Robert Brodnick, Ph.D.
Director, AMI Institute
Association for Managers of Innovation
Dr. Robert Brodnick currently serves as vice president for strategy and innovation at Strategic Initiatives, Inc. and director of the AMI Institute with the Association for Managers of Innovation. He has worked in the fields of planning, strategy and organizational capacity building for over 20 years.
Brodnick holds specials skills in strategy, innovation, and organizational development, design, and intervention. He is an expert facilitator of human process from dyads, to small groups, to large scale retreats and has notable experience with leadership groups, boards, planning bodies and with strategic and creative solutions. He has managed technological implementation of research and analytics, business intelligence, security, and learning systems. Brodnick has served three universities over the past twenty years and his work has focused on building institutional capacity and effectiveness through strategy, planning, research, and innovation. He has direct experience with institutional effectiveness, assessment and program review, institutional accreditation, enrollment management to include retention, admissions, financial aid and registrar functions, and sustainability.
Brodnick has been active in the Association for Managers of Innovation and their Board of Directors, the Society for College and University Planning, the International Association of Applied Psychology, the Association of Institutional Research, and others. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Higher Education Data Sharing consortium and president of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Directors group. In 2009, Brodnick was honored by the Society for College and University Planning with their award for Institutional Innovation and Integration. He teaches courses in education, the social sciences, and business and has special interest in innovation management. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychoeducational Processes from Temple University.
Judith S. Eaton
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Dr. Judith S. Eaton is president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the largest institutional higher education membership organization in the United States. A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.
Eaton has served as CHEA’s president since 1997, one year after CHEA’s formation. Under her leadership, CHEA has emerged as a major voice in discussions of higher education and accreditation. As the only organization focused exclusively on accreditation, CHEA serves as a reliable and comprehensive source of information on accreditation and as an effective representative of member institutions.
Prior to her work at CHEA, Eaton served as chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, where she was responsible for leadership and coordination of 32 institutions serving more than 162,000 students statewide. Previously, she was president of the Council for Aid to Education, Community College of Philadelphia and the Community College of Southern Nevada, and served as vice president of the American Council on Education. She also has held full- and part-time teaching positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.
CHEA works with the presidents and chief academic officers of colleges and universities, accreditors, policy makers and higher education leaders around the world, providing authoritative information and leadership on issues related to accreditation and quality assurance, the federal government-accreditation relationship and enhancing public confidence in accreditation.
Stephanie Saunders Fouch
AACP Interim Director of Communications and Marketing
Stephanie Saunders Fouch is a senior marketing and communications executive, who has led successful campaigns for national and international clients in the corporate, non-profit and government sectors. Her experience includes planning and implementing integrated campaigns across the multiple disciplines of marketing, public relations, corporate communications, media relations and government relations.
A graduate of Vassar College, Fouch began her career in New York at Benton & Bowles, a global marketing agency. After moving to Washington, she became a partner at several leading communications companies, before launching her own branding and communications practice. In 2009 Fouch joined the British Embassy as the first American to head strategic communications. In 2011 she was named vice president of outreach and communications at the United States Institute of Peace.
During her career, Fouch has supervised the development and implementation of strategic communications plans on critical international issues, such as climate change, the Afghanistan-Pakistan conflicts, the Middle East region and the global economy. She has served as the media spokesperson for a multinational corporation during sensitive international labor negotiations, as well as the media spokesperson for a U.S. government institute. She managed a successful $40 million integrated communications campaign for the U.S. Mint; directed the first multi-media national awareness campaign for National Public Radio; developed an international non-profit brand, including all messaging, for US AID; and led the successful launch campaign for the International Spy Museum. Fouch currently works with clients in the nonprofit sector, guiding them in utilizing private sector communications strategies and techniques to achieve their immediate and long-term objectives.
Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson, R.Ph., PhC, NCPS-PP, M.P.H.
