Board Member Bios

Vivian Turner

Vivian Turner the Sr. Regional Business Development Representative Southwest Region, Drexel University Online. She has been tasked with growing the organization’s Online Brand and Degree Programs.

Her top priority is to leverage key Business Development solutions while addressing the need for a more economical way of producing a better educated workforce more affordably and conveniently across multiple lines of the healthcare industry through corporate partnerships. She is responsible for promoting, developing and maintaining relationships as she promotes Drexel University online degree offerings to new/existing Healthcare clients and potential students.

Documented as a driven business development professional with 10 years of experience in Higher Education and the Healthcare industry, Vivian is well versed in Negotiation, Fact-Finding, Operations and building sustainable strategic partnerships while possessing strong Management and C-Suite level contacts which foster the ability to generate solid relationships when securing partnerships with Fortune 500 companies.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resource Management with a minor in Industrial Relations from Huston Tillotson College (1994) and holds a Master degree in Transportation Planning and Operations Management from Texas Southern University - School of Technology (1997).

Her interest involve: Economic and Business Development, Nurse Advocacy Association (NAA), YMCA, Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, Higher Education, Painting and spending time with her daughter Lauren Olivia.

Janet Henriksen, PhD, MSN, MBA/HCM, BSN, RN

Janet Henriksen, PhD, MSN, MBA/HCM, BSN, RN is the President/Founder/CEO of Nurse Advocacy Association with a doctorate in organizational leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Janet has 36+ years of healthcare experience including: Assistant Professor of Graduate Nursing and Healthcare Business college in Nebraska, Corporate Director of Clinical Services for a hospital management group specializing in rehabilitation, behavioral health & LTAC Hospitals, TX & LA, Chief Executive Officer LTACH, Houston, Texas, Chief Clinical/Nursing Officer LTAC/Rehab Hospitals, TX & LA, Director Quality, Risk, Medical Staff, HIM, Case Mgt, Acute Care Hospitals, Texas, Stroke Program Manager, Texas, former Certified Infection Control Practitioner, Houston, TX, Employee Health Nurse.  Other clinical experience includes; neuro-intensive care, renal transplant, medical/surgical intensive care, and a former licensed vocational nurse.

"I am very excited about NAA because this organization offers an alternative approach to solving our issues in nursing and the healthcare delivery system by focusing on the nurse, the nurse’s practice, and the practice environment. NAA uses a nurse-centered approach to learning and understanding to transform our educational systems, leadership models, practice environments, and legal/legislative practices.  I believe that NAA is about nurses advocating for nurses. "

Paul Tankersley, MPH, MSN, BSN and NAA Board Chair

Paul Tankersley, MPH, MSN, BSN, RN, OCN has been a nurse for 13+ years, and is employed as the Director of Infection Prevention and Control nurse in Houston medical center in an LTAC setting. Clinical experience includes Joint Commission facility survey leadership preparation, program and policy restructuring for medical/surgical, intensive care, renal and hepatic transplant, and infection prevention. Program physician liaison program to ensure patient, nurse, and physician communication focuses on care without time delays or errors.

Paul is currently finalizing the MSN Healthcare Policy program at Chamberlain University while concurrently completing the MSN-FNP program. Paul completed the RN to BSN bridge program at Galen College of Nursing San Antonio, currently serving as a public spokesperson. Paul is on the advisory board for program curriculum for CHCP (College for Health Care Professionals), a partner with NAA. Paul has created multiple partnerships between higher learning organizations, healthcare corporations, and healthcare advocacy groups to decrease education costs and build strong advocacy partnerships.


Rebecca Jung, BSN, RN

Rebecca Jung, BSN, RN is the Clinical Program Manager- Sepsis Early Recognition and Response Initiative at Kindred Hospital Houston Medical center, Houston Texas. Rebecca serves at the program manager for a multi-hospital system for implementation and improvement of a nurse-driven research program aimed at decreasing the incidence and mortality rate of sepsis in both the long and short-term acute care patient population. Rebecca has also served as an RN Case Manager and a staff nurse for transplant, LVAD, Med/Surg, IMU, and ICU units.

She graduated in 2013 from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and attended Weatherford College where she received an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing in 2010.

Rebecca is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, and a former member of the National Student Nursing Association-Weatherford College Chapter. As a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Rebecca developed leadership skills while serving in the Texas Tech University chapter of a national co-ed service organization, and was the recipient of the 2005 Michael W. Brown Big Stick Award for excellence in leadership, friendship, and service. She also served as the Pinning Ceremony Chair for the class of 2010 while serving as a member in the NSNA.