Karen N. Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Executive Director, American Nurses Credentialing Center
Dr. Karen Drenkard is the Executive Director of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her previous role was as the Director of the Magnet Recognition Program® for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Drenkard served for nearly 10 years sas the senior vice president of nursing/chief nurse executive of Inova Health System, a five hospital not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in northern Virginia. She is currently serving as an editorial advisor to Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA) and Nursing Administration Quarterly (NAQ). She was the principal investigator in a HRSA-funded research project involving the implementation of a human caring model in acute care hospitals. Drenkard has completed research on the impact of leadership styles of nurse managers and the staff nurses intent to leave. She serves on the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR), is a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, and is a Board member for Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, Virginia. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Drenkard received her doctorate in nursing administration from George Mason University, was a Wharton Nurse Executive Fellow, and a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. In addition to her ANCC certification as a Nurse Executive, Advanced, (NEA-BC) Drenkard is also a Certified Healthcare Quality Professional (CPHQ).
Esther Emard, RN, MSN, MSLIR
Chief Operating Officer, National Committee for Quality Assurance
Esther is the Chief Operating Officer for the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She has over 30 years of health care & health policy experience from staff nursing, critical care specialists to an Associate Director of Nursing to President of Harvard Community Health Plan of New England and then Senior Executive for all Medical and Network Services for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She served as a member of the Medical Reserve Corp for the State of Virginia, Fairfax County as both a RN and an Incident Coordinator from 2005-2011. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Care New England Health Care System in RI and serves as the Vice Chair of the System’s Quality Committee and Co-Chair of the system’s VNA Quality Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurse Association of American and a member of the Executive Committee for the Blueprint for Health for the State of Vermont.
Jean E. Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor, The George Washington University School of Nursing
Dr. Jean Johnson is Dean and Professor of the new School of Nursing (SON) at The George Washington University (GW). She is responsible for all aspects of the school and provided leadership in the establishment of the SON by the Board of Trustees in May 2010. Prior to serving as Dean, Dr. Johnson was Senior Associate Dean for the Health Sciences Programs. During that time she expanded the Health Sciences Programs from a small student enrollment to nearly 1,000 students and added several important programs including the Doctor of Physical Therapy as well as Clinical Research Administration and the nursing programs. She has been extensively involved in the national leadership of nurse practitioner education throughout her career and has served as President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and President of the American College of Nurse Practitioners. She has also been active in legislative and regulatory policy focusing on nursing issues. Dr. Johnson has Co-chaired the National Task Force on Evaluation Criteria for Nurse Practitioner Programs and has also facilitated the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Consensus Group that established a new regulatory model for advance practice nursing. In addition, she has served on the Pew Health Professions Commission, the National Fund for Medical Education, and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Primary Care. Dr. Johnson was also a fellow in the Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship. Dr. Johnson was the National Program Director for a $20 million dollar project to take primary care educational programs into underserved areas national-wide. She was also the Principle investigator of the National Nursing Emergency Preparedness Initiative and is spearheading efforts to train nurses to be prepared for terrorism and natural disasters. In addition, Dr. Johnson has worked internationally on nursing issues in Saudi Arabia, Eritrea and South Africa. She has been highly involved in quality improvement in nursing and was the co-PI of a Robert Wood Johnson INQRI grant, is a senior consultant on the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care, and has worked in quality improvement in nursing homes creating innovative materials and presentations to members of the American Health Care Association for many years. She is also faculty on the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing project. Dr. Johnson was voted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1996; she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties; and was made an honorary member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in 2009.