CNSI Trustees

Maureen A. Seckel


Maureen A Seckel is critical care clinical nurse specialist and sepsis coordinator at ChristianaCare in Newark Delaware. She has numerous presentations and publications on many critical care topics including sepsis and represented the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) on the 2017 and 2021 workgroups as author for the Surviving Sepsis guidelines. Maureen has served on the AACN Board of Directors from 2010-2013 and secretary 2012. She is currently President-elect for the Delaware AACN chapter. Maureen has been passionate about the role of the clinical nurse specialist for over 28 years and has mentored many others in the role. She was inducted into the inaugural Fellow class for the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute in 2019, inducted as a Fellow of Critical Care Medicine in 2015, and inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2022. Maureen received her BSN from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and her MSN from the University of Delaware School of Nursing in Newark, Delaware.


Kathleen Zavotsky

Kathleen Zavotsky, PhD, RN, CCRN, CEN, ACNS-BC, FAEN, FCNS

I am a PhD prepared clinical nurse specialist with over 20 years of leadership and education experience with an expertise in evaluating nursing practice through quality and innovative research initiatives in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams. Skilled in creating and implementing a practice environment that promotes a culture of inquiry at all levels in an organization. Extensive experience in collaborating with front line staff, nursing executives and academic partners to ensure employee / student / faculty success at all levels. Award recognized educator and national speaker on research, clinical and quality and safety topics. I am a board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) in Adult Gerontological Nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, since 1993. I was Inducted as a fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing (FAEN) by the Emergency Nurses Association and as a Fellow in the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute (FCNS) by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists for my scholarly work and commitment to nursing practice. I am currently the System Senior Director of Nursing Research and Program Evaluation at NYU Langone Health in New York City.


Justin DiLibero


Dr. Justin DiLibero, DNP, APRN, CCRN-K, CCNS, ACCNS-AG, FCNS, is the interim dean of the Zvart Onanian School of Nursing at Rhode Island College. He currently serves as president of the Rhode Island Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, member of the board of trustees of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute, and chair of the joint National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists/Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute Taskforce. He is a past board member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation. He has published numerous research and quality improvement articles in refereed journals and is a frequent presenter at national forums. He is the recipient of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Excellent in Medical Critical Care Award, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award, the Rhode Island College Exceptional Faculty Award, and the Rhode Island State Nursing Association/Rhode Island Monthly 2022 Nurse of the Year in an Academic Setting Award.


Heather A Shattuck

Heather A Shattuck, DNP, APRN, CCNS, ACNP-BC, FCNS

Dr. Heather Shattuck is an Active Duty Naval Officer, emergency department, critical care, and trauma clinical nurse specialist and adult acute care nurse practitioner. Currently she serves as the Chief Nursing Officer, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and Trauma Management Strategy Office branch head for the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. She is adjunct faculty of the Uniformed Services Health Sciences University CNS program, and a Jonas Scholar. Dr. Shattuck has served in the Navy for 23 years and has filled roles as a staff nurse (in multiple areas), charge nurse, customer service officer, CNS, NP, sexual assault forensic examiner, nurse competency program command director, ED department head, Co-Chair of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Advisory Board, Director of medical services, as well as acting Executive Officer. She is an experienced educator for ACLS, PALS, BLS, NRP, TeamSTEPPS, and intermediate and senior leadership courses. She has presented the Impact of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice Council on Role Success at NACNS, was selected as the 2016 AMSUS Nurse of the Year, the 2016 Geraldine B. Posner Senior RN Memorial award recipient for Nursing Excellence, and in 2019 was honored as a Daisy Nurse Leader due to her compassionate leadership. Dr. Shattuck also is the first military officer to become a Fellow in the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute.


Patricia Calvert

Patricia Calvert, MSN, APRN/CNS, GCNS-BC, CPPS, FCNS

Patricia Calvert is a board-certified gerontologic clinical nurse specialist with over 40 years of nursing experience and over 20 years as a CNS. She served for more than 13 years as the inpatient, surgical service-line CNS, and wound care consultant in an affiliate of a Boston healthcare system. In clinical practice, Patricia co-authored a 2-year Schwartz Center grant to improve the relationships between providers, nurses, community partners, and elder patients through a unique personal profile communication vehicle, LifeBox™. She also directed the Hospital Elder Life Project (HELP), fully staffed by volunteers to decrease the risk of delirium & functional decline in hospitalized older adults. Patricia joined Rhode Island College, Zvart Onanian School of Nursing in 2013 as graduate faculty and coordinator of the CNS program with extensive teaching experience and a focus on healthcare quality and patient safety (HQPS) through the design and implementation of HQPS Certificate of Graduate Studies. She has presented posters on the quality improvement work of RI CNS colleagues and co-presented the results of a national CNS survey, Importance and Impact of the CNS in Response to COVID-19. Patricia is emerita and founding President of the Rhode Island Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, an affiliate of NACNS.


Tracy B. Chamblee

Tracy B. Chamblee, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, AE-C, CPHQ, CPPS, FCNS

Dr. Tracy Chamblee is a Board-Certified Pediatric CNS. Currently, she serves as the Quality and Patient Safety Executive at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas, is a part-time Lecturer in the Executive Nurse Leader Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Baylor University and is the Managing Scientific Editor for the Journal of Pediatric Nursing. She has more than 30 years” experience as a nurse with 25 years as a CNS practicing in pediatric critical care. She has held academic appointments as an Associate Professor teaching both undergraduate and graduate nursing coursework. She was a member of ANCC’s Content Expert Panel for the Pediatric CNS certification exam. Dr. Chamblee is a thought leader and subject matter expert in healthcare quality, safety, and culture transformation. Dr. Chamblee was recognized for her contributions to quality, safety, and innovation. In 2019, she was named a DFW Great 100 nurse. And she was a finalist for the DFW Hospital System Employee of the Year award. Dr. Chamblee is a past president of NACNS serving as a board member from 2015-17 and 2018-2020. She is also a past president of the Texas CNS Affiliate.


Scot Nolan


Scot Nolan is currently the Critical-Care Stepdown and Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist at Scripps Mercy Hospital, in San Diego California, where he has served in the CNS role since 2001. Scot also serves as an adjunct faculty, with appointments at Point Loma Nazarene University, University of San Diego and San Diego State University; teaching in the MSN and DNP (post-masters and BSN to DNP) programs. Dr. Nolan has over 30 years of nursing experience; practicing in medical surgical, stepdown, critical care and emergency departments; has numerous publications and presented critical care and neuroscience topics locally and nationally. He served as the inaugural president of the San Diego Chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Additionally, Scot precepts CNS students from local CNS programs. He was inducted into the inaugural class of Fellows for the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute in 2019 and has served as a Trustee of the same since 2021. Scot received his BSN from Point Loma Nazarene University, MSN from San Diego State University, and DNP from University of San Diego. His research interests include nursing clinical accountability, and technological co-dependency.