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About Us



Sue Roe, DPA, MS, BSN, RN

For over 20 years Dr. Roe has successfully completed consulting assignments focusing on strategic initiatives, workforce and professional development, accreditation, assessment, evaluation, competency based learning, core curriculum, training/instructional design, faculty development, and grant writing/management.

Dr. Roe has a doctorate in public administration with an emphasis in administration and policy. She has additional graduate level work in educational administration and instructional development and has a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

She has diverse administrative experience in both private and public sector institutions and has keynoted and been a presenter at a variety of conventions, seminars, workshops, and programs across the country providing dynamic and value added information. Dr. Roe has taught and designed academic courses for over 35 years at several public and private universities/colleges using a variety of delivery formats.

Present and past publications include textbooks, guidebooks, handbooks, and articles. She is co-author of two published books, Life by Personal Design: Realizing Your Dream and Health Science: Concepts and Applications. She is also the author of a recently published textbook, The Nursing Assistant:  Essentials of Holistic Care, and is completing a book on holistic leadership in healthcare. Dr. Roe has been and is currently involved in several grants and large projects as author and evaluator as well as assuming management and specialist positions. She served as co-editor of “Connections in Holistic Nursing Research” (e-Newsletter) for the American Holistic Nurses Association and is currently the co-chapter leader for The Arizona Chapter … a chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association.

Dr. Roe has received awards for her professional leadership activities and has served on several community and professional Boards of Directors and quality and credentialing committees. She developed and was the executive director of a consortium focused on complementary/alternative medicine.

Dr. Roe is a highly respected professional and community leader, skillful facilitator, an accomplished administrator, and change agent.


Executive Director of Learning Excellence and Management

Maryann Ivons, ND

Dr. Maryann Ivons has been a licensed naturopathic physician for nearly 30 years. Prior to that she was an Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit registered nurse for 12 years.

In 1978, Dr. Ivons graduated from the College of San Mateo with a degree in Nursing and in 1987, she completed a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in Washington State.

Dr. Ivons ran her own private practice in Monroe, Washington for 25 years focusing on family practice. She also taught Homeopathy, clinical diagnosis, and clinical training at Bastyr University and the Seattle School of Homeopathy. In 2013 she exchanged her life working a farm in the frigid northwest for sunny Phoenix, Arizona. When arriving In Phoenix, she became the Chair of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Training and then Dean of Academic Affairs at the American Medical College of Homeopathy. She successfully taught many courses emphasizing clinical training and homeopathy.

Currently she is using her skill as an effective teacher and facilitator of learning by assisting in the development of, “Homeopathic House Call”, an online program designed to help individuals find appropriate, effective homeopathic remedies for acute medical conditions. She is also creating online continuing medical education courses that provide information about holistic treatment modalities. For the past 12 years Dr. Ivons has chaired the minor surgery, emergency medicine, and now the homeopathy test writing group for the Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examination (NPLEX) given both in the United States and Canada..

Dr. Ivons just completed her first E-Guidebook titled, About Homeopathy…The Best Kept Secret in American Medicine. She also authored Homeopathy for Nurses and was a contributor to Integrative Cardiology by Vogel and Krucoff.


Course Author

Jacky B Cherney, MS, CSCS, CPT, CISSN

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
Certified Personal Trainer (NASM)
Certified International Sports Nutritionist (ISSN)
Body Definitions, LLC BodyDefinitions.com

Jacky has been working as a fitness and wellness professional for over 25 years. Her passion developed from her years of research about the many advantages of exercise and the importance of integrating a healthy (and fun!) lifestyle. She is committed and excited to help others in ways they will benefit the most. She received her Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Colorado State University and teaches Exercise Science at Scottsdale Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, and Grand Canyon University.


Course & Contributing Author

Marla Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Weston has nearly 30 years’ experience in for-profit and not-for-profit roles. She has a track record leading complex change and enterprise-wide integration; developing consensus and synergy with diverse stakeholders; and transforming culture to create high-performing teams. Most recently, Dr. Weston served as the CEO of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Enterprise. Her leadership in large-scale change, innovation, and creation of a positive work culture transformed ANA into one of the fastest-growing national associations. In that role, she led the launch of an initiative to transform the health of America’s 3.8 million nurses. Dr. Weston was selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare in 2017 due to her leadership skills and accomplishments in health care, mentorship of female health care executives, and her contributions to health care at the local, state and national levels.

Recognized as a Distinguished Alumni in 2012, Dr. Weston earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master of science in nursing from Arizona State University, and a doctoral degree at the University of Arizona. In 2012, she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has been in leadership roles in the Arizona and American Nurses Association, chaired the Nurses on Boards Coalition, and is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International.


Contributing Author

Michelle Goldbach, DNP, MHA, RN, CHPN

Dr. Goldbach is the Clinical Manager of the Palliative Care and Pediatric Program at the Elizabeth Hospice in San Diego. California. For over 30 years she has been an international public speaker, educator, mentor and leader in the Healthcare. Dr. Goldbach’s experience includes NICU, women’s health, fertility, bariatric, trauma, and hospice care. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Health Administration from California State University, Long Beach and completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Health Systems Organizational Leadership from Oregon Health & Science University. She also holds certification as a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. Dr. Goldbach is trained in Reiki, Healing Touch, Holistic coaching, aromatherapy, meditation, dream work, the Enneagram, emotional intelligence, and as a transformational/holistic Leader. She completed her Anamcara “soul-friend” apprenticeship through the Sacred Art of Living Spiritual Foundation (SALC). Dr. Goldbach is very involved in the community and is the 2019 Innovations Conference Chair for the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) as well as a member of the Nursing Leadership Development Committee, and is faculty and mentor with CNESD (Consortium of Nursing Excellence in San Diego- Evidence Based Practice Institute). She is the 2018 Chair Elect of the San Diego Chapter of the Coalition for Compassionate Care organization. Dr. Goldbach has volunteered at Camp Erin Grief Camp through the Moyer Foundation. She participates in the local American Holistic Nurse Association chapter and is a member of the Nursing Advanced Practice Committee and Advanced Practice Oncology Providers. Her current activities also include serving as adjunct faculty at National University and is a guest speaker at California State University, San Marcos.

Contributing Author

Sherry Zumbrunnen, MN, BSN, RN, HNBC

Ms. Zumbrunnen is a certified holist nurse and has been a Kripalu trained yoga instructor for the past 23 years. Her past experience includes 17 years supervising a disease management program in a hospital system. This included the development of a Complementary Therapy Body, Mind, & Spirit Program which focused on holistic assessment, mindful yoga, meditation, and sponsoring outside services for patients with cancer. As part of this Program, Ms. Zumbrunnen visited with patients who had a diagnosis of cancer and their families. She helped them with treatment choices, to find a mindful practice to strengthen their lifestyle, and to become comfortable with relaxation techniques using the breath, centering, and imagery. In addition, she provided one-on-one counseling which emphasized self-image and spirituality. Ms. Zumbrunnen was the principal investigator of a study focusing on breast cancer survivors. She also taught Stress Management Tools at Arizona State University for 7 years. She has served on integrative health committees and contributed her experience and expertise in holistic nursing to a soon to be published textbook: The Nursing Assistant: Essentials of Holistic Care. Ms. Zumbrunnen was also an ICU nurse for 17 years.

Ms. Zumbrunnen received her Master of Nursing and Bachelor of Science degrees from Grand Canyon University.

Currently Ms. Zumbrunnen spends her time teaching yoga several times a week and leads yoga hikes for the McDowell Conservatory. Ms. Zumbrunnen is also the co-chapter leader for the Arizona Chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association.