K.T. Waxman - DNP, MBA, RN. CNL, CENP, CHSE, FAAN Director
Executive Leader Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
K.T. Waxman is an executive nurse leader with over 30 years of healthcare industry experience in both service and academia. She is the immediate past Treasurer of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). She is also the author of a number of books on finance in healthcare, including A Practical Guide to Finance and Budgeting: Skills for Nurse Managers; Finance and Budgeting made simple: Essential skills for nurses; and Financial and Business Management for the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
An internationally recognized speaker and author of multiple book chapters, articles, and white papers, Joyce Sensmeier was recognized in 2010 as a fellow with the American Academy of Nursing, a credential held by 2,000 nursing leaders throughout the world. She is co-founder and ex-officio chair of the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, a global collaboration of 30 distinct nursing informatics groups that represents a unified voice for nursing informatics professionals.
Joyce Batcheller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Executive Nurse Advisor/Leadership with the Center for the Advancement of Healthcare Professionals, San Diego, CA
Dr. Batcheller is the President of CNO Solutions and is primarily responsible for the leadership development which includes the CNO Academy, CNO Executive Circle and onboarding strategies. Joyce serves in a faculty role at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock, Texas and is an American Nursing Association Nursing Knowledge Center consultant. Joyce has extensive experience in leading large system changes within a complex multi-hospital system. She served as chief nursing officer for 19 years of the largest health care system in Central Texas. She created and implemented a system-wide shared governance model and led a pilot site for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Institute of Healthcare Improvement Transforming Care at the Bedside Project, eventually implementing its principles into patient care at all system facilities.
Janet Balke, PhD, MBA, MHA, BSN, RN
Dr. Balke received her BSN (1981) from the University of Kansas, her MBA and MHA from the University of Houston (1999), and her PhD from Capella University (2006). Balke's dissertation topic was "Nurse Executives: A Grounded Theory Study of Dynamic Competencies.” She has practiced nursing in a variety of settings, including surgical/trauma ICU, oncology, home health, and hospice. Her roles include staff nurse, unit manager, and administrator. She has been a health care consultant since 1994, focusing on nursing and health care executive competencies, strategic business development, and related topics. She serves on the board of a large medical practice foundation in Houston, Texas.
Mary Bemker, DSN, PsyS, RN
Bemker joined Capella in 1999 and was named director of the nursing department in 2011. She has an MS in education from Indiana University as well as an MSN and doctor of science in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her health care experience has spanned decades and includes multiple health care settings and roles—she has worked as a charge nurse in psychiatric intensive care, originated and directed a counseling and development program for a Fortune 500 company, managed nurses in the emergency room, and led a nonprofit agency serving high-risk youth and adolescents.
Lonnie Wederski, PhD, MBA, RN
Dr. Wederski joined Capella in 2004 as an adjunct instructor. Since that time, he has served as a dissertation mentor, dissertation committee chairman and faculty chairman, and he has been a core faculty member since 2008. Prior to joining Capella, Wederski worked as a registered nurse in burn trauma and as a psychiatry clinician and administrator, and opened an independent inpatient center for women with eating disorders. His MBA is from the University of Phoenix, and he received his PhD from Walden University. He served as the executive director of a residential treatment center for abused and neglected children and served as chairman of Capella’s Faculty Review Panel. He also served as a primary subject matter expert in the development of Capella’s Master of Health Administration and Doctor of Health Administration programs.
Beth Ann Swan
Dr. Swan is Professor and former Dean at the Jefferson College of Nursing and Senior Fellow in the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Swan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is past president of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing and a 2007-2010 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. Dr. Swan was a member of the Veterans Health Administration Choice Act Blue Ribbon Panel and was a member of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Planning Committee for Preparing Registered Nurses for New Roles in Primary Care. Dr. Swan has published and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to ambulatory care, care coordination and transition management, and technology applications for education and practice. She is Co-Editor of the text, Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum.