The American Nurses Association named ,b>Marla Weston to succeed Linda Stierle as CEO of the national professional association for registered nurses. Weston, whose age was not provided, takes on the top role at the organization in June, after Stierles previously announced retirement on
May 6. Weston most recently was deputy chief officer of the Workforce Management and Consulting Office at the Veterans Affairs Department. Stierle, 60, announced her intention to retire in November 2008, after what will be a nine-year tenure as CEO of the nurses association. After her last day, general counsel Alice Bodley will serve as interim CEO until Weston is scheduled to start her term on June 14. Alyssa Keefe was named managing director of the Hospital Quality Alliance, effective May 15. Keefe, 32, currently serves as senior associate director of policy for the American Hospital Association, one of the organizations that founded the alliance. The alliance is a collaborative that manages publicly available quality information through the Hospital Compare Web site. Keefe is replacing Katherine Browne, who is now deputy director of the Center for Health Care Quality at George Washington University, according to Alicia Mitchell, an AHA spokeswoman. Robert Gould was named president of the Partnership for Prevention, a Washington-based coalition of business, government and not-for-profit leaders working on disease-management and health-promotion policy issues. Gould, 58, spent the past 20 years at global communications firm Porter Novelli, where he most recently led the health and social marketing practice. He replaces John Clymer, who resigned in November after more than seven years leading the group. Corinne Husten has been serving as interim president.