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The Coalition is led by experts in the nursing and nonprofit sectors: two nurse co-leads (one upstate and one downstate) and one non-nurse co-lead.

NYSAC Co-leads

Deborah C. Stamps, EdD, MS, RN, GNP, NE, BC

Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer of Newark-Wayne Community Hospital.

Dr. Stamps is responsible for managing key clinical units and also is responsible for ensuring system integration of nursing leadership, clinical initiatives and high standards of quality care and service. Her involvement in the community is also impressive, having recently been awarded the March of Dimes – New York State Chapter Volunteer of the Year, the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club – 2010 Sojourner Truth Award. This award is the highest recognition this organization bestows and is a national distinction for her many community activities. In 2011 she was inducted in the Monroe Community Colleges’ Alumni Hall of Fame. A 2012 graduate of Leadership Rochester Program. Athena Award Finalist in 2012, and American Heart Association Women of Distinction Award. Dr. Stamps was recently selected as a board member of March of Dimes, is a member of the Finger Lakes Organization of Nurse Executives, The Northeast Regional Director for Chi Eta Phi Sorority, a co-lead for New York State Action Coalition Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. In addition, she has been published in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Procedure Manual, in the Medsurg Nursing Journal and in the Critical Care Journal. She has conducted research on the topic of Horizontal Violence. She earned her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurses from the Educational Opportunity Center, an Associate’s Degree from Monroe Community College, a Baccalaureate Degree from SUNY Brockport, a Master’s Degree from Nazareth College, completed the Nurse Leaders of the Future program at the Wharton School, and her Doctorate in Education, Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College.

Susan Apold, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, FANP

Clinical Professor of Nursing

Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow

NYU College of Nursing

433 1st Ave.  Office 524


The founding Dean and Professor of Nursing and Health Studies at Concordia College-New York. She is currently Clinical Professor of Nursing at New York University’s College of Nursing. Dr. Apold previously served at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, New York, where she held a number of positions from faculty to Dean of the Department of Nursing and finally as the Vice-President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty.  In that capacity, Dr. Apold developed and implemented both an Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner program. Dr. Apold is the author of a variety of publications, has presented at a number of national conferences and has been awarded over 3 million dollars in HRSA program grants which funded Workforce Diversity and Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students.

In 2011, Dr. Apold was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow and in 2014, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  She is a member of the 2013 Cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson’s Executive Nurse Fellowship

In addition to her work in nursing education, Dr. Apold has served as two terms as President of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) and The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA, NY).  Dr. Apold currently sits on the Board of Directors at the AANP and serves as that organization’s Federal Health Policy Committee Chair and serves on the editorial board of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

The Steering Committee

Deborah Elliott, RN, BSN, MBA

Currently the Executive Director of Nurses House, Inc. and the Center for Nursing at the Foundation of New York State Nurses, Inc. As a registered professional nurse, Deb’s clinical expertise is in the field of Women’s and Children’s Health, primarily Labor and Delivery. Her professional career began at a community hospital in the Capital District for which she worked for 27 years, 12 of those years were in administrative positions.  Since obtaining a MBA from Union Graduate College, Deb has served in various leadership positions including the Executive Director for the Maternal Infant Network of the Capital District and the Deputy Executive Officer for the New York State Nurses Association.  She has directed many programs and projects, including grants provided by the New York Department of Health, New York Department of Labor, the New York Department of Education, the United Way, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Deb is a seasoned public speaker, educator and grants writer, and is certified in Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Carol Brewer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor of Nursing at the School of Nursing University at Buffalo. Brewer conducts research that examines RN workforce participation decisions. She is currently funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a 10-year national panel study of newly licensed RNs and by the National Council of Boards of Nursing to examine RN perceptions of quality improvement knowledge. She has been funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration as a senior analyst for the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to examine longitudinal workforce behavior of RNs in Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Brewer also is the Director of Nursing for the New York State Area Health Education System Statewide Office, developing NYS AHEC System nursing policy, and nursing and health care workforce development programs. She serves as the Steering Committee Chair for the Institute for Nursing, the newly established New York State nursing workforce center, and is a member of the NYS Action Coalition Steering Committee to implement the IOM Future of Nursing report. She served on AHRQ’s Health Systems Research Study Section, and was a founding member and chairperson of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues Interest Group of AcademyHealth. She earned her PhD in Nursing Systems and a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan, as well as a Master’s in Nursing from the University of Tennessee. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurses, and was awarded the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the New York Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award from the New York State Nursing Association,  and the UB Exceptional Scholar Sustained Achievement Award.

