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Board of Directors

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R. Gino Chisari, RN, DNP

President

Gino is the Director of the Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical & Professional Development at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves as Chief Learning Officer for the Lunder-Dineen Health Alliance of Maine and sits on several hospital- and system-wide committees. In 2018, Gino was installed as the inaugural incumbent of the Dorothy Ann Heathwood Endowed Chair in Nursing Education. He is the prior Deputy Executive Director for the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and past President of the ANA Massachusetts. Gino has held faculty positions including the MGH Institute for Health Professions, Northeastern University, and Emmanuel College. Gino is also the 2021 recipient of the ANA Massachusetts Living Legend Award.

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Brian M. French, RN, NPD-BC, PhD

Vice President

Brian has over 36 years of nursing experience in clinical practice (geriatrics, general surgery, trauma critical care), project management, administration, and education. For the last 35 years, he has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, most recently as Director of the Maxwell & Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center and the Knight Simulation Program in The Institute for Patient Care. He is also the Co-chair of the interdisciplinary Clinical Policy & Record Committee and member of the Medical Policy Committee. He is a member of the ANA Massachusetts Nomination Committee and has recently been appointed an Appraiser Team Leader by the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program.

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Timothy Quigley, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Treasurer

Tim is the Senior VP of Special Projects at South Shore Health and has also served as VP of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and in various roles at Massachusetts General Hospital, including Clinical Assistant Professor at MGH’s Institute of Health Professions. His career has included service on many boards and teams including the VHA Health Front in Woburn, Boston University’s Health Policy Unit, the Boston-EMS Regional Council, the Grayken Center for Treatment at South Shore, and the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA, RI, NH, and CT, from whom he received the Mary B. Concession Leadership Award in 2013. 

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David Ball, MS

Director

David is the Founder and President of Ball Consulting Group, LLC, an award-winning, full-service strategic communications and public relations firm that specializes in health care. Before launching Ball Consulting Group in 2004, David held executive communications positions with the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA), MassHealth, the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), and the Massachusetts Extended Care Federation (now the MA Senior Care Association). In addition, he worked in Massachusetts state government for 13 years and served on the adjunct faculty of Emerson College for four years. 

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Marie Borgella, RN, DNP

Director

Marie is a Nurse Director at Massachusetts General Hospital and has in-depth nursing experience both as a bedside nurse and in academia and nursing leadership. She has been a program manager for Action Community Development for Dimock Institute and has led nursing teams specializing in pediatric neuroscience, general medicine, oncology, critical care, psychiatry, and substance disorders. Marie’s passion is in leading DEI initiatives and serving underserved communities, including advisory work with Rosie’s Place, Believe in Success, and Madison Park High School. Marie has served as adjunct clinical faculty at many Greater Boston colleges and holds a doctorate in Nursing Practice from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has recently co-authored a book chapter for Health Inequities in Populations and assisted in evaluation of a health equity course for Harvard Medical School.

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Sharon T. Callender, RN, MPH

Director

Sharon is the Director of Family and Community Health Services at Mattapan Community Health Center. She has an extensive nursing career and has received honors including the 2018 President’s Award from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NERBNA) and the Community Partnership Award from the Boston Public Health Commission. Sharon currently serves on the Nursing Advisory Board at Roxbury Community College, is a mentor for nursing students in the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program at Simmons University and for graduate students in the Diversity Scholars Leadership Program at Boston University School of Public Health. She is a past President of NERBNA, as well as a past board member of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc.  

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Patricia A. Edwards, EdD, RN, ANEF

Director

Pat is a self-employed Consultant providing expert guidance in academic and nursing practice areas. During her career, she held administrative and faculty positions at Simmons University and Excelsior University, Director positions at Children's Specialized hospital and Saratoga hospital and as an Appraiser/Team Leader for the Magnet® Nursing Services Recognition program. She has served on the boards of the Northeastern NY Chapter Association of Rehabilitation Nurses as Treasurer, the Capital District Nursing Research Alliance as Secretary & Treasurer and as a member of the ANA Massachusetts Nomination committee. In 2009, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education.

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Patricia A. McGaffigan, MS, RN, CPPS

Director

Patricia is Vice President, Safety at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and President, Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety. She has also held positions with the National Patient Safety Foundation, Philips Healthcare, and Aspect Medical Systems, and has served on many boards and committees, including the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Joint Commission, Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, Planetree Person-Centered Certification Committee, and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors.

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Raquel Reynolds, PhD, RN, MSN, PHCNS-BC

Director

Dr. Raquel Yvonne Lopez Reynolds has been a nurse for 31 years and has taught in schools of nursing since 2005. She has practiced in a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient care, and community care. Raquel is a certified clinical nurse specialist in public/community health nursing. Her doctoral work explored the relationship between work stress and metabolic health outcomes. She completed a pilot study exploring the relationship between work stress and metabolic health outcomes, a secondary analysis of the relationship between shift work and health outcomes in nurses, and a study that examined relationship between readability and health literacy on adherence to post-exposure prophylaxis in patients who experienced sexual assault. Currently, Raquel is exploring the impact of Covid-19 symptoms experienced after hospitalization on the daily lives of Black and Latinx populations in the Greater Boston area.

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Patrick J. Stapleton, MHA

Director

Patrick is the CEO of Sherrill House, a not-for-profit nursing and rehabilitation center, where he established the highly regarded Return to Home™ program. Patrick has served on the boards of many organizations, including LeadingAge Massachusetts, the MA Senior Care Association, and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton. He was appointed to the American Health Care Association’s Not-for-Profit Council as well as the MA Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators, and was selected to serve on the MA Nursing Facility Task Force. He occupies the not-for-profit seat on the MA Department of Public Health’s Informal Dispute Resolution Panel. In 2011, in recognition of professional achievement, he advanced to Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Administrators.

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Cidalia J. Vital, PhD, RN, CNL, CRRN

Director

Cidalia is Program Director Nursing Research and Holistic Nursing at Baystate Medical Center. She was the recent vice-chair of the National Research Committee for the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and has also served on boards including the ANA Massachusetts and the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification. Cidalia holds a doctorate in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has authored or co-authored articles in journals including the Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, American Nurse Today, and Rehabilitation Nursing Journal.

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Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN) 

Honorary Director

Jean is Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Center campus, where she held the nation’s first endowed chair in caring science for 16 years. She is Founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; past president of the National League for Nursing; founding member of the International Association in Human Caring and International Caritas Consortium. She is Founder and Director of the nonprofit Watson Caring Science Institute. Jean holds a PhD in educational psychology and counseling. She is a widely published author and recipient of many awards and honors. Her research on caring has been incorporated into education and patient care at hundreds of nursing schools and healthcare facilities across the world. In October 2013, Jean was inducted as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, its highest honor.

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