Sigma announces Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy participants

Program prepares nurses for higher-profile roles in healthcare delivery

INDIANAPOLIS — Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is pleased to announce the participants in the 2018-2019 cohort of the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy (MCHNLA). The academy is made possible by Sigma in partnership with Johnson and Johnson Global Community Impact. Through this partnership, MCHNLA has become the premier leadership development opportunity for nurses and nurse midwives dedicated to influencing maternal-child healthcare practice, policy, and outcomes.

The MCHNLA is an intense and career-changing 18-month mentoring experience for nurses and nurse midwives who are committed to leading healthcare practice changes in maternal-child health. The purpose of the MCHNLA is to develop the leadership skills of maternal-child health nurses and nurse midwives who wish to effectively lead interprofessional teams to improve the quality of healthcare for childbearing women and children up to 5 years of age. Each participant who is accepted into the academy selects a mentor to work with them through the 18-month leadership experience. Each participant and their mentor are paired with an expert faculty member who will serve as a mentor to them throughout the academy. 

The academy utilizes a variety of strategies for developing leadership knowledge and competencies through a blended curriculum of workshops and online activities. The investment in personal leadership development through this comprehensive experience will elevate the participant’s scope of influence to a significantly higher level.



Mary Lynn Brassil, BSN, MS, RN, CES, C-EFM
Angela Marie Bratina, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, NE-BC
Janel Ganz, BSN, RN
Danielle Grimm, MPH, MS, BA, RN, CNP, WHNP-BC
Shanda Harrison, MSN, RN
Aisha Kendrick, MSN, RNC-OB
Erin M. Kirby, MSN, MBA, RNC-OB
Jaime Lynn Kupillas, MSN, RN
Le'a T.   Minton , MSN, APRN, CNM, IBCLC
Meghan Moroz, MSN, BS, CCM
Karla Persia, RN, BSN, CCRN
Mindy M. Powell, ADN
Ashley L. Rainey, BSN, RN
Tracey Leah Santiago, MSN, RNC-OB
Shana Lynn Steege, MBA, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Marianne Benjamin, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Patricia L. Bilyk, MSN, MPH, IBCLC
Monica Gonzalez, MSN, APN, PCNS-BC, CCRN-K
Tammi  Grumski, CRNP, BC, CDE
Shannon Jean    Heronema-Garcia, MSN, RNC-OB, NEA-BC
Catherine H. Ivory, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Kimberly Ketchel, MSN, RN, RNC-MNN
Marissa Kiefer, MHA
Elizabeth Ann    McIntire, RN, MSN, WHNP-C
Alice M. Nash PhD(c), MA, RNC-NIC
Rachel   Preiss, RN, WHNP-BC, IBCLC, SANE
Jennifer Silva, DNP, RNC, NEA-BC
Amber  Smith, MBA, RD, CD
Jacqueline Stout-Aguilar, PhD, MSN-Ed, RN, CNE
Carol Turnage-Spruill, MSN, APRN-CNS, CPHQ, NTMNC

Katheryn Arterberry, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
CJ Catalano, MSN, RNC-EFM, OB
Sharon Harris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Shakira Henderson, PhD, DNP, MS, MPH, RNC-NIC, IBCLC
Sarah J. Rhoades, PhD, DNP, APRN, CNP, RNC-OB, WHNP-BC, FAAN
Carla Rider, DNP, MBA, MSN, RNC-LRN
Julie Snethen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Karen White-Trevino, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Pegge Bell, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC


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