Nominee For Secretary:
Emily Ward is the Director of Nursing Programs at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. She has been a nurse educator for 14 years. Emily graduated with her ADN from Guilford Technical Community College and earned her BSN and MSN from Gardner-Webb University. Her clinical specialty is Pediatrics and Women’s Health. Emily has one son, Benjamin, who is 12 years old.
Nominee For Parliamentarian:
Ramesh (Ram) has over 30 years of experience in healthcare, beginning with his first position out of high school as a combat medic in the U.S. Army. As a nurse, Ram has experience in hospice, home health, long term care, emergency nursing, critical care nursing, and rehabilitation nursing. His certification is in rehabilitation nursing (CRRN). Currently, Ram is on the faculty of Alamance Community College, teaching in the evening and weekend ADN program. Ram has been working for the State for 10 years. Prior to transferring to NCDPS, Ram worked as a Facility Survey Consultant for the State of North Carolina, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation. For three years in that position, Ram was required to function independently or as a member of a survey team which surveyed Medicare certified home health agencies, hospice services, and non-certified home care providers for compliance with State and Federal requirements. The position required extensive travel to facilities located throughout North Carolina. Prior to this, Ram worked in the private sector, in charge of meeting all the educational needs for the clinicians within North Carolina for the largest privately-held healthcare company in the Southeastern United States. Prior to that, Ram was a Clinical Instructor at the Margaret C. Moore School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). During his tenure at UNCG, he taught at all levels in the undergraduate program, including fundamentals of nursing, nursing health assessment, intermediate nursing skills, and advanced med/surg nursing. He holds a bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Nursing from UNCG, a Master’s in Business Administration from the Bryan School of Business and Economics, and a post-Master’s certificate in Distance Education from Thomas Edison State University. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and hopes to complete his dissertation in 2018.
In addition to his position at UNCG, Mr. Upadhyaya has taught at other schools of nursing, and is called upon regularly as a management consultant in healthcare for both the public and the private sector. Ram has published articles in journals such as American Journal of Nursing, Advance for Nurses, and Nursing Perspectives. He has presented more than a dozen papers at state, national, and international conferences. In the past two years, he has presented papers for the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, the National League for nursing educational summit, the American Assembly for Men in Nursing, and the Association for Home Care and Hospice. He authored several chapters in a Geriatric Nursing textbook, edited by Dr. Susan Meiner, which is currently in use in hundreds of Schools of Nursing.