Governing Board Profiles

Co Chairs

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Joe Cabral, CHRO, Co-Chair
Cleveland Clinic

Joseph Cabral is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Cleveland Clinic. The organization has an annual operating budget of more than $7 billion and a workforce comprised of more than 42,000 employees. The Cleveland Clinic health system is a global health organization with its latest addition in Abu Dhabi. Patients come for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals.

With more than 19 years of experience developing and executing strategies that enhance cultural and organizational change, Mr. Cabral has spent more than a decade driving business objectives, vision and values forward in all aspects of Talent Management and Human Resources in order to achieve the organization’s goals.

Prior to going to Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Cabral served as the CHRO for North Shore LIJ Health System, which received the SHRM/SIOP Award.   Previously he held other key HR leadership roles at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA, and has been cited by Time Magazine, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes and other industry publications for his expertise in Human Resources “Best Practices”. He holds an M.S. in Quality Systems Management, has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts and has also served as a Baldrige Examiner as well as a trustee for one of the largest Taft-Hartley Pension Plans in the country. Between 2010-2014, Mr. Cabral was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve on the Regional Economic Development Council. Additionally, in 2014 he received the CHRO of the Year Award from HRO Today.

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Edythe (Dede) McClatchy Pahl, MBA, Co-Chair
American National Standards Institute

Edythe (DeDe) Pahl is the Lead Assessor for the American Standards Institute (ANSI) in Denver, CO. She is a highly accomplished, strategic executive with US and international experience in standards-setting, strategic alliances, non-profit operations, volunteer management and board/staff relationships. She has a proven track record of increasing the reach of an organization through governmental and consumer alliances, international expansion and academic affiliations.

She was previously the Executive Director for the Investment Management Consultants Association, a membership and credentialing association for “retired” investment professionals. In this capacity, she managed the infrastructure and staff of 25 located in Denver, CO, and worked with over 7,000 international members and 5,500 certificants. She interfaced with volunteers and the governing Board, held eight national conferences annually and delivered continuing education programs, interfacing with top business schools (Wharton, Chicago, Berkeley).

She has also served as the interim president and COO for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., where she had full responsibility for bottom-line business functions and the implementation of the volunteer board’s Policy Governance end statements, long-range planning and international outreach. She directed all operations of certification and re-certification, including standards-setting and enforcement. In addition, she served as Director of Educational Programs for the College of Financial Planning; Assistant Vice-President for Columbia Savings and Loan; Associate Manager for Great-West Life Assurance Company; and a Paralegal for Holland & Hart, specializing in employee benefits, retirement plans and corporate law.

Her education includes: Accredited Lead Assessor Course/ANSI-RAB for ISO/DEC 17024 (personnel certification); Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, CO; MBA, University of Colorado; Paralegal Certificate, Institute for Paralegal Studies, Philadelphia, PA; B.A. Psychology, Newton College, Newton Centre, MA.

She is past Board public member and vice-chair of the Accreditation Council, American Board for Nursing Specialties, Aurora, OH; past board president and current Leadership Council member, Institute for Credentialing Excellence (National Organization for Competency Assurance), Washington, DC; former Board of Trustees member, The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA; former Board member, Academy of Financial Services; and test development committee (Series 63, 65, 66), North American Securities Administrators Association, Washington, DC.

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Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN
CGFNS International, Inc.

Franklin Shaffer is currently the Chief Executive Officer of CGFNS International, Inc.. He was previously executive vice president of Cross Country Healthcare and chief nursing officer for Cross Country Staffing. He was appointed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO or the Joint Commission) to serve on their Nursing Advisory Council.

Prior to his tenure with Cross Country Staffing, Dr Shaffer served as chief nursing officer at several medical centers, deputy director for the National League for Nursing and adjunct faculty in graduate nursing programs at Teachers College, Columbia University, Adelphi University and Hunter College. Dr Shaffer holds a doctorate of education in nursing administration, a master of education in nursing administration, and a master of arts in nursing administration and adult health from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2002, Dr. Shaffer was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing.



Mukul Bakhshi, JD
Columbia University School of Law

Mukul Bakhshi, the new Director of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment, has extensive experience in political and legal advocacy, social justice, and non-profit strategy formulation.  He has served as a management and strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and Altman Vilandrie & Company, where he developed the organizational strategy for a major non-profit consumer protection organization and a statewide telehealth network.  He co-founded Standard Start, a non-profit startup working with stakeholders including the New York City Deputy Mayor’s Office, attorneys, and incubators to provide entrepreneurs with information on basic elements of founding and running a business.  Previously, he worked at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, where he focused on prisoner reentry issues and served as the Policy Associate for the Small Business Development and LGBT Issues policy committees for Mayor-elect Cory Booker’s transition team.  He has also taught in the Millburn Township Public Schools in New Jersey.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU-CT and served as the Chair of the Yale-New Haven Chapter of the ACLU.

Mukul Bakhshi received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and subsequently was admitted to the bar in the state of New York.  He was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received a Parker School Certificate for International Law.  He received his B.A. at Yale University, where he double-majored in history and economics.

Governing Board Members


Marcia Faller, PhD, RN
O’Grady Peyton International

Ms. Faller joined AMN Healthcare in 1989 as Vice President of Nursing. Currently she serves as the Company’s Chief Clinical Officer with responsibility for the competence and quality of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals placed throughout the country. She held the position of Senior Vice President of Nursing and Traveler Services from July 1997 through September 2004 with responsibility for quality management and professional education, traveler housing, customer service, information technologies, facilities and other office support. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Faller held clinical and recruitment positions at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. She currently serves on the Advisory Council to The Joint Commission for the Healthcare Staffing Services Certification program. She has made numerous presentations in the areas of cost-effiecient staffing, effective use of temporary staff and foreign recruitment of healthcare professionals. She is a current member of American Organization of Nurse Executives, Association of California Nurse Leaders, and the American Nurses Association. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Arizona, MSN from University of San Diego and is presently pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing from the University of San Diego.


Corazon Bautista
International Healthcare Corporation

Ms. Bautista is the Founder and Chairman of International HealthCare Corporation (IHC), a company founded in 2002 that specializes in the international recruitment of healthcare professionals. Ms. Bautista began her business career as a software analyst and project manager in the emerging software industry of the Bay area of San Francisco. Her first company, Dynasoft, was founded in 1986, specializing in banking software and systems, bringing to Asia, technology from the best banking systems from the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. In the early 1990’s she invested in one more dream – to build the first Philippine-made banking software system that would be sold around the world. In 1997, a U.S. computer company bought out her interest in the software and took the product global. Today it is sold in Europe, the Middle East, in Asia-Pacific and in the United States. In 1998, she received a Presidential Citation for her contribution to the Philippine software industry. Her first International Recruiting startup followed ~ an IT consulting firm that supplied over 1,000 IT professionals from the Philippines to the United States. After 15 years as a successful IT entrepreneur, Ms. Bautista founded IHC. The company is a unique blend of business and social entrepreneurship. Ms. Bautista hosts guests in Manila – senior hospital executives from the United States who come to see the operation in the Philippines and understand the culture and values of the people they will be hiring. In addition to social activities, guests are also involved in Community Outreach programs – free medical and dental clinics for underprivileged communities. They are also introduced and encouraged to participate in GlobalCare’s scholarship programs and Alliance programs with Philippine hospitals and Nursing universities, to ensure continuity of qualified supply of resources and knowledge transfer between countries.

Ms. Bautista’s early education was in the Philippines, she is a graduate of the prestigious Harvard OPM program – a CEO school for entrepreneurs.


Sara Gabriel, MSN, MBA, RN
National Association of Indian Nurses of America

Sara is the current President of National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA)

Sara is also a founding member and the first President of NAINA, established in 2006. Under her leadership, through NAINA, Indian nurses became visible and unite under one umbrella as a professional body in this country. Within a short period of time, NAINA was able to become a well-established ethnic minority organization, has fourteen State Chapters and members throughout United States now.Sara also played a major role in obtaining the NCLEX- RN international testing centers (5 sites) in India in 2005.

Sara was a member of the Alliance task force from the initial phase of the project and contributed a great deal in developing the voluntary standards or codes for the ethical recruitment of foreign educated nurses to USA. She is one of the authors of the CODE and her contributions enabled NAINA to obtain a permanent membership in the Alliance Board. Recently, Alliance became an independent division of CGFNS and as a Board member from the beginning; NAINA was able to obtain membership in the new Alliance/CGFNS Board also.

Born and educated in India, has an undergraduate B. SC nursing degree from Christian Medical College, Vellore in India. Professional career started in Chicago as a staff nurse, has over twenty five years of progressive and challenging leadership roles, including Director of Nursing and senior administrator of a major hospital.

Sara has received many certificates and awards for excellence in organization and leadership and is the recipient of Legacy of Caring Nurses Award along with Dr. Jean Watson in 2008.

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Jim Buchan, PhD, DPM, MA
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Professor Buchan is an Adjunct Professor, at the WHO Collaborating Centre, University of Technology, (UTS), Sydney, Australia; a Professor at Queen Margaret University, Scotland; Professor Catedrático Convidado, IHMT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (WHO Collaborating Centre); and a Policy Associate at the WHO European Observatory on Health Systems.

He has thirty years experience of policy research on health sector human resources, specializing in international and national level strategy, policy and planning, health workers pay, incentives and reward strategy and labour market analysis.

