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Professional Board

  • Sandra Festa Ryan,

    Executive Director
    One of six founding officers at Take Care Health Systems, Ryan was the first chief nurse practitioner officer in the convenient care industry. She currently leads nearly 1,300 board certified Nurse Practitioners and physician assistants who practice at Take Care Clinics – walk-in clinics located at 360 Walgreens drugstores in 19 states that provide access to high-quality, convenient and affordable healthcare services. Ryan oversees clinical and operational leadership for the business while working closely with Walgreens chief medical officer in such areas of clinical governance, research and quality initiatives. Ryan has played an integral role in the development and implementation of integrated technology, quality assurance programs and evidenced-based guidelines to create a consistent and unprecedented patient-focused experience for those who seek treatment at Take Care Clinics.
    Ryan serves as chair of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Convenient Care Association (CCA), the industry’s trade organization, where she was instrumental in developing the CCA’s Quality and Safety Standards and implementing a third-party certification process for these standards. To address the educational needs of Nurse Practitioners in the convenient care industry, Ryan helped to orchestrate the first ever Retail Clinician Education Congress, fostering camaraderie and support within the NP community for the emerging model of healthcare.
    Sandra Ryan has over 25 years of healthcare leadership experience in various clinical, management and leadership settings. She is a highly decorated Air Force Officer and is a nationally certified nurse practitioner. Ryan’s experiences as an Air Force nurse corps officer include working as a clinician, charge nurse and director of ambulatory services in inpatient and outpatient settings. She currently is Chief Nurse Practitioner for Take Care Health Systems, Walgreens. Ryan has been recognized for her leadership as the recipient of the Nancy Sharp Cutting Edge Award by the American College of Nurse Practitioners and the CARE Leadership Award for her contributions to NP practice in the Convenient Care industry. Ryan earned a B.S.N. in Nursing from Niagara University, and an M.S.N. from Arizona State University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and a Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians.
  • Tine Hansen-Turton,

    Executive Director
    Tine Hansen-Turton serves as the founding Executive Director for the Convenient Care Association (CCA), the national trade association of over 1,450 private-sector retail clinics industry, coined by Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen, as a disruptive health innovation, serving 20 million people with basic healthcare services across the country. She assists CCA with business and programmatic strategy, development, coordination and implementation, as well as with policy development and state and national advocacy
    Tine Hansen-Turton is known as a serial social entrepreneur who has started several national social and public innovations in the health and human services sector. With more than 20 years of experience, she is also known to be an effective systems change agent and policy advocate, assists nonprofit, private, government and philanthropic organizations in building capacity, including developing health clinics; provides technical assistance in the areas of fundraising and program development, policy development, health education, advocacy, program planning and health center management; conducts health policy research and outcome evaluation; establishes quality care indicators for Nurse Practitioner care; represents retail-based convenient care clinics and nurse-managed health centers at local, state, national and international executive and legislative branch levels; and gives regular public testimonies. For the past two decades she has also been instrumental in positioning Nurse Practitioners as primary healthcare providers globally.
    Outside her CCA responsibilities, Tine Hansen-Turton also serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Public Health Management Corporation, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania, where she oversees and leads corporate strategy, development and operations for a nationally-leading public health institute and its public health foundation, generating annual revenues in excess of $200 million. She has direct oversight over Management Services, Research & Evaluation, organizational training and development, regional emergency preparedness services, mergers, acquisitions and affiliations, government affairs, children and family services, and workforce development, as well as trade associations (CCA, National Nursing Centers Consortium, Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health). She has budget oversight over $100 million, and manages a direct staff of ten with a total of 500 employees. She has raised over $600 million dollars to date from local, state and government contracts and grants, appropriations, foundations, corporations, and individual and donor contributions. Finally, she teaches and consults at University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government.
    Tine writes and publishes for many peer-review professional healthcare and legal journals and is a regular presenter at local, state and national healthcare conferences. She is Co-Author of “Convenient Care Clinics: The Essential Guide for Clinicians, Managers, and Educators;” “Community and Nurse-Managed Health Centers: Getting them Started and Keeping them Going,” an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award Winner; “Nurse-Managed Wellness Centers: Developing and Maintaining Your Center;” and “Conversations with Leaders.” Her books are published by Springer Publishing Company and Sigma Theta Tau International.
    In 2009 she co-founded Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, an online publication that brings a public focus to social innovators and their nonprofit organizations, foundations and social sector businesses in the Greater Philadelphia area. In winter of 2012 she co-founded the Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab to serve as a hub to test new social models.
    Tine Hansen-Turton is a member of several organizations such as The Forum for Executive Women and the American and Pennsylvania Public Health Associations. She was inducted as a Fellow in the Philadelphia College of Physicians and an honorary Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She is a Trustee at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy Foundation. Tine Hansen-Turton also serves on the board of the Health Promotion Council and Healthy Philadelphia and is Board Chair of the Education-Plus Academy Cyber Charter School. She also serves on numerous local and state-wide advisory boards. Tine Hansen-Turton has received several advocacy and leadership awards. In 2005 she received the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, through which she traveled to New Zealand to support the growth and development of nurses providing primary care and subsequently organized a successful global healthcare conference in 2008. She received the Business Journal 40 under 40 Leadership Award and was named one of the 101 emerging Philadelphia connectors by Leadership, Inc. In 2010 she was named American Express NextGen Independent Sector Fellow. Tine has also served as a Presidential Advisor to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services.
    Tine received her BA from Slippery Rock University, her Master of Government/Public Administration from University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute and her Juris Doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
  • Terry Ballentine,

