The Alabama Health Action Coalition (AL-HAC) serves as the driving force for transforming health care through nursing in our state. Recognizing the important work already underway in Alabama and with a goal of long-term sustainable change, AL-HAC leads the way to improve the health of the population with its incredible leadership team.
Kathleen A. Ladner, PhD, RN, FACHE
Dr. Kathleen Ladner is one of AL-HAC’s nursing co-leaders, bringing more than thirty years of progressive leadership experience in addition to her extensive work in the nursing profession. Before coming to AL-HAC, Dr. Ladner was the Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at four complex acute care facilities in the Southeast. She has twelve years teaching experience in three different university based nursing programs. In addition, she has served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corp for 25-years, a combination of active and reserve duty. She retired with the rank of Captain.
Dr. Ladner has received numerous awards and accolades for her caring and tenacious work for patients,
employees, students, peers and her profession. She was inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2010 was recognized as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing during their 60th Anniversary Celebration. She was also named a 2013 Outstanding Advocate by the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama for her role in the passage of the prescriptive authority bill decreasing practice barriers for nurse practitioners in Alabama.
She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Barry College for Women in Miami Shores, Florida, a master of science in pediatrics from University of Alabama at Birmingham and a PhD in Administration and Educational Leadership from the College of Education at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is board certified in healthcare management and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Carol J. Ratcliffe, DNP, RN, COI, FACHE
Dr. Carol Ratcliffe serves as a nursing co-leader for AL-HAC. As a founding member and co-leader of AL-HAC, Dr. Ratcliffe’s leadership and demonstrated commitment to advancing patient care and advocating for the nursing profession as a nurse leader for over 20 years was influential in establishing the coalition and its membership. She serves as a consultant on the Alabama RWJF State Implementation Grant, Chairs the AL-HAC Health Workforce Data Repository Committee, and was appointed by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to the Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force.
Dr. Ratcliffe has received numerous awards and accolades for her visionary leadership in nursing. In 2009, she was an inaugural recipient of the Ida V. Moffett Courage to Care Award and named a Living Legacy by the
Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing during their 90th Anniversary Celebration.
Dr. Ratcliffe was inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame in 2011 and named the 2011 Outstanding Nursing Administrator by the Alabama State Nurses’ Association. She is listed in Who’s Who in Black Birmingham and Who’s Who in Black Alabama. Dr. Ratcliffe was also named a 2013 Outstanding Advocate by the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama for her role in the passage of the prescriptive authority bill decreasing practice barriers for nurse practitioners in Alabama. Also, while under Dr. Ratcliffe's leadership as president of AlaONE, Alabama was recognized by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) with a Chapter Achievement Award in 2014. This was the first time in the history of AlaONE to receive this award from AONE.
Dr. Ratcliffe received a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing, a master of science in nursing administration from the UAB School of Nursing, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Nursing Administration from the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. She has been board certified in healthcare management for over 17 years and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is an enthusiastic role model and mentor to others. A charismatic and visionary leader, she inspires innovation and positive change in health care.
Lacy Gibson, BS
Director of Human Resources/Workforce Development Committee, Alabama Hospital Association
With over twenty years of hospital human resource experience, Lacy Gibson has worked for the past sixteen years with the Alabama Hospital Association as a human resource professional, focusing on healthcare workforce development. In addition to serving as a co-leader for AL-HAC, she has served on Alabama’s State Workforce Investment Board, Alabama Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee and ASNA’s Commission on Professional Issues. She holds a B.S. Degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Auburn University and resides in Montgomery.
“AL-HAC’s goals dovetail the Alabama Hospital Association’s mission to effectively meet the healthcare needs of the citizens of Alabama. I’m delighted to be working and share the vision with such an outstanding group of individuals.”
AL-HAC Program Manager
In April 2014, a Program Manager was brought onto AL-HAC's team to coordinate and facilitate the achievement of AL-HAC's reccommendations and goals with the vision that the Program Manager would ensure access to high quality, cost-effective, and patient-centered health care in Alabama.
Shaina Berry, BS
Program Manager, Alabama Health Action Coalition
Shaina Berry has dedicated her career to serving nonprofits since graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communication in 2010. In addition to having experience in public relations and strategic communication development, Shaina has a vested interest in health care and served as a Rehabilitation Specialist for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in Florida before relocating to Alabama. Shaina enthusiastically combines her passions for improving healthcare and nonprofit management to help advance AL-HAC's mission.