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The Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Development Program

Meet the Faculty


Janet Wessel Krejci, Ph.D.

Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci is the dean and professor of the College of Nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI beginning January 2017.   She previously was the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Illinois State University. She also has served as the Dean of the Mennonite College of Nursing. She is a graduate of the American Council in Education Leadership Fellowship in 2007 where she spent the academic year hosted by Arizona State University.  Dr. Krejci also serves as faculty for the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship Program for the Center for Nursing Leadership at the University of South Carolina.  She was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow for the 2008-2011 cohort. During 2012, Dr. Krejci participated in Leadership America, the preeminent national women’s development program. She has also served as Chair of the Governing Council of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and served as a Governor-appointed member of the Illinois Center for Nursing. Dr. Krejci received the following Nursing degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: BSN (1976), MSN (1981) and PhD (1992).  She has numerous publications and funded research grants in the areas of leadership, recruitment and retention, work climate, workforce diversity and change in both acute care and long term care.  She has consulted and presented workshops, courses and keynote addresses on Systems Thinking, Leadership, Change, Conflict and Nursing Excellence to help leaders be more effective, efficient and satisfied in their roles.

Jerry A. Mansfield, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC

Accountable for the practice of nursing at Medical University of South Carolina Health and oversees initiatives to enhance the patient experience. Ensures the vision and the advancement of the profession of nursing; responsible for strategic planning to standardize, develop, and ensure the appropriate translation of evidence-based care that is incorporated into daily practice throughout the enterprise to attain corporate goals. Accountable for creating a visionary platform for patient experience to impact patients and families across the continuum of care. Mansfield was recently asked to assume a leadership role in digital health at MUSC Health. Received his Diploma in Nursing from Saint Vincent Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Xavier University, a master’s degree in nursing administration and a PhD in public health from The Ohio State University.  Mansfield holds appointments as Associate Professor, the College of Nursing and Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Public Health Services at the Medical University of South Carolina. Mansfield also holds the following National appointments: immediate past President of the RWJF-ENF Alumni Association, Member, National Advisory Committee of the RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Program, Member, Board of Directors, the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, inaugural Member, Nurse Executive Council of The Beryl Institute, and National Advisor, Clinical and Nursing Advisory Board of the O’Neil Center for Patient and Family Engagement.  

Jenny Maxwell, MS

Jenny Maxwell has 30 years of professional experience, writing, producing media and presenting workshops and classes. As a television writer/producer/director, her projects have ranged from traveling with and field producing news coverage of George W. Bush to writing for The Food Network’s comic cooking show Good Eats. Maxwell began her career as a writer/producer with WIS Television. At this NBC affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina, she soon rose to head the marketing department and serve as executive producer of special projects.  While at WIS, Maxwell also worked on her master’s degree at the University of South Carolina, studying closely with poet and novelist James Dickey, who urged her to leave her job, “bag groceries and write poetry full-time. In 1997, Maxwell began her full-time career as an independent writer, producer, and director.  Since then, she has written, produced, and directed projects for national television networks, corporations, government agencies, and TV stations across the country.  Maxwell’s work spans many topics, presented in a variety of styles for different audiences.  She is the editor of Skirt! Magazine writes for state and regional publications and produces a weekly e-newsletter tracking climate and energy issues for the power industry. For SCETV, she has written and produced a documentary on the South Carolina home front during World War One and was nominated for an Emmy this year for her work on a series about World War II heroes. Her series of environmentally themed television specials for tweens won Emmys for four consecutive years.  In 2000, Maxwell became part of the faculty at The Buckley School of Public Speaking (founded by author and orator Reid Buckley, brother of William F. Buckley, Jr.).   She has coached political leaders and top executives from around the world, helping them hone presentation skills.  She also teaches writing seminars, presents at national conferences and has facilitated multi-day workshops for clients including General Electric, the University of South Carolina, and the National Advocacy Center.

Betty Parker, CPLP

Betty Parker is a professional speaker, author, and trainer. She provides engaging presentations and training to corporations and individuals who have a desire to grow professionally and personally.  Her degree in broadcast journalism from Louisiana State University affords her the educational background to write and speak professionally.  Betty became a trainer in 1998 when she was a key account manager and sales trainer with a pharmaceutical company in the biotech industry.  She started her own training company, Sharper Development Solutions, Inc., in 2006. As a leadership consultant, she specializes in the following topic areas: communications, teamwork, diversity, conflict management, employee engagement, coaching and mentoring, customer service, and more.  Betty is a regular guest host on WLXC-FM’s “N Touch” community affairs program in Columbia, SC and is an often sought out speaker for conferences and events. She is at work on her next book, Defeating Goliath: A Lesson in Solving People Problems. She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) through the Association for Talent Development and a Certified Professional Coach.

Melinda Earle, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

Dr. Melinda (Noonan) Earle, is the Program Director for the Systems Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Rush University College of Nursing. She also holds an Assistant Professor appointment College of Health Sciences (Health Systems Management) at Rush University. Until 2015, she served as Associate Vice President, Hospital Affairs and Director, Rush Children’s Hospital at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.   Dr. Noonan has held leadership positions at several Chicago area hospitals (Columbus Hospital 1994-1997, Swedish Covenant Hospital 1997-2000, Advocate Christ Medical Center 2002-2007) and academic medical centers (Northwestern Memorial Hospital Prentice Women’s Hospital (1978-1994 and Rush University Medical Center 2007-2015). In addition to hospital operations, she held service line administration positions in cardiovascular, oncology, and women’s and children’s services for over 20 years. Dr. Noonan managed a national healthcare consultant practice for several years (MDN, Inc 2000-2002) assisting clients with strategic planning and service line development. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on these areas of expertise. Dr. Noonan earned her B.S.N. from University of Illinois at Chicago, her M.S. in Nursing Administration from North Park University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rush University. Dr. Noonan is a 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and Institute of Medicine-Chicago Fellow. She is a Past President of the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders and the National Association for Women’s Health. Dr. Noonan Chairs the Quality Committee of the Board of Directors of Heartland Health Outreach. She is also a member of ACHE, AONE, CHEF, and Sigma Theta Tau-Gamma Phi.

Jeanne Cavanaugh, MN, RN, NEA-BC

Jeanne Cavanaugh is the Director of Clinical Partnerships and Director of the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Program with the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. She is certified as a Nurse Executive Advanced by the ANCC. Jeanne earned her Bachelors and Masters in Nursing from the University of South Carolina. For the past thirty years, Jeanne held a Director of Nursing position for Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC. During her thirty years in nursing leadership roles, she led a variety of service areas, including Oncology Services and Emergency Services within a large health system. Jeanne has served as President of several nursing organizations and Boards during her professional career, including Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Xi Chapter, the South Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the USC College of Nursing Partnership Board. She was awarded the 2010 Palmetto Gold Award as one of the top 100 nurses in South Carolina and also the Blanch Urey Award for Chapter Service in 2006 from the Alpha Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Jeanne continues her memberships in Sigma Theta Tau International and South Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders. Jeanne’s passion is supporting nurses to drive quality, compassionate patient centered care through leadership, practice, education and research.