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The New York State Action Coalition is led by experts in the nursing and nonprofit sectors:

two nurse co-leads (one upstate and one downstate) and one non-nurse co-lead.

NYSAC Co-Leads

New York State Action Coalition

c/o Center for Nursing

2113 Western Ave.

Guilderland, NY 12084

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Deborah C. Stamps, EdD, MS, RN, GNP, NE, BC

Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer of Newark-Wayne Community Hospital.

Dr. Stamps is responsible for managing key clinical units and for ensuring system integration of nursing leadership, clinical initiatives and high standards of quality care and service. Her involvement in the community is also impressive, having recently been awarded the March of Dimes – New York State Chapter Volunteer of the Year and the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club – 2010 Sojourner Truth Award. This award is the highest recognition this organization bestows and is a national distinction for her many community activities. In 2011 she was inducted in the Monroe Community Colleges’ Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2012, a graduate of Leadership Rochester Program, Athena Award Finalist, and the American Heart Association Women of Distinction Award. Dr. Stamps was recently selected as a board member of March of Dimes, is a member of the Finger Lakes Organization of Nurse Executives, The Northeast Regional Director for Chi Eta Phi Sorority, a co-lead for New York State Action Coalition: Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. In addition, she has been published in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Procedure Manual, the Medsurg Nursing Journal, and the Critical Care Journal. She has also conducted research on the topic of Horizontal Violence. She earned her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurses from the Educational Opportunity Center, an Associate’s Degree from Monroe Community College, a Baccalaureate Degree from SUNY Brockport, a Master’s Degree from Nazareth College, completed the Nurse Leaders of the Future program at Wharton School, and her Doctorate in Education, Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College.

Susan Apold, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, FANP

Clinical Professor of Nursing; Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow; NYU College of Nursing

Dr. Apold is the founding Dean and Professor of Nursing and Health Studies at Concordia College in New York. She is currently the Clinical Professor of Nursing at New York University’s College of Nursing. Dr. Apold previously served at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, where she held a number of positions from faculty to Dean of the Department of Nursing and finally as the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty.  In that capacity, Dr. Apold developed and implemented both an Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner program. Dr. Apold is the author of a variety of publications, has presented at a number of national conferences and has been awarded over 3 million dollars in HRSA program grants, which have funded Workforce Diversity and Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students.

In 2011, Dr. Apold was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow and in 2014, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  She is a member of the 2013 Cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson’s Executive Nurse Fellowship

In addition to her work in nursing education, Dr. Apold has served two terms as President of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) and The Nurse Practitioner Association – New York State (The NPA, NY).  Dr. Apold currently sits on the Board of Directors at the AANP and serves as the organization’s Federal Health Policy Committee Chair and also serves on the editorial board of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Steering Committee

Deborah Elliott, RN, BSN, MBA

Executive Director, Center for Nursing at the Foundation of New York State Nurses, Inc. and Nurses House, Inc.

Her professional career began at a community hospital in the Capital District, for which she worked for 27 years, 12 in administrative positions. As a registered professional nurse, Deb’s clinical expertise is in the field of Women’s and Children’s Health, primarily Labor and Delivery.   Upon completion of her MBA from Union Graduate College, Deb has served in various leadership positions, including Executive Director for the Maternal Infant Network of the Capital District and the Deputy Executive Officer for the New York State Nurses Association.

She has directed many programs and projects, including grants provided by the New York Department of Health, New York Department of Labor, New York Department of Education, the United Way, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Deb is a seasoned public speaker, educator and grant writer, and is certified in Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Carol Brewer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor of Nursing at the School of Nursing University at Buffalo

Dr. Brewer conducts research that examines RN workforce participation decisions. Currently she is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a 10-year national panel study of newly licensed RNs, as well as the National Council of Boards of Nursing to examine RN perceptions of quality improvement knowledge. She has also been funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration as a senior analyst for the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to examine longitudinal workforce behavior of RNs in Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Dr. Brewer also is the Director of Nursing for the New York State Area Health Education System Statewide Office, developing NYS AHEC System nursing policy, and nursing and health care workforce development programs.

