The NIHD Fellows Program recognizes and appoints those NIHD members who have made proper application and who have demonstrated significant and sustained contributions to nursing, health care, healthcare design and NIHD.   Those NIHD members accepted into this Program may use the credential “NIHD Fellow” after their name to reflect their achievements in nursing, health care and healthcare design, in addition to their NIHD membership.  This credential represents a designation, appellation or title only, not a certification.  

Susan E. Ziel, BSN, MPH, JD

Consultant, Integrity Health Strategies

Affiliate Faculty and Teaching Specialist, University of Minnesota

Susan represents and advises healthcare clients, in the capacity of coach and consultant, as they assemble innovative and optimal healing environments -- whether physical or virtual -- that not only comply with applicable requirements but which are also deliver on the Triple Aim's promise to provide better health care earlier and for less, across an entire targeted population.

Representative clients: hospitals, medical care organizations (group practices, clinics, FQHC, RHC, etc.), senior communities (assisted living, memory care, SNF), home health and hospice.

Kathleen Okland, RN, MPH, EDAC

Consultant, KDO, LLC


As Senior healthcare Consultant for Herman Miller, Kathy bridges clinical and business endeavors as a clinical expert strategically customizing value propositions and guiding principles to advance human centered design for national and strategic accounts, new business development and marketing outreach. She leverages innovative and thought provoking healthcare deism landscape concepts for strategic customer engagements and internal stakeholders training to reduce practice variation, reduce waste and redundancy and enhance value. She illuminates design literacy as Clinical Faculty (presenter and facilitator CEU approved) for AIA, ACHE, EDAC, IDCEC. This includes content author and developer and subject matter expert for interdisciplinary audiences that include healthcare executives, facility engineers, architecture and design firms, and all clinical and interdisciplinary healthcare audiences. Kathy authors low fidelity, in situation simulation, scenario planning and rapid prototyping for clinical project planning being instrumental in illustrating human interface with the built environment

Jaynelle Stichler DNS, RN, FACHE, FAAN, NEA-BCr, EDAC

Research Consultant, Sharp HealthCare Center of Nursing Excellence 

Jan mentors clinical nurses and other professionals in clinical and administrative research, evidence-based practice projects, and other disseminating new knowledge (publications & presentations).

Susan O'Hara PhD, MPH, BA, RN

Clemson University Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and School of Architecture