Judith (Judee) G. Berg, MS, RN, FACHE

Executive Director

Judith G. Berg has been HealthImpact’s Executive Director and President for the past two years and prior to that, she served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors since the inception of the organization. She is a skilled project leader, and was a founding developer of the Foundation for Nursing Leadership program offered through the Association of California Nurse Leaders, as well as many other educational programs. Over her more than 40 years in health care, previous experience includes more than 20 years as the chief nurse executive in two large health systems in California and several years as a regional vice president for a national nursing education and professional development company. Berg is a nationally known speaker and has published several articles on leadership topics in health care, with recent work focusing on emerging nursing roles responding to changes associated with healthcare reform. She is a board member of the National Forum of Nursing Workforce Centers, is past president of the Association of Nurse Leaders and a past board member of the California Hospital Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Berg holds a MS in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a BSN from the University of Minnesota School Of Nursing. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Robert (Bob) Patterson, DNP(c), MSN, RN

Administrative Director

Bob Patterson has served as HealthImpact’s Administrative Director for seven years, where he oversees day-to-day operations and grant management oversight. He has 30 years of nursing experience and has held several administrative positions during the course of his career including Cardiac Rehab Program Director, Director of Nursing Resources, and Director of Nursing Informatics & Nursing Resources. He holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and is anticipating graduating with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of San Francisco, December 2015. Bob is active in the California Campaign for Men in Nursing, which is active in the crusade to increase the number of men in nursing in California. Currently, he is President of The American Assembly for Men in Nursing and is co-producer of two high school recruitment videos that have received national recognition. Bob is recipient of The American Assembly for Men in Nursing Outstanding Member of the Year (2013) and the Association of California Nurse Leader’s Best Practice – Recruitment, Retention, and Outreach award (2012).

Nikki West, MPH

Program Director

Nikki West has been HealthImpact’s Program Director for ten years, writing successful grant proposals and managing outcome-oriented programs. She leads large project teams representing nurse leaders from academic, practice and regulatory organizations across California, managing over $5 million in grants. She has authored six published journal articles as well as a chapter on professional development in nursing, and has presented statewide and nationally. Nikki leads California’s initiative to implement nurse residency programs, part of the California Action Coalition effort to implement IOM recommendations. Nikki previously worked at Convergys Corporation (formerly DigitalThink) developing online courseware for clients in health care, finance, hi-tech and pharmaceutical industries, managing project teams across the US, Europe and India. She began her career with Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Group. She holds an MPH with a focus on policy and management from UCLA and a BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UC San Diego.

Carolyn Orlowski, MSN, RN

Southern California Regional Coordinator

Carolyn Orlowski has been HealthImpact’s Regional Coordinator for Southern California for six years. Her areas of program development include transition programs for newly licensed nurses, faculty development, and establishing a regional simulation collaborative. Carolyn provides coordination in the expansion and sustainability of collaborative programs to advance academic progression in nursing, and leadership updating California’s White Paper and strategic action plan for nursing education. Carolyn brings over 35 years of experience in diverse executive, administrative, educational and clinical roles. She is currently also an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Nursing Program at Western University of Health Sciences. Carolyn began her nursing career in New York State in Pediatric Critical Care, and holds a Masters Degree in Nursing with a specialty focus in Nursing Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Tianda McKoy, BS

Project Coordinator Southern California

Tianda McKoy has been a Project Coordinator at HealthImpact for four years. She coordinates the Centralized Clinical Placement System for the Los Angeles Region (CCPS) and the California Simulation Alliance Statewide. She facilitates training and provides customer service to schools and hospital users of the CCPS system. Tianda also coordinates statewide courses, conferences and events for the California Simulation Alliance. She manages CSA subscriptions and works closely with subscribers. Tianda currently has an Associate Degree in Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Marketing). Tianda plans to enter the Graduate Program at the University of Phoenix and will pursue her MBA Degree in 2015.


Director, California Simulation Alliance

KT Waxman has been involved with HealthImpact for 12 years and serves as Director of the California Simulation Alliance. An internationally known speaker and author with 30 years of nursing experience, Waxman is past president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders and serves as Treasurer of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Dr. Waxman is a tenure-earning Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco and Chair of the Healthcare Leadership and Innovation Department. She leads the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Masters of Healthcare Simulation (MSHS) programs. Dr. Waxman’s work has been published extensively in journals such as: Simulation in Healthcare, Clinical Simulation for Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education, Nurse Leader and Creative Nursing. She is a chapter author for three simulation and two finance textbooks. Waxman received her DNP from the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis on health systems leadership and healthcare simulation. She holds national certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), as a Nurse Executive (CENP), and is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE).

Mary Dickow, MPA, FAAN

Statewide Director for the California Action Coalition

Mary Dickow has been Statewide Director for the California Action Coalition, part of the Future of Nursing initiative, for nearly four years. In her role, she is responsible for sustainable actions to improve the health of all Californians. She coordinates the implementation efforts of nurses and healthcare leaders, convening stakeholders, and providing important linkages in California and at the national level. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program at the Center for the Health Professions at UCSF, responsible for the execution of the $20 million senior nurse leadership program. With over 20 years of experience as faculty, leadership content expert and speaker she has held both state and national roles focused on advancing the impact of health professionals to transform health care. In 2014 Mary was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She holds a Master of Public Administration from USF.

Laine Snowman, BA

Administrative Assistant / Bookkeeper

Laine Snowman has been HealthImpact‘s Administrative Assistant / Bookkeeper since 2011, and has worked in bookkeeping and office administration for thirty years. She graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University with a BA in English, focused on literature, received a Stegner Fellowship to attend the Stanford University Creative Writing Workshop, and taught fiction writing to undergraduates and through Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program for several years. Laine has worked with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is a skilled editor and proofreader.