Meet Our Co-Leads.

Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer, Texas Health Resources Dallas

We believe you can't change healthcare without changing the largest group of health care providers in the nation - nursing. We must become better educated, more involved, make evidence based decisions, practice to our full scope and lead. Our achievements to date indicate we are doing just that with 52.3% BSN in our state, 31% increase in number of doctorate prepared nurses, major advancement toward full scope APRN practice, more diversity in our nursing workforce than ever, the creation of seamless articulation for nurses academically and nurses being formally trained in the art of governance for the first time.

Cindy Johnson, MSN, RN

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Cindy Johnson serves as the Vice President of Products and Clinical Integration of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. She received her MSN from The University of Alabama.





Cindy D. Zolnierek, PhD, RN

Executive Director, Texas Nurses Association

As executive director of the Texas Nurses Association, Cindy leads the strategic operations of the Texas Nurses Association (TNA), a professional membership organization of registered nurses that advances nursing through leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and innovation. As co-lead of Texas Team Advancing Health through Nursing, she facilitates accomplishing the IOM recommendations for the Future of Nursing through coalition work throughout the state.   Cindy’s nursing career spans advanced practice, chief nurse executive, and academic roles. She has authored numerous publications focusing on nursing practice, advocacy, and care of persons with serious mental illness. She received a BSN from University of Detroit - Mercy, an MSN in adult psychiatric-mental health nursing from Wayne State University, and a PhD in nursing from University of Texas at Austin.