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Marie Tamara Adonis-Rizzo

Marie Tamara Adonis-Rizzo

Marie Tamara Adonis-Rizzo, MSN, APRN, GNP, BC is currently practicing as a Gerontology nurse practitioner at Palm Beach PACE (Programs of all Inclusive Care for the Elderly). She has achieved national certification in advanced gerontological nursing practice. Since obtaining her Master’s degree from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University (CELCON-FAU) in 2004, Tamara has been engaged in advanced practice caring for adult clients in acute, sub-acute, long term care settings.  In 2005, she presented and published her thesis “The Haitian Health Beliefs of Haitian Elders Related to Influenza.” In 2014, Tamara was the Distinguished Alumna of the Year from the CELCON-FAU.  Tamara also has a passion for teaching, and she has taught clinical courses at Palm Beach County Universities.  She is currently enrolled full time in the CELCON-FAU PhD program with the goal a pursuing a full time University teaching position. Her research interest is focus on Healthy Aging and Health Equity in the undeserved communities, specifically Afro-Caribbean immigrants.  As the volunteer coordinator of an outreach health program at our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Delray Beach, Tamara has developed and implemented a program of health education and screenings for the Haitian American parishioners as well as for members of the surrounding community. Tamara has precepted and mentored many CELCON-FAU graduate students in the study of culture care and advanced practice in the community setting.  Tamara enjoy spending time with her family and she enjoys the missionary trips she frequently takes to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Toqa Alanbry

Toqa Alanbry, MSN, BSN, RN, is a full-time nursing PhD student who is from Saudi Arabia. She earned her BSN degree from Umm AlQura University, Saudi Arabia, and her MSN in Child Health and Wellbeing from Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland.  She is a faculty member in the nursing school at Umm AlQura University, Saudi Arabia. She taught pediatric nursing classes for almost three years. She has experience working as a registered nurse in the Children's Hospital.  Her research interest is child mental health, as well as holistic health, which examines integrative approaches to health promotion and healing. After graduation, she will work at Umm al-Qura University as a faculty member, teaching in the BSN, MSN, and PhD programs as well as creating, implementing and evaluating program curricula and mentoring nursing students. Furthermore, she hopes to continue working as a nurse researcher in the Children's Hospital.  

Hanan Alfahd

Hanan Alfahd, RN, MME is a full-time PhD student with a research focus on nursing care and technology. Her 12 years of work experience cover a range of health-related foci including hemodialysis, nursing education, staff development, health promotion, quality management and patient safety. She is an assistant director of nursing at King Fahd Military Medical Complex. She has taught undergraduate nursing courses at the College of Nursing, Prince Sultan Military College of Health Sciences. She earned her BSN degree from Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University and her master’s degree in medical education from King Saud bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International-Chapter Iota Xi and the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA).

Ibtisam Almashni

Ibtisam Almashni, MSN, BSN, RN is from Saudi Arabia. She is a full time Ph.D. nursing student at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University. Ibtisam earned her BSN degree from King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences- College of Nursing -Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and her MSN in Adult- Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist from Regis College, Massachusetts, United States. She is nursing faculty at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences- College of Nursing Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she has taught Medical and Surgical courses for undergraduate nursing students. She is on scholarship from Saudi Arabia to pursue higher education in the United States. Her research interest is related to healthy aging, focusing on caregivers for patients with chronic illness.

Samirh Alqhtani

Samirh Alqhtani, MSN, RN, BS, is from Saudi Arabia a full-time nursing Ph.D. candidate at the Florida Atlantic University Christine E, Lynn College of Nursing (FAU-CELCON). She earned two bachelor’s degrees with honors in mathematics and nursing from King Abdul-Aziz University and King Saud bin Abdul-Aziz for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) respectively. She obtained her MSN from Regis College, Massachusetts as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. Samirh has two years of experience working as a teacher in mathematics and she has two years of experience working as a registered nurse in a psychiatric unit at King Khalid National Guard Hospital, as well as a teaching assistant at KSAU-HS. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International-Pi Epsilon at Large Chapter. She recently published an article “A Systematic Review of Family Caregivers of Persons with Serious Mental Illnesses in Non-Western Countries” in Saudi Journal of Nursing and Health Care. Her current research interest is related to psychiatric and mental health nursing. She is looking forward to becoming a faculty member at KSAU-HS college of Nursing, her greatest passion is to make a more significant impact in the lives of individuals with mental illness and their families, to result in positive patient outcomes and more educated populations.

Seham Alselami

Seham Alselami, RN, MSN, BSN is from Saudi Arabia. She is a full-time nursing Ph.D. candidate at Florida Atlantic University. She earned her BSN degree from King Saud bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she taught fundamentals of nursing and medical/surgical nursing classes for undergraduate students. Seham also guided and supervised the students in adult medical-surgical units. Seham has experience working as a registered nurse in the adult-geriatric medical/surgical area for about two years. She earned her MSN in Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) from Regis College, Massachusetts, United States. Her current research interest focuses on the uncertainty experience among family caregivers caring for persons with CVA. Seham is a current member of Sigma Theta Tau International-Pi Epsilon at-Large Chapter. She recently had an article entitled “a unitary caring theory perspective of family caregiving for patients hospitalized with a stroke in Saudi Arabia” accepted for publication in Nursing Science Quarterly. After graduation, Seham will work as a faculty member at KSAU-HS, College of Nursing, Saudi Arabia. Seham looks forward to advance nursing as discipline and profession in Saudi Arabia and globally.

Cheryl Birmingham PHD student

Cheryl Birmingham

Cheryl Birmingham is currently a Clinical Specialist/Orthopedic Program Coordinator at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Cheryl's professional responsibilities include assessment of staff education needs, training and development of the interprofessional team and continuous monitoring of safety and quality standards set by external regulatory agencies. Cheryl received her BSN from FIU in 1991 and her MSN from FAU in 2008.  She is certified as a Critical Care Registered Nurse and a Board Certified Nurse Executive.  Cheryl’s poster presentation topics include: nursing research, transforming a culture, employee engagement, pressure injury best practices, alarm fatigue and ARNP lead intensivist program. Her oral presentations include: patient family centered care, hypothermia, nursing research and family support groups.  She is pursuing her passion for research in the PhD program.  Her area of research is focused on the Veteran population, their participation with Veteran’s Service Organizations and the relationship it has with their well-being. The investigation proposed will further define what well-being means to Veterans and the phenomenon precision well-being.  Cheryl was nominated for the Jonas Scholarship in Spring of 2018. 


Marlene Brennen

Marlene Brennen, DNP, FNP-BC, PMNP-BC, APRN is an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (FAU CON) where she teaches on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She began her nursing career in New York City practicing medical/surgical nursing, and then late pediatric nursing.  She later practiced as an advanced registered nurse practitioner in primary care, and now in psychiatric mental health on a part-time basis. Dr. Brennen obtained her Associate Degree in nursing from SUNY in Morrisville and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from SUC Utica/Rome. She received a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the Pennsylvania State University where the topic of her thesis was: the relationship of health care behaviors, health perception, and the use of health care service of urban African Americans. In 2012 she completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Florida Atlantic University, where the topic of her quality improvement project was the lifestyle management of African American women with hypertension. Dr. Brennen was fortunate to attend the Summer Genetic Institute (SGI) at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) in 2016. The SGI is an intensive month of education and laboratory training on genetics and genomics. Dr. Brennen is an active member of the Florida Nurses Association, the Association of Black Nursing Faculty (ABNF), and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics. She has presented posters at the Southern Nursing Research Society and the Renfrew Center conferences. She has done both podium and poster presentations at ABNF conferences.  Her phenomenon of interest for her PhD research is stress-driven epigenomics among African American pregnant women

