National Nurses In Business Association (NNBA) Announces Newly Appointed Business Advisory Board

Huntington Beach, CA – May 28, 2015 — The National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA), the recognized leading professional association dedicated to advancing and promoting nurses in business, announced its newly appointed business advisory board. Board members include: Nancy Brook, Donna Cardillo, Jay Steven Levin, Dr. Louise Jakubic, Gina Palmer, Lou Podlesni, Maureen Sullivan-Tevault, and Dr. Renee Thompson.

The Business Advisory Board will assist NNBA leadership in an advisory capacity as President, Michelle Podlesni, implements strategic objectives and long-term planning for the association. The board will provide guidance on NNBA’s objectives, goals, and projects and offer their resources and mentorship to serve and benefit NNBA’s membership.

“It is a very exciting time for nurses in business. We are seeing a large increase in the number of nurse-owned businesses, as well as nurses who desire to work independently. The formation of the Business Advisory Board demonstrates our commitment to identifying and securing board members who cultivate best business practices,” said NNBA President, Michelle Podlesni. “I am honored to work with this board as they are an invaluable resource for NNBA’s future growth as we continue to act as the national voice for nurses in business.”

NNBA Business Advisory Board Members Include:

Nancy  Brook, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Adjunct Faculty, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Palo Alto, CA

Nancy Brook is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the University of San Francisco; she holds Masters degrees in both Nursing and Counseling Psychology. Nancy has more than twenty years of experience advocating for patients and their families and improving service standards in healthcare organizations.

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, The Inspiration Nurse at

Donna Cardillo travels the world helping nurses and healthcare professionals to live and work to their highest potential. She is an international keynote speaker, award-winning business owner, author, seminar and retreat leader, Dear Donna columnist at, and expert blogger at

Jay Steven Levin, Chief Cooperation Officer, Principal, JayStevenLevin, WinThinking

Former monk to Ad Network President/ COO to executive advisor, Jay approaches professional development and innovation leadership from a place of reflection, insight and mindfulness. His work applies organizational, behavioral, perceptual and emotional intelligence to accelerate career success.

Louise Jakubik, PhD, RN-BC, CSP, President and Chief Mentoring Officer, Nurse Mentoring Institute, LLC

Dr. Louise Jakubik is a mentoring thought leader and workforce development expert. She is a master mentor, leading research scientist on mentoring in nursing, and is dedicated to mentoring nurses and helping organizations build mentoring cultures. She is excited to lend her expertise in mentoring to the NNBA’s Business Advisory Board and to assist in facilitating the spirit of mentoring nurses in business that is at the heart of the work for which NNBA is known.

Gina Palmer, M. Ed, PMP, Consultant, LMI

Gina Palmer provides expertise in organizational planning, project management, and strategic communications, improving business outcomes and efficiency within the government. Prior to working in the federal sector, Gina worked in higher education administration to develop leadership training programs.

Lou Podlesni, CFO and CTO, Bloom Service Group Inc.

Lou Podlesni has more than 24 years of experience in management, finance, education and programming, most recently with a leading provider of information and workflow solutions to the property and casualty claims industry. Lou’s expertise in situation analysis and continual process improvements creates maximized efficiencies.

Michelle DeLizio Podlesni, RN, CEO & President, Bloom Service Group, Inc., Founder of Unconventional Nurse(R), NNBA President

Michelle Podlesni is an accomplished business woman, serial entrepreneur, author and business advisor. From the military to nursing to corporate C-level positions, Michelle has a proven track record leading startups to financial success. Michelle has been coaching managers, executives and business owners for the past 20 years. Her core passion for mentoring and helping others succeed in business has made her a sought after coach, trainer and business advisor.

Maureen Sullivan-Tevault, RN, MS, BSN, CEN, CDE, CEO and Founder, To Your Health: Empowerment Through Education, Radio Show Host: The Health and Humor Show

Maureen Sullivan-Tevault has over 30 years professional nursing experience, including Emergency Nursing, Stroke Manager, Diabetes Educator and Nurse Navigator. Additionally, she is a nurse humorist and cohost of a weekly radio show, using health and humor to educate and entertain.

Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN, CEO and President, RTConnections, LLC

Dr. Renee Thompson is a true champion for nurses. After more than 25 years as a nurse, nurse educator and nurse executive, Renee has become one of our country’s leading authorities on nurse bullying, clinical and professional competence and nursing culture.

About NNBA

Since 1985, the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) is the #1 Nurse Business Owner Network and is dedicated to advancing and promoting Nurses in Business. Thousands of nurses have benefited from membership in the NNBA and have launched successful businesses. The 30th Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives Conference is October 2-4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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