Carol Huston, MSN, MPA, DPA, FAAN
Carol Huston, MSN, MPA, DPA, FAAN, has been a Professor in the School of Nursing at California State University, Chico (CSUC) since 1982 and was named the 2001/2002 Outstanding Teacher for CSUC as well as the 2008/2009 Outstanding Professor. She served as the Director of the School from 2010-2015 and currently teaches part-time as a Professor Emerita. In May 2016, she was inducted into the CSUC Hall of Honor.
Dr. Huston is the author of seven textbooks on leadership, management, and professional issues in nursing (23 editions total) and has published more than 100 articles in leading professional journals. She has also keynoted more than 300 presentations worldwide.
Dr. Huston served as the 2007-2009 President of Sigma and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has led numerous healthcare delegations globally to locations including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Russia, Cuba, Peru, Hungary, and Poland.
Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN
Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN, is the Director of Global Initiatives for Sigma. In this role, she works with the global initiatives team to expand Sigma's reach and reputation globally through maintaining the organization’s Economic and Social Consultative Status with the United Nations; developing global healthcare leaders; establishment of satellite offices in Asia, Africa, and Europe; expanding relationships with global healthcare organizations; and presenting information about Sigma around the world. Cynthia has a broad level of diverse nursing leadership experience. She served as Chief Nurse of the American Red Cross for nearly a decade, during which time she also chaired the Global Advisory Group for Nursing under the International Committee of the Red Cross. She has been both a member and chair of the United States Federal Nursing Chiefs Council and has coordinated nursing involvement for various international relief missions. Prior to her appointment as chief nurse, Cynthia provided nursing leadership and support to Americans stationed in Europe and the Middle East as Director, Nursing and Health Services, European Area, American Red Cross.