Linda Anders, MBA, MSN, RN, CSRN, NPD-BC
Linda Anders is a well-established master’s prepared registered nurse with over 10 years of experience. Linda has a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry with a community mindset and extensive volunteer experience. Board certified in Nursing Professional Development; Linda has an innovative, bold approach to the profession.
With her recent career pivot away from the acute care hospital setting, Linda now works as the Nursing Education Programming Manager with Sigma Theta Tau International. Linda has past nursing experience as a medical intensive care nurse, house supervisor, clinical educator, public health nurse and nursing professional development.
Linda is a recipient of several awards including 100 Great Iowa Nurses and 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader award through the Illinois Nurses Foundation. Linda’s dedication to nursing is palpable and noticed in the work that she does to be an advocate for people and the profession.
Alexandra Arce-Pickrell, graduate of the University of Miami and
Frontier Nursing University is a family, women's health and oncology nurse practitioner. She holds a dual degree in Nursing and Journalism. She
received a BSN from Aurora University, an MSN from the University of
Miami and a Post Master’s from Frontier Nursing University. Alexandra has utilized her background as a journalist to enhance her current professional skills as a nurse practitioner. She has worked in a variety of health care settings to include women's health, geriatrics, primary care, oncology, survivorship and the pharmaceutical industry. Her most recent position has been in health technology where she has been most recently working as clinical team lead in the health technology space.
Alexandra’s passion for
health care comes from traveling and learning about other cultures.
Alexandra understands that social determinants of health, accessibility to
care and health literacy levels affect the health of a population. She
believes that community health may be affected by empowering women
with knowledge and resources. She is very passionate about providing
culturally congruent care, speaks English and Spanish and has worked with patients of diverse populations throughout the US.
She is a Fellow of the prestigious Duke Johnson and Johnson Nurse Leadership Fellowship class of 2018. Alexandra is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Sonsiel, HIMSS and a close follower of the HITLAB #femtech movement. She is a passionate program developer; an Alzheimer’s advocate; animal lover; dog mom; foodie; fabric designer, self-proclaimed ice cream connoisseur and outdoor enthusiast.
Ahnyel Jones-Burkes, DNP, RN-BC
Ahnyel is a Stepdown Nursing Unit Director at Ochsner Health. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dillard University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Loyola University in New Orleans and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain University.
She has participated in two NurseHack4Health event and assisted in the organization of MIT Hacking Racism in Healthcare. Ahnyel is a member of the American Nurses Association, Louisiana State Nurses Association, New Orleans District Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, Louisiana Nurses Political Action Committee, and Louisiana Organization for Nursing Leadership .
She served on the New Orleans District Nurses Association’s board as Director of Communication and later transitioned to the Vice President serving in that role until this year. Ahnyel served as a steering committee member on American Nurses Association’s Moral Resilience Professional Issues Panel and on the Advisory Panel for ANA’s #EndNurseAbuse Professional Panel. Ahnyel serves on the Board of Trustees for the Louisiana Nurses Foundation, and as a member on the Louisiana State’s Nursing Supply and Demand Council. She has served as Director of Leadership and Professional Development on the Louisiana State Nurses Association board and now serves as the Director of Health Policy and Advocacy. She is also a committee member on the St. Tammany Parish School Board’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee.
Ahnyel has been recognized by Dillard University as a 40 under 40 honoree, by the Louisiana State Nurses Association as the 2018 Nurse of the Year, and as a Louisiana Great 100 Nurse. She was also recognized by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) as the recipient on the 2019 Medical Surgical Certified Nurse Award.
Kerrie Cardon, RN, RA,
Chief Innovation Officer at Bison Creek Innovations
A former EMT and Registered Nurse, Kerrie has over 30 years of comprehensive experience as a Healthcare Architect in the Programming, Operational Planning and Medical Planning for all types of healthcare facilities. Kerrie's years as a nurse inspired a devotion to creating safe, efficient and healing environments for everyone who engages with healthcare systems.
