National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Names New Officers


For Immediate Release
October 23, 2013

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National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Names New Officers

The National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) has announced the election of new officers to its Board of Directors. NHCGNE’s mission is to enhance and sustain the capacity and competency of nurses to provide quality care to older adults through faculty development, advancing gerontological nursing science, facilitating adoption of best practices, fostering leadership, and designing and shaping policy.

Ginette Pepper, PhD, RN, FAAN (Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, University of Utah College of Nursing) will serve a second consecutive term as president. Pepper said her vision includes balancing “mission with margin, sustainability of the consortium with sustainability of the founding centers, the wisdom of established leaders with the innovation of new leaders, and needs of the founding schools with those of the new members.” She added, “Keys to attaining this balance will include a clear and shared vision, transparency and open communication, and embracing new methods and relationships.”

Claudia Beverly, PhD, RN, FAAN (Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) will serve a second consecutive term as treasurer.

Nominations Committee
Nelma Shearer, PhD, RN, FAAN (Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University)
Casey R. Shillam, PhD, RN-BC (Western Washington University, Woodring College of Education)

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP (University of Maryland School of Nursing)

These officers join Theresa Harvath, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN (Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing), whose term as secretary will expire next year.

The NHCGNE Coordinating Center is located at The Gerontological Society of America. Since 2000, this program has had the generous backing of the John A. Hartford Foundation, augmented with monies from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Mayday Fund. These partners have invested over $80 million in national efforts to build academic gerontological nursing capacity through their support. The program has supported over 200 predoctoral and postdoctoral nursing scholars who have stimulated excitement about the field among nursing students and practicing nurses. They are the leaders who will shape future care for older persons. 

NHCGNE Executive Director J Taylor Harden, PhD, RN, FAAN, offered “a special welcome to our new board member and officers. I applaud them for their dedication, leadership and service to NHCGNE and look forward to their innovation.”


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,400+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

The National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Excellence (formerly Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity) began in 2000 with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, and subsequently attracted additional funding partners in The Atlantic Philanthropies and Mayday Fund. The Initiative’s main goals are to increase the cadre of academic geriatric nurses, build leadership capacity in academic geriatric nurses, and build national collaboration and excitement about geriatric/gerontological nursing.

The John A. Hartford Foundation is a private philanthropy working to improve the health of older Americans. After three decades of championing research and education in geriatric medicine, nursing, and social work, today the Foundation pursues opportunities to put geriatrics expertise to work in all health care settings by advancing practice change and innovation, supporting team-based care through interdisciplinary education of all health care providers, supporting policies and regulations that promote better care, and developing and disseminating new evidence-based models that deliver better, more cost-effective health care. The Foundation was established by John A. Hartford in 1929.  Mr. Hartford and his brother, George L. Hartford, both former chief executives of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (the A&P grocery chain), left the bulk of their estates to the Foundation upon their deaths in the 1950s.  Additional information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

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