Kathleen Cappo

Kathleen Cappo

Kathleen Cappo MSN, RN, CNE is PhD student at Florida Atlantic University since 2014. She started out as a medical assistant right of high school 1981 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, then LPN in 1988, practicing mainly in medical offices in Boca Raton where her love of the older adult sparked. After moving to Avon Park, Florida she earned her Associate Degree in Nursing at South Florida Community College in 1999. Continuing explore her passion for the older adult working in step down rehab center. She completed a bridge program ADN to Masters in Nursing Science and Bachelors in Nursing 2006 at the University of South Florida. While working on her Masters she accepted a position as a full time nursing faculty at South Florida State College in Avon Park, Florida in 2003, finding a second love, nursing education.  Since then taught undergraduate programs such as Practical Nursing, Associate Degree Program and currently in a new cohort of RN-BSN Nursing Program since 2015. She obtained the Certificate of Nursing Education in 2012. She was the recipient of the Endowed Chair 2012 from South Florida State College for her work in competency tracking. Kathleen’s interest in research focus is the community-dwelling older adults and their experiences with others through meaningful engagements to co-create a sense of belonging and wellness. She knows her passion for Caring Science and Gerotranscendence will guide her dissertation research focus. She believes Florida Atlantic University is the best fit for her to be successful, guided by the Dance of Caring. She is dedicated in her studies and the work to advance Caring Science and was honored to have attended Ann Boykin Institute Summer Academy for Caring Science for the past two years. 

Kitty Chadwell

Katherine Chadwell

Katherine Chadwell, DNP, ARNP, GNP-BC, GCNS, CPHQ is an Associate Professor and teaches both at the graduate and undergraduate level. She is trained in primary care, acute care, and long term care as a geriatric NP/CNS. During her tenure in clinical practice, she worked in the intensive care unit, served as the clinical specialist for an open heart surgery program, and practiced as a CNS/ARNP at a local hospital, where she worked on improving quality of care and clinical nursing practice, particularly around the care of older adults. Her research focuses on safer sexual practices related to HIV, STD’s, substance abuse, and hepatitis.  Dr. Chadwell has been funded by SAMHSA and OHAIDP and served as the project director for a successful HIV prevention program on a college campus. In addition, she is the President of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Broward County Chapter and is recognized by both Sigma Theta Tau International and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.  As a PhD student her research interest is focused on genomic and epigenetic factors in postmenopausal women that may contribute to neurocognitive decline and aging. 

Shirley Conrad

Shirley Conrad

Shirley Conrad MS, RN, CCRN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC received her Diploma in Nursing from Jackson Memorial School of Nursing, ADN from Miami Dade Community College, BSN from St. Petersburg College, and MS with a focus in Advanced Holistic Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. In 1986, Shirley attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University earing a Bachelors in Aeronautical Science along with pilot certificates, including Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor certificates for Single and Multi-engine land, and Instrument ratings. 

Currently Shirley works in a Trauma Intensive Care Unit as Clinical Assistant Nurse Manager at Level 1 Trauma Center. She holds membership in the AACN, AHNA, STTI, IAHC, FNA, and Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.  Her academic interests include Complexity Science as it informs her belief that there is always more lying beneath the surface, that the sum of the parts are greater than the whole, and that linear approaches to nonlinear challenges are destined to produce unsatisfactory results. 

Shirley entered candidacy in the fall of 2015. Her research focus is nurse coaching. 

Lea Crestodina

Lea Crestodina

Lea Crestodina is the Clinical Manager for wound care at Memorial Regional Hospital.  She is an Advanced Practice Certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse and a Certified Diabetes Educator.   Experienced in acute care, home care, outpatient care, education, and long term care. Her nursing career has spanned 30 years.  Lea began as an ADN graduate from Broward Community College (now Broward College), attained her BSN from FIU and her Master’s degree from FAU. Currently, Lea is a PhD student.   Her employers have included the North Broward Hospital District (now Broward Health), Emory University, and the Memorial Health Care System.

Lea is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the Wound, Ostomy, & Continence Nurse’s Society.  She has served as the chair of the Exam Committee of the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing Certification Board. She is currently a member of the Guidelines Taskforce for WOCN. This task force has recently updated the Guidelines for Pressure Ulcer (Injury) Prevention and Treatment. These guidelines were accepted by the AHRQ’s National Guideline Clearinghouse. 

Lea’s research interests include perfusion and pressure injury development, health liminality during the first 6 months following ostomy surgery and compliance with diabetic regimens. 

