NNBA Business Advisory Board

NNBA Business Advisory BoardThe NNBA is driven by our mission to continually provide value for nurses; our members and prospective members. A vital part of that mission is NNBA’s Business Advisory Board. It’s an honor working with these board members as we benefit from their tremendous expertise. Each are an invaluable resource for NNBA’s future growth and “The Voice of Nurse Entrepreneurship”.

The following individuals serve on NNBA’s Business Advisory Board and brief bio follows in alphabetical order:

  • Nancy Brook, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Adjunct Faculty, Stanford Hospital and Clinics
  • Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP®, The Inspiration Nurse at DonnaCardillo.com
  • Jay Steven Levin, Chief Cooperation Officer, Principal, Win Thinking
  • Louise Jakubik, PhD, RN-BC, CSP®, President, Nurse Mentoring Institute, LLC
  • Gina Palmer, M. Ed, PMP Consultant, LOD, LLC.
  • Lou Podlesni, CFO and CTO, Bloom Service Group Inc.
  • Michelle DeLizio Podlesni, RN, CEO & President, Bloom Service Group, Inc., Founder of Unconventional Nurse®, NNBA President
  • Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN, CEO and President, RTConnections, LLC


NNBA Business Advisory BoardNancy Brook is an Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. A graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and the University of San Francisco, she has Masters degrees in both Nursing and Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Nancy has more than twenty years of experience advocating for patients and their families and teaching and mentoring nurses. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at Rowan University, UCSF and Georgetown University. She has been a guest speaker at national conferences, a leader in patient advocacy initiatives, and improving service standards in healthcare and a published author. As a consultant she works with nurses and other health care professionals to create a more meaningful career and a healthier lifestyle.


NNBA Business Advisory BoardDonna Cardillo, RN, CSP®  is The Inspiration Nurse. She travels the world helping women and healthcare professionals to be happy in their lives and careers and to reach their full potential. She does that as a keynote speaker, columnist, author, and cut-up. Her accomplished career combines over 25 years of clinical, managerial and business experience, not to mention her stint as a professional singer. Donna’s clinical experience includes emergency and psychiatric nursing. Donna holds a diploma in nursing, a BS in Health Care Management and an MA in Corporate and Public Communication. She is an Expert Blogger at DoctorOz.com, the original ‘Dear Donna’ columnist at Nurse.com, and former “Healthcare Careers Expert” at Monster.com.

Donna has twice been named Business Woman of the Year in New Jersey and has also received the coveted Athena Award, a national leadership award for women. Donna was designated a Diva in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing in NJ for outstanding achievements and excellence in practice. She has also been named one of 50 Best Women in Business by NJBIZ. Donna appears regularly on television and radio, is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines and has published numerous articles. Donna has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and the Today show and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times on several occasions. To learn more about Donna, visit www.donnacardillo.com.


NNBA Business Advisory BoardDr. Louise Jakubik is a pediatric nursing and workforce development expert. She is a seasoned national speaker, consultant, and author dedicated to building and developing nurses in clinical practice and leadership. She is a leading authority on the pediatric nursing certification review process, pediatric laboratory interpretation, nursing career development and mentoring. In June of 2014 Louise received the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP®) by the National Speakers Association; this is the highest international recognition for professional speakers. She is one of only fewer than 30 nurses in the world who have earned this designation.

Dr. Jakubik is the president, chief learning officer, and founder of Nurse Builders, a nursing consulting firm specializing in pediatric nursing education and practice. Dr. Jakubik is also the founder of the Nurse Mentoring Institute, an organization dedicated to preparing, supporting, and developing nurses and nursing organizations in the art, science, and wonder of mentoring. She has worked as a nurse entrepreneur and thought leader for over 10 years and in this role enjoys identifying and meeting gaps in the marketplace that are aligned with her unique talents and passion. 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. To learn more about Louise, visit www.nursebuilders.net.


