve University and is core faculty of the Marian K, Shaughnessy Nursing Leadership Academy.

An all-encompassing subject matter expert and award-winning transformative nursing and healthcare leader with 20+ years' in emergency services and clinical care of 9/11 responders.

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Associate Professor and Senior Dean for Academic Affairs

Areas of Expertise:

-Healthcare Simulation
-Nursing Education


Pamela Slaven-Lee, DNP, FNP-C, CHSE, FAANP is a clinical associate professor and the senior associate dean for academic affairs at the George Washington University School of Nursing. Prior to GW Nursing, Dr. Slaven-Lee held _faculty appointments at Georgetown University and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

She is a Sigma Theta Tau Leadership Academy scholar. Dr. Slaven-Lee is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), with expertise in curricular integration of simulation and simulation design and evaluation in advanced practice nursing education. She is currently researching formative simulation assessment models and the impact of simulation based learning on student learning outcomes in nurse practitioner education.

She is a Founding Board Member of Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization with a mission of preserving memories of fallen US service members honoring those who directly serve and teaching the value of freedom.  She is family nurse practitioner and fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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Family Nurse Practitioner, Medicine Service
Dept of Neurology Sleep Medicine
Department of Veteran Affairs


Dr. Eric Staples is an _Independent Advanced Practice Nursing Consultant. He has previously held APN roles and Assistant Professor roles and was one of Canada's first acute care nurse practitioners and to receive a clinical/professional doctorate. Eric serves or has served on a number of provincial and national committees related to the NP role and practice and the development of the position statement on doctoral in Canada. He was the developer of the the Canadian Perspectives on Advanced Practice Nursing textbook now in 2nd edition.

photo of Courtney Donahue Stathis

Nurse Practitioner

Areas of Expertise:

- Stroke Nursing
- Acute Care


- Catholic Nurses Association

International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico- Social Assistants (CICIAMS), UN Youth Representative, National Association of Catholic Nurses (Awards Committee member), American Stroke Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

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Nurse Practitioner

Area of Expertise:

- Psychiatric Nursing



Mary Louise Tatum has experience in research, academia, and healthcare internationally, as well as in the rural and urban environments of the United States. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner her passion is to identify strengths, goals, and provide hope for those who are distressed and need support to achieve an improved quality of life.

As a leader, she is motivated to expand her knowledge and ability to engage in behavioral health practice that allows all people the same opportunity for best healthcare outcomes.

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Associate Dean
Nurse Practitioner

Areas of Expertise:

- Cardiovascular Nursing
- Gerontological Nursing

Dr. Thanavaro is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Education at Saint Louis University, Trudy Busch Valentine. School of Nursing. She also serves as the director of the Advanced Practice programs and DNP programs at Saint Louis University.
She received her MSN in Cardiovascular Nursing Research at St. Louis University, her post- master’s certificate as an_Adult Nurse Practitioner at the University of Missouri and her post-
master’s certificate as an_Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Southern Indiana University. Her doctorate in nursing is from Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Thanavaro is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is actively engaged in clinical practice and is the founder of the health resource NP run clinic at Saint Louis University. She has published widely and spoken locally and nationally on topics related to advanced nursing practice with a focus on cardiovascular.

Her book, Clinical Decision Making for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners, was released in 2016

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Director and Professor

Areas of Expertise:

- Pediatric Nursing
- Nursing Education


- Global Health Nursing


Nancy Wagner is the director and professor of the Youngstown State University Centofanti School of Nursing, where she has been on the faculty for more than 25 years and has led the school since 2013. She is an alumna of the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University and earned her DNP at Frances Payne Bolton in 2009.

Prior to teaching, her professional career began at Cincinnati Children's Hospital where she cared for children with cystic fibrosis and their families. Some of Nancy's professional highlights include creation of the John and Dorothy Masternick Nursing Simulation lab, accompanying students and faculty to Mexico for a mission and organizing a study abroad trip to Israel where the students experienced care of patients at Galilee Medical Center, a hospital near the Lebanese border.

Her research focused on scenario simulation, under-served students and incarcerated mothers and babies.  She is a member of various community organizations and has been recognized for her leadership.  Most recently she was awarded the FPB Alumni Award for Excellence.

