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Ryan Nobles
Washington Correspondent

Ryan Nobles is a Washington Correspondent for CNN, based in Washington, D.C. 

Nobles has been with the network since 2014 and joined as a National Correspondent for CNN Newsource.  Most recently, Nobles covered the 2016 Presidential election and regularly reports on major breaking news stories. In addition to filing live television reports for CNN's more than 900 affiliates, Nobles also produced and hosted the "RunningMate" podcast which focused on the election and included extensive interviews with political newsmakers.   

Prior to joining CNN, Nobles served as an anchor and political reporter at WWBT (NBC 12) in Richmond, VA. As a swing-state reporter at NBC12, he had a front-row seat to the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012. Nobles' reporting on leading Virginia political figures has been cited by news organizations around the world. He interviewed former President Barack Obama three different times, reported live from the shocking election night loss of then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and extensively covered the historic corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. 

Nobles has been ranked by The Washington Post as one of the "Best State Based Political Reporters" in 2009 and 2013; and on POLITICO's "50 to Watch" list in 2011.  He has won two local Emmy awards and Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage. Nobles earned his Bachelor's of Science from State University of New York college at Brockport and his Masters of Public Administration from Nelson A. Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany.

Janet Haebler, MSN
Senior Associate Director, State Government Affairs
American Nurses Association

As Senior Associate Director for State Government Affairs with the American Nurses Association (ANA), Janet serves as a resource to the state nurses associations in their efforts to advance their legislative and regulatory agendas. 

Throughout her forty six years’ experience, Janet held numerous staff and leadership positions in a variety of settings: acute and long term care, managed care, and academia.  Most recently, she has spent past 16 years dedicated to the policy and advocacy arena; first at the state level before joining ANA. While with the New York State Nurses’ Association, she was responsible for the Practice & Government Affairs program; during which time, Janet and her team celebrated such legislative successes as title “nurse” protection and safe patient handling & mobility.  In addition to a number of initiatives, her  portfolio includes the number one issue for direct care nurses – safe staffing. Nine years ago, Janet launched the American Nurses Advocacy Institute, a year-long mentored program designed to develop nurse’s political competence. 

Janet completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at Russell Sage College in New York and master’s degree in nursing with a concentration in administration at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.  

Mary Kay Goldschmidt, DNP, RN, PHNL-BC
Assistant Professor
VCU School of Nursing

Mary Kay Goldschmidt  is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing (Richmond, VA). Dr. Goldschmidt is an advanced practice population health specialist with a MSN and DNP in Public Health Nursing Leadership and Health Policy from the University of Virginia, with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Goldschmidt is currently the Co-director of a HRSA Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention grant, which seeks to prepare and support baccalaureate nurses entering community-based health care settings in medically underserved populations. Dr. Goldschmidt teaches population health focused courses and supervises undergraduate nursing students in clinical practica and works with multiple public and private agencies as well as diverse members of the community to develop community-based interventions and policy.

In 2014, Dr. Goldschmidt developed and tested a public health surveillance instrument for identifying non-fatal and fatal pediatric abusive head trauma cases, providing the first rigorous data on the incidence of AHT injury and fatalities in Virginia. The outcomes of this work showed a rate of fatal AHT that was 4 times higher than previously published figures for the Commonwealth and 3 times higher than the national rate. As a 2017 fellow with the Translational Research & Public Policy Program through VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Dr. Goldschmidt is currently working on a proposed legislative initiative for the prevention of AHT, slated to be brought forward during the January 2018 session of the Virginia General Assembly.

Andrew Lamar

Andrew has worked in Virginia state government in politics for more than a decade. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and a bachelor’s in economics and political science. In addition to working for the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the Governor of Virginia, Andrew has worked as a lobbyist for many years, representing more than a dozen clients before the General Assembly and the Executive Branch.


Shelly Smith, DNP, ANP-BC
Assistant Professor, Director of Nursing Practice Program Director
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing

Dr. Shelly Smith is an assistant clinical professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Nursing. She also serves as the Program Director for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Dr. Smith earned her BSN and DNP degrees from the University of Virginia and earned a MS from Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in Adult Health Primary Care. Dr. Smith is a certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and maintains clinical practice with the Bon Secours Medical Group.  Dr. Shelly Smith is an assistant clinical professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Nursing. She also serves as the Program Director for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Dr. Smith earned her BSN and DNP degrees from the University of Virginia and earned a MS from Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in Adult Health Primary Care. Dr. Smith is a certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and maintains clinical practice with the Bon Secours Medical Group.

Dr. Smith provided expert testimony to the Virginia Senate regarding nurse practitioner scope of practice in 2016. She is currently a fellow in the Office of Public Policy Outreach program at the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU. She completed the AACN’s Leadership for Academic Nursing fellowship and the Virginia Nurses Association recognized her with an honorable mention as one of Virginia’s Top 40 under 40 nurses. Her recent publication, “DNP Essential II prepares clinicians for academic leadership: A narrative overview of three academicians and their leadership journey” highlights leadership capabilities in DNP prepared clinicians and was published in the Journal of Professional Nursing in July 2017.
Chelsea Savage, DNP, MSHA, BA, RN, CPHRM
Professional Liability Investigator
VCU Health

Dr. Chelsea Savage currently is the Professional Liability Investigator for the Professional Liability Department at VCU Health in Richmond Virginia.  She began her work in health policy advocacy and nursing leadership as Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders in 2007, positions that followed include Fellow for Hope in the Cities Connecting Communities, Chair of the Legislative Coalition of Virginia Nurses, Fellow of UVA Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program, Fellow of the American Nurses Advocacy Institute, Virginia Nurses Association Secretary and Assistant Commissioner on Government Affairs, Co-Lead for the Virginia Action Coalition Leadership Work Group working in conjunction with the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action , Secretary for Virginia Nurses Association Chapter 5, Co-Lead for the Virginia Action Coalition with the Virginia Nurses Foundation and is an alumni of Emerge Virginia 2017.  She ran for the Democratic Nomination for the 73rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017, losing her bid to second place among a field of four candidates.

She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from American Sentinel University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Christopher Newport University, a Master of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Fellowship in Health Law also from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She holds a certification in Healthcare Risk Management.  Her capstone project for her DNP was a hermeneutic phenomenological study entitled The Lived Experience of Nurse Health Policy Advocates.

Rosalyn Dance
Virginia's 16th Senatorial District

Senator Rosalyn Dance represents Virginia's 16th Senate District. Formerly the mayor of Petersburg and delegate for the 63rd District, she is the first African-American woman to represent the Virginia Senate’s 16th District. Senator Dance has had a special focus on healthcare, having served on the Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee as a delegate and sponsoring amendments to increase healthcare funding throughout her time in Richmond. She is currently the vice chairwoman of the Joint Commission on Health Care. Senator Dance holds associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing, and has worked with the Southside Virginia Training Center throughout her public service career, serving as a psychiatric nurse’s aide, Interim Facility Director, and Assistant Director of Residential Services. She lives in Petersburg with her husband and is a proud mother of two, grandmother of four, and great-grandmother of three.


Amanda Chase
Virginia's 11th Senatorial District

Amanda Freeman Chase grew up in Bon Air, Virginia, where she attended Chesterfield County public schools. She graduated from Monacan High School in 1988. In 1992, she graduated from Virginia Tech in the top ten percent of her class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. In addition to being a small business owner, Senator Chase has served as management in both the private and public sectors in the banking, credit and finance industry. She was elected to the Virginia Senate in 2016 and represents the 11th District, which covers Amelia County, part of Chesterfield County, and the city of Colonial Heights. Senator Chase sits on the Health and Education, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, and Local Governments committees. She is also a co-founder of the Transparency Caucus, which seeks to promote legislative transparency in the General Assembly. Senator Chase and her husband, Michael Chase, have 4 children and make their home in Chesterfield County.


Roxann Robinson
Virginia's 27th House District

Roxann Robinson is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 27th House District located in the heart of Chesterfield County. She joined the House in 2010 after a special election. Delegate Robinson serves on 4 committees; Education, General Laws, Health Welfare and Institutions, and Science and Technology. She has also been appointed to the Virginia Workforce Development Board and the Virginia PANS/PANDAS Advisory Council, to name a few.

Aside from her political life, Roxann is a highly respected optometrist and owned her small business for 30 years. She serves as a member of the James River Rotary Club and is on the Manchester Family YMCA Board of Directors.

Roxann and her husband Michael have two cats, Buddy and Smidget.

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