She serves as the Steering Committee Chair for the Institute for Nursing, the newly established New York State nursing workforce center, and is a member of the NYS Action Coalition Steering Committee: to implement the IOM Future of Nursing report. She has served on AHRQ’s Health Systems Research Study Section, and was a founding member and chairperson of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues Interest Group of Academy Health.

She earned her PhD in Nursing Systems and a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan, and her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Tennessee. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurses. She was awarded the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the New York Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award from the New York State Nursing Association,  and the UB Exceptional Scholar Sustained Achievement Award.

DIANA J. MASON, RN, PhD, FAAN, DHL(Hon.), DSc (Hon.)

Dr. Mason is the Rudin Professor of Nursing, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Health, Media, and Policy (CHMP) at Hunter College; Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY); President of the American Academy of Nursing; serves as Strategic Adviser for the Campaign for Action (an initiative to implement the recommendations from the IOM’s Future of Nursing report, to which she contributed) and is Co-President of the Hermann Biggs Society, a health policy salon in New York City.

Dr. Mason is also a journalist and has produced and moderated a weekly radio program on health and health policy for nearly 30 years. She served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing, blogs for the CHMP and the JAMA News Forum and has served on the National Advisory Committee for Kaiser Health News since its inception.

The author of over 200 publications, she is the lead co-editor of the award-winning book, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care and of The Nursing Profession: Development, Challenges, and Opportunities, part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Book Series. Dr. Mason has received numerous awards for writing and dissemination of health-related information, as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University, an Honorary Doctorate of Science from West Virginia University, and fellowship in the New York Academy of Medicine. She is currently engaged in a study of the intersection of media and health policy.

Maureen White, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN

Ms. White is the senior vice president and chief nurse executive for the North Shore- LIJ Health System, responsible for developing and implementing the health system’s overall nursing policies, protocols, strategic planning and operational standards. Ms. White is also director of the North Shore-LIJ Health System Institute for Nursing which focuses on nursing education, nursing research, the creation of healthy work environments, and the development of future nursing leaders within the health system. Prior to assuming these responsibilities, she served as vice president for patient care services at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center. Before the merger, she held a series of positions at LIJ, including vice president for patient care services, associate director, administrator for patient care services–finance and systems, and nursing care coordinator of the intensive care and open heart units.

In 2012, Ms. White was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2011, she was the recipient of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Mentorship Award. In 2008, Ms. White was the Humanitarian Partner of the Year recipient from Queensborough Community College. She was also a faculty member at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement from 2002 through 2005, focusing on workforce development initiatives. In 2004, Ms. White received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Molloy College and in 2000 she was recognized by AONE, receiving the prestigious Department Wide Innovations Award. Ms. White holds two undergraduate degrees from Molloy College and an MBA from Fordham University

Barbara Zittel, RN, Ph.D.

Dr. Zittel has served as senior manager in the Office of the Profession within the New York State Education Department for over 20 years.  In her role as the Executive Secretary to the NY State Board for Nursing (which she held for 12 years), she held responsibility for the licensure, practice and discipline of approximately 340,000 licensees.  She laid the foundational cornerstone for the Board for Nursing’s 2003 motion related to standardizing the educational requirements for RN licensure to the baccalaureate degree. She serves as a project co-lead for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation / AARP’s Academic Progression in Nursing Grant and serves on the Ellis Medicine Board of Trustees. She is a frequent speaker on nursing topics both nationally and abroad.

Dianne Cooney Miner PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Cooney Miner is the founding dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College and a member of the American Academy of Nursing. Her career reflects substantive accomplishments related to influencing and improving patient care through the vehicle of nursing education. She is a member of the New York State Board for Nursing, a founding board member of ANA NY (the state affiliate of the American Nurses Association), and the Institute for Nursing – New York State Nursing Workforce Center. Working to overcome barriers to NP practice, she secured funds for a Nurse Managed Center to provide primary care to vulnerable populations in Rochester, NY and is the founding co-editor of the DNP Forum, the first online journal focused on the dissemination of DNP clinical practice scholarship.

