Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute and Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America
Dr. Reinhard is a nationally recognized expert in nursing and health policy, with extensive experience in translating research and developing coalitions to promote policy change. In addition to serving as the chief strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, she directs the Public Policy Institute at AARP, which is the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the federal, state, and international levels.
Before coming to AARP in 2007, Dr. Reinhard served as a professor and co-director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she directed several national initiatives to work with states to help people with disabilities of all ages live in their homes and communities. She directed a national technical assistance center to assist 53 states and territories funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to redesign their long-term care systems. She also led a national effort to help states enroll more low-income older adults and people with disabilities in the Medicare Savings Programs. In previous work, Dr. Reinhard served three governors as deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, where she led the development of health policies and programs that gained national prominence.
She also co-founded the Institute for the Future of Aging Services in Washington, D.C., and served as its executive director of the Center for Medicare Education. Her research and policy expertise includes nursing and health care workforce development and regulation, family caregiving, consumer choice and control in health and supportive care, development of assisted living and other community-based care options, quality improvement in long-term care, state pharmaceutical policy, and medication safety. Dr. Reinhard is a former faculty member at the Rutgers College of Nursing and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati, and a PhD in sociology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Mary Boyle, MS
Mary Boyle is the communications director for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Mary directs communications and outreach strategies for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide effort to transform health care through nursing.
Mary is a proven communications leader with experience in message strategy and development, public and media relations, crisis communications, issue advocacy, and fundraising.
Prior to arriving at AARP, Mary oversaw communications for Common Cause, a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that works to strengthen democracy at the national and state levels. Her portfolio included working with the national media, serving as a chief spokesperson, overseeing the organization’s digital presence, as well as online fundraising.
Before joining Common Cause in 2002, Mary covered politics and public policy for the Denver and Washington bureaus of The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo., and was a general assignment reporter for The Associated Press in Baltimore and Denver. She started her journalism career as a staff writer for The Sun of Lowell, Mass.
Mary has a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross, and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Jennifer A. Peed, MSW
Director of the Office of Center Integration and Deputy Director, State Implementation Program
Jennifer Peed is the director of the Office of Center Integration and Deputy Director of the State Implementation Program at the Center to Champion Nursing in America.
Jennifer began working in the Public Policy Institute in September 2013. Prior to this position, she was an independent consultant providing management, strategic guidance, research and policy analysis services to organizations and principal investigators working to better understand and promote health, wellness and social welfare. Jennifer also served as program administrator for two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grants that provided technical assistance and education to professionals and consumers about Medicare and the Medicare Savings Programs, and as program director for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. During her academic preparation, she was a legislative intern and monitored state and federal legislation that had a potential impact on health care professionals and health care delivery systems. She also served as a crisis counselor specializing in suicide prevention.
Jennifer has a master's in social work from University of Maryland, with a concentration in Management and Community Organization and a specialty in Health.
Patricia A. Polansky, RN, MS, Director, Program Development and Implementation
Pat Polansky is the director for Program Development & Implementation for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Pat directs policy and program strategies contributing to the Campaign, with a focus on nursing education, leadership and interprofessional collaboration.
An expert on nursing, aging issues, and long-term care, Pat worked as assistant commissioner for the Division of Aging and Community Services (DACS) in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, where she oversaw programs designed to improve access to services for the state's 1.5 million older adults that would improve their well-being, allow them to remain independent, and continue to live in their respective communities. Pat oversaw 12 federal grants and lead New Jersey’s efforts toward long-term care reform.
Before joining DACS, Pat was executive director of the New Jersey Board of Nursing and co-founder of a health care consulting firm, and worked in executive management roles at New Jersey hospitals for more than 20 years. Pat also held nursing positions at both the staff and supervisory levels, and is still proudly a registered nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of the Governor's Nursing Merit Award and the outstanding alumna designation from the University of Pennsylvania's College of Nursing, among other honors.
Pat served as president of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities and taught as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Rutgers University. She holds a master's degree in community health from Rutgers University. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania.
Winifred V. Quinn, PhD, Director, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs
Winifred Quinn helps to lead a national campaign dedicated to improving health care through nursing, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Within this role, she oversees a team to support Action Coalitions in each state and the District of Columbia so that they can implement the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations from its landmark 2010 report, the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Winifred assists with the Campaign for Action’s diversity work to help ensure a more diverse nursing workforce, faculty, and leadership.
Winifred also matrixes into AARP writ large to help address public policies that intersect with consumer and nursing issues. Policy issues that she works on relate to improved funding for nursing education and legal barriers that prevent all levels of registered nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education and expertise. Winifred’s federal policy work includes working on nursing education provisions within the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Winifred helped to initiate a national level coalition that successfully achieved the win of Medicare supporting graduate-level nursing education for the first time in its history. Her state-level policy work entails organizing the technical assistance to Action Coalitions and AARP state offices that are improving funding for nursing education or modernizing scope of practice laws. Within this role, she places a strong emphasis on coalition building and relationship development.
Winifred is an alumna of Union County College in Cranford, N.J., and Douglass College, Rutgers University. She received her master’s degree in counseling from Montclair State University and completed her PhD in Health Communication from Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Winifred’s public policy education began as a family caregiver for her parents in their last years of life.
