An Overview of the Legislative Process & Advocacy
September 16, 2020
This webinar will offer updated education on the California Legislative Process and Advocacy, the Quadruple Aim, Social Justice, and Diversity. This education is for leaders who are interested in expanding their knowledge with a goal to apply it in their
workplace, professional organization, or community.
You may receive 1.0 CEUs for attending this event. In order to receive your CEUs, you must first register for the event, and then you will receive further instructions prior to the event.
Surani Hayre-Kwan, MBA, MSN, FNP-BC, FACHE, FAANP
Director, Professional Practice & Nursing Excellence
Office of Patient Experience
Surani Hayre-Kwan serves as the Director for Professional Practice and Nursing Excellence for Sutter Health, responsible for advancing professional practice throughout the system, providing leadership in professional development, clinical education, and training for nursing, NPs and PAs. Surani
works as an NP at the Russian River Health Clinic and at Sutter Urgent Care.
Surani is Past President of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners. She has served in multiple state board and committee positions over 19 years. She completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at Samuel Merritt University,
her nursing education at Santa Rosa Junior College with an ADN and a MSN and a FNP at Sonoma State University. She has an MBA from SSU and is nationally certified in Family Practice.
Surani is a Fellow in the American Association for Nurse Practitioners and American College of Health Care Executives.
Alexa Colgrove Curtis, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC
Assistant Dean for Graduate Nursing
University of San Francisco
Dr. Curtis has over 30 years of clinical experience as a family nurse practitioner caring for underserved populations throughout California. She is a rural and adolescent health expert and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) provider. She is widely published on issues of access to health care for vulnerable populations. She is the previous Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs and the incoming Assistant Dean for Graduate Nursing at the University of San Francisco. She is a member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders Health Policy Committee and Co-chair of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners Health Policy and Practice Committee.
Gloria Nwagwu-Okoh, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC
Director, RN-BSN Program
Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
Gloria Nwagwu-Okoh is an Associate Professor and current Director of the RN-BSN program at Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU), Los Angeles. Her achievements at MSMU include successfully leading the transition of the RN-BSN from face-to-face to the CCNE-accredited full online program in 2018. She teaches many of the courses in the BSN program including Nursing leadership, Transition to Nursing, Palliative Care, and Introduction to Evidence Based Nursing in the graduate program.
Gloria is involved in many university and program-level committees including the Academic Program Assessment and Program Evaluation Committees. She functions in different capacities at various Nursing Organizations including as President of Phi Lambda chapter of Sigma Theta tau, Abstract Reviewer for Southern California Odyssey Consortium, Board Member South Bay Chapter of CANP and Member Health Policy Committee of Association of California Nurse Leaders.
Her educational background includes a Diploma in Nursing & Midwifery from UCH, Ibadan, a Bachelor of Nursing from California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), a Master of Nursing Administration from CSUDH, a Postmaster certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University and a Doctor of Nursing Philosophy from the University of San Diego.
Her interest in global community health led to Simanjiro, Tanzania through a collaboration with Village Network Africa and Sisters of Notre Dame where she completed a community needs assessment for opportunity to enhance student nurse’s global health experiences. She also engaged in health education of both elementary and high school students on preventable public health diseases.
Marlena Montgomery, MSN, MBA, RN, CEN
Chief Nursing Officer
Marlena provides leadership and oversight as the Vice President of Patient Care Services at Sharp Coronado. Marlena has a passion for the profession of nursing and is a dedicated member and contributor to multiple professional organizations.
Currently she is co-chair of the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) Health Policy Committee, and a member of the CHA EMS/Trauma committee. Marlena is recognized statewide as a nurse leader with 20 years of experience in emergency services
and as an expert in leadership and nursing practice.
Marlena received a dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Leadership in Healthcare Systems, from Grand Canyon University in 2017. During which time she was recognized by Delta Mu Delta business honor
society and Sigma Theta, nursing honor society for academic excellence.