Speakers and Panelists

Symposium Speakers and Expert Nurse Leader Panelists will include the following:

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Judi Allyn Godsey, PhD, MSN, RN

DNP Faculty, University of Kentucky

Co-Founding Director and Senior Researcher, Institute for the Brand Image of Nursing (IBIN)

Dr. Judi Allyn Godsey is a researcher, consultant, and DNP nursing faculty at the University of Kentucky. She is a Co-Founding/Director and Senior Researcher of the Institute for the Brand Image of Nursing (IBIN) which was developed for the purpose of unifying and communicating the professional brand image “All Nurses are Leaders” throughout every corner of nursing and across the globe. Dr. Godsey and colleagues’ most recent publications outline recommendations for re-branding the nursing profession with a focus on “Nurses as Leaders” using the principles of branding theory (2020), as well as an exploration of factors contributing to nursing’s inconsistent brand image (2020), and a psychometric analysis of the Brand Image of Nursing instruments© (2017). Dr. Godsey is currently engaged in international replication studies using BIN scales with nurse researchers from partnering universities in China and Oman.


Dr. Godsey earned her ADN, BSN, and MSN from Northern Kentucky University (NKU), and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Hawaii (UH). Her experience includes Director of Nursing Research at The Christ Hospital where she served as primary research liaison for all levels of nursing practice throughout the health network. She also founded and directed the Northern Kentucky Nursing Research Collaborative at NKU. This longstanding organization has been recognized with two Sigma International Research Advancement Awards for the value it places on student led community initiatives to improve the health of the region. Dr. Godsey serves as the research program coordinator for the Kentucky Nurses’ Association’s Education and Research Cabinet, on the board of directors for the Northern Kentucky Health District, and as a research fellow on The Women’s Network Policy Institute.


Dr. Godsey was a 2019 Greater Cincinnati Healthcare Hero Award Finalist, received NKU’s Alumni of the Year Award, as well as the Civic Engagement Award for exemplary service to the community and to the profession of nursing. She was also recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Education at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC for contributions to the public good.

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Tom Hayes, PhD

Dean, Williams College of Business, Xavier University

Co-Founding Director, Institute for the Brand Image of Nursing (IBIN)

Dr. Tom Hayes is the Dean and Professor of Marketing at the Williams College of Business at Xavier University where he has taught for forty-six years. He has also served as Chair of the Marketing Department for a total of eighteen years and as the Director of Institutional Advancement. Dr. Hayes is a Co-Founding Director of the Institute for the Brand Image of Nursing (IBIN) which was created to translate findings from original research on the Brand Image of Nursing (BIN). Research using original BIN instruments is currently underway in the US and internationally.


Dr. Hayes is a founding partner SimpsonScarborough, a full service marketing consulting agency for institutions of higher education. He was the founder of the American Marketing Association's Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education. Dr. Hayes won CASE’s Crystal Apple award for speaking excellence. He was the recipient of the CASE's Alice Beeman Award for scholarship excellence in the field of higher education. Dr. Hayes has published numerous journal article and books.


Dr. Hayes received a Bachelor' degree in Psychology as well as M.B.A. in Marketing at Xavier University. He also received an M.B.A. in Organizational Behavior and a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati. He was awarded an ACE Fellowship for the 2004-2005 academic year which he served at Kenyon College.

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Kelly Bohnhoff, Ph.D., RN, LMFT, ACTP, CLNC 

Advanced Trauma Practitioner, Nurse Consultant, and Author

Co-founder Josephine’s Clinic, Inc.

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Janice Brewington, PhD, RN, FAAN

Chief Program Officer

National League for Nursing

Dr. Janice Brewington is the chief program officer and director for the center for transformational leadership at the National League for Nursing, where she developed and implemented two yearlong leadership programs. For three years, she previously served the NLN as chief program officer and senior director for research and professional development. She was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (NC A&T) State University.


Her educational background includes a BSN degree from NC A&T State University, an MSN degree from Emory University, and a PhD degree in Health Policy and Administration from the School of Public Health, with a minor in Organizational Behavior from the School of Business, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received a certificate from the Management and Leadership Institute at Harvard University. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


Dr. Brewington is an executive coach. As a scholar, she has published articles and a book, Roving Leadership: Breaking through the Boundaries, with Dr. Salvatore Tagliareni. Dr. Brewington has received numerous honors and awards; and she has served on various state and national boards. For example, she serves on the Nurses on Boards Coalition, the International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing Advisory Council, George Washington Social Mission Advisory Council. Dr. Brewington has secured over $30 million in grant funding for innovative programs such as leadership development, violence prevention, student preparation for STEM disciplines, and health promotion and disease prevention.