NNBA Business Advisory BoardFor over 40 years, Jay has helped high achievers achieve more by leveraging organizational, behavior, perceptual, energetic and emotional intelligence to create better business and personal outcomes. From a forest monastery to corporate boardrooms, Jay had worked world wide to accelerate measurable personal, executive and organizational performance improvement, mindfulness and success. As a results driven Executive and EQ Coach, Jay has personally coached over 10,000 professionals. As President and COO, Jay has worked with some of the most powerful media, consumer, technology and logistics brand on the planet. To learn more about Jay, visit www.jaystevenlevin.com.


NNBA Business Advisory BoardGina Palmer, M. Ed is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with experience in strategic planning, project management, strategic communications, and leadership training in both the private and public sectors. She has assisted myriad government agencies with organizational assessments, performance management, and stakeholder engagement, serving as a strategic communications advisor to executive leaders to promote accuracy and transparency to enhance organizational culture. She has led complex organizations in the development of agency mission, vision, and goals, ensuring strategy is at the backbone of business operations. Gina has developed and facilitated leadership programs, focus groups, training sessions, team building, and executive workshops to help individuals and teams think, plan, and act strategically. With a background in communications and higher education administration, Ms. Palmer has a passion for leadership development, motivating others to achieve personal growth, and creating structures and processes for people, and business, to succeed.


NNBA Business Advisory BoardAs the CTO of Bloom Service Group, Inc., Lou’s expertise is providing infrastructure and software solutions for the variety of businesses within the corporation’s umbrella of service companies.

Lou Podlesni has more than 35 years of experience in management, education and programming, with a leading providers of information and workflow solutions to the property and casualty claims industry. Lou’s efforts were focused on healthcare cost containment software and support services, ensuring that the clients’ software met national regulatory compliance and multiple insurance coverage types. Lou’s expertise in situation analysis and continual process improvements created maximized efficiencies and customer loyalty. In addition, for several years Lou co-owned, operated and sold a well-established and profitable senior care company focused on allowing seniors the ability to remain their homes.

Lou is highly regarded as a manager who creates working environments where his staffs are highly motivated and superior contributors, and he is proud to have mentored and guided many of his colleagues to progress their careers to achieving executive leadership roles.


NNBA Business Advisory BoardMichelle is a USN Veteran, RN of over 30 years, and former corporate executive whose clinical and entrepreneurial background led to a career in healthcare information technology, medical cost-containment and software development. Michelle brought her service orientation, enthusiasm and diverse expertise to the corporate environment in roles from product development to C-level executive management positions. With a proven track record, Michelle has directly managed the strategic, sales, operational and technical areas of start-up and established multi-million dollar companies serving Fortune 500 clients.

Michelle has been coaching managers, executives and nurses for the past 20 years and knows the ability to smartly strategize career advancement success is crucial for any individual. Real-world experience from the bedside to the boardroom and beyond, Michelle’s true passion for mentoring and helping others succeed in business has made her a sought after business coach, speaker, and business advisor. Michelle is the author of the Amazon #1 best-selling book Unconventional Nurse: Going From Burnout to Bliss!® As President of the National Nurses in Business Association , Michelle speaks nationally on Nurse Entrepreneurship. To learn more about Michelle, visit https://nnbanow.com/michelle-podlesni/.


NNBA Business Advisory BoardDr. Renee Thompson is the CEO and President of RTConnections, LLC. She has been repeatedly published, interviewed, and awarded for her work to educate, connect, and inspire current and future nurses. Renee is the author of several books, including “Do No Harm” Applies to Nurses Too!, and Celebrating Nursing: Human by Birth – Hero by Choice.

In demand as a consultant and keynote speaker, Renee helps healthcare organizations eliminate workplace bullying, develop effective communication among teams, improve clinical competence through certification, and build positive and healthy workplaces. She speaks internationally to healthcare organizations and academic institutions, teaching and motivating her audiences at conferences, training events, and seminars.

Renee has a Masters degree in Nursing Education and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Pittsburgh. To stay connected with nurses, Renee continues to practice as a bedside nurse. To learn more about Renee, visit www.rtconnections.com.


Press Release 2015