Board Member Bios

Vivian Turner

Vivian Turner the Sr. Regional Business Development Representative Southwest Region, Drexel University Online. She has been tasked with growing the organization’s Online Brand and Degree Programs.

Her top priority is to leverage key Business Development solutions while addressing the need for a more economical way of producing a better educated workforce more affordably and conveniently across multiple lines of the healthcare industry through corporate partnerships. She is responsible for promoting, developing and maintaining relationships as she promotes Drexel University online degree offerings to new/existing Healthcare clients and potential students.

Documented as a driven business development professional with 10 years of experience in Higher Education and the Healthcare industry, Vivian is well versed in Negotiation, Fact-Finding, Operations and building sustainable strategic partnerships while possessing strong Management and C-Suite level contacts which foster the ability to generate solid relationships when securing partnerships with Fortune 500 companies.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resource Management with a minor in Industrial Relations from Huston Tillotson College (1994) and holds a Master degree in Transportation Planning and Operations Management from Texas Southern University - School of Technology (1997).

Her interest involve: Economic and Business Development, Nurse Advocacy Association (NAA), YMCA, Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, Higher Education, Painting and spending time with her daughter Lauren Olivia.

Jim Fritschen

Jim Fritschen, is a senior executive officer with 25+ years of experience in healthcare operations, clinical practice management, business development, hospital administration and executive leadership.  His work experience includes: Chief Operations Officer for MDA Consultants, LLC.,  Board Member of MD Cress & Associates, Chief Operating Officer for Specialty Healthcare Management, LLC an asset company used in the purchase and turn-around of distressed rural healthcare facilities located in central and southern Louisiana,  Director of Business Development for Focus Management Group, a hospital management company specializing in behavioral health and physical rehabilitation hospitals, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Cornerstone Healthcare Group, a $150M hospital company which owns and manages hospitals throughout the country, Chief Executive Officer of hospitals in Texas and Louisiana, and a national speaker on healthcare business and clinical topics and supports several charitable organizations.

Janet Henriksen, PhD, MBA/HCM, BSN, RN

Janet Henriksen, PhD, MBA/HCM, BSN, RN is the President/Founder/CEO of Nurse Advocacy Association with a doctorate in organizational leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Janet has 32+ years of healthcare experience including: Assistant Professor of Graduate Nursing and Healthcare Business college in Nebraska, Corporate Director of Clinical Services for a hospital management group specializing in rehabilitation, behavioral health & LTAC Hospitals, TX & LA, Chief Executive Officer LTACH, Houston, Texas, Chief Clinical/Nursing Officer LTAC/Rehab Hospitals, TX & LA, Director Quality, Risk, Medical Staff, HIM, Case Mgt, Acute Care Hospitals, Texas, Stroke Program Manager, Texas, former Certified Infection Control Practitioner, Houston, TX, Employee Health Nurse.  Other clinical experience includes; neuro-intensive care, renal transplant, medical/surgical intensive care, and a former licensed vocational nurse.

"I am very excited about NAA because this organization offers an alternative approach to solving our issues in nursing and the healthcare delivery system by focusing on the nurse, the nurse’s practice, and the practice environment. NAA uses a nurse-centered approach to learning and understanding to transform our educational systems, leadership models, practice environments, and legal/legislative practices.  I believe that NAA is about nurses advocating for nurses. "

Paul Tankersley, LVN, ACLS, PALS, NRP, OCN

Paul Tankersley, BSN, RN, ACLS, PALS, NRP, OCN has been a nurse for 8+ year, employed as a infection prevention and control nurse in Houston medical center in an LTAC setting. Cardiothoracic transplant program in Houston’s medical center, clinical quality and educator for start-up psychiatric hospital, creation of the physician liaison program to ensure patient, nurse and physician communication focuses on care without time delays or errors.

Paul is currently enrolled in an MSN-NP program at Galen College in Houston, Texas after completing the LVN to RN bridge program with CHCP (College for Health Care Professionals, a partner with NAA. Other clinical experience includes: medical/surgical intensive care, renal and hepatic transplant, LVAD, surgical procedures nurse as well as CMS clinical billing and coding.

Sharon Gauthier, MSN, BSN, RN, CCM

Sharon Gauthier, MSN, BSN, RN, CCM is a business owner and CEO of Patient Advocate for You, LLC. since 2008. Her 20 years of nursing experience includes; certified emergency nurse, post masters certificate in geriatrics, surgery unit, radiology special procedures, neonatal ICU, case management, nursing manager, community nursing, and adjunct professor.

Sharon has received numerous awards including; Business Champion Start Up Business of the Year Award Metro Alliance 2012, Healthcare Hero Award 2013, Platinum Award – National Patient Advocate Institute, Women of Distinction – 2011 – Family, Community Project Award – 2007 University of Hartford, and Peer Recognition Award – 2007 University of Hartford.

Chambers include; Metro Hartford Alliance- Strategic Partner, Windsor Chamber, Simsbury Chamber, Glastonbury Chamber, and Avon Chamber- Education committee. Organizations include; Connecticut Women’s Alliance Board Member, Connecticut Women’s Council Member, North Central Aging Commission Advisory Board Member and Board Member. Sharon is a member of multiple healthcare organizations, presented at Patient Advocate Institute Conference and Connecticut Nurses Association, and published in Advance Healthcare Network.

Rebecca Jung, BSN, RN

Rebecca Jung, BSN, RN is the Clinical Program Manager- Sepsis Early Recognition and Response Initiative at Kindred Hospital Houston Medical center, Houston Texas. Rebecca serves at the program manager for a multi-hospital system for implementation and improvement of a nurse-driven research program aimed at decreasing the incidence and mortality rate of sepsis in both the long and short-term acute care patient population. Rebecca has also served as an RN Case Manager and a staff nurse for transplant, LVAD, Med/Surg, IMU, and ICU units.

She graduated in 2013 from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and attended Weatherford College where she received an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing in 2010.

Rebecca is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, and a former member of the National Student Nursing Association-Weatherford College Chapter. As a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Rebecca developed leadership skills while serving in the Texas Tech University chapter of a national co-ed service organization, and was the recipient of the 2005 Michael W. Brown Big Stick Award for excellence in leadership, friendship, and service. She also served as the Pinning Ceremony Chair for the class of 2010 while serving as a member in the NSNA.