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Nelda Godfrey, PhD, ACNS-BC, RN, FAAN, ANEF

Professor and Associate Dean, Innovative Partnerships and Practice
University of Kansas School of Nursing

As a thought leader on the topic of professional identity in nursing, Dr. Godfrey and her team have started a global conversation to find and use contemporary language to speak to professional identity in the nursing profession.  More than 375 people are part of the initiative, joining the International Society of Professional Identity in Nursing and participating in virtual workgroups, symposia, writing book chapters and articles, and presenting research findings.  What began as new language for the discipline has become new knowledge for nurses, students and society. 

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M. Lindell Joseph, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAONL

Clinical Professor and Director, Health Systems/Administration Program

The University of Iowa

Dr. Joseph is a Clinical Professor and the Director of the Health Systems/Administration and Clinical Nurse Leader Programs at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. In addition, she is a Councilor and Senator on the Faculty Senate at the University of Iowa.


Dr. Joseph currently serves on the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Foundation Board of Directors and on the Advisory Council for the International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing (ISPIN) where she chairs the committee, Nurse as Leader. She is a fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and The American Organization for Nursing Leadership.


Dr. Joseph’s areas of expertise are innovativeness, leadership effectiveness, and the General Effectiveness Multilevel Theory for Shared Governance (GEMS), the only theory-based program for shared governance in nursing practice.

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Dr. Kelly Bohnhoff received her BSN degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, her MSN in Community Health Nursing, and PhD in Psychological Foundations of Education from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque. She also received a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with national certification as an Advanced Trauma Practitioner, specializing in traumatized children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Bohnoff’s background includes serving as Assistant Professor at Xavier University, specializing in forensic nursing, before becoming a nationally certified Legal Nurse Consultant while providing trauma therapy to children, adolescents, and families at Lighthouse Youth and Family Services, and Catalyst Counseling, LLC. She also co-founded Josephine’s Clinic for those who have experienced human trafficking and violence.


Dr. Bohnhoff was honored with an appointment to the American Health Council’s Board as one of the best in America for contributions to nursing over the past 30 years. She recently moved from private practice and consulting to her new role as author of an upcoming book, Beyond Trauma Drama: Cultivating the Sacred Nature of Families to Heal. She brings a unique perspective gained from personal, professional, and volunteer experiences over the last 35 years related to the authentic power that each person has to be the change they wish to see in the world. Using real-world examples, Kelly sheds light on how nurses can bring unique gifts, expertise, strength, courage, and resilience as influential leaders to every person and organization their lives touch.

Invited International Guest Speakers

Joining via Zoom from China and Oman

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Lu Zhou, RN, MS, PhD(c)

International Management Studies Program (IMSP) at Chakrabongse Bhuvanarth International Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), Rajamangala University of Technology in Tawan-OK, Thailand

Lu Zhou, RN, MS, PhD (c) graduated from the Yunnan University of Chinese Medicine with a master’s degree in Nursing. She is currently a PhD candidate at IMSP in Tawan-OK, Thailand where her PhD scholarship focuses on research with the original authors/creators of the Brand Image of Nursing (BIN) Scales. This international collaboration has resulted in the 1) translation of US-BIN Scales to Chinese, and 2) validation of the psychometric properties of BIN Scales when administered to a national sample of Chinese RNs (n=759) (a manuscript has been submitted for publication consideration).


Lu and authors of the original US-BIN instruments are continuing their research partnership to further examine and compare perceptions of BIN between 1) U.S. and China RNs, and 2) the U.S. public compared to China’s general public. Lu’s other research interests include healthcare management, evidence-based nursing, and positive psychology.

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Judie Arulappan, MSC (N), PhD, DNSc

Sultan Qaboos University, Al khoudh, Muscat

Sultanate of Oman

Dr. Judie Arulappan, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, Department of Maternal and Child Health at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Sultanate of Oman. Her research interests include an international collaboration with the authors/creators of the original Brand Image of Nursing (BIN) Scales. The focus of this research is to translate US-BIN instruments from English to Arabic and then to examine current and desired perceptions of BIN among RNs in Oman. These findings will then be compared/contrasted with perceptions of BIN, as reported by RNs in the U.S..


Dr. Arulappan’s additional research interests include Professional Identity in Nursing (PIN) as well as simulation in nursing, interprofessional education, collaborative practice, and happiness. Dr. Arulappan has published 47 manuscripts in peer reviewed and Scopus indexed journals and has served as an author in two textbooks on Child Health Nursing which are being used in seven countries across the world. She is the recipient of multiple grants and serves as an investigator on numerous studies. She enthusiastically participates in collaborative research with a variety of international organizations and was a recipient of the “Best Researcher Award” in SQU in 2021. She coordinates the activities of international students while serving as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students at SQU.


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