Carole Bergeron

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Carole Hersey Bergeron, Ph.D.
Program Chair, M.B.A. Healthcare Systems Leadership Concentration, Leadership Concentration

Contact info:
Phone: 203.596.8564

Academic Background:

PhD in Leadership and Change, Antioch University
Masters in Human Services Administration (MHSA)—Antioch-New England
Diploma in Nursing—Catherine Laboure School of Nursing

Ph.D. focus---relational leadership
Dissertation title: Nurses’ experience of leadership in assisted living: a situational analysis

Teaching Background:

  • Albertus Magnus College / Undergraduate level courses in Ethics and Healthcare Management; graduate level courses in Servant Leadership, Healthcare Management, and International Healthcare Management

  • Walden University / Graduate level courses in Organizational Culture, and Leadership

  • Southern Connecticut State University / Masters level course in Nursing Leadership

  • Training classes in corporate environments related to Scope and Standards of Practice, Quality Patient Care and Safety, Organizational Change, Executive Leadership, Healthcare Financing and Clinical Implications, Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, Assisted Living, Healthcare Policy, Effective Legislative Processes

Professional Background:

  • Executive Director, Connecticut Nurses’ Association - Chief Executive Officer of state association that is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association.  Responsible for strategic planning, professional advocacy, legislative interface, coalition building, daily operations.

  • Principal, Bergeron Consulting Associates - leadership, management, process, strategy and clinical consultation to healthcare organizations.  Focus on clinical and executive leadership, policy development, scope and standards of practice, clinical and business operations interface.

  • Vice President, Ability Beyond Disability (formerly DATAHR Rehabilitation Institute) –Planning and Business Development and Vice President of Health and Professional Support Services

  • Vice President, AHF/CT Management Inc. - Quality Improvement and Resident Services

  • Administrator, Apple Health Care - Skilled Nursing Facility

  • Program Developer, NewMedico, Inc. -  Sub-Acute level of care rehabilitation programs for people with traumatic brain injury

  • Rehabilitation Program Director, Harris Hospital-Methodist - developed and directed inpatient medical rehabilitation program specializing in stroke, amputation, and head injury rehabilitation

Teaching Philosophy:

Dr. Bergeron has been an adult learner most of her life and as a result, has a deep understanding of the complexities of that path.  She values the experiences adult learners bring to the learning environment that extends and enriches the learning.  She seeks congruence in teaching coupled with a desire to be inclusive of differing perspectives, and believes it is critically important to integrate the qualitative aspects of organizational life as businesses focus on strategic initiatives within a rapidly changing world environment. 

Professional and community activities

  • Primary Investigator, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Implementation Program (SIP) Grant---to advance the future of nursing in America as identified in the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing

  • Member Connecticut  Department of Public health Quality of Care Advisory Committee

  • Member, Connecticut Nurses’ Association Government Relations Committee

  • Member, Connecticut Nurses’ Association and American Nurses Association

  • Member, International Leadership Association

Personal Background

Dr. Bergeron has two grown sons and seven grandchildren.  She spends time visiting her family and enjoying the role of grandmother, and is an avid gardener and a creative cook.  She loves opera, theater, ballet/modern dance and the visual arts.  She enjoys the proximity to New York and Boston that she experiences from the farm in rural Western Massachusetts that she shares with her partner Larry and his horses.  

Research/Academic Interests

Dr Bergeron is interested in what she describes as the frontier of healthcare; environments that are not uniquely healthcare focused (schools and assisted living communities, for example) but are delivering sophisticated healthcare services to increasingly complex populations.