Member-at-Large Candidates

A member at-large's duties include ensuring effective and accountable governance, providing responsible oversight of the association, demonstrating competent and accountable leadership, and ensuring leadership continuity. Full Description


Sattaria S Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
Michael J. Polacek, MSN, RN-BC
Christine Tebaldi, RN, MS, PMHNP-BC
Wendy N. Zubenko, EdD, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

Sattaria S Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP

Sattaria Dilks

Present Position
Professor/Co-Coordinator, Graduate-Program McNeese State University (MSU), Director, PMHNP-track
Private-practice - PMHNP

BSