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College of Nursing

The Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship

Meet the Faculty

Our talented faculty expose our Fellows to a diverse range of complementary skills essential for leadership. Each faculty member creates an inclusive learning environment where Fellows collaboratively learn and practice lesson tools.

Dr. Joyce Batcheller is an Executive Nurse Advisor with AMN Healthcare and is responsible for the development and delivery of two Chief Nursing Officer Academies: CNO Academy I, which was developed for new and aspiring CNOs and CNO Academy II, which was developed for experienced CNOs.

Dr. Batcheller holds the position of adjunct professor for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas and is the Vice President and chair of the International Association of Leadership Science in Nursing (ALSN) and host of a radio show “All about Nursing”.

Having served for 19 years as chief nursing officer of Central Texas' largest healthcare system, overseeing more than 3,700 nurses and 90 clinical locations including 11 hospitals, four of which became Magnet-designated and five Pathway to Excellence-designated during her tenure.

Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci is the dean and professor of the College of Nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

She has numerous publications and funded research grants in the areas of leadership, recruitment and retention, work climate, workforce diversity and change in both acute care and long-term care. She has consulted and presented workshops, courses and keynote addresses on Systems Thinking, Leadership, Change, Conflict and Nursing Excellence to help leaders be more effective, efficient and satisfied in their roles.
Dr. Jerry Mansfield, is the Executive Chief Nursing Officer & Chief Patient Experience Officer at MUSC Health.

He is accountable for the practice of nursing at Medical University of South Carolina Health and oversees initiatives to enhance the patient experience. He works to ensure the vision and the advancement of the profession of nursing; is responsible for strategic planning to standardize, develop, and ensure the appropriate translation of evidence-based care that is incorporated into daily practice throughout the enterprise to attain corporate goals.
Jenny Maxwell is faculty at The Buckley School of Public Speaking.

She has 30 years of professional experience, writing, producing media and presenting workshops and classes. She has coached political leaders and top executives from around the world, helping them hone presentation skills.  She also teaches writing seminars, presents at national conferences and has facilitated multi-day workshops for clients including General Electric, the University of South Carolina, and the National Advocacy Center.
Betty Parker is the owner of Sharper Development Solutions, Inc., a training and development company.

She is a professional speaker, author, and trainer. She provides engaging presentations and training to corporations and individuals who have a desire to grow professionally and personally. She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) through the Association for Talent Development and a Certified Professional Coach.
Dr. Melinda (Noonan) Earle is the Program Director for the Systems Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Rush University College of Nursing.

She has held leadership positions at several Chicago area hospitals. In addition to hospital operations, she held service line administration positions in cardiovascular, oncology, and women’s and children’s services for over 20 years. Dr. Noonan managed a national healthcare consultant practice for several years assisting clients with strategic planning and service line development. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on these areas of expertise. 
Dr. Ronda Hughes is the Director of the Center for Nursing Leadership, the Director for the Masters in Nursing Informatics program, and an Associate Professor with the University of South Carolina.

“When you are in formal positions of leadership, it’s a lifelong learning process; there is a lot of trial and error,” Hughes says. Ronda is passionate about providing learning opportunities to develop competent, caring leaders to build healthier communities and to advance the profession of nursing. Hughes knows that “nurse leaders need to have the knowledge and skills to successfully lead health care and academic organizations by effectively navigating complexity and uncertainty.” Since joining the College of Nursing in 2016, Ronda has expanded the impact of UofSC’s Center for Nursing Leadership - a statewide organization that works with healthcare organizations, clinicians, and educators in South Carolina and across the nation.
Jeanne Cavanaugh is the Director of Clinical Partnerships and Director of the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Program with the University of South Carolina College of Nursing.

She held a Director of Nursing position for Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC. During her thirty years in nursing leadership roles, she led a variety of service areas, including Oncology Services and Emergency Services within a large health system. Jeanne has served as President of several nursing organizations and Boards during her professional career, including Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Xi Chapter, the South Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the USC College of Nursing Partnership Board.

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