Bonnie Perratto, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE is an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 50 years of nursing and leadership experience. Bonnie is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has served as a Magnet Appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program for 16 years. Bonnie advocates for excellence in health care and organizations who value nursing talent and nursing innovation.
Bonnie’s amazing career includes serving as Senior Vice President /Chief Nurse Executive (retired) for Bayhealth Medical Center in Delaware, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Humility of Mary Health Partners in Ohio, Vice President/CNO for Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and Director of Nursing at New York-Presbyterian-Allen Hospital in northern Manhattan, New York. Bonnie also held nursing administrative roles at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Massapequa General Hospital, St John’s Episcopal Hospital, and Highland Health Care Center.
Bonnie received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and Master of Business from Adelphi University.
Ron Laxton, DNP, MSN, RN, is a distinguished healthcare professional with a career spanning over four decades. Throughout his extensive journey, he has held several pivotal leadership roles, contributing significantly to the field of nursing and healthcare.
Dr. Laxton has served as the Chief Nurse & Allied Service Executive at the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates in Washington, DC. His expertise also extended to his role as the Senior Vice President/Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) for the University of Maryland Capitol Region Health.
Ron's career includes leadership positions such as the Executive Vice President (EVP) & Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Renown Regional Medical Center, and Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) for Renown Health in Reno, Nevada. In addition, he held the position of Chief Nurse Executive at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia.
With a commitment to lifelong learning, Ron earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Nevada-Reno building on his extensive knowledge and expertise. He holds a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.
Dr. Laxton's career is a testament to his unwavering dedication to nursing, healthcare excellence, leadership, and the betterment of patient care for healthcare systems.
Jane Kurz, PhD, RN is Professor (adjunct) of Nursing at LaSalle University. Dr. Kurz has previously served as Chair and Associate Dean at Temple University and Chair of Nursing at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. She also served on faculty at University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Holy Family University, and Delaware State University.
Dr. Kurz’s research has focused on families involved in lung transplantation and issues regarding students. She published her studies in a variety of nursing journals, e.g., Journal of Nursing Regulation, Teaching and Learning in Nursing, Journal of Professional Nursing, and Progress in Transplantation. She is a regular reviewer for several journals. She received grant funding from US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Highmark Blue Cross/Blue shield, City of Philadelphia, and local organizations. Her international work includes two USAID sponsored trips to Ukraine and the 2014 Nightingale London trip with students to explore the historical and current health care system in England.
Dr. Kurz received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Family Studies from University of Delaware and Master of Science in Nursing from Widener University.
Bet Key Wong, MSN, RN, CNOR has been in healthcare for 40 years and is a self-described social entrepreneur and innovator. She uses her unique combination of industry, clinical, and academic experience to tackle complex healthcare problems. She is the Team Lead for Nurses & Neighbors’ Grant Award from AARP’s 2023 Community Challenge and Co-Lead for the Winning Team “Price is Right” at the 2021 NurseHack4Health Hackathon.
Bet started her healthcare career as a bench chemist for DuPont’s Biomedical Division at DuPont’s Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware. At DuPont, she received a patent for developing a process in medicinal chemistry. Bet moved from research and development to clinical research, sales, and clinical nursing for several pharmaceutical and medical device companies such as Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and 3M. Bet was also a clinical educator for perioperative services at BayHealth Medical Center in Milford, Delaware and staff/charge nurse at Beth Israel Lahey Health in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Bet received her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Brown University, Master of Science in Chemistry from University of Rochester, and Master of Science in Nursing from Worcester State University