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WGU Academic Engagement Webinars Monthly Health Spotlight Series

Health and Health Professions: A Monthly Series

Come and hear our health care professionals discuss a variety of topics from our award winning College of Health Professions. Can't make it in real time? Sign up anyway! After each seminar is complete, we will send out the presentations to all registrants. Recordings and resource materials from each session will be available on this page after the event.

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Sessions will be held monthly, throughout 2021, with each session offered at 10 AM MT. Complete a brief form to register for all sessions.

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CHP Award WGU was awarded the NLN 2021 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education: Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development Award.

August 18th: COVID-19: Advocating with Empathy

In a round table style discussion, Dr. Harris-Brown and Jamie State will discuss the importance of advocating with empathy in our post pandemic world.

The Key Takeaways for this session include:

  1. The ability to demonstrate self-awareness related to the Covid-19 vaccination
  2. The ability to demonstrate emotional intelligence related to others beliefs, feelings, and anxiety
  3. The ability to demonstrate mindfulness that will create a safe space to express your belief as well to listen to others
  4. The ability to learn and teach empathy
  5. The ability to validate and reflect on other emotions by acknowledging the others.

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Anita Harris-Brown: Dr. Anita Harris-Brown DNP, MSN, MHA, RN NEA-BC is currently a Course Instructor II in the CHP Leadership and Management Master Program. Anita has been employed at WGU since January 2019. Anita has over 10 years’ experience in Higher Learning Education and 14 years in Nursing Leadership as a Director of Nursing and Chief Nursing Informatics Officer. Anita has published as an author as well as served as a co-author and primary contributor in symposium for multiple nursing leadership organizations. In her free time, she enjoys time with her family, traveling, and is currently a lead mentor for many aspiring mentees.

Jamie State: After receiving her Master of Science Nursing Leadership and Management Degree from WGU, Jamie welcomed the opportunity to return to the University as a faculty member in 2014. Originally serving as a Program Mentor, Jamie has been the Manager of Program Faculty for the RN-MSN Bridge program since 2018. Jamie's clinical background includes emergency medicine, high-risk labor and delivery and nursing education. Whether it be students or members of her community, Jamie’s passion is caring for others. This caring has led to her most cherished recognitions as a recipient of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty and Floyd County, Indiana Health Department Covid-19 Pandemic Service and Distinction Award.

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Jamie State

September 29th: Health and Wellness

Join us for a dynamic and interactive session on overall health and wellness. Topics will include a robust discussion around issues such as fatigue, sleep, exercise, and weight loss.

Did you know? Sleep is at the base of Maslow's Pyramid for a reason: it is essential to health and well-being. Let's talk about why fatigue is so prevalent in our society and how we can support others impacted by it. Participants will recognize fatigue and its negative impact on health.

In addition, this session will provide insightful and engaging tips and tricks. We will discuss the importance of staying active, the connections between physical activity and life interactions, as well as the value of exercise on YOUR peace of mind.

Questions addressed include: “What do you do for physical activity?”, “Do you exercise to lose weight?”, “What is the value of exercise?” and “Is there a connection between physical activity and life interactions?”

This session can help participants realize that weight loss, if needed, is possible. We will also discuss the best time to start weight loss, how accountability diet coaching works and maintaining weight loss.

To wrap up the session, we will look at self-care strategies to invest in for a healthier mindset personally and professionally. We will explore some of the different types of self-care (physical, emotional, spiritual, or professional) and discuss how to incorporate self-care into your day.

Linda Joyce Gunn, PHD, CPHRM, ACC: Linda Joyce Gunn is a Course Instructor in the College of Health Professions for WGU. She earned her B.S. in Operations Management from Indiana University; M.B.A. in Finance from University of Notre Dame; and Ph.D. in Organization Development from Union Institute and University. Dr. Gunn, also, earned the designations of Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) from the American Hospital Association and the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coaching Federation.

Dr. Gunn has worked in management positions for both private and not for profit organizations with her most recent experience in a 600-bed hospital as Director of Risk Management/Physician Services. She has taught in both traditional and nontraditional settings for over 25 years.  Since starting with WGU in 2005, she has served in a variety of positions and helped in the development of the BSHCM, MSIHCM, MHL, MBA, MBA MCM, and BSHSC degree programs and has been involved in curriculum development for leadership, management, diversity, healthcare, financial management, strategic planning and more!  Linda has also co-authored a chapter on Healthcare Financial Management for a text.

Mary Carney, DNP, RN-BC, CCRN, CNE: Mary has been a nurse since 1977. She is a graduate of WGU’s RN-to-BSN and MSN Ed programs and holds a doctorate from Touro University- Nevada. Her master’s and doctoral work was focused on shiftwork and fatigue in healthcare workers and has been published and presented internationally. She was hired full-time in 2016 as a course instructor in the MSN core, then in 2017 became the Director of Prelicensure Nursing for Indiana.

