Meet the DNP Executive Track Miller Scholars

Kristina L. Capretti, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, is the Clinical Program Director for Yale New Haven Health (YNHH) Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at Greenwich Hospital where she provides leadership in the development and implementation of a strategic agenda to support the continuous growth and strengthening of cancer services. Greenwich Hospital is a major academic affiliate of Yale School of Medicine and a member of Yale New Haven Health. In addition, Ms. Capretti serves as a central focal point for oncology services at Greenwich Hospital in tandem with YNHH Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center to deliver the highest quality of patient and family centered care. Ms. Capretti provides strong, contemporary leadership to all health care professionals and administrative staff within the oncology service line.

Ms. Capretti is a Samuel H. and Maria Miller Scholar in the DNP Nurse Executive Track, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. She received a bachelor of science in nursing degree and a master of science in nursing degree from New York University, Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

Ms. Capretti has been recognized as a nursing leader. In 2015 she was selected to participate in the Yale New Haven Health System Nursing Leadership Academy through the Yale School of Management, Executive Education. The academy training included her first 360 evaluation, leadership coaching and executive mentoring. In 2019, Ms. Capretti received the Greenwich Hospital Daisy Award, an internationally recognized award for extraordinary nurses.

Ms. Capretti is a board certified adult nurse practitioner with a concentration in Primary and Palliative Care. Ms. Capretti is also a certified oncology nurse through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International, and the Oncology Nursing Society. She has served in various roles in nursing leadership including Oncology Nurse Manager and Oncology Quality & Safety Coordinator at Greenwich Hospital. She began her nursing career as an oncology staff nurse then later went on to practice as a Nurse Practitioner at NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center.

Throughout her career, Ms. Capretti has had a steadfast focus on improvement of quality outcomes, patient satisfaction, and practice excellence using data to guide systemic change in program practice. She serves as chair of the Greenwich Hospital Oncology Quality Council, co­ chair of the Cancer Committee, and co-chair of the YNHH Smilow Cancer Hospital Ambulatory Technology Applications Subcommittee. In addition, Ms. Capretti is an active member of the Nurse Executive Council.

Ms. Capretti's most recent accomplishments include serving as an essential leader in the integration of YNHH Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at Greenwich Hospital. She has supported Greenwich Hospital through their first Magnet designation. Ms. Capretti is dedicated to supporting the development of novice oncology nurses and has assisted in the creation of oncology nursing competencies for new graduate nurses. She also serves as the program coordinator for the Greenwich Hospital Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program for undergraduate nursing students.

Jennifer Carpenter, MSN, RN is currently Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's (RBC) and MacDonald Women's Hospitals while also serving as Interim Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) for the health system. Rainbow and MacDonald are a part of the University Hospitals System (UH), one of the nation's leading comprehensive and integrated academic health systems, providing patient-centered care at locations throughout Northeast Ohio. Prior to this, Ms. Carpenter was the VP for IT Clinical Systems at UH from 2015-2020, with oversight for the system wide electronic medical record (EMR) an all ancillary clinical technology. She earned a BSN from the University of Toledo/Medical College of Ohio (1992) and her MSN in Nursing Informatics from Walden University (2012). She is currently a Samuel H. and Maria Miller Scholar in the DNP Nurse Executive Track, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.

Ms. Carpenter has been a registered nurse for over 25 years. Her clinical career began in pediatric acute medical, surgical and oncology care and progressed to the role of Clinical Educator in pediatric nursing. She leveraged her clinical experience to lead the pediatric design and implementation of a major electronic medical record at UH from 2006-2010, before taking on further IT leadership positions.

Among Ms. Carpenter's formative experiences was the coordination of all IT projects for the hospital system's Meaningful Use program from 2012 to 2014, which laid a foundation for improvements in care processes across the health system. She has a special interest in the optimization of electronic health records and other clinical systems to enable high reliability medicine and clinical decision support for better, cost effective patient care. In addition, Ms. Carpenter served as the IT executive lead for the integration of 5 acquired hospitals systems into the core financial and clinical system portfolio for the health system, overseeing the 3 year effort and $115 million dollar investment between 2016 and 2019. A refocus on clinical nursing leadership in 2019 began with her appointment to the UH Nurse Executive Council, The council is credited with a transformative nursing strategic plan, which charters aggressive developments in nursing research, innovation, leadership and workforce improvements.

