New Member Spotlight

Welcome to the following NurseTRUST New Members! 

Dr. Teresa Cagle, DNP, PMHNP, MSN
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

McIntosh Trail Community Service Board CSB
Fayetteville, GA

Currently, I work as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in the underserved community for McIntosh Trail Community Service Board (CSB). McIntosh Trail CSB is an accredited public entity that was created by the Georgia legislature in 1993. The CSB provides mental health, developmental disability, and addictive disease services to the community in seven counties within the metro Atlanta area. In addition to providing mental health services to the outpatient clinic patients, I precept PMHNP students, as they prepare to become future practitioners. I believe the future of our healthcare system relies heavily on nursing students who are well prepared and adequately trained to deliver quality patient care. Lastly, I find the outpatient setting to be a prime area for many quality improvement opportunities in treating mental health disorders. I consider mental health as my passion, driving force, and my calling.

Tener Veenema, RN, PhD, MPH, FAAN
Senior Scientist and Senior Scholar, Professor
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Tener Veenema RN PhD MPH FAAN, is Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As an internationally recognized expert in disaster nursing and emergency preparedness, she has been a trailblazer in advancing nursing science and the role of nurses in federal, State and local disaster response. In recognition of her accomplishments, Dr. Veenema is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Nursing, and the Royal College of Surgeons, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Dublin, Ireland. She was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal of Honor (2013), Fulbright US Scholar Award (2017), Visiting Research Scholar to Torrens Disaster Institute (Australia, 2017) and New York University (2018), and received a lifetime achievement award from Columbia University School of Nursing (2019). During the COVID-19 pandemic, she served as Senior Advisor to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Connie Smith-Fassler, DNP, MHA, RN, CNML
Clinical Educator – Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Administration Leadership Program
University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing
Albuquerque, NM

Connie Smith-Fassler, DNP, MHA, RN, CNML, currently serves as the Clinical Educator – Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Administration Leadership Program at the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing. With over 30 years of nursing experience, she retired in 2023 from her position as Executive Director of Ambulatory Surgical Specialties at UNM Hospitals, overseeing 17 surgical clinics. In 2018, Dr. Smith-Fassler earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership. Her current areas of focus include health equity, nursing leadership, professional development, trauma-informed care, and supporting nurses who have experienced trauma. She is deeply committed to nurturing and mentoring students, nurses, and healthcare professionals, exemplified by her volunteer work with the NM BON diversion program over the past three years.

   Trish Anderson, BSN, MBA
   Senior Director of Safety and Quality
   Washington State Hospital Association 
   Seattle, WA

My name is Trish Anderson, BSN, MBA, and I am currently a Senior Director of Safety and Quality. I have held positions of leadership within Safety, Quality and Women’s and Children service lines. I have lead strategic initiatives and statewide projects related to the following topics: Diagnostic excellence, maternal – child programming, opioid stewardship, substance use disorders as well as maternal mental health.

   Jill Reed, PhD, APRN-NP, FNP-BC
   Assistant Professor
   University of Nebraska Medical Center
   Holdrege, NE

Dr. Jill Reed is an Assistant Professor with the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing – Kearney Division. She serves as the Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and is passionate about providing innovative and comprehensive education to graduate nursing students. Dr. Reed is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and maintains a private practice at an urgent care center. She is the co-implementation lead on a 4 year, 4-million-dollar HRSA grant that is focusing on developing a clinical preceptor academy. In addition to this she is interested in securing grant funding to enhance clinical partnerships that engage NP students in clinical experiences in rural and underserved areas. Previous research work has focused on assisting overweight and obese rural adults to lose weight and lead healthy lifestyles.

Maya Clark-Cutaia, PhD, ACNP-BC, RN
Evelyn Lauder Associate Dean for Nurse Practitioner Programs
Hunter College School of Nursing
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Maya Clark-Cutaia is the inaugural Evelyn Lauder Associate Dean for Nurse Practitioner Program and Endowed Professor at Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing, as well as the director of the Chronic Conditions Health Equity Lab and Coalition. She is a health equity and clinical researcher with a focus in outcome equity for individuals living with chronic conditions, particularly chronic kidney disease. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. She continues to practice as an acute care nurse practitioner and is active in many national and international nursing organizations. 