Her integration of medical knowledge with architecture provides the foundation for reexamining the user experience to enhance human-centered care. Kerrie believes in constantly challenging traditional notions and expectations by bringing a holistic vision to the continuum of care that encompasses the entire human experience. She recognizes that continuing to do things the way that they have always been done will not bring about the change necessary to improve healthcare experiences and support patient care processes. Improving both the physical and emotional work environment for nurses ultimately results in better patient care.
Kerrie’s career trajectory has culminated in her dedication to inventing and product development. She is passionate about re-imagining and re-envisioning traditional healthcare environments and believes exceptional solutions result at the intersection of innovation and function. Pushing the envelop, questioning existing practices and thinking out-of-the box lead to undiscovered opportunities and the potential to impact powerful
Jan (Janice) Cleveland BSN, RN
Janice Cleveland earned her nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently employed as an ambulatory nurse in the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin system located in Milwaukee.
Jan has spent much of her nursing career working in ambulatory care in internal medicine and pediatrics. Most recently her role as RN coordinator involved managing high risk patients with complex medical and mental health issues, those most vulnerable and at risk, and with multiple barriers to care. This work has contributed to identifying areas that need improvement, especially in the under-served populations in metropolitan areas, and a drive to work to improve current standards of care and more effective workflows. In addition, Jan has a background in ICU, heart transplant, electrophysiology, and OR.
Jan recently participated in 2 hackathons, the 2021 NurseHack4Health: Improving Access to Care, and the MIT Hacking Racism in Healthcare in 2020. Both have inspired a drive to work towards developing better ways of providing healthcare in increasingly challenging and complex populations and in situations dealing with decreasing financial and staff support.
Outside of nursing Jan owns a photography business which specializes in HS/College Seniors and family portraits. She had the opportunities to travel with the Milwaukee School of Engineering Global Brigades Medical team to Honduras and Ghana to assist with running medical and dental clinics in remote areas, and to support the local agencies in establishing their own health care systems.
Jan lives in Wisconsin, and enjoys life with her dog, Maddie (a foster-fail), and has two grown children.
Cicely Cyphers, RN, MSN
I have the honor and privilege of being a nurse for 20 years ranging from Neonatal ICU and Population Health, with most of my professional career in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Joanna Getek, RN
Joanna is a Registered Nurse currently working at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in New York City, NY. Over the past three years, she has worked in the emergency department in various locations, including New York, California, and Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Biology from Western University in London, Ontario. Joanna is passionate about innovations in technology that can be used to improve the lives of patients and healthcare workers. In her free time, she likes studying computer programming, reading, travelling, and trying new recipes.
Tracy Hobson, RN
Tracy has been a community health nurse for 24 years. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and then a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University in 1997. Initially working as a public health nurse, specializing in STBBI and eventually moving to working with individuals struggling with mental health and addiction and blood borne infections. From 2011-2019 Tracy worked as an Outreach, Harm Reduction and Hepatitis C Treatment Nurse for Sanguen Health Centre in Ontario. Tracy has a passion for health equity and patient advocacy and decreasing barriers to accessing health care and improving health outcomes in marginalized patient populations. Tracy has also worked as a Consumption and Treatment Services RN providing overdose reversal and health care to those struggling with acute addiction as well as developing a specialized nursing team to work in the CTS site and on outreach to marginalized populations. With the onset of COVID-19, Tracy returned to public health to assist with case management and contact tracing of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.
Yachna Jacob, RN
I am a Lead functional consultant/ Transformation Manager with 15 years of experience spanning diverse verticals in Nursing education with leadership capacity and expertise as a Nurse Informatics’ Specialist.
My current work entails creating solutions, troubleshooting problems in public and private healthcare set up and collaborating with healthcare IT vendors to deliver nurse-friendly tools. My major deliverable include deployment of accessibility mobile app for nurses in rural regions (with focus on offline functionality) that delivers and monitors vital child immunization programs. My work has been appreciated and I am an awardee of the prestigious Commonwealth Digital Health Award for the ‘Nursing Informatics’ category at the 2nd Commonwealth Digital Health Conference & Awards 2017.
