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July 2016

Clearly there is a belief we can accomplish more together, discover new horizons, and actualize our commitment to be a force multiplier for health in our communities by harnessing the collective thought leadership…and this is the HALF DONE that lays before us!"

– Ann Cary, former RWJF-ENF Alumni Association President (Winter 2016 Newsletter)

Since our last update, the organization continues to transform itself toward an ever-influencing future! This past April, Dr. Ann Cary had to resign as our alumni association President due to her new role as President-Elect of AACN. I want to personally thank Ann for her leadership – particularly during the past year; her poise and conversations with a variety of key stakeholders helped us further our evolvement into a preferred future for our association.

With that announcement, I am honored to step forward as current President. The organization, led by those before us, is strong and vibrant. I will work diligently with all of you to continue the legacy of excellence and ensure that our ongoing structure and governance is thoughtful and purposeful. Many thanks to Kate Fiandt and the Nominating Committee for quickly filling the vacant President Elect position! I am pleased to formally announce that Lisa Sgarlata ('12) is our new President Elect! Lisa M. Sgarlata, DNP, MSN, MS, FACHE, serves as the Chief Administrative Officer at Lee Memorial Hospital, Fort Myers, Florida. We welcome Lisa to the Board of Directors and recall her election profile statement, "As President-elect, I will function as a strong advocate to ensure and facilitate the Executive Nurse Fellows to be the catalyst for a successful transition." Lisa's election created a vacant Director-at-Large board member position. Rosalie Mainous, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAANP, ('09) will fill this position. We welcome Rosalie to the Alumni Association Board!

Since our annual meeting in February 2016 on Amelia Island, the RWJF-ENF Board of Directors has actively engaged in the ongoing business of the organization. All committees have newly organized for Calendar Year 2016 – and I thank many of you for stepping forward as active participants. More than ever we need the voice of our Alumni to create strategies for our near term sustainability, commit to ongoing leadership development as well as leading the future Co-Creators work.

We remain excited and fully engaged with the group of leaders representing all 10 closing RWJF Human Capital Programs. In addition, we also have participation from a RWJF program that is not closing! The working group envisions a future collaborative entity inclusive of all RWJF Scholars and Fellows that have already completed their formal leadership program (e.g., RWJF-ENF) and a structure/process to welcome new graduates from the new Culture of Health (COH) programs. We continue to update key leaders at the RWJ Foundation of our progress-to-date, while they restructure with the departure of Hermina Palacio. The Co-Creators over-arching goal is to create a model that outlines recommendations for membership, governance structure and ongoing data needs/networking reflective of our desire to create an entity focused on more integrated work across all health disciplines, new fellows and multi-sectorial partners.

Remember to mark your calendars (February 27 – 28, 2017) and plan to attend the upcoming annual meeting at the stunning Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah! The Program Committee is planning an extraordinary event that will include our Annual Meeting update, ongoing personal leadership development as well as cherished networking opportunities. I look forward to seeing you there!

I hope you and those you care for continue to enjoy the summer! Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve as President. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to further the efforts of our Association.

Jerry A. Mansfield, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, RWJF-ENF Alumni Association President