As 2023 comes to a close, we will be sharing a few highlights from the year on our blog. We hope you enjoy!
Frontier Nursing University’s Board of Directors is comprised of individuals who are invested in the success and growth of FNU. The Board is integral in leading FNU to carry out the mission we’ve held since 1939 – to educate nurses who are leaders in the primary care of all families, with an emphasis on underserved and rural populations.
FNU welcomed four new board members in 2023:
Dr. Vernell DeWitty
Dr. Vernell DeWitty is the Director for Diversity and Inclusion at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), where she advises the nation’s top academic nursing leaders on building consensus around a strategic approach to diversity and inclusion. Previously, she directed the Robert Wood Johnson New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program, a nine‐year $41 million national collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AACN that focused on diversifying the nursing workforce. In this capacity, she created and implemented strategies and resources that contributed to the academic success of underrepresented and disadvantaged students in 130 nursing schools located in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Dr. Dewitty is currently leading the delivery of technical assistance programming for 32 nursing schools funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) to increase nursing workforce diversity.
Dr. DeWitty has provided consulting services to healthcare systems in obstetric and neonatal risk assessment and guided new product development while serving as the Director for Consultation and Marketing at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). She earned her master’s degree from the Catholic University of America in Women and Neonatal Nursing and served as the first Director for Maternal and Newborn nursing at Howard University Hospital. Dr. DeWitty served as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Director of Patient Services, and Director of Program and Business Development at the Hospital for Sick Children, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital located in Washington DC. As a member of the Executive Management Team, she was responsible for directing patient care services of 130 rehabilitation beds and overseeing 185 FTEs with a $15 million operating budget.
She earned her doctorate from George Mason University, MBA from Howard University, MSN from The Catholic University of America, and BSN from Dillard University. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dr. Tim Raderstorf
Dr. Tim Raderstorf is the Talent Partner for AndHealth, a digital health company focused on helping people reclaim their lives from chronic illness. He holds volunteer positions as the Head of Academic Entrepreneurship at the Erdős Institute and the Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit NursesEverywhere. He is a member of the American Nurses Association’s Innovation Advisory Board. Dr. Raderstorf was the Chief Innovation Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing in his previous role. From TED talks to textbooks, he uses every platform he can find to empower those on the frontlines to change healthcare.
As the first nurse to hold the Chief Innovation Officer title in academia, he takes pride in educating the world on the role of the nurse as an innovator. He is the founder of the Innovation Studio, a maker space that democratizes innovation, providing every interprofessional team that pitches their innovation with the funding, tools, and mentorship needed to turn ideas into actions.
Throughout his career, Dr. Raderstorf has founded multiple businesses and has been the first employee for a profitable healthcare startup. His new textbook, co-authored with Bern Melnyk, Evidence-Based Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nursing and Healthcare: A Practical Guide for Success, was a #1 new release on Amazon and the American Journal of Nursing’s Management & Leadership Book of the Year. Some of Dr. Raderstorf ’s recognitions include the Early Career Innovator of the Year and Distinguished Recent Alumni at the Ohio State University, the Innovation Studio being named Non-Profit of the Year by Columbus Business First in 2019. He was most recently inducted into the 2020 Class of 40 under 40 by Columbus Business First and as a 2021 Fellow at the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Raderstorf earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Xavier University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Ohio State University.
Dr. Joanna Santiesteban
Dr. Joanna Santiesteban has been a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist for over 20 years. She attended Indiana University Bloomington, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago and completed her OB/GYN residency at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Santiesteban lives in eastern Kentucky and serves as Chief of Staff at Highlands Appalachian Regional Healthcare. She is involved with obstetrical substance abuse treatment programs and care for an underserved population. She provides obstetric and gynecological care at Big Sandy Healthcare, a Federally Qualified Health Center in southeastern Kentucky.
She is clinical adjunct faculty at Lincoln Memorial University College of Medicine and is community area faculty at the University of Pikeville College of Medicine.
Dr. Santiesteban is the mother of 5 children. She enjoys yoga, reading, and visiting with family and friends.
Tara Mitchell Martino is a Nationally Certified School Nurse in Massachusetts and is a current FNU student studying to be a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is a school nurse and has been a labor support person, a WIC breastfeeding peer counselor, and a foster parent. She is a two-time surrogate gestational carrier and a proud supporter of the movements for Women’s Rights, Black Lives, and LGBTQIA++ Equality.
Tara is the Scoutmaster of Westport’s all-girl Boy Scout Troop 33. She is also a Girl Scout Cadette Level-3 Troop Leader of Troop 68111 and Assistant Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 3.
A mother of four children, Tara’s goals after graduating from Frontier are to establish her own practice while enrolling in FNU’s DNP program. She also hopes to continue to serve the underserved children in her area. She would also like to volunteer for Doctors Without Borders and to research the impact of psychedelics on neuroplasticity and treatment-resistant depression.
Note: The FNU Board of Directors added a non-voting student member because they felt it important to hear student feedback as part of the Board.