News Article | May 23, 2017
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Cheryl Goff as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in entrepreneurship. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members, a thriving eChapter and over 200 operating Local Chapters. “I’m pleased to welcome Cheryl into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.” Self-motivated and results driven to succeed, Cheryl Goff is a seasoned professional who has constantly set her goals to keep pace with her highest aspirations for personal excellence. Throughout her career, she has exhibited exemplary teamwork, expertise, integrity and dedication. Ms. Goff is a Guidance Counselor at Wooster High School. Located in Wooster, OH, the school is a comprehensive high school serving students in grades 8-12. There are about 1,415 students enrolled in the school. As a counselor to students in the 9th grade, Ms. Goff works tirelessly to advise, inspire and motivate her students, providing academic and educational guidance to each one. In addition to helping her students reach their academic goals, Ms. Goff also assists them with their social, personal and career development. Ms. Goff has an M.S. from Malone University. Currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Walden University, she is working on defining the topic of her dissertation. Active in her community, Ms. Goff is very involved with her local NAACP and is currently the 3rd Vice President (she was formerly a 1st Vice President). She is also working with others from a local college to form a group for young minority women to help them find their purpose and empower them to reach their full potential. Awards and Accomplishments: Ph.D. Candidate, Walden University; M.S., Malone University; member of the American Psychological Association and local NAACP About NAPW NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.
News Article | August 9, 2017
Former Senator Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in U.S. congressional history, was the keynote speaker. As a former social worker who spent four decades in Congress, Mikulski discussed the importance of being civically engaged and making a difference in communities around the world. She told graduates and guests, "We need your ideas and we need your idealism. We need your commitment that got you through school to help create a new and a better world." Continuing with her speech advocating social change, she declared, "I'm asking you to be the best at what you can be, and to be the best at what you're needed for, and that every single day you ask yourself, 'How did I make the world a better place and how can I join with others to make the world a better place?' Each and every one of you can make a difference. And when we work together, we can make change." Graduates and faculty were also recognized and honored during commencement weekend, including: Faculty Excellence Awards were also presented to the following individuals: The graduates in attendance were part of a graduating class of more than 6,300 students—representing 50 states and 115 countries—who have completed bachelor's master's, doctoral and education specialist degree programs at Walden in the past six months. The Walden University community gathers to honor its graduating students twice a year at summer and winter commencement ceremonies, with many graduates and guests participating via live webcast. About Walden University: For more than 45 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Students from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 155 countries are pursuing their bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university offers more than 85 degree programs with more than 435 specializations and concentrations. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org. Walden is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that comprise the Laureate International Universities network. For more information about Walden, visit www.WaldenU.edu.
News Article | February 15, 2017
The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Lorna E. Taylor, RN, MSN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Lorna E. Taylor is a Registered Nurse (RN) who is currently an Inpatient Care Manager at one of the leading managed care corporations in the United States. She is responsible for the day-to-day process of acute care bed-day management. With over 16 years of experience in nursing which collectively includes the specialty areas of organ transplantation and orthopedics in the Acute care setting; home health care; skilled nursing or long-term care; telephonic case management; telephonic nurse triage, US military treatment facilities and managed care commercial and Medicare. Lorna is also affiliated to Hartford Hospital, and the University of Connecticut Health Center. She has worked as a Clinical Data Analyst for the Senior Market Medicare Unit at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC. She was responsible for the day-to-day processes of data acquisition, data reconciliation and data management. Lorna was also responsibility for Collaborating with Medicare Part C leadership toward the Medicare Quality Improvement Process (QIP) and ensuring accuracy, consistency and completeness for Medicare Data Validation Audit (DVA) reports. Lorna E. Taylor holds a Master of Nursing Science (MSN) degree with a specialization in Nursing Informatics; Magna Cum Laude, from Walden University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from University of Hartford, an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Capital Community College and an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts (AA). She is currently pursuing her certification in Nursing Informatics and holds her certification in Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Her professional affiliations include Walden University Alumni Association, University of Hartford Alumni Association, American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), Honor Society of Nursing: Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Connecticut Nurses Association (CTNA), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and American Nurses Association (ANA). Her professional interests expand to the methodology of project management, quality improvement, policy and regulation compliance and medical/nursing informatics. Learn more about Lorna E. Taylor here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4133736/info/ and read her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
News Article | February 28, 2017
-- Melbadelphia Entertainment announced that multi award-wnining DIVA DOCS Web TV Talk show "Inspire & Empower"is nominated as an Official Selection in the reality/documentary/talk category for the prestigious Los Angeles Web Series Festival (a.k.a. LAWeb Fest), taking place at Warner Brothers Studio, Saturday April 29Diva Docs hit the ground running in 2017 with the nomination for the latest series, "Inspire & Empower", a 7-episode series of which 4 episodes are dedicated to raising awareness about Childhood Auto Inflammatory Diseases (CAIDs).The exclusive 4-episodes about LIVING WITH CAIDs feature guests Lisa Moreno Dickinson and her sons Aidan and Brody talking with host Elisa O'Keefe-Smith, each telling their story about "Living with CAIDS" from their own perspectives.Lisa Moreno-Dickinson is is founder and president of Stop CAID Now, a 501C3 charity organization, and is a tireless advocate and champion for sick children with auto inflammatory diseases including her two young sons, Aidan and Brody, who both suffer rare, genetic, inflammatory diseases, grouped together under the umbrella term CAID (Childhood Auto Inflammatory Disease).Ironically, or perhaps appropriately, the award announcement comes on Rare Disease Day (Feb 28). Visit "Living with CAIDS" on Diva Docs TV at http://bit.ly/ StopCAIDNow DIVA DOCS Web TV Talk Show has established itself as the Web TV Talk Show to watch, with multipe nominations and wins in 2015 and 2016.StopCAIDnow, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is recognized globally. The foundation is focused on treatments, awareness, diverse genetic testing, and genomics. With increased awareness about CAID and your help, the StopCAIDNow foundation will be able to bring this cure home. Every child should know the meaning of living a normal healthy life without pain and suffering. Your help IS the change of a child's future."DIVA DOCS are role models who young women can look up to. In today's appearance-orientated media, there is a need for empowered, intelligent women. People are tuniøg in because we break the mold of boring doctor stereotype, and instead we are bold, controversial, courageous, and sexy, while still maintaining our empowerment and intelligence"creator/producer/host Elisa O'Keefe-Smith said.DIVA DOCS WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSwww.DivaDocs.org YouTube:www.YouTube.com/DivaDocsTVFacebook: www.Facebook.com/DivaDocs Instagram/Twitter: @Diva_DocsThe Los Angeles Web Series Festival (a.k.a. LAWeb Fest) is the oldest, largest and most popular web series festival in the world. Established in 2010 by Emmy-winning TV producer & 4-time NAACP Image Award-winning producer & playwright Michael Ajakwe Jr., LAWeb Fest was created to showcase, promote, and reward as many deserving web series as possible and provide a unique networking platform, especially for independent producers who make 90% of all web series.LAWeb Fest takes place at Warner Bros Studios April 28-30, with the awards show Saturday April 29. For additional information, go to www.lawebfest.comMelbadelphia Entertainment, LLC, is headed by Elisa O'Keefe-Smith, and covers various entertainment ventures. Trademarks owned are "Melbadelphia"and "Diva Docs". Elisa holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Eastern University, and is a doctoral candidate at Walden University.For additional information, go to www.Melbadelphia.com
News Article | February 24, 2017
NEW YORK, NY, February 24, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Katheryn M. Csonka, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Daytona State College has been selected to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council. She will be sharing her knowledge and expertise on Nursing, Nursing Education and Patient Safety. With over two decades of experience in the field of Nursing, Katheryn offers valuable insight in her role as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Daytona State College. Established in 1957, Daytona State College serves as a comprehensive public college offering various programs from certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degrees in include health care, emergency services, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology and more. As an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Daytona State College, Katheryn's day-to-day responsibilities include teaching full-time at Daytona State College. In addition to her role at Daytona State College, Katheryn serves as an Adjunct Professor School of Nursing at Kaplan University and a Visiting Professor School of Nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing. In 2013, Katheryn earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Prior to graduating with her Master of Science in Nursing, Katheryn earned her Certification as a Registered Nurse from Cuyahoga Community College in 1995. Currently, she is working towards her Doctorate of Philosophy from the Capella University. Katheryn maintains affiliation with Sigma Theta Tau, Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses; American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Historical Nurses Association and American Nurses Association. Katheryn's desire to pursue the field of Nursing developed through the influence and the example of her mother's nursing career. Looking back, she attributes her success to her drive to always improve. In her free time, Katheryn enjoys baking, cooking, and traveling. She is proud to have rescued two Daschsuhunds. Considering the future, she hopes to continue teaching, mentoring, and moving into a leadership position involving course development.
