Speaker Bios

Speaker Bios

Silvia CassianiSilvia Cassiani, PhD, MSc, is the Regional Advisor on Nursing and Allied Health Personnel, Health Systems and Services in the PAHO/WHO Regional Office for the Americas. She received graduate degrees from the College of Nursing at Ribeirao Preto-University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, where she served as dean, department chair for general and specialized nursing, and member of the faculty. Her research and publications have focused upon patient safety. She speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese as she works and travels in support of PAHO centers and their activities. Dr. Cassiani delivers remarks April 7 on "The Work of a World Health Organization Collaborating Center."


Michelle DynesMichelle Dynes, PhD, MPH, MSN, CNM, RN, is a nurse epidemiologist with the CDC Division of Reproductive Health Field Support Branch. She designs, implements, and evaluates research and programmatic activities related to global maternal, newborn, and child health. She also worked with the Division of Global HIV & TB as a Senior Global Nursing Advisor on the African Regulatory Collaborative for Nurses and Midwives and with the Division of Global Health Protection as an EIS officer. Prior to the CDC, she was a nurse-midwife at Mayo Clinic and Yale Midwifery Faculty Practice and a consultant globally. Dr. Dynes speaks April 6 onThe CDC: Serving on the Front Lines of Global Health Care.


Tonda HughesTonda L. Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Global Health in the College of Nursing and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at UIC. She holds Honorary Professor appointments at the University of Technology-Sydney and Deakin University (Australia) and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hughes has a distinguished career in substance abuse research focusing on women (total funding exceeding $20 million USD) and is an internationally recognized expert in sexual minority (i.e., lesbian and bisexual) women’s health. She leads several international capacity-building projects including building partnerships for innovative nursing education and research to advance public health in India, and the UIC Rwanda Human Resources for Health project. Dr. Hughes delivers UMSN's sixth annual Brouse Lecture and keynote address April 5 on "Nurses Hold Up Half the Sky."


Rosemarie L. JoseyRosemarie L. Josey, MSN, MPA, RN, serves as the Atlantic Region director of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation (CNMF). She worked as a nurse in the Bahamas Ministry of Health, then earned an MBA in public administration and a clinical nurse specialist master’s. With a self-described style of “servant leadership and transformational leadership,” she has taken increasing roles of responsibility in global health organizations. She completed two terms as secretary of the Caribbean Nursing Organization and is still CNO nominating chair. She was the first Bahamian nurse elected in London to the CNMF board, and now represents Canada and 13 other countries. Rosemarie Josey speaks April 7 on "Universal Health Care Access in the Americas: The Role of Nurses and Midwives."


Vanessa KerryVanessa Kerry, MD, MSc, is CEO and co-founder of Seed Global Health, a non-profit that deploys U.S. health professionals to serve as faculty in resource-limited countries to build a pipeline of future in-country providers and educators, and strengthen health care delivery capacity. She helped Seed Global Health establish the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a public-private partnership with the Peace Corps, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the countries. Since 2013, GHSP has sent almost 100 volunteers to Uganda, Malawi and Tanzania and trained over 7,200 doctors, nurses, midwives and students. She works as a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, and spearheads the program in Global Public Policy and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she has focused on links between security and health. Dr. Kerry speaks April 6 on “Promoting Work Force Development: The Importance of Nurses and Midwives."


Dr. Jodi LoriJody Lori, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, is Associate Dean for Global Affairs at U-M School of Nursing and  director of the school’s PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center. Her work is based on a human rights approach to reduce maternal mortality disparities globally. Her research centers on community-based interventions to address the high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, and she has extensive fieldwork experience in Ghana, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mexico and Zambia. Dr. Lori delivers the welcome address on April 7 on "The Work of a World Health Organization Collaborating Center."


