NEPIN Leadership

Tina Lear, MHA, National Program Director

Tina LearTina Lear is the National Program Director of NEPIN, ensuring that the strategic imperatives of the Collaborative are met and exceeded. She works daily to build key alliances, develop resources, and communicate NEPIN's purpose, mission, and vision.

Tina is also the Executive Director of the Missouri Center for Nursing, where she oversees the implementation of collaborative programs to improve the health of Missourians through the nursing profession. In this role, she also manages the Missouri Action Coalition which is dedicated to ensuring that nurses are equipped to be full partners in health and health care of the future.

Tina holds a BS in Education and a Master of Health Administration with an emphasis in Informatics. She has previously worked in economic statistics, the insurance industry, government sponsored health programs, provider recruitment, and health IT. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the National Nurses on Boards Coalition and just completed a two-year term as the Secretary and Treasurer of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers.

Though she is not a nurse, Tina is a nurse champion. She has tremendous passion for ensuring that the contributions, potential, and value of nursing are recognized and acknowledged.

Tina lives in Jefferson City, Missouri with her husband and three children.


Donna Meyer, MSN, RN
Donna Meyer

Donna Meyer is the CEO of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) and is an executive leader in the National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN), partially funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her career spans nearly forty in both practice and education. Prior to beginning her tenure, as OADN’s CEO she was the Dean of Health Sciences and Lewis and Clark Community College and the Director of the Lewis and Clark Family Health Clinic, the only nurse managed center operated by a community college. She developed the clinic in 2007 through the assistance of funding from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Education and Practice Grant. In 2015, the clinic was again funded through the Nurse, Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Program as an interprofessional clinic.

Donna is very engaged in numerous organizations, holding offices in both state and national organizations. Her professional nursing activities include: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progression in Nursing Advisory Board, the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Interprofessional Healthcare Education, the Nurses on Boards Coalition, American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Commission, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. She has received various awards for her work including the: MetLife Community College Excellence Award for Innovation, Illinois Nurses Association Innovation in Health Care Award, Illinois Community Administrators Award for Innovation, Illinois Nursing Pinnacle Leader of the Year, the Southern Illinois University Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, and was inducted into the Southern Illinois University Hall of Fame. In 2015, she was bestowed the Professor Emeritus designation from Lewis and Clark Community College. She has published in numerous journals on various nursing topics, and presented at both national and international conferences on nursing leadership, innovative clinical practice, and education. She is a fellow of the National League of Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education and an honorary fellow in the Academy of Associate Degree Nursing.

Jan Jones-Schenk, D.HSc, RN, N.E.-BC.

Jan Jones-SchenkDr. Jones-Schenk currently serves as Academic Vice President College of Health Professions at Western Governors University, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, health information management and healthcare leadership. She served six years on the Board of Directors of the American Nurses Association and is Past President of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) where she spearheaded the development of ANCC's international unit (Credentialing International).

Dr. Jones-Schenk has a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration, is a Board-Certified Nurse Administrator and has a Doctorate in Health Sciences with an emphasis on Global Health. She is the 2015 recipient of the US Distance Learning Association’s Award for Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning. Her research includes emotional intelligence as a factor in student success and college debt amongst working nurses. In 2017, she received the Online Learning Consortium Digital Innovation Learning Award and prize. She serves on the board of MedU, a medical education company specializing in case-based, online medical education and the Board of CGEAN, the Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing. She is an associate editor for the monthly leadership column for the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. Dr. Jones-Schenk is a national expert on competency based education and learning science.

Judith G. Berg, MS, RN, FACHE

Judee BergJudith G. Berg is the Chief Executive Officer and President of HealthImpact (formerly the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care), California’s nationally recognized nursing workforce center. HealthImpact works closely with government entities, schools of nursing, health care providers, professional organizations, and foundations to address statewide nursing issues that impact the health of all Californians.

Ms. Berg has led state-wide initiatives related to identifying new roles for nurses as health care transforms, developing a nursing education plan for California to prepare nurses for a changing future, and creating clarity around the value of nursing’s contributions to health.

She has served on multiple professional and community boards at both the state and national levels. She holds a BSN and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, and she is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Sofia Aragon, JD, BSN, RN

Sofia AragonSofia Aragon is the Executive Director for the Washington Center for Nursing advancing nursing leadership, diversity, and workforce development. From her viewpoint, NEPIN is vital to growing the pool of nursing leaders necessary to shape and contribute to our rapidly changing health care system.

Previously, she was the Senior Governmental Affairs Advisor for the Washington State Nurses Association, which included representing the School Nurse Organization of Washington and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners United of Washington State.

She has also served on several board and commissions and currently serves on the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance board, advocating for affordable housing, President of the WA State Association of Nurse Attorneys, and Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Engagement 501C(3) Board.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Washington, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Seattle University and a Juris Doctor Loyola University- Chicago School of Law.