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Keynote Speaker
School of Nursing 50th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, November 2, 2013

Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS(hon), FAAN, FRCN
Professor of Nursing and Sociology
Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Dr. Afaf I. Meleis is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Professor of Nursing and Sociology, and Director of the School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. Prior to coming to Penn, she was a Professor on the faculty of nursing at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of California San Francisco for 34 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in the UK, the American Academy of Nursing, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; a member of the Institute of Medicine, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar National Advisory Committee, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Macy Faculty Scholars program, the George W. Bush Presidential Center Women's Initiative Policy Advisory Council, and the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health; a Board Member of CARE, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health; and chair of the IOM Global Forum on Innovation for Health Professional Education and the Lancet Commission on Women and Health. Dr. Meleis is also President Emerita and Counsel General Emerita of the International Council on Women's Health Issues (ICOWHI) and the former Global Ambassador for the Girl Child Initiative of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

Dr. Meleis' research scholarship is focused on the structure and organization of nursing knowledge, transitions and health, and immigrant and women’s health. She has mentored hundreds of students, clinicians, and researchers from Thailand, Brazil, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Colombia, Korea, and Japan. She is the author of more than 175 articles in social sciences, nursing, and medical journals; over 40 chapters; 7 books; and numerous monographs and proceedings.

Dr. Meleis is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, as well as honorary doctorates and distinguished and honorary professorships around the world. Awards she has received include the Egyptian Presidential Honorary Award for Excellence and International Contributions in Nursing; an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine from the Linköping University, Sweden; the Global Citizenship Award from the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia; the Sage Award from the University of Minnesota; The Dr. Gloria Twine Chisum Award for Distinguished Faculty at University of Pennsylvania, which is awarded for community leadership and commitment to promoting diversity, and the Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Massachusetts. More recently, Dr. Meleis received the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International Distinguished Leadership Award based on her outstanding work in the global healthcare community, the Take the Lead Award from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Phyllis N. Stern Distinguished Lecture Award, from the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, and she was inducted into the UCLA School of Nursing Hall of Fame for her work in advancing and transforming nursing science.

Dr. Meleis graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alexandria (1961), earned an MS in nursing (1964), an MA in sociology (1966) and a PhD in medical and social psychology (1968) from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Master of Ceremonies

Danielle Vollmar is a StormTeam 5 meteorologist for WCVB-TV Channel 5.   She joined WCVB-TV in April 2013 serving as the meteorologist for the weekend editions of the “EyeOpener” newscasts

Prior to joining WCVB-TV, Vollmar was the evening meteorologist on KDAF-TV (CW33) in Dallas. She also hosted the CW 33 morning show, “Eye Opener,” which was broadcast on the Tribune TV stations in Dallas, Houston, Miami, Philly and Portland.

Before moving to Dallas, Vollmar served as the weekend evening news meteorologist for KOKH (Fox) in Oklahoma City.   She reported on severe and breaking weather stories including multiple tornadoes and the Christmas Eve blizzard of 2009.

Vollmar is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) and was honored with an AP Award for “Best Weathercast” when she was the midday meteorologist at WBOC-TV (CBS) in Salisbury, MD.

A graduate of Cornell University, Danielle began her career while still in school as the fill-in weather anchor for WENY-TV in Elmira, New York.

A native of Philadelphia, Vollmar is an avid Philly sports fan and is excited to be in Boston where she will be surrounded by other sports fans like herself. Having coached girl’s lacrosse programs in both Oklahoma City and Dallas, Danielle hopes to lend her passion for coaching to a team in the area.

Vollmar volunteers a great deal in her community and is a past chair of the American Lung Association Stairclimb in Oklahoma City. She is also a member of Junior League. When not working or volunteering, Danielle is a passionate runner and has completed 4 half marathons.

Distinguished Health Care Professional

Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN

Jeanette Ives Erikson is chief nurse and senior vice president for Patient Care Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. In her role at MGH, she is responsible for clinical practice, research, education, and global/community health services, serving 5,300 nurses, health professionals and support staff. She has authored 2 books, several book chapters and articles, including her research on the importance of a professional practice environment. Dr. Ives Erickson has presented globally and consults on multiple issues affecting nurse autonomy, leadership development, collaborative decision-making, and Magnet Hosptial designation.

Distinguished Alumna Award

Sharon Gale, MSN, BSN’81, ADN’69

Sharon Gale, a registered nurse for over 40 years, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (formerly the Massachusetts Organization of Nruse Executives or MONE). In collaboration with the Massachusetts Hospital Association, she lead the PatientCareLink (formerly Patient First) development task force that developed the first in the nation, voluntary process and template for reporting hospital specific staffing plans and quality outcome measures for statewide implementation to answer, legislators, nurses and consumers concerns for safe nursing practice.

Her work includes the formation of the Academic/Practice Integration Committee for the Organization of Nurse Leaders. This model has expanded nationwide and she co-chairs the AACN/AONE Academic Practice partnership task force working to advance effective partnerships that align academia and practice to assure a competent nursing workforce.

Since 1997 she has been an advocate in the policy arena for legislation that supports the nursing profession and the delivery of care in Massachusetts working with nursing organizations and MHA to provide testimony on relevant nursing and healthcare issues. Convened academic and practice leaders resulting in sustained partnerships that developed the Nurse of the Future Core Competencies (NOFCC) in 2006 to assure a competent nursing workforce.

As CEO of ONL she is Co-leader of the Massachusetts Action Coalition with the MA Department of Higher Education, for the Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC) designated by the Center to Champion Nursing in America to implement the recommendation of the Institute of Medicines report on the Future of Nursing. Sharon served as President of ONL MA-RI MONE from May to December of 2003. Previously she chaired the Government Affairs Committee and was elected a Boston Regional Director. From 2000 to 2003 she was a Senior Consultant with Bristol Group Mitretek, A former Nurse Executive, at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge MA, Sharon has an extensive background in clinical as well as operational management in the acute healthcare arena. She has published and presented in the areas of public policy, workforce development, leadership, and patient safety.

Sharon has been a member of AONE since 1990 and currently serves on the Board of AONE as the Region 1 Director. She has served on AONE’s Strategic Workforce Initiatives Task Force and chair of the AONE Health Care Reform Task Force. She is the recipient of the MONE Mary B. Conseison Leadership award, The President’s award and the Elaine K. Sherwood service award. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Epsilon Chapter.

Sharon received her ADN and BSN from Northeastern University and her MSN from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Distinguished Faculty Award

Jane Aroian EdD'86, RN
Associate Professor  & Coordinator,
Nursing Administration Program

Professor Jane Aroian EdD'86, RN to Receive Distinguished Faculty Award

In recognition of her more than four decades of teaching and research at Bouvè, Associate Professor Jane Aroian, EdD, RN, will be presented the Distinguished Faculty Award at the School of Nursing 50th Anniversary Celebration on November 2nd. She has devoted her career to educating future nurses and has been a treasured colleague, mentor and friend to the students, faculty and members of the broader community with which the School of Nursing works. For this and many more achievements, we will honor Professor Aroian.

Professor Aroian arrived at Northeastern University in 1971 after serving as the director of nursing at Lourdes Hospital in New York.  Her research focus is the development of nurse leaders by teaching, implementing, and testing the "Leader as Developer" model. Aroian has also studied experiential education in depth and is currently validating the Nursing Administration Standards of Practice and Professional Performance and its learning outcomes in graduate education. She has published numerous articles and papers on nursing leadership.  Professor Aroian received her BSN from the University of Bridgeport, an MSN from Catholic University of America, and an EdD from Northeastern University. 

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