Biography

 

First of all, Dr. Judy E. Vansiea is a child of God and a woman of significant substance.  In addition, she is a genetic composition of Judy E. Stryker and the Late Thomas K.Z. Ireland Jr. Dr. Vansiea was raised by her maternal grandparents Jehu T. Stryker Sr. (Retired Brigadier General and Marshall of the Supreme Court of Liberia) and Rev. Amelia B. Cummings-Stryker in Monrovia, Liberia where she was born. She has been blessed throughout her years to have also known her Late Maternal Great-grandmother Ellen Ann Sandimanie ( Former Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Liberia ) and her paternal grandmother the Late Nettie L. Davis as well.

Dr. Judy E. Vansiea is married to Rev. Dr. Samuel E. Vansiea. She has two biological children. Her son Thomas is four years old and her daughter Arvena is fourteen years old. She also has two adult step children. Dr. Vansiea grew up between Monrovia with her maternal grandparents and New York City with her mother. She is the only child of her deceased father and the first child of her mother. She has three maternal brothers and one sister.  She is a naturalized United States citizen. She graduated from high school in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Vansiea has been a Registered Nurse for almost 20 years and has worked in numerous nursing settings such as an adjunct nursing faculty, inpatient medical/surgical nursing, workers’ compensation, school nursing, outpatient medical and psychiatric clinics, and nursing education and staff development. She served as an army nurse, being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is a Gulf War Era veteran and was honorably medically discharged from the US Army.

Her first Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing rotations were done with Allina Health Systems in MN. She rotated through: a substance abuse unit working with a psychiatrist for her first clinical; second was with an advanced practice clinical nurse specialist in an outpatient child/adolescent clinic; third was with a psychologist doing group therapy with HIV/AIDS patients who had dual diagnoses of mental illness and chemical dependency; fourth clinical rotation was working with a psychiatrist on an inpatient mental illness and chemical dependency (MICD) unit; and last was with an advanced practice clinical nurse specialist doing medication management.

Dr. Vansiea internships for her second Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling were: first a co-occurring 28 days’ residential women unit at Hazelden; secondly she interned at an African American family outpatient behavioral health center working with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders; and her third experience was at a Hispanic/Latino clinical site. She became more interested in working as a chemical dependency evaluator/assessor based on her internship experiences doing Rule 25 at her second and third internship sites. This was an assessment to determine whether patients needed chemical dependency/substance abuse treatment and making recommendations as well for clients experiencing Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and/or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

Dr. Vansiea received her Associate of Science Degree in Pre-Nursing from Mary Holmes College in West Point, MS in May 1993. She graduated with a dual degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in May 1997. Dr. Vansiea graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in December 2009. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with a focus in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Dr. Vansiea also has a Master of Arts Degree in Addiction Counseling from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in April 2012. She holds an International Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification too. Dr. Vansiea final degree is a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Transcultural Nursing Leadership, obtained in May 2015 from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Vansiea is a Life-time member of the National Black Nurses Association and the recipient of the 2014 Dr. Lauranne Sams Scholarship by the National Black Nurses Association. She also has memberships to American Nurses Association; American Psychiatric Nursing Association; and International Nurses Society on Addictions. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 2009 as a member of Kappa Gamma Chapter at State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is a member of the Prince Hall Order of the Eastern Star and belongs to Queen Esther Chapter # 16 of the Minnesota Jurisdiction. She served an appointed position with American Nurses Association Minority Fellowship Program National Advisory Committee from January 1 to December 31, 2016.

Dr. Judy E. Vansiea has experienced many successes in her life through the Heavenly Father guidance. Furthermore, she has also experienced some trials and tribulations too in dealing with challenging medical illnesses that contributed to her struggles with anxiety and depression along her life’s journey. She knows what it is to deal with physical and mental pain and the effects it has on your overall physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial wellbeing. She has experienced many close doors because of dealing with her health challenges including losing her house of over seven years to foreclosure in New York after her medical honorable discharge from the army.

She knows what it is to experienced challenging relationships since she has gone through a divorce herself amongst other family and current marital issues. God has still blessed her with a wonderful husband even though they may have their differences at times that may "test" their faith and relationship to remain married. She surrenders the adversities of her life to God. She is appreciative and thankful to God for a loving daughter and son who lights up her world every day and makes her continue to "push forward” through her adversities. "Her stumbling blocks have now become her stepping stone while continuing to trust and have faith in the Lord through this new professional venture of becoming a new business owner and entrepreneur. This has not been an easy venture but she is trusting the Lord on the rewards that are yet to come.

Dr. Judy E. Vansiea is very passionate about improving the lives of people who are struggling with physical and/or mental illness and addiction. The purpose of her Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone project was to engage and empower Black people with a “Circle of Care and Hope” that overcomes their unequal access to effective mental health treatment. Dr. Vansiea has a book that was published last year titled Circle of Care and Hope: An Adaptation and Empowerment Mental Health Healing Model for Blacks.

Her goal in life at this point is to continue to advocate, mentor, engage, encourage, and empower the lives of people who are disadvantaged, marginalized and disenfranchised in this journey called life through her educational, professional and personal experiences. Lastly, Dr. Judy E. Vansiea continues to serve and give back to her community because God and so many others have helped her to be where she is today.

 
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“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” - Napoleon Hill

“It is faith in Him that we must rediscover. With this faith we can transform bleak and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of joy and bring new light into the dark caverns of pessimism.” - Dr. Martin Luther King

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also - James 2:14-26

God grant me the serenity 
To accept the things I cannot change; 
Courage to change the things I can; 
And wisdom to know the difference.