COL Corcoran has 50 years of nursing experience and currently is the
President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies. She has been
researching and lecturing Internationally
on Near-Death experiences and Nursing for over 40 years. She has been
working with Veteran health care organizations and teaching them about NDE’s
for 30 years. She has published in several journals on NDE’s.
COL Earls has 39 years of clinical
leadership, advance practice nurse and healthcare operations management
experience. Department of the Army Select Commander for a hospital and health care system covering beneficiaries across a six state region with
a team of 1,300
healthcare personnel. Successfully commanded this
clinical team who achieved
the number one rated hospital in the Army out of 36 for quality care, productivity and customer
service. Completed a fellowship with Department of Health and Human
Services and is academically involved in clinical practice research to improve
COL Moore served 25 years in the Army
Nurse Corps holding various psychiatric nursing positions and in hospital
education and nursing academic roles. Other assignments included the Army Nursing Corps Historian, and
Pentagon Crisis Management Team Member, where she provided support after the
9-11 bombing. Since retirement, she has served as the Army Nurse Corps
Association Historian since 2008. She has written Maria
Longworth Storer: From Music and Art to Presidents and Popes, published in 2019.
Dr. Diane Seibert is Professor
and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Uniformed Services University in
Bethesda, MD. She is a certified Nurse Practitioner,
maintaining an active clinical practice at the Walter Reed National Military
Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Dr.
Seibert has published and presented widely in the areas of women’s health and
genetics and is involved in several national task forces and committees working
toward improving the genetics competency of the nursing workforce across all
practice settings. Dr. Seibert is a
Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is co-editor of
“Unraveling the Genome” a monthly column in the Journal of the American
Association of Nurse Practitioners.
BG Simmons received her BSN from Incarnate Word
College and MSN from the University of Texas. She is a graduate of the Command
and Staff College and the US Army War College. In 30 years of service, her varied assignments included
clinical, mid-level and senior leadership positions. She became the 20th
Chief of the Army Nurse Corps.
In Simmons’ first position following her Army
retirement, she founded and led the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute at
Hampton University in Norfolk, VA. In her next endeavor she served as director
of an agency that sheltered victims of child abuse and neglect, the Safe Haven
in Hampton Roads, VA. At the same time, Simmons participated as a member of the
Virginia Board of Veterans Services. Still later she trod a divergent path and
sought additional graduate education. Simmons matriculated at Old Dominion
University and earned a family nurse practitioner credential. Armed with new
advanced practice knowledge and skills, she accepted a position in the Family Health
Clinic at Fort Eustis, Virginia. There she took great pleasure in providing primary
care to soldiers, their families, and retired military personnel.
H. Yoder is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin School
of Nursing. Dr. Yoder received a BSN with highest honors from the University of
Maryland, Baltimore, MD; an MSN from the University of Texas Health Science
Center at San Antonio; an MBA from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas,
and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is a
graduate of several military educational programs, including the Army War
College, where she earned a Master of Strategic Studies.
Dr. Yoder served in the Army Nurse Corps for 28
years, retiring at the rank of Colonel. She held numerous positions ranging
from staff nurse to Deputy Commander for Nursing. She received the Surgeon
General’s specialty designator as a medical-surgical nurse. She also is a
member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and has received numerous military
awards including the Legion of Merit. She is a Fellow of the American Academy
of Nursing and is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Alumna, 2011 Cohort. She
currently serves on the military/veterans expert panel for the American Academy
of Nursing and is a planner for the 1st US/UK Collaborative Research
Conference. She is a member of several professional nursing organizations to
include the Army Nurse Corps Association, the Academy of Medical Surgical
Nursing, the Oncology Nursing Society, The Association of Nurse Leaders, the
American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International. Her research
interests include women veterans in the areas of homelessness and healthcare.
She has numerous publications concerning various topics in nursing and about veterans.
Deb Kenny received her BSN from the University of Northern
Colorado; a Master’s in Education from Boston University; Master of Science in
Nursing from Vanderbilt University; and her PhD in Nursing from the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst.
She is an Associate Professor at the Helen and Arthur E.
Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of
Colorado Colorado Springs. She was honored with the college’s first Endowed
Professorship in honor of Dr. Carole Schoffstall.
Dr. Kenny is retired from the US Army Nurse Corps and held
various positions while in the military, including as a Nursing Scientist at
Walter Reed Army Medical Center and as the Executive Director of the TriService
Nursing Research Program. She received numerous awards from the military
including the Legion of Merit and is a member of the Order of Military Medical
Dr. Kenny was awarded an Outstanding Alumni Award from
the Graduate School of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2008) and was
inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2010. In 2017, Dr.
Kenny was selected as an Ambassador for the Friends of the National Institute
for Nursing Research. She also received a Nightingale Luminary award for the
Pikes Peak Region for outstanding advocacy in nursing. Her research interests
include women veterans in the areas of homelessness and healthcare. She has
numerous publications in various topics in nursing and women veterans. She is
currently on the military/veterans and bioethics expert panels for the American
Academy of Nursing, the United Veteran’s Coalition of Colorado Legislative
Committee, is a lead planner for the 1st US/UK Collaborative
Research Committee, and sits on the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund Board of