Deb’s career has advanced from Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Vice President for the Rochester Regional Health’s Quality and Safety Institute. Deb works to develop and implement programs that drive continual improvement in our clinical services. She also serves as the chief nursing officer council’s representative to the Executive Leadership Team.
She is recognized for her leadership. To name a few the Athena Award Finalist, Dr. Arthur Walton, Executive Leadership Award , American Heart Association Women of Distinction Award Finalist, Genesee Valley Nurses Association Nurses Administrator Award, the March of Dimes Volunteer of the Year, and the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Sojourner Truth Award. She was inducted in the Monroe Community Colleges’ Alumni Hall of Fame, is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Rochester.
Deb is a newly elected member of the Rochester Academy of Medicine. The immediate past Northeast Regional Director for Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., co-lead’s the New York State Action Coalition Future of Nursing. She has been published and conducted research on the topic of Horizontal Violence. She leads the health ministry at Genesee Baptist Church. Providing ongoing health promotion, prevention, education and screening for the church congregation and Rochester community.
She earned her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse from the Educational Opportunity Center, an Associate’s Degree from Monroe Community College, a Baccalaureate Degree from SUNY Brockport, a Master’s Degree from Nazareth College, completed the Nurse Leaders of the Future program at the Wharton School, and her Doctorate in Education, Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College, is anticipating graduation with an Executive MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is nationally certified as a Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Connie’s career paths include clinical practice, administration, education and research. In 1999, she completed her education at LaSalle University, earning a Master of Science in Nursing Administration and has a post masters in nursing education. Connie worked as a staff nurse and assistant nurse manager of an oncology unit. Connie is an Adjunct Clinical Professor for Community College of Philadelphia and Drexel University, and Adjunct Faculty member for the University of Phoenix. From 2002 to 2008, she worked as the Community Outreach Program Coordinator for Fox Chase Cancer Center. Connie recently retired from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and from Fox Chase Cancer Center, as a nursing supervisor.
An integral part of Nurse Sumner’s life is social responsibility. Connie is the Immediate Past National Dean of Membership and the Past Director of the Northeast Region, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc, a professional nurse’s organization. She also served as President of the Philadelphia Chapter, Chi Eta Phi from 1999 to 2003. In her period of influence as President, her commitment to the sorority’s motto “Service for Humanity” held true. The organization grew in membership and in recognition for its commitment to foster education, training, mentorship, and community outreach in the Philadelphia area.
Other volunteer efforts include serving as Past Board President of the Black Women’s Health Alliance and member of the Advisory Committee for the American Cancer Society. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses.
Nurse Sumner has received several awards, which include the Nurse Scholars Grant from Independence Blue Cross, the Health Care Advocate award from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Black Nurses Association, and the National Fellows Leadership Award from Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Lastly, she was the 2007 recipient of the Nursing Spectrum Excellence Award in Community Service for the states of PA, DE and NJ.
Erica Underdown Palmer was initiated into the Prince George’s County, Maryland chapter in March 2007. She served as Dean of Membership and the President of Lambda Phi Chapter, Incorporated. She currently serves as the Northeast Region Financial Secretary, as well as the National Financial Secretary. She serves on numerous committees on the local, regional and national levels. Ms. Underdown Palmer received her BSN at Villa Julie College and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Administration at Trinity University in Washington, DC. Professionally, she is the Senior Manager Associate Health at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
Dr. Nutrena Tate is a Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy and Clinical Transformation Project Leader, Consultant to the City of Detroit Health Department. In addition to teaching undergraduate pediatric nursing and graduate courses, she is a published and funded researcher. Her research focuses on eliminating health inequities in childhood obesity in populations of color as well as health disparities research in general. Her education includes a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science in Parent Child Nursing, and Postdoctoral Degrees from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She earned her PhD in Nursing Research from Wayne State University.
Dr. Tate has been called to serve as a leader since her high school years at Renaissance High School, where she served as her class vice president. Since that time, she has served within various roles for non profit and professional organizations. Additionally, she has received several national, regional, and local awards for her exemplary service and leadership within practice, teaching and community settings. In addition to her membership in Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated, she is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and The Links, Inc.
Soror Karen Rabb has been a member of Xi Phi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated since March 2005. A registered nurse for 27 years, Soror Rabb has vast experiences in numerous therapeutic areas, including post-anesthesia (recovery), cardiac intensive care, home health, and clinical trial research specialist. Soror Rabb has a propensity for leadership and mentoring, and has served in positions as unit manager, supervisor, director of nursing/quality assurance, NIH project manager, and clinical trial lead support. Leadership positions within Chi Eta Phi includes Middlesouth Regional Director (current), Middlesouth Regional Secretary, Chapter President, Beta Sponsor, Chaplain, and National Chair of Public Relations/Marketing Committee.
Soror Rabb graduated from El Centro Community College with an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Nursing in 1989. She completed her Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing with a Specialization in Leadership and Management from Walden University in 2014. She currently holds an active certification in research monitoring- Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA).
Soror Rabb has been tremendously blessed, due above all else to her strong faith and love of people. She doesn’t believe in the “one-man show” philosophy. She believes that in order to be a good leader, you must be a good follower. She believes people will follow you if you have a sense of direction and purpose. Her purpose in life is to be the best Christian, wife, mother, nurse, leader and friend that she can be. She attends worship services regularly, she is a Deaconess at her church, she loves to read, and she travels quite a bit for her job. She is a native of Detroit, MI. She resides in Dallas, TX, has been married 31 years, and has 3 children and 1 grandson. She is indoctrinated with the notion that Service for Humanity is her true calling.