Ms. Carpenter was appointed a Healthcare IT Fellow with the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT for 2016-17, and honored as a 2019 Woman of Professional Excellence by the YWCA of Greater Cleveland. Her active professional organizations include American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL), Greater Cleveland Organization of Nurse Leaders (GCONL), and the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Ms. Carpenter has extensive health system leadership experience, in both clinical operations and information technology. She excels in leading teams through periods of transition, including service in interim leadership positions as diverse and critical as Chief Information Officer, and the current interim CNE role. Ms. Carpenter is eager to embrace the challenges facing the health of women and children in Northeast Ohio with her diverse talents.

Melissa D. Cole, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CENP is currently the Vice President (VP) of Integrated Delivery Operations at University Hospitals Health System (UHHS) and active member of the Nurse Executive Council. University Hospital Health System is comprised of 13 regional hospital locations and employs over 7,000 nurses. Prior to her current role, she served as the VP of Emergency Medicine at UHHS from 2016-2020 supporting 20 Emergency Departments with over 500,000 patient visits and one quaternary academic medical center.

She earned a BSN (Ursuline College, 2003), an MSN (University of Tampa, 2012) and is a certified adult nurse practitioner and certified in executive nursing practice. She is currently a Samuel H. and Maria Miller Scholar in the DNP Nurse Executive Track, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.

Ms. Cole has been a registered nurse for 17 years and has practiced as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Medicine since 2012. She has held leadership roles in a variety of settings. In 2016, in her role as the Director of Emergency Services, she was awarded the excellence in management award for her work at Tampa General Hospital with demonstrated improvements in clinical operations, employee engagement/retention, and the patient and family experiences. Shortly after relocating back to Ohio and joining UHHS, she was nominated in 2017 for the YWCA Woman of the Year award.

During her time at University Hospitals (UH), she has continued her work in improving Emergency Medicine operations with the implementation of split flow models across the health system. In addition to her role in Emergency Medicine, she was appointed as a Nurse Executive Council member to serve as the System Chief Nurse Executive with a select group of nurse leaders. Amidst the global pandemic, she served as the Acting Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Clinical Officer in the hospital incident command center. In her new role as VP of Integrated Delivery Operations, she is responsible to shape UHHS value-focused approach for implementing strategies that optimize quality, efficiency and patient outcomes. Her role includes direct oversight for UH Home Care, Hospice, Care Transitions, Urgent Care and Emergency Services. Priorities include developing new and reimagined care delivery models, with special emphasis on system integration, and mobile and virtual care technologies

In recognition of Ms. Cole's innovative approach on operational efficiency, employee engagement, developing relationships and improved quality outcomes, she has been invited to present at various conferences and delivered key note addresses with a focus on leadership and improving operational flow.

She is clinical faculty at Case Western Reserve Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing and guest lecturer at Ursuline College where she teaches nursing leadership courses in the bachelor and master level degree programs.

Ms. Cole is passionate about the community she serves and is committed to breaking down barriers for women in leadership roles and the stigmas that exist for the mental health and addiction populations. She is currently on the board of directors at New Directions and Crossroads Health, which serves as the local mental health and drug rehabilitation centers throughout Northeast Ohio.

Joan O'Hanlon Curry, MS, RN, CPNP, CPON® is the Administrative Director, Pediatric Clinical Services of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Children's Cancer Hospital. She received a BA in psychology from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio and a BSN from Pace University, Pleasantville, NY and her MS from Columbia University in New York, NY as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Currently, Ms. 0 'Hanlon Curry is a Samuel H. and Maria Miller Scholar in the DNP Nurse Executive Track, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, with an anticipated graduation in 2023.

