Sigma Nursing Announces 2021 Academy Scholars

New and experienced nurse academics, educators, and clinicians receive
 intensive training through programs supported by Chamberlain University

INDIANAPOLIS —The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) today announced the 2021 cohort of nurse scholars selected to participate in the organization’s New Academic Leadership Academy, Experienced Academic Leadership Academy, Nurse Educator Development Academy, and Nurse Leadership Academy for Practice. 

Through an inventive partnership with Chamberlain University, Sigma was able to support academy experiences for underrepresented nurses and nurse faculty from several historically Black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions.  

“We are committed to educating, empowering, and emboldening diverse healthcare professionals at all levels of their career,” said Chamberlain University President Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN.  “The Chamberlain Scholars program allows us to provide the opportunity for healthcare professionals to accelerate their careers and make a positive impact on the future of nursing.”

“Sigma’s academies have long been one of the organization’s best-kept secrets,” said Sigma President Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN. “Thanks to Chamberlain University’s generous support, more great nurse leaders such as those in this year’s cohort can now benefit from these intensive leadership experiences. I can’t wait to see how they will impact future students and colleagues.”

About Sigma Academies

Sigma’s four intensive academies support nurses across career stages and focus areas. Each lasts 12 months and incorporates instruction, mentorship, and special projects completed by the participating scholars. The fully updated academies begin cohort activities in April. The academies include:

  • New Academic Leadership Academy
    Develops leadership skills and enhances the career trajectory for nurses in their first 5 years of an academic appointment
  • Experienced Academic Leadership Academy
    Builds upon and refines leadership skills while enhancing the career trajectory for nurses with 6 or more years of academic appointment
  • Nurse Educator Development Academy
    Enhances the teaching knowledge and skills of those who don’t have a formalized educational background in nursing education, but who aspire or teach in classroom and or clinical settings  
  • Nurse Leadership Academy for Practice
    Provides a leadership development experience designed to prepare nurses at the forefront of clinical nursing practice to thrive in a rapidly changing healthcare environment

2021 Academy Scholars

 Experienced Academic Leadership Academy


 Barbara Baudler, MSN, RN   

 Texas Woman's University
 Houston, Texas, USA


 Benjamin Joel Breboneria, DNS, MA, MSN, RN, CNE,  NEA-BC        

 King Faisal University
 Hofuf, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia


 Abby Garlock, DNP, RN         

 Gardner-Webb University
 Boiling Springs, North Carolina, USA


 Kelly Hantack, MSN, RN, CPN           

 Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College
 St. Louis, Missouri, USA


 Megan Lippe, PhD, MSN, RN

 University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing
 Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

 Nisha Mathews, PhD, RN      

 San Jacinto Community College, Central
 Houston, Texas, USA
 Chamberlain Scholar


 Tracy Perron, PhD, RN, CNE, CSN     

 The College of New Jersey
 Ewing, New Jersey, USA


 LeAnne Prenovost, DNP, MSN-Ed, MBA, RN, CNE   
Chamberlain University

 Phoenix, Arizona, USA


 Kumhee Ro, DNP, ARNP, FNP           

 Seattle University
 Seattle, Washington, USA

New Academic Leadership Academy


 Amanda Choflet, DNP, RN, OCN       

 San Diego State University
 San Diego, California, USA
 Chamberlain Scholar

 Kristen McVerry, MSN, RN-BC          

 Western Governors University
 Charlotte Hall, Maryland, USA


 Vivian Palmer-Lewis, DNP, RN         

 University of Virgin Islands
 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
 Chamberlain Scholar

 Angela Silvestri-Elmore, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE  

 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


 Kimberly Smith, MSN RN, AGNP-BC, CCM   

 Howard University
 Washington, District of Columbia, USA
 Chamberlain Scholar

 Natasha Trujillo, MSN, RN    

 Santa Fe Community College
 Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
 Chamberlain Scholar


 Amber Young-Brice, PhD, RN, CNE   

 Marquette University
 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Nurse Educator Development Academy


 Kenicia Adams-Strong, DNAP, CRNA

 Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
 Clinton Township, Michigan, USA
 Chamberlain Scholar

 Emily Bechtel, BSN, RN         

 WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital
 Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA



 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
 St. Augustine, Florida, USA


 Vincent Ford, DNAP, CRNA   

 Duke University Hospital
 Durham, North Carolina, USA
 Chamberlain Scholar


 Allison Johnson, BSN, RN      

 Kaiser Permanente
 Oakland, California, USA


 Traci Marcus, MSN, RN, OCN

 Moravian College
 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA


 Anne Schneider, MSN, RN    

 Villanova University
 Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA


 Colleen Woolsey, PhD, ARNP

 Seattle University
 Seattle, Washington, USA

Nurse Leadership Academy for Practice


 Marla Martin, MSN, RN        

 SSM Health
 St. Louis, Missouri, USA

 Stacie Massett, MSN, RN, CLC          

 WellSpan Health Gettysburg
 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA


 Stefanie Smith, BSN, RN, CNOR        

 Oregon Health and Science University
 Portland, Oregon, USA


Learn more about Sigma’s partnership with Chamberlain University through the Center for Excellence in Nursing Education.