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





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.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.