Dr. Yolanda Coleman, PhD, MS, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC

Dr. Yolanda A. Coleman is an influential leader in the healthcare industry. Currently, she serves as a Chief Nurse Executive at Weiss Memorial Hospital. She has served as a Vice President of Patient Care Services/ Chief Nursing Officer for Midwest Regional Healthcare/CTCA. She has also worked as an Assistant Chief Nursing Officer and Executive Director of Care Transformation at Sinai Healthcare System. is the Assistant Vice President of Nursing at Saint Anthony Hospital, as well as an Assistant Professor of Nursing for Resurrection University. She also previously served as the Director of Walter Payton Liver Center and Transplant/Surgical Services at UI Health and as Administrative Director for Loyola Health. Dr. Coleman is not only a leader; she is a healthcare strategist, consultant, and researcher.

Dr. Coleman graduated from Marquette University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology and a minor in Chemistry. She earned her Master’s in Nursing from DePaul University, where she has served as an Executive Board member for the Black Alumni Association. She is a founding board member for the Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation and Bylaws Chair for the Illinois Nurse Leader Association. In 2012, Dr. Coleman received her Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Coleman focused on breast cancer research. Dr. Coleman is a volunteer for Susan G. Komen and a guest speaker in the community and for organizations. She is also a certified Nurse Executive and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She has served on the Regent Advisory Council for ACHE. Dr. Coleman was appointed to the American Nurses Association Expert Panel for Education. Dr. Coleman is currently the President of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Alumni board. In 2018, Dr. Coleman was awarded the Illinois Nurse Leader Community Effort Award and Influential Leader nominee. In 2022, Dr. Coleman was nominated for a Women Who Inspires Award.

Dr. Yolanda Coleman uses her talents and skills to create life-changing moments in people’s lives.  While maintaining a balance as a mom, professional nurse leader, and educator, Dr. Coleman continues to carry out her services to the community as she teaches students and serves as a mentor for young girls and women. She measures her success not only based on the impact she has on others, but by creating and generating something that gives not only her life meaning, purpose, and direction but others she comes in contact with. “Each day, I am thankful for my family, peers, and employees who keep me motivated to continue to pursue service and excellence,” says Dr. Coleman. “Advanced education is something so worthwhile that I’ve invested my life within it.”