Miriam Chickering, RN, BSN

Program Director
CEO of the Ulrich and Ruth Frank Foundation for International Health (known online as NextGenU.org) and Founder of Nurses International. She specializes in globally scaled solutions for healthcare and education. Mrs. Chickering received the 2021 Humanitarian Service Award for Transformative Global Leadership in Democratizing Education from NHSD/Humanitarian Pakistan. She was also a co-recipient of a 2021 award for Translating Science into Nursing Education from Sigma Theta Tau. Mrs. Chickering has peer-reviewed publications on the impact of free online education on healthcare workers and the communities they serve and has managed global grants ranging from $5,000 to $1.2 million.

Erica Frank, MD, MPH, FACPM

Research Advisor
Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where she came in 2006 to be the Canada Research Chair in Preventive Medicine and Population Health. She is the former Director (for 13 years) and Co-Founder of the Preventive Medicine Residency (PMR) program at Emory University and has continuously been on CDC’s PMR Advisory Board since 1999. Dr. Frank is a Co-Founding and ongoing Member of the Stanford University WELL Advisory Board, and a Co-Founding Member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee at the Texas Institute for Graduate Medical Education and Research. Her primary research focuses on promoting physicians’ personal and clinical prevention habits, as seen in the extensive publications on the “Healthy Doc – Healthy Patient” research initiative, and she is a world leader on the impact of scaled online education and training on physicians and their teams.

Scott Oakman, MD, Ph.D.

Director of Physician Education
A psychiatrist at the Regions Hospital Inpatient Behavioral Health and the former Program Director of the Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr. Oakman received his MD and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota and then moved to the University of Michigan to complete his Psychiatry residency, followed by a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry. As a Faculty Facilitator for the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Addiction Psychiatry Committee of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT), among other organizations, Dr. Oakman continues to ensure that physicians are trained in addiction psychiatry. Apart from his role as a clinician and academic coordinator, he has also produced publications, presentations, and poster abstracts and continues to lecture on substance use disorders and treatment.

Matthew Nikolaiev, MBA

Vice President of Global Infrastructure, Operations, and Markets Business Technology at Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene, and infection prevention solutions and services that protect people and vital resources. He is a strategic leader with a wide-ranging engineering and business background who is passionate about accelerating business growth and transformation through technology innovation. He helps to drive company performance by ensuring reliable, secure, innovative technology solutions for the global business in his current role.

The Oversight Committee focuses on

program development and financial responsibility