Jill Arnold is the Executive Director of the Maternal Safety Foundation and a consultant specializing in consumer engagement in maternity care. She is a former Project Manager/Social Media Manager at Consumer Reports, working with the organization on a grant to develop consumer-facing educational materials with the California Health Care Foundation and California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. Her campaigns on C-section Ratings and editorial were the second-highest ranked of all Consumer Reports digital content in 2016.
Jill serves in an advisory capacity to several organizations and initiatives. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Arkansas Healthcare Transparency Initiative Board, and a steering committee member of the California Maternal Data Center.
LaShea Wattie has been practicing in the area of obstetrical nursing for over 20 years. Her clinical and educational experience and expertise span labor/delivery, antepartum and mother/baby areas. LaShea is currently working as the Perinatal Nurse Specialist for Women’s Services at a large health system in Georgia. She is a designated fetal monitoring Instructor Trainer through AWHONN. LaShea has also worked as a nursing instructor and was the Perinatal Outreach Educator for the North Georgia region. This allowed her to provide continual high-risk perinatal education and inspire audiences across the region. LaShea holds two certifications through NCC and currently provides in-services and seminars nationally and internationally.
In addition, LaShea is an active AWHONN member. She was the elected Georgia Section Chair for two consecutive terms. Lashea was a recent recipient of the Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition Award program and was appointed to the Georgia Postpartum Hemorrhage Project. She was selected as the lead facilitator in the state of Georgia to assist with the rising rate of maternal deaths because she has successfully inspired her region to become more active within their professional organization with exciting lectures, networking and current trends. LaShea’s expertise in this area is demonstrated in her most recent award as the 2015 AWHONN Award of Excellence in Community Service. LaShea is a fun, energetic speaker, who fully engages the audience in her presentations, leaving them excited and ready to learn more.
Kelley Bowden is the Perinatal Outreach Nurse Educator for the state of Maine. After graduating from the University of Southern Maine with her Bachelor’s degree in nursing, she joined the Maine Medical Center NICU staff. Kelley then went on to earn a certificate from Georgetown University as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. After working in the NICU for 18 years, she left to become a chart abstractor for the Maine Birth Defects Program and assumed the outreach position in 2004. Kelley completed her master’s degree in nursing at USM in 2005.
In her current role, she serves as a resource and consultant for birthing hospitals, community based health care organizations, and health care providers on topics related to perinatal care. Kelley presents locally and nationally and has publications in Pediatrics, Advances in Neonatal Nursing, and Work, as well as co-author of a chapter in Prenatal and Postpartum Care: a woman centered approach. She is past Board Chair of the March of Dimes Maine Chapter and sits on several statewide committees, including the Maternal, Fetal, and Infant Mortality Review Panel.
Kelley is the section chair for AWHONN Maine, the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses in Maine. She also facilitates meetings of the Perinatal Leadership Coalition of Maine, a group that meets four times per year to discuss and collaborate on a variety of perinatal issues. Kelley’s projects in the past four years include education of perinatal nurses and physicians on the importance of educating families on the Period of PURPLE crying and Safe Sleep for Newborns, co-leadership in the 2nd edition of the Snuggle ME project, a guideline to assist providers in caring for drug affected mothers and babies. From 2012-2015, Kelley was a co-principal investigator for a New England regional three year Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) grant to establish Critical Congenital Heart Disease screening, education and data collection programs in Maine.
Patricia Dunphy Suplee is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University, School of Nursing-Camden. She received her BSN from Indiana University in Indiana and her MSN as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Suplee’s mission in nursing is to promote optimal health for women through teaching, research, service, and mentorship. She has over 30 years of experience caring for childbearing women and is a seasoned nurse educator having taught in baccalaureate and graduate programs. Dr. Suplee has been the recipient of the prestigious Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Provost Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, from three different universities. She has a successful and productive track record collaborating with perinatal scientists on research endeavors. She was a member of the pioneering interdisciplinary clinical team that helped transition obstetrical care into what we now know as modern day high-risk perinatal acute care.
Additionally, her extensive perinatal clinical specialist experience highlights the need to advance knowledge to improve maternal health during transitions from the hospital to the community, during the postpartum period. Dr. Suplee’s program of research is aimed at advancing knowledge that can ultimately be translated into practice in order to improve health for marginalized minority urban women, tailoring culturally appropriate interventions, and improving maternal and infant health outcomes in socio-economically disadvantaged urban areas. Her other areas of research focus on improving maternal mortality and morbidity, and exploring decision making of women with breast cancer. In addition to her teaching and research, she has published and presented nationally, holds membership in several professional organizations, and has mentored numerous faculty colleagues and students over the last two decades.
Catherine Ivory, adjunct professor and vice president for professional practice and care transformation at Indiana University Health. Dr. Ivory has 20 years of experience as a staff nurse, clinical specialist, women’s services nursing administrator, and health services researcher. She is a board-certified informatics nurse and served as the 2014 President of the Association of Women’s Health, OB and Neonatal Nurses.
Her clinical focus is inpatient obstetrics and perinatal nursing and her research interests include quantifying nursing’s role in patient care, patient safety and patient outcomes; barriers and facilitators of normal childbirth and implementation science. Ivory received her bachelors degree from Mercer University, masters from Georgia College and State University and PhD from Vanderbilt University.care transformation at Indiana University Health, joined the IU Health System leadership team and the IU School of Nursing as adjunct faculty in May, 2017. Her primary responsibilities include fostering new and existing partnerships to design and test new models of care delivery and advance nursing professional excellence.
Sarah J. Rhoads, DNP, PhD has a passion for improving maternal and neonatal care in rural areas by promoting evidence-based practice, inter-professional practice, and utilization of technology.
Dr. Rhoads is a researcher and educator, emphasizing the human impact of technologies on nursing roles and patient reactions. Dr. Rhoads is currently a professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing and College of Medicine, Department of OB/GYN. She previously served as the Education Director for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Distance Health (CDH) and ANGELS – a health care initiative to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes in Arkansas – as well as Project Director of the HRSA grant-funded South Central Telehealth Resource Center, Director of Nursing Continuing Education of the UAMS Rural Hospital Program, and Associate Professor for the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rhoads provided direction for the CDH’s grant-funded telehealth resource center from 2010-2018 and led a distance education grant (2010-2013) through the Maternal Child Health Bureau of HRSA.