Ms. 0 'Hanlon Curry started her career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 1993 as a staff nurse and began her advance practice career in 1998. In 2004, she joined The Children's Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, NY as the nurse manager for the outpatient pediatric hematology/oncology program, along with the advanced practice providers, to assist in revitalizing the program. In 2011, she also became the manager of the inpatient pediatric hematology/oncology unit. In 2018, Ms. O'Hanlon Curry joined the team at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

She has been an active member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON) since 2004 on both the local and national level and is currently the president of national APHON. Ms. O'Hanlon Curry is also  a member  of the Children's  Oncology  Group and has been the responsible Investigator Nurse at  both  The  Children's  Hospital  at  Montefiore  and the Children's Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson along with being a nurse auditor. In 2007, Ms. O'Hanlon Curry became the chapter president of the Metro NY Chapter of APHON.  She has been the co-chair for the annual New York, Long Island, and New Jersey regional APHON conference since 2010. She is  an  instructor  for  the APHON  Chemotherapy/Biotherapy  Course and has been teaching  classes  since 2006 as well as being a section editor for the 3''  and 4lli editions of The Pediatric  Chemotherapy  and Biotherapy  Provider  Curriculum.  Ms. O'Hanlon Curry was the chair for the national APRON Steering Council from 2009-2011 and was on the board of directors as treasurer for the national organization from 2012-2018.  She was the recipient of the Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse® of the year award from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation in 2007, as well as the Dr. Patricia Green Leadership Award in 2008 from APRON. She has presented both posters, podium presentations, and preconference workshops at the national APRON conference.

Devin Bowers Ibrahimi, MSN, RN, NE-BC, is a nurse leader and the Practice Director for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Systems from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is currently a Samuel H. and Maria Miller Scholar in the DNP Nurse Executive Track, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve.

In her role as the Practice Director, Mrs. Bowers Ibrahimi is responsible for connecting organizational strategy through operations. She is a member of AACN's staff leadership team that collaborates with the AACN Board of Directors to develop the organization's strategic direction and initiatives. Mrs. Bowers Ibrahimi leads a team charged with ensuring the association's offerings are clinically accurate and relevant. In addition to this content oversight, the team is also responsible for two programs, the Beacon Award for Excellence and the Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy.

Mrs. Bowers Ibrahimi's notable contributions at AACN include participating in the annual strategic planning cycle, strategic visioning to maintain programmatic relevance for Beacon and the CSI Academy, supporting eLeaming course updates such as the Essentials for Critical-Care Orientation (ECCO), contributing to standards documents, and co-lead the organization's content relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to joining AACN, Mrs. Bowers Ibrahimi worked for approximately fifteen years at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City. Specializing in pediatrics, she held various staff and leadership roles in hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant, medical/surgical and critical care. Her final position was as the department director for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). While in this position, she implemented a strategic plan for unit improvements, resulting in improved quality metrics, increased levels of nurse satisfaction, implementation of unit shared decision making, and an overhaul of the orientation process to manage the increased staffing needs resulting from the unit expansion of 27 to 42 beds. Mrs. Bowers Ibrahimi also contributed to hospital-wide initiatives including the visioning and implementation of a department of nursing council focused on nursing professional excellence. This council continues to be a central component to the hospital's nursing shared governance structure.

Mrs. Bowers Ibrahimi holds specialty certification as a Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC) and is a member of American Organization for Nurse Leaders (AONL), an AONL

Nurse Manager Fellow in 2011, American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and AACN. She has presented at a number of national conferences and contributed to several publications.

Ashley M. Fertig, MSN, MHA, RN, CEN has been the Chief Nursing Officer of University Hospitals Conneaut & Geneva Medical Centers for the past five years and has recently expanded her role to include Associate Chief Nursing Officer of the UH Eastern Region in August 2020.

Ms. Fertig earned her ADN from Kent State Ashtabula and earned her BSN from Kent State University. Ms. Fertig obtained her Certified Emergency Nurse certification in 2011. In 2017, Ms. Fertig received her Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Health Administration dual degree from Saint Joseph College of Maine. She is currently a Samuel H. and Maria Miller Scholar in the DNP Nurse Executive Track at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.

In 2006, she started her nursing career in the Emergency Department (ED) for a 180-bed community hospital. Ms. Fertig advanced to a charge nurse role two years later and into her first management role as the assistant nurse manager in 2010. In 2011, Ms. Fertig transitioned full time to University Hospitals system for a small 25-bed critical access hospital serving as the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit manager in Conneaut, Ohio. In 2014, Ms. Fertig began overseeing the Geneva critical access facility ED as well and was promoted to Chief Nursing Officer of both facilities in late 2015.

