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Launched in 2015, the Duke Advancement of Nursing, Center of Excellence (DANCE) is a unique collaboration between nurses in the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) and the Duke University Health System (DUHS). DANCE provides the infrastructure to match the clinical expertise and needs of DUHS with the research expertise and theoretical insight of DUSON.

The three major pillars of growth for DANCE — Lifelong Learning; Quality Improvement, Evidence-Based Practice, and Research; and Value Added Quality Outcomes — align with the missions of DUSON and DUHS. The pillars also align with the Duke Health Strategic Plan, which encompasses:

  • Patient care
  • Research
  • Education
  • Community health improvement
  • Global health

Through DANCE, our nurses are dedicated to personal professional advancement and lifelong learning for all, in order to advance the health of our communities and demonstrate our commitment to excellence in patient-centered care.

DANCE Co-Directors

Marion Broome
Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean and Ruby Wilson Professor of Nursing, Duke University School of Nursing Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs, Duke University Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Nursing, Duke University Health System

Mary Ann Fuchs
Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Vice President of Patient Care and System Chief Nurse Executive, Duke University Health System Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Duke University School of Nursing

DANCE Coordinators

Staci Reynolds
Staci Reynolds, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN,

Clinical Associate, DANCE Coordinator, Duke University School of Nursing Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist, Duke University Hospital

  • Duke University School of Nursing

Kathleen S. Ashton, PhD, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor

Donna Biederman
Donna Biederman, DrPH, MN, RN

Associate Professor

Brigit M. Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN

Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Michelle Hartman
Ann Michelle Hartman, DNP, RN, NP

Assistant Professor
Director for the ABSN Program

Cristina Hendrix
Cristina Hendrix, DNS, GNP-BC, FNP, FAAN

Associate Professor
Chair of the Clinical Health Systems & Analytics Division

Valerie Howard
Valerie M Howard, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, FAA

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Sue Hunter
Sue Hunter

Research Practice Manager

Margie A. Molloy, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE

Assistant Professor
Director, Center for Nursing Discovery

Chris Muckler
Chris Muckler, DNP, CRNA, CHSE

Assistant Professor

Iris Padilla, PhD, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Kathy Pereira
Katherine C. Pereira, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, A

Associate Professor
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Beth Phillips
Beth Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Professor

Valerie K. Sabol, PhD, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC,

Professor Chair, Healthcare in Adult Populations Division

Barbara S. Turner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Elizabeth P. Hanes Professor of Nursing
Chair, Health of Women, Children, & Families Division

Diane Uzarski
Diane Uzarski, DNP, MPH, RN

Chief of Staff
Clinical Associate, DNP Program

  • Duke University Health System

Deborah H. Allen, PhD, RN, CNS, FNP-BC,

Director of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice, Duke University Health System

Sylvia M. Alston, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Recruitment and Hospital Administrative Systems, Duke University Health System

Cheryl Brewer
Cheryl Brewer, PhD, MSN, RN

Associate Vice President of Nursing

Margarita de la Fuente
Margarita de la Fuente, DNP, RN, RN-BC,

Director of Professional Practice and Magnet
Duke University Health System

Allison Dimsdale
Allison Dimsdale, DNP, NP-C, AACC, FAANP

Associate Vice President, PDC Advanced Practice

Pamela B. Edwards, EdD, MSN, RN-BC, CNE

Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Education, Duke University Health System

Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, AOCN

Chief Nursing & Patient Care Services Officer, Duke University Hospital

L. Denise Guerrier
L. Denise Guerrier, MSN, RN-BC

Assistant Director, Workforce Development
Duke University Health System

John S. Hudson, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Duke Regional Hospital

Pat Johnson MSN, RN

Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Duke Primary Care (DPC)


Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO), Duke University Health System

Leslie Mason
Leslie A. Mason, MSN, RN

Vice President of Patient Care & System Chief Nurse Executive

Britt Meyer PhD, RN, CRNI, VA-BC, NE-BC

Nurse Manager Operations-Vascular Access Team, Duke University Hospital

Victoria Orto, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing & Patient Care Services Officer

Priscilla Ramseur, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing & Patient Care Services Officer

Kelly Sullivan
Kelly Sullivan, DNP, RN, NE-BC

Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services
Duke Primary Care

Amy Yancy-Mangum, MSN, NNP, PNP

Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Advanced Practice, Duke University Health System