The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation is run by a small, energetic staff with a passion for advancing NP leadership in healthcare. Outside expert consultants are invited to be involved on a by-project basis.


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Phyllis Zimmer, MN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN

Ms. Zimmer is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the Founder/President of the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF). She has guided the NPHF portfolio in public policy, patient education, public health awareness campaigns, provider education, and national scholarship, fellowship, and awards programs. She is the Co-Founder of America’s Nurses, a national resource for support of nurse-led/owned practices.  She also holds a faculty position in the Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, Washington.

Phyllis has provided major leadership in the nurse practitioner profession at state, national, and international levels.  She chaired the development of ARNPs UNITED in the State of Washington. She is a past president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), and led the development of the first national standards for NP education. She served as President and as the Director of Corporate Relations of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), and initiated the organization’s national clinical meeting. Internationally, Phyllis has provided consultation to the development of the NP role/NP education in The Netherlands, Canada, and Japan. She has provided numerous presentations and keynotes in the U.S. and around the world highlighting the role of the NP in healthcare. In 1996, Phyllis was selected by the U.S. Public Health Service as a Primary Care Policy Fellow.  Since then she has actively engaged in the policy arena.  She has provided expert testimony to the Food and Drug Administration and the Institute of Medicine.

She is a “founding member” of the Steering Committee for the international Connecting Nurses project, and has presented this successful program in a TED talk in Brussels, at the Women Leaders Forum of the United Nations, and at the World Health Organization.  She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Rochester School of Nursing and serves on their National Advisory Council. In recognition of her contributions to nursing, in 2012 she was honored with the Loretta C. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium. 


Program Director, Continuing Education and Special Projects

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Pam Jenkins, MS, NP

Pam joined the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation in May of 2015. She holds a BSN from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Maternal-Child Health Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco.  She also is prepared as an advanced practice nurse practitioner in Women’s Health.  Pam has both a background in clinical practice and an exceptionally strong background in continuing education and professional development for NPs, MDs and other advanced practice clinicians. 

Pam served as Vice President of Program Development for Contemporary Forums, a national CE provider, where she was a significant contributor to the growth and strategic direction of the company.  She has worked with needs assessment, content planning, budget planning, program quality measures and evaluation/outcomes of CE to develop robust, clinically-oriented continuing education programs. Pam has a passion for professional development of the interprofessional team as their roles evolve in the changing healthcare environment and for management of special projects, supporting NPHF's mission and goals.


Accounts Manager

Karen Ross, KR Billing, LLC

Karen joined the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation in 2013.  Before joining NPHF Karen was with Proliance Surgeons, a 19-physician ambulatory surgical center, where she managed patient accounts, served as liaison between patients and insurance companies, and proofed operative reports.  She excelled in helping patients sort through complex surgery bills, oftentimes working with patients for months after surgery to resolve billing and insurance issues. Prior to working for Proliance, Karen was with Bellegrove OB-Gyn, Inc., P.S., where she hired and trained billing personnel, helped design an in-house insurance billing program, and resolved problems with insurance billings and patient accounts. 

In addition to managing the fiscal aspects of all NPHF grants, Karen provides administrative support to the President and Program Director.  

Karen graduated from the American University of Paris.  She started KR Billing, LLC in 2012.