Ms. Fertig's University Hospitals’ career has led to developing and opening two new urgent care locations in Ashtabula County and bringing high quality, lower cost healthcare to the rural area. She has led numerous projects that have brought quality care to the rural community including Chest Pain Accreditation, Rainbows Baby and Children pediatric ED branding, opening a Seidman Cancer Center and implementing an Advanced Practice Provider hospitalist model. Ashely has helped the team maintain nationally recognized 90th percentile patient satisfaction scores, achieve the highest 5-star facility designation from CMS and recently achieve the Partnership for Excellence Gold Level recognition for Baldrige in May 2020.

Ms. Fertig attended Ashtabula County LEADERship in 2012 and was a member of the UH Leadership Advancement Program in 2018. She is an active member of her community and a current board membership for the Conneaut Human Resource Center. She was also a member of the D-Day Conneaut organization and led the healthcare response teams in 2013 and 2014. Professional organizations include Advisory Board's Nurse Executive Center, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American College of Healthcare Executives, American Organization for Nursing Leadership and Emergency Nurses Association. Ms. Fertig was honored to be a Kent State Ashtabula Nursing graduation commencement speaker in December 2019 and a panelist speaker for ACHE in September 2020 for the NorthEast Ohio Chapter.

Ms. Fertig's leadership goals are to support the University Hospitals mission, vision and values by having a positive influence on our UH nurses. Ms. Fertig continually endeavors to improve staff engagement and values professional development for all team members. She is striving to be a strong role model and leader for staff in a highly reliable organization and enhance the “speak up” culture for patient quality and safety. Future goals are to grow as a hospital leader within the UH system and foster innovative change processes and collaboration with the team.

Joan Halpern MS, RNC-NIC, NNP, NEA-BC is currently the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Lower Manhattan Hospital in New York, New York. Ms. Halpern is responsible for leading clinical operations, facilitating integration of clinical services, and ensuring the delivery of quality care and organizational success. Ms. Halpern currently has oversight for all nursing services, radiology, respiratory, nurse epidemiology and wellness services. 

Ms. Halpern earned a BSN from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., an MS in Nursing in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program from Columbia University in New York and is currently a Samuel H. and Maria Miller Scholar in the DNP Nurse Executive Track, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. 

Ms. Halpern has held progressive Nursing Leadership positions for the past 25 years. Prior to her role as CNO, she was Director of Nursing for the Department of Pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Weill Cornell. She was responsible for the nursing services of the Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU, General Pediatrics, Pediatric ECMO Program, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program and Child Life Services. Ms. Halpern was also the Executive Lead for Shared Governance across all seven campuses of NYP. She previously served as Director of Nursing for Maternal Child Services at White Plains Hospital in Westchester where she developed and implemented shared governance and was a member of the Nurse Executive team that led White Plains Hospital to their initial Magnet Designation. 

In her current role as CNO, Ms. Halpern has had documented improvements in patient satisfaction, nurse turnover, nurse engagement, nurse sensitive quality indicators and the number of nurses who have achieved national board certification. Furthermore, NYP Lower Manhattan Hospital just completed a successful Magnet Site Visit for their initial designation. 

Ms. Halpern is board certified in Neonatal Intensive Care and as a Nurse Executive Advanced. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and an active member of multiple professional organizations. In addition, Ms. Halpern is passionate about transformational leadership, nurse engagement and interprofessional collaboration and has presented at numerous national conferences.

Holly Ma, MS, BSN, RN, NPD-BC, is the Marian Shaughnessy Endowed System Director of Nursing Education and Nurse Leader Center at University Hospitals Health System in Northeast Ohio. She earned her BSN at the University oflndianapolis and Master of Science Degree in Adult Education at Indiana University-Purdue University oflndianapolis. She is currently a Samuel H. and Maria Miller Scholar in the DNP Nurse Executive Track, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.

Ms. Ma is board certified in Nursing Professional Development and is a certified Hogan Assessment coach. She earned her Certificate in Distance Education and is trained in Lean Six Sigma: Green, A3 and Training Within Industry (TWI).

