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Nightingale Board of Directors

Charles Cook

Chair, Board of Managers

Charles Cook enjoyed a 40-year career in higher education and continues involvement though active service on several college boards. Most of these years were spent in regional accreditation including nearly 25 years as Director of New England’s Higher Education Commission.

Dr. Cook served or serves as a trustee of eight college/university boards both not-for-profit and for profit; this service included the role of board chair. He has served on a variety of education-related boards both in the United States and abroad.

He trained as a legal historian and holds a PhD from the University of Maryland. He has taught at several institutions. He holds four honorary degrees.

Mary Bittner, DNP, MPA, RN, CENP

Adjunct Faculty, University of San Francisco, School of Nursing

Executive Leader in Nursing striving to create innovative strategies for nursing practice in today’s challenging market of health care reform.

Charles Restivo

Higher Education Executive

Michael Dakduk

President and Chief Executive Officer at IICRC

Advocate for career, technical and trade programs. A Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Michael remains a strong supporter of veterans, service members, and military families.

Jeffrey Romney

CEO / Founder at WEE

Mikhail Shneyder, MBA,RN

CEO of Nightingale College

Gideon Esuzor, MBA, MSN

Pharmaceutical Quality Investigator at FDA

Pharmaceutical quality investigator with a demonstrated passion for protecting the public from dangerous and/or ineffective drug products. Highly effective at communicating cGMP and regulatory compliance expectations concisely and succinctly.

Dr. Christina Dempsey, DNP, MBA, RN

Chief Nursing Officer, Emerita at Press Ganey

Christy is a registered nurse with over 29 years of healthcare experience in nursing, perioperative and emergency services management, medical practice, supply chain and materials management, and physician/hospital collaboration. Christy is also a Pathway to Excellence Appraiser and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Nursing Administration. She also serves on boards for multiple organizations including the Association of periOperative Nurses and several community boards.

Jason Woody

Senior Managing Director, Palm Ventures

Prior to joining Palm Ventures, Mr. Woody was an associate with Dubilier & Company, a private investment firm focused on the middle-market, and an analyst in the acquisition finance group at Chase Securities Inc. Mr. Woody holds a BS from Cornell University and an MBA, summa cum laude, from Babson College. Mr. Woody serves on the boards of several private companies.

Mary-Anne Ponti, RN, MSN, DBA, FACHE

Chief Nursing Officer, Central Maine Healthcare’s (CMH)

Coach and guide for healthcare leadership and management.

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