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Dr. Voncella McCleary-Jones

Associate Dean & Chair

School of Nursing, Wichita State University

​Dr. McCleary-Jones is a native of Fayetteville, NC.   Prior to becoming Associate Dean and Chair of the School of Nursing, Dr. McCleary-Jones was Associate Professor at the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Dr. McCleary-Jones also served as the Director of the Master's Nurse Education Program for eight years, and as Interim Assistant Dean for Educational Excellence.

Dr. McCleary-Jones holds a master's degree in nursing education, and a Ph.D. in adult and higher education administration. Dr. McCleary-Jones' clinical specialties include Adult Intensive  and Post-Anesthesia Care.  Dr. McCleary-Jones is a Harvard Macy Scholar, certification as a Certified Nurse Educator, and a Fellow of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education. 

Dr. Ronnie Ursin

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jennersville Hospital


Recently recognized by Modern Healthcare among the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare – Minority Executives to Watch. The Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare biennial recognition program takes great pride in honoring the top minority healthcare executives who are influencing the policy and care delivery models across the country. In doing so, executives are highlighting the continued need to nurture diversity in their organizations. Additionally, in January of this year, Dr. Ursin became the first nurse executive to lead Jennersville Hospital in West Grove, PA, as President and Chief Executive Officer. Jennersville Hospital, an entity of Tower Health, is a 63-bed, full service, acute care facility. Prior to becoming President and CEO, Dr. Ursin functioned for two years in his first chief nursing officer role at Northern Louisiana Medical Center. Dr. Ursin is currently adjunct at the University of Maryland University College and Lincoln University 

Dr. Patsy R. Smith

Assistant Professor

Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


Recently received the Faculty Governance award at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). Each year the Faculty Senate may select a deserving individual as recipient of the Faculty Governance award. This Academic Year, by unanimous vote, the OUHSC Faculty Senate determined that the highest award offered by Faculty Senate would be re-named in honor of retiring President of The University of Oklahoma, David L. Boren, for his unending support of and advocacy for higher education, and for his service to the State of Oklahoma as Governor, United States Senator, and President of the University of Oklahoma. The award was given to Dr. Patsy R. Smith for her service as Chair, Faculty Senate, during which she met challenges with grace, dignity, and professionalism. Dr. Smith provided valuable input to the Academic Programs Council for curricular input that had a campus-wide impact; she served on the Faculty Advisory Council to the State Regents for Higher Education, and spoke to Regents on behalf of faculty to assure voice and vote on The University of Oklahoma presidential search committee. Dr. Smith participates in community-based research seeking to improve the lives of community-dwelling adults with chronic conditions, engaging students and faculty from multiple Health Sciences Center colleges. These and other contributions led Faculty Senate to name her a recipient of the David L. Boren Faculty Governance Award. 

Dr. Linda Washington-Brown

President & Director 

Xspurt Provider Services, Inc.



Recently inducted into American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) inducted 64 nurse practitioner (NP) leaders into the FAANP in June 2018. The new FAANP members will continue the tradition of impacting national and global health through their outstanding contributions. The FAANP program was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy. Fellows of AANP are visionaries and, as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care. The new Fellows will continue to demonstrate leadership and contribute to the mission of AANP. The AANP is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the U.S. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care.