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One of our roles as a leading university is to create unparalleled learning experiences. We have assembled experienced staff, faculty, and thought partners from across Duke University and the local and national community along with an Advisory Board of outstanding leaders in their fields. Together we have created the Duke Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute (APPLI).

Duke APPLI Advisory Board Members

Our twelve member advisory board provides support and guidance to help achieve program goals by sharing their expertise and providing informed input towards program content, evaluation, marketing and sustainability.  All members serve for a period of two program years, with opportunity to renew their term.


BARBARA GRIFFITH                       

Barbara Griffith, MD began her tenure as President of Duke Raleigh Hospital in October 2021. Prior to joining Duke Raleigh Hospital, Dr. Griffith served as President and CEO of Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, La.

Dr. Griffith’s healthcare experience includes 20 years of clinical practice and more than 15 years in a variety of leadership roles that have spanned hospital leadership, operations, physician practice management, clinical affairs and board governance.

Dr. Griffith served as chief medical officer for Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, N.C., for seven years. In her role, she led business development and strategy for clinical programs while focusing on excellence in patient care quality and safety.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Griffith served as president and CFO of Durham Emergency Physicians, the medical practice that staffed Duke Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department. As an active leader within Duke Regional’s medical staff of more than 1,000 providers, she served as medical staff president. Her emergency medicine background brings a broad understanding of all aspects of healthcare, particularly the needs of patients and families in today’s healthcare environment.

Board Certified in emergency medicine, Dr. Griffith obtained her medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She trained in emergency medicine at Christiana Care in Newark, Delaware. Her business training includes healthcare executive education at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and American College of Healthcare Executives.


BRENDA NEVIDJON                       

Brenda Marion Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN is the Chief Executive Officer of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), a professional association of close to 40,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. After two decades in oncology clinical and administrative settings, she transitioned to health care executive practice, culminating with her being the first nurse and the first women to be chief operating officer of Duke University Hospital. Immediately before joining ONS as chief executive Ms. Nevidjon was a professor of nursing at the Duke School of Nursing.

Through diverse clinical and administrative experiences in Canada, Switzerland and the United States, Ms. Nevidjon has devoted her energy to bridging practice settings and academic environments to advance patient care, creating innovative work environments, promoting scholarship in practitioners, and developing leaders. She also has helped develop professional nursing organizations at the local, national, and international levels and has made lasting contributions to ONS and other professional organizations. She codeveloped the ONS Leadership Development Institute which admitted fifty fellow each year and was a member of the team that designed the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership program which prepared nine cohorts of advanced practice nurses.

Her bachelors’ degree is from Duke University, her master’s from the University of North Carolina, and she has taken doctoral studies at the Fielding Graduate Institute and Duke School of Nursing. Ms. Nevidjon also completed the Johnson & Johnson – Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives and was in the inaugural class of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Program. Among her honors, she received the Honorary Recognition Award from the American Nurses Association and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.



Brigit Carter, MSN, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, joined the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) in 2010. From 2015-2018 she served as the Director of the DUSON Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

Dr. Carter earned her BSN at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in 1998, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2002 and PhD in Nursing from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009.

She has served as the project director for two HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grants at DUSON. The current grant, The Academy for Academic and Social Enrichment and Leadership Development for Health Equity II (The Health Equity Academy II)”, focus is to increase underrepresented minorities in nursing and understanding of social determinants among undergraduate nursing students. She has served as the Academic Coordinator for the Health Equity Academy and the preceding grant, Making a Difference in Nursing. Dr. Carter also teaches in both the Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Master of Nursing Science programs.

Dr. Carter was selected for the 2017 inaugural George Washington University Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship. She is currently an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity and serves as a Senior Fellow Advisory Board member.

Dr. Carter is also a 2017-2018 Duke Teaching for Equity fellow and retired from the U. S. Navy as a Commander after 28 years of service (including 9 on active duty) in January 2018.


CAROLYN BUPPERT                       

Carolyn Buppert, MSN, JD is an attorney who focuses on the legal issues affecting advanced practice clinicians and their employers. She practiced as a nurse practitioner for 16 years and, prior to that, as a critical care nurse for 3 years before focusing exclusively on legal matters.

She is the author of 8 books. Among the titles are:

  • The Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide (2021)
  • Billing Physician Services Provided by Nurse Practitioners (2017)
  • Negotiating Terms of Employment (2016)
  • Avoiding Malpractice (2017)
  • Prescribing: Preventing Legal Pitfalls (2020)

She is a frequent contributor to Medscape.com. She consults and lectures on the legal issues regarding nursing scope of practice, compliance, prescribing, malpractice, privacy, and reimbursement.



Eboni Lanier, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina. Since 2004, Ms. Lanier has worked with children who have experienced various types of trauma and abuse. She provides mental health treatment in many evidence based treatments including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Community Resiliency Model, and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS).

Ms. Lanier is also a certified Incredible Years Parent  Group  Facilitator. She is a Master Trainer in Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescent Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). She trains clinicians all across the state of North Carolina in the SPARCS group model. She also provides SPARCS training to clinicians in many other states in both community settings such as schools and residential facilities as well as for clinicians and staff within the juvenile justice system. Her work is centered around training clinicians to implement and sustain evidenced based treatment models and supporting clinicians to embrace the impact of their role in the treatment of children and families.


HOWARD EISENSON                                                                                  

Howard Eisenson, MD graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York.  He received his MD from Duke University, and completed his family medicine residency at Duke.  During the mid 1980’s and early 1990’s he directed the Student Health Service at Duke University. After  several years in private practice, he returned to Duke in 1999, joining the staff of the Duke Diet and Fitness Center – a residential style weight loss and lifestyle change program  serving as program director for the next 13 years.

In 2007, Dr. Eisenson joined the Board of Project Access Durham County,  a nonprofit initiative to organize and coordinate donated medical and surgical specialty care to low income and uninsured Durham residents. In 2012, he left Duke to become Chief Medical Officer at Lincoln Community Health Center (LCHC)

In 2018, he served on a Technical Advisory Group assisting state health director to develop screening questions to assess social drivers of health among the Medicaid population. Dr. Einsenson also served on the North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s Accountable Care Communities Task Force.   From approximately 2016 to the present, his particular research interest has been social drivers of health. This interest has been furthered via collaborations with Duke’s Community Engaged Research Initiative, Primary Care Research Consortium, Center for Personalized Healthcare, and Bass Connections, among others.

In March of 2021. Dr. Eisenson retired from his position as Chief Medical Officer at LCHC, although he still maintains part-time clinical duties there, to pursue a variety of other clinical, research, and teaching interests. He is currently based part-time with the Duke Division of Community Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health as supervising/collaborating physician for the Duke/Lincoln neighborhood clinics (Lyon Park, Walltown, Holton) and the Just for Us program.  He is also consulting with Duke’s Clinical Translational Sciences Institute with the goal of facilitating and supporting community-engaged and health equity focused research, especially initiatives that involve inter-institutional collaborations.


PATRICIA DIETER                                                                                                                        

Patricia Dieter, MPA, RN, PA-C is professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke University School of Medicine, and former director of the Duke PA program and the division of PA studies. Her early career was spent in rural primary care and with underserved populations. She is a career educator with special interests in inter professional education, accreditation, program development, and recruitment/education of students with disadvantage.



Paul Bush

Paul Bush, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FASHP is the Vice President for Global Resource Development and Consulting for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).He has held the positions of Chief Pharmacy Officer for Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC, Director of Pharmacy Services for Medical University of South Carolina, St. John Hospital and Medical Center and Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and was Corporate Director for Clinical Pharmacy Services for Horizon Health System.

Dr. Bush received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Michigan and Pharm.D. and M.B.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He serves on the faculty of University of North Carolina Eschelman School of Pharmacy and Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

He has served as presidential officer, board member and Chair of the Board of Directors of ASHP.Dr. Bush is Past-Treasurer of the Michigan Pharmacists Association. He has served on the Michigan Society of Health System Pharmacists Board of Directors and held the position of President-elect. He is a member of APhA and ACCP.