Recent organisations for whom he has worked include EU, OECD, WHO (Europe, Western Pacific, and HQ) , ILO and the World Bank.

His background includes periods as a senior HR manager in the National Health Service in Scotland; senior policy analyst at the Royal College of Nursing, (RCN), UK; HRH specialist at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Swizerland; and most recently as a specialist adviser to Health Workforce Australia, a federal government agency.

He was lead editor on the recently published book on health professional mobility in the EU, published by the WHO European Observatory in 2014. In 2013 he was a special adviser to the Health Committee of the UK Parliament.

His other current commitments include being Associate Editor of the peer review journal “Human Resources for Health”.


Kathy Harris, MS, RN, CENP, FACHE
American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

Ms. Harris began serving as the Regional Vice President of Clinical Services at Banner Health in 2005. Her current responsibilities are to ensure the highest level of clinical care in all facilities of the Western Region as well as support, coach, and mentor the clinical leaders of each facility. She also works with her counterpart in Banner’s Arizona Region to enable the highest quality, evidence-based practice reliably carried out throughout Banner Health facilities. She earned her Master of Science from the University of Colorado in 1984 and her Bachelor of Science from Metropolitan State College in 1981. She is a Wharton Fellow and completed the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellows program in 2006. Ms. Harris is a member of various organizations and Boards including: AONE; ACHE; Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders; Colorado Organization of Healthcare Executives; Center for Nursing Excellence (Board member). In addition, she has worked closely with the Colorado Health and Hospitals Association on the Nursing Staffing Task Force and the Healthcare Reform Task Force.

Leticia Hermosa, PhD, RN, Esq.
Philippine Nurses Association of America

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Shannon Lederer
Immigration and Community Action

Ms. Lederer is associate director of the international affairs department of the American Federation of Teachers, a union representing professionals in education, health, and public sector jobs. In this capacity, she coordinates AFT’s task force on highly skilled worker migration. AFT’s comprehensive efforts on this front include research, policy advocacy, organizing migrant workers, legal defense, and cross-border cooperation between unions in sending and receiving countries. In addition, Shannon serves as AFT’s representative to two global union-led migration campaigns: the International Migration of Women Health Workers campaign of Public Services International and the Global Teacher Migration and Mobility campaign of Education International  She has a BA in political science from Northwestern University and an MS in union leadership and administration from the University of Massachusetts. The focus of her research is the international recruitment of nurses and teachers and its impact on workers’ rights and the delivery of health and education services worldwide.


Karen Scipio-Skinner, MSN, RNC
National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Karen Scipio-Skinner has served as Executive Director for the District of Columbia Board of Nursing since 2002. She received her BSN from North Carolina A&T State University and her MSN from Catholic University of America. She began her career as a psychiatric nurse at St. Elizabeths Psychiatric Hospital where she served as a staff nurse and head nurse with most of her time spent practicing as a nurse educator. She left St. Elizabeths to accept a position as Director of Staff Development at Psychiatric Institute of Washington, DC. After leaving Psychiatric Institute, she worked as Training Supervisor for the American Psychiatric Association’s Quality Assurance Department. Prior to accepting her current position as Executive Director of the Board of Nursing, she was the Nurse Associate for Practice, Education and Policy for the District of Columbia Nurses Association. While at DCNA, she was instrumental in amending the District’s Nurse Practice Act resulting in the removal of practice barriers for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses allowing them to practice independently.

Ms. Skinner has also served on numerous Boards and Commissions. She was appointed by then-Mayor Marion Barry to serve as a member of the District of Columbia Board of Nursing and the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Health Care Reform. She was appointed by Mayor Anthony Williams to the Mayor’s Health Policy Council. Ms. Skinner also Chaired the Robert Wood Johnson funded DC Nurse Consortium on Education and Practice. Currently she serves as a Board member of the National Capital Area YWCA.  And in 2010 was elected, Chairperson of the National Council of State Board of Nursing’s Executive Officer’s Network. She was also appointed to the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices. Ms. Skinner has received the following honors: Selected by the Washington Business Journal as one of the District of Columbia’s “Top Ten Lobbyists”; the District of Columbia Nurses Association’s Nursing Practice Award,  and in 2009 Ms. Skinner received the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence. In 2011she was honored by the Black Nurses Association of the Greater Washington, DC Area as Nurse of the year. She was also selected by the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership as a finalists for the 2011 Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards for Distinguished DC Government Employees.  Ms. Skinner is a member of the American Nurses Association, Black Nurses Association of the Greater Washington DC Area and Sigma Theta Tau, Nurses Honor Society.

