Nursing | Law
Determined to spend her life helping others, Jan Klosterman set her sights on being a nurse at a young age. She worked hard to achieve her goal, earning a nursing diploma from the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in 1979 and eventually becoming a certified nurse life care planner. After decades of clinical experience, her journey brought her to a new niche: medical and legal consulting. She fell in love with the work, and to bolster the knowledge gained from hands-on experience, obtained certification in life care planning in 1999 and Medicare set-aside consulting in 2005, and became a certified brain injury specialist in 2014.
Ms. Klosterman used her unique background to open Klosterman & Associates in 2006, and is currently working to provide litigation and expert witness services. One of her main responsibilities with the firm is life care planning, which includes determining future care needs for someone who has a catastrophic injury or illness and consulting on related issues.
Nursing | EDUCATION
When Jill Mayo was four, she went to see the school nurse and decided she wanted to be one too. She intended to pursue pediatrics up from that point up until undergraduate school, when she completed a special study in critical care and loved it. Ms. Mayo then applied and was accepted to a critical care nurse internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, which officially changed her focus. During a rotation, she was asked to do a post-conference presentation and they thought she did well enough to do it again, sparking her interest in teaching. She realized she had finally found her niche, and, today, she continues to advance the field as an assistant professor of nursing at the Mississippi College School of Nursing.
Previously, Ms. Mayo garnered experience as an assistant professor of nursing at the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama, an assistant professor of nursing at Troy State University, a consultant in the College of Continuing Studies at the University of Alabama, and a consultant and content expert in the testing development assessment unit at Excelsior College. She also held positions as a teacher of a basic EKG course for MS Baptist Medical Center and a faculty member for Macy’s Bio-Prep Summer School. The highlight of Ms. Mayo’s career was being able to contribute to the education of so many nurses. She finds it extremely rewarding when past students come back to her and tell her that something she taught got them out of a challenging situation.
Nursing | Education
A prominent figure in the health care industry, Bonnie W. Battey has remained invested in the future of the field for more than six decades. She is primarily focused on topics like Nursing ethics, communication and critical thinking, and is currently preparing a research project on continuing education sponsored by the American Holistic Nurse Association. She hopes to find new ways to integrate spirituality into common hospital practice.
In addition to her present endeavors, Dr. Battey has been a consultant and a private practitioner in Nursing since 1985. She garnered the experience necessary for her work through previous roles as an adjunct professor for the Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing, an adjunct associate professor at George Mason University, and a professor in the Shenandoah University School of Health Professions. Dr. Battey has also served as a nurse with the Pitt County Memorial Hospital, now the Vidant Medical Center, and in various Nursing faculty positions with East Carolina University. Other professional credits include director of graduate studies at the University of North Dakota School of Nursing and chairman of the Department of Nursing at Memphis State University, now the University of Memphis. She was responsible for developing a number of courses, workshops, and seminars for the institutions she was involved with.
Health Care | Nursing
Driven by a lifelong interest in nursing, Annemarie Theodore has spent nearly two decades advancing in her field. She is presently the supervisor of Presentation Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center, a 110-bed, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified facility that offers short-term and long-term custodial and intermediate nursing care, with a special focus on the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. As an expert in health care administration, Ms. Theodore is responsible for administering care to patients, overseeing the long-term care facility, assessing patients, interacting with their families, scheduling procedures, and supervising four units, including four licensed nurses and 10 certified nursing assistants. Her caring and peaceful nature has served her well in her endeavors, as it has allowed her to create bonds and strong relationships with both her patients and her peers.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Theodore earned an Associate of Science in registered nursing from Bunker Hill Community College in 1997 and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Emmanuel College in 2004. She ensures that she remains current in her field by affiliating with prominent organizations like the American Nurses Association. Looking to the future, she hopes to continue to experience professional growth. She is motivated by the fact that she wakes up everyday loving what she does.
Nursing | EDUCATION
Dr. Jeanne Salyer knew she wanted a career in nursing from the time she was five years old and played nurse with her grandfather. Now an expert in cardiovascular and pulmonary nursing, Dr. Salyer began her career at the University of Alabama with a diploma in nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in medical-surgical nursing. She went on to earn a PhD in nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Dr. Salyer completed postdoctoral training in outcomes research at the University of Minnesota. She attributes her success to the importance her family placed on getting a great education.
During her distinguished career, Dr. Salyer held numerous positions at the School of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University, including interim chair of adult health and nursing systems, project codirector of outcomes research in nursing administration, and assistant professor in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, where she is presently an associate professor. In that role, Dr. Salyer teaches standards of professional practice and performance. She works with doctoral students to help them with their critical thinking and collaborations with their advisors, and assists with the curriculum.
Health Care | Nursing
Determined to thrive in the medical field, Patricia Barber worked hard to make her dreams a reality. Her journey began in 1974 at the University of Minnesota, where she served as a staff nurse until she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1975. She proceeded to become certified as a registered nurse in Colorado, Illinois and Minnesota, and in 1978, she became certified as a nurse practitioner through the University of Illinois. Ms. Barber also became the transplant coordinator for the institution that year. She stayed until 1990, when she transferred to join Denver Presbyterian, which became Denver Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in 1993. Her tenure with the hospital lasted until 1999 in a variety of positions, such as nurse practitioner in the emergency room, nurse practitioner of cardiovascular in-patient service, nurse practitioner of nephrology, and nurse practitioner of in-patient service.
