This position is responsible for assisting the president and overseeing other duties as assigned by the president or the board. In the absence of the president, the president-elect performs the duties of the president, and when so acting, has all the powers of and is subject to all the restrictions upon the president. The president-elect year serves as an orientation for the upcoming year as president.  Full Description




Present Position

As of June 2015: Associate Hospital Director, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, Denver, Colorado.


1982  BS, Nursing, Connell SON, Boston College
1988  MSN, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Yale School of Nursing, Yale University
2006  DNP, Clinical Leadership, Frances Payne Bolton SON, Case Western Reserve University

APNA Contributions

State Contributions include:

  • Secretary, Hawaii Chapter
  • Member at Large, Hawaii Chapter
  • Member at Large, California Chapter

National Level - past contributions include:

  • Co-Chair, Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council: Conducted full-day pre-conferences at the APNA conferences in 2004 and 2006,
  • Recovery to Practice (RTP) SAMHSA project, Steering Committee, curriculum developer, pilot site/training presenter and instructor,
  • APNA chair - ANA PMH- Scope and Standards Work Group (2014 edition),
  • Guest Editor, JAPNA, Recovery special issue.

National Level - Current:

  • Member, Addiction Council Steering Committee,
  • Member, Research Council Steering Committee,
  • Member, Recovery Expert Panel

Other Current Related Contributions:

  • SAMHSA multidisciplinary RTP project,
  • Member, ANA workgroup to revise the general Nursing Scope and Standards,
  • Member, American Academy of Nursing, PMH-SA Expert Panel.

Other Experience

My experience as a Mental Health Clinical and Systems Consultant has allowed me to assist dozens of interdisciplinary teams and state health officials in “re-building” their systems of care to provide safe, therapeutic, person-centered, recovery-oriented organizations in response to U. S. Department of Justice civil rights litigations. I have held a variety of positions in the past, including Primary Nurse, Private Practitioner, Director of Education and Research, and Chief Nursing Officer.  The U.S. Federal Court appointed me as a “Special Monitor”, and in 2006 was honored as the APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I am passionate about PMH Nursing. I am experienced in leading organizations to adapt and grow. I have had the experience of being a voice and advocate for PMH nursing and the people we serve in interprofessional arenas at the local, state and federal levels. Cultivating the strengths of others and recognizing that change does not come about because of one person; rather, team ownership and involvement in the change process are key aspects of successfully moving an organization forward.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  Scientific knowledge development is a continuum of activities including performance improvement, evidence-based practice, research and dissemination of knowledge through education.  To both lead and partner in making healthcare policy and practice decisions, APNA must continue to strengthen these areas of the organization.  Mentoring PMH Nurses in all roles and providing a forum for exchange of ideas and collaboration are key factors in making this happen. I can help APNA fulfill these purposes through my experience with the development and dissemination of knowledge, experience in leadership, and relationships with others at the state and national levels.

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