Executive Board of Directors
Dr. Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Debra A. Toney
Vice President of Quality Management
Dr. Debra A. Toney is the Vice President of Quality Management, at Nevada Health Centers in Las Vegas, Nevada, the State’s largest federally qualified health center with 18 locations. Dr. Toney is responsible for ensuring high-quality and cost-effective care throughout Nevada Health Center Medical Practices. She is accountable for defining and implementing strategies for managing population-specific patient care initiatives to ensure high quality care is provided throughout the organization. Dr. Toney is passionate about the organization’s mission of providing quality care to those in underserved communities.
She is the Patient-Centered Medical Home Champion and has facilitated practice teams in 14 sites to successfully achieve NCQA PCMH recognition. Dr. Toney obtained her PCMH Content Expert Certification from NCQA in 2014.
Her practice-related scholarship focuses on reducing/eliminating health disparities and increasing a diverse and culturally competent healthcare workforce. In both her professional and volunteer roles, she has been devoted to delivering and improving health care in under-served communities.
Dr. Toney works diligently on behalf of the nursing and health professions. She is a past president of the National Black Nurses Association and a member of the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) where she serves as a project lead. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the secretary for the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations and a member of the American Academy of Nursing. She has held board and officer positions for several national organizations.
She is active with the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nurses Campaign and is the Chair of the Nevada Action Coalition and also serves as chair of the Diversity Task Force. Dr. Debra A. Toney has been recognized for her contributions to society by numerous organizations including being selected as a Torchbearer in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
Dr. Betty Smith Williams, PH, MN, MSN, RN
Dr. Betty Smith Williams, PH, MN, MSN, RN, FAANDr. Betty Smith Williams is an educator, spanning over 50 years in teaching, research, service and administration, beginning as the first African American nurse hired as faculty in higher education in California (1956). She served as Professor, Mount Saint Mary’s College, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and California State University Long Beach; and Assistant Dean, School of Nursing, UCLA.; Dean & Professor, School of Nursing, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; and Founding Dean, School of Nursing, American University of Health Sciences. Dr. Williams is a leader in the organization of Nurses since 1968, when she co-founded the Council of Black Nurses Los Angeles;. 1971, she was co-founder and charter member of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NBNA) ; 1995 -1999 she was 7th National President NBNA. In 1998, she co-founded the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, Inc. (NCEMNA) . She led the five NCEMNA organization members to create, “ NCEMNA: Nurse Scientist Stimulation Program,”. $2.4 M NIH/NIGMS/ DHHS grant as principal investigator and president. A 2010, Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing, its highest honor. She has received over 70 awards and citations including the 1998 Distinguished Alumnae Award, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB), Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) for outstanding work in nursing and health.
Dr. Angie Millan, DNP, RN/NP, CNS, FAANDr. Angie Millan is the Nursing Director for Children’s Medical Services (CMS) at the County of Los Angeles’ Department of Public Health. In this position she plans, directs, coordinates and administers nursing programs for CMS, which encompasses California Children’s Services; Child, Health and Disability Prevention; and Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care programs. She has been with Children’s Medical Services since 1999. Millan was previously national president and board member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), past member of the Nursing Advisory Council of the Joint Commission, and a member of the Commission to End Healthcare Disparities. She currently serves as a board member for NAHN, Los Angeles Chapter, and as commissioner for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission and a member of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees. Millan was inducted as fellow of the American Nursing Academy in 2012 and is a recipient of the National Hispanic Medical Association’s Leadership Network Award and the Los Angeles County-Department of Public Health Innovation Award, among other recognitions. Millan holds both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from California State University. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree from Western University and she is licensed to practice nursing in the state of California and Washington D.C.