Dr. Bush was awarded the John W. Webb Lecture Award by Northeastern University and ASHP, an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Campbell University, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Wayne State University Pharmacy Alumni Association, the Dean Golod Award from MUSC Health, the Distinguished Service Award by the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers and the NCAP Pharmacy Ambassador Award.

He co-authored Managing and Leading – 44 Lessons Learned for Pharmacists, and chapters in Building a Successful Ambulatory Practice, Financial Management Basics for Health System Pharmacists, Handbook of Institutional Pharmacy Practice, and the Pharmacy Certified Technician Training Manual.



Richard Ricciardi, CRNP, PhD, FAANP, FAAN is a Professor and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at The George Washington University School of Nursing. Prior to joining GW, Dr. Ricciardi served as the Director, Division of Practice Improvement and the Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. Ricciardi served on active duty in the Army for 31 years, where he held numerous positions as a pediatric and family nurse practitioner, clinical scientist, and senior leader. In 2020, Dr. Ricciardi was recalled back to active duty to serve as the Medical Director for the COVID-19 pandemic screening, treatment and public health response at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, one of the Department of Defense’s largest training bases.

Dr. Ricciardi is a past president of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and a past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Ricciardi maintains a part-time clinical practice at Mercy Health Clinic; serving uninsured and underserved populations in Montgomery County Maryland.


TOMEICO FAISON                  

Tomeico Faison, OTD, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist in NC for 20 years, serving as a leader in innovative entrepreneurial endeavors for underserved populations.   Dr. Faison is the CEO of Therapeutic Solutions (therapeuticsolutionsofnc.com), Low Vision Rehab Solutions (lowvisionrehabsolutions.com) and Faison Consulting (faisonconsulting.com). She is also the co-founder of Therapeutic Solutions Outreach, Inc. a small nonprofit that provides funds and devices for persons in need with financial hardship.

Upon noting that the majority of her consulting clients were Black OTs who expressed concern about not knowing many Black OTs in leadership positions, she started a podcast, Therapy Entrepreneurs and Leaders of Color to showcase people of color who are leading in the profession. She is also a faculty member in the new Duke OTD program with a role that focuses on recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented groups, curriculum writing and specialty certificates.

She earned her BS and MS from UNC Chapel Hill in Radiologic Science and Occupational Therapy respectively and has a certificate in Low Vision Rehab from UAB and in Business Coaching from NC State. She recently received a doctoral degree in occupational therapy with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship from Boston University.  Her life mission is to help at least one million social entrepreneurs and leaders who help underserved populations.



Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, AAHIVS, FAAN is Dean and Professor of the Duke University School of Nursing and Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs, Duke  University. He is also the founding director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) at Duke University. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos was a tenured professor at New York University (NYU) from 2010-2021, holding faculty appointments in nursing, public health, and social work. He was also a tenured professor at Columbia University prior to joining NYU.

Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is a nurse practitioner dually licensed in primary care (ANP-BC) and psychiatric-mental health nursing (PMHNP-BC) and he is credentialed as an HIV Specialist (AAHIVS) by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Widely regarded as an expert, scholar and leader in adolescent and young adult sexual and reproductive health promotion, Dr. Guilamo Ramos’ research has been funded externally for two decades by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and various federal agencies. His research focuses on the role of families in promoting adolescent and young adult health among Latinos and in other underserved communities, with a special focus on preventing HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and improving care outcomes for youth receiving HIV prevention and care services.  He has published extensively in leading scientific journals, including: The Lancet Infectious Diseases,

The Lancet HIV, Clinical Infectious Diseases, JAMA Pediatrics, Pediatrics, and the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos’ research and scholarship has led to coverage in well-known media sources such as The New York Times, NPR, and The Washington Post.