Alumni Association Committee Members

Susan Glodstein

PMHNP Program Director

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Stony Brook University

Location:    Huntington, NY

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Nurse Practitioner

Area of Expertise:

- Acute Care


My name is Christina Clark, a native Clevelander, wife, mother of 2 beautiful children and dedicated Acute Care Nurse Practitioner since 2008.

Since graduation, I’ve held a number of roles as a Nurse Practitioner across multiple specialties and various clinical settings. My clinical acumen has equipped me with the knowledge and skill set to precept both undergraduate and graduate nursing students for the entirety of my career as a nurse.

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Nurse Practitioner

Area of Expertise:

- Pediatric Oncology

My involvement with the FPB board began as a new graduate in 2009 and has continued in various forms and positions through four moves, four jobs and three babies. It brings me joy to serve my alma mater and I am glad to be part of _this ever-evolving board that is  consistently an enthusiastic, dedicated group of FPB Alumni!

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Ad Hoc Committee Member

FPB Student Representative

Nursing Student VP of Alumni Relations (USNA)

I'm currently a second-year nursing student from NYC. Currently, I'm the Vice President of Alumni Relations for USNA (Undergraduate Student Nurses Association) at FPB. In addition to that, I am also one of the office assistants for the Alumni Relations Department at FPB. This year I have the honor of being the Student Representative for the Alumni Board.

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Director, Interprofessional Palliative Care Education

Area of Expertise:

- Palliative Care

Marianne graduated from CWRU FPB SON in Spring 1994. Academically, she obtained a MS with FNP focus, a Master's Certificate of Nursing Education with a focus on clinical education, and a DNP with a project thesis focused on the completion of advance directives within a primary care clinic. Professionally, as a nurse, she has worked in the_NICU, PICU, and adult surgery, and then as a FNP, at the Univeristy of Alaska Student Health Center and for the past 7 years as a Palliative Care clinician within an >300 acute bed hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Palliative Care has renewed her love of nursing. Personally, she is married to her best friend, has two daughters, and a sweet old dog named Tally


Area of Expertise:

- Public Health Nursing


Former nursing professor

American Academy of Nursing, American Nurses Association, Colorado Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of University Women

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Department Chair
Nurse Practitioner

Areas of Expertise:

- Gerontological Nursing
- Primary Care
- Nursing Education

George Byron Peraza-Smith is a gerontological nurse practitioner and an adult/gerontology
 Education at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Peraza-Smith’s research focuses on the NPs role in the assessment and management of persistent pain in older adults, long-term care, LGBTQ, and NP education.

Dr. Peraza-Smith is a Professor and serves as the primary care nurse practitioner that specializes in primary care and long-term care. He received his BSN and MSN in Nursing Administration at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Post-Masters GNP Certificate at University of South Florida, and DNP in Nursing Education at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr._Peraza-Smith’s research focuses on the NPs role in the assessment and management of persistent pain in older adults, long-term care, LGBTQ, and NP education. Dr. Peraza-Smith is a Professor and serves as the department chair for APRN and DNP program with _South University as well as he maintains a private practice with skilled nursing and long-term care.

George currently serves as the President for the Florida Nurses Association. He is a gerontological nurse practitioner representative of the ANA Gerontological Scope and Standards Work Group revising the Gerontological Nursing Scope and Standards. George is the president of the Gerontology Nurses Certification Commission that has created the first specialty certification for the ARNP Gerontological Specialist released in March 2018.

Beginning in 1992, I took a temporary position working at FPB School of Nursing for the baccalaureate program and subsequently stayed for 12 years! Inevitably I recruited myself into the nursing program and continued my education through the MSN program. Due to the requirements, I took a position at the Cleveland Clinic in IT as a clinical systems analyst.  For 15 years I worked in a variety of capacities from analyst to management. During my tenure I was honored to collaborate on many research projects and publications and the pleasure of mentoring masters and freshmen nursing students. After 15 years at the Clinic, I needed to take some time off to grieve as we experienced 5 family losses in a short period of time.  When I was ready to re-engage in the workforce, I was pleased to take a position as a Quality and Patient Safety Review Nurse at Medical Mutual. I am currently studying for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certification exam and look forward to growing in this space. For relaxation and enjoyment, my husband and I are beekeepers and I take great pride in providing resources for them and sharing our products with friends and family. I love to volunteer and have recently participated in Grateful Giving – giving back to first responders for the 3rd year in a row. I look forward to growing and thriving with fellow nurses!