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Versant Client Success Team

Versant Client Success Team

With 20 years working as a team, Versant has maintained its position as the leader in competency-based assessment and tracking. Today, the leadership team is formed by a diverse group of individuals from across the country with unique expertise in healthcare, aeronautics, software engineering, business development, and customer support. Together, the Versant team is working to fundamentally transform healthcare by helping health systems increase workforce performance. To do this, they work as a team to ensure clients achieve their operational and financial goals.




Larissa A. Africa, MBA, BSN, RN

After beginning her career as a Registered Nurse, Larissa has spent almost two decades implementing, managing, and leading strategies to develop nursing organizations. Her efforts have been focused on the development of a competency-based system that is transforming healthcare across the continuum of care.

A graduate of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) RN Residency pilot group, Larissa joined the CHLA RN Residency team as the curriculum coordinator before becoming the Residency manager. During this time, she was instrumental in transitioning the Residency from a department-based program into its current form, the Versant New Graduate Nurse Residency.

Larissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, CA, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Health Care Management from University of Phoenix. She is an expert on the topic of transition to practice for the nursing workforce, as an author of numerous highly recognized publications and as a spokesperson at both national and international conferences.

Michael L. Carman, JD, MBA, AB
Managing Member

After more than 35 years as an executive and advisor in the aerospace, health care, pharmaceutical, automation, and process industries, Mike left the corporate world behind to focus on assisting non-profit organizations. After crossing paths with Versant® through his work at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), he would go on to write the original business plan that provided the pathway to making the CHLA internal residency program available to hospitals nationwide. Serving as an advisor to CHLA’s leadership team on the formation of Versant Advantage, Inc., he also served as its pro bono chairman for the first four years before forming Versant Holdings, LLC to continue the Versant mission of enhancing patient safety through developing and sustaining professional nursing organizations.

Mike previously held roles as President of Invensys Process Systems, and as Vice President and General Manager of several AlliedSignal and Honeywell Subsidiaries, including Avionics and Turbocharging Systems.

Mike is a graduate of Cornell Law School, the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and Bowdoin College.

Patricia (Patty) N. Deasy, MSN, RN, FNP
Vice President

After more than 35 years as a Registered Nurse, Patty has spent the last 10 years consulting, implementing, and strategizing with nursing organizations to improve patient and organizational outcomes. Her efforts have been focused on transforming nursing organizations by utilizing a competency-based approach to workforce development.

Prior to joining Versant®, Patty held various positions in nursing clinical practice, nursing education, program development and nursing administration in a variety of healthcare settings spanning the continuum of care. During her time at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Patty was involved in the implementation of the Versant New Graduate Nurse Residency. Witnessing the organization’s transformation led her to Versant and a career change. In her role as Vice President Patty continues to pursue organizational development and sustainability through her work developing nursing organizations.

Patty holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Salve Regina University, and a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Rhode Island. She has presented at numerous national conferences focusing on competency-based transition to practice programs for nursing.

Tammy V. Franqueiro, MSN, RN-BC, CENP
Vice President

A Registered Nurse for more than two decades, Tammy’s background includes pediatric nursing in a variety of clinical and educational roles including acute care, perioperative services, clinical education and program development. Tammy is an experienced healthcare consultant skilled in client relationships, strategic planning, nursing education, instructional design framework, clinical research, and leadership development. With Versant since 2007, Tammy was an integral part of both client support and education, and product development before moving into her current role where she leads the Client Relations and Success Team. As Vice President she is focused on impacting healthcare delivery nationally through competency, performance, and outcomes.

A founding member and nurse planner with Versant’s ANCC accredited Provider Unit, Tammy is also a published author and presenter. She received her BSN from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas, Arlington with a post certificate in Nursing Education. She is board certified in Nursing Professional Development and as an Executive in Nursing Practice. Tammy is an active committee member with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD), and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute.

Jean Shinners PhD, RN, NPD-BC
Executive Director, Versant Center for the Advancement of Nursing®

As a diploma graduate, Jean comes from a strong clinical background working as a travel nurse specializing in critical care and emergency nursing. Jean joined the Versant team in 2008 authoring critical care performance support tools. Since 2010, Jean has been part of the Education and Curriculum team where she was instrumental in developing the Versant Center for the Advancement of Nursing (VCAN®), where she is currently the Executive Director. She is also the lead nurse planner for Versant’s ANCC accredited Provider Unit.

Jean is well known for her expertise in the area of practice transition and has widely published and presented internationally on this topic. Her work has been focused on providing professional development opportunities through research, education, publications and other events where healthcare professionals can engage in collaborative practices to investigate various aspects of role transition.

Jean holds a BSN and MSN from Florida Atlantic University and a PhD in Healthcare Education from Capella University. She is an ANCC Commissioner on Accreditation focusing on the Practice Transition Accreditation Program, associate editor for the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing and a Sigma Theta Tau Virginia Henderson Fellow.