Acting U.S. Deputy Surgeon General
U.S. Assistant Surgeon General
Director, Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness
Chief Professional Officer, Pharmacy
Scott F. Giberson is the acting United Statesdeputy surgeon general. He supports the acting surgeon general in communicating the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the nation. Prior to this role, Rear Admiral Giberson was selected by 18th Surgeon General Regina Benjamin as first director, Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness. He has operational leadership for a new Corps infrastructure that provides the management of all personnel, deployment, and readiness activities for over 6,700 Commissioned Corps officers of the U.S. Public Health Service.
Since March 2010, Giberson has also served as assistant surgeon general and chief professional officer, pharmacy category. As CPO, he advises the Office of the Surgeon General on career development and management of more than 1150 PHS pharmacists. Giberson began his Corps career in 1994 and has served in roles as a clinical pharmacist, chief pharmacist, senior public health advisor, senior medical program officer, division director and principal consultant, among others. Giberson has advocated across his career to advance the profession of pharmacy. He maintains dual licensure as a pharmacist and clinician–and has worked as a member of an IHS family practice medical staff for most of his career. He has authored many articles, including the surgeon general-supported Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice–A Report to the U.S. Surgeon General 2011, spoken at numerous domestic and international venues, and served as adjunct faculty at multiple universities.
Giberson holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Temple University, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts, a graduate certificate in health emergencies in large populations and an Honorary Doctor of Science from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Linda Cabe Halpern, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for University Programs
James Madison University
Dr. Linda Cabe Halpern is vice provost for university programs at James Madison University, overseeing numerous large academic programs, including the General Education Program, the Honors Program, the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies major, University Advising, the Center for Assessment and Research Studies and the office of Outreach and Engagement. Prior to that, she was dean of University Studies 2006-2013 and dean of General Education 1996-2006, leading JMU’s general education program through a successful reform effort and establishing it as a national leader in general education outcomes assessment. Halpern holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History of Art from Yale University.
Beverley H. Johnson
Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
Beverley H. Johnson is the president/CEO of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Bethesda, Maryland. She has provided technical assistance to more than 250 hospitals, health systems, primary care practices, and federal, state and provincial agencies.
Johnson has authored and co-authored many publications on patient- and family-centered practice. She recently served as project director for a multi-year initiative to develop resource materials for senior leaders in hospital, ambulatory and long-term care settings on how to partner with patients, residents and families to enhance the quality, safety and the experience of care.
Johnson serves on the Selection Committee for the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC). She is also a member of Premier’s QUEST/PACT Advisory Panel, the American College of Physicians’ Advisory Board for Patient Partnership in Healthcare, and the Advisory Group for the World Innovation Summit for Health.
Johnson was presented with the Humanitarian Award by Pediatric Nursing in 1990, and the Lloyd Bentsen Award in 1992. In 2007, she was honored with The Changemaker Award by the Board for the Center for Health Care Design and The Gravens Award for leadership in promoting optimal environments and developmental care for high-risk infants and their families. Most recently, she was a recipient of a Dorland Health 2011 People Award.
Kevin Kelly, Ed.D.
Wiley Learning Institute
Dr. Kevin Kelly is director of the Wiley Learning Institute. Kelly leads an agile team that advances and supports higher education faculty, chairs, deans and other campus leaders through professional and leadership development. Until just two years ago, he worked at San Francisco State University where he managed two Academic Technology units. In these roles, he also provided consultation to individual faculty, entire programs and departments, campus-wide committees, and system-wide work groups on topics such as curriculum redesign, program assessment, accreditation preparation, academic technology integration, and teaching and learning in both face-to-face and online environments.
Kelly has a doctorate in leadership studies (organization and leadership) from the University of San Francisco. He continues his work as a part-time lecturer at San Francisco State, teaching two or three Instructional Technologies courses a year. He is an internationally recognized speaker and a lead editor of an international, collaborative book, Education for a Digital World 2.0: Innovations in Education. He plans to write a book soon about the online class he most recently created, How 2 Lrn w ur iPod!
Holly Ludgate, Ed.D.
Senior Director for Program Development
New Media Consortium
Dr. Holly Ludgate has been working in the field of education, instructional design and technology, along with e-learning, for the past 13 years. This passion for blending cutting edge education with technology immersion led her to pursue a doctoral degree from Pepperdine University in educational technology. Ludgate’s doctoral research focused on gaming immersion in educational settings and fostering 21st century skills by way of Quest Atlantis. In 2007, Ludgate started with Full Sail University, launching the Education Media Design and Technology Masters degree online. Recently, she has taken the position as the senior director for program development of the New Media Consortium, an international organization focused on innovation, learning and creativity. Along with this role, she is also consulting for her company, Education Change Agent, offering various types of services to districts and companies who are seeking to bring innovative change to life in their organizations.
Prior to New Media Consortium and Full Sail University, Ludgate worked with technology integration in K-12 classrooms, along with teaching campus and online classes for universities in several subject areas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and holds her master’s in instructional technology from the University of Central Florida. In 2011, Ludgate was also selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator and sits on two advisory boards for Apple Education.
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Sandy Markwood is the CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the organization which represents the nation’s 618 Area Agencies on Aging and serves as a champion for the more than 246 Title VI Native American aging programs. n4a is dedicated to build the capacity of its members to: advocate on behalf of older adults and their caregivers; take action to ensure that communities are equipped to support and enhance the well-being of older adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers; and serve as the focal point in the community for answers on aging.
Prior to joining n4a, Markwood worked for 20 years at the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities and as the assistant to the County Executive in Albemarle County, VA. In these positions, she provided policy and programmatic support to counties and cities throughout the nation on aging, health, housing, community development, land use, transportation, environmental quality, and workforce development issues.
As CEO, Markwood is responsible for working with the Board and staff to set n4a’s overall strategic direction, oversees the implementation of all policy, grassroots advocacy, membership and program initiatives. Externally, Markwood forms strategic partnerships with federal agencies and organizations in aging, human service and healthcare arenas to enhance the role and recognition of Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI programs.
Markwood graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning.
Marci Nielsen, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Chief Executive Officer
Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
Dr. Marci Nielsen is the chief executive officer of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a large coalition of provider/clinicians, purchaser/payers, and consumer stakeholders who have joined together to advance an effective and efficient health system built on a strong foundation of primary care and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). She previously served as vice chancellor for public affairs and associate professor within the Department of Health Policy and Management at The University of Kansas School of Medicine, served on the Board of Directors of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, TransforMED, and the MidAmerica Coalition on Health Care, and has been a committee member at the Institute of Medicine.
Nielson was the first executive director and board chair to oversee Kansas’ healthcare agency, the Kansas Health Policy Authority, Kansas Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the State Employee Health Program. She worked as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska), was the health lobbyist and assistant director of legislation at the AFL-CIO. She has an undergraduate degree in biology and psychology from Briar Cliff College, an M.P.H. from the George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins University. Early in her career she served as a Peace Corps volunteer working for Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, and also served for six years in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Gary A. Puckrein, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Minority Quality Forum
Dr. Gary A. Puckrein is president and chief executive officer of the National Minority Quality Forum. He also serves as executive director of the Alliance of Minority Medical Associations (a collaborative effort of the Asian and Pacific Physicians’ Association, the Association of American Indian Physicians, the Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the National Medical Association). In 1989 Puckrein founded the Forum’s predecessor organization, the National Minority Health Month Foundation, to help communities and policymakers eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness in special populations through the use of evidence-based, data-driven initiatives. Puckrein is responsible for congressional proclamations designating April as National Minority Health Month each year.
