Officers

image President: Karen Lucas Breda
Associate Professor & Director Project Horizon
University of Hartford
College of Education, Nursing & Health Professions
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: 860-888-5211
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KAREN LUCAS BREDA is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Breda holds a doctorate (Ph.D.) in anthropology from the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, Connecticut and a bachelor's degree (B.S.N.) and a master's degree (M.S.N.) from Boston University School of Nursing, in Boston, Massachusetts. First, as a Fulbright Scholar to Italy and later, as a fellow with the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation in Turin, Italy, Breda studied the political economy of health care in the Italian National Health System. Her interests in cross-national health care, globalization, and the world system have infused her scholarship and teaching for nearly two decades. Additionally, her specialization in critical political economy and cultural anthropology allows her to bring multidisciplinary analyses to her work. The volume Nursing and Globalization in the Americas: A Critical Perspective is an outcome of these efforts. Breda's clinical background is in pediatrics, mental health, and culturally competent community nursing. Breda brings a critical and anthropological lens to her teaching and scholarship. Dr. Breda is project director of the grant-funded Project Horizon, a community service learning initiative at the University of Hartford, College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, Department of Nursing. Project Horizon links students, faculty and staff from across the university with community partners to co-create health, social and cultural advocacy initiatives. She is a local, national and international presenter, a successful grant writer, and an advocate for urban families and children living in poverty. She maintains her areas of expertise through reading, conference attendance and presentation, and professional networking, especially with colleagues from diverse professions and disciplines.

image Treasurer: Amy Shaver
Associate Professor of Nursing
Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
Phone: 607-431-4789
Cell: 518-339-4353
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Amy Shaver is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Dr. Shaver completed graduate studies first at the State University of New York Institute of Technology earning a Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration in 1998. Later, in 2008 she completed a PhD in Nursing with a Rural Community Focus at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. Throughout her career Dr. Shaver has practiced in acute care and multiple public health care settings. Currently in her role as an educator she teaches community and public nursing as well as research and theory courses at the bachelor’s and graduate level. She melds these interests by involving her students in assessing and researching the health of communities, partnering with several local agencies. Dr. Shaver also maintains her own program of research focused on gerontology, specifically the well- being elders living in the in rural communities. Her initial research entitled Attaining Healthy Life as Perceived by Rural Elder Community Dwellers: A Narrative Analysis was presented at the American Public Health Association’s National Conference and nominated for the annual gerontology award in 2008. Since that time, Dr. Shaver has completed several research projects in the area of gerontology and conducted workshops and conferences with the same focus. Her research continues to expand in this area and she is presently completing work on healthy life for seniors in Allegany County, New York.

image Archivist: Lorna Kendrick, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Center for Health Engineering Research
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Lorna Kendrick, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, currently the Director of Nursing for a small private University in Southern California, holds an undergraduate degree is in nursing from Loma Linda University and worked for many years in the clinical/hospital setting. After earning her Master's degree in Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Georgia State University, she maintains a small private practice while working in academe for the last 26 years. Dr. Kendrick earned her PhD from UCLA at which time her focus was more on research than teaching. She continues to both teach research and mental health courses at the graduate and doctoral levels while conducting various research projects in collaboration with UOPX’s Center for Health Engineering Research. Dr. Kendrick’s original research began by combining Ethnography with Participatory Action Research to look at the perceptions of depression among young men. This research focus has transitioned from perceptions of depression to untreated depression as a primary risk factor for early onset cardiovascular disease. Additionally, Dr. Kendrick is active in the Council on Nursing and Anthropology, Society for Applied Anthropology, the Western Social Science Association, and serves as a CCNE site evaluator.

image Secretary: Amy Paul-Ward, PhD
Florida International University
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Amy Paul-Ward is an Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy and the Director of the PhD in Nursing Program at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Dr. Paul-Ward holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MA in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Post-Professional MS degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois in Chicago. As part of her professional training, Dr. Paul-Ward completed a three year post-doctoral fellowship in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has spent her professional career addressing issues related to health disparities (e.g., HIV/AIDS prevention, physical and mental health, independent living and vocational skill development, etc.)  in marginalized underserved populations. Dr. Paul-Ward has established herself as a community engaged researcher, academic leader, and student centered teacher. Her interdisciplinary research program is informed by several major paradigms including social justice, occupational justice, disability studies, and critical medical anthropology. These frameworks are powerful for studying the issues of marginalized populations and giving voices to their experiences.

image Outreach Committee Chair: Elise Matthews, PhD, BA, BScN, RN
University of Regina
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Elise Matthews is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Regina in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Matthews completed her graduate studies in the interdisciplinary Culture, Health, and Human Development program at the University of Saskatchewan. She has practiced clinical nursing in both acute care and community settings and she teaches in the areas of family health, counselling and teaching in nursing practice, growth and development and research methods. Her dissertation research explored adults’ reflections on childhood trauma and living with a parent with a mental health or substance use disorder. Dr. Matthews is currently researching nursing students’ understanding of culture and health after international immersion clinical placements and the outcomes of these programs in nursing education. She is also the principal investigator in a collaborative, community-based, participatory research project examining the experiences and strategies of adaptation among parents of children with physical and intellectual differences as they navigate local systems to access health, education, and social services and supports.

image Member-At-Large: Jenny Foster
Emory University
Phone: 404-727-8445
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Jenny Foster is Associate Clinical Professor within the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Associate Professor of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and Associate Faculty in the Department of Anthropology there. She is a public health nurse-midwife with a PhD in cultural anthropology. Her area of clinical expertise is maternity nursing, global midwifery, and interprofessional practice. Her research has focused upon the improvement of maternal-newborn health globally, using anthropological and participatory approaches. Previously a Peace Corps nurse in Guatemala, much of her practice and research has been in Latin America or with Latino populations in the US. Since 2004, she has been an active partner in Asociación ADAMES, a non-profit association in the Dominican Republic that works with nurses and community leaders to improve maternal health. She is a life member and Fellow of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and a member at large of on the board of the Council of Nurses in Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association (CONAA). In 2015 she was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Health Promotion of Women and Newborns at the University of Chile.

image Nominations Committee Chair: Gaya Carlton, PhD, RN
Graduate Program Coordinator
Professor, Department of Nursing
Utah Valley University
800 West University Parkway, MS 172
Orem, Utah 84058
Phone: 801-863-8195
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Gaya Carlton is a Professor of Nursing and Graduate Program Coordinator at Utah Valley University. Dr. Carlton holds a doctorate (PhD) in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado and a master’s degree (MSN) in nursing administration and baccalaureate degree (BSN) from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently in her role as an educator she teaches global nursing perspectives and health assessment at the undergraduate level, and leadership and teaching in the classroom setting at the graduate level. Dr. Carlton and her husband, Dr. Michael Minch, have taken students to Haiti on several studies abroad to learn and experience poverty, social injustice, structural violence, capacity building and sustainable development. She is also employed part-time as an admissions case manager at Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, Utah. In addition to her teaching career, she has held management positions and practiced in maternal child acute care settings and served 23 years in the Army Nurse Corps in both National Guard and Reserve units.

image Member-At-Large: Nikki Demetriou, PhD, MPH, CNM, FNP
Moffit Cancer Center
Tampa, Florida
Mobile: 615-210-8461
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Nikki Demetriou earned a PhD in Applied Anthropology and a Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida in 2014. Her mixed methods dissertation focused on Medicaid-funded home birth in Florida. She holds a BS in Anthropology from Northwestern University, and a MSN with dual certification as a CNM and FNP from Vanderbilt University. Her nursing and midwifery practice have been in birth centers, family planning clinics, rural and federally qualified health centers, retail clinics and a cancer center, and include work in Appalachia, Florida, the Caribbean and Africa. She believes strongly in training future nurses, and has been a clinical instructor in LPN, RN and MSN programs. Nursing and anthropology are naturally aligned to her and she is honored to serve as the CONAA Member At Large.

image Immediate Past President: Denise Saint Arnault, RN, PhD
University of Michigan School of Nursing

Dr. Denise Saint Arnault's teaching focuses on Psychiatric and Mental Health nursing care. She specializes in mood disorders and women's mental health. She has published chapters in Psychiatric nursing textbooks of cross cultural psychiatric nursing. She has developed and taught courses ranging from the fundamentals of psychiatric nursing to international and global health, cultural competency in nursing, qualitative and mixed research methods, philosophy of the natural and social sciences, community based ethnography, clinical ethnography, concepts of the self across cultures, transcultural psychiatry and comparative health care (US and Japan). She is passionate about developing and teaching broad-based evidence to inform culturally relevant psychiatric nursing care for diverse populations, and the use of creative methods to enhance our knowledge development. Dr. Saint Arnault's research centers on gender and culturally specific influences on mental health. She develops and tests her Cultural Determinants of Help Seeking model. This model includes symptoms, meanings such as stigma and meaning of life, social support, social negativity, and help seeking. Her Clinical Ethnographic Interview intervenes to promote help seeking. She also examines cultural factors that influence meaning, expectation, and expression of mental illness. She examines the importance of physical as well as emotional symptom experience for people from a variety of cultures. In addition, Dr. Saint Arnault focuses on the impact of gender-based trauma on mental health, functioning and quality of life. She is researching the feasibility and efficacy of mind-body interventions to promote mental and physical health for women. Recent research focuses on East Asian Immigrants and Navajo people, but she is interested in expanding cultural groups.

image Immediate Past Treasurer: Rosemarie S. Lamm, PhD, ARNP
Cell: 863-738-2941
Home: 863-646-2452
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Dr. Lamm has been an educator for 33 years, having taught in the departments of nursing and arts and sciences. She is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Dr. Lamm has taught topics related to mental health and nursing as well as counseling. She assisted in the development of a curriculum for nurses to earn their baccalaureate degrees and also integrated gerontology into curriculums. She has been director of a public mental health program and a private practice mental health center. Dr. Lamm has been principal investigator (P.I.) for a grant from Polk County Elderly Services for Caregivers' Education. She was also P.I. for a grant from Retirement Research Foundation of Chicago. These grants assisted in the development of The Rath Center. She was also the P.I. for a grant "Creative Aging" from the State of Florida. These grants allowed ongoing evaluation of community needs that provide education and advocacy for community dwelling elders. Dr. Lamm was Teacher of the Year, nominated for Nurse of The Year and awarded an honor by the Business Women.

image Webmaster: Brenton Wildes, MS
Software Developer
Lakeland, Florida
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Brenton is a full stack software developer from Lakeland, Florida, specializing in web-facing software in the education domain. He holds his master's degree in Computer Science and Database Systems from the University of West Florida. He has worked for the Polk County School Board and The Schools of McKeel Academy.
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