After 37 years in rural central Indiana- Dr. Carney moved to rural north Florida in June 2021. She and her husband David have been married for 46 years and have four adult children (two in Florida, two back in Indiana). She is a lifelong Cubs fan with the tattoo to prove it! She loves to bake, her favorite subject is history, and she can quote you any scene from The Blues Brothers or Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Mostly she takes joy in the daily absurdity of life. The hill she will proudly die on is “ketchup should not go on hot dogs”.

Monica Wasser: Monica is a program mentor at WGU. She began her weight loss journey in Nov. 2019 and lost 69 pounds with her coach and lost 37 pounds on her own before enrolling with a coach. Self-driven, she was not quite as successful on her own. After finding her coach, who provided rules and accountability to reach her goal, she has maintained her weight loss for 13 months. She is 5' 8" tall, and her starting weight was 248 pounds. She now weighs in at 142 pounds for a total of 104 pounds lost. She is so excited about how great she feels that she wants to share her weight loss journey and inspire people.

Kristin Mulica: Senior Program Mentor, 2019 WGU Alumni, Registered Nurse Since 2003, In-patient Women's Health & Obstetrics and Mental Health Nursing, Childbirth Educator, and Nursing Faculty. Completed the U Penn Resiliency training in 2020 at WGU. Fun Facts: A member of USMC Masters Swimming team, garden club member, and avid fitness enthusiast.

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Mary Carney
Monica Wasser
Kristin Mulica

October 20th: Medical Assistants Recognition Week

November 10th: Nurse Practitioner Week

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June 16th: Men's Health Panel

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Corbett Brown headshot Corbett Brown
Art Waller Photo Art Waller
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Jason Madrano, DNP, RN is the Program Chair for the MSN Leadership and Management Program.  He earned his DNP from the University of Washington, and was a post-doctoral fellow of the Afya Bora Consortium for Global Health Leadership.  Jason worked in the USA, Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, and Vietnam on mobile health and electronic health projects, and consulted for local, national, and international health organizations. Prior to WGU, he was the nursing director for a multisite ambulatory care organization. Jason lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, he’s an avid outdoorsman, polymath thinker & tinkerer, and aspiring omniglot.

Dr. Brown (Corb) is a nursing leader focused on innovation in academics, practice, and policy. Corb received a PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, an MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner) from Arizona State University, an MBA from the University of Utah, a BSN from Arizona State University, and an AA from Mesa Community College. Corb is an AANP certified family nurse practitioner who has practiced in pediatric, adolescent, and adult primary care, urgent & occupational health care, and in bariatric medicine. His scholarly interests include the acquisition of expertise, obesity in developed and developing nations, and scope of practice policy for advanced practice nurses. Prior to joining WGU, Corb was an assistant professor-clinical at the University of Utah College of Nursing, adjunct professor at both the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson University, clinical instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, TA at the University of Pennsylvania, and RA at Arizona State University.

Dr. Waller has led strictly online operations at the college level for over 15 years. Currently, he is the Director of Clinical Learning and Placement Support for the College of Health Professions at Western Governors University. Previously he was the Chair of the Commission for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and Campus Director of Vista College Online. Prior to that he was the Vice President/Director for Independence University and before that he was the Regional Department Head/Executive Director of the Wasatch Front/Southwest Regions for Utah State University. He also worked as the Director of Enrollment for the University of Phoenix – Utah Campus. Dr. Waller has been involved with all phases of new business development, including consulting, managing, financing, and assisting in obtaining capital for high technology, biotechnology companies. He served as President of TouchFon Int’l, at the time, the nation’s largest 1-800 voice mail service bureau and was Chief Executive Officer of United States Land & Cattle Company, an investment company with interests in high-tech companies such as Cardiopulmonics, the first corporation to develop the artificial lung. His education includes two Bachelor of Science degrees with honors from Utah State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, and a Ph.D. in Education (C&I with emphasis in teaching and higher education) from Utah State University. In addition, he is a graduate of the New York Institute of Finance. He has held securities, insurance, and real estate licenses from the State of Utah. For fun he enjoys enjoy fly-fishing and mountain biking. He and his wife have four children and eight grandchildren.

Scott Jones has a tremendous passion for education and has over 25 years of experience within higher education. In the Fall of 2017, Scott joined WGU as the Enrollment Director for the College of Health Professions. In July of 2018, Scott moved into the Administrative Director position over faculty operations within the Graduate Nursing Programs. In September of 2019, Scott was promoted to Vice President of Academic Operations for the College. Previously to WGU, Scott worked for the University of Phoenix in various senior positions in enrollment, student services, and compliance. He also loves to teach and has been a faculty member teaching classroom and online business courses for over 15 years. Scott has an MBA from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s in Sales and Marketing from Weber State University. Outside of work, Scott loves spending time with his wife, Shannon and his four children. He also loves the outdoors and enjoys time skiing, golfing, biking, hiking, and camping.








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