Foundation Advisors

The Elsevier Foundation team works closely with communities of experts in the fields of library capacity building, advancing women in science and combatting the global nursing shortage. We are grateful for their valuable insights and support as we build and shape our programs for maximum impact.

Innovative Libraries

Barbara Aronson

Barbara Aronson

Barbara Aronson is retired from the Library of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where she founded and managed the HINARI Access to Research Initiative. HINARI is a ground-breaking WHO programme which enables free or almost free access to international journals for more than 100 of the world’s poorest countries. Before coming to WHO in 1989, Barbara Aronson was systems librarian at the Library of the Faculty of Medicine, Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel. She earned her graduate degree in librarianship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Marcia Balisciano

Márcia Balisciano, MBE, Ph.D.

Márcia Balisciano, MBE, Ph.D., leads global corporate responsibility (CR) for RELX Group. Engaging colleagues throughout the business, she works to ensure RELX Group’s non-financial performance is a consistent source of competitive advantage and stakeholder confidence across key markets. She represents RELX Group on the UN Global Compact and serves on the steering group for the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Conference Board’s Sustainability Council and Global Business Women Leaders Council.

She recently joined the Child Rescue Alert Development Board, a partnership between the UK National Crime Agency, the charity Missing People and Groupcall. She is founding director of London museum and educational facility, Benjamin Franklin House and was previously Special Advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Economic History from the London School of Economics. She was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours List.

Donna Flake

Donna Flake

Donna Flake is the Library Director at the SEAHEC Medical Library in Wilmington, NC. She has been active in the MLA International Cooperation Section for many years – serving as its Chair in 2004 and being the recipient of this Section’s first Award for International Achieving. She received the MLA Mark Hodges International Service Award in 2009. Donna’s library has partnerships with medical libraries in Latvia and Moldova. Donna has published a dozen articles, and presented papers to audiences in over 16 different countries.

International librarianship is one of her passions. While working at the Health Sciences Library at East Carolina University, she participated in a six month job exchange with a librarian from the Wessex Medical Library, Southampton, England. For six years, she served as the MLA representative to the European Association of Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL).

"We librarians need to reach out to the world community, to understand each other’s cultures and ways of working. We especially need to understand that librarians, as well as all humankind, are increasingly interdependent. We need to work to make the world a better place. I understand that one person cannot improve the whole world, but each of us can have an impact. We can use librarianship to improve our world. We can demonstrate our nobility of sprit and our deep caring for humanity. For me this work is a calling, a ministry, a passion, and it helps to define my life." – Donna Flake on international cooperation.

Karen Hunter

Karen Hunter

Karen Hunter retired as Senior Vice President at Elsevier and continues as a consultant there. With Elsevier since 1976, she was for much of that time in corporate strategy and focused on the migration from print to electronic. The earliest e-efforts were in the late 1970s. In the 1990s Hunter led the TULIP project (the first large experiment in online journal use) and was the team leader for the creation of ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s principal online platform. She has specialized in the research library market and in policies affecting that market. She was an early advocate for digital preservation programs.
Hunter is currently on the board of the Copyright Clearance Center and has been on the boards of CrossRef, the International DOI Foundation, ORCID and CLOCKSS. She is a member of the Association of American Publisher’s Copyright Committee. She served as a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Intellectual Property Rights and the Emerging Information Infrastructure. Hunter has an undergraduate degree in history from the College of Wooster and graduate degrees in history, library science and business administration from Cornell, Syracuse and Columbia universities respectively. Before Elsevier she worked for Baker & Taylor book wholesalers and Cornell University Libraries.

Lenny Rhine

Lenny Rhine

Lenny Rhine, Ph.D., is the coordinator of the ‘E-Library Training Initiative’. This is a Librarians Without Borders® /Medical Library Association project funded by grants from the Elsevier Foundation since 2007. The project’s principal activities are conducting workshops and the developing/updating training material for HINARI ( – a collaborative WHO and Partner Publishers project. 106 low-income territories and countries have access to 12,700 health e-journals, 24,900 e-books and 70 other health resources. These materials are beneficial to many thousands of researchers, clinicians and other health-related personnel.

Since 2007, Lenny has conducted 50 workshops in 28 countries and coordinated 8 distance learning courses in conjunction with the Information, Training and Outreach Centre for Africa. He has developed more than 25 training modules and training tools. He also updates the training material for the Research4Life ( ) partner programs in agriculture research (AGORA) and environmental research (OARE). Lenny also is the compiler of the ‘Essential Health Links’ gateway that contains over 800 annotated links for health professionals in low-income countries ( ). A University of Florida emeritus librarian, Lenny has worked with libraries and health information professionals in low-income countries since 1990 concentrating on the delivery of electronic information.

New Scholars

Donna Dean

Donna J. Dean, Ph.D.

