Debra A. Allan Danforth, MS, ARNP, ANP, FAANP, is the Director of Clinical Learning Center and an Associate Professor at Florida State University, College of Medicine. In addition, she is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and an adjunct Associate Professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), College of Pharmacy. Ms. Danforth is currently the President of the American Nurse Practitioners Foundation Board of Directors, Past President of the Tallahassee Council of Advanced Practice Nurses, and on the Advisory Board for the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance and Maternal Mental Health Community Advisory Board (MMHCAB). She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics including OSCEs (objective structured clinical examinations), interprofessionals (nursing, medicine, social work, etc) utilizing standardized patients and simulators, TeamSTEPP, and how to use the panoptic ophthalmoscope and macroview otoscope. Her research is investigating a natural compound called D-chiro-inositol effectiveness in lowering blood sugar and lipids in diabetics and pre-diabetics. She recently published a chapter on Interprofessional Team Care in Ham’s Primary Care Geriatrics, 6th edition and is a moderator for Practicing Clinician Exchange and the Editor of Health Monitor (Diabetes and General).

Dixie Harms, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, BC-ADM, FAANPis a board-certified family nurse practitioner. Dr. Harms is employed full-time at Mercy Family Medicine of Urbandale, practicing in family practice and internal medicine. In addition to family practice, her specialties include diabetes care and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. She is also board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. Dixie obtained her diploma in nursing from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing, Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science of Nursing from Drake University, Post-Master’s FNP Certificate from Clarkson College in 1997 and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in July 2009 from the University of Iowa. She is also adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Dr. Harms is a member of the Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society and has been involved in numerous activities with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She was inducted into the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2005 and received the State Award for Excellence in 2005. She is also on the Board of Directors of the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation. In her spare time, Dr. Harms has volunteered two nights a week teaching Taekwondo for the past twenty-four years and has achieved the rank of 6th degree black belt.

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Dr. Roberts is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Her professional interests are in the primary care of Adult Cardiovascular patients. Dr. Roberts maintains a practice with the Urban Health Initiative Program serving vulnerable populations in the greater Newark New Jersey area. Dr. Roberts is co-author of the seminal AANP white paper on the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Dr. Roberts serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Internet Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice. An active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Dr. Roberts is Past President of the AANP Board of Directors. She is Past Region 2 Director and Recording Secretary for the Board of Directors. She is a Charter member of the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Political Action Committee. Dr. Roberts is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academies of Practice. She serves as Chair of the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Senior Advisor to the Planning Committee for the National Conference for AANP. Other professional activities include Vice Chair, Board of Commissioners of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP), test developer and item writer for the AANPCP Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exam, she serves on several national advisory boards. She is a national and international lecturer on the role of the nurse practitioner.

Sandra F. Ryan- MSN, CPNP, FCPP, FAANP

Sandra Festa Ryan is Vice President, Walmart Care Clinics leading efforts to support Walmart’s mission to deliver quality healthcare at an everyday low price. Sandra leads the information technology, business development, quality, operations, and medical management aspects of the clinic business.

Sandra has served as a strategic senior health care executive with more than 25 years of health care and leadership experience in various settings Prior to Joining Walmart, serving as the Chief Clinical Officer for CareCam Health Systems, a digital health company focused on using innovative mobile technology to drive decreased healthcare costs and improved clinical outcomes. Sandra was responsible for all clinical aspects in the development and design of a systems platforms to meet the needs of patients, providers and healthcare systems.

Before that, she was one of six founding officers of pioneering retail health clinic operator Take Care Health Systems, which was acquired by Walgreens in 2007. Sandra was responsible for operational and clinical leadership of over 400 convenient care clinics nationally. At Walgreens she played an integral role in the development and implementation of integrated technology, quality assurance programs, and evidenced-based guidelines to create a consistent and unprecedented patient-focused experience for those who sought treatment. Sandra was the first chief nurse practitioner officer in the convenient care industry.

Sandra’s is a highly decorated retired Air Force nurse corps officer. She has been recognized for her leadership as the recipient of the Nancy Sharp Cutting Edge Award by the American College of Nurse Practitioners; as the first NP inducted as a Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians; through her inductions as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Alumnus; and by the Convenient Care industry as the recipient of the Loretta Ford Life Time Achievement Award for her contributions to NP practice and the retail industry.

Sandra earned a B.S.N. in Nursing from Niagara University, and an M.S.N. from Arizona State University.

Richard Barnes, JD, holds the titles of Researcher, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California; San Francisco Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of California; and San Francisco Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of Law. After practicing law for over 33 years, Mr. Barnes gave up his practice to devote his time and talent to public policy advocacy as the full-time Volunteer Government Relations Manager for the American Lung Association of Oklahoma (ALAO) from December 1997 to June 30, 2004. He was responsible for all of the public policy advocacy activities of ALAO on tobacco control and other public health issues.

