CONGRESS 2020 OPENING ADDRESS
Barbara J. White, Ed.D, RN, CNS
Dr. Barbara J. White is the founding and current Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Colorado Christian University, having served in this position for more than a decade. As an expert faculty, Dr. White has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in health care ethics, leadership, community health and global health. In addition to her international work in Korea as a Fulbright Scholar, she has consulted in Hangzhou and Yanji, China, and has led nursing students to China, and Costa Rica for international and global studies. She publishes and speaks nationally and internationally on bioethics, moral leadership, collaborative partnerships, spiritual care and nursing as ministry.
Dr. White received her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Nursing with an emphasis in Community Health from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor or Nursing from the University of Illinois.
A recognized leader and administrator in healthcare and nursing education for more than 45 years, Dr. White is currently chair of the Board of Directors of Nurses Christian Fellowship International (NCFI) and served on the NCFI board as president from 2004-2016. She also led the organization in the establishment of an International Leadership Development Program and the International Institute of Christian Nursing. She has served on the executive committee for Nurses Christian Fellowship USA (NCF), has been a Fellow at The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, and has served on the board of directors of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Southwest Counseling Associates, Friends of Nursing, and Sigma theta Tau International Alpha Kappa Chapter at Large. Twice a year, she leads the Christian Nursing Deans Fellowship at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in Washington, D.C.
Dr. White and her husband John have two married children, two dogs and four grand-dogs. She and John have traveled to over 41 countries and enjoy relaxing in Maui. www.ccu.edu/nursing
CONGRESS 2020 FINAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Kamalini Kumar, PhD
Dr. Kamalini Kumar is a registered nurse by profession. She has a BSN in nursing from Madras University, India, a Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology and a PhD. in Educational Psychology, both from the University of Iowa, USA. Kamalini has just retired from a long career of 48 years in nursing education, having taught at several universities in India, Canada, and the USA. Her last position was Director of Clinical and Professional Development at Mercy Medical Center, Clinton. In this role, she was responsible for professional nursing education development, leadership and preceptorship training and all nursing research projects in the hospital. She was also the Magnet Coordinator for the hospital.
Dr. Kumar serves on several International Boards, including Nurses Christian Fellowship International and, in connection with these organizations, has traveled extensively throughout the world speaking on professional and spiritual issues that impact nursing practice. Her passion is to teach nurses how to assess and give spiritual care to their patients and to share their faith in ways that are culturally appropriate. She also serves on the Board of International Health Services Global (an NGO that equips healthcare workers to be witnesses for Christ in their clinical settings), the CMC Vellore Foundation in New York which represents the largest health care institution in South East Asia, and Christian Medical College and Hospitals, Vellore, India.