Donna J. Dean, Ph.D., is a consultant on leadership and talent development. She has presented more than 60 workshops and seminars at universities and professional meetings in the past three years on those topics, many in her roles as Executive Consultant to the Association for Women in Science and Career Consultant to the American Chemical Society. Prior to 2010, she was Senior Science Advisor for five years with Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a government relations firm. She has 27 years of experience in research and science policy at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Her training includes the B.A. in chemistry (Berea College), Ph.D. in biochemistry (Duke), postdoctoral research (Princeton), and executive leadership (Harvard JFK School of Government). Recent honors include the Berea College Distinguished Alumnus Award for her career achievements in the public sector and advocacy for underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

She is a fellow of the Association for Women in Science, AAAS, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Washington Academy of Sciences. Dr. Dean has been a pivotal leader on scientific and technical workforce issues, in women’s health, and in career development strategies for young scientist. She has written two books, “Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships: A Handbook for Women in Stem” (Springer 2009) and “Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices” (Academic Press, 2014). She currently is on the Advisory Board for the AAAS Center for Advancing Science and Engineering Capacity and the Senior Women’s STEM Council, University of Maryland.

Liisa Husu

Liisa Husu, Ph.D.

Liisa Husu, Ph.D., is a Finnish sociologist and gender expert, and a founding member of the European Platform of Women Scientists. She is Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Örebro, Sweden, and Member of the Board of GEXcel, Centre of Gender Excellence, one of the three Swedish centres of excellence in gender research funded by the Swedish Research Council. She was the National Coordinator of Women’s Studies and Senior Adviser in the Council for Equality in the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 1981-1996, and has since 1997 held various research positions in the University of Helsinki and at Hanken School of Economics in Finland.

She has been actively involved as an expert in national, Nordic and international initiatives related to gender equality in science and academia since the early 1980s. She has contributed to several European Commission Women in Science activities, such as the expert report Gender and Excellence in the Making (EC 2004), as the Rapporteur for the EC expert report The Gender Challenge in Research Funding in 2009, and as partner in EU FP6 and FP7 funded projects (PROMETEA, ADVANCE, and genSET). She is the moderator of the European Network for Gender Equality in Higher Education and its listserv eq-uni and in that capacity has contributed to organizing seven European Conferences on Gender Equality in Higher Education since 1998.

Sophia Huyer

Sophia Huyer, Ph.D.

Sophia Huyer, Ph.D., is Senior Advisor to OWDF. She is also Executive Director of WISAT and affiliated with the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (GAB-CSTD). She was a main contributor to the 2011 UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report Applying a Gender Lens to Science, Technology and Innovation, as well as the 2007 UNESCO International Report on Science, Technology and Gender. She co-edited Cinderella or Cyberella? Empowering Women in the Knowledge Society, published by Kumarian Press in 2006.
She is currently leading the OWSD-WISAT project on National Assessments in Gender and STI funded by the Elsevier Foundation and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) as well as GenderInSITE, a global collaborative initiative to promote gender in science, innovation, technology and engineering for development. Dr. Huyer held a Fulbright Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2000 and was a jury member for the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award in 2007. She received a PhD in environmental studies and international development from York University in Toronto.

Patricia Pedersen

Patty Pedersen, Ph.D.

Patty Pedersen, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice President for Development, University Director for Corporate & Foundation Relations and, for Individual Fundraising for Science & Engineering at Yale University. She works closely with Yale leadership and faculty to advance Yale’s mission by strengthening the University’s relationship with its donors as well as making the link between the immediate and long-term priorities of the University. Prior to her present position, from 2001-2005, Patty led Yale’s Office of Corporate Relations, later merged into Corporate and Foundation Relations with Patty appointed as Director in 2005. Patty presently serves on the board of directors for The Association for Women in Science (AWIS). A trained scientist, in addition to her career in development, Patty received a B.A. from Smith College (Northampton, Massachusetts) and a Ph.D. in psychology from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland). She has served as a postdoctoral fellow and associate research scientist in Neurobiology at Yale School of Medicine.

Teresa Rees

Teresa Rees

Teresa Rees is a semi retired Professor in the Social Sciences at Cardiff University, where she is the principle investigator for a £1.3m research grant on equal pay called WAVE (Women Adding Value to the Economy). She was Pro Vice Chancellor of the University between 2004 and 2010. Her research focuses on gender mainstreaming and she is a long term expert adviser to the European Commission on women and science. She is Director for Wales of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and received the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire for service to equal opportunities and high education in 2002.

Nurse Faculty

Barb Friesth

Barb Friesth, Ph.D.

