Nurse Advisory Council

The Spok Nurse Advisory Council (NAC) was formed in 2017 and consists of members representing a range of nurse leadership roles and nursing specialties. The NAC was designed to advance communication technology specifically for nurses—the clinicians at the front lines of care delivery. The council meets to enhance inter-professional practice and the delivery of patient and family-centered care.

The NAC is led by Dr. Nat’e Guyton, RN, MSN, CPHIMS, NE-BC, Spok’s Chief Nurse Officer

“The inclusion and representation of the NAC allows Spok to understand ‘real world’ application among nursing teams and ensure our solutions support workflows and help them deliver better care to patients.”  

Nat'e Guyton

Dr. Guyton is a nurse and clinical leader with over 15 years of healthcare experience. She joined Spok from Trinity Health-Mercy Health System where she was the Chief Clinical Informatics Officer. In that role she directed information technology integrations, oversaw clinical workflow redesigns, and served in multiple advisory roles throughout the system. Before becoming CCIO, Dr. Guyton was also Chief Nurse Officer at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Senior Director of Nursing Operations at St. Francis Hospital (Delaware), and Nurse Manager of Cardiac Transplant and Telemetry at Temple University Hospital. During her career she has led efforts to increase information literacy, meet standards and policy initiatives for meaningful use, implement computerized provider order entry solutions, and develop various electronic health record platforms. Dr. Guyton is a certified critical care nurse and has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from Widener University, a Post Master’s certificate in Healthcare Administration from Villanova University, a Post Master's Certificate in Healthcare Informatics from Drexel University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Management in Organizational Leadership, Organization Development from the University of Phoenix.

Current NAC members:

Jason Atkins

Jason Atkins, MBI, RN-BC

Chief Nursing Officer
Emory Healthcare

Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown, RN, MSN

Sr. Director of Patient Care Services
Vail Health

Renee Hinkel

Renee Hinkel, MSN, RN-BC

Executive Director, Nursing and Multidisciplinary Informatics
Froedtert Health

Beth Houlahan

Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENP

Senior Vice President & Chief Nurse Executive
UW Health

Robin Manke

Robin Manke, RN, CCMC, MSHL

Director Nursing Informatics, Communications and Emergency Management

Teresa Niblett

Teresa Niblett, RN-BC

Director of Clinical Informatics
Peninsula Regional Medical Center

Sue Rees


VP, Chief Nursing Officer-Inpatient
UW Health


Sheila Sherman, RN, MSN, DNP

Chief Nursing Officer
Vail Health