Healthcare Leadership

Meet Our Faculty and Staff

Kelly WolgastKelly Wolgast, DNP, MSS, RN, FACHE


Director, Health System Management Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing

BSN – The Pennsylvania State University
MSN (Administration and Education)
– Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
DNP (Executive Nursing Leadership)
– University of Alabama at Birmingham


Dr. Wolgast is an Assistant Professor in the Healthcare Leadership program. Prior to arriving at Vanderbilt in August 2011, she served 26 years on Active Duty in the United States Army as an Army Nurse and retired as a Colonel. Her experiences include earning the Bronze Star for combat experience as Deputy Commander and Chief Nurse in Afghanistan, a deployment in support of Hurricane Katrina relief operations in New Orleans, serving as a Hospital Commander, and serving as the Senior Nurse Executive of the US Army Medical Command. Kelly has many years of executive nursing and healthcare leadership experience and has a strong background in Medical-Surgical Nursing. Kelly earned her Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from Penn State University, a Masters of Science in Nursing (Administration and Education) from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (Executive Nurse Leadership) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Kelly is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).



Terri Davis Crutcher, DNP, MSN, RN


Assistant Professor and
Assistant Dean, Clinical and Community Partnerships


AD – Western Kentucky University
BS – Western Kentucky University
MSN – (Nursing Administration) Vanderbilt University
DNP - Georgia Health Sciences University


Dr. Crutcher is the Assistant Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships and Assistant Professor in the Healthcare Leadership Program at Vanderbilt School of Nursing.  She is the Clinical Team Leader for Tennessee Primary Care Association.  She oversees school based clinics in three enhanced-option, low income elementary schools in Davidson Co.  She has been with the School of Nursing since 2000.   


Dr. Crutcher was the Clinical Director of a local Federally Qualified Health Center in Davidson County, for over 7 years, and later served as a Quality Consultant to that organization.      


She began her nursing career as a staff nurse and then a manager on a surgical step down unit in Vanderbilt Hospital.  She was an internal consultant in the Center for Clinical Improvement at Vanderbilt before moving to the School of Nursing.



Pam JonesPam Jones, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships
Professor of Nursing, Healthcare Leadership


BS (Nursing) – Vanderbilt University, Nashville
MSN (Health Systems Management) –Vanderbilt University, Nashville
DNP –Vanderbilt University, Nashville






Treasa K. Leming-Lee, DNP, MSN, RN, CPHQ


Assistant Professor

ADN - Middle Tennessee State University
MSN - Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
DNP -Vanderbilt University School of Nursing


Dr. Treasa "Susie" Leming-Lee is an assistant professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with a Doctor on Nursing Practice in Health Systems Management. Dr. Leming-Lee has an extensive background in performance improvement and process redesign holding memberships in the ASQ, AHI, NAHQ, THA, ANA, TNA, and Sigma Theta Tau. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and certified in Lean Healthcare. Dr. Leming-Lee is a nationally recognized expert and consultant in the area of assessing, developing, and implementing quality infrastructures in health care facilities. She has served as a Board Examiner for the state Baldrige/Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence Award. Dr. Leming-Lee is particularly interested in applying knowledge from other high-risk industries and methods from human factors and systems engineering to study and improve operational efficiency and individual and team performance in complex, high-risk clinical environments. She has been instrumental in teaching and implementing Change Management and Lean methodology in the healthcare setting.



Bonnie Pilon, DSN, RN, BC, FAAN


Professor of Nursing, Healthcare Leadership


BS (Nursing) – Barry University, Miami, FL
MN – University of Florida, Gainesville
DSN – University of Alabama at Birmingham


Dr. Pilon is a Professor, and just completed 15 years as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships, at the School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. She was responsible for all activities related to faculty practice initiatives that include a large women’s health center with full scope midwifery (over 1200 deliveries at Vanderbilt Hospital in 2014) and nurse managed primary care at community sites including a HRSA funded, nurse led interprofessional collaborative practice serving a vulnerable population in urban Nashville. In addition, Dr. Pilon teaches masters students in the Healthcare Leadership program and she is a professor in the management/systems track for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She is currently on a one year research sabbatical exploring the history and culture of nurse managed health centers/clinics across the United States. Dr. Pilon holds a BSN from Barry University, Miami, Florida, an MN from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Nursing Administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the ANA, and is certified as a Nurse Executive-Advanced.



Rick WattersRick Watters, PhD, RN


Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing


RN (Algonquin College)
BSc (University of Western Ontario)
BEd (University of Ottawa)
MEd (University of Toronto)
PhD (University of Western Australia)


Dr. Richard Watters joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing on a full time basis in 2008. He is the Program Director of the CNS/CNL specialty program. Dr. Watters earned his PhD from the University of Western Australia, Australia. He is an experienced nurse educator in both undergraduate and graduate nursing education. Dr. Watters has more tha

n 25 years of experience in nursing education, nursing research and nursing practice. He has also served in a number of nurse leadership positions including chief nursing officer, and director of nursing research and education. His research interests include nursing leadership, evidence-based practice and nurse preceptorships.