  • Mona M. Counts,

    Mona M. Counts, PhD, CRNP, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, is Emeritus Associate Professor of Nursing at The Pennsylvania State University, College Nursing and Associate Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, Department of Family Practice.

    In her roles, Mona is actively involved in community development and service that incorporates teaching practice and research. She has recently retired as the Clinical Director of the Primary Care Center of Mt. Morris and assisted with the development and delivery of primary care services in southwestern Pennsylvania. Additionally, she works on the implementation and coordination of translational research projects. Mona serves as committee member and Chair of Graduate student’s research projects. She is an elected commissioner of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.

    Mona holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing and chemistry from the University of Florida, a Master’s degree in Advanced Practice nursing from Emory University, a Master’s degree in Family Therapy Curriculum and Instruction from North Carolina State and a Doctor of philosophy in Pathophysiology and Health Policy from the University of Texas at Austin.

    She has earned numerous awards including the Loretta Ford Lifetime Achievement award and the Rural Health Hero award. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She presented on several panels most notably on the White House Panel on Primary Care Health Reform and the Health Care Reform Panel.

    Mona is the past president of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and past chair of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Fellows.
  • Margaret A. Fitzgerald,

    Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, is the founder, president and principal lecturer with Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc. (FHEA), an international provider of nurse practitioner certification preparation and continuing education for healthcare providers. More than 60,000 Nurse Practitioners have used the Fitzgerald review course to successfully prepare for certification.

    An internationally recognized presenter, Dr. Fitzgerald has provided thousands of programs for numerous professional organizations, universities, national and state healthcare associations on a wide variety of topics including clinical pharmacology, assessment, laboratory diagnosis, healthcare and nurse practitioner practice. For more than 20 years she has provided graduate-level pharmacology courses for nurse practitioner students at a number of universities including Simmons College (Boston, Massachusetts), Husson College (Bangor, Maine), University of Massachusetts Worcester, Pennsylvania State University, La Salle University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama). In addition, she is a family nurse practitioner at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence, Massachusetts, and adjunct faculty for the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Family Practice Residency Program. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, where she received the Alumni Association Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Fitzgerald is the recipient of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ Lifetime Achievement Award, given in recognition of vision and accomplishments in successfully developing and promoting the nurse practitioner role, the American College of Nurse Practitioner’s Sharp Cutting Edge Award and the Outstanding Nurse Award for Clinical Practice by the Merrimack Valley Area Health Education Council. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a charter fellow in the Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Fitzgerald is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association and is the first nurse practitioner to earn the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation in recognition of excellence and integrity as a speaker. She is also certified by the American Board of Comprehensive Care as a Diplomate of Comprehensive Care (DCC), a designation available to DNP graduates who are licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and nationally certified in an APRN specialty.