Barb Friesth, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Community and Health Systems Department at Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON). She also serves as the Assistant Dean of Learning Resources at IUSON, where she is responsible for providing leadership and vision for the integration of instructional technologies into curricula of the IUSON programs, including online, distance learning, and simulation. Dr. Friesth received her BSN from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her PhD from Indiana University. She has extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and is an expert in the use and implementation of numerous instructional technologies. Dr. Friesth currently serves as a co-investigator on a HRSA grant entitled, “Developing Clinical Nurse Experts and Leaders through a DNP” (Riner, PI), and has previously served as a co-investigator, evaluator, and consultant on prior HRSA grants related to distance accessible graduate nursing programs.

David Anthony Forrester

Tony Forrester, Ph.D.

Tony Forrester, Ph.D., R.N., ANEF, is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration in the School of Nursing at Rutgers University (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) and is Clinical Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is also Professor in Residence — Interdisciplinary Health Research Consultant at Morristown Medical Center.

Dr. Forrester graduated from the University of Texas System School of Nursing (1975; Fort Worth) with a B.S.N., and from the University of Texas at Arlington with an M.S.N. (1979; Arlington), and from New York University with a Ph.D. in research and theory development in nursing (1984; New York). Dr. Forrester is a widely known scholar, serves as a peer reviewer for a number of professional/scholarly nursing journals, and has published extensively on a wide range of topics, including: HIV/AIDS; critical care family needs; aggressiveness of nursing care at the end of life; gender-related health, including minority men’s and women’s health; falls risk assessment and prevention in the acute care setting; physical restraints management; and nursing history. He is a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. He is an active member of a number of professional and scholarly associations including the: American Nurses Association, New Jersey State Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). Dr. Forrester is currently serving as a faculty advisor for the STTI Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA).

Laura Cox Dzurec

Laura Cox Dzurec, Ph.D.

Laura Cox Dzurec, Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC, served as dean and professor at Kent State University’s College of Nursing from July 2006 until July 2013, returning to faculty to pursue teaching and research in workplace dynamics, especially workplace bullying phenomena. She served as Dean at the University of Connecticut from 2000 to 2006, and was associate dean and professor of the Oregon Health Science University School of Nursing between 1996 and 2000. She has held academic posts at several universities, including: The University of Maine, The Ohio State University, Kent State University, and Case Western Reserve University. She earned her BS at the University of Connecticut, her MS from The Ohio State University, and her PhD from Case Western Reserve University. Her research expertise is in qualitative methods and post-structuralist approaches.
In addition to serving as an adviser with Sigma Theta Tau’s Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy, Dr. Dzurec serves on numerous advisory boards, panels, and committees within and beyond the university. These include her service as an abstract and award reviewer for the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association; a recent member of the local Advisory Council of the Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future Project (Expanding the number of non-traditional nurse educators through online education); Vice-President of the Board for the the Area Agency on Aging 10B and for the Greater Cleveland Hospital Association/Center for Health Affairs Steering Committee. She has served on numerous AACN subcommittees and as the president of the Ohio chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association between 2011 and 2013.

Ainslie Taylor Nibert, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, is a nationally-recognized expert in nursing testing and measurement who creates standardized exams, online remediation content, and licensure/certification exam preparation materials supported by peer-reviewed, published reports of evidence-based outcome achievement for academic nursing and allied health programs. She is the Senior Vice President and General Manager, Review and Testing, producing the HESI computerized testing program, within the Education division of Elsevier, Inc., the world’s leading provider of science and health information. Dr. Nibert, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, and a PhD in nursing from Texas Woman’s University. A member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, she serves as a Faculty Advisor for the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy and is a Virginia Henderson Fellow. Her previous employment includes: staff development coordinator, nurse manager, director of research, clinical adjunct professor, associate professor, and baccalaureate nursing program chair. Her articles appear in several journals, including CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education, and Nurse Educator.

Barbara Patterson

Barbara Patterson, RN, Ph.D.

Barbara Patterson, RN, Ph.D., ANEF, is a Professor and Director of the PhD Program in the School of Nursing at Widener University. She received a diploma in nursing from Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in nursing from D’Youville College, MSN from University of Southern Maine, and PhD from the University of Rhode Island. She has teaching experience with pre-licensure nursing students in advanced medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, and research and with doctoral students in qualitative research, nursing science and theory, leadership, as well as dissertation advisement. Dr. Patterson is Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Widener. Her research and publications are in the areas of social support and aging, nursing students who are male, evidence-based teaching, and leadership. Her current research is in the area of leadership competencies for leaders in nursing education. Dr. Patterson is Chair of the Research Review Panel for the National League for Nursing, which reviews research grants for nursing education. She is also the Research Briefs editor for Nursing Education Perspectives.

Carol Winters

Carol Winters, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Carol Winters, Ph.D., RN, CNE, is a professor of nursing and Director of the Nursing Education Concentration in the MSN program at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. She was the former dean of the School of Nursing at Hawaii Pacific University for 16 years and has traveled and learned in Japan, Norway, Spain, Canada, New Zealand, England, France, Germany, Scotland, Austria and Nepal as well as cyberspace.