MCHNLA Faculty

Lead Faculty


Carla Rider, DNP, MBA, MSN, RNC-LRN

Dr. Rider developed and implemented a number of protocols and initiatives during her career that have resulted in improved patient outcomes and enhanced staff development. She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas; a master’s degree in nursing from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in Dallas, Texas; and a doctorate in nursing practice from the University of South Alabama. Dr. Rider serves as the lead faculty for the current cohort of Sigma's Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy (MCHNLA).



Katheryn Arterberry, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Katheryn Arterberry is an associate professor in the college of nursing at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She began her nursing career as a labor and delivery nurse in a large teaching hospital. Subsequently, she earned her MSN as a family nurse practitioner and worked in a private family practice clinic and taught on the undergraduate and graduate levels. She was a Fellow in the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy before joining as a faculty member.

Cathyjo Catalano

Cathyjo Catalano, MSN, RNC-EFM, OB

Cathyjo Catalano is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in women's health. Cathyjo has been the nurse manager of the New Life Center at NYU Winthrop Hospital for over 15 years, leading team with over 90FTE, and almost 5,000 deliveries per year. In addition, Cathyjo has been an adjunct professor at the Barbara Hagan School of Nursing at Molloy College. Cathyjo has been an MCHNLA mentor in two previous cohorts.


Margaret Sharon Harris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Sharon Harris has been a nurse for over 40 years and has spent the last 21 years in various nursing leadership positions. She has served in various roles, including director of nursing and chief nursing officer. Her professional focus has been on building positive staff and physician relationships and positively impacting associate engagement and patient satisfaction scores. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and mentors and develops new leaders and nursing leadership students.


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

Shakira Henderson is a nurse scientist, administrator, and subject matter expert in leadership, 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. She has won local, regional, and national awards for her leadership and practice. 

Sarah Rhoads


Dr. Rhoads is a telemedicine/telehealth researcher and educator. Dr. Rhoads has coordinated distance education and research initiatives through telemedicine to rural providers and nurses alike. She has been the primary investigator on multiple grants related to telehealth and is the Primary Investigator for the South-Central Telehealth Resource Center which facilitates telemedicine in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Dr. Rhoads has a passion for improving maternal, neonatal, and pediatric care in rural areas.


Julia Snethen, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Snethen, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and maternal-child nurse researcher, is focused on chronic conditions. Teaching graduate/doctoral students, Dr. Snethen received the 2017 Excellence in Teaching award. A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Dr. Snethen is on the Child, Adolescent, and Family Expert Panel and Associate Editor of Nursing Outlook. Dr. Snethen is the president of Sigma's Eta Nu Chapter and has served as faculty advisor and lead faculty in Sigma's MCHNLA.

Karen White-TrevinoKaren White-Trevino, DNP, RN, NE-BC

Karen has been influencing nurses since 1981, when she started her career and in 2011 she became the CNO at West Florida hospital. Karen has a passion for developing a supportive nursing practice environment. Her success can be measured through the outstanding nursing culture she has developed culminating with the most recent announcement of ANCC Pathway to Excellence designation at West Florida Hospital. This is HCA’s first hospital in Florida to receive this distinction. Karen completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1981, her Master of Science degree in 1989, and most recently her Doctorate of   Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2016. She is board certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive and initially received this certification in 2011. She has studied with Dr. Jean Watson and was a  speaker at the Watson International Caritas Conference in Lucca, Italy, in June 2017.

Leadership Consultant

Pegge Bell

Pegge 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 faulty member, associate dean, and dean of a school of nursing and college of health sciences. With over 40 years of experience, she recently retired from academe and now serves as a Leadership Consultant for MCHNLA and Lead Faculty for the Emerging Educational Administrator Institute.

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