About the GRNEN Leadership Team

The GRNEN leadership team is comprised of global members representing non-profits, rural community development associations, large rural healthcare organizations, and nursing colleges with an interest in the health of rural populations.

Jean Ross HS

Jean Ross



Jean Ross RN, BN, MA Nursing, PhD, FCNA (NZ) is a professor in nurs­ing at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand. She has more than 25 years’ experience of working with the rural nursing workforce including the areas of research and education. Jean’s work with rural nurses began in 1994 with the establishment of the National Centre for Rural Health in New Zealand, of which she was co-director. Jean has published two books and numerous journal publications.


Diana VanderWoude



Diana VanderWoude has almost 40 years of experience in healthcare administration, education, and regulation. She is the System Vice President of Learning, Education and Development (LEAD) for Sanford Health; one of the largest health systems in the United States with 50,000 employees and healthcare facilities in 26 states and 9 countries. Diana is a Registered Nurse with a master’s degree from South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Nursing Administration. She was recently recognized as a Distinguished Alumna for SDSU in 2018.