Sandy Littlejohn, MA, BSN, RN
Sandy is an enrolled member of Lower Sioux Mdewakanton Community, Morton, MN, and currently Executive Consultant at Gundersen Health System, in La Crosse, WI. She is an active member of the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA) board, most recently served as Secretary of the organization. Sandy received her BSN at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN and achieved her MA in nursing with a focus in transcultural nursing and community care, at Augsburg College, in Minneapolis, MN. Sandy is a member of the Wisconsin Center for Nursing Diversity Committee and a past editorial board member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Leader journal. She has contributed to curriculum development for general diversity and clinical culturally sensitive education at Gundersen Health System, the La Crosse Health Science Consortium and nationally for the Center for Nursing Leadership (CNL). Sandy’s nursing career has spanned long-term care, clinic and hospital care settings as well as Human Resources. She notes that her current work brings together her clinical operational knowledge, leadership experience and transcultural nursing skills to guide workforce priorities, clinical care improvements for diverse patients and strengthens community relationships. Sandy is committed to fostering the next generation of nurses and healthcare leaders by mentoring students and colleagues as they discover their professional path in healthcare.
Derrick A. Humphries is the founding partner of the law office of Humphries & Partners, PLLC, a diverse global, legal services network based in Washington, DC. His attitude, core values, years of experience, knowledge, ability to collaborate, and teambuilding skills empower him to serve as the learned General Counsel and trusted advisor to CEOs and Board Leaders of corporations, associations, public and private individuals. He is considered a legal “expert” in the legal aspects of organizational development including governance and mission. Mr. Humphries provides access to select legal talent through the availability and collaborative efforts of the attorneys and other professions who form the office’s Counsels’ Council.
Mr. Humphries’ clients say that through working with him, it is “easier” to accomplish their business goals. They also add that Mr. Humphries is an attorney who “delivers more than we ask for always with outstanding results”. Mr. Humphries is also held in high esteem by his peers in the legal industry as indicated by his long standing (twenty- five years) top AV Pre-eminent attorney rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Humphries successfully coordinated the bi-partisan and inclusive resolution of a plethora of legal, public policy, media and other problems which elevated the national visibility and impact of the Congressional Black Caucus during his tenure as Legal Counsel and Media Director for the Caucus; convened and orchestrated a Summit that attracted nearly 10,000 leaders from diverse fields including law, health, economics, business owners, firefighters and telecommunications technology as the National Director and General Counsel for the Black Congress on Health, Law and Economics Foundation.
He was a major architect of the diverse national “Buckle Up” (seatbelts) partnership which included the US Department of Transportation, General Motors, Meharry Medical College, the National Football League Players Association, and the Congressional Black Caucus, among others. This health and safety joint venture changed the attitude of America’s diverse populations and increased the nation’s African American seat belt use from 51% to an unprecedented 77%, and the nation’s overall seat belt use from 73% to 75% in three (3) year period.
In addition to his legal expertise in “What remarkable associations do those others don’t”, Mr. Humphries is sought after for public speaking engagements on a number of topics including: How to Build Your Association into a Multi-Million Dollar Powerhouse with Influence in Influential Circles; as a trainer on various subjects including critical thinking skills and leadership; as a guest lecturer at universities; and to serve on various boards both locally and nationally. He is a life member of the University of Michigan’s Letterman’s Club (football) and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Mr. Humphries demonstrates his compassion for his neighbors and others through his active church involvement and commitments to multicultural dialogue.
AAPINA - Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association
Jing Wang, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Hugh Roy Cullen Professor, Vice Dean for Research, Director of the Center on Smart and Connected Health Technologies, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing
Jing Wang, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN is the Hugh Roy Cullen Professor and Vice Dean for Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing. She is also the founding Director of an interprofessional Center on Smart and Connected Health Technologies that features an aging in place lab, South Texas Connected Health Living Lab, and telehealth training and simulation. Her research uses mobile and connected technology to optimize behavioral lifestyle interventions and improve patient-centered outcomes in chronically ill and aging populations, especially among the underserved and minority populations. She’s a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, 2015 TEDMED Scholar, and 2016 Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Macy Faculty Scholar. She is also the editorial board member of the Diabetes Educator and the Editor-in-Chief of JMIR Aging.