Kerry-Ann Dixon PHD student

Kerry-Ann Dixon

Kerry-Ann Dixon, MSN, RN joins the program as a part-time PhD student. Kerry-Ann has been serving families in Palm Beach County since 2003, first as an educator taking her love for learning into the field of nursing. She has primarily worked in obstetrics as a RN. A former educator, she serves as the Community Health Nursing Consultant for Florida Department of Health in the Maternal-Child Health Division managing the Nurse-Family Partnership and Women’s Health Initiative Programs. Her area of interest and expertise include Social Determinants of Health, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), and maternal challenges for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). She is also an Adjunct Instructor with the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in the Second Degree Working Professional BSN Track. Kerry-Ann has her undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University in Sociology with an Ethnic Studies Certificate. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing Education at the University of Central Florida. She currently serves as the Chair for the Riviera Beach Health Initiative, BRIDGES of Riviera Beach Advisory Board Member and is a member of FNA. Her research interest includes examining the lived experiences of BIPOC in obstetrics and health equity.

Vanessa Duncan

Vanessa Duncan

Vanessa Duncan has been a Registered Nurse (RN) for the past 8 years.  She currently works at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) where she teaches Medical Surgical Nursing I and is also the clinical coordinator of the course.  In addition, she works per diem at Bethesda Memorial Hospital East in the Emergency Room (ER).  Previously she has worked on the Oncology Unit at Bethesda Memorial Hospital and John F. Kennedy (JFK) hospital.  Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) from PBA and a Master of Nursing (MSN) from Grand Canyon University.  Recently she held the position of member chair for her local chapter Palm Beach Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.  Vanessa is currently a PhD student; her research interest includes improving patient’s perception of care and outcomes in the acute care setting.

Jamilah Fallatah

Jamilah Fallatah, MSN, BSN, RN is currently enrolled in the MSN to Ph.D. Program at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University (CELCON-FAU). She earned her first bachelors degree in biology from Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia and a second bachelors degree in nursing at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS), Saudi Arabia, successfully graduating with Honors in both degrees. In 2018, she graduated with her masters degree from Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts, United States. She worked at (KSAU-HS) as a teaching assistant and lecturer for almost two years. Currently, she is receiving a Scholarship award to continue with her Ph.D. education.  Her current areas of research interest are related to community health, healthy aging, health promotion and well-being for the Saudi Arabia population. After graduation, she will work as a faculty member at KSAU-HS, College of Nursing, Saudi Arabia.


Willa Fuller

Willa Fuller currently serves as the Executive Director of the Florida Nurses Association.  Her clinical background is in medical-surgical nursing, working in the specialty areas of Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Gerontology and Woman’s Health.   She has served as both a staff nurse and a clinical educator covering several units.  While in the clinical educator role, she developed programs on culturally-sensitive care, nurse-physician communication and care of infants exposed to substance abuse. More recently she served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome representing the Florida Nurses Association.  Her professional interests include educating and mentoring nurses on health policy and advocacy in regard to both patients and the profession.  Her research interest is incivility in nursing and its effect on quality and safety in patient care.   The caring philosophy of the College of Nursing at FAU is the perfect environment to explore these topics.

Angelica Hernandez

Angelica C. Hernandez

Angelica C. Hernandez is a nursing PhD student. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Far Eastern University-Manila, Philippines in 2009 and her Master’s Degree in Nursing with an emphasis in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University-Phoenix, Arizona in 2014.

Angelica has been a registered nurse for more than 7 years. Her clinical expertise focuses on cardiovascular critical care nursing and renal replacement therapy. She is currently employed as a full-time nursing faculty in Keiser University-Miami Campus and as a CVICU nurse (per diem) in Broward Health Medical Center. As a PhD student, Angelica’s research focus is to investigate the patients’ perception of quality caring in a critical care setting across different cultures. Angelica is looking forward to become a nurse scientist, but her greatest passion is honing and teaching nursing students, for them to become a safe and effective nurses.

Angelica is a member of American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), National League of Nursing, Graduate Professional Student Association in Florida Atlantic University, Policy and Procedure Committee of Keiser University-Miami Campus, Nursing Pharmacology Committee of Keiser University-Miami Campus, Course Coordinator of Advanced Adult Health and a Course Coordinator of Nursing Pharmacology in Keiser University-Miami Campus. 

Nadine Jacobson DNP student

Nadine Jacobson

Nadine Jacobson, RN, JD, MS, is a doctoral student at Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing. She received her bachelor’s of science in nursing and master’s of science in nursing health policy degrees from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She was an intern in the office of legislative affairs at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She received her juris doctor from Catholic University of America School of Law where she took specialty coursework in advocacy for the elderly, health law, healthcare fraud & abuse, and medical malpractice trial skills.

Her current research and policy interests include international healthcare, interprofessional simulation collaborations, the use of virtual reality in healthcare, oncology, meditation, drug addiction, cannabinoids, nursing theory as taught throughout the nursing curriculum, veterans’ health issues, and continued development of the caring sciences.

Nadine Jacobson is licensed in Florida as a registered nurse and as an attorney. She served in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps on active duty from 1988 to 1991 during which time she earned her flight nurse wings after completing nursing flight school. She served in the USAF during the Gulf War and was awarded the National Defense Service Award and attained the rank of captain. She has written numerous articles on nursing topics, several of which have been published in Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, for which she served as editor. She is co-chair of FAU’s Minority Nursing Student Organization’s legislative committee.

Amnah Jambi

Amnah Jambi, MSN, BSN, BS, RN, is an international student from Saudi Arabia. She is a faculty member at King Saud bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) who was awarded a scholarship to pursue her Ph.D. degree in nursing. She enrolled as a full-time student in 2019 in the nursing Ph.D. program at Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University. Amnah earned her Bachelors degree in Biology from Umm Al-Qura University, and she earned a second Bachelors degree in Nursing from KSAU-HS, Saudi Arabia. She received her MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health, graduating as a nurse practitioner from Regis College, Massachusetts, United States. Her experience includes working as an RN at the Oncology center and at the psychiatric clinics in King Khalid Medical City (KKMC), as well as a teaching assistant, then a lecturer at College of Nursing KSAU-HS where she taught the psychiatric nursing course for undergraduate students. Amnah’s research interest is related to mental health nursing which includes geriatric psychiatry and holistic health of caregivers.

Marla Mygatt

Marla Mygatt RN, MSN started in the PhD program January 2018. She received her BSN degree from the University of Vermont in 1988, and her MSN in Nursing Education in 2014. Her nursing career began in 1988 at the Drucker Brain Injury Center in Philadelphia, as a charge nurse. It was this experience, at the start of her career that grounded her in the foundational framework of Caring. Most of her career was spent in the Northeast, as a Head Injury Case Manager, Patient Care Coordinator, Assessment Nurse, Clinical Consultant, Hospital Account Executive and most recently Associate Director of Medical Affairs for Merck. Her experience is anchored in solid knowledge in head trauma, wound care, infectious disease and prevention and wellness with a focus on population health and implementation science. Her Master’s program concentrated on youth-based initiatives, where she developed nutrition education plans and implemented these programs at the elementary school level. While in the program she earned her EMT certification and school nurse certification for the state of New Jersey. These interactions, her passion for public health, and desire to work with adolescents and young adults, led Marla to pursue her PhD. Her current research interests include adolescents/young adults, and at-risk populations, researching the benefits of animal assisted interventions in those suffering from toxic stress.  Marla is a current member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Xi chapter at FAU. She is also an ACE certified Health Coach. She enjoys time with her family, and living a healthy, balanced and active life.

Kathy Muniz PHD student

Kathy Muniz

Kathy Muniz is a native New Yorker who relocated to Florida 12 years ago to be near to her children and grandchildren.  After 25 years of working as an LPN, she returned to school to fulfill her life long dream of being a Registered Nurse. She received her Bachelors degree from Miami Dade College and her Masters Degree in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University.  Her clinical experiences include Surgical Intensive Care, Medical Surgical Nursing, Long-term care, triage nurse and caring for HIV/AIDS clients. She was the inaugural president of the Miami Dade College BSN Honor Society the prelude to a Sigma Theta Tau Chapter.  She is currently a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Iota XI Chapter.  Presently, she is an instructor at Miami Dade College, where she teaches adult health assessment, pharmacology, and professional nursing leadership.  She is also presently assisting at risk undergraduate nursing students with remediation.  Her current interest of research study is related to transforming health care environments through best nursing practices effecting patient outcomes.   