News Article | February 22, 2017
With an upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, Dawn Corbitt Jackson, MSN, RN, CNOR, joins the prestigious ranks of the International Nurses Association. Dawn is a Registered Nurse with 43 years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially perioperative nursing and perioperative nursing administration. Dawn is currently serving patients as Project Specialist in Nursing Administration at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay, Texas. Dawn’s career in nursing began when she graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. An advocate for continuing education, Dawn then went on to earn her Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a focus on Leadership and Administration from Walden University. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in the nursing field through her professional membership with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. Dawn is a Certified Nurse, Operating Room, and attributes her success to her perseverance and commitment to unsurpassed patient quality. Being goal oriented and well-versed in feedback and communication for excellence within projects and project completion has also contributed to her success. When she is not involved in projects within the nursing field, such as writing Pathway to Excellence™ and Magnet™ documents, Dawn enjoys jewelry and production, reading, scuba diving, cooking, and traveling. Learn more about Dawn Corbitt Jackson here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4134515/info/ and read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
News Article | February 10, 2017
The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Beth G. Davis, MSN, CNE, PHN, RN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Beth G. Davis is a Public Health Nurse with more than three decades of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing. Beth is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Beth G. Davis graduated with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1983 from Gustavus Adolphus College, where she studied Public Health abroad in the Middle East and Italy. An advocate for continuing education, Beth attended the University of Phoenix where she graduated with her Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a focus on implementation science, quality improvement, and patient safety in 2005, before completing her Post Masters Certificate in Nursing Education at Walden University in 2014. Throughout her long and successful career, Beth has worked in many areas of the nursing field. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in her field, Beth maintains professional memberships with the American Nurses Association, the American Holistic Nurses Association, the National Gerontological Nursing Association, and the Society of Pediatric Nurses. She attributes her success to patient care and education, making a difference, and her love for people. When she is not working, Beth enjoys aromatherapy and fitness. Learn more about Beth G. Davis by reading her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
News Article | February 15, 2017
An online, for-profit university is doing something that has long eluded brick-and-mortar institutions in the United States: awarding advanced degrees to significant numbers of black students. New data from the latest Survey of Earned Doctorates by the National Science Foundation (NSF) document how Walden University, which has its academic headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is far outpacing every other U.S. university in serving this population. At the same time, Walden’s success won’t improve faculty diversity, one of the holy grails of U.S. higher education, until traditional brick-and-mortar institutions become more accepting of online degrees. Founded in 1970, Walden ranks first by a wide margin among all U.S. universities in doctoral degrees awarded to black students, NSF reports. Its total of 682 degrees from 2011 through 2015 is nearly twice the number awarded by second-place Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C. Every other university lags far behind. Walden’s 5-year total is six times the number awarded by such large state institutions as the University of Illinois in Urbana, and Michigan State University in East Lansing. Black students also make up a growing percentage of Walden’s overall enrollment, which last fall stood at 52,000. Although the university doesn’t collect racial data, NSF reports that one-third of the 562 doctoral degrees Walden awarded in 2015 went to black students. That share is more than double what it was in 2011, and triple the percentage in 1993. Thanks to that growth, Walden now trains a significant fraction of all black students earning U.S. doctoral degrees. Its 2015 graduating class contains one-twelfth of the nation’s 2281 black recipients of doctoral degrees at U.S. universities that year. As recently as 2002, Walden trained fewer than one in 100. Walden’s success is buried within NSF’s 2015 survey, an annual census of every U.S. doctoral recipient that contains a trove of information on this specialized workforce. But Walden is no secret to Kitty and Abdulla Warsame. The married couple, who are both black, had already enjoyed successful careers—she as a teacher in public and private elementary and secondary schools, he as a chemical engineer for oil and gas countries around the world—when they decided separately that their next career would be as a university faculty member. Both had the same goal, namely, to share their real-world work experiences with undergraduates studying to enter those fields. To do that meant going back to school. However, the traditional colleges they had attended in the 1980s no longer fit into their busy lives. As adult learners with family responsibilities and full-time jobs—his involving extensive travel—the couple needed to call the shots on where, when, and how they could earn their graduate degrees. Kitty, now 61, had become enamored with Walden while earning her master’s degree in early childhood reading and literacy more than a decade ago. “You can immediately take what you’re learning and use it in the classroom,” she says. “It was the most useful degree ever.” That positive experience