Puckrein leads the Zip Code Analysis Project, which is building a comprehensive database that links vital statistics and other elements (including demographic, environmental, claims, prescription, laboratory, hospital and clinic data) in a centralized warehouse, organized around zip codes. He has launched a series of atlases to measure and analyze health status in small geographic areas, evaluate the impact of specific interventions and monitor changes in health outcomes. Puckrein has published successful magazines, American Visions and Minority Health Today. He was awarded his doctorate from Brown University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.
J. Russell Teagarden, DMH, R.Ph.
Senior Vice President, Medical & Scientific Affairs
National Organization for Rare Disorders
J. Russell Teagarden currently serves as senior vice president of medical & scientific affairs at the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). His primary roles mostly concern research and registry initiatives, clinical intelligence and support functions, education and publication programming, strategic alliance development, and idea generation. He joined NORD after 19 years at Medco Health Solutions where he was chiefly involved in drug technology assessment, coverage policy development, clinical programming development, clinical oversight, and clinical support for the company’s clients and internal departments. He also held leadership roles there for company research initiatives. Prior to joining Medco, he practiced as a clinical pharmacist in critical rare and drug information in the Chicago teaching hospital community.
Teagarden has a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, a Master of Arts degree in research methodology from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Doctor of Medical Humanities degree from Drew University. He completed a residency in hospital pharmacy at Northwestern University Medical Center and was visiting scholar at the National Institutes of Health Bioethics Department. He has served as a trustee of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the P&T Society. He currently serves on the Oversight Body of the American Medical Association Ethical Force Program, and on the National Advisory Panel of the California Health Benefits Review Program. Teagarden has also held faculty appointments at several pharmacy schools and has served on deans’ advisory councils. He has published in the areas of clinical research, pharmacy, health policy, ethics, education and the humanities.
Richard S. Walling, M.H.A.
Director, Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation
Richard S. Walling joined the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation in 2006 as director of the Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership. The Center focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of health-system pharmacists’ leadership in developing, managing and continuously improving the medication-use process. Over the past seven years, the Center has developed a continuum of leadership learning programs starting with pharmacy students to experienced pharmacy leaders.
Walling began his pharmacy and public health career as a community pharmacist after graduating from The University of Iowa in 1974. After two years in community pharmacy practice, he accepted an appointment with United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. His PHS career spanned 31 years, starting with pharmacist assignments at the PHS Hospitals in Staten Island, N.Y. and Seattle, Wash. Walling also served at the Indian Health Service Hospital in Fort Defiance, Ariz. before taking an assignment as deputy chief in the Officer Services Branch in the Operations Division of the PHS Commissioned Corps in Washington, D.C. Following the assignment in the Office of the Surgeon General, he served in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Global Health Affairs as director, Office of the Americas and Middle East.
In 2001, Walling was promoted to Rear Admiral. He was appointed by then-Surgeon General David M. Satcher as an assistant surgeon general and chief pharmacy officer to the Office to the United States Surgeon General. He held the position until his retirement in July 2005.
Pamela Zarkowski, JD, M.P.H.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Detroit Mercy
Ms. Pamela Zarkowski is currently provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). She received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Public Health in dental public health and Teaching Certificate in community dentistry from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor from the Wayne State University School of Law, where she served as an editor for the Wayne Law Review. An educator for more than 35 years, she has held various administrative roles at the UDM including chairperson of three departments an associate dean for admissions, community outreach, academic affairs and executive associate dean. In addition to serving in an administrative role, she remains involved teaching community dentistry and legal and ethical concepts to predoctoral, dental hygiene and graduate students. She has conducted continuing dental education courses and published in the areas of community oral health, and legal and ethical issues for dental professionals. She is a former president of the American Dental Education Association and American Society for Dental Ethics. She is also the former Chairperson of the ADEA/Gies Foundation and past president for the Society of Executive Leadership for in Academic Medicine. She serves as a faculty contributor to the annual ADEA Leadership Institute and Allied Leadership Institute programs and a senior consultant for the Academy for Academic Leadership.