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
Margaret A. Farrell Daingerfield EdD, RN, CNE
  • Professor Emerita Felician University
  • NJSNA Board of Directors
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
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