convinced her to stick with Walden for her Ed.D. in educational leadership. Her doctoral program required one 3-day residency, she recalls. The rest of the work, both courses and her dissertation, was done online. The arrangement meshed well with her personal life. “I was teaching full time and had young children, and my husband was out of the country for his job,” she says. “I could never have done it at a traditional brick-and-mortar institution.” Walden was considerably more expensive than other online programs, Kitty notes. But she was willing to pay it for what she felt was a higher quality education. Morehead State University in Kentucky hired her immediately after she graduated in 2009. In 2012 she was recruited into a tenure-track position by Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where she got rave student reviews and was promoted to interim chair for curriculum and instruction, the biggest department in its College of Education. Abdulla enrolled at Walden just as Kitty was finishing her degree. Born and raised in Somalia, he had come to the University of Kentucky in 1982 to earn both his bachelor's and master’s degrees. That’s where they met and married, and in 1992 he became a U.S. citizen. Since then he has worked around the world—Qatar, Angola, and Equatorial Guinea—as well as in Kentucky and Houston, Texas. The demands of his job slowed his progress toward his Ed.D. But in December 2016 he was laid off, and this spring he hopes to finish his degree and, at 62, make the jump into academia. “There’s a big gap between education and practice in engineering,” he says. “Many professors are engineers by degree but not by practice. I had one professor at Kentucky with industry experience, and he saw things from a different angle.” Abdulla says he wouldn’t have any trouble finding another position in the energy industry. “Chemical engineers are in high demand,” he says. But he’d rather work upstream, trying to improve the quality of the engineering workforce. “I was always mentoring new employees on the job,” he says. “So now I’m hoping for a chance to do it on a larger scale, before they get their first job.” The Warsames epitomize the type of nontraditional student that Walden serves. They tend to be older, working full-time jobs, and about 85% are pursuing graduate degrees, including a range of Ph.D.s, Ed.D.s, and professional degrees. They are also more likely to be female, come from a racial or ethnic minority, and be the first in their generation to attend college than graduate students at other U.S. institutions, according to a recent Gallup study Walden commissioned. That’s not the pedigree of the traditional academic researcher in the United States. Some 58% of the 1135 doctoral degrees Walden awarded between 1990 and 2015 fall within NSF’s definition of science and engineering (S&E). That large number means Walden has the potential to contribute to NSF’s decades-long quest to increase participation by underrepresented minorities—Hispanics, Native Americans, and those with disabilities as well as blacks—in academic science. The largest S&E subgroup at Walden is the social sciences and psychology, with 28% of the total. Next, at 25%, are doctoral degrees that NSF defines as the health sciences. (Only a tiny slice of Walden doctoral degrees are awarded in biology, mathematics, and the physical sciences.) Education is the largest field in the non-S&E doctoral category, comprising 19% of the total degrees awarded. Most of Walden’s students are practitioners. But that doesn’t mean they are getting a watered-down doctoral degree, says Irma Harper, assistant vice chancellor for the Texas A&M University system (TAMUS) in Houston. For a decade Harper was also a faculty member at Walden, and she chaired Kitty Warsame’s dissertation committee. “An online program has to be well-organized and structured, and Walden does that very well, probably better than we do,” says Harper, who in a previous job at TAMUS oversaw distance learning for the 11-campus system, which includes Prairie View. “I think the rigor of Walden stands up to any university program in my field” of education leadership, she adds. Self-selection may play a role in the quality of Walden’s graduate programs, Harper speculates. “It takes a certain type of student, someone who is independent and focused on what they want,” she says. “Students who need the face-to-face mentoring that a traditional program can offer don’t stay. Kitty was driven to succeed, and she excelled.” An online program also reduces the odds that racial or demographic stereotyping will influence outcomes, says Harper, who is white. “I have no clue how many [students] were minorities, or anything else about them,” she says about the 28 students she advised but never met. She knows Kitty only because Warsame sought her out after learning they both lived in the Houston area. Although the Walden degree gave Warsame entrée into academia, she says many of her colleagues at Morehead State were scornful of her credentials. “They had a difficult time accepting anyone with an online degree,” she says. “Anything new was seen as a threat to the status quo.” Prairie View was no better, she adds. “I think it will take a generation for attitudes to change,” she predicts. Warsame recently left Prairie View and will soon be working as an adjunct at the University of Houston in Victoria, Texas. “I didn’t need the headache of a full-time faculty position,” she says. “And this will give me a chance to return to my first love, working with undergraduates on how to become better classroom teachers.” Despite the hostility she faced, Warsame has no regrets about earning her degrees online. “I’m 100% confident about my ability to teach my students what they need to know,” she says. That’s no idle boast, Harper says. “Kitty was nominated by her dean for a chancellor’s teaching award after her first year at Prairie View,” she notes. “But we couldn’t let her have it because she hadn’t been there long enough.” Kitty credits Walden for giving her the skills she needed to succeed. And she has returned the favor by being an unpaid advocate for its brand of education. “I love Walden, and I’ve encouraged several people to go there, including my husband,” she says. “I’m their best advertisement, and they don’t even know it.”