Upon leaving the health care facility, Dr. Barber decided to turn her career in a new direction and focus on using her experiences to mentor the youth entering the field. She started as an associate professor of nursing at the Health Education Center at the Community College of Denver in 1999 and stayed until her retirement in 2012. During that time, she also served the college as the acting chair of the nursing board of directors and as the director of online education. From 2003 to 2008, Ms. Barber rejoined the practical medical world as a cardiovascular nurse practitioner for Cardiovascular Associates. Although she is now retired, she continues to share her expertise as a consultant in Chicago.
Nursing | EDUCATION
Fueled by her desire to help others, Dr. Marilyn A. Ray has enjoyed a long career in nursing and education. She started out by earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Colorado, and a diploma from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Hamilton, Ontario. She obtained a Master of Arts in cultural anthropology from McMaster University in Hamilton, and went on to earn a PhD in transcultural nursing from the University of Utah. Furthermore, she received an honorary degree from Nevada State College. She is a certified transcultural nurse and registered nurse in the state of Florida.
Dr. Ray presently holds the position of professor emerita at Florida Atlantic University. She previously served as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University and as a professor of the College of Nursing at the university. Notably, she was selected as a Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar at the College of Nursing there. Some of her other roles included assistant professor at the University of Colorado, assistant professor at the School of Nursing at McMaster University, and instructor at the School of Nursing at the University of San Francisco. One of the highlights of Dr. Ray’s career was serving as an officer in the Air National Guard and in the U.S. Air Force Reserve in the field of aerospace nursing. She is a veteran of the Vietnam and Gulf War conflicts and retired as a colonel after 32 years of service in 1999. She continues to consult with the U.S. Air Force to this day.
Spanning nearly five decades, Frances J. Terry’s career as a professional nurse has been met with much acclaim. She broke down barriers and advanced her field, opening doors for all nurses in health settings such as hospitals, community health institutions, public schools, community mental health agencies, and advanced educational institutions. Ms. Terry is noted as the first African-American student to graduate from Seattle University’s nursing program, which she did with a Bachelor of Science in 1951, and as the second to graduate from any nursing school in the state. She eventually returned to school to earn a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Washington in 1981, furthering her academic accomplishments. She is also licensed as an advanced registered nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
As director of health services at the Northwest Center for the Developmentally Challenged, Ms. Terry performed health appraisals, monitored and administered medication, kept accurate records, organized and led therapeutic groups for males, females, and co-ed clients to improve self-esteem, kept the environment safe by following established nursing standards, and worked effectively with parents, teachers, and staff for the best possible care of the patients with special needs. During her time at Northwest Center, she obtained a grant that established an after-school program for the special needs children whose parents did not get home from work until late in the day.
A strong sense of empathy and strength of character are the noteworthy assets that define Barbara A. Chalk, a nurse with a big heart. Having earned a diploma in nursing from the House of Good Samaritan Hospital in Watertown, N.Y., in 1957, Ms. Chalk spent the majority of her 43 years in neurosurgery at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, one of just five Level 1 trauma centers in Virginia. There, she held the title of clinical coordinator of the neurosurgery operating room from 1975 to 2000, when she ultimately retired. Her previous positions include head nurse in the neurosurgery operating room at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville from 1959 to 1975 and operating room staff nurse at the House of Good Samaritan Hospital from 1957 to 1959.
Over the years, Ms. Chalk has been actively involved in a number of prominent professional organizations. She has contributed to the clinical core curriculum and the surgical core curriculum of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), and was the national treasurer of the group from 1975 to 1979. Further, Ms. Chalk has served AANN’s southeastern chapter in Virginia as president-elect and publicity chairman in 1981 and 1978, president from 1979 to 1980, member of the finance commission from 1975 to 1979, and chairman of the admission commission from 1973 to 1975. She also joined the Association of University Registered Nurses (AURN) as vice president, president, and publicity commission chairman, and is the co-editor of “Core Curriculum for Operating Room Nurses –Neurosurgery.”
Nursing | PSYCHOLOGY
Throughout her notable career as a nurse and psychologist, Eliza Hudson-Zonn has cared for patients in numerous settings, including psychiatric centers, private homes, geriatric centers, and critical care departments. She is currently the director of nursing at the Arc of Morris Chapter in Morris County, N.J., where she has worked since 2015, and at the Medical Day Care Center and the New Community Extended Care Center in Newark, N.J., where she has worked since 2003. She is also a supervising nurse at Interim Healthcare, Inc., and a private duty nurse at Maxim Healthcare, Inc., where she has worked since 1990. Previously, Ms. Hudson-Zonn garnered experience as the director of nursing at the American Red Cross of Morristown Home and Hospital Skilled Home Care and Better Care Nursing Health Services, a supervisor at St. Mary's Life Center Pope John Paul II Pavilion, a staff nurse at United Children's Hospital and Montclair General Hospital, a critical care nurse at National Staffing Association Inc. and Midpoint Professional Agency, and a private nurse at Beth Israel Medical Center.
Apart from her nursing duties, Ms. Hudson-Zonn has supported several noteworthy endeavors both internationally and domestically. She has been a health adviser for women refugees in the Union of Sierra Leone for Liberia from 1990 to 1995, a human rights advocate for the Movement for Justice in Africa since 1975, a rural health volunteer for Red Cross Liberia in Monrovia from 1973 to 1974, and membership recruiter for the Student Unification Party in Monrovia from 1975 to 1976. Additionally, she has been a member of the leadership council at the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2003, coordinator and health services director of the Liberian Community Association of New Jersey in 2001, counselor at St. Elmo Baptist Church in 1982, and counselor at Providence Baptist Church in 1975.