The secretary prepares and keeps board meeting minutes and sees that all meeting notices are given in accordance with the bylaws or as required by law; and serves as custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the association. Full Description


Sattaria “Tari” Dilks DNP, PMHNP, LPC, FAANP


Sattaria “Tari” Dilks DNP, PMHNP, LPC, FAANP

Tari DilksPresent Position

  • Professor and Co-Coordinator of Graduate Programs – McNeese State University, College of Nursing
  • Director Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration - Intercollegiate Consortium for Masters of Science in Nursing (ICMSN)
  • Private practice as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


B.S.N. West Texas State University 1978 Nursing
M.A. McNeese State University 1988 Psychology
M.S.N. McNeese State University 2001 Nursing – FNP
D.N.P. University of Tennessee 2006 Family Psych NP

APNA Contributions

As a Janssen Scholar in 2006, I began to realize that I could channel my passion for psychiatric nursing on a national level:  Chair of Scholarly Review Committee (2012 – 2014), APNA’s conferences abstract reviewer (2009-2014), Co-Chair, APRN Steering Committee (2013-present), Education Council Steering Committee (2011-present) and the Education Council Graduate branch (2011-present). One of my greatest honors was to serve the Louisiana APRN Chapter President from 2010–2011 and organize our first state-conference after the hurricanes of 2005.

I have served as a member of the APNA Taskforce on LACE implementation.  I also served as APNA’s alternate on the NONPF NTF panel and LACE task force.

Other Experience

I have been in the psychiatric field since 1975 in a variety of PMH roles: mental-health-technician, staff-nurse, head-nurse, program director, director-of-nursing, therapist in private practice and in the last twelve years as a leader in psychiatric nursing education and practice in Louisiana.  I began my career as an educator in undergraduate nursing education and later developed a PMHNP curriculum for a consortium of four universities in Louisiana.  I have been actively involved in monitoring legislation affecting access to care for Louisiana residents and advocating for mental health initiatives through my role as president of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and the past-president of APNAs LA chapter.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I have a strong background in a multitude of PMH roles, which enables me to view the broad perspective of issues important to the PMH nursing field.  It is critical that APNA leads the way in molding the psychiatric nurse of the future.  My experience in leadership, education and practice at the generalist and advanced practice roles are assets that I would bring to the APNA board.  I will encourage collaborative approaches to working on the challenges we face in the future.  PMH nursing is a strong holistic voice for the consumers of mental health services and their loved ones. APNA presents a powerful vehicle for promoting that voice.  I believe I have a skill set that will enrich the boards continued enhancement and distribution of that strong advocacy voice.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  Health care delivery is being re-envisioned on a multitude of levels in our country.  Mental health care is a linchpin in the delivery systems of the future and should be recognized as such.  APNA’s membership brings the richness of our members’ expertise in evidence-based models in practice, research, therapy, education and collaboration in integrative care environments.  We have the ability to shape the future through the tools and the people that APNA has available.  I hope that you will allow me to represent you in this new conceptualization of future health care.

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Present Position

Associate Professor/Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Fairfield University School of Nursing, Fairfield, CT; Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing


1979 – BSN – Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
1983 – MSN – Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT
2002 – DNSc – Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT

APNA Contributions

  • APNA member since 2003
  • Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Steering Committee since 2010
  • Recovery Council Expert Panel Member since 2011
  • Education Council Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the Continuing Education Subcommittee since 2013
  • APNA’s 2014 Nominating Committee (elected)
  • APNA Annual Conference Poster/Podium presenter every year since 2009
  • Recorded a Webinar on "Integration of Recovery Principles for Advanced Practice Educators" for APNA's eLearning site
  • APNA Transitions in Practice program Presenter on Psychotic Disorders

Other Experience

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) for over 35 years with ANCC certification as an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • Completed Level I and Level II Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
  • Taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in nursing for more than 25 years.
  • Currently serving as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor at Fairfield University School of Nursing.
  • Member of the Connecticut Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Society (CTAPRNS); involved with the successful efforts to achieve independent practice for APRNs in CT in 2014.
  • Past President, Region 15 Representative, and Biennial Convention Delegate for the Mu Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I feel that I have the organizational and leadership skills necessary for the role of Secretary. I have worked with many faculty members and administrators, both inside and outside of the SON, who had diverse styles and personalities.  I found ways to promote teamwork and achieve consensus. My recent efforts on one of the University’s Strategic Planning Task Forces required significant time management and conflict resolution skills. As Associate Dean, I have developed a leadership style that is both detail-focused and big-picture-aware. I see myself as a growth-oriented participative leader, looking to members of my school/organization for input in establishing goals and plans for change and then working side-by-side with those members to achieve the goals set.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  I would continue to support all aspects of APNA's purpose and vision. I am particularly drawn to APNA's stated core value of "empowerment". My clinical and research background represents my long-standing commitment to empowering clients with severe mental illness, my educational positions have allowed me to empower students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  My work at APNA has demonstrated my interest in empowering psychiatric RNs and APRNs to be the best care providers for their clients. I look forward to bringing my ability to empower to a new level in working with other Board members and moving APNA forward at this most exciting- and challenging- of times in health care.