Dr. Joanne Disch serves as chair of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees. She is also the current president of the American Academy of Nursing and is a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota where, until July 2012 she was the director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership. Her extensive background in healthcare administration and leadership includes positions with Fairview Medical Center in Minneapolis and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Previously chair of the AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) executive board and president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Dr. Disch currently sits on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership executive board. She was honored by the industry with a Sigma Theta Tau International Dorothy Garrigus Adams Award for Excellence in Fostering Professional Standards, the AACN Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association, among other awards. Dr. Disch 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.
Rhonda 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 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. and 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 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.
Dr. Susan Groenwald is a member of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees and serves as the president of Chamberlain. Dr. Groenwald worked as a clinical nurse specialist and director of the Oncology Graduate Program at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago and as the senior program director at the Illinois Cancer Council’s Comprehensive Cancer Care Center. Her textbook on cancer nursing, Cancer Nursing: Principles and Practice, won the American Journal of Nursing Book Award. Dr. Groenwald was a member of the board of directors of the Oncology Nursing Society, and an editor of Seminars in Oncology Nursing and Cancer Nursing Journal.
Dr. Groenwald was recognized as the National Businesswoman of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners in 1999 and with a Blue Chip Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Massachusetts Mutual for her leadership of a commercial barter company that she founded and grew. In 2006, she joined DeVry Education Group, focusing on the transition and development of Chamberlain. Dr. Groenwald earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from Rush University College of Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education leadership from Capella University.
Dr. Nancy Valentine serves as a member of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees. She is currently president of Valentine Group Health. Dr. Valentine previously served as senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Main Line Health in Pennsylvania and chief medical director for nursing programs (CNO) for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Valentine is a founding member and past president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and past president of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. She is also a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academy of Practice.
Dr. Valentine earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University and a Doctor of Philosophy in economics and health policy from Brandeis University. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate in science from Regis College.
Rita 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.