He is a past Chair of the Oklahoma Alliance on Health or Tobacco, a partnership of 33 voluntary public health organizations, healthcare professional associations, healthcare provider organizations, ethnic organizations and children’s and seniors’ advocacy groups, along with numerous community coalitions, that led the successful campaign for smoke-free workplaces and public places legislation in 2003.

He has been a Researcher at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (CTCRE) since July 1, 2004 and completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the UCSF Health Services Research Training Program in 2006. In addition to research of the tobacco industry documents in the UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library (resulting in two first author peer-reviewed journal articles), his other projects at the CTCRE have included mentoring other researchers and researching and writing state tobacco control activity reports that explore the reasons for the successes, and the failures, of tobacco control efforts.

He has won numerous awards in recognition of his leadership and skills in public policy advocacy and has used his extensive advocacy experiences to train others in successful public health policy advocacy methodologies. He currently teaches a public policy advocacy course for students from all four health sciences schools at UCSF and an identical public policy advocacy course for law students at UC Hastings College of the Law.

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Kevin DeWeese is the Director of Clinical Operations for Life Line Screening and Life Line Community Healthcare. Life Line is a community based healthcare company with over 110 Nurse Practitioners on staff who along with teams of Sonographers and Medical Assistants conduct over 16,000 events a year. Kevin is a proven healthcare leader with experience managing clinicians all across the US as well as internationally in Australia and the UK.

Kevin’s Past experience includes working for The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus OH, as well as Austin Heart and St. David’s Hospital system in Austin TX.

Kevin DeWeese has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from The Ohio State University and an Applied Associates in Cardiovascular Diagnostic Sonography from Central Ohio Technical College. He is a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RCDS) and a Registered Vascular Sonographer (RVS).


Carla Duryee is a past vice-president of the American Nurse Practitioners Foundation Board of Directors. She is currently the president of Carla Duryee Consulting, LLC, specializing in primary care provider relationships, including the development of advocacy groups and marketing and educational plans. Ms. Duryee retired from sanofi-aventis in 2005 after 32 years in the industry, developing programs that positively impact the patient through the primary care medical community. Ms. Duryee occupies many positions on association and foundation boards, including the national boards of both the American Academy of Physician’s Assistants Foundation and the American Nurse Practitioners Foundation, as well as the local Kansas City, Missouri boards of the American Heart Association and National Kidney Foundation. Ms. Duryee received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Webster University.


Michelle L. Edwards, DNP, APRN, FNP, ACNP is the National Vice President of Advanced Practice at Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems with several hundred sites of care across 19 states and more than 4000 employed providers, including nearly 1400 Advanced Practice Clinicians (nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists & clinical nurse specialists). Recruited to join CHI’s national executive team in 2013, Dr. Edwards became the first nurse practitioner in the country to provide executive level, enterprise-wide, strategic leadership for the development, integration and optimization of advanced practice roles for a health system of this scale.

Dr. Edwards transitioned to CHI from PICC Health Institute LLC where she was the Founder and Managing Director of an innovative, nurse practitioner-led primary care center for which she received numerous awards and recognitions. As a visionary healthcare executive, her leadership philosophy is sharply focused on executing sustainable and financially responsible initiatives to design and deliver new care delivery systems across the U.S. Dr. Edwards leverages a unique background as an experienced clinician and business leader to enhance service delivery in ways consumers want to receive it, allow better precision with predicting patient outcomes and ensure efficient use of limited human capital and financial resources.

Dr. Edwards is a dual board certified Family and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with extensive health care experience and a progressive track record spanning more than two decades in clinical practice, business and program development, public speaking, professional writing and consulting. Her commitment to clinical excellence, enthusiasm for innovation, inclination to challenge the status quo, and unique ability to build strong, collaborative, interdisciplinary partnerships has earned her a reputation as a leader in the industry.

Dr. Edwards earned her Bachelors degree in Nursing from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, her Masters degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and her Doctorate from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.


Sue Ferbet is Chief Nurse Practitioner for Walgreens Healthcare Clinic business and has 25 years of experience in healthcare, including 10 years with Walgreens Health Care Clinics. Sue provides clinical leadership for more than 1000 providers in 19 states serving 2 million patients annually and directs the development of clinical and operational programs and education for the 400+ retail clinic locations.

Walgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice through its 8200 retail locations and over 400 Healthcare Clinics.

Kristi Lengyel is an experienced healthcare leader with a proven record of creating and implementing marketing, communications and training strategies that produce favorable business results. As an Account Director, she is responsible for the overall planning, leadership and direction of projects. Kristi serves as the liaison between AbbVie and the August Jackson Co. As a client advocate, her responsibilities include ensuring strategic projects meet and exceed client expectations and build solid trusted relationships with clients to meet their communication and training objectives. Kristi has successfully executed various live shows, comprehensive marketing and communications plans and various training programs.

With 15 years of experience at TAP Pharmaceuticals and Takeda, her expertise includes brand marketing management, sales training, professional and patient advocacy, patient assistance and reimbursement, legislative and regulatory policy and sales. Kristi is a dynamic, engaging and goal-oriented professional who leads strategic initiatives and executes innovative programs.

Kristi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.