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Nursing Advisory Board

The School of Nursing's Advisory Board is comprised of recognized nurse leaders throughout the state, representing various health care sectors and settings. The Advisory Board serves as a vital link between academe and health care institutions in educating the present and future healthcare workforce at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels. 

The purpose of the Board is to advise the Dean and faculty on national health care trends, legislative and regulatory changes, and workforce issues that advance the goals of the School of Nursing to prepare nurses for 21st century health care practice.  

Mary Ann Donohue-Ryan, PhD, RN, APN, NEA-BC
Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Benjamin Evans, DD, DNP, RN, APN, PMHCNS-BC
President, New Jersey State Nurses Association
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the APN Track
Felician University School of Nursing

Ruben D. Fernandez, MA, RN
VP of Patient Care Services Palisades Medical Center

Karen Gentile, RN
Director of Nursing, Inglemoor Rehabilitation and Care Center

Linda Gural, MSN, RN
Director of Clinical Services
Bartley Healthcare Nursing and Rehabilitation
Past Board Member, American Nurses Association

Nancy E. Holecek, MSHA, RN, NE-BC
Senior VP of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer
RWJBarnabas Health, Northern Region
Visiting Professor, Felician University School of Nursing

Ramonita Jimenez, DNP, MPA, RN, NE-BC
Administrator, Department of Patient Care
Hackensack University Medical Center

Lucille A. Joel, EdD, RN, FAAN
Professor, Rutgers – The State University School of Nursing
Past President, American Nurses Association

Diann Johnston, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President Patient Care Services
Monmouth Medical Center

Lynn Kearney, MS, RN, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Judith Padula, MSN, RN
Vice President, Patient Care Services and
Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System

Gayle Pearson, DrPh, RN
Education Consultant
New Jersey State Board of Nursing

JoAnne Penn, MA, RN, BC
Board Member and Past President, New Jersey State Nurses Association
Chair, American Nurses Association PAC
Pediatric Primary Care, Private Practice

Norma L. Rodgers, BSN, RN, CCRA
Past President New Jersey State Nurses Association
Senior Site Manager, Oncology Clinical Trials

Rosemarie D. Rosales, DNP, RN, CCRN, CPHQ
Corporate Regional Director, Hemodialysis Service, Prime Healthcare Management

Barbara Rosen
HPAE State Secretary/Treasurer
Health Professionals Allied Employees

Mary Beth Russell, PhD, RN
Vice President of Clinical Education
Barnabas Health
Director of Nursing Education and Research
RWJ Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Philip Scala, Esq.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Bartley Healthcare Nursing and Rehabilitation

Judith Schmidt, MSN, RN
Chief Executive Officer
New Jersey State Nurses Association

MaryPat Sullivan, MSN, RN, CNS
Chief Nursing Officer
Overlook Hospital

Carolyn T. Torre, MA, RN, APN
Practice Consultant

Ann Twomey, RN
President, Health Professionals and Allied Employees Union

Melinda S. Weber, DNP, RN, APN, AKON, C
Director of Care Transformation
John Theurer Cancer Center
Hackensack Meridian Health