2011 Speakers

Conference Info Pre-Convention Program-at-a-Glance Invited Speakers
Thursday (Day 1) Friday (Day 2) Saturday (Day 3) Sunday (Day 4)

Opening Session

Marilyn R. Gugliucci, PhD
Director, Geriatric Education and Research
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

GugiucciDr. Gugliucci is a nationally-known gerontologist with more than three decades experience in her field. She is the Immediate Past President, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. She holds her doctorate in gerontology from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Gugliucci has held positions of increasing responsibility at the University of New England since joining UNE in 1989. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she is an adjunct professor of gerontology, working closely with a wide range of healthcare professionals, from physicians and pharmacists, to nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and others. Her innovative work in orienting students to life as nursing home patients has earned national attention.


Keynote Session – 2011 NGNA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 

Meridean L. Maas, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor Emerita
Co-Director of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence
The University of Iowa, College of Nursing

Meridean L. MaasMeridean L. Maas, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita, College of Nursing, The University of Iowa, received her doctorate in Sociology of Organizations from Iowa State University in 1979 and joined The University of Iowa faculty in 1983. Her funded programs of research include: testing the effects of a Family Involvement in Care intervention on family members of institutionalized Alzheimer’s patients, staff caregivers, and persons with AD, and Nursing Outcomes Classification research to develop, classify and validate patient outcomes that are sensitive to nursing interventions. Dr. Maas is currently conducting research with electronic clinical data, including standardized nursing data, to assess the cost effectiveness of nursing interventions on outcomes for older persons hospitalized with congestive heart failure and pneumonia.


General Sessions 

Suzanne Prevost. RN, PhD, COI – President-Elect Sigma Theta Tau
Professor; Associate Dean for Practice and Engagement
The University of Kentucky, College of Nursing

Suzanne PrevostSuzanne Prevost earned her master’s degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and her PhD from Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Prevost assumed her associate dean position at the University of Kentucky in August 2008. In this position she manages the College’s faculty practice plan and continuing education programs and serves as a liaison between the College, UK HealthCare, and other collaborating clinical facilities. Dr. Prevost is President-Elect of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nurses. She will assume the office of President in November 2011. Her current research programs focus on increasing the use of technology in colleges of nursing and improving end-of-life care. She is currently serving as co-investigator on two HRSA grants focused on increasing the use of educational technologies.

Karen Robinson, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, FAAN – Outcomes of Caregivers
Professor of Nursing Education
University of Louisville, School of Nursing

Karen Robinson Karen Robinson, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, FAAN, is a professor at the University of Louisville School of Nursing in Louisville, Ky.  In October 2007 she was named as the first recipient of the American Association Retired Persons (AARP)/American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Joint Fellowship Program. Robinson, an expert in Geropsychiatric Nursing and issues related to caregiving for persons with dementia, spent a year examining health policy and program planning at the AARP Public Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.  Supported by both the AAN and AARP, the program is designed to prepare nurse leaders to play a more prominent role in health policy development at the national level.

Margaret Moss, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN – American Indian Affairs
Associate Professor, Director of Nursing, Management, Policy and Leadership Specialty
Yale School of Nursing

Margaret P. Moss Margaret P. Moss, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, was recently appointed Associate Professor and Specialty Director of the Nursing Management, Policy, and Leadership program at Yale University School of Nursing (YSN). Dr. Moss received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas at Houston, Health Sciences Center in 2000. She is one of only 16 doctorally-prepared American Indian nurses in the country and the only one to focus solely on aging. She completed a two-year post-doctorate fellowship at the University of Colorado’s Native Elder Research Center, a resource center for minority aging research.  Concurrently, she entered and completed law school and received her Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law, Saint Paul, MN. She is the first and only American Indian to hold both nursing and juris doctorates.  In 2008-2009, Dr. Moss was named a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, and staffed the Senate Special Committee on Aging. She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2008.

Claudia Beverly, PhD, RN, FAAN – Current State of Healthcare Reform
Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Services, College of Nursing
Director, Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

Claudia Beverly Claudia Beverly, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing. She also serves as Director of the Arkansas Aging Initiative, which includes a network of seven Centers on Aging statewide that provide improved care to older persons throughout Arkansas through quality geriatric healthcare and education. Dr. Beverly is serving her fourth year as a member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Education and Practice that advises the Division on Nursing in the Bureau of Health Professions in the Department of Health and Human Services. She is also a member of the National Commission to study the nursing workforce issue in long-term care, a project of the American Health Care Association. Dr. Beverly’s areas of specialty and research interests include geriatrics and community-based systems of healthcare and social service delivery.

Valerie McCarthy, PhD, RN – Transcendence
Assistant Professor
University of Louisville, School of Nursing

Valerie Lander McCarthy Dr. Valerie Lander McCarthy has been a nurse for forty years, working in critical care, home health, and long-term care before starting her own education and training consulting firm. After “retiring” at the age of 55 McCarthy earned a PhD in nursing with a focus on successful aging. McCarthy is now an assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Nursing. She teaches Community Health and has just completed her third research study on successful aging. McCarthy was recently selected by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing as one of 12 Hartford Scholars and is currently working on obtaining NIH funding for a multi-site longitudinal study.

Breakfast Session 

Tammy Rolfe – The Advancing Excellence Campaign: How the Campaign Tools and Resources will help Nursing Homes with Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement
Field Operations Manager, Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign

Tammy Rolfe is the Field Operations Manager for the Advancing Excellence In America’s Nursing Homes Campaign. Previously, Tammy served as the Director of Quality Improvement and Regulatory Affairs for the Maine Health Care Association, where she was the state’s LANE convener, president of the Culture Change Coalition, and chair of Maine’s POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) group. Tammy has been a strong advocate for long term care culture change and quality improvement. She has nearly 30 years of experience as a licensed nursing home administrator in both Vermont and Maine and worked as a corporate compliance officer in the State Veterans’ Home system. She has also been employed in public health serving as the Assistant Director of the Maine Immunization Program.


Celebrate the Award Winners
Attend the Awards Luncheon to join in the celebration of the award winners. The Judith V. Braun Clinical Research Award for Advancing the Practice of Gerontological Nursing and the Innovations in Practice Award will be presented. Please join the finalist as they make their presentations on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, followed by the Awards Luncheon from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

Judith V. Braun Clinical Research Award for Advancing the Practice of Gerontological Nursing
With this award, NGNA recognizes the scientific contribution of a member or team of nurses who have contributed to advancing the practice of gerontological nursing through research.

Innovations in Practice Award
The annual Innovations in Practice Award recognized creativity, demonstration of leadership, originality, organizational impact, and contribution to gerontological nursing practice.