Annette Mwansa NkowaneAnnette Mwansa Nkowane, MA, BSc, RN, is the "head nurse" for WHO, a technical officer in Health Workforce Department with a focus on nursing and midwifery. She also worked in WHO departments of Mental Health and Substance Dependence and Gender and Women's Health on training, material and program development, monitoring and evaluation, and operational research, and at the International Federation of the Red Cross in Geneva. She has worked as registered nurse-midwife in Zambia, and in the U.S. (Georgia and Illinois). Her publication topic range from alcohol and other substance use, to contribution of nurses and midwives to global initiatives such as polio eradication, to integrated management of childhood illness and HIV/AIDs.  Annette Mwansa Nkowane speaks April 7 on "WHO Advocacy for Universal Health Care Access."


Dr. Kathleen PotempaKathleen Potempa, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Dean and Professor at U-M School of Nursing. Her research focuses on fatigue, exercise, and cardiovascular fitness in physically impaired populations. She has received funding from the NIH, Fogarty International Center, and others. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM) in 2014. Dr. Potempa delivers the welcome address on April 5 and will be honored April 6 at a farewell reception for a decade as dean at UMSN.


Dr. Siriorn SindhuSiriorn Sindhu, DNSc, MS, is an Associate Professor of Surgical Nursing with Mahidol University faculty of nursing, in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to her doctorate, she holds certificates in midwifery and adult surgical nursing. Her areas of focus include women's health and rights and systems research. At UC-San Francisco's 2007 centennial, she was recognized among 100 outstanding alumni and faculty making significant contributions to the nursing profession and/or health care. Dr. Sindhu speaks April 6 on "Women’s Health and Women’s Rights."


UMSN Students Past and Present: Making a Global Impact

  • Kristen Choi (BSN ‘14) is a second-year PhD student and Hillman Scholar at U-M School of Nursing. Her research focuses on abused, neglected, and exploited children. She is interested in health services research, policy, and system interventions to detect and prevent violence against children and complex psychological trauma. She is part of the U-M effort working to establish a health and legal clinic in Ethiopia for victims of human trafficking.

  • Belinda Fish (MS ‘14) is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Wayne State University College of Nursing. She has volunteered on health-oriented trips to Kenya, Haiti, and Honduras and  recently spent six weeks in Sierra Leone treating Ebola patients.  Fish plans to return to Kenya in March 2016 with 10 nursing students for a community health nursing and nursing school collaborative experience. She has a strong interest in developing methods for improved patient care in resource-poor environments.

  • Clara Julien (BSN ‘10, MS ‘14) was U-M School on Nursing’s first Coverdell Fellow, a program in partnership with the Peace Corps for returned volunteers earning their master’s degree. One of her clinical placements was at Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center in Detroit, where she now works as a family nurse practitioner.

  • Nthabiseng Phaladze (MS ‘95, PhD ‘99) is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Botswana. Her areas of specialization are nursing administration and community health nursing. Her research interests are HIV/AIDS and health care policy, human resources in primary health care settings in sub-Saharan Africa, and self-care and compassionate fatigue among nurses.

UMSN Work in PAHO Region

  • Hilda Alcindor, RN, PhD(h), FAAN, is dean of the Faculté des Sciences Infirmières (FSIL) de l'Université Episcopale d'Haïti, the first 4-year baccalaureate school of nursing in Haiti. She worked internationally for over 40 years in home health, critical care, emergency, administration, and school health. Her commitment to leadership has included numerous articles, mentoring, and oversight of $16 million USD in economic and healthcare growth in Haiti.

  • Esther C. Gallegos Cabriales, PhD, is a professor at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. Dr. Gallego Cabriale is a leader in promoting graduate nursing programs, including the design of the first nursing master’s and doctoral degrees in Mexico. She is also actively engaged in improving clinical development and critical thinking in nursing students. Gallegos Cabriale’s research focuses on risk for chronic diseases, including diabetes, and vulnerable populations.

    UMSN Panelists
  • Clinical Assistant Professor Nancy Gallagher, PhD, APRN-BC

  • Clinical Instructor Mary Martinez-McCormick, MS, FNP

  • Clinical Instructor Norma Sarkar, MPH, RN

  • Professor Barbara Brush, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN

  • Clinical Instructor Megan Eagle, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC