Betty Tonsing

Patient Advocates Speak Out

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Patient Advocates Speak Out


Summary:  International public servant, global educator, fund raiser, author, social entrepreneur in patient/consumer engagement and wellness.

Positive change agent and thought leader passionate about working with groups that want to go to the ‘next level’ that also value visionary and spirited leadership with missions to make a difference and inspire. Extensive experience in high-capacity senior leadership with business transformation for greater productivity and growth in organizational management, fund development, executive and financial accountability, entrepreneurial initiatives, global engagement, education and research in both the public and private sector as a chief executive officer, entrepreneur, international development specialist, and academic. Highly proficient in managing multiple projects, crisis resolution and financial accountability.  Keynote speaker at international conferences with participation at numerous panels, seminars and workshops on global education, women’s issues, and most recently, patient safety and advocacy. Articles have appeared in the US and international press.

Have worked in the following countries: Lesotho, South Africa, Zambia, Swaziland, Botswana, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, France, Kenya, Sierra Leone, India

Honors and Recognitions:

·       Outstanding Woman Alumnae, Purdue University
·       International Institute of Education Best Practices recognition for innovative approach to global linkages for university students
·       Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching Recognition
·       Alumnae Citation (inaugural recipient), Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (Indiana)
·       YWCA Woman of Achievement
·       Outstanding Citizen presented twice by the two different mayors, Fort Wayne (Indiana)

Community Leadership and Service

·       National Advisory Board Member for KEPRO and Regional Advisory Board Member for Atom Alliance, both serving as Quality Improvement Organizations for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Systems
·       USA Patient Network Executive Committee
·       Central Indiana Consortium for the Continuum of Care and Advanced Care Planning
·       District Scholarship Committee Chair, Rotary District 6560, Rotary International, and Rotary Paul Harris Fellow
·       Advisory Board, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Indiana University South Bend
·       Donor Advisory Council, Giving Back to Africa (international non-profit initiative/Congo)