My core competencies comprise of strategizing and working on technology planning. I actively participate in policy making & implementation. I enjoy building and maintaining strong client relationship.
My Dream project is to empower nurses from developing and underdeveloped countries by creating an accessible yet simple platform which voices their needs and concerns along with channelling the power of the digital tools. The platform will enable clear and transparent communication between nurses and governing bodies to translate/escalate and address issues.
On my personal front, I am a happy mother of an 8-year-old adorable boy. I love to bake, and am learning mindfulness to grow mentally.
Dr. Trinna D. Kirkland, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, CM/DN, ICP
Hello, I am Trinna Kirkland, fondly known as Dr. Tee! I am founder and CEO of NurseFromBirth, LLC, a company committed to empowering individuals, teams, organizations, and populations with innovative strategies to improve global health. I am a doctoral prepared registered nurse with over 3 decades of experience in various areas of nursing practice including leadership, administration, quality improvement, infection control, legal nurse consulting, and population health. I believe that everyone is equally entitled to high-quality, evidence-based, person-centered, and affordable healthcare and I am determined to “leave no stone unturned” in my advocacy for such. In 2020 I graduated, with high distinction, from Chamberlain University, receiving my Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree specializing in Healthcare Systems Leadership learning the art of bringing teams together to collaborate, brainstorm, identify gaps in practice, and implement evidence-based approaches to improve patient and organizational outcomes.
I am also a minister, veteran, certified CPR and First Aid Instructor, amateur blogger, mother, grandmother, systems change agent, total wellness coach, and nurse entrepreneur. I am convinced that physical, emotional, environmental, spiritual, and financial health are equally important in achieving and sustaining one’s overall health and wellness. As such, I believe that healthcare improvement strategies should appropriately reflect each element. My volunteer activities include Senior Examiner (AHCA/NCAL), Chief Election Judge (Harford County Board of Elections), Item Reviewer (NCSBN), COVID Community Task Force, and Maryland Responds Emergency Management Team, among others.
Amy Musto, RN
Amy Musto is a Director of R&D Project Planning for Janssen Pharmaceuticals R&D, a Johnson and Johnson company. Amy started with Johnson & Johnson 30 years ago taking positions of increasing responsibility that led her from performing receptor-based assays to managing a team that takes oncological compound development plans, turning them into successful human clinical trials. During her time with J&J, she went to nursing school at night and on weekends and graduated with her MSN & BSN from Drexel University. Amy is known and recognized for her leadership and stewardship of talent whether they are young or more experienced in their roles. She had been helped by so many along her journey that it is important to her to pay it back by helping others find their way.In her spare time, she loves to run, garden, read fictional books, and listen to podcasts that make her say hmmm. She is a traveler and enjoys taking the path less traveled. She’s ridden 100 miles on horseback through Patagonia, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, sailing around the Greek Islands, and done self-guided safaris in Botswana. You can find Amy and her husband living outside of Quakertown, PA surrounded by a forest with their four dogs, five chickens, a mini horse, and a mini donkey.
Shaina Roe is a 4th year BSN student. She works as an RN on a telemetry unit at a small hospital. Although she is a newer nurse with a year and a half of experience, she is passionate about quality improvement and health equity. She will soon be transitioning to a new nursing role at a community health center and is looking forward to bringing the innovation skills acquired through this program back to her workplace and community.
Jennifer Romao, RPN
I have been a nurse since 1999. I specialize in paediatric care of children with special needs, geriatric care of those with Alzheimer’s, dementia with multiple diagnoses, and wound care. I was on the wound care team for six years at London St. Joseph’s Health centre- Parkwood Rehab Hospital site. I was front line during SARS Covid-2, and Covid19. I am a community nurse in Canada and so looking forward to further learning and growing within the nursing profession. Currently I am doing community nursing which offers diversity with a flexible schedule. I have volunteered at N’Amerind Native Friendship Centre since 2014. I have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Mary Rose Saint-Cyr, MS
Mary Rose Saint-Cyr is currently a first-year nursing student in the Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing program at MGH Institute of Health Professions located in Boston, MA. She has over seven years of experience managing grant-funded programs that help increase the number of minorities in the health professions by exposing first-generation, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged students to the field of medicine. She started her career at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs where she served as a Program Assistant for the State Pre-College Enrichment Program. The State Pre-College Enrichment Program is a high school pathway program for high achieving students from New York City who aspire to pursue careers in the health professions. Recently, she served as the University of California Postbaccalaureate Consortium Coordinator, where she was instrumental in developing a joint collaborative structure for admissions, recruitment, and outreach for the UCD, UCI, UCLA, and UCSF Postbacc programs. Mary Rose significantly contributed to the successful application submission and the awarding of a 3-year grant from The California Wellness Foundation that supports the UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium’s operations. She also served as the UC Davis Postbaccalaureate Program Coordinator. She was responsible for the development and implementation of undergraduate pathway program initiatives. Mary Rose is an advocate for underrepresented and disadvantaged prehealth students. Ultimately, she wishes to serve as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and continue to champion healthcare workforce diversity initiatives.
Fatima Tisseverasinghe, MPH, MSN, RN-BC
Fatima currently lives and works in New Jersey and is working on completing her DNP. She has been a Registered Nurse for many years and a Nurse Leader for over 15 years.
She is passionate about improving quality of care and the patient experience. Throughout hercareer as a Nurse Leader she has encouraged the front line nurses to be innovative. She was fortunate to be part of the NurseHack4Health, and is inspired by the Nurse Scientists and Entrepreneurs she met at the event.
Gigi van den Hoef MHS, BSc, RN, CCRP
As a nurse clinician with over 25 years’ experience, and a certified clinical research professional with leadership, management and business experience, Gigi started MSL & RN Consulting in 2015. Gigi became involved in research for people living with Parkinson disease (PD) and later in the community as a care manager focusing on people living with PD (PwP) and their families. She learned early that there is a need for nursing in the community for PwP and their families. In late 2016, Gigi initiated the Canadian Network of Nurses for Parkinson disease (CNNPD) to connect more nurses and to build a network of nurses knowledgeable in PD. The CNNPD continues to build momentum and scholarship.
In addition, to growing her business, Gigi is active with nurse leaders across Canada and starting on June 1, 2021 she will lead as President for the Canadian Association of Self-Employed Registered Nurses (https://www.case-rns.ca/) serving a 2-year volunteer term.
Gigi’s personal philosophy is to make a difference in the quality of lives for people living with neurodegenerative diseases in the community and in healthcare by leading new initiatives, advocating and managing through hard work, collaboration, creativity, inclusiveness, transparency, integrity and high ethical standards.
Gigi is thrilled to be selected as a scholarship recipient for the first ever official SONSIEL – Drexel University Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate Program.Gigi is looking forward to acquiring the skills necessary to develop, present, and transform further ideas into reality, shaping the future of health and healthcare for the better.
Flora Wakhudu, RN, BScN, KRCHN
Flora, RN, BScN is a Board – Certified and Registered Community Health Nurse presently in Kenya and a proud alumna of the Kenya Methodist University where she earned her BSc in Nursing.
She has over 8 years of clinical experience in healthcare as a bedside nurse and midwife which began initially at Kenyatta National Hospital, Coast General- and Kakamega- Teaching & Referral Hospital for 4 years, then a School Nurse at the Aga Khan Academy for 4 years and most recently at the East Africa Tea Trade Association as a Clinical Nurse Consultant offering technical support for the implementation of the Covid-19 preparedness plan, screening, case management, infection prevention and control measures.
Flora’s experiences have shaped her nursing practice to work with families and kindled her passion for improving the quality of life of women and children.
s a participant of the recently concluded NurseHack4Health Hackathon 2021 and now, a SONSIEL – Drexel Nurse Innovation and Entrepreneurship scholarship recipient, Flora hopes to further her idea to help improve the lives of the many unsung heroes – the ‘Caregivers.’
Outside work, Flora spends most of her time volunteering her nursing expertise as a Medical Coordinator at the King’s Outreach Church as well as discharging her Pastoral duties under the Ministry of Repentance & Holiness.
Her combination of Clinical experience and Pastoral Care provides a strong foundation for the kind of holistic approach to healthcare delivery; which she feels is critical to better patient outcomes that considers not only the physical aspects of a patient’s illness, but the emotional and spiritual aspects as well.
Flora is a daughter to wonderful parents, a sister to loving siblings, and a mentor to many.
Jonathan Zhu is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. His passion for nursing started in high school when he began volunteering at a local hospital and senior center. There, he was able to interact with patients and realize the value of treating the
whole person by empathizing with their background. In many situations, taking the time to have a genuine conversation with someone was just as valuable as the physical treatment they
received. This was a lesson that persisted with him even through his first nursing hackathon, NurseHack4Health, where he worked on a team that aimed to provide support for caregivers of the elderly and disabled.
As a nursing student, he has been involved in a number of community service projects, such as the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, Penn Community Champions, and COVID-19 Phone Banking. He also currently works as an assistant for the Penn Nursing Innovation
department, where he has worked on initiatives such as Design Thinking for Health, the Amplify Nursing podcast, and the Penn Nursing Innovation Accelerator.
Outside of nursing, he is also interested in the psychology and healthcare management fields. When he is not obsessively sorting through his Google Calendar, you can find him going for runs at the crack of dawn, playing sports, or eating Korean fried chicken and boba with friends. In the future, Jonathan plans to pursue a DNP in Nurse Anesthesia and is excited to engage in more clinical research and contributions to nursing innovation.
Marlissa Esquivel, BSN, RN, AMB-BC
Marlissa Esquivel, BSN, RN, AMB-BC is an Ambulatory Care Nurse Manager for 15 specialty clinics in a large safety net hospital system in Texas. She is currently completing a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration at Lamar University. Marlissa is passionate about innovation and evidenced-base care in her continued efforts to improve access to care for those communities that are most vulnerable and underserved.
Josiah Jackson-Okesola is a multi-award-winning nurse innovator, outstanding global nursing leader, certified digital media strategist and passionate public speaker.
In recognition of his contribution in the field of nursing advocacy and leadership, he earned his first international award in 2013 from the highest global nursing body, the International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland.
His exploits in the field of digital media innovation after going back to school to study media broadcasting school won him the highly revered national award - Nigeria Healthcare Excellence Awards (Media Broadcast Category), making him the first nurse ever in his home country to win that category.
As a result of his volunteering efforts, he earned a global appointment to coordinate the Nursing Now Global Campaign for Nigeria, a campaign powered by the World Health Organization & International Council of Nurses with the aim of raising the profile and status of nurses and midwives around the world.
In July 2018, Josiah Jackson-Okesola resigned from his high paying clinical nursing job in the Oil & Gas sector to further pursue his passion in the field of Nursing Innovation, EntrepreNEURship and Global Nursing Leadership.
He is a member, Board of Trustees, Inspire Nurses Network Africa and a member of the Advisory Panel for America’s foremost media advocacy organization, ‘The truth About Nursing’ U.S.A.
Josiah Jackson-Okesola is currently working with some of Africa’s most innovative nurses on shaping the future of African nursing in the field of nursing innovation.
Audio-Visual Profile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuD1a1J6ClQ
Shawna M. Butler, DNP, JD, RN, CPHRM
After working as an acute care nurse, nurse attorney, risk manager and faculty member for years, Dr. Butler identified the harm that the healthcare clinicians experienced in the course of stressful patient care, patient safety events and/or unexpected complications. She is passionate about protecting, educating, and supporting clinicians in order for them to be ideally situated to provide optimal care to their patients and to maintain their own health and well-being. She has worked as a medical telemetry nurse, patient safety specialist, risk manager, and has also educated nursing and healthcare students for more than 15 years on ethical, legal and health policy issues. She holds BSN, Juris Doctor and DNP degrees. In her professional roles, she provides support, advocacy, outreach and education related to legal, ethical and healthcare harm to clinicians. Better cared for clinicians leads to better patient outcomes. She is also currently building her business, Nurse Attorney Educator, in order to have a more meaningful impact on clinicians and patients.