Dr. Guilamo-Ramos currently serves as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), the HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, the  CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment. He also serves on the Latino Commission on AIDS Board of Directors as vice chair, the Power to Decide Board of Directors, and the Ending the HIV Epidemic Working Group of the HIV Medicine Association as co-chair.

In addition to master’s degrees in management, social work and public health from NYU, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos holds a Ph.D. from SUNY-Albany School of Social Welfare and a Master of Science in Nursing from Duke University School of Nursing.

Project Coaches


Dr. Amber Vermeesch, PhD, MSN, FNP-C, RN, CNE, FACSM, FNAP has been a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner since 2006. She has spent the majority of her practice serving under-insured and vulnerable populations. She completed her master’s in nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and her PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Miami in 2011 where she focused on the reduction of healthcare disparities among Latino populations using multiple methodologies including participatory photography. She served at the University of Portland as an Associate Professor from 2014 to 2022 teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs and has served as the Interim Director of the DNP program as well as as the Director of Research and Scholarship. She became a Certified Nurse Educator in 2017. In 2020, Dr. Vermeesch became a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and, in 2021, she was recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in Nursing. In Fall 2022, Dr. Vermeesch will join the faculty of University of North Carolina Greensboro as an Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Family and Community Nursing Department. Her overall area of expertise is wellness, both physical and emotional. Her investigations have concentrated on physical activity and integrated health among vulnerable populations. Additionally, she explores risk factors related stress reduction and health promotion among undergraduates and graduate students as well as faculty and staff. Dr. Vermeesch joined the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program as a coach in 2017 and is looking forward to serving as a coach with the APPLI fellows.



Benjamin Staples, MS, MBA has made a career of integrating the clinical, business, and advocacy aspects of mental health services.  Mr. Staples is the Director of Hamilton James Management Consulting, assisting nonprofit organizations to expand capacity through strategic planning, board development, and leadership skill building. As a clinician, he worked with individuals experiencing the emotional consequence of chronic illness including substance abuse, mental illness, industrial injury, and traumatic brain injury. Mr. Staples has worked as a Hospital and Clinic Administrator in psychiatry services, Executive Director of regional and statewide advocacy organizations, and as a nonprofit business consultant serving half the country for a national advocacy group.  He coaches nonprofit boards and executive directors on governance, strategic planning, fundraising, budgeting, and organization turnaround.

A native of Durham, North Carolina, Mr. Staples earned a Master of Science in Rehabilitation from the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a Master in Business Administration from the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University.  He has served on a number of nonprofit boards including the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, Montessori Children’s House of Durham, and the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in North Carolina.



Brian Graves PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC is the Director of Advanced Practice at Tampa General Hospital (TGH). His responsibilities include providing leadership and practice support for all Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) within the Division of Advanced Practice. More specifically, under his leadership, he works collaboratively with the APPs as well as the inter-professional and administrative leadership teams to execute TGH’s mission and achieve its vision of being the safest and most innovative academic health system in America.

Dr. Graves is a 2017-2018 Duke – Johnson and Johnson Nurse Leadership Program for Advanced Practice Providers Fellow.  Additionally, prior to his position at TGH, Dr. Graves was Assistant Dean of the Master’s Program and Clinical Education Resources for the University of South Florida (USF) College of Nursing. He has over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, 16 years in nursing education, and 25 years as a researcher.

Preceding his position at USF, Dr. Graves was with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in roles spanning research, academia, and clinical practice. His latest role at URMC was to lead an inter-professional team charged with vetting all clinical content and workflows in the implementation of their electronic health record (Epic) within their flagship university hospital and smaller community hospital. Additionally, a significant part of that role was providing leadership, education, and support to all clinicians during one of the largest organizational change projects in the history of the institution.