DIANA J. MASON, RN, PhD, FAAN, DHL(Hon.), DSc (Hon.)

Dr. Mason is the Rudin Professor of Nursing and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Health, Media, and Policy (CHMP) at Hunter College, and Professor, City University of New York (CUNY). She is President of the American Academy of Nursing and serves as Strategic Adviser for the Campaign for Action, an initiative to implement the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report, to which she contributed.

Dr. Mason is also a journalist who has produced and moderated a weekly radio program on health and health policy for almost 30 years. She served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing for over a decade. She blogs for the CHMP and the JAMA News Forum. Since its inception, she has served on the National Advisory Committee for Kaiser Health News.

The author of over 200 publications, she is the lead co-editor of the award-winning book, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care and of The Nursing Profession: Development, Challenges, and Opportunities, part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Book Series. Dr. Mason has received numerous awards for writing and dissemination of health-related information. She is currently engaged in a study of the intersection of media and health policy.

Dr. Mason is Co-President of the Hermann Biggs Society, a health policy salon in New York City. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from West Virginia University; and fellowship in the New York Academy of Medicine.

Maureen White, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN

Ms. White is the senior vice president and chief nurse executive for the North Shore- LIJ Health System, responsible for developing and implementing the health system’s overall nursing policies, protocols, strategic planning and operational standards. Ms. White is also director of the North Shore-LIJ Health System Institute for Nursing which focuses on nursing education, nursing research, the creation of healthy work environments, and the development of future nursing leaders within the health system. Prior to assuming these responsibilities, she served as vice president for patient care services, North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center. Before the merger, she held a series of positions at LIJ including vice president for patient care services, associate director, administrator for patient care services–finance and systems, and nursing care coordinator of the intensive care and open heart units.
In 2012, Ms. White was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was the recipient of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Mentorship Award in 2011. In 2008, Ms. White was
the Humanitarian Partner of the Year recipient from Queensborough Community College. She was also a faculty member at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement from 2002 through 2005, focusing on workforce development
initiatives. In 2004, Ms. White received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Molloy College and in 2000 she was recognized by AONE, receiving the prestigious Department Wide Innovations Award. Ms. White holds two undergraduate degrees from Molloy College and an MBA from Fordham University

Barbara Zittel, RN, Ph.D.

Dr. Zittel has served as a senior manager in the Office of the Profession within the New York State Education Department for over 20 years.  In her role as the Executive Secretary to the NY State Board for Nursing for 12 years, she held responsibility for the licensure, practice and discipline of approximately 340,000 licensees.  She laid the foundational cornerstone for the Board for Nursing’s 2003 motion related to standardizing the educational requirements for RN licensure to the baccalaureate degree. She serves as a project co-lead for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/ AARP’s Academic Progression in Nursing Grant and serves on the Ellis Medicine Board of Trustees. She is a frequent speaker on nursing topics both nationally and abroad.

Dianne Cooney Miner PhD, RN, FAAN

The founding dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing at St John Fisher College. A member of the American Academy of Nursing, her career reflects substantive accomplishments related to influencing and improving patient care through the vehicle of nursing education. She is a member of the New York State Board for Nursing, and a founding board member of ANA NY, a new state affiliate of the American Nurses Association and the Institute for Nursing – New York State Nursing Workforce Center. Working to overcome barriers to NP practice, she secured funds for a Nurse Managed Center to provide primary care to vulnerable populations in Rochester, NY and is the founding co-editor of the DNP Forum, the first on-line journal focused on the dissemination of DNP clinical practice scholarship.

A former member of the board of trustees of Thompson Health, she now serves on the board of the Children’s Agenda, The Children’s Institute and as a member of Finger Lakes Health System Agency Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement. Dr. Cooney-Miner also served as co-chair of the Finger Lakes Health Care Systems Agency Community Engagement Project: BP Control in the Inner City. She has been recognized for her leadership as a finalist for the Athena Women’s Leadership award and as a winner of the Rochester Business Alliance health care leadership award.  Her research interests focus on high performance work teams and she is currently part of study with Brown University and the Veterans Administration on interdisciplinary team performance in VA Community Living Centers.

