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Dunphy, Lynne
The Project Director, Lynne M. Dunphy, PhD, is a nationally-certified FNP (ANCC) with close to thirty years of experience in Nursing Education. Originally certified as an Adult PMH CNS, Dr. Dunphy then became an FNP. Dr. Dunphy was inducted as a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in 2007, and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in 2012. Dr. Dunphy currently co-chairs the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Expert Panel on Primary Care. She was the PI on a State Implementation Plan [SIP] award from RWJF, which established a statewide RI Nurse Residency that crossed the continuum of care. Currently, she is Associate Dean for Practice and Community Engagement and coordinates the activities of the College’s faculty practice sites.

Bulfin, Susan
My experience as Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University and previously at Mercer University, Atlanta Georgia, positions me well to provide the leadership and coordination for this innovative project. I have been involved in DNP program planning and development since 2007; and a nurse practitioner for 35 years. I currently teach graduate courses at the masters and doctoral level in the areas of role development, health systems, women’s health, and leadership. I have depth in my teaching and practice including community health, public health, communicable disease, disaster nursing, women’s health, school health, and convenient care. My research has focused on developing caring based models of health care delivery, and working towards creating enhanced relationships within the community to benefit health care. From 2003-2005, I was a Research Project Director for a funded project entitled “Caring-based Healthcare Delivery Models.”


Edwards, Karethy DrPH, APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN
I have over 38 years of teaching and curriculum development including 22 years of NP curriculum. The focus of my research, teaching, and primary care experience is aimed at decreasing health disparities and increasing cultural competency skills among students, faculty healthcare providers. As the Director of Diversity in this project, I am uniquely qualified to assist with the achievement of the objectives in this proposal.

Wisdom-Chambers, Karen
I am pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this project, Caring-based Academic-Practice Partnerships to Increase NPs Readiness and Willingness to Practice in Rural and Medically Underserved Communities (MUC). Practicing as an NP with these communities is a passion of mine and I am eager to spend as much as .50% FTE actually in a clinical site with NP students and preceptors. Additionally, my DNP will be of great assistance in working with the clinical site FCHC to identify quality areas for foci of student DNP projects. I have prior experience in community and home health nursing, have been a practicing FNP since 2011 and maintain active practice now, including a Faith-based Nursing Ministry at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Rivera Beach, FL. I have been teaching NP and DNP students since 2012.


King, Beth
Nationally certified as a clinical nurse specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health, Dr. King’s area of focus is community practice and mental health. Her research areas of interest are caring outcomes in nursing education and the burden of depression in vulnerable and often marginalized populations. Dr. King has received funding to support her research in the areas of nursing education outcomes related to caring and school nursing. Her presentations and publications on the use of nursing situations as a teaching method have inspired the transformation of nursing education focused on the study of caring in contextualized stories from practice.

Harvey, Kathi
I am delighted to be a part of this exciting project on academic-service partnerships, especially as it involves Volunteers-in-Medicine, a site I have practiced at since 2007. To be able to take a leadership role as Academic Faculty in this grant will enable me to bring additional time to VIM, additional time with students in this setting [I already do take some students on a limited basis], and work to perfect the Preceptor role to extend our ability to teach students. I have been committed to the care of the underserved and to diverse populations since I became a nurse. I believe in community based partnerships and action and also am impassioned by work as a patient advocate.



Jacinto Garrido, DNP, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Dr. Jacinto Garrido has had a distinguished 26-year career as a Captain and advanced practice nurse with the United States Public Health Service, stationed with the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.  His career with the government positioned him to develop national and global health care programs in coordination with domestic and foreign health officials. In pursuit of developing these programs he visited 6 of 7 continents and 65 countries.
Dr. Garrido received his BSN and MSN from Florida International University and his DNP from Florida Atlantic University.  He is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Academy of Nursing. He is a board certified adult nurse practitioner, adjunct faculty at FAU, and a healthcare consultant.

Alexandre, Pierre Kebreau
I am an Associate Professor in the Health Administration Program/Department of Management of the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University. I previously spent 11 years as a faculty in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and 5 years in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine. I have excellent training in theoretical and applied economics, and quantitative methods with advanced applications in the field of substance use and mental disorders. I have been Principal Investigator on RO1 and RO3 grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), and a KO1 grant from the National Institute on Alcoholism, and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA). I have also been investigator on other grants funded by the national institute on mental Health (NIHM), NIDA, NIAAA, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. My training in quantitative methods of public health and particularly my work in sustainability will be integral to this proposal and will include tracking results and analyzing data and implementation actions aimed at developing a program of sustainability.


Tiffany Chandler
My credentials include Master of Science in Health Services Administration and Master of Public Health. I have previous experience working with underserved populations and building community partnerships, which well positions me to facilitate communication and serve as an information resource for students, faculty, practice partners, and community members. Additionally, I have helped with the management and coordination of other federally funded grants.

Behara, Ravi
I am a Professor in the Information Technology and Operations Management Department of the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University. I have significant research and application experience in analytics and service operations in a variety of healthcare contexts. In addition, I am involved in funded research as PI and Co-PI in collaboration with differentdomain experts from the Nursing, Medical and Engineering disciplines. I will be able to assist this project with data management and analytics. 
Elizabeth Tsarnas
I have been a Family Nurse Practitioner for 21 years and helped develop the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic that provides primary health care to the underserved population within Martin County. Served as Clinical Director and specialized in diabetes, dermatology, and women's health for 20 years. Currently, work in a gynecology practice. In 2011, I was honored to receive the Distinguished Alumna Award from the FAU National Alumni Association. I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society. I have taught many nurse practitioner students in the clinical setting over the past 21 years and currently serve as an Adjunct Professor for the Nurse Practitioner Program at Florida Atlantic University.



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This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D09HP29975, Advanced Nursing Education Grants for $2,076,900.00, grant number T94HP30892, Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Grants for 1,564,997.00, and grant number: UK1HP31715, NEPQR – RNs in Primary Care for $2,800,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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