About the Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nursing

Mission:

To ensure Arizona has a sustainable nursing workforce to provide quality care for the health and wellness of our diverse and growing population.

 

 

Board of Trustees

Chair 
Rhonda Anderson, RN, MPA, DNSC(h), FAAN, FACHE

Dr. Anderson is currently a healthcare consultant for RMA Consulting of Arizona and a consultant/surveyor for Global Healthcare Accreditation. From 2009 to 2016, she was Chief Executive Officer of Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, a Banner Health hospital. Prior to that she held CEO, COO and CNO positions for healthcare organizations in the East Coast, Midwest and Southwest. In addition to serving as the Joint Commission Commissioner for nine years and on the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees for three years, she was on the Board of the Joint Commission International, the quality Committee and public policy committee of the Childrens Hospital Association, The Coordinating Committee of the Measure Application Partnership at NQF for 7 years and was the ACHE Regent for Arizona.

 

Dr. Anderson is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a member of American Hospital Association Committee of Performance Improvement and ACHEs Programs, Products and Services Committee.  She chairs the AZNA foundation board and is a member of the AONE Foundation. She is a board member of Health Forum, Childrens Action Alliance, Arizona Perinatal Trust, Healing the Children, Ryan House, American Nurses Credentialing Center and Chamberlain University.  She is in the NQF Medicaid Child measurement task force, the ACHE products and services committee, the Make a Wish physician engagement committee, and chairs the AONE CEO search committee. She serves her church as an elder and executive committee member, chairs the personnel committee and the organ committee. 

 

Dr. Anderson has received a number of awards for her service to the nursing and business communities. In addition to receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award from Arizona State University College of Nursing, Dr. Anderson was a selected participant in The First International Institute: Executive Nurse Leadership in the United Kingdom and the United States, Florence Nightingale Trust in London, England. She was awarded the American Organization of Nurse Executives Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Dr. Anderson was named Arizona Business Magazine's 2012 Healthcare Leadership Award "Hospital Executive of the Year" and one of their “Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business.”

Vice Chair
Pat Mews, RN, MHA, CNOR

Pat is a Perioperative Services Management Consultant with over 30 years of diversified experience within Surgical Services, with degrees in Nursing, Health Care Administration, and Certification in Perioperative Nursing. Her background includes Director of Perioperative Services, Surgical Sales Representative, Clinical Manager, OR Educator, Specialty Team Leader, Staff Nurse and OR Business Manager.

Her consulting projects focus on total Surgical Services Management, including operational efficiencies, patient flow/throughput, management development, and surgery block scheduling. She works closely with administration and the department of surgical services directing and facilitating project teams utilizing LEAN Methodology. Pat implements change to improve processes, and streamline, standardize, and increase efficiencies in order to deliver improved patient outcomes and patient, physician and staff satisfaction.

As an Interim Director of Perioperative Services her span of responsibility includes all Perioperative Services – Operating Room, Perianesthesia Area that includes: (Preadmission screening/testing, Day of Surgery admitpost anesthesia care unit (PACU), Second stage recovery,) Endoscopy and Sterile Processing Department.

She is a member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and Leadership Specialty Assembly. She is a past member of the AORN Foundation Board of Trustees, has served on several AORN's National Task Forces, including "Perioperative Efficiency Task Force and “Patient Engagement Task Force” and is past chair of the Arizona State Council of Operating Room Nurses (AZSCORN). She is a member of AzNA/ANA and a member of AzNA Foundation Board of Trustees, and AzONE. She has presented at several national and local conferences, has been published in nursing journals and is a contributing author to perioperative nursing texts.

Mews earned her Masters in Health Care Administration from Webster University, St Louis, a BS in Healthcare Management from University of Detroit and an ADN from Macomb College, MI.     

Scholarship Chair
Sharon Rayman, MS, RN

Ms. Rayman's experience spans a period of 49 years as a registered nurse, 45 years in the Phoenix area. Her clinical expertise is in the field of renal dialysis and solid organ transplant. She has held various leadership, management, and faculty  positions.