Suzy Pinos

Suzy Pinos

Suzanne Pinos has been an instructor in the nursing department at Palm Beach State College for over a year, managing the Patient Care Assistant Program, as well as teaching simulation with nursing students.  She worked as a Telemetry Nurse at West Boca Medical Center prior to her teaching career at Palm Beach State. Before discovering her passion for nursing, Suzanne pursued her first degree in accounting, and worked in the financial/business sectors. Dissatisfied with her career, she decided to return to her first love, helping others, and returned to school for a degree in Nursing.   A huge proponent of education, Suzanne earned her Master’s degree in Nursing Education in December 2016 at Florida Atlantic University, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing. While earning her graduate degree, she worked as a Research Assistant and held an integral role in several research projects. She is a co-author to an article published in the October 2016 issue of Psychiatric Nursing, entitled: “Stress in persons with dementia: benefits of a memory center day program”. Currently, Suzanne is sitting as interim president of the newly established Palm Beach County chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN).  

Héctor Rosso Diaz

Héctor Rosso Diaz

Héctor is Faculty Associate Coordinator for Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) Latin America to support health colleagues who want to understand Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring. Héctor recently graduated from the WCSI Senior Scholars/Postdoctoral Program (2020). He is also a certified Caritas® Coach, approved by AHNA and will begin his PhD in Caring Science at Florida Atlantic University August 2020. He is also a published author.

Originally from Uruguay, Héctor has worked as a nurse for more than 27 years. More recently, he was Assistant Director of a large Psychiatric Hospital (CEREMOS – ASSE). This experience deepened his desire to develop well-being, care and attention of the nursing staff which formulated his research for his Double Masters thesis (2018).

Héctor was previously Professor and Director of the Department of Education and Community Health of the Faculty of Nursing and Health Technologies at the Catholic University of Uruguay, a prestigious academic institution.

Previously, Héctor worked for 24 years for the only Public Pediatric Hospital in Uruguay as a nurse in varying positions (Emergency, Intensive Care, Polyclinic Supervisor).  He then became Head of Nursing, where he also developed the Diabetes Education program for Pediatrics.

A strong supporter of education, Héctor has a double master’s degree in Strategic Management, specializing in health care organizations; and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management with a specialty in Management focusing on Health Organizations.

Héctor is also a certified Master Reiki Practitioner.

A profound family tragedy changed Hector’s life and led him to the path of Human Care. After meeting Dr. Watson and listening to her talk about her work, Héctor is now committed to the mission of sharing Watson’s Caring Science, for himself and others, providing support and advice particularly to Spanish-speaking nurses and from all over the world.

Paulette Sepe

Paulette Sepe

Paulette Sepe, MSN, RN, CNL, WCCN, is a part-time PhD student.  Paulette began her healthcare career as a medical specialist with the United States Army where she served for eight years as both active duty and reservist/National Guard.  She earned a Baccalaureate of Nursing from New Mexico State University in 2001 and a FAU graduate of the inaugural MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader Track.  Her most recent clinical experience includes as a certified wound and continence care specialist and clinical educator at Broward Health Imperial Point.  Currently, Paulette is employed as a Senior RN Specialist at the American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence® Program. She is embarking on an area of research investigating the impact of a positive practice environment on patient safety, nurse retention, and well-being. 

Supavadee Thiengtham PHD student

Supavadee Thiengtham

Supavadee Thiengtham, MNS (Gerontological Nursing), BSN, RN, is a full-time nursing PhD student who is from Thailand. She earned her BSN degree from Khon Kaen University, Thailand, and her MNS in gerontological nursing from Mahidol University, Thailand. She is a faculty member in the Faculty of Nursing at Khon Kaen University, Thailand. Her research area is gerontological nursing that she has been trained, including caring for frailty older adults: cognitive impairment and sarcopenia. Supavadee is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma Iota Xi Chapter-at-Large), Transcultural Nursing Society, and Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS). She is passionate about exploring cultural influences of care for older adults in Thai context, especially Isan that may lead to a better quality of nursing care for older adults in North-Eastern Thailand.