Nurse Leader Fellows Leadership Team
National Program Director, Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators
Professor and Dean Emerita, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
A nurse leader, educator, scientist and nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and rural health care, Heather M. Young’s background includes extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating research to promote healthy aging. At UC Davis Health, she co-leads the Healthy Aging in a Digital World initiative and is associate director for strategic partnerships with the Family Caregiving Institute. As professor and founding dean emerita for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, she led the establishment of the School of Nursing, the development of five new graduate programs in Nursing Science and Health Care Leadership, the design and construction of Betty Irene Moore Hall and the formation of a nursing science research program focused on healthy systems and healthy people.
Co-director for Leadership Development, Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators
Professor and Dean, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
A nationally recognized researcher and expert focused on issues related to advertising, marketing and brand management, H. Rao Unnava’s background includes extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating marketing research to understand consumer behavior. As dean and professor of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, he prepares the next generation of inspired, innovative and collaborative leaders who are committed to making a positive impact. He teaches courses on marketing management and strategy, marketing research, consumer behavior, promotional strategy, human memory processes and international marketing. He is one of the founders of Angie’s List, served on company boards, and testified as an expert witness several times. His research and policy expertise include brand loyalty, consumer response to advertising, as well as sales promotions and consumer memory.
Associate Director, Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators
Associate Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
As an associate professor and founding faculty member of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Elena Siegel uses her knowledge of nursing, health care systems, business and finance to conduct research focused on the practices and policies surrounding nursing home care. She enjoys mentoring students as they develop the systems and business acumen necessary for nursing leadership in complex health care environments. Previously, she was an assistant professor at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing. She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar and a former Claire M. Fagin Postdoctoral Fellow.
Associate Director of Operations, Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators
Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Programs, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and UC Davis School of Medicine
As the assistant dean for interprofessional programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the UC Davis School of Medicine, Jana Katz-Bell oversees programs that bridge the two schools and also seeks new opportunities for interprofessional programs and collaboration at UC Davis Health. In her role at the School of Nursing, she leads the research initiative for the school, with a focus on strategic planning and resources management. She co-authored the 2007 grant proposal that secured the funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish the School of Nursing, and serves as the lead administrator of the founding grant.
Program Manager, Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators
Monica Christina Esqueda is the program manager for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators program. Her areas of expertise include higher education leadership, curriculum design, program evaluation, faculty development and education policy. Prior to joining the School of Nursing in 2020, Esqueda was an education specialist at the UC Davis Center for Educational Effectiveness and the inaugural equity advisor for the Office of Undergraduate Education. In these roles she worked to advance inclusive teaching, and the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion principles across departments and programs. Previously, Esqueda was an assistant professor of higher education and community college leadership at Old Dominion University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human development from the University of California, San Diego, a Master of Education in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington, and a doctorate in education policy from the University of Southern California.
Stephen J. Cavanagh, PhD, MPA, R.N., FACHE, FAAN
Professor and Dean Emerita, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
As dean and professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Stephen J. Cavanagh leads the School of Nursing and collaborates with the interprofessional Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group in the operation of five graduate degree programs as well as development of new programs. With a passion for health care workforce development and maximizing the use of advanced practice nurses, his research explores the understanding of innovation within the almost unique regulatory framework in which nursing operates — and the need for it within nursing education due to projected nurse shortages — a growing elderly population and the rise of technology in health care.
The national advisory council is a diverse group of leaders with exceptional impact in health and health care. The council provides inspiration and aspiration for strategies and planning, with input on all aspects of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators program. Council leaders meet with fellows at the annual convocation and serve as mentors or help facilitate mentorship connections for fellows.
Professor and Presidential Chair, UCSF School of Medicine
A leading expert in geriatric medicine, biomedical ethics and quality care, Christine Cassel is a professor with the UCSF School of Medicine. Previously, she was the president and CEO of the National Quality Forum and prior to that served as president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the ABIM Foundation. She was one of 20 scientists chosen by President Barack Obama to serve on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Modern Healthcare recognized her among the 100 most influential people in health care and among the 50 most influential physicians in 2013 and 2014. Her research focuses on geriatrics and aging, ethical patient care, Medicare and quality care.
Assistant Professor and Research Scientist III
Director, Nursing Research Department
Nurse Practitioner, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Programs, Smidt Heart Institute
A nurse researcher known for her expertise in cardiac surgical care and transplantation, Bernice Coleman is the director of Nursing Research and an assistant professor for Cedars-Sinai. She is also a nurse practitioner at Cedars-Sinai’s Smidt Heart Institute. Her research is dedicated to improving health disparities and exploring the racial outcomes of post-heart transplantation in African American and Caucasian communities. Previously, she served as a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation. She also served as chair of the Genomic Nursing and Health Care Expert Panel for the Academy of Nursing and chair of the Nursing Health Science and Allied Health Council of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.
Associate Professor and Faculty Lead, Population Health Research, Duke University
As an associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing and the faculty lead for the Population Health Research Area of Excellence for the school’s Center for Nursing Research, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda is committed to building and nurturing the next generation of nurses to promote health equity. She is also co-director of the Community Engagement Core for Duke’s Clinical Translational Science Institute. Previously, she was the Gannet Healthcare Group’s Nursing Excellence Regional Winner in the Advancing and Leading the Profession category. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. Her research focuses on describing the intersection of intimate partner violence, substance abuse, HIV and mental health among Latinos in the U.S. and the development of culturally tailored interventions.
Visiting Professor, University of Texas Austin School of Nursing
Executive Director Emeritus, National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
Conducting research and mentoring future generations of gerontologists is among J Taylor Harden’s expertise as the executive director emeritus of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence and visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Her research focuses on clinical interventions and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, risk and resilience in older women, and minority health and health disparities. Previously, she served as the assistant to the director of the National Institute on Aging in the Office of Special Populations and acting deputy director of the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health. She also served as a member of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing National Advisory Council.
Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences
Professor, Bouve College of Health Sciences
Director, Northeastern University Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care
An expert in technology-based solutions that transform health care, Misha Pavel is a joint faculty member of the Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences and Bouvé College of Health Sciences and is director of the Northeastern University Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care. Previously, he served as program director for the Smart and Connected Health program at the National Science Foundation and was a technology leader at AT&T Laboratories. He also founded the Point of Care Laboratory in the Biomedical Engineering Department within the School of Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University. His research leverages advances in sensor technology, computational modeling machine learning, and artificial intelligence in the care for older adults, traumatic brain injury and stroke survivals. He is a senior life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Director Emerita, Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehab Research and Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Center of Excellence, Veterans Administration
Gail Powell Cope is passionate about mentorship, leadership, assistive mobility and community reintegration for veterans in post-acute rehabilitation. She retired in 2019 from 21 years in health services research at the James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital, where she served as the director of a Veterans Administration Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, section chief of Rehabilitation Outcomes Research, and chief of Nursing Research. She also served as director of the first nurse-led Patient Safety Center of Inquiry at the James A. Haley Veterans Health Administration Hospital in Tampa, Florida. She received special recognition from the Veterans Health Administration for Leadership in the Nursing Research Advisory Group. Her research and training program expertise includes community reintegration for persons with disabilities, patient falls, safe patient handling and mobility, implementation research and program evaluation.
Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute
Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America
A nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy in various settings, Susan Reinhard’s background includes extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating research to promote policy change. As a senior vice president at AARP, she directs its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for state, federal and international policy research. She also serves as chief strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America. Previously, she served as co-director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, directing national initiatives to help people with disabilities live at home. She served three governors as deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. She also served as a member of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing National Advisory Council. Her research and policy expertise include health care workforce, caregiving, consumer choice, community care options and quality.
Partner, The March Fund
Senior Scholar, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Harold Schmitz is a senior scholar in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and general partner with The March Fund – a food technology venture capital fund focused on improving global consumer health and environmental sustainability. Previously, he was the chief science officer for Mars, Inc. and director of the Mars Advanced Research Institute. He was also a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Needs Research Fellow at North Carolina State University’s Department of Food Science. He is active in the Executive Committee of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable at The National Academies. A former Art and Carlyse Ciocca Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Graduate School of Management, he is a lifetime member in the Council on Foreign Relations.
Endowed Professor in Health Equity and Social Justice and Director, Center for Innovative Care in Aging
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
A health policy advocate dedicated to helping older adults “age in place,” Sarah Szanton is the first nurse to receive a Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center. As the Health Equity and Social Justice Endowed Professor and director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, she tests inventions and researches the role of the environment and stressors in health disparities in older adults. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously, she received an Edge Runner Award from the American Academy of Nursing, was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar and was awarded a John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Fellowship in geriatric nursing research.
Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
A pioneering nurse researcher and champion for Latino communities, Antonia Villaruel is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She co-chairs the National Strategic Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/AARP Future of Nursing Campaign for Action and is an active member of the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Previously, she served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and developed the widely-used intervention Cuídate, meaning “Take Care of Yourself,” for Hispanic teens, which promotes abstinence and safer sex within the frame of Latino culture. Her research focuses on health promotion, risk reduction and culturally relevant population health interventions.
Professor LJB School of Public Affairs
University of Texas Austin School of Nursing
Former U.S. Acting Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
An internationally recognized expert in health and public policy, Mary Wakefield’s background includes eight years in the United States Senate as chief of staff to North Dakota senators and deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – a senior executive position not previously held by a nurse. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, as well as the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. She served as administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and also on the Institute of Medicine’s committee that produced the landmark “To Err is Human” report. Her research and policy expertise include health care workforce, underserved populations, access to primary care, quality and health professions education. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD
President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Susan Song, MPH
Program Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Through their pioneering research, teaching and consulting work, faculty at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management — ranked No. 4 worldwide by The Economist — shape global management practices and prepare innovative, results-driven collaborative leaders. Faculty have taught many health care professionals in executive education and MBA programs. Now, they bring this expertise and scholarship to teach fellows in both in-person and online learning modules focused on honing leadership skills, encouraging entrepreneurship and strategic thinking.
Gina Dokko is an associate professor focused on strategic management. She leads classes on managing and motivating teams. Previously, she worked in strategy and marketing at American Express and 3M. Her research focuses on organizational theory and behavior, careers, social networks, job mobility, and technology and innovation.
Professor of Management
Stephen G. Newberry Endowed Chair in Leadership
International Research Fellow, Centre for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University
An internationally recognized expert in organizational behavior, Kimberly Elsbach teaches negotiation skills in competitive business environments. She has been with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management since 1999. Her research focuses on the acquisition and maintenance of organizational reputations, especially in the areas of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity.
Focused on the psychology of business negotiations, associate professor Stephen Garcia seeks to understand competition and cooperation in business settings. Previously, he served in marketing positions at Charles Schwab, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo. His research explores the psychology of competition and social comparison, as well as judgment and decision-making.
Professor of Technology Management
Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship
An expert in innovation and entrepreneurship, professor Andrew Hargadon is focused on the role of networks in generating and executing new ventures. He is founding director of the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis. Previously, he was a product designer at Apple Computer. His research focuses on developing and commercializing sustainable technologies.
Greta Hsu is a professor who teaches about managing people in modern organizations, individual and group dynamics, strategy and structure and technology management. She has been with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management since 2004. Her research focuses on how market categories are socially constructed, how they are used and strategically manipulated by market actors, and how they shape market evolution and competitive dynamics.
Founder and CEO, WestShore Management Group
A guest lecturer at UC Davis and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Executive Education program, Jim Olson teaches about teams and technology, negotiations, organizational development, leadership and technology management. Previously, he served as CEO of SkyStream Networks and was executive vice president of video compression systems as TANDBERG Television. His WestShore Management Group venture provides interim CEO and corporate counseling services.
Associate Professor of Management
Corporate entrepreneurship, strategy and structure, and leadership in organizations are among the courses taught by Associate Professor Elizabeth Pontikes. Previously, she developed sales strategies and competitive positioning at software start-ups. Her research is focused on market categorization, innovation and technological change.
Project Manager, Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators
Kristen Venditelli is a project manager supporting the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators program. She joined UC Davis in 2006 as an administrative assistant with the Department of Emergency Medicine and joined the School of Nursing team in 2017 as an executive project manager supporting the dean’s office. Previously, Venditelli worked as a program manager for the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the KL2 and K12 mentored career development training programs. In 2016, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and Community Health Education from California State University, Sacramento.
Project Coordinator, Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators
Communications and Marketing Specialist, Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators
Megan Hansen is a communications and marketing specialist for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators program. In addition to this role, she also supports the UC Davis Health Center for Health and Technology and the Center for Simulation and Education Enhancement. Prior to joining the School of Nursing in 2019, she supported the Office of Continuing Medical Education. Previously, Hansen worked on the creative services team for Sutter Health and worked for five years in the news industry as a local government reporter at newspapers along the North Coast. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a minor in digital media, from California State University, Sacramento in 2010.