Andrea Brassard, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Brassard, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP is a senior strategic policy advisor at the Center to Champion Nursing in America. She recently returned to CCNA from the American Nurses Association where she was Director of Health Policy. Andrea was formerly full time faculty at the School of Nursing of the George Washington University and continues as an adjunct professor. A nationally certified family nurse practitioner, she is past President of the Nurse Practitioner Association of the District of Columbia and practices at a retail health clinic system on occasional weekends. Andrea received PhD and MPH degrees from Columbia University where she was a funded public policy fellow.
Meredith Courville, MPS, Communications Adviser email@example.com
Meredith Courville is the communications adviser at the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA). In this role, she is responsible for strategic communications and outreach for CCNA and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Her responsibilities include speechwriting, media relations, and leading content development and creation, which help the Campaign to reach a wide range of influential audiences. She also manages the Campaign's social media accounts and contributes to the Campaign’s online presence. Before joining AARP, Meredith spent nearly six years at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), where she held several communications and editorial roles. At NAEYC, she developed and implemented marketing and communications campaigns, managed the organization’s social media presence and strategy, and handled media relations. She also wrote for the organization’s award-winning publications. Her previous experience includes teaching at an independent school and serving as an AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps volunteer, where she provided disaster relief and recovery services in the Gulf Coast following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She holds a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.
Jamie Gold, Senior Writer, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Gold is the senior writer and editor for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She writes and edits materials for The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the Center’s national effort to transform health care through nursing. Jamie brings to AARP 30 years of experience writing and editing in newsrooms including the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, where, as ombudsman for almost 12 years, she was liaison between the newsroom and readers on questions about accuracy and fairness.
Before joining AARP, Jamie was a director at Reingold, a communications firm whose clients include nonprofit associations and government agencies working on a range of issues, including health, the environment, and better care for U.S. veterans. Jamie also provides organizational and communications skills gained from her years as executive director of a nonprofit volunteer corps she founded, and as co-founder and director of a youth literacy program.
Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Arizona State University.
Elizabeth Heaps, MPA, Project Manager email@example.com
Elizabeth “Liz” Heaps is the project manager for the Office of Center Integration within the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA). In this role, Liz provides operational and project management support to CCNA. Previously, Liz worked for the AARP Foundation Experience Corps program, an inter-generational program which recruits volunteers 50 and older to be literacy tutors in high-need schools. Liz also worked in Daegu, South Korea teaching English in a local public school. A native of Georgia, Liz graduated from the University of Georgia with a Master of Public Administration degree, with a specialization in nonprofit management and public policy. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology.
Aidan McCallion, MS, Digital Communications Project Analyst firstname.lastname@example.org
Aidan McCallion is the digital communications project analyst for the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA). In this role, she is responsible for the Campaign for Action website. Aidan contributes to the social media strategy, oversees special online projects, and provides overall communications support throughout CCNA. Before joining AARP, Aidan worked for the Food and Drug Administration and the National Electrical Contractors Association as the Manager of Standards Administration for the National Electrical Installation Standards. She also interned at the Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland affiliate, where she was the social media/public relations intern to the executive director. She earned her master’s degree in management/public relations from the University of Maryland, and has an undergraduate degree in political science from Clemson University.
Lynn M. Mertz, PhD, Senior Strategic Policy Adviser email@example.com
Lynn Mertz is a senior strategic policy adviser for the Center to Champion Nursing in America. In this role, Lynn focuses on nursing education, leadership, and interprofessional collaboration. For more than two decades Lynn has worked in higher education, including at Bloomfield College, a private university in New Jersey, as well as for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, a statewide public policy association serving the private universities in New Jersey. Most recently, she served as deputy director for the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on addressing the nurse faculty shortage. Her areas of specialty within the field of higher education include program design and management, strategic planning, and fund development. In recent years, Lynn lived in Istanbul, Turkey, and worked at Ozyegin University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Drew University, a master of urban planning degree from New York University’s Wagner School, and a PhD in higher education policy from Seton Hall University.
Tara Murphy, BA, Project Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara Murphy is a project specialist for the State Implementation Program (SIP) at the Center to Champion Nursing in America. In her role, Tara coordinates the technical assistance, reporting, and administration of the 33 SIP grantees. Prior to joining CCNA, Tara worked for a software company in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she designed and conducted extensive customer and market research and used it to build the company’s first strategic marketing plan. Tara also interned for a prominent political polling firm in Washington, D.C., is a former AARP New York State Office intern, and has worked on several political campaigns, both local and national. Tara has a bachelor’s degree in political science, a minor in business administration, and a certificate in political campaigning from the University of Florida.
Natalie Moulding, BA, Project Specialist email@example.com
Natalie Moulding is a project specialist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA). As a project specialist, Natalie works on program development and implementation, with a focus on nursing education, leadership, and interprofessional collaboration. Prior to joining CCNA, Natalie worked for the World Trade Center Los Angeles–Long Beach, where she helped support the development of international trade, foreign investment, and business opportunities for Southern California companies. Previously, she interned with the Consulate-General of Australia in Los Angeles, where she assisted in the planning and implementation of three major public policy events including topics on carbon pricing, energy, and the water-energy nexus, as part of the wider "G’Day USA" campaign. Natalie received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California in 2013.
Olivia Parker, Administrative Associate firstname.lastname@example.org
Olivia Parker is the administrative associate for the Center to Champion Nursing in America. Her responsibilities include coordinating meetings, scheduling conference calls, and managing travel. Prior to joining AARP, Olivia supported teams for Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services, Cigna Corporation, and Ford Motor Company.