Marilyn A. DeLuca, PhD, RN

Member, Advanced Practice work group

Member, Leadership work group
Global Health – Health Systems – Philanthropy

Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Nursing
New York University

Marsha L. Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean and Professor in the School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo-SUNY, in Buffalo, New York. She was Associate Dean for Education in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. During the past 15 years she and her research team have received nearly $2 million in funding from NIH (NINR, NIA, and Fogarty International) and the Alzheimer’s Association to develop psychoeducational interventions for family caregivers of persons with dementia, the Savvy Caregiver Program (SCP). The outcomes of the research studies have been disseminated through national and international presentations and publications, but more importantly, SCP has been translated into a transportable program that is being conducted across the country in 15 states through Alzheimer’s Associations and through state agencies on aging. The Administration on Aging highlighted the SCP as one of the Evidence-Based programs they recommend for caregivers and have funded research for further development. Maine, Michigan, and California are part of the Administration on Aging-supported Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP).  Dr. Lewis has influenced nursing education as a leader on the CCNE Board, Accreditation Review and Report Review Committees and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) pilot initiative.  In 2013 she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Kenya V. Beard, EdD, GNP-BC, NP-C, ACNP-BC, CNE

Dr. Beard is the Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Instruction at Jersey College, and a 2012 Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar. She is the Founding Director of the Center for Multicultural Education and Health Disparities, an educational initiative that seeks to disseminate research and best practices that focus on increasing workforce diversity. She currently practices as a nurse practitioner and manages the care of patients with rheumatic diseases. Dr. Beard’s research focuses on strengthening the capacity of academia to graduate a diverse workforce that’s prepared to deliver culturally responsive care and eliminate healthcare disparities. She recently joined WBAI, 99.5 FM to co-produce the Healthstyles program and broaden conversations around health equity. Dr. Beard is a member of the Future of Nursing New York State Action Coalition steering committee and chairs the sub-committee on diversity. She serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Nursing and is a member of the New York State Board for Nursing. She is also a fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine. She earned her undergraduate degrees in nursing from Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing and Excelsior College in New York. She received her Doctoral degree in educational administration from Dowling College and her Masters of Science degree in adult health from Stony Brook University.

Regional Co-Leads

Northern Metropolitan Region:

Deborah Hunt: dhunt@cnr.edu

Kathleen Flaherty: kathleen.flaherty@concordia-ny.edu

Roxy Raffa: rraffa@chahec.org

  • Ulster

  • Dutchess

  • Orange

  • Putnam

  • Rockland

  • Westchester

  • Sullivan

Central NY Region:

Andrea LaQuay: andrealaquay@yahoo.com

Carolyn McAuliffe: cmcauliffe7911@gmail.com

  • St. Lawrence

  • Jefferson

  • Lewis

  • Herkimer

  • Oneida

  • Oswego

  • Madison

  • Kayuga

  • Tompkins

  • Cortland

  • Tioga

  • Chenango

  • Broome

Finger Lakes Region:

Cynthia McCloskey: cmccloskey@sjfc.edu

Richard Dollinger: radollinger@gmail.com

  • Monroe

  • Wayne

  • Livingston

  • Ontario

  • Yates

  • Seneca

  • Steuben

  • Schuyler

  • Chemung

Northeastern NY Region:

Kathleen Marsch: kathleen.marsch@sphp.com

Sarah Scarpace: sarah.scarpace@acphs.edu

  • Clinton

  • Franklin

  • Essex

  • Hamilton

  • Warren

  • Fulton

  • Montgomery

  • Saratoga

  • Schenectady

  • Washington

  • Otsego

  • Schoharie

  • Albany

  • Delaware

  • Greene

  • Columbia

  • Rensselaer

Long Island Region:

Kathleen Bratby: kathleen.bratby@stonybrook.edu

Catherine Galla:cgalla@nshs.edu

  • Suffolk

  • Nassau

Greater NY Region:

   Rosanne Raso: rraso@nshs.edu

                                       Grace McGhee: grace.mcghee@vnsny.org

                                   Rochelle Pinnock: rochelle.pinnock-herring@vnsny.org

  • Bronx

  • New York

  • Richmond

  • Kings

  • Queens

Western NY Region:

Linda Steeg: llsteeg@buffalo.edu

Karen Ziemianski:kziemian@ecmc.edu

  • Niagara

  • Orleans

  • Genesee

  • Erie

  • Wyoming

  • Chautauqua

  • Cattaraugus

  • Allegany

Strategic Advisory Committee

Ronda Kotelchuck, CEO, Primary Care Development Corporation


Lorraine Ryan,  Sr. VP, Legal, Regulatory and Professional Affairs, Greater New York Hospital Association


Douglas Sansted,  Chief Legal Officer, Crystal Run Health Care


Jo Boufford, MD, President, The New York Academy of Medicine


Elizabeth H. Swain, President/Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Care Association of NYS.http://www.chcanys.org