NLN Nursing EDge Editorial Advisory Board

Matthew ByrneMatthew Byrne, PhD, RN, CNE

Matt Byrne currently serves as Associate Dean for Nursing at St. Catherine University. He is a columnist and reviewer for the Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing and has been a reviewer for various journals and textbooks. Prior to his work as an informaticist and educator, he worked for many years as a perianesthesia staff nurse in Rochester, St. Cloud and the Twin Cities. He is passionate about making technology work better for nurses and values the opportunity he has to be a technology and cultural broker between healthcare providers and information technology developers.

Donna GuerraDonna Guerra, EdD, MSN, RN

Donna Guerra currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Guerra holds a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership with a nursing education focus from the University of Alabama. Dr. Guerra has clinical experience in perioperative nursing, wound care nursing, and quality management. She has been a nurse educator for four years and has published on the implementation of health informatics in nursing education curricula. Her research interest is nursing education with a focus on learning outcomes translation to nursing practice.


Beth Hallmark


Beth Hallmark, PhD, RN, MSN, CHSE, ANEF

Dr. Hallmark has been a faculty member at Belmont University School of Nursing in Nashville, TN since 1996. Beth has been involved in simulation since 2007 and currently serves as the Director of Simulation for the College of Health Sciences and Nursing at Belmont. In 2010, she completed her PhD in Educational Leadership with a concentration in E-learning where she examined the impact of faculty debriefing training on the cognitive outcomes of students. She received her CHSE-A certification in 2019. She led the formation of the Tennessee Simulation Alliance and remains active with the Alliance. Beth is an active member of INACSL where she has served on various committees. She is a SSIH accreditation visitor. In 2019, Beth was inducted into the NLN Academy of Nursing Education.


Tonya Schneidereith, PhD, CRNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC, CNE, CHSE-A

Dr. Tonya Schneidereith is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland where she emphasizes patient safety for prelicensure and advanced practice nursing students through simulation-based education. She is actively engaged in state and national simulation initiatives, including the Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, as a founding member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Simulation Committee, and as an inaugural Steering Committee Member of the Nurse Practitioner Simulation Consortium. Her work with the NLN began as a 2015 Sim Leader and has continued with the Editorial Advisory Board for the NLN’s Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology, as the Thomas Sykes author for the ACE.P scenarios, and as contributor to the Social Determinants of Health Vision Statement. She holds certifications as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Educator, and as one of the few internationally-designated as an Advanced Healthcare Simulation Educator.

Elizabeth T. Speakman, EdD, RN, FNAP, ANEF, FAAN

Bio coming soon!

Jean Ellen Zavertnik_200Jean Ellen Zavertnik, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE, CHSE

Jean Ellen Zavertnik is currently the Director of the Clinical Learning Research Center at Clemson University School of Nursing. She has been in a faculty position for the last fourteen years, with previous nursing experience in critical care. She was selected as one of 20 nurse educators from around the country to be part of the 2010 inaugural National League of Nursing Leadership Development Program for Simulation Education. She is a founding member and By-Laws Chair for the South Carolina Nursing Education Simulation Alliance. She has published and presented national and internationally on the use of simulation in nursing education.



sue-e1531250523607Susan Gross Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A, FAAN – ex-officio

Dr. Forneris is a former Professor of Nursing at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN and is currently the Director for the National League for Nursing Center for Innovation in Education Excellence, Washington, DC. Selected for inclusion in the 2010 inaugural group of NLN Simulation Leaders, she has been working in the field of clinical simulation since 2003. She is instrumental in the design and implementation of NLN faculty development resources focused on simulation pedagogy. Her expertise is in curriculum and teaching/learning strategies. Her research is focused on critical thinking. Most recently, she co-authored Critical Conversations: The NLN Guide for Teaching Thinking.