Ms. Rayman is an active member of the Arizona Nurses Association and has held various leadership positions within the Arizona Nurses Association and Nu Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Secretary
Chloe Littzen, MSN, RN, CPN, AE-C

Chloe was voted to the Board of Directors as Secretary in October 2016. Currently, she is a PhD Student at the University of Arizona focusing on Health Disparities and Illness Self-management with an emphasis in Nursing Education. Chloe graduated with her associates degree in nursing from Yavapai College in 2012, where she served as president of the Student Nurses Association. Additionally, she sat on the Student Nurses Association of Arizona (SNAAz) board as a director at large. Chloe received her bachelors degree and masters degree in nursing with an emphasis in public health from Grand Canyon University. She has been a practicing nurse since 2013, with her primary clinical areas in pediatric intensive care, pediatric home care, and pediatric chronic disease management. While working in acute care, Chloe lead the pediatric skin team for Cardon Children's Medical Center for the pediatric intensive care unit, and assisted with the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) Pressure Injury Survey. Chloe received her Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) in 2015, and her Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C) in 2017. Over the years Chloe has volunteered for a multitude of organizations such as Camp Soaring Eagle, and Ronald McDonald House. Chloe is also a member of the Arizona Asthma Coalition, and the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN). 

  Treasurer
Melissa Huckins
   Elected Trustees

Kimberly Behrens-Grieser

Mrs. Kimberly Grieser has over 30 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit management and currently is the Owner and President of Behrens & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm assisting non-profit and for-profit organizations with their annual fundraising initiatives, helping them to become more strategic, effective and efficient.   

Before starting her own consulting company in 2015, she was the Vice President of Development for Banner Health Foundation from 2011-December 2014, where she managed the Foundation’s special events, pediatrics, planned giving and foundation and corporate giving departments.   Her focus was to secure and steward charitable contributions to advance Banner Health’s mission to make a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care.   

Prior to Banner Health Foundation, Mrs.Grieser was the Director of Development for Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH) Foundation from 2004-2011, managing and supervising the special events department, Children's Miracle Network partnership and acquisition and stewardship of corporate partners and major gift donors. 

Prior to PCH, Mrs. Grieser held leadership positions at Childhelp USA as the Director of Chapter Relations from 1997-2004 and Arizona Special Olympics as the Director of Sports and Training from 1989-1997.      

Mrs. Grieser has lived in Phoenix most of her life and received her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Resources from the University of Arizona in 1987.  She is an active member of the community and a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.  

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 Carol Stevens, PhD, RN

Dr. Carol Stevens is a Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University where she coordinates and teaches in the Nurse Educator Master’s Degree program. She is also the Barrett Honors Faculty Advisor for the pre-licensure Barrett Honors students. Her teaching and research focus is on evidence-based practice, research and online education. Dr. Stevens received her BSN from St. Louis University, Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from University of AZ and her PhD from Arizona State University. She is certified as a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer.

Dr. Stevens is the Past President of the Arizona Nurses Association. For 4 years, she led the organization in advancing the profession by focusing on critical issues such as Safe Staffing, APRN legislation, growing AZ Nurse Leaders, as well as building membership and engaging members. Since 1995, Dr. Stevens has served in many Board positions at AzNA (President, Second Vice President, Treasurer & Director at Large) and the AzNA Nurse Educator Special Interest Group Chapter (Treasurer & Director at Large). At the national level, she chairs the ANA Leadership Council, a representative body of Constituent and State Nurses Associations (C/SNAs) and Individual Member Division (IMD) that deliberates, strategizes and advises the ANA Board of Directors.

Dr. Stevens is a member of the Az Hospital & Healthcare Association Public Policy Committee, the ASU Student Health Advisory Board, the ASU Barrett Honors Faculty Council, the AzNA PAC and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Az Foundation for the Future of Nurses. She also co-leads the Az Nurses on Boards Task Force.

In Dec 2016, Dr. Stevens was the regional winner of the Nurse.com GEM Award for Excellence in Education and Mentorship.  She is a member of ANA, AzNA, STTI, NLN, AACN and WIN.

Executive Director
Robin Schaeffer, MSN, RN, CAE

Robin Schaeffer is the Executive Director of the Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA). She has been a nurse for over 39 years and has had a varied nursing career that includes staff nursing, teaching and administration. Robin holds a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). Under Robin’s directorship, AzNA has secured a respected seat at the table during various state-level healthcare stakeholder meetings. 

Robin also serves as Executive Director of the Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nursing (previously known as Arizona Nurses Foundation), the philanthropic arm of AzNA that awards nursing scholarships to advance the nursing profession. She represents AzNA as the nurse Co-Lead for the Arizona Action Coalition, the state-level group implementing the national recommendations of the IOM Future of Nursing report. Most recently, 

Robin was recently awarded the Legend in Nursing Award by the March of Dimes. The award recognizes a nurse who has dedicated his or her life to making outstanding contributions to building the nursing profession in Arizona. This is the 3rd time this award has been given in the 13-year history of the March of Dimes Nursing Awards.