Dr. Im is currently the president of Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA), and was the president-elect of the AAPINA (2018-2019). She is also the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Edith Folsom Honeycutt Endowed Chair at Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Dr. Im received a BSN with an honor (magna cum laude) and a MPH from Seoul National University in South Korea. She received her second Master's degree (MSN) from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and finally a PhD in nursing from UCSF in 1997. She also had 1.5 years of postdoctoral study at UCSF. She has been an endowed chair/professor at the University of Texas at Austin (La Quinta Motor Inns Centennial Professor, 2007 to 2011), the University of Pennsylvania (Majorie O. Rendell Endowed Chair, 2011-2016), and Duke University (Mary T. Champagne Professor, 2016-2020). She has gained national and international recognition as a methodologist and theorist in international cross-cultural women’s health through more than 370 papers, abstracts, and chapters (over 185 refereed journal articles) and over 320 international and national multi-disciplinary presentations. She has obtained about 17.5 million dollars of research funding through R01s and other grants (4 R01s as the PI and over 30 other grants as the PI). Dr. Im has been on more than 50 research review panels of the NIH, and was a reviewer for the PCORI and the American Heart Association. Dr. Im is a senior editor of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, is on the editorial boards of 8 journals including the Advances in Nursing Science and the Research in Nursing and Health, and is on 13 editorial review boards. She has numerous national and international awards, one of which is the 2014 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award from the Sigma Theta Tau International. In 2019, she received the Global Mentor Award from the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing for her work in mentoring international doctoral students and serving as a role model in doctoral education in nursing and research. Recently, she was appointed to the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Advisory Council. Also, she was selected as one of the 2019 NINR Director's lecturers. https://www.ninr.nih.gov/newsandinformation/events/im-lecture
Dr. Alona Angosta, Ph.D., M.S.N., APRN, FNP-C
Dr. Alona Angosta, Ph.D., M.S.N., APRN, FNP-C is a tenured Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Programs (MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing (UNLVSON). She has over 15 years of experience as board certified NP. She is the immediate past President of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA). Under her leadership, two state chapters were formed, the AAPINA of Nevada and North Carolina, expanding the organization’s membership. She led numerous national conferences to advance health equity and nursing science and established collaborative partnerships with national and international organizations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Future of Nursing Campaign for Action in building a Culture of Health and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She also led AAPINA’s first national webinar with RWJF Campaign for Action highlighting mentorship of minority nurse leaders to promote a Culture of Health. Under her leadership at UNLVSON, the MSN program was ranked for the first time in the top 100 by the U.S. News and World Report (2019) and is currently ranked 11th among the best online nursing programs (2020) in the U.S.
Dr. Angosta’s research focuses primarily on cardiovascular disease, specifically lifestyle choices, and those most vulnerable. She is one of the few nurse scientists who is taking on the task of studying Filipino Americans in Nevada - the fastest-growing minority group in the state -with the intent of improving their cardiovascular health status. This work is desperately needed as Filipino Americans have higher rates of cardiovascular disease and stroke. She designed and tested interdisciplinary and culturally-based physical activity programs aimed at enhancing cardiovascular health. She has published her work in numerous peer-reviewed journals and presented at national, international, state, and regional nursing and scientific conferences.
Dr. Angosta gives back by serving in numerous committees/councils. Her passion for the profession is also visible in the southern Nevada community. She is a recipient of the 2020 Nevada State Nurse Practitioner Advocate Award for Excellence from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Leadership Scholar from the Okura Grant Foundation, and UNLVSON Excellence in Service and Research. She is a Fellow of the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program and John Crawford Research Institute; and a member of numerous professional and nursing organizations. Dr. Angosta’s impact has facilitated the growth of the nursing profession, specifically in advancing diversity and health equity.
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NAHN-National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Adrianna Nava, PhD, MPA, MSN, RN
Dr. Nava has been in service to our nation’s Veterans for most of her nursing career and currently serves as the Chief Nurse of Quality at the Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital. She has invested her efforts in improving health care processes and in developing the health care workforce to improve the quality of care delivered to our Veterans. Dr. Nava also serves the Latino community as President (2021-2024) within the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). In this role, she is focused on building the leadership capacity of nurses,with a focus on Latino nurses-who continue to be underrepresented in health care leadership positions across the country.