Andrea Jaramillo, RN
Andrea Jaramillo is an Ambulatory Quality, Safety and
Risk Nurse Specialist, and a Certified Forest Therapy
Guide in training. She has worked in healthcare for more
than 15 years in a variety of roles and settings ranging
from ambulatory care, labor and delivery, cardiac surgery
research, Interpreting services, and in the community.
These experiences have given her a broad understanding
of systems, operations and the continuum of care. Andrea
is committed to improving the way we deliver care by
driving innovation with empathy, data and a deep
understanding of the problem affecting our communities.
Andrea is an amateur ukulele player, avid MindMaper and
Biomimicry nerd. She was born in Ecuador and currently
lives with her husband Pablo in Boston,MA.
Rhonda J. Manns, MBA, BSN, RN FIEL
Recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Leaders in Nursing, Rhonda Manns is a registered nurse and technology leader with a contagious passion for mentoring others and elevating the public perception, value, and inclusion of nurse professionals in non-traditional spaces.
With a career background in emergency nursing, rare diseases, population health, and Health IT, she decided to obtain her MBA to bridge the gap between clinical care delivery and strategic business leadership.
Presently, she uses her clinical background to influence agile software development teams to create digital health products and serves on the SONSIEL Board of Directors.
In her free time, Rhonda enjoys being a mentor to others and elevating the public perception, value, and inclusion of nurses in non-traditional workspaces. As a contributing author to the award-winning “Rebel Nurse Handbook - A compilation of inspirational stories of nurse leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs,” her hope for the future includes creating an equitable future for healthcare delivery.
Jennifer Wallace MSN, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor Lawrence Memorial Regis College
Jen is a Boston-based maternal-child health academic and clinical Nurse Educator at Lawrence Memorial Regis College. She has extensive clinical experience in a variety of perinatal settings including newborn ICU, inpatient newborn and postpartum, home care, and community health OB education. She obtained the National League for Nursing's Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential in December of 2020. As a member of SONSIEL's inaugural fellowship program (2019-2020), she was able to further her interests in innovation in teaching, learning, and technology in Nursing Education. Jen has experience integrating Universal Design for Learning, Design Thinking for Healthcare, and Open Educational Resources into course curricula. She has a growing interest in Virtual Reality Simulation and along with colleagues was recently awarded a faculty development grant which will provide partial funding for VR headsets. As a member of the Faculty Development Committee, Jen presented the program, Gamification in Nursing Education: Virtual Reality Simulation.
Jen completed the Quality Matters programs Designing Your Online Course and Independent Applying the QM Rubric. She recently participated in the training program, SPEAK UP Champions: Implicit and Explicit Bias Education which focused on the elimination of health disparities and racial bias in perinatal settings using a quality improvement framework. These have all contributed to Jen’s goal of being able to provide inclusive and accessible didactic and clinical education curricula to Nursing student learners.
Jen contributed to The Rebel Nurse Handbook, Inspirational Stories by Shift Disruptors which received one of the American Journal of Nursing's 2020 Book of Year awards. She has participated as a team leader (May ’20), mentor (Nov 20’), and track lead support (May 21’) for the Health Equity Track during NurseHack4Health events. Jen is looking forward to learning, connecting, and collaborating with other like-minded Rockstar nurses during the SONSIEL/Drexel program!
Greeting SONSIEL Members,
We want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Idriz Limaj and Bonnie Clipper for all the hard work they have done for SONSIEL, serving in the capacity of board member over the past two years.
We look forward to Bonnie and Idriz’s continuous support and wish them all the best in their new endeavors.
This leaves two positions open on the board of directors. The term of these open positions is through June 2023
We are now accepting until August 13, 2021.