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Host Committee

The Host Committee provides vital support to the Power of Nursing Leadership event. The UIC College of Nursing is grateful to each member for their leadership and advisement in continuing to create this premier nursing celebration, as well as their thoughtful consideration in selecting nurse leaders who best represent each award.

Lauren Diegel-Vacek, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP
Executive Associate Dean (Int.)
University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing

Maryann Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chief Officer, Nursing Regulation
National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Timothy Carrigan, PhD, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Loyola University Medical Center

Carolyn Dickens, PhD, APRN
Associate Dean for Faculty Practice and Community Partnerships (Interim)
University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing
Assistant Director of Advanced Practice Providers
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Laura Ferrio, MBA, MSN, RN, CRRN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, Chief Advancement Officer, and President, Keystone Board
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Anne Hubling, DNP, MHSA, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC
President and Chief Nurse Executive
Northwestern Medicine Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Tiesa R. Hughes-Dillard, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
UI Health

Eileen Knightly, MHS, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
OSF Health Care System Little Company of Mary Hospital

Amanda Lee, MSN, PPCNP-BC
Director of Practice Transformation
Access Community Health Network

Giancarlo Lyle-Edrosolo, DNP, RN, CENP, FAONL
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Advocate Christ Medical Center

Suzanne McCoy, DNP, RN, NNP-BE, NEA-BC
Vice President and Flinn Family Chief Nurse Executive
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

Associate Dean of Innovative Partnerships and Faculty Practice
Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Melissa Murphey, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Dean and Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Oak Point University

Jeff Murphy, DNP, RN, CEN, NEA-BC
Vice President, Women’s, Children’s, and Emergency Services, and Associate Chief Nursing Officer
UChicago Medicine

Susan Okuno-Jones, DNP, MSN, MA, FACHE, RNC, NPD-BC, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Ascension Illinois

Olimpia Paun, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FGSA
Professor and Rush Nurses Alumni Association Chair in Heath and Aging
Rush University College of Nursing

Beena S. Peters, DNP, MS, RN, FACHE
Chief Nursing Executive
Cook County Health

Gina Reid Tinio, PhD, MPH, NPD-BC
Chief Nurse Executive
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital

Brenda Schmitz, MS, RN, CRN
Associate Chief Nurse Executive
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Daisy Sherry, PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC
Associate Dean
Lewis University College of Nursing

Janet Stifter, PhD, RN, CPHQ, NE-BC
Vice President, Hospital Operations
Rush Systems

Susan Y. Swart, EdD, MS, RN, CAE
Chief Executive Officer/President
SYS Consulting Solutions
Executive Director
ANA-Illinois, Illinois Nurses Foundation, Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing

Inga Uremovich, MSN, RN, CPN
Senior Director Magnet Program and Nursing Excellence
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Elizabeth Vaclavik, DNP, RN, OCN, NEA-BC
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Ambulatory Health
Cook County Health

Jeannette White, DNP, MS, RN, NE-BC
Executive Director Nursing
Chicago Public Schools

Assistant Dean for Advancement
University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing