The National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) is driven by our mission to continually provide value for nurses; our members and prospective members. A vital part of that mission is NNBA’s Advisory Board. It’s an honor working with our board members as the NNBA benefits from their expertise and scope of knowledge. Each are invaluable resources for NNBA’s future growth, and “The Voice of Nurse Entrepreneurship”.

The following individuals serve on NNBA’s Advisory Board and brief bio follows:

  • Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP®, FAAN, The Inspiration Nurse at
  • Louise Jakubik, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, CSP®, CEO and CLO, Nurse Builders
  • Stella Nsong, RN, CMC, LTCP, Six Figures Nurse Academy, New Jersey Elder Care Planning Council
  • Lou Podlesni, CFO and CTO, Bloom Service Group
  • Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, FAAN, CSP®, CEO and Founder of Healthy Workforce Institute
  • Michelle DeLizio Podlesni, RN, CEO, Bloom Service Group, Founder of UNconventional Nurse®, NNBA President
Donna Cardillo

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA CSP®, FAAN, is The Inspiration Nurse. She travels the world helping nurses to be happy in their careers and to reach their full potential. She does this as a keynote speaker, seminar and retreat leader, author, and cut-up. Donna was the original “Dear Donna” columnist at She is also an Expert Blogger at as well as the former Healthcare Careers Expert at Donna is the creator of the trademarked Career Alternatives for Nurses® seminars and home-study program. She is author of 4 books including her newest release: Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart. Donna has earned the coveted Certified Speaking Professional (CSP®) designation from the National Speakers Association. She is one of only 26 nurses in the world to hold that credential. Donna has been referred to as the Nurse Whisperer and Rosie the Riveter of the nursing world. Her audiences describe her as a force of nature who leads a path for others to follow. To learn more about Donna, visit

Louise Jakubik

Dr. Louise Jakubik is the Chief Executive and Learning Officer of Nurse Builders, a nursing education business specializing in certification, continuing education, and mentoring. Eighteen years ago, she started her business with one narrow niche and a single presentation. Today Louise’s business has grown exponentially to include three niche areas that form the basis for an education empire that generates 7 figures annually providing over 30 different proprietary live courses, over 250 different proprietary e-courses, over 60 independently published book titles, and a cloud based mentoring software program platform for hospitals. Louise has demonstrated in her own business, the power of building a business that is highly niched with multiple diverse revenue streams serving customers within that niche. Louise has been a proud member of the National Nurses in Business Association since starting her business 18 years ago. And she believes the NNBA has played a pivotal role in her development of success and success as a nurse entrepreneur and business owner.

Stella Nsong

Stella Nsong, RN, CMC, LTCP, is the president of The Six Figures Nurse Academy and is on the New Jersey Elder Care Planning Council. With over two decades of experience as a registered nurse, she practices as a certified professional geriatric care manager and elder care consultant. She is a best selling author, speaker, trainer and healthcare columnist.

Stella is the recipient of multiple awards and honors as a business woman and geriatric care manager. She became a syndicated columnist with her famous elder care advice column, the Elder Cliff Report: What Baby Boomers Need to Know About Their Aging Parents.

Lou Podlesni

As the CTO of Bloom Service Group, Lou’s expertise is providing infrastructure and software solutions for the variety of businesses within the corporation’s umbrella of service companies.

Lou Podlesni has more than 35 years of experience in management, education and programming, with leading providers of information and workflow solutions to the property and casualty claims industry, including the past 15 years in privately owned business applications. Lou’s efforts were focused on healthcare cost containment software and support services, ensuring that the clients’ software met national regulatory compliance and multiple insurance coverage types. Lou’s expertise in situation analysis and continual process improvements created maximized efficiencies and customer loyalty. In addition, for several years Lou co-owned, operated and sold a well-established and profitable senior care company focused on allowing seniors the ability to remain their homes.

Renee Thompson

Dr. Renee Thompson is a sought after speaker, author, consultant, and leading authority on creating healthy work forces by eliminating bullying and incivility. With 27 years as a clinical nurse, nurse educator, quality manager, and nurse executive, Dr. Thompson is an expert on workplace bullying, and spends the majority of her time working with healthcare organizations that want to cultivate a healthy workforce.

Renee is the CEO and Founder of The Healthy Workforce Institute. She has been repeatedly published, interviewed, and awarded for her work to educate, connect, and inspire current and future nurses. She is the author of several books and is in demand as a keynote speaker. In 2018, she was recognized, as one of LinkedIn’s Top Ten Voices in Healthcare and Renee is one of only 26 nurses in the world who has achieved the prestigious certified speaking professional designation. To learn more about Renee visit

Michelle Podlesni

UNconventional Nurse(R) Michelle Podlesni  is a USN Veteran, RN of over 30 years, and former corporate executive whose clinical and entrepreneurial background led to a career in healthcare information technology, medical cost-containment and software development. Michelle brought her service orientation, enthusiasm and diverse expertise to the corporate environment in roles from product development to multiple C-suite executive management positions. With a proven track record of success, Michelle has directly managed the strategic, marketing, operational and technical areas of start-ups and established multi-million dollar companies serving Fortune 500 clients.

Michelle has been coaching managers, executives and nurses for the past 20 years and knows the ability to strategically plan career advancement success is crucial for any individual. Real-world experience from the bedside to the boardroom and beyond, Michelle’s true passion for mentoring and helping others succeed in business has made her a sought after business coach, speaker, and business advisor. Michelle is the author of the Amazon #1 best-selling book UNconventional Nurse: Going From Burnout to Bliss!®  As President of the National Nurses in Business Association , Michelle speaks nationally on Empowering Nurses Through Entrepreneurship. To learn more about Michelle, visit