Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chair, Board of Trustees

Joanne DischDr. Joanne Disch serves as chair of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees and professor ad honorem at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from the University of Michigan.

She has served in a number of major leadership roles, including president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Academy of Nursing; board member and chair of the national board of AARP; chair of the American Nurses' Association's Committee on Nursing Practice Standards and Guidelines; and chair of the Chief Nurse Executive Council of the University Healthcare Consortium. Currently she serves on the board of Aurora Health Care (Milwaukee) and on the Clinical and Nursing Advisory Board of the Center for Patient and Family Engagement within the GetWell Network, among other positions.

Rhonda Anderson, DNSc(hon), RN, FAAN, FACHE
Member, Board of Trustees

Rhonda AndersonRhonda Anderson is a member of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees. She is the chief executive officer of Cardon Children’s Medical Center and is an adjunct faculty member for the College of Nursing at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University, all in Arizona. She is also a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a past president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives where she was honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Her 45 years of experience in healthcare includes roles in staff nursing, academia, management, performance measurement and patient safety.

Anderson currently serves on the Nursing Economics journal editorial board and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee/Academic Progression in Nursing Program. She is a member of the board of trustees at the American Hospital Association and served nine years on the board of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., a Master of Public Administration degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago and an honorary Doctor of Nursing Science from Grand Canyon University.

Christopher B. Begley, MBA
Member, Board of Trustees

Christopher BegleyChristopher Begley is a member of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees. He is the founder and previous executive chairman and CEO of Hospira, a leading global hospital products company and world leader in specialty genetic injectable pharmaceuticals. He oversaw Hospira's 2004 spin-off from Abbott Laboratories and drove the development of the company’s business strategies, growth plans and guiding principles.

Prior to Hospira, Begley was president of the hospital products and chemical and agricultural products divisions at Abbott Laboratories. He was also vice president of AbbottHealthSystems and MediSense, Inc., and vice president of marketing for the V. Mueller Division of American Hospital Supply Corp.

Begley is a director of Zimmer, Inc., board chair of DeVry Education Group and chairman of Hillshire Brands. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northern Illinois University.

Gregory S. Davis, J.D.
Member, Board of Trustees

Gregory DavisGregory Davis is a member of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees. He currently serves as the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for DeVry Education Group, where he oversees the security and business continuity and ombudsman functions. Prior to joining DeVry Education Group, Davis was the vice president, general counsel and secretary of La Petite Academy, Inc., which includes nearly 650 schools offering education and care to children ages six months to 12 years. In this role, he managed the organization’s Montessori international operating unit of 31 schools, licensing and regulation, communications, government relations and legislative affairs. He was also a partner of Andersen Worldwide, serving in both legal and business roles at Arthur Andersen LLP and Andersen Consulting LLP (now Accenture).

Davis’ background includes extensive experience in litigation, mergers and acquisitions, governance, compliance, securities and employment. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University and his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where he graduated with honors.

Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Member, Board of Trustees

Susan L. GroenwaldDr. Susan Groenwald is the president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. She began her career as a rehabilitation nurse after earning a nursing diploma from West Suburban School of Nursing in Oak Park, Illinois. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rush University School of Nursing in Chicago, Dr. Groenwald worked as a clinical nurse specialist and director of the oncology graduate program at Rush University and later served as the senior program director at the Illinois Cancer Council’s Comprehensive Cancer Care Center. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education leadership from Capella University.

In 1981, Dr. Groenwald founded a company that provided businessto- business services and grew the company to more than 80 employees in four states. Dr. Groenwald’s accomplishments as a leader within the industry were recognized in 1999 when she was named National Businesswoman of the Year by the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and received a Blue Chip Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Massachusetts Mutual. After selling the company, Dr. Groenwald served as the director of operations for Focused Health Solutions, Inc., developing clinical programs and managing a team of nurses who provided disease management services for large self-insured employers.

In 2006, Dr. Groenwald joined DeVry Education Group, focusing on the development of Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is the author of numerous articles and has edited five textbooks on cancer nursing, one of which – Cancer Nursing: Principles and Practice – won the American Journal of Nursing Book Award. Dr. Groenwald’s work in oncology and nursing education was recognized by her induction in 2014 as a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education.


Rita Wray, MBA, RN, BC, FAAN
Member, Board of Trustees

Rita WrayRita Wray is a member of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees. She is currently deputy executive director of the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration and has held the position for nearly a decade. Wray is also founder and current CEO of W.E., Inc., a national independent healthcare consulting firm.

With more than 35 years of service, Wray has made significant contributions as a leader in numerous professional organizations. She was a member of the board of directors for the National Black Nurses Association; past president of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias affiliate; chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; co-chairperson of Chapter Strategic Development for the American Red Cross; and member of the board of directors for the American Cancer Society. Among many notable recognitions, Wray was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2008 and named Honorary Secretary of State of Louisiana by Louisiana’s Secretary of State Tom Schedler in 2012.

Wray holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of North Alabama and a Master of Business Administration degree from Jackson State University. She is certified in nursing administration through the American Nurses Association.

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