    Dr. Fitzgerald is an editorial board member for the Nurse Practitioner Journal, Medscape Nurses, Lexi-Comp, Inc., American Nurse Today, and Prescriber’s Letter. She is widely published with more than 100 articles, book chapters, monographs, and audio and video programs to her credit. Her book, Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and Practice Preparation (2nd edition) received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for Advanced Practice Nursing and has been published in English and Korean. She has provided consultation to nursing organizations in the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Fitzgerald is an active member of numerous professional organizations at national and local levels.
  • Kenneth P. Miller,

    Dr. Kenneth Miller joined The Catholic University of America as the Associate Dean for Academic Administration in July 2010. He has 16 years of previous administrative experience in higher education having served for 3 years (2007 – 2010) as the Director of the School of Nursing at the University of Delaware, and as both the Associate Dean for Research and Clinical Scholarship and Vice Dean for Internal Programs at the University of New Mexico, College of Nursing for the previous 9.5 years (1997-2007). Dr. Miller is a family nurse practitioner and has been active at the national level in that arena. He has published extensively on malpractice and policy issues affecting Nurse Practitioners. He is both a past president and the treasurer of the American College of Nurse Practitioners as well as the current President Elect of that organization; the Past President of the Board of the National Nursing Centers Consortium; a Team Leader and site visitor for the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education; a member of the Accreditation Review Committee for the CCNE; and a member of several other nurse practitioner Boards and Advisory committees. In addition he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and served as a Helene Fuld Fellow for Academic Administration from 2002-2003. Dr. Miller has served on multiple state and local volunteer committees as well.
  • Eileen T. O'Grady

    PhD, RN, NP
    Dr. O’Grady is a certified adult nurse practitioner and serves as Policy Editor and health policy columnist for the American Journal of Nurse Practitioners and World News. She is currently a visiting professor at Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in the graduate program. She is in private practice as a wellness coach is serving as co-editor of the 5th edition of the textbook, Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach edited by Hamric, Hanson, Tracy and O’Grady due out in 2013.

    She has held a number of leadership positions with professional nursing associations, most notably as a founder and vice chair of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP). She was a 1999 Policy Fellow in the U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship and in 2003 was given the ACNP ‘Legislative Advocacy Award’ for her leadership on nurse practitioner policy issues.

    She is in private practice as a certified Wellness Coach and uses an evidence-based approach with patients and groups, to create emancipatory self awareness and achievable goals that reverse or entirely prevent disease. She believes deeply that more attention must be paid to getting us unstuck from lifestyles that do not support wellness. Dr. O’Grady holds an Associate of Applied Science from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, a Bachelor’s of Science from George Washington University, a Master of Public Health from George Washington University, a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy from George Mason University.

  • Susan M. Schrand,

    Susan Schrand is the executive director for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP), which represents the interests of over 7,750 Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs), and is serving her third term as the State Representative for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her Master’s degree at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with a certification in family health. In addition to advocating on behalf of the nurse practitioner profession, Sue works one day a week in a nurse managed center providing primary care.
  • Vincent Sperandeo,

    Vincent Sperandeo, DNP, is the Chief Nurse Practitioner of Emergency Medicine at Island Medical Physicians. He is also a consultant in the areas of capsule endoscopy and infusion therapy and adjunct faculty at Georgetown University School of Nursing and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
    He completed his undergraduate degrees in nursing and psychology at Stony Brook State University in New York, his Master’s degree in nursing at Molloy College in New York and completed his doctorate degree in nursing at the University of Alabama.
    Vincent is the past President/Recruiter for the National Student Nurses Association Stony Brook chapter and is a guest lecturer in the nurse practitioner association of NY and the pharmaceutical industry. He also assists in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) instruction.
  • Susan Wysocki,

    Susan Wysocki is a nationally recognized expert, opinion leader, speaker, writer, and consultant in the field of women’s health. She is the President of iWomansHealth bringing Insight, Information and Inspiration, through interconnections among key opinion leaders, health care professionals and consumers. She is a woman’s health nurse practitioner.
    Ms. Wysocki is also the Editor in Chief of Women’s Health Care: A Practical Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Further, she is a contributing Editor and Washington, DC Bureau Chief for Nurse Practitioner World News. Ms. Wysocki also serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, American Nurse, and Contraceptive Technology Update. She has authored numerous articles about issues in women’s health and is a video blogger for Web MD.
    She was the President and CEO of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) for nearly 25 years. She fostered the organization from one with a meager budget and no staff to a nationally recognized organization with a annual conference, it’s own building on Capitol Hill, a full staff, and multiple financial resources.
    In 1999, Ms. Wysocki was selected by a national panel of Nurse Practitioners convened by the Nurse Practitioner Journal for a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognized ten Nurse Practitioners that made a difference in the history of the nurse practitioner movement. In 2000, she was chosen as a charter Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has served as the chair of the National Alliance of Nurse Practitioners and was the founding President of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP). In 2003, she was presented ACNP’s Sharp Cutting Edge Award for her leadership and an award from the Nurse Practitioner Journal for political activism. In 2005, she was awarded the Alan Guttmacher Lectureship by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. In addition, in 2005, an award for leadership was established in her name, by NP Communications. She is a co-founding board member of the Adult Women’s Health Alliance, a multidisciplinary organization focused on predictive and preventive health that was established in January 2007. She also serves on the boards of Catholics for Choice (Chair, 2010-present) and the American Social Health Association.
    Ms. Wysocki has testified before Congress, the FDA and CDC regarding women’s health issues as well as the role of Nurse Practitioners. In 2004, she received a special citation from the Commissioner of the FDA for her work on a campaign to inform women about hormone therapy. She has been quoted in O magazine, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Essence, Shape, and Rolling Stone. She has also appeared in television and radio broadcasts nationwide where she has discussed a wide range of women’s health issues.
    Ms. Wysocki is a graduate of Boston College School of Nursing and attained her certificate as a nurse practitioner through the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
  • Wendy L. Wright,

    Wendy is a 1992 graduate of the Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and completed a family nurse practitioner post-master’s program in 1995. She is an adult and family nurse practitioner and the owner of Wright & Associates Family Healthcare and Anderson Family Healthcare in Concord, NH. In addition, she is a Partner with Partners in Healthcare Education, a medical education company. She is the Past President of NPACE and the Senior lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates. She is the recipient of numerous awards and was chosen by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as the 1999 recipient of the New Hampshire State Excellence Award. In addition, she received the 2009 NH Nurse Practitioner of the Year award and in 2005, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; a position held by only 200 other Nurse Practitioners throughout the country. Wendy is the founder of the NH Chamber of Entrepreneurial Nurse Practitioners, an organization designed to assist Nurse Practitioners with independent practice issues. In addition, she is an Editor for Practice Management – a new e-journal created for NP’s interested in independent practice and practice management. She presents nationally to different audiences and has been a speaker at over 1000 conferences in 45 states. Wendy is also an Adjunct faculty member at the University of Wyoming - Graduate Nursing Program and in the Simmons College DNP program in Boston, on Medscape’s Ask the Expert Nurse Practitioner web site and is an editorial board member for Medscape’s e-journal. She is the nurse practitioner representative to the State of NH Immunization Advisory Board. Wendy has served a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical companies, medical offices and corporations. She has been a medical media spokesperson for a number of companies and has appeared on radio, television, and in print magazines. As a family nurse practitioner, she has also served as an expert witness in medical malpractice cases and is frequently consulted by malpractice attorneys around the area of clinical practice.
  • Sarah Rosenberg,

    Sarah Rosenberg is the Membership & Development Director for the Convenient Care Association (CCA), the national trade association of over 1,450 private-sector retail clinic industry. She assists the Executive Director with business and programmatic strategy, development, and coordination and implementation.
    As Membership & Development Director of CCA, Sarah Rosenberg manages all member activities and plays an integral role in facilitating continuing education programs, pilot and demonstration projects as well as organizing networking and Board events.
    Outside her CCA responsibilities, Sarah Rosenberg also serves as the Membership & Development Director for the National Nursing Centers Consortium, a non-profit organization supporting the growth and development of over 250 nurse-managed health centers, serving more than 2.5 million vulnerable people across the country in urban and rural locations.
    Sarah Rosenberg serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project and the Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School and has co-authored multiple articles relating to her work in the for-profit sector and retail clinic industry.
    She is a graduate from Millersville University with a BA in Social Work and a graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA.
    Sarah Rosenberg spent several years in the social work and legal fields prior to her current roles. Some of her previous experience includes working with at-risk juveniles, adults in the criminal justice system with addiction issues, criminal defense and family law practice.


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