BRIGIT M. CARTER, PHD, MSN, RN, CCRN, FAAN (also an advisory board member)

Dr. Brigit Carter, Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, joined the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) in 2010. From 2015-2018 she served as the Director of the DUSON Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. Dr. Carter earned her BSN at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in 1998, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2002 and PhD in Nursing from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. She has served as the project director for two HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grants at DUSON. The current grant, The Academy for Academic and Social Enrichment and Leadership Development for Health Equity II (The Health Equity Academy II)”, focus is to increase underrepresented minorities in nursing and understanding of social determinants among undergraduate nursing students. She has served as the Academic Coordinator for the Health Equity Academy and the preceding grant, Making a Difference in Nursing. Dr. Carter also teaches in both the Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Master of Nursing Science programs.

Dr. Carter was selected for the 2017 inaugural George Washington University Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship. She is currently an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity and serves as a Senior Fellow Advisory Board member. Dr. Carter is also a 2017-2018 Duke Teaching for Equity fellow.

Dr. Carter retired from the U. S. Navy as a Commander after 28 years of service (including 9 on active duty) in January 2018.



Julee Waldrop, DNP is certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP), family nurse practitioner (FNP), Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A) and Nurse Educator (CNE). She is Professor and Assistant Dean DNP program at Duke University School of Nursing. She also serves as editor in chief of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, the premier clinical journal for the profession.

Julee began her academic career at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining the UCF faculty in 2010, she taught at the University of North Carolina with joint appointments in the School of Medicine and School of Nursing. She enjoyed the diversity of students and multitude of programs at UNC, and she especially loves helping a student enter the scholarly realm by presenting at a conference or publishing a paper. Her favorite areas of scholarship involve mothers and children but strategies for applying evidence to practice and improving practice apply to any setting or population.  Dr. Waldrop earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Duke University and her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from UNC Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Women’s University in Dallas. Julee is a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of nursing.



Melinda Blazar, EdD, MHS, PA-C joined the Duke PA Program faculty as a Clinical Coordinator in 2011, was the Director of Clinical Education from 2018-2022, and now serves as the Director of Assessment and Evaluation. Her training includes a BA in Molecular Biology from Colgate University, a Master of Health Sciences and PA certification from the Duke PA Program, and a Doctor of Education in Health Professions from A.T. Still University.  She practices in family medicine with a focus on maternal-child health at  Duke Family Medicine Center and Duke Regional Hospital.

Educational interests include curriculum development, curricular innovation, self-assessment practices, as well as assessment and program evaluation.  She also serves as chair of the PACKRAT Exam Development Board for the Physician Assistant Education Association.



Peter Gunn, PA-C, joined Duke University Hospital in 2006 as a hospitalist in orthopedics, advanced to become a team lead, and has served as a Director in the Center for Advance Practice at Duke since 2013. Originally from Sheffield, Massachusetts, he earned his BS in Biology at Tuskegee University and his MS in Biology from Purdue University.  After graduating from Purdue, Peter moved to Connecticut and worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Pfizer, Inc.  While at Pfizer, Peter developed an interest in becoming a Physician Assistant (PA), which was fulfilled when he graduated from the PA program at Yale School of Medicine in 1995.  Peter immediately moved to North Carolina and began his second career as a PA in Rocky Mount and Roanoke Rapids, where he worked in urgent care at a rural health clinic.  After seven years in that role, he moved to Raleigh in 2003 and spent the next three years as a PA working with a spine surgeon before joining Duke University Hospital.

In 2015, Peter became President of the Triangle Area Physician Assistants (TAPA), a regional chapter of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA).  At that time, TAPA chapter activities and membership had been declining. With the help of other TAPA officers, Peter was instrumental in tripling the number of TAPA members in less than a year.  While he no longer President, Peter remains very active in the chapter, serving in the roles of Student Liaison and Regional Chapter Representative to NCAPA.

Peter shares this fact to live by: “Successful people learn from their mistakes and use that knowledge to improve themselves.”  In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, cycling, tennis, travel and the Great Outdoors.



Bill Lecher is a clinical and operations leader with over thirty years’ of nursing experience in adult care and pediatrics, substance abuse and mental health, and homecare settings.  He has a DNP from Mount St. Joseph University in Health Systems Leadership, master’s degrees in nursing and business administration from the University of Illinois, BSN from the University of Wisconsin, and is a board certified-nurse executive.

