Omaha System Board of Directors
The volunteer Board of Directors was established in March 2001 to provide leadership for Omaha System revisions, presentations, publications, conferences, Website, and other advisory activities. More details are included in the 2005 book, Appendix D. The Board meets every two years following the Omaha System International Conference and communicates by phone and email between Conferences. Board members also communicate with members of the Listserv.
Current Board members have diverse practice, education, research, and software expertise related to the Omaha System. To contact a specific Board member, use the following information.
Nancy has been the Supervisor of the Parent Child Health Program of the Kitsap Public Health District since 2017. She has worked directly with high risk, low income families providing visits during pregnancy through the first year after delivery for the Washington State First Steps Maternity Support Services and Infant Case Management since 2001. In addition to maternity support services, Nancy worked as nurse consultant for the local Early Head Start Program from 2009 to 2014. In 2012, she began seeing families with the Nurse Family Partnership Program, and is the Kitsap Public Health Nurse Family Partnership Administrator.
Nancy was a team member of the successful implementation of the Omaha System and electronic documentation in 2006 when her county’s Parent Child Health Program began using Champ Software. The team included nine nurses, six behavioral health/social workers, and two support staff. In 2010, Nancy assisted in the development of the Washington State Core Pathways. In 2012, was a co-author of the article, “Measurable Outcomes from Standardized Nursing Documentation in an Electronic Health Record”, published in ANIA-Caring Nursing Informatics, an electronic newsletter. Along with the entire Kitsap County Parent Child Health Team, she continues to work on quality improvement efforts in their nursing documentation. Nancy joined the Omaha System Board of Directors in 2017.
Kathy is Professor and van Ameringen Chair in Nursing Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and VP and Director of the Center for Homecare Policy and Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. While a doctoral student, she conducted the first Omaha System study in acute care. Kathy leads a program of federally- and foundation-funded research in the use of information technology to improve health care and clinical decision making for older adults. She is the author of more than 200 abstracts, articles and chapters, and has been the PI or Co-I on over 45 funded studies. Kathy instituted the use of the Omaha System in several transitional care research projects.
In 2011, Kathy co-founded a software company, RightCare Solutions, that is based on her team’s research. Her contributions to informatics research were recognized with several awards such as the Heart Failure Society of America Nursing Investigator Award and the Eastern Nursing Research Society Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Research Award. In 2017, Kathy was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. She has served on the Omaha System Board of Directors since 2001. Kathy received the first Omaha System Excellence in Research Award during the 2011 Omaha System International Conference. She was honored with the Senior Methodologist Award at the 2017 Omaha System Partnership business meeting.
Lynn is a Clinical Informatics Specialist supporting public health nurses who complete home visits to high risk pregnant and parenting clients. She has over 40 years of varied nursing experience that includes psychiatric, maternal/child, community, telehealth, school nursing, and nursing informatics. Lynn is responsible for maintaining and expanding the use of clinical information systems within MVNA, including the Omaha System, which is embedded in the PH-Doc electronic health record used by the agency.
Lynn is an active participant in the University of Minnesota’s Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science group including subgroups on social determinants of health and nursing value. Lynn created two sets of guidelines using the Omaha System for the subgroup work, one for housing insecurity and one for pediatric asthma. The pathways are available on the Omaha System Guidelines Web site. She helped develop and code the nursing value model and is on the governance body for the nursing data warehouse used for model testing. Lynn is an active member of the Minnesota chapter of HIMSS. She received an award from the Minnesota March of Dimes as Nurse of the Year in Leadership in 2013. She has served on the Omaha System International Conference Planning Committee since 2013. Lynn chaired the poster selection committee for the last 3 conferences, joined the Omaha System Board of Directors in 2018, and spoke at the 2019 Conference.
Jeana is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing where she teaches doctor of nursing practice graduate students, practices as a primary care provider, and conducts research. She formerly served as the director of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing House of Peace Community Nursing Center and Primary Care Services where she used the Omaha System and the College’s software. She is a Fellow in Primary Care Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin and President of the Milwaukee Metro Nurse Practitioners.
Jeana’s research focuses on investigating and disseminating the outcomes of the two University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing Community nursing centers using Omaha System data. This body of research builds on the work of other nurse scientists using the Omaha System to document the social behavioral determinants of health. It includes the study of influences about how and why interventions work or do not work in different contexts. Jeana has been involved with the Omaha System since 2011, and joined the Board of Directors in 2016. She has published about the Omaha System, and will co-author Chapter 4, Use of the Omaha System in Education, in the next Omaha System book. She and her colleagues served as the school host for the 2015 Omaha System International Conference, and she spoke at the 2017 and 2019 Conferences.
Karen is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar (2014 cohort). She conducts research to address health disparities in adolescents. Most of her work focuses on substance use, mental health, and co-occurring health-risk behaviors in adolescents who are at-risk for school dropout and attending alternative high schools. Karen also explores the role of providers in addressing health-risk behaviors during sports physicals. She is particularly interested in the role of school nurses in addressing health-risk behaviors with vulnerable youth. She currently serves as President of the board for the Texas regional chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (TXSAHM).
Karen is a member of The University of Texas at Austin Omaha System Users Group. She has used the Omaha System to teach community assessment skills to bachelor and master’s level public health nursing students. Karen contributed to research publications that use Omaha System data to explore the impact of public health nursing interventions, and has presented nationally. She also co-authored an article based on an Omaha System Basic Workshop that she and her colleagues hosted. She joined the Omaha System Board of Directors in 2017. She and The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing served as the school host for the April, 2019 Omaha System International Conference in Eagan, Minnesota. She spoke at the Conference.
