Meet Our Faculty and Staff
Bonnie Pilon, DSN, RN, BC, FAAN
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships
Professor of Nursing, Healthcare Leadership
BS (Nursing) – Barry University, Miami, FL
MN – University of Florida, Gainesville
DSN – University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Pilon has held the Senior Associate Dean at Vanderbilt School of Nursing position since 1999; she directs the Healthcare Leadership academic program. She has held a number of leadership positions in health care, including Chief Nursing Officer for a 500-bed tertiary hospital, senior consultant for IBM and manager in a proprietary health care company. Dr. Pilon is currently a board member for the National Nursing Centers Consortium. She is active in state and national professional organizations. She has conducted research in nursing administration and Healthcare Leadership, authored numerous publications, and serves as a national and international consultant in case management and nursing administration.
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
Professor Crutcher is the Assistant Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships at Vanderbilt School of Nursing and is an assistant professor in the Healthcare Leadership at Vanderbilt School of Nursing. She has been with the School of Nursing since 2000. She is the Clinical Director for West End Women's Health Center, a Vanderbilt Nurse Midwifery outpatient practice site. She oversees school based clinics in three enhanced-option, low income elementary schools in Davidson Co. She is on the Diabetes Improvement Project Team with the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance.
She was the Clinical Director for University Community Health Services (UCHS), a Federally Qualified Health Center in Davidson County, for over 7 years, and later served as a Quality Consultant to UCHS. 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. She received undergraduate degrees in nursing and biology from Western Kentucky University, her master's degree in Nursing Administration from Vanderbilt University, and her Doctorate degree at Georgia Health Sciences University.
Treasa K. Leming-Lee, DNP, MSN, RN, CPHQ
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.
Rick 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 than 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.
Kelly 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 Health Systems Management 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.