Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Nena Peragallo Montano became the seventh dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in January 2017. She was formerly dean and professor of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies for more than 13 years. A nationally and internationally recognized nursing scientist specializing in health disparities and culturally competent interventions with minority populations, Peragallo Montano has devoted her research and academic career to improving the health status of minorities and other medically underserved groups. She has authored numerous professional publications and is a sought-after speaker in her field. She has mentored a number of Hispanic scientists who are now published authors and advancing in positions of leadership. At the SON, she is responsible for establishing the vision, strategic direction and academic climate, in addition to her administrative responsibilities. She likewise serves as the chief fundraiser and ambassador for the School to external constituents.
Margaret “Peggy” Wilmoth, PhD, RN, FAAN
Executive Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Peggy Wilmoth joined the SON administration and faculty in August 2017, bringing with her more than three decades of experience in dual careers in academia and the military, where she achieved the rank of Major General in the U.S. Army Reserve and became the first nurse and woman to serve as a Deputy Surgeon General. Her practice and research foci in psychosocial oncology contributed to the creation of the new subspecialty of psychosexual oncology, and she has taught across all levels of nursing education. At the SON, she is responsible for planning, administering, evaluating and improving the School’s academic programs and assists the dean as needed with operations and special projects.
Ruth A. Anderson, RN, PhD, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research
Ruth Anderson’s pioneering research on chronic illness and care outcomes for older adults has been recognized nationally and internationally. Her research program, which applies complexity science and the adaptive leadership framework to the study of health care systems, has been continuously funded by the NINR for more than 13 consecutive years. Anderson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including membership in Sigma Theta Tau’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Anderson has a distinguished record of mentoring doctoral students through dissertation completion. Since arriving at the SON in 2015, Anderson has led the Office of Research Support and Consultation where she and her team assist junior faculty in developing their research ideas, writing proposals and securing funding.
Lisa Miller, MBA, CPA, CGMA
Associate Dean for Administrative Services
Lisa Miller oversees the School’s administrative affairs, including finances, facilities, human resources, information technology and continuing education. She has more than twenty years of experience in higher education and is a Certified Public Accountant with a bachelor’s of science in marketing and a master’s in business administration from Louisiana State University. She began her career in financial and accounting positions in private industry in Louisiana and Florida before serving as Associate Director at the University of Florida’s College of Nursing. She is active in AACN’s Business Officers of Nursing Schools where she has served on the Steering Committee in various capacities, including as Chair in 2009 and 2017.
Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Global Initiatives
Before joining Carolina Nursing in August 2019, Marianne Baernholdt served as the Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. During her time at VCU she was also the founding director of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety, and Innovation — a resource dedicated to providing the health community with education, activities, and resources that foster collaborative, patient-centered, cost-effective health care. Her research focuses on how quality of care is defined and factors affecting quality of care in global rural areas across the healthcare continuum. In her role as Associate Dean for Global Initiatives, Dr. Baernholdt is responsible for developing and implementing the School’s global initiatives, which includes leading global health research and scholarly endeavors at the School and developing a strategic plan for global initiatives.
Associate Dean for Advancement
Kelly is an experienced development and external relations professional, having directed communications, alumni relations and development activities at professional schools and programs across UNC, including the Adams School of Dentistry and the Morehead-Cain Scholars Program. In her role as associate dean for advancement at Carolina Nursing, she oversees fundraising, donor development and stewardship, alumni relations, communications and events. Kelly previously served the School as its first Director of Communications from 2015-2019.
Linda Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Assistant Dean | PhD Division
In addition to her robust program of research as a pioneering psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and scientist, Linda leads the Carolina Nursing PhD Division and Program. Linda adds her administrative duties to a highly distinguished career studying the factors that contribute to depression for vulnerable new mothers and interventions to improve mental health and interactions between mother and child. Recently named an Edge Runner by the American Academy of Nursing for her innovations and impact on nursing science and practice, Dr. Beeber is currently working on several national projects to incorporate depression screening and intervention into national maternal-child focused entities such as the Nurse Family Partnership, Healthy Families America, Parents As Teachers, and the federally-funded Early Intervention system for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays.
Jennifer D’Auria, PhD, RN, CPNP
Assistant Dean | MSN/DNP Division
Jennifer D’Auria is the Assistant Dean of the DNP Division and DNP Program. Her administrative duties at UNC-Chapel Hill have included serving as the first MSN Program Director from 2000-2015 and Interim Director of the MSN and DNP programs from 2015-2017. Presently, she serves as PI for the Nursing Faculty Loan Program and the NC-LEND Discipline Coordinator for the School of Nursing. In 2015, she received the Leah Harrison Excellence in Clinical Writing Award from the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. Her research and clinical interests focus on primary care of children and adolescents specifically those with chronic conditions.
Katherine “Kathy” Moore, MSN, RN
Assistant Dean, Office of Student Affairs
Kathy Moore is a registered nurse, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the UNC School of Nursing where she oversees student recruitment, application processing and admissions for all academic programs. She has successfully secured significant DHHS/HRSA funding for the School’s Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship, which supports graduate nursing students preparing as advanced practice registered nurses in primary care nurse practitioner roles and for which she provides leadership. Moore is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nurse Manager of the Year award from the North Carolina Nurses Association, two Star Heel Awards recognizing excellent UNC employees and numerous Faculty Appreciation Awards from School of Nursing undergraduates.
Shielda Rodgers, PhD, RN
Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence
Shielda Glover Rodgers joined the School of Nursing in July 2002 following 20 years as an educator at other universities, and assumed the role of Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence in August 2017. Throughout her career she has addressed the issues of student retention and success with specific attention to minority students. She has received several awards for dedicated service to students in general and multiethnic students specifically. Since coming to UNC she has received the UNC Hospital Faculty of the Year award, the HOPE Award, and Excellence in Academic Advising award. In 2014 the nursing department at her alma mater recognized her as their distinguished alumnus. Shielda is a devoted faculty member who strives for work-life balance and for excellence in her students. Currently, she is administering a $1.98 million dollar HRSA training grant for underrepresented ethnic minority students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds (MENTORS2).
Anita Tesh, PhD, RN
Assistant Dean | Undergraduate Division
Anita Tesh came to the UNC School of Nursing in 2015 and took over the leadership of the BSN Division and Program in 2017. A leader in nursing education, Anita has participated in projects in geriatrics and in nursing education funded by HRSA, and in health disparities from HHS and NIH. As part of research teams or dissertation committees, Dr. Tesh frequently contributes expertise on research design, assessment and measurement. Her current research interests include issues of health and social justice, with particular focus on geriatrics, end of life issues and access to nursing education.