Brian has been a Parks Operations Administrator and Director of the Meadows Park Community Center since 1998. The center has 2.75 full-time staff, and many volunteers. It serves about 50,000 individuals during the school year and 15,000 during the summer. Programs include out-of-school time programs for youth, exercise, and meal programs for older adults and special events for families. Brian is very interested in stories, qualitative data, and quantitative data that capture program outcomes. Sharing accurate and consistent quantitative data is essential to fund the Center.
In 2013, Brian and colleagues established a community collaborative to connect health, recreation, and academic professionals who were interested in Colorado Springs youth. The collaborative has expanded to a state-wide group. For these efforts, Brian received the National Leadership Academy Public Health Award. In April, 2017, the collaborative sponsored a one-day “Out-of-School Summit” designed to bring collaborative members together. In 2018, the focus of the Summit was the Omaha System. Brian described the activities of the 2017 Summer Camps, the use of the Omaha System, and their data analysis. Brian and his colleagues used the Omaha System again in 2018 and plan to continue using it. They presented details at various conferences. Brian spoke about the Colorado Springs activities during the 2019 Omaha System International Conference; he and his colleague presented a poster. Brian joined the Omaha System Board of Directors in 2019.
Karen is a Health Care Consultant. She was employed at the Visiting Nurse Association of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska from 1978-1993 where she was the principal investigator of Omaha System research. Since 1993, she has provided consultation to prospective, new, and experienced interprofessional Omaha System users and software developers nationally and globally. Karen has served as a visiting scholar and speaker in more than 25 other countries.
Karen’s practice includes documentation, information management, outcomes measurement, and dissemination of the Omaha System. She provided testimony for federal meetings and the Institute of Medicine. In 2008, she was included in the American Medical Informatics Association-Nursing Informatics Working Group's Nursing Informatics History Project. She received the MNRS Informatics Section Distinguished Researcher Award, and alumni awards from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Iowa. In 2010, she received the Ruth B. Freeman distinguished career award from the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association. Karen is the author of the 2005 Omaha System book, 5 more books, more than 100 articles and chapters, and 70 editorials. She will author the next Omaha System book. She conducts workshops, and is a co-developer of the Omaha System Web site. Since 2001, she has been the chair of the Omaha System Board of Directors, and the lead co-chair of the Omaha System International Conferences.
Karen is a Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She is the director of the Omaha System Partnership within the University of Minnesota Center for Nursing Informatics. This practice-based research network employs standardized data to inform health care quality questions. Karen’s cutting-edge research employs diverse methods including visualization, theory-based analysis, data mining and longitudinal analysis with the goals of improving practice quality and population health.
Beginning in 1998, Karen led the implementation of automated Omaha System-based software at Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment, Stillwater, MN. Karen and the Minnesota Omaha System Users Group received the American Public Health Association (APHA) Public Health Nursing (PHN) Section's 2008 Nursing Creative Achievement Award for their joint efforts. She received the Creighton University School of Nursing Alumni Merit Award in 2014. In 2016, she received the Lillian Wald Service Award from the APHA PHN Section. Karen is the author of numerous publications including Chapter 3, Use of the Omaha System in Practice, in the 2005 book, and will co-author Chapter 5 in the next book. She has presented many times nationally and globally. Karen has been a member of the Omaha System Board of Directors since 2001; is a contributor to the Omaha System Web site; and has been a co-chair of Omaha System International Conferences since 2005. In 2011, Karen received the first Omaha System Excellence in Education Award, and the Excellence in Research award in 2019.
Rhonda is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. Since 2019, she has served as the VP of Clinical Operations for Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. Previously, she worked with Netsmart software solutions as their regulatory analyst; the Netsmart Homecare team’s focus is home health, hospice, and private duty. Netsmart acquired the former McKesson Homecare and Hospice in 2018. Rhonda joined McKesson in 2011 and brought over 25 years of healthcare and hospice experience to the role, including patient care (nursing and social work), clinical supervision, project management, and operations. Before her regulatory responsibilities, she was part of the clinical informatics team responsible for development of the Omaha System within the solution.
Rhonda has served as chair on several Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Committees, a past board member for region 2 of the Tennessee Nurses Association Board of Directors, member of the American Nurses Association, and Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association. In 2016, she was appointed as a committee member to serve a two-year term on the Situational Judgement Development Committee for the Hospice and Palliative Credential Center. She now serves as Chair for the HPNA Public Policy SIG, and is still an active State Ambassador for the State of Tennessee for the HPNA State Ambassadors. She is a member of the SNOMED CT Nursing Virtual Clinical Reference Group. She has written for publication, and presented at State Hospice and Palliative Care Associations for annual conferences and Omaha System International Conferences. Rhonda joined the Omaha System Board of Directors in 2017.
Frances is a Professor and Associate Dean at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research work and publications are in the areas of advanced nursing practice, transitional care, and nursing education. Frances has published over 150 refereed articles, edited 3 books, and her works have been cited over 700 times in literature. She successful developed transitional care models for different patient groups including those who have cardiac, renal, respiratory, and stroke conditions, and palliative needs.Frances has been appointed as adjunct and honorary professor in key universities including the University of Pennsylvania and Sunyatsun University. Frances is actively involved in global nursing development and has served as an elected core member in the International Council of Nurses INP/APN Network, panel judge for The Excellence in Educational Research Award Task Force of Sigma Theta Tau International, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Frances incorporated the Omaha System in her courses, research, and publications, starting in the late 1990s. She has spoken at the Omaha System International Conference numerous times, and joined the Board of Directors in 2011. She was awarded with Omaha System Excellence in Research in 2017. Frances developed a team to test and confirm the validity of the Omaha System used among the Chinese population, as well as to translate the Omaha System into Chinese (Appendix A available here in Chinese).