MCHNLA Faculty


Katheryn Arterberry, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Dr. Arterberry has been a nurse for over 30 years. She worked in a busy labor unit at a university hospital in many roles before moving into academia and advance practice. She has taught all levels of nursing and currently teaches graduate nursing students in an MSN and DNP program. She is passionate about caring for underserved, vulnerable populations as evidenced by her volunteerism and research interests. As an active leader professionally and in STTI, and a graduate of MCHNLA, she is equally passionate about the leadership development the academy fosters. Dr. Arterberry is currently working in the new role of small business owner since opening her own practice in 2014.


Margaret Sharon Harris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Margaret Sharon Harris has had numerous leadership experiences over her 41 year nursing career, including nursing director and CNO roles. She is currently the Administrative Director of Nursing at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. In this position, she has operational and strategic responsibilities for maternal-child Services in the facility and community nursing. She was actively involved in assisting her facility receive Magnet Designation in 2016. She is a graduate of the STTI MCHNLA and currently serves as volunteer faculty. She utilizes the principles she learned in the academy to influence other to improve the nursing care environment and patient care.


Shakira Henderson, PhD, DNP, MS, MPH, RNC-NIC, IBCLC

Shakira Henderson is a nurse scientist, associate professor, and subject matter expert in pediatric/neonatal nursing and research. Dr. Henderson holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters of Science in Anatomy, Masters of Public Health, and Masters of Science in Nursing with a sub-specialization in education. Her passion for leadership and advocacy has allowed her to win many local, regional, and national awards.


Carla Rider, MSN, MBA, RNC-LRN

Carla Rider is the Women's Service Line Administrator at West Florida Hospital, Pensacola, Florida, for over a year. Prior to accepting this role, she was the Administrative Director of Women's and Children's Services in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for over four years. Rider has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Woman's University, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix, and a master's degree in nursing from Bellarmine University. Rider is currently pursuing a doctorate degree from University of South Alabama. Most of her career has been focused in maternal-child health and most recently, leadership.


Julia Snethen, PhD, RN

Julia Snethen has spent her career focused on maternal-child health nursing in a variety of clinical and academic settings. Currently Dr. Snethen teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing as an associate professor.  Dr. Snethen has served as president of the Eta Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International for the past two years. Dr. Snethen has also been active in the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN), where she has been the president of the Wisconsin chapter. Currently, Dr. Snethen is the Associate Editor of Nursing Outlook, the official journal of the American Academy of Nursing.

Pegge BellPegge Bell, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC

Dr. Bell has held leadership roles in maternal-child practice areas and in the academic setting. She has served as a faculty member, associate dean, and dean of a school of nursing and college of health sciences. With over 40 years’ experience, she recently retired for academe and now serves as Leadership Consultant for Sigma Theta Tau International’s Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy and Lead Faculty for the Emerging Education Administrator Institute.

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