To better meet America’s health needs and contribute to a Culture of Health, the nursing workforce needs to reflect the country’s multitude of ethnicities, races, cultures, and communities. Such diversity will ultimately increase health equity and help transform the way people get their health care.
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee works to identify advocates and leaders to implement policies, programs, best and promising practices to ensure a diverse cadre of nurses; and to promote health equity and address systemic and institutional racism and other inequities for historically marginalized populations.
Jing Wang, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Sadie Anderson, MSN-FNP, RN
Debra Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sadie Anderson, MSN-FNP, RN
Sadie Anderson is the president of National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA) and is a board member of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Association. She is an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Sadie began her nursing career at a clinic focusing on women’s health and infertility. She began her hospital career at the Alaska Native Medical Center where she worked as a floor nurse, charge nurse, manager and her current position, Director of Nursing over all of the medsurg departments. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has served as the nursing director of the COVID testing site and opened an Alternate Care Site attached to the hospital.
Gloria Lamela Beriones, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Gloria Lamela Beriones is a transformational nurse leader with over forty years of exemplary contributions to nursing practice, leadership, education, and research. She is President of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) 2022-2024. Currently, the staff Development Coordinator of Primary Care Clinics at Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affair Medical Center, Houston, Texas. She is passionate in her role as a leader, change agent, educator, consultant, facilitator, and researcher. She is a Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellow 2022, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She received her first preparation in nursing at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Graduate Nurse Program, Bacolod City, Philippines. She then received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Riverside College of Nursing, Bacolod City, Philippines and her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas Health and Science Center, Houston, TX with major in Clinical Nurse Specialist Program and Nursing Administration. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science at Texas Woman’s University, Houston, Texas.
Sheldon D. Fields, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sheldon D. Fields is a nursing educator, practitioner, researcher, policy analyst, administrator, and entrepreneur. He graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in nursing in 1991, and a MS in Family Nursing in 1995 becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. He completed his PhD in nursing science at the University of Pennsylvania and post-doctoral work in the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California San Francisco. He is a well-known HIV prevention research scientist who has maintained a primary focus on HIV prevention and treatment among underserved people of color populations. Dr. Fields holds certification as an Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse, and board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He is lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association and currently serves as the association’s 14th national President (2023 – 2025). In 2020 he was appointed to be the inaugural Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion | Research Professor in the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State University. He was the first ever male Registered Nurse selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship Program in which he served as a policy adviser to then Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on the Senate HELP committee during the historic healthcare reform debates and passage of the Affordable Care Act. He owns the S.D.F. Group LLC, a health innovations consultant company. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners honored him with the Towers Pinnacle Award in 2020. A former academic nursing dean he holds fellowship status in the National Academies of Practice, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Academy of Nursing.
Jason Mott, PhD, RN
Jason Mott is an associate professor of Nursing and Prelicensure Program Director/Assistant Dean at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He is also President of the American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN). He has published and presented on various topics related to nursing throughout the United States and internationally. His research interests include incivility in nursing, men in nursing, men in the caregiving role, marginalization in nursing and caring in nursing.
Adrianna Nava is a Research Scientist, Performance Measurement, at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). She is also president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). Adrianna focuses on building the leadership capacity of nurses, with a focus on Latino nurses, who continue to be underrepresented in health care leadership positions across the U.S. Through NAHN, she focuses on building the organizational structure to promote the advancement of Hispanic nurses to local, state, and national positions of leadership. In 2020, she received the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Award for Excellence in Nursing. She earned a PhD in nursing and health policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, a master of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor of science in nursing from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing.
Marianne Snyder, PhD, MSN, RN
Marianne Snyder is an assistant clinical professor and director of undergraduate nursing programs at the University of Connecticut’s School of Nursing. Snyder is also the chair of the Nursing Section of GLMA, a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments. She is passionate about educating students about culturally appropriate, affirming, individualized, patient-centered care and understanding their role in shaping health policy. Her research has focused on the health care experiences of LGBTQ populations and the experiences of health care providers who care for individuals in these populations. As a registered nurse and nursing professor, Marianne has been educating patients and nursing students collectively for nearly 38 years in acute care, community, public health, and academic settings. Marianne has researched the health care experiences of lesbian women and the beliefs, behaviors, and experiences of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) with lesbian and gay patients. She received her PhD in nursing from the University of Connecticut, her master’s degree in nursing from West Virginia University, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida.
Debra Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN
Debra Toney is the director of quality management at Nevada’s largest federally qualified health center, Nevada Health Centers, Inc. (NVHC), comprising 18 health centers in urban, rural, and frontier Nevada. As the director, she is responsible for ensuring high quality and cost-effective health care throughout NVHC’s integrated practice of medical, dental, and behavioral health services. Toney works diligently on behalf of the nursing and health professions: She is the president of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations and serves as treasurer of the Nurses on Boards Coalition. She founded the Southern Nevada Black Nurses Association, now celebrating its 20th year. Her history of public service includes appointment by the state governor to the state’s Office of Minority Health advisory committee, where she provided leadership and direction as its first chair. She is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program. Debra is active with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and is the chair of the Nevada Action Coalition and its Diversity Task Force.
Jing Wang, PhD, RN, FAAN
Jing Wang is the dean and professor of the Florida State University College of Nursing, and adjunct professor in Biomedical Informatics and Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her research uses mobile and connected health technologies to optimize multiple-behavior lifestyle interventions and improve patient-centered outcomes among the chronically ill and aging populations with multiple chronic conditions, especially among the rural, underserved, and minority populations. In addition to her research focus on health disparity populations, she’s also devoted to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in academic and clinical nursing settings as President of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, and Board of Directors at National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association. She’s an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, 2015 TEDMED Scholar, 2016 Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Macy Faculty Scholar, and Harvard Macy Scholar where she continues to teach in the “Leading Innovations in Health Care & Education” program in the Harvard Macy Institute. Jing received MSN and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, MPH from its Graduate School of Public Health, and Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science from its School of Medicine.