About Margaret Leonard

Peggy LeonardMargaret (Peggy) Leonard, MS, RN-BC, FNP, is nationally known for her work in case management, care coordination, transitions of care, certification and public policy. She has served on the National Quality Forum’s Care Coordination Committee; CMS Care Transitions Project - Technical Expert Panel; the Oregon Evidence-Based Practice Center – Technical Expert Panel - Comparative Effectiveness of Case Management for Adults with Medical Illness and Complex Care Needs; and co-chaired the New York State Department of Health Case Management Work Group. She chairs the public policy committees of the national Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and the National Transitions of Care Collaborative (NTOCC). Margaret collaborated to procure and implement a three-year, $3 million grant from NYS-Department of Health for a Chronic Illness Demonstration Program for integrated care coordination. She developed the first American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exam for nurse case managers and co-authored the ANCC Nursing Case Management Review and Resource Manual. Margaret is a past president of the National CMSA and was named Case Manager of the Year in 2006. She is a national speaker and published author on case management and sits on two editorial boards. She is a member of the New York State Board on Nursing and serves on the adjunct faculty at the College of New Rochelle, School of Nursing.

In speaking about her dedication to the intactivist movement, Margaret says, "In a country that prides itself on freedom of speech, too little is being said. In a nation that considers itself 'enlightened' and unafraid to address openly a subject that is still largely whispered about, that which is being said is not being heard. In a world that is in desperate need of advocates who will speak out for and protect those who cannot speak for themselves, too few are stepping up to the plate. The genital integrity rights of babies are being violated by the very people who have the power to protect those rights. I am grateful to have this opportunity to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves."