Dr. Eileen O’Grady is a certified nurse practitioner and wellness coach. She owns a practice specializing in moving individuals toward lifestyles that support wellness. She currently serves as adjunct faculty, where she has built/taught health policy courses in the Graduate Schools of Nursing at Pace, Georgetown, Duke, and George Washington Universities. She is a founder and vice chair of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and was a U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Loretta Ford Lifetime Achievement Award and the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners Advocate of the Year Award. Dr. O’Grady edited Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach (5th ed.) and Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care (7th ed.). She holds BS and MPH degrees from George Washington University and MSN and PhD degrees in Nursing/Health Policy from George Mason University.
Dr. Foley is Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing and Director of the Center for Nursing Research and Innovation at UCSF. She is Assistant Director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at UCSF. Dr. Foley is a member of the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes Board of Directors and past president of the American Nurses Association and the National Student Nurses Association. She was a nurse for 19 years at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, where she worked a staff nurse, Director of Nursing, and Safety Officer. In 2011 she became Nursing Co-Lead for the IOM California Action Coalition and has developed a special interest in Academic Progression. She is Co-Chair of the HealthImpact and California Action Coalition Advisory Council. Dr. Foley received her Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Occupational Health and her PhD in Nursing from UCSF.
Lauren Inouye is Associate Director of Government Affairs for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), which represents more than 790 baccalaureate and graduate schools of nursing across the country. In this role, she works to advance policy and advocacy initiatives surrounding higher nursing education, research, and practice. Ms. Inouye manages AACN’s Grassroots Network, which comprises more than 12,000 AACN member deans, faculty, students, and practicing nurses. She is also Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, School of Nursing. Prior to her role at AACN, Ms. Inouye practiced as registered nurse in the Adult Medical Intensive Care Unit at Georgetown University Hospital and served as co-chair of the hospital’s Legislative Council from 2009 to 2011. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan and her Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Dr. Mason is the Rudin Professor of Nursing and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Health, Media, and Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing and serves as Strategic Adviser for the Campaign for Action, an initiative to implement the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report, to which she contributed. Dr. Mason has moderated a weekly radio program on health and health policy for almost 30 years and served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing for more than 10 years. She has served on the National Advisory Committee for Kaiser Health News since its inception. The author of more than 200 publications, Dr. Mason 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. Carolyn Montoya, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, her accomplishments include serving as a Robert Wood Johnson Nursing and Health Policy Fellow from 2008-2013; publishing numerous articles and book chapters, furthering the academic knowledge base in nursing; and serving in leadership positions at both the state and national levels, including President, Board Member, and state affiliate representative of the American College of Nurse Practitioners; President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners; Chair of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Associates Cultural Considerations Work Group for the Guidelines for Prevention of Child Obesity; and Co-Chair of the American College of Nurse Practitioners Clinical Symposium. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Western Institute of Nursing Carol A. Lindeman Award for a New Researcher for her study, Children’s Self-Perceptions of Weight in a Rural Hispanic Community. She currently serves on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services.
Professor Safriet served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School from 1988 to 2007. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Health Law at Lewis & Clark Law School. She has served as a member of The Pew Health Professions Commission and its Taskforce on Health Care Workforce Regulation and as a Health Law Consultant and Presenter for the Rockefeller Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, the Association of Academic Health Centers, and the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, among many other national organizations. She earned a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law. Professor Safriet has published and lectured extensively on topics of administrative and constitutional law, issues of health care professionals’ licensure and regulation, and health care workforce problems.
RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative Fellows
Ms. Dickson is a public health nurse and an RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative Fellow. She has worked in public health agencies at federal, state, and county levels as a generalist public health nurse, school nurse, diabetes educator, case manager, and director of public health nursing. She is currently a research assistant and teaching assistant at the University of New Mexico, College of Nursing. Ms. Dickson has a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to nursing, she worked in the fields of health insurance, financial planning, and community health. Ms. Dickson served as a small economic development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Argentina and Guatemala.
Beret Ravenscroft is an RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative Fellow and has worked at an emergency shelter for teenagers, a middle school at a psychiatric hospital, and as an attorney at foreclosure and bankruptcy law firms before becoming a registered nurse. As an RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Fellow, she earned a Masters in Nursing, with a concentration in nursing education and is now pursuing a PhD degree in Nursing with a concentration in Health Policy, at the University of New Mexico. Ms. Ravenscroft has been active in leadership in the Graduate Student Nurses Association, the Health Sciences Student Council, and the Graduate and Curriculum Committee at the College of Nursing. She was a trainee in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program in the 2013–2014 cohort, and is Vice President of the national NCIN Scholars Association.