Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
Transforming health care through partnerships

Board of Directors

IPFCC Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care consists of five individuals with demonstrated experience and expertise in organizational, and business management, grants, as well as in-depth knowledge of health care issues.

Beverley Johnson

Beverley H. Johnson, serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of IPFCC’s Board. She has over 30 years of experience in organizational development and management. She has worked as a health professional providing direct care in hospitals, managing a hospital unit, and teaching. She has served as a Trustee of a hospital, national health care organizations, and a school board. In these Trustee roles, she has chaired and served on strategic planning committees, finance committees, and had fiduciary responsibility for nonprofit organizations. She has provided technical assistance and consultation to over 300 hospitals and health systems across the United States and Canada. She has published widely on patient- and family-centered issues and strategies. Bev is the recipient of the 2011 Dorland Health People Award for leadership in the area of patient- and family-centered care, the 2008 Stanley Graven Award for outstanding contribution to the National Perinatal Association, the 2007 Stan and Mavis Graven Award for Leadership in promoting optimal environments and developmental care for high risk infants and their families, the 2007 Changemaker Award by the Board for the Center for Health Care Design, the 1992 Lloyd Bentsen Award for leadership for family-centered care, and the 1990 Humanitarian Award from Pediatric Nursing.

Elizabeth Crocker

Elizabeth Crocker, M.Ed., serves as Vice President of IPFCC’s Board. She is an experienced businessperson, currently the co-owner of the oldest children's bookstore in Canada and a network of stores specializing in environmentally sound products. In addition, she has worked as a Clinical Teaching Associate with the Learning Resource Centre at Dalhousie University, working as a Simulated Patient with medical students. She has created and directed a large Child Life Department; served as Treasurer and President of the Board of the Association for the Care of Children's Health; and was President of the Canadian Institute for Child Health. Liz has served as a hospital trustee and now serves on the board of a hospital foundation. Liz also serves as a Board Member of the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council. In the past, she has been a broadcaster and journalist, worked in the political arena, and mentored young entrepreneurs. Along with Bev Johnson, she co-authored Privileged Presence.

Terri Shelton

Terri L. Shelton, Ph.D., is the Treasurer. Terri is Vice Chancellor for Research/Economic Development and the Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has published more than 60 articles and received more than $20 million in grants. Terri has 25 years of clinical experience, including initiatives that build the capacity of families, service providers, researchers, teachers, and communities to ensure the health and well-being of youth, families, and communities. Terri's work includes engaging partnerships that bridge research, policy, and evidence-based practice. She is co-author of the text Assessing Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and the monograph, Family-Centered Care for Children Needing Specialized Developmental Services.

<William E. Schwab

William E. Schwab, M.D., is the Secretary. He is a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Department of Family Medicine and Director of its Madison Family Practice Residency Program. He is formerly Director of Clinical Operations for the department. Bill is a recipient of the Baldwin E. Lloyd, M.D., Clinical Teacher of the Year Award from the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Educator of the Year from the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians. A nationally recognized leader in medical education about the care of children and adults with chronic illness and disabilities, Bill is a frequent speaker and consultant to hospitals, medical schools, and community agencies around the country. Bill’s perspective is augmented by his experience as the parent of a child with complex medical needs.

Nancy DiVenere

Nancy DiVenere, B.A., is a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Nancy is co-founder and past president of Parent to Parent USA, a non-profit committed to promoting access, quality, and leadership in parent to parent support nationally. Nancy is also the founder and former Executive Director (1987-2004) of Parent to Parent of Vermont, a statewide organization promoting health and well-being for families with children and young adults with special needs. During her tenure, Nancy served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, developed curriculum on family-centered care, prepared and supported Family Faculty in teaching roles, and conducted seminars for medical students and pediatric residents. She also served as Family Faculty for the University's Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professional Program. Nancy is a consultant to Vermont Children's Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council, and a recipient of the 1998 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leadership Award.