Esther Emard, MSN, RN, MSLIR has more than 30 years of experience in nursing, health care administration, and quality improvement leadership. She is vice chair of the Care New England Quality and Credentials committees. She is currently on the faculty for The George Washington University School of Nursing and an assistant professor for the College of Nursing at URI. She was chief operating officer for the National Committee for Quality Assurance from 1999 to 2012 and then a consultant for the organization. Prior to that, she was the senior vice president for all network and medical management for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She is a member of the Blueprint for Health for the State of Vermont Executive Committee and a member of the Visiting Nurse Association of America Board of Directors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts and master’s degrees, in nursing and labor and industrial relations, from URI. She was a member of the VNA of Care New England Board of Directors and continues as co-chair of its Clinical Services and Quality Improvement Committee.