For her leadership within the domains of Veteran and Latino Health, Dr. Nava has been awarded: the 2020 Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Award for Excellence in Nursing; the 2019-2020 U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship at the Center for Public Leadership within the Harvard Kennedy School; the 2018-2019 Pre-doctoral VA Quality Scholars (VAQS) Fellowship at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the White River Junction VA; the 2017 Outstanding Alumni-Excellence in Leadership Award from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing; the 2017 NAHN’s 40 under 40 Recognition Award; the 2016-2018 PhD Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar Award; the 2015-2016 Albert Schweitzer Boston Fellowship; the 2014 Community Education Service Award from AARP-IL; the 2011 HRSA Advanced Education Traineeship Grant; and the 2011 VA Going the Extra Mile Service Award.
Dr. Nava has a MPA’20 from the Harvard Kennedy School; PhD’19 in Health Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston; a MSN’11 in Health Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania; and a BSN’09 from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing.
Carli Zegers, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Zegers bio: Carli Zegers, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center School of Nursing, and a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at Truman Medical Center. In efforts to increase diversity in the nursing field, Dr. Zegers founded the Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses in 2015 and served on the National Board of Directors for NAHN working as the Policy & Advocacy Liaison from 2018-2020. She now serves as the interim Treasurer. Dr. Zegers is committed to improving the health of underserved and diverse populations and communities through practice, research, health policy, and leadership.
Veronica Vital PhD, RN
NANAINA - American Indian/Alaska Native
Lillian Tom-Orme, Ph.D., MPH, RN, FAAN
Lillian Tom-Orme, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, a member of the Navajo Nation grew up in northern New Mexico on Dinetah; her first language is Dine’. Dr. Tom-Orme is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She holds graduate degrees in transcultural nursing and public health from the University of Utah. She has held an adjunct appointment in the College of Nursing in addition to serving as Diversity Coordinator.
Dr. Tom-Orme has been active in numerous local and national committees including the American Diabetes Association’s Awakening the Spirit Program (co-chair and national/regional board member), the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (president and secretary), the American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiians Caucus of the American Public Health Association (twice chair), Advisory Member of the NIH Center for Health Disparity and Minority Health, Panel of Experts member to the Office on Women’s Health of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Native Research Network (Founder and thrice co-chair), the Network for Cancer Control Research among American Indian and Alaska Native Populations, the national Indian Health Service Institutional Review Board, the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Associations, Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Tuberculosis through the CDC, and as reviewer for the Journal of American Indian Education, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Nursing Communication, and Qualitative Health Research. Additionally, she served as External Advisory Board member to Montana State University’s Center for Native Health Partnerships and the Little Bighorn College Research Infrastructure Development via NIH grants. She serves as Academic, Cultural, and Community Mentor to the Native American Research Internship’s summer students at her university.
Dr. Tom-Orme received the National Impact Award twice by the National Indian Health Board, the American Diabetes Association Reaching People Award, the Living Legend Award by N-NURSE, Inc., and the National Cancer Institute’s Award of Merit for her work on outreach and improving cancer data among American Indians/Alaska Natives.
Sadie Anderson MSN-FNP RN
Sadie Anderson MSN-FNP RN
Sadie is an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Sadie began her nursing career at a clinic focusing on women’s health and infertility. She began her hospital career at the Alaska Native Medical Center where she worked as a floor nurse, charge nurse, manager and her current position, Director of Nursing over all of the medsurg departments and is the nursing student coordinator. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has served as the nursing director of the COVID testing site and opened an Alternate Care Site attached to the hospital.
Her father’s adventurous spirit brought her to Alaska at the age of 11. Sadie continues to live in Alaska with her husband, 4 children and 2 dogs. As a family, they enjoy skiing, playing sports, and traveling.
President Elect for National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA)
Board Member for National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Association (NCEMNA)
Rebekah Fineday BSN, RN, PHN
President - NANAINA
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NBNA - The National Black Nurses Association
President Martha A. Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing (SON). Dr. Dawson is the 13th president of the National Black Nurses’ Association. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the UASON. In 2010, she earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton SON. Dr. Dawson completed her hospital administration residency at Gaston Memorial Hospital, NC. Her practice, clinical and research focus is health systems and nursing leadership. Her work has included career-mobility barriers and with a focus on systemic and institutional obstacles. She is a co-convenor of the national Black Coalition Against COVID. Recently, Dr. Dawson appointed to the National Commission on Racism in Nursing and the Advisory Board for Direct Relief Health Equity Fund.
Dr. Dawson early career centered around health system administrative leadership. She served in senior level positions such as, Vice President of Clinical Affairs/Operations, Chief Nurse Executive, Associate Chief Operating Officer, Nursing Director, and nurse manager. She managed her own healthcare consultant business. Then, she entered academia as an instructor. Dr. Dawson served as the inaugural director of Nursing and Health Systems Leadership and the coordinator of the Nursing and Health System Administration track Under her leadership, the Nursing and Health Systems Administration track at UABSON was ranked #1 in the US and has been ranked in the top 10 for 11 years. The track is currently ranked #6 among all nursing administration program, 2021 US Word News.
Dr. Dawson is a Scholar in the Sparkman Global Health Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow alumina, and a Johnson & Johnson Wharton Nurse Administrative Fellow, alumina. She has served as the principal investigator, project director and coordinator on HRSA and foundation grants exceeding $3.5 million. In 2019, Dr. Dawson was inducted into the Alabama Nurses Hall of Fame.
She has publications in books, journals, newsletters, and podcasts. Under her leadership the University of Louisville Hospital was the first hospital in the US to provide drive-through flu shots the model that the CDC is using with COVID-19. She was a contributing author in the Drive-Thru Flu Shots: A model for mass immunization. Carrico, R. 2002, ISBN: 1-879260-45-X. She is dynamic speaker and workshop leader.
Dr. Sheldon Fields, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, AACRN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Dr. Fields is the founder and CEO of “The S.D.F Group, LLC”, which is a health innovation consultant company (www.thesdfgrp.com). He has 29 years of experience in the health sector as an educator, researcher, clinician, administrator, consultant, health policy specialist, and entrepreneur / business owner. Dr. Fields is a well-known and respected HIV/AIDS prevention research scientist with a significant focus on young men of color. He is a lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc (NBNA) and currently serves on the board of directors. He chairs the NBNA Health Policy and Research committees. He is the founding President of the Greater New York City Chapter of NBNA. Dr. Fields is also the newly elected national first Vice President of NBNA (2020 – 2022). He is a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the National Academies of Practice, and the prestigious American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Fields received his Ph.D., in Nursing Science from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.S., in Family Nursing and B.S., in Nursing from Binghamton University. He completed post-doctoral studies at the University of California San Francisco. He is an Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse and a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Dr. Marcia Lowe, Ph.D., MSN, BSN
Marcia Lowe, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN-BC
Marcia A. Lowe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Tuskegee Institute in 1983, a Master of Science in Nursing Education with honors from Samford University in 2002, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) in 2019 from the UAB School of nursing at Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Lowe has over 35 years of professional nursing experience which includes Post-Anesthesia Care, Medical Surgical, Research, Management, Endoscopy/ GI Medicine, Performance Improvement, Palliative Care and Nursing Education. She is actively involved in many community health initiatives and is a promoter of health promotion and disease prevention. She is a certified gerontological nurse.
Dr. Lowe a member of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) where she is currently serving as 2nd Vice-President and membership chair. She is a past president of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association (BBNA). Dr. Lowe is serving on the board of directors of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA), a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), and the American Association of Men in Nursing (AAMN). She is published in the Journal of the National Black Nurses Association and has presented orally and via poster sessions at the National Black Nurses Association conferences, and the American Neonatology Conference.
Dr. Lowe is a nurse educator in staff development at the VA Health Care System Birmingham, Alabama. As an educator, she continually seeks innovative ways to foster dynamic learning environments to promote quality patient care. She has mentored many nursing students and novice nurses. Dr. Lowe believes nursing is not just a profession, but a passion.