Bill has been associated with the Duke APPLI program for a number of years, serving on the advisory board prior to his coaching role the past four years.  In his current role, Bill is Assistant Vice President, Patient Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital; a three time Magnet recognized and top three pediatric hospital in the nation where he has responsibility for 600 FTE’s across ten inpatient, ambulatory and support service departments.

Bill has also been an active leader with the American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN), locally, nationally and internationally.  He served on the national board for ten years, four as president.  Bill was invited by the Chinese Nursing Association in 2013 and 2016 to speak and consultant for improving the gender diversity of the Chinese nursing workforce.

Bill was also an active nursing leader following the launch of the 2010 IOM Future of Nursing Report: Leading Change, Advancing Health and the national Campaign for Action:

  • Campaign for Action Diversity Steering Committee, member, (2010-2013)
  • Robert Wood Johnson, State Implementation Grant Reviewer (two rounds of funding)
  • Co-author: A More Diverse Nursing Workforce; Greater Diversity is Good for the Country (2015); an AJN manuscript describing the Campaign’s five year workforce diversity progress

On a more personal level, Bill and Nora (also a nurse) have been married 33 years; have two adult children, Katie and Nick; and he loves the outdoors.

Leadership Team and Staff



Anh N. Tran, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Vice Chief of Education for the Division of Community Health, serves as Director for the Duke Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute (APPLI).  Dr. Tran’s roles in education/training and healthcare workforce development include directing the Duke Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership Program; Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program (2013-2021) for advanced practice nurses and their teams; and Community Health elective for Master in Biomedical Sciences, medical and physician assistant students.  She is also an associate director for the School of Medicine Primary Care Leadership Track.

Dr. Tran also has decades of experience in implementing and evaluating community-engaged research initiatives aimed at improving the health status of communities which face the greatest health inequities. She has conducted her work in both domestic and international settings, and topics have included lay health advisor programs, culturally competent healthcare, patient-provider interaction, mental health services, cancer health disparities and chronic and infectious disease prevention.

Dr. Tran  received her MPH in Community Health Sciences from University of California, Los Angeles and spent time in Vietnam as a Fogarty International Center research fellow conducting HIV/AIDS research with young people. While completing her PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC), she received pre-doctoral fellowship training from the NCI Cancer Control and Education Program, administered through UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.



Anne Derouin, DNP, APRN, CPNP, FAANP is a Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean of the graduate nursing program at Duke University School of Nursing.  She also holds appointments at Duke Family Medicine and Community Health, the Duke Global Health Institute and is Duke AHEAD Distinguished Fellow.  Also a full-time faculty member and practicing clinician, she is dual-certified pediatric nurse practitioner with more than 30 years’ experience.

A nationally recognized adolescent clinical expert and advocate for pediatric and teen issues, Dr. Derouin has published in numerous professional journals and presented a state, national and international meetings.  Her leadership has included service for nursing organizations including the School-based Health Alliance, Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), North Carolina Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International.  She is currently serving a second term on the executive board of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).  Dr. Derouin was a leadership team member and small group project coach of the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program.


Camille Fulbright is a Program Coordinator for the Duke Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute (APPLI). She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, where she studied Health Policy and Management. With over 5 years of experience in health care workforce development and capacity building programs, she is excited to bring her talents to Duke APPLI.


Erica Taylor, MD is a practicing orthopedic hand surgeon at Duke University. She achieved her degree in Biomedical Engineering Science from the University of Virginia and obtained her medical degree from the Duke School of Medicine. She completed a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. She joined the Duke School of Medicine faculty in 2013 and received her Masters of Business Administration from the Duke Fuqua School of Business in 2020.

As a proud member of the Duke University Community, she is heavily committed to various aspects of leadership, including extensive engagement in surgical governance through her role as the Duke Raleigh Hospital Orthopaedic Medical Director. In addition, she is the Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Orthopaedics and was recently appointed as the first Duke Health Associate Chief Medical Officer for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) physician organization.  In this senior leadership role, she works alongside colleagues and institutional leaders to develop thoughtful strategy and best practices towards implementation of health equity across clinical environments.

