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Esther Emard, RN, MSN, MSLIR
The George Washington University School of Nursing
Washington, D.C.

Esther Emard recently retired from her role as the Chief Operating Officer of NCQA after 12 years, and continued to serve as a consultant to the organization for an addition year. In her role as COO she was responsible for all aspects of business planning and operations in supporting of the organization's strategic plan. She also served as Chair of the Leadership Team and Management Team for the organization.

Prior to assuming her position with NCQA, Emard was the Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, where she was responsible for all regional operations in the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She also served as President of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, the Rhode Island affiliate of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

She has held additional positions as the Associate Director of Nursing for Morton Hospital and Medical Centers, Inc. of Taunton, Massachusetts.

Emard is currently a member of the National Honor Society in Nursing and Member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation.

Emard was recently a member of Medical Reserve Core (MRC), serving as an Incident Coordinator, for Fairfax County, State of Virginia. She served for several years as both a RN and an Incident Coordinator. She held an appointment by the Director of Fairfax Health Department to the County's Leadership Council and as the MRC representative to the Citizens' Core Council.

Emard is currently an Instructor for The George Washington University School of Nursing. She is also the Routhier Visiting Clinical Professor, 2014-2015 for the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing and an Assistant Professor teaching at the graduate level. Additionally, she has been a consultant to AACN for the past 3 years engaged by the QSEN Initiative (Quality and Safety Education in Nursing) to be one of three faculty holding workshops across the United States on the new Master and Doctoral level competencies.

Emard is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Care New England Health Care System. In that capacity serves as the Vice Chair of the system's Quality & Credentials Committee and Co-Chair for the systems' VNA Quality and Clinical Services Committee.

Emard received a Masters' degrees in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island (URI) and a second Masters' degree from URI in Labor and Industrial Relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She is currently licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Virginia. Emard is currently the co-chair on the VNAA Education Committee.

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