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

Michael Carman is a business leader with over 27 years experience as a business executive and advisor in the aerospace, health care, pharmaceutical, automation, and process industries.

Mr. Carman is a graduate of Cornell Law School, the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and Bowdoin College. He has served as President of Invensys Process Systems, and as Vice President and General Manager of several AlliedSignal and Honeywell Subsidiaries, including Avionics and Turbocharging Systems. During his ten year association with the management consulting firm Arthur D. Little, Inc., Mr. Carman played a significant role in leadership of the firm's domestic and international business in addition to his professional consulting activities.

In 2001, after leaving the corporate world, Mr. Carman formed The Telemetry Group, LLC (TTG) in order to assist not-for-profit organizations. He learned of Versant® as a direct result of his work with TTG. Mr Carman wrote the original business plan which provided the pathway to taking CHLA's internal, departmental-based residency program outside of CHLA and making it available to hospitals nationwide. He advised CHLA leadership on the formation of Versant Advantage, Inc. (Advantage) in 2004 and served as Advantage's pro bono chairman from its inception until 2008. In 2009, Mr. Carman formed Versant Holdings, LLC in order to continue Versant's mission to enhance patient safety through developing and sustaining professional nursing organizations. Mr. Carman feels privileged to be part of an organization such as Versant.

Larissa A. Africa, MBA, BSN, RN

Larissa Africa has more than a decade of experience in implementing, managing and leading strategies to develop nursing organizations through the Versant New Graduate Nurse ResidencyTM.

Ms. Africa received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA and a Master's Degree in Business Administration with focus on Health Care Management from University of Phoenix. Ms. Africa began her career at Children's Hospital Los Angeles as a graduate of the RN Residency pilot group. She actively participated in unit-based committees and served as a preceptor. She joined the RN Residency team at Children's Hospital Los Angeles as the curriculum coordinator two years after completing the Residency and managed the Residency a year later. Ms. Africa was instrumental in transitioning the Residency from a department-based program to what is now, Versant New Graduate Nurse Residency.

Ms. Africa served as president and in other board member positions for the Nu Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Nursing Society. She's a member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders as well as the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Ms. Africa's publications include chapters in Sigma Theta Tau's books on Mentoring and Precepting and co-authored the Versant article, "Improving Retention, Confidence, and Competence of New Graduate Nurses: Results from a 10-Year Longitudinal Database” published in the Journal of Nursing Economics. She has also presented in both local and national conferences on the topic of transitioning new graduate nurses into the workforce.

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Versant® is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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