Elissa Passiment, EdM
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

Elissa Passiment is the Executive Vice President of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry. She is a clinical laboratory scientist with over twenty years experience in clinical laboratories as staff, educator and manager and twenty years in health care consulting and policy. Ms. Passiment came to ASCLS after six years in health care consulting with an international health care firm. During her consulting tenure, she and her staff conducted studies and redesigned the work and the facilities for hospitals in the United States and Canada. In that process, she also conducted workshops and discussion groups to facilitate the changes the client was being asked to implement. She has also been active as a member of ASCLS, serving on numerous national committees, its Board of Directors and as President in 1988-89. Ms. Passiment uses her science background and experience to analyze policies and systems as they relate to the future of health care, its changing emphasis, reimbursement, patient safety, quality delivery and business potential.  She has served on the congressionally mandated Negotiated Rulemaking Committee convened to standardize and simplify reimbursement for laboratory services under Medicare Part B; presented testimony to Institute of Medicine studies, and represents ASCLS at meetings with the FDA, CMS, and CDC.  She is on the Editorial Board of Lab Tests Online.  She is a member of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) and served as Chair for 2008-11.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Laboratory Public Service National Leadership Award.


Dan Suarez, MA, RN
National Association of Hispanic Nurses

The current Business Development Manager for the New York area in its NY/NJ region, Dan has been with OnCourse Learning Company since 1996. In his years with the company, he has held several positions in sales and advertising, and has been responsible for many New Jersey and New York region sales initiatives.

Prior to his employment with part of the OnCourse Healthcare Group, Dan was a nurse recruitment professional at several NY area healthcare facilities. He received a BSN from Stony Brook University and an MA from Columbia University at Teacher’s College.

For more than Eighteen years, he has been a member of the National Hispanic Nurses Association, and the New York Chapter of NAHN, where he served locally as president. He was also recently elected nationally the president of NAHN. Dan is active in numerous professional nursing and healthcare organizations and associations throughout the New York City area, and was appointed as a Fellow last year to the NY Academy of Medicine. He is a member of the Board Trustee for the Helene Fuld College of Nursing, as well as a board member of the Nurses Educational Funds Inc., and serves on several boards of many local schools of nursing.

Dan Suarez has received numerous Awards and Recognition for his community Advocacy and Humanitarian missions. Currently serving as Co-Chair of the steering committee for 10 Thousand Nurses on Boards Coalition.

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Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN
American Nurses Association

Ms. Peterson is currently the Director of Nursing Practice and Policy at the American Nurses Association (ANA). As Director, she influences professional practice issues and nursing policy covering a broad range of health care settings, specialties, nursing roles and practice challenges. Prior to becoming Director, Ms. Peterson was the Senior Policy Fellow in the Department of Nursing Practice and Policy and was responsible for policy development on issues related to the nursing workforce, and nursing workforce planning including disaster preparedness, bioterrorism, labor issues, international issues, and health and human rights. She has served as the U.S. representative to the International Council of Nurses. Prior to coming to ANA, she served as a captain in the Army Nurse Corps on active duty during Operation Desert Shield/Storm at the King Khalid Military City, Saudi Arabia. She also held positions in the 350th Evacuation Hospital, Canton, OH, and as Head Nurse of a Cardiac Step-Down Unit at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati and a Master or Science in Nursing Administration from Georgetown University.

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Jonathan Ward
Jackson Healthcare

Mr. Ward is a principal and founder of USA Strategic Consulting. USA Strategic
Consulting was created with the idea of providing small to mid-sized companies
cross-border business development support. Our concept is to leverage the
experience, knowledge, and network relationships of our group to help these
companies introduce their brand in foreign markets.

Mr. Ward leads a team team has decades of high level business experience across
a number of industries, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Merchandising and fashion buying for large scale US department stores
    and specialty retailers
  • E-commerce, digital marketing, and media
  • Large scale clothing manufacturing and marketing
  • International business and exportation of Italian products
  • Real estate investment and tenant representation
  • Strategy, finance, and operations management

USA Strategic Consulting partners have deep and diverse business backgrounds
and are a very culturally diversified group composed of Americans, Italians, and
Brazilians. Our staff can support clients in a variety of foreign languages, including:
English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, and Spanish

Prior to founding USA Strategic Consulting Incorporated, Jonathan served in a
variety of executive capacities over a period of twenty years for Cross Country
Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRN}, including: Chief Strategy Officer/Chief
Marketing Officer and President of Cross Country Staffing (revenue in excess of
$400 million and 500+ corporate employees).

Prior to joining Cross Country Healthcare, Jonathan was Assistant to the Chairman
of W. R. Grace & Co., one of the world’s largest specialty chemicals, healthcare,
retail and restaurant companies with revenues in excess of $7 billion. Herman’s
Sporting Goods, Dean & Deluca, Caswell-Massey were among some of the retail
brands Grace operated.

Michele Sacco, MS
The Joint Commission