GNLA Faculty



BeverlyClaudia Beverly, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the College of Nursing, College of Medicine, and College of Public Health. Director of the John A. Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence College of Nursing. Director of the Arkansas Aging Initiative in the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. Murphy Endowed Chair for Rural Aging Leadership and Policy. Expertise in leadership, healthcare systems, and healthcare policy. Member American Academy of Nursing and President elect of the National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence. Co-lead of the Arkansas Action Coalition with a focus on Culture of Health, particularly Culinary Culture.    


NelmaNelma Shearer, PhD, MEd, MSN, BSN, RN, FAAN

Dr. Shearer is an American Nurse Foundation Scholar and a John A. Hartford Foundation Institute of Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar. In 2006 she received the Geriatric Nursing Research award from the Western Institute of Nursing. As a nationally recognized leader in Gerontological nursing, Dr. Shearer has inspired change in healthcare delivery for older adults. Particularly focusing on engaging older adults as active participants in identifying and working toward the attainment of personally relevant health goals. Her research has been disseminated through peer reviewed books and manuscripts with clear implications for advancing nursing knowledge and leadership.

Leadership Consultant

D. CleeterDeborah Cleeter, EdD, MSN

With over 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Cleeter has achieved success in practice, administration, academia, and consultancy. She has held positions as a clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing, university faculty member, administrator, consultant, and currently is CEO of Sawgrass Leadership Institute. Her extensive knowledge and executive experience provide the foundation for her work as an executive coach, master facilitator, and consultant in the areas of strategic planning, futuring and innovation, guided decision making, executive leadership development, executive team building, and complex organizational consultation.

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