   Elizabeth Kinard, RN, BNS
   RN Team Lead
   Peidmont, South Carolina


I have been a public health nurse for over 10 years and love working with the people of South Carolina. I graduated from Clemson University's School of nursing in 2010 and I have mainly worked in in Family Planning/ STD programs as well as Immunizations. I feel a strong Public Health system is vital to the overall health of a community. I one day hope to see Public Health leading the way in preventative health care.

Kathleen Juco-Purdy, MSN, RN
Director of Surgical Services
French Hospital Medical Center
Paso Robles, California

Kathleen Juco-Purdy is the Director of Surgical Services at French Hospital Medical Center Foundation in the San Luis Obispo area, where her leadership and dedication to patient-centered care have made significant impacts. With a career spanning several prestigious hospitals, Kathleen has excelled in multiple nurse leadership roles, showcasing her ability to navigate change and drive transformative healthcare practices. Her nursing philosophy centers on the paramount importance of patient-centric approaches, ensuring that all actions and decisions contribute positively to patient outcomes. Kathleen is recognized for her skills in effectively communicating and structuring narratives that highlight her team's accomplishments and vision for the future. 

   Gena Cooper, RN, MSN
   Director, Safety and Quality Workforce
   Washington State Hospital Association
   Seattle, Washington

Ms. Cooper works with Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) as Director of Safety & Quality- Workforce where she guides hospital leaders in addressing workforce capacity, resilience, and safety. Her primary focus area is implementation of highly reliable nurse staffing committees. Gena is a registered nurse with a background in hospital leadership & management as a chief nursing officer and clinical educator. She draws from a variety of expertise including behavior management and crisis intervention, quality improvement, infection control, & violence prevention strategies to facilitate collaborative problem solving of challenging workforce issues. 

   Melissa Wilson, PhD
   Faculty & Nurse Scientist
   Wright State University
   Miamisburg, OH

Dr. Melissa Wilson is a Professor of Nursing and recently served as Chair of Nursing at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She was previously a Civilian Executive Officer and a Nurse Scientist for the United States Air Force Research Laboratory. She graduated with a Bachelors of Nursing in 1997, Masters of Nursing in 2010 , both from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD from the University of Missouri in 2016. Dr. Wilson is a board-certified APRN, specializing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CCNS) and is a certified health ethicist. Garnering $2.8 million dollars of research funding from the Department of Defense, Dr. Wilson is currently leading research on moral distress and moral injury in military healthcare practitioners. Her research experience spans a vast array of topics to address DoD interests such as acute pain management, the use of health technologies and the role of APRN’s in military healthcare. 



   Kristan Langdon, DNP, ANP-C, CPHQ
   Cardiovascular Quality & Accreditation Coordinator
   Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center
   Decatur, GA


Dr. Langdon, DNP, ANP-C, CPHQ is the Cardiovascular Quality & Accreditation Coordinator at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. Her current role is focused on quality improvement within the cardiovascular service line and helping to redesign systems of care to support value-based results. Throughout her nursing career she has worked within a variety of roles including as a nurse practitioner, clinical consultant, and as a clinical nursing instructor. Dr. Langdon received her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Science Nursing, and Bachelor of Science Nursing degrees from Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She has a prior Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the co-leader for the Atlanta chapter of Preventive Cardiology Nurses Association and remains active in advocacy work at the state and national level to advance and improve professional practice for nurses and the patients they serve.

   Bonny Kehm, PhD, RN, CNE 
   Founding Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and
  Columbia Southern University
  Orange Beach, AL

Bonny Kehm, PhD, RN, CNE is the Founding Dean and Assistant Provost of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Columbia Southern University. In 2017, Kehm was appointed by the governor of Missouri, and confirmed by the full state senate to the Missouri State Board of Nursing. She’s board’s former president and serves on the Nursing Education Committee. Kehm has received national and international honors and awards throughout her nursing career. Of note, nationally and internationally, Dr. Kehm has presented at the International Council of Nurses Congress (Montreal, 2023), Royal College of Nursing (London, 2023), Royal College of Nursing Centennial International Conference (2016) and Nursing Educational Institute (New York, 2017). Dr. Kehm was awarded Rising Nurse Leader from the Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders (2016), International Quality Research from The United States Distance Learning Association (2018), and “Celebrating 100 Extraordinary Women” from Nabisco (2016).