Powerfully penetrating in her spiritual and oratorical tone, Darlene Ruffin-Alexander is recognized by thousands across the country as one of the most dynamic speakers in America. She astounds her listeners with both her industry genius and spell binding gift of insight. Ruffin-Alexander is recognized by her peers as “The Dean” of Long Term Care. Former Senior Executive Director of Centennial Healthcare, Inc., Ruffin-Alexander delivers compelling information with inspiring commentary to diverse audiences of all ages. Expounding on complex subjects focused for her audiences, this preacher, teacher, motivational speaker reveals ironies and exposes inconsistencies in complicated human affairs.
Darlene Ruffin-Alexander brilliantly challenges her staff and audiences…
motivating each person to act rather than react, to respond through reason, not rhetoric; dare to be different. A Dallas born, East Texan raised (Palestine, Texas) articulate and substantive provoking orator, Darlene Ruffin-Alexander is an example of excellence that is nationally symbolic.
A graduate of LaSalle University with a M.S. and Ph.D., in Health Service Management, she received her undergraduate education at St. Francis University, El Centro College and Palestine School of Nursing. The American Nursing Association certifies Darlene as a Nursing Administrator. She is currently Chie Executive Officer of Healthcare Administrative and Clinical Solutions, LLC. She is the former Regional Director at Integrated Health Services, and Senior Executive Director at Centennial Health Care, Vice President of Columbia/HCA Patient Care Services, Regional Director of Operations at HealthPrime, Ruffin-Alexander served as Director of Regulatory Affairs at Sava Health Care, Assistant Administrator of Patient Care Services, Southwest Medical Center, The Sisters of Charity, and Associate Executive Director of the historical Meharry Medical College. Ruffin-Alexander served as Volunteer Administrator at the Tchula, Mississippi Healthcare Project. Darlene Ruffin-Alexander has the distinction of being the first African American to lead or share leadership at each of the major companies referenced above.
Ruffin-Alexander has received numerous awards and honors for dedicated efforts in the community, state, and the nation. Among them are: Philia Works Most Inspiring Woman, named in the fourteenth edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, inducted into the Institute of Excellence in Nursing NBNA, NWOA’ Jade Awardee for service, Houston’ Woman of the Year in Medicine, Distinguished Service Award , Association of Minority Contractors, NBNA’ Administrator of the Year, National Council of Negro Women Leadership Awardee, Nurse of the Year Sigma Theta Tau, Eta Delta Chapter to name a few.
Numerous civic and professional organizations have honored this March of Dime Preceptor Awardee for her stunning and consistent tract record of dedicating her efforts to just causes. Her speech “Nursing Shortage…A Crisis in the Making” has been entered into the records of the Commission on Nursing.
Darlene Ruffin-Alexander was the sixth president of The National Women of Achievement, Inc. This former board member of the National Black Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association partner, President Emeritus of the Atlanta Black Nurses Association is a leader and advocate in the healthcare field.
A member of numerous professional and civic organizations such as: National Council of Negro Women, past president Clayton Section, Diplomat American College of Health Care Executive, past state president, National Association of Health Services Executive, Past President Atlanta/Houston Chapters, Sigma Theta Tau International Houston Chapter, Top Ladies of Distinction, First Vice President Atlanta Peachtree Chapter, Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc., Immediate Past President Alpha Gamma Chapter, and National Parliamentarian, Georgia Healthcare Association, Past President Atlanta Metro Chapter .
Board appointments include Houston Post M D Anderson Breast Cancer Project, American Health Care Association, National Council of Negro Women, National Women of Achievement, Brentwood Baptist Church, Marshall Family, Inc. Numerous faculty positions to include University of Houston Clear Lake, LaSalle University and University of Texas, Houston and MeHarry Medical College.
The former Darlene Marshall is Mother to Harolyn former University Delaware staff member, Sharmaine, Women’ Health Services at Grady Health Services, and Cedric a twenty-nine year Retired Police Officer Mesquite Police Department. Grandmother to Erica, educator Dallas Texas ISD, Dr. Brittani Scott, a 2013 graduate of Mercer University, Dylan, Senior Steven F. Austin University, Imani 2016 Graduate Johnson C. Smith University, Jarrett , Junior South Eastern University, Noah, Junior Poteet High School, Akua Junior Delaware Charter School and Kofi a Freshman at Cab Calloway High School.
Rev, Dr. Darlene Ruffin-Alexander is former Assistant Pastor Christian Fellowship Baptist Church and The Church of Good Shepard. She is the Associate Pastor Lindsay Street Baptist Church, where Rev AAW Motley, Pastor.
Darlene Ruffin-Alexander…”An unforgettable experience in essential information, a recognized leader and role model”, the epitome/icon of leadership.