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PNAA - The Philippine Nurses Association of America
Dr. Gloria Lamela Beriones, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Philippine Nurses Association of America
A nurse leader with over forty years of exemplary contributions to nursing practice,
education, leadership, and research. Currently, the Staff Development Coordinator at
Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affair Medical Center, Houston, Texas.
Dr. Mary Joy Garcia-Dia
As the 21st President of the Philippine Nurses Association of America, Dr. Mary Joy Garcia-Dia’s theme on Stories of People, Achievement, Resilience and Kindness is grounded on the power of storytelling highlighting the significant contributions of Filipino nurses in healthcare.
As a member of the National Advisory Council on Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health in 2018, her significant contribution in addressing health inequities and disparities in Asian communities led to her fellowship at the New York Academy of Medicine.
Mary Joy authored numerous journal articles and contributed chapters on nursing theories and informatics. She recently published a book on Project Management in Nursing Informatics. She develops graduate-level courses on nursing informatics and is an adjunct faculty at the City University of New York School of Professional Studies. She is member of the Editorial Board of Nursing Management Journal writing topics on leadership and technology.
Dr. Garcia-Dia was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2019. As a Board Member of New York State Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Mary Joy chairs the Advocacy and Diversity Committees and serves as a member of the American Nurses Association’s National Commission Addressing Racism in Nursing.
Dr. Mary Joy Garcia-Dia is the Program Director, Nursing Informatics, Information Technology Department at NewYork-Presbyterian. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from St. La Salle University, Nursing Informatics Master’s Degree from New York University and Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University. She joined the Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship at the Marian Shaughnessy Leadership Academy in March 2021.
Madelyn graduated from the University of the Philippines School of Nursing where she started her career in nursing. After graduation in 1975 she worked at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila for 3 years to give back to the community. After the 1986 EDSA revolution, the family decided to immigrate to the USA, and she started petitioning for her husband and 4 children in 1986. She worked as a critical care nurse at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s open heart unit where she rose from the ranks from Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Preceptor, Nurse Manager, Nursing Director, and earned numerous awards for excellence in her 34 years of service. She recently retired as Nursing Director from Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey.
Madelyn completed her Masters in Nursing Administration at Seton Hall University in South Orange New Jersey, earning the highest award for Leadership, the Sarah Errickson Award. She was also inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
She joined the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey (PNANJ) in 2002 as the founding President of the Essex County Subchapter. She became the President of PNA New Jersey in 2008-2010. Under her leadership, PNANJ had the highest membership at 1,060 members; conducted educational conferences that totaled 140 contact hours. PNANJ donated 2 houses to Gawad Kalinga during her term, and raised thousands of dollars to help the victims of calamities in the Philippines. She also opened 2 subchapters during her term: the Union County Subchapter, and Gloucester Subchapter. She was awarded many excellence awards for her contribution to PNA New Jersey.
Madelyn continued to become an active member of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) by becoming a Board member in 2012-2014. She involved herself in projects dear to her heart: the Human Rights and Legislative Committees where she contributed to the efforts to release a detained nurse in New Jersey. She continued to serve the PNAA by Chairing the Communications and Marketing Committee, serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Inside PNAA, an online monthly newsletter. For her efforts, she was awarded the PNAA MVP award in 2013. She was elected as the Regional Vice President of the Eastern Region for the 2014-2016 term.
In June 2016, she was elected as President-Elect of the PNAA and was inducted as the 20th President of the PNAA 2018-2020 on July 28, 2018 at The Hyatt Regency in New Jersey.
The Institute For Nursing, the foundation arm of the New Jersey State Nurses Association has selected Madelyn as one of the 13 nurses across New Jersey to receive the distinguished Diva Award on Dec 7, 2016, in Princeton, New Jersey. The Don and Diva award honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession in New Jersey.
As President of the Philippine Nurses Association of America, Madelyn’s mantra was Make a Difference: Advocate, and has led in providing over 20,804 contact hours in educational services to nurses across America; led in community outreach activities serving 55,927 people.
Madelyn is also active in the community and served as past president of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of New Jersey, organization of the State University of the Philippines that promotes scholarship for deserving students, and promotes the Philippine culture in the state of New Jersey.
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