Inspired by the aforementioned education and experiences, in 2020 she founded the Orthopaedic Diversity Leadership Consortium, LLC, a pioneering organization whose mission is to elevate the necessary components of inclusive leadership in healthcare through network and strategy development. She also has earned a faculty appointment at the Duke Fuqua School of Business, where she lectures on the nuances of strategic diversity leadership in healthcare.

Dr. Taylor brings a lifetime of experience, passion and a proven track record as a leader for change. She has worked closely with pipeline programs and national organizations that strive to promote successful pathways into orthopaedic surgery for populations that are under-represented in this field. She is known for embracing differences among people and making sure that everyone has a “voice at the table,” promoting achievement through a unified collective.



Jacqueline Barnett, DHSc, MHS, PA-C serves as the Chief of the Duke Division of PA Studies in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and is the Program Director for the Duke PA Program.  In these roles, she is responsible for the overall organization, administration, fiscal management, and continuous review and analysis of the division and PA program.  Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, she served as faculty at the George Washington University School of Medicine PA Program, where she received the endowed Morton A. Bender Teaching Award. Her clinical practice experiences includes pediatrics, urgent care, family medicine, and infectious disease.

Dr. Barnett’s scholarly and research interests include improving learning experiences for students with disabilities, curriculum enhancement through integrating technology and blended learning formats, and promoting inclusive excellence, equity, and justice in education and healthcare.  She is also interested in various aspects related to organizational leadership and culture and interprofessional education and team care.  Dr. Barnett is a previous National Health Service Corps Scholar with a strong commitment to the medically underserved and efforts to improve healthcare access and outcomes in underserved populations.



Janese (Jan) Willis, MS, MBA is Coordinator of Education and Training in the Duke Division of Community Health, in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.  In that role she has been instrumental in the development and coordination of educational programs in healthcare management, leadership and transformation. During her 35-year professional career, Ms. Willis has served as director of survey research at a national consulting firm, an instructor of operations management at a major university, and an industrial engineer at two international manufacturing companies.

Ms. Willis joined Duke University in 2004 as a clinical research coordinator of community-based projects in health information technology before advancing to the role of Research Project Manager of the Division of Clinical Informatics.  She later served as a health services researcher and evaluator before moving into her current role in the Division of Community Health.  Ms. Willis has co-authored numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals, covering a variety of applied research topics in health information technology, chronic disease management and population health management.



Maria Padilla, MBA, serves as Staff Specialist of the Duke Division of Community Health, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.  She is responsible for administrative tasks within the Division as well as program facilitator of several projects in the Department.  Prior this position, she was project assistant to Local Access to Coordinated Healthcare (LATCH), which is a program for Durham County residents who lack adequate health coverage or insurance.


Michelle J. Lyn, MBA, MHA is Chief of the Duke Division of Community Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Co-Director of the Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement; and Lead for Community Health Initiatives in the Duke Population Health Management Office. Ms. Lyn also serves as the Duke University Health System lead for the Community Benefit Community Health Needs Assessment and Responsive Strategic Planning Process.

Ms. Lyn began her Duke career in 1998, as a founding member of the Division of Community Health and was instrumental in designing and launching more than 40 of the division’s collaborative, community-based clinical, care management, educational, and research initiatives.

​Ms. Lyn’s contributions span the division’s clinical programs, including neighborhood clinics; school-based health centers; and the Just for Us Program, which cares for chronically ill homebound seniors in their homes. She was also instrumental to the Division’s care management services, which include a North Carolina Community Care Network covering six North Carolina counties, linking more than 50 primary care practices, four hospital systems, and local departments of social services, health and mental health and the Local Access to Coordinated Healthcare Program for uninsured. In addition, Ms. Lyn served as the founding Program Director for Duke’s Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership, the Community Health Leadership Program, the Community Health Fellowship; and Course Director for the Community Health Elective in the School of Medicine.