Ms. Ma has held both educational and leadership roles in a variety of settings. In her current position at University Hospitals, she is developing a novel approach to an individualized nursing leadership fellowship, modernizing online module learning, and implementing new teaching methodologies. During her tenure as the Director of Nursing Professional Development at Indiana University Health Academic Health Center, she led the integration of the nursing education departments and development of many innovative educational programs including re­ imagining nurse onboarding.  Ms. Ma helped her team develop an 'Escape Room' to educate new graduates on quality and safety, which was highlighted on Fox59 News and Becker's Clinical Leadership and Infection Control Top Stories. The Advisory Board recognized her work as a best practice for RN orientation. While working at Roana Medical, a medical device company, she was instrumental in the redevelopment of a commercial product user interface for nurses. During her role as the director of the Indiana AIDS Education and Training Center, she presented at the Institute of Health Improvement (IHI) National Conference on her HIV education program for nurses within the Indiana correctional system.

Ms. Ma was recently appointed as a board commissioner for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Certification. She currently serves on numerous schools of nursing clinical advisory boards. She was inducted as an American Nursing Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) Director Fellow and the University of Illinois at Chicago Leader Fellow. She is an active member of AONL, Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD), American Nurses Association (ANA), and local AONL, ANPD, and ANA chapters. She has presented at numerous conferences on leadership development and innovative educational practices.

Geeta Nastasi, MSA, BS, RN, is the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at NewYark-Presbyterian (NYP), an integrated academic health care delivery system. In this role, she is responsible for leveraging new and evolving technologies to promote adoption, quality, safety and process efficiency for a wide variety of initiatives across the continuum of care for the integrated health system. She leads a team of nurse informaticists in managing clinical governance requests, minimizing gaps in care between technology and process and standardizing best practices to transform, optimize and elevate the future of nursing practice.

She holds a dual role as Director of Information Technology (IT) and oversees clinical applications for the Physician Services Division at NYP. This involves maintenance, service recovery, upgrades, trouble shooting and back end software configuration to allow maximum uptime, ensure IT systems run smoothly and enable business expansion. Ms. Nastasi is also the Program Director for the IT Fellows Program which she developed in partnership with Human Resources for NYP in 2018. This is a two year-long program to give minority students from Morehouse and Spelman Colleges in Georgia a pathway to become future leaders, strategists, and robust contributors in healthcare IT and administration. She is also the Joint Commission information management chapter lead for NYP as part of their overall organizational readiness program.

Ms. Nastasi did her nursing training at Middlesex University in London and worked as a Registered General Nurse at the North Middlesex Hospital in London before moving to New York. She joined the nursing management team at NYP in 1999. In addition to her clinical background and current informatics role, she has led electronic medical record training and has held several leadership positons in the information technology department. She has led and participated in several clinical and operational committees to develop strategy and to help achieve the vision of NYP. Over the years, she has managed multiple applications including 3M 360, Patient Safe Solutions, Cerner, Allscripts, Epic, Meditech, Athena, eClinicalWorks, SmartSheet, Verisma and Streamline.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from St. Joseph's College and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. She is a Samuel H. and Maria Miller Scholar in the DNP Nurse Executive Track, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.

Barbara Spina Rodriguez is a nursing leader for two large health systems within the State of Connecticut. She currently holds the position of Administrative House Manager for Danbury Hospital which is a 371-bed level two trauma center that is part of a large healthcare network. Ms. Rodriguez is also the Administrative Nursing Coordinator for Hartford Hospital which is a level one trauma center comprised of 867 beds and part of a large tertiary system. She serves as the Administrator for each respective entity and is responsible for the planning, organizing, directing and facilitation of enterprise hospital operations and patient care services.

Ms. Rodriguez has held several progressive leadership positions during her career that included the Director of Patient Flow at The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. In this capacity, she had administrative oversight for the Emergency Department Services, Nursing Supervision, Patient Observation and Transport Teams. Ms. Rodriguez was responsible for patient throughput; she facilitated organizational resources, developed cross-functional teams, introduced various process enhancements and evidence-based practices to support patient flow optimization. Her leadership led to the implementation of a Rapid Response Team, the introduction of an Admission Flow Nurse role, the integration of the Pharmacy Technician position in the Emergency Department setting, and incorporation of the organization's interdisciplinary rounds format.

Ms. Rodriguez has participated in many process improvement initiatives during her tenure. One of her accomplishments was her involvement in the review of patient throughput for Danbury Hospital that focused on process development, barrier reduction and a multidisciplinary approach to patient flow. Her contributions led to a substantial reduction of patient throughput times and internal bed movement, increased patient aggregation for provider optimization and multidisciplinary rounds participation, overall reduction in inpatient length of stay, and improved quality performance measurements for patient satisfaction.

One of Ms. Rodriguez's most recent contributions was her participation in the implementation of a centralized transfer center model for Danbury Hospital facilitating patient throughput for several hospitals within the network. The Danbury Transfer Center now serves as one of the two regional transfer centers for the seven-hospital system. Currently, she is serving on a senior level network task force focused on standardizing the transfer centers' workflow and merging the two entities into one unified tertiary touchpoint for the system.

Ms. Rodriguez graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Sacred Heart University in 2015 where she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Prior to her matriculation to Sacred Heart, she graduated from Charter Oak State College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration where she was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society. Ms. Rodriguez also holds two Associate Degrees from Naugatuck Valley Community College where she majored in both Nursing and Business Administration. Currently, she is a Samuel H. and Maria Miller Scholar in the DNP Nurse Executive Track, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.

Julia Skarbinski, MBA, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, University Hospitals Portage Medical Center, has been a nurse with University Hospitals for 25 years. University Hospitals has given her many opportunities to grow and learn throughout her career including progressive leadership experiences, educational advancement and networking/mentoring opportunities. From 2003-2015 Ms. Skarbinski had progressive roles in Clinical Risk Management and was the Director Patient Safety/Risk Management for University Hospitals Health System 2008-2015. Prior to her role as CNO, UH Portage Medical Center, she was the CNO, UH Geauga Medical Center. She is honored to be a Samuel H. and Maria Miller Scholar in the DNP Nurse Executive Track, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.

Ms. Skarbinski earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Youngstown State University in 1994 and a master's in business administration with a healthcare focus from Lake Erie College in 2010. From 2006-2007 she participated in a national Patient Safety Fellowship with the Health Research Education Trust (HRET) and was named Woman of Professional Excellence in 2007 by the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). In 2012 She was a member of Leadership Ohio and participated in the UH Mentorship program. Additionally, she was a member of the second class of the UH Leadership Academy 2015.

As an advocate for patient safety and patient experience, she has a passion for decreasing defects in care and improving processes that enhance quality and patient satisfaction. She has presented on many topics locally and nationally including decreasing retained foreign bodies, University Hospitals Consortium; critical incident management teams, Ohio Hospital Association; UH Portage Hospital patient experience journey, Beryl Institute; and Just Culture, Nurse Leadership Academy.

During her career she developed a system-wide safety and clinical risk management program as well as opened multiple clinical programs including the Kent Emergency Department, Wellness Clinic and Meds to Beds programs. She continues to network and grow as a member of the Beryl Institute and the Greater Cleveland Organization for Nursing Leadership. Ms. Skarbinski was a member of the University Hospitals Nursing Executive Council 2019-2020 and participated in the creation of the current UH nursing strategic plan. Additionally, she continues to lead the nursing quality and safety pillar for the system.

Erin Slay, MHA, BSN, RN, is a Samuel Hand Maria Miller Scholar at Case Western Reserve University, Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing in the DNP program. She is the System Director of Advanced Practice Provider and Director of Nursing for University Hospitals (Cleveland). She is a member of the University Hospitals leadership team and is responsible for advanced practice providers and nursing practice across ambulatory nursing.

Ms. Slay completed her Master of Healthcare Administration at the University of Phoenix. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College and an Associates of Science Degree in Nursing from Kent State University.

Ms. Slay has presented at numerous national conferences and webcasts focusing on the role of advanced practices nurses and other independent providers to work at top of licensure to drive patient access and outcomes. She serves on several boards; Sullivan Cotter NAAC, Vizient CAP2 and Lake Erie College Physician Assistants Program. She holds professional memberships including serving as a member of the American Nurses Association, American Academy of Ambulatory Nursing, Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses and Ohio Association of Physician Assistants.

Volunteer activities include serving as President of West Geauga Band Booster, founding member of the West Geauga Hockey Association and a member of Pet Pals an organization focused on providing therapeutic pet therapy for hospitalized patients. She has received several awards and recognitions from the Wharton Nursing Leaders Program, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Healthcare Leadership certificate from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and the 2015 YWCA Women in Leadership Award.