Skip to main content

Board & Staff

About

Board Members

Along with our members, the Coalition is comprised of five founding organizations. The organizations include the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants, the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Medical Association, the Nebraska Nurses Association and the Nebraska Pharmacists Association.  The Coalition is governed by a 12 to 15 member Board of Directors that includes representation from each of the founding organizations plus at least one consumer member. Current board directors include:

  • Katherine J. Jones, PT, PhD, President (Consumer)

    Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Services Research and Administration
    College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Omaha, NE

  • Daniel J. Rosenquist, MD, Vice President (Nebraska Medical Association)

    Columbus Family Practice Associates and COPIC Consultant
    Columbus, NE

  • Douglas V. Elting, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, Treasurer (Consumer)

    TRANSCEND Health Consultants
    Lincoln, NE

  • Katie Peterson, RN, BSN, Secretary (Nebraska Organization of Nurse Leaders)

    Chief Nursing Officer
    Pender Community Hospital
    Pender, NE

  • Nicole Blaser, MSN, RN (Nebraska Hospital Association)

    Director of Quality and Compliance
    Columbus Community Hospital
    Columbus, NE

  • Edward M. DeSimone, II. RPh, PhD, FAPhA (Nebraska Pharmacists Association)

    Professor of Pharmacy Sciences
    School of Pharm. & Health Professions
    Creighton University
    Omaha, NE

  • Pamela Dickey, MPAS, PA-C (Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants)

    Assistant Professor
    Physician Assistant Education
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Kearney, NE

  • Mike German, PharmD, BCPS (Nebraska Pharmacists Association)

    Pharmacy Clinical Services Coordinator
    CHI Health St Francis
    Grand Island, NE

  • Shaun Horak, MPAS, PA-C (Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants)

    Assistant Professor
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Omaha, NE

  • Britt Thedinger, MD (Nebraska Medical Association)

    Physician
    Ear Specialists of Omaha
    Omaha, NE

  • Carol Wahl, DNP, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE (Nebraska Nurses Association)

    Assistant Professor
    University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing
    Kearney, NE

  • Ruth Stephens, MSN, RN (Nebraska Hospital Association)

    President
    Pawnee County Memorial Hospital
    Pawnee City, NE

  • Michael Rapp, MD, FACS (Nebraska Medical Association)

    Vice President Medical Operations
    CHI Health St. Elizabeth
    Lincoln, NE

Staff

  • Gail Brondum, BS, LPN, Executive Director
    Gail Brondum, BS, LPN, Executive Director

    Gail joined NCPS as the Executive Director in 2017. In this role, she works to support healthcare providers across the region in their patient safety and quality improvement efforts.
    Previously, Brondum was the Director of Clinical Quality Improvement at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. In this role, she developed and implemented clinical quality improvement strategies for the health plan with a goal of improving member health outcomes. Brondum also has served as Operations Director, Quality Management Services at Alegent Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, where she had oversight of quality improvement, patient safety, infection prevention, accreditation, environment of care, care management, and social work. Prior to that, as Quality/Risk Management Director at Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska, she had responsibility for quality, risk management, patient safety, regulatory compliance, medical staff functions, employee health, and facility safety. Her initial healthcare experience was as an acute care nurse working in all areas of this rural hospital.
    Brondum is a Licensed Practical Nurse and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management. She is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer and Certified Jus1q`t Culture Champion. Overall, she has more than 30 years of experience in leading, developing, and implementing healthcare improvement initiatives.

  • Regina Nailon, PhD, RN, Patient Safety Program Director
    Regina Nailon, PhD, RN, Patient Safety Program Director

    Regina joined the NCPS team in 2020. She has been an RN since 1988 and obtained her PhD in Nursing from the Oregon Health & Science University in 2004. She has expertise in conducting health services research and developing, implementing and evaluating quality improvement activities. Her clinical interests include outcomes measurement and system evaluation to drive change initiatives and related interventions. She has mentored multiple healthcare professionals in the conduct of research and evidence-based practice and has developed and conducted an array of educational programs aimed at improving clinicians’ understanding of quality measurement, research, and evidence-based practice. Regina loves to help people understand data and how they can change the data into information that can be used to improve healthcare structures, processes and outcomes.

  • Ashley Dawson, MS, Health Data Analyst
    Ashley Dawson, MS, Health Data Analyst

    Ashley joined the NCPS team in 2017. She graduated in 2015 with an MS in Statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was a graduate assistant at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, working primarily with the Nebraska Cancer Registry. She has previous experience as a data specialist with EHR systems and assessing client outcomes. Her duties at NCPS include helping maintain the NCPS database, Surveys on Patient Safety Culture administration and analysis, and fielding data requests.

Our Founders and Sponsors

Close