Dr. Cooney Miner is a former member of the board of trustees of Thompson Health. She now serves on the board of the Children’s Agenda, The Children’s Institute, is a member of Finger Lakes Health System Agency Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement and served as co-chair of the Finger Lakes Health Care Systems Agency Community Engagement Project: BP Control in the Inner City. She has been recognized for her leadership as a finalist for the Athena Women’s Leadership award and as a winner of the Rochester Business Alliance healthcare leadership award.  Her research interests focus on high-performance work teams. She is currently part of the study with Brown University and the Veterans Administration on interdisciplinary team performance in VA Community Living Centers.

Marilyn A. DeLuca, PhD, RN

Member, Advanced Practice work group

Member, Leadership work group
Global Health – Health Systems – Philanthropy

Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Nursing
New York University

Marsha L. Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean and Professor, the School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo-SUNY.

During the past 15 years, Dr. Lewis and her research team have received nearly $2 million in funding from NIH, NINR, NIA, Fogarty International and the Alzheimer’s Association to develop psychoeducational interventions for family caregivers of persons with dementia (the Savvy Caregiver Program (SCP)). The outcomes of the research studies have been disseminated through national and international presentations and publications. Most important, SCP has been translated into a transportable program that is being conducted across the country in 15 states through Alzheimer’s Associations and state agencies on aging. The Administration on Aging highlighted the SCP as one of the Evidence-Based programs they recommend for caregivers and have funded research for further development. Maine, Michigan, and California are part of the Administration on Aging-supported Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP).

Dr. Lewis has influenced nursing education as a leader on the CCNE Board, Accreditation Review and Report Review Committees and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) pilot initiative.  In 2013 she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She was Associate Dean for Education in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Kenya V. Beard, EdD, GNP-BC, NP-C, ACNP-BC, CNE

Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Instruction at Jersey College

Dr. Beard is the Founding Director of the Center for Multicultural Education and Health Disparities, an educational initiative that seeks to disseminate research and best practices that focus on increasing workforce diversity. She currently practices as a nurse practitioner and manages the care of patients with rheumatic diseases. Dr. Beard’s research focuses on strengthening the capacity of academia to graduate a diverse workforce that’s prepared to deliver culturally responsive care and eliminate healthcare disparities.

Dr. Beard recently joined WBAI, 99.5 FM to co-produce the Healthstyles program and broaden conversations around health equity. She is a member of the Future of Nursing New York State Action Coalition steering committee and chairs the sub-committee on diversity. She serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Nursing and is a member of the New York State Board for Nursing. She is also a fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine. She is a 2012 Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar.

She earned her undergraduate degrees in nursing from Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing and Excelsior College in New York. She received her Doctoral degree in educational administration from Dowling College and her Masters of Science degree in adult health from Stony Brook University.

Regional Co-Leads

Northern Metropolitan Region

Deborah Hunt,

Roxy Raffa,


Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, and Sullivan


Finger Lakes Region

Cynthia McCloskey,

Richard Dollinger,


Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Ontario, Yates, Seneca, Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung

Central New York Region

Andrea LaQuay,

Caroline McAuliffe,


St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Herkimer, Oneida, Oswego, Madison, Kayuga, Tompkins, Cortland, Tioga, Chenango, and Broome



Long Island Region

Kathleen Bratby,

Catherine Galla,


Suffolk and Nassau

Greater New York Region

Rosanne Raso,

Grace McGhee,

Rochelle Pinnock,


Bronx, New York, Richmond, Kings, and Queens

Northeastern New York Region

Kathleen Marsch,

Sarah Scarpace,


Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, Washington, Otsego, Schoharie, Albany, Delaware, Greene, Columbia, and Rensselaer


Western New York Region

Linda Steeg,

Karen Ziemianski,


Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany

Strategic Advisory Committee

Ronda Kotelchuck, CEO, Primary Care Development Corporation,

Lorraine Ryan,  Sr. VP, Legal, Regulatory and Professional Affairs, Greater New York Hospital Association,

Douglas Sansted,  Chief Legal Officer, Crystal Run Health Care,

Jo Boufford, MD, President, The New York Academy of Medicine,

Elizabeth H. Swain, President/Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Care Association of NYS,