Serving currently as Chief Nursing Officer at Ascend Learning, Patty Knecht collaborates with an expert team to develop innovative educational technology products while leveraging data analytics aimed at improving student/program outcomes. Prior to these roles, Patty was the chair of the Division of Nursing at Immaculata University preceded by a long tenure serving as the director of practical nursing/adult education for the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). Ultimately, she taught at all levels of nursing education broadening her vision and deepening her commitment to the health care workforce at large. Patty received her associate degree in nursing, followed by a BSN, MSN, and a PhD from Penn State University. Throughout her career, Patty has been recognized for her many contributions including the Achievement Award for Excellence (in field of Health) from the March of Dimes, induction into the CCIU Hall of Fame and as a fellow in the National League for Nursing Academy. Community service is a passion serving/served on numerous advisory boards including co-chair of the Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers, Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital Board, Immaculata University Trustee, and co-founder of a non-profit, Holiday Hope Chest. Patty shares her expertise as an author, speaker and leader focused on real-world issues facing education and health care. Access to quality education and health care for all is a passion.