GEDI announces a new member of the board

Lincolnshire, IL, February 9, 2018– The Global Education Development Institute ( announces the appointment of Colleen Harris Marzilli, Ph.D., DNP, MBA, RN-BC, CCM, PHNA-BC, CNE, NEA-BC to the board of directors. Dr. Marzilli has collaborated with the GEDI team in the Republic of Armenia. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the Texas Nurses Association, Transcultural Nursing Society, and Global Health Council. Dr. Marzilli is Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler.  She accepted the board position based upon past experience with GEDI.

In her words, “GEDI is such a wonderful non-profit organization. I first learned of GEDI in the Spring of 2013 when I was researching conferences to disseminate my research on cultural competence. Through the Sigma Theta Tau website, I found the Second International Nursing Congress in Armenia, and I was excited to present to my nurse colleagues in Armenia. I submitted an abstract and hoped it would be accepted! When I received notification that my abstract had been accepted, I did more research on the conference. I learned that GEDI was a sponsor which led me to know about the work that GEDI has done around the world to educate and develop those involved in health and healthcare. When I arrived at the congress in Armenia, I met many of the board members of GEDI. I was so impressed by the board members and their work that I felt drawn to their organization. I could see the impact they had in Armenia and with other former USSR countries that had nurses present at the conference. What an exciting thing to see how these wonderful nurse leaders have worked to empower those working in their own countries to deliver the best health care possible. I left the conference thinking about the good work done by GEDI, and in the back of my mind, I wanted to be involved with them. Fast forward two years, and in the Fall of 2015, I returned to Armenia to present at the Third International Nursing Congress of Armenia. I was so excited because again, I had the chance to see many of the same GEDI board members. It was truly an honor to see the GEDI leaders in action. GEDI continued to stay on my mind, and in the Fall of 2017, I reconnected with GEDI and was so honored to join as a board member. I am excited about the wonderful work that GEDI does and look forward to serving on the board to help transform health around the world by developing and empowering those in healthcare.”

Sharon M. Weinstein, GEDI founder and president, speaks to the value thaColleen Marzilli will add to the current board of directors. “We are impressed with Colleen’s background in curriculum and practice; we know that she will make a lasting contribution to our programs and services.”

As a not-for-profit organization, The Global Education Development Institute was founded to enrich the leadership knowledge and skills of healthcare leaders across the world. The GEDI board has disseminated knowledge through a hallmark book, presentations at national and international conferences and through partnership with other global organizations. GEDI offers online and onsite programs.