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Lou Ann Hartley, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, PAHM (Management)

 Dr. Hartley is currently President and CEO of Hartley HealthCare Connections. She was previously Healthcare Executive and Senior Manager at Cerner Corporation. She received her associate degree in nursing from University of Charleston School of Nursing and her undergraduate and graduate degrees from West Virginia University and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from University of Kentucky.  While working as a staff nurse at Charleston Area Medical Center, she made her way into the Nurse Executive role and later to the Executive role at United HealthCare where she served as Director of Operations for the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) of West Virginia. She then served as Associate Professor of Nursing where she developed and implemented the Nursing Administration program at the graduate level at Marshall University. She opened her own consulting business “Hartley HealthCare Connections” and traveled the state offering teamwork, communication, and conflict management training in various health care organizations. Dr. Hartley was the VP/CNO at Cabell Huntington Hospital where she developed the Leadership Academy and Manager Orientation programs. Dr. Hartley has been a long-standing member of AONE and WVONE. In 2012 she was awarded the “Daisy Award” for her thought-leadership at Cerner. She recently published “Implementing Shared Governance in a Patient Care Support Industry: Information Technology Leading the Way” in the Journal of Nursing Administration.  Putnam County Contact:

Sandra J. Burrell, ADN, RN (Community, Diversity)

 Sandy currently serves as Clinical Advisor at the WV Bureau for Public Health in the Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease. In this role she facilitates the prevention and management of chronic diseases through community initiatives and health systems quality improvement. Previous roles include charge nurse at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) working in gynecology and oncology, Priority Populations Specialist, Coordinator for Minority Initiatives in Cardiovascular Health, and Field Director with WV Tobacco Prevention Program. She also served as Facilitator/Trainer for “Voice of the Customer”, Social Service Supervisor I, and Social Service Specialist III at the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Additional Achievements include developing the Framework for Best Practices Guide for working with at risk communities, oversaw development of Cardiovascular Health Video at Bureau of Public Health, spearheading development of Minority Health Coalition for Summers and Mercer County and conducting  various Community Health Presentations in communities of West Virginia.  In addition to her Associate Degree in Nursing, Sandy achieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama and Masters in Human Resource Development from Clemson University. She holds certifications in Facilitation, Supervision, Conflict Management/Resolution, Quality Education/Quality Work Groups, Tools and Techniques for Teams, Personnel Practices/Interviewing for Hire and Leadership. Sandy was awarded the Nurse Excellence Award at CAMC in 2013 and the Spirit of Nursing Award in nursing school. Kanawha County Contact:

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Angel Taylor Smothers DNP, APRN, FNP-BC (Faith Community)

Angel was born and raised in Southern WV in Mercer County. She completed an associate and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bluefield State College in Bluefield WV. Angel went on to complete both a master’s degree in nursing and doctorate of nursing practice from WVU.  Angel is nationally certified as a family nurse practitioner and is also certified in hospice and palliative care and as a faith community nurse.  Angel currently has a practice site working within a faith community practice setting. She also lectures for WVU School of Nursing. She has authored a
textbook on faith-based nursing and teaches a course in Faith Community Nursing at WVU School of Nursing.  Monongalia County Contact:

Alvita Nathaniel, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP (Leadership, Board Service)

Alvita Nathaniel is Professor Emerita with past positions at WVU as Interim Associate Dean of Practice Programs, Chairperson of the Charleston Division, and Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner track. She was on faculty in the School of Nursing for 30 years and simultaneously practiced part-time as a family nurse practitioner. At one time or another, Dr. Nathaniel taught all family nurse practitioner practice courses. Her research interests are related to ethics in nursing and she is co-author of the textbook, Ethics & Issues in Contemporary Nursing. She has served on many state-wide government advisory boards. Mercer County Contact:

Elaine Davis, BSN, MS Healthcare Administration, MBA, Ed.D (Leadership, DNP Students)

I have been an RN since 1981. My clinical expertise is mostly cardiovascular. I have served in positions of leadership in a large physicians private practice group , held a leadership position at CAMC in charge of clinical operations of 8 cost centers in 4 of 4 of our facilities. I have 11 years of experience as a Research Scientist at CAMC. I have served as mentor for numerous medical students, residents and fellows and more recently 2 DNP students. I would like mentor additional DNP candidates and expand knowledge of research skills for those wishing to further their education.