Our Teams

Strategic Advisors

Lead: Cynthia Armstrong Persily PhD, RN, FAAN
President and CEO, Highland Hospital Association

Betty Ireland, Former WV Secretary of State
Will Carter, McKinley Carter Wealth Services
Laura K. Boone, West Virginia Higher Education Policy
Dan Foster, MD, President, WV for Affordable Healthcare

        & Former member of the WV House of Delegates
Kim Tieman, Project Officer, Claude Worthington Benedum

Jane Ruseski PhD, Associate Director, Bureau of Business

         and Economic Research

Gaylene Miller, State Director, AARP

Matt Chisler, United Hospital Center, Communications


​​      Modernizing Practice Laws

      Lead: Dr. Toni DiChiacchio, APRN, FNP, BC, Assistant Dean,

          Faculty Practice & Community Engagement at West  Virginia


​      Improving Retention & Quality through Transition to
      Practice (TTP)  Models   Online TTP & Preceptor Courses

      Lead: Mary Fanning, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Director, Nursing

            Administration/Magnet Program Director, WVU Medicine

     Nursing Workforce Retention & Recruitment Action Team

       Lead: Amy Bullington, Nurse Manager, Cabell Huntington Hosp 




      Increase Number of BSN  Graduates

           Nursing Education Toolkit
     Increase Number of Doctoral Prepared Nurses

​      Life-Long Learning

      Nursing Workforce Pipeline, Pathways & Faculty Action Teams

      Leads: Lynda F. Turner, Ed.D., MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE, is an Associate

                                              Professor at Marshall University School of Nursing

                   Amy Bruce, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Faculty, University of Charleston

                   Stacy Huber, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE. Senior Lecturer, West 
                                     Virginia University


​      ​Presence on Policy and Health Decision-Making Boards
           Nurses on Boards

      Developing Nurse Leadership

           40 under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders

           Nurse Entrepreneur Project

           Online Nurse Manager & Mentor Courses

      Lead: Laure Marino, DNP, RN, Faculty WVU School of Nursing

Culture of Health Projects

      Faith Community Nursing Toolkit and Network

      Lead: Angel Smothers, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, WVU School of Nursing


       Health Ambassador RN

      Lead: Cheryl Vega, RN

Shared Data Group

     Build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of

        interprofessional health care  workforce data.

      Lead: Jordyn Reed, Administrator,  WV Center for Nursing

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Lead: Sandra Burrell, ADN, RN, Public Health Nurse,

                WV Bureau for Public Health

Recognition Gala & Awards

     Lead: Karen Wilkinson, RN, Health Homes Director, KEPRO

Operations Team

Jim Kranz, Co-Lead, West Virginia Hospital Association
Brenda Keefer, APRN, MSN, BSN, RN, Co-Lead, 

       West Virginia Nurses Association

Mary Fanning, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Co-Lead

       West Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives
Amy Bruce, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Association of Deans &
      Directors of Nursing Education

Jordyn Reed, Administrator, WV Center for

Gaylene Miller, State Director, AARP

Aila Accad, MSN, RN, Executive Director