Meet our Faculty

Eileen T. O’Grady PhD, RN, NP, PCC

Certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach

Dr. Eileen O’Grady, an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach, has practiced primary care for over 2 decades. She recently co-authored and edited the textbook, Advanced Practice Nurses: An Integrative Approach 6th ed. (Elsevier) published in 2018. She has extensive experience in health care, uses an evidence-based approach with people to reverse or entirely prevent disease and she is an expert on intentional change in adults. She believes deeply that more attention must be paid to getting us unstuck from lifestyles that do not support wellness. Dr. O’Grady has a practice that includes coaching individuals on a wide range of issues and speaks all over the U.S. emphasizing the importance of extreme self-care, high-level wellness and how to identify and remedy a life that is out balance. She has worked with Northwell Health, Mednax Health Solutions, University of Cincinnati, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Professional Women in Health Care, The National Paralegal Association, Selected Independent Funeral Homes Association, The Prairie Heart Institute, American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Cardiometabolic Risk Summit, to name a few. Dr. O’Grady holds three graduate degrees, a Master of Public Health from George Washington University, a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing/Health Policy from George Mason University. She is a Professional Certified [Life] Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation. She has dual citizenship in Ireland and the United States.

Vernice Jones, MBA, PCC

Certified Executive Coach, and Certified Organizational and Relationship, Systems and Leadership Maturity Coaching

With over 20 years of experience working with global Fortune 500 companies and large nonprofits, Vernice Jones creates experiential programs that connect people to their best selves to get results. She has extensive experience working with people on 360 degree leadership assessments, personal and executive coaching and experiential learning. She helps people learn more about themselves, their leadership strengths and their impact. Vernice is known for designing highly engaging programs that bring forward the brilliance, insights and real-world experiences of participants. She believes firmly that one must lead the self-first, before leading others.
She has worked with companies such as Cargill, Nielsen, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Sikorsky Aircraft, Mitre, TASC, Girl Scouts of the USA, and Duke University’s Leadership Academy. She is currently a Learning Circle Advisor at Georgetown University for the Institute for Transformational Leadership’s Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching.
Vernice holds an undergraduate degree in Economics, a graduate degree in Finance and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. She speaks English and is studying Mandarin Chinese. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation. Vernice is Founder and Principal of The Leadership Compass, a consulting firm that provides innovative leadership development solutions to individuals and organizations. She can be reached via email at vernice@theleadershipcompass.org.

Jean E. Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean Emerita and Executive Coach

Dr. Jean E. Johnson, is Dean Emerita and Professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing, a school she founded and brought to national prominence. As an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Executive Coach she has spent her career helping students, faculty and staff move forward in their profession and life through education. Coaching compassionately and effectively is very important to her as she deepens her commitment to helping others find their path forward through coaching. She believes deeply in the magic and life-changing impact of coaching because it helps us look inward to our strengths and manage to limit our fears.
She has held a number of leadership positions, serving as president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and of the American College of Nurse Practitioners and led a number of complicated projects national in scope such as developing primary care capacity in rural areas of the US. She is committed to improving health care quality and has led several efforts to address the national concern for the safety of patients. She has worked internationally to establish health care in the northern part of Haiti and through the Fulbright program to teach in the University of Cape Town’s Master’s pediatric clinical program to prepare nurse leaders to address the challenge of child health in Sub-Saharan Africa. She can be reached at Jejohns@gwu.edu.

evaEva R. Schmidt, APRN, FNP-BC, NBC-HWC

Certified Nurse Practitioner and Health and Wellness Coach

Eva Schmidt is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and nationally certified Health and Wellness Coach. She incorporates evidence-based coaching skills in her 12 years as a primary care provider. She has helped many patients successfully reduce chronic disease risk or to reverse their symptoms. As the former co-owner of a large family practice, she became passionate about including health coaching to reduce risk and greatly mitigate the burden of chronic disease.

In addition to working with The School of Wellness, she is the Clinical Director and Provider for Marathon Health, an employer-sponsored wellness center in Eugene Oregon, where she provides health coaching imbedded with primary care services. She has expertise in metabolic syndrome, culinary medicine and cooking demonstrations, and she teaches mindfulness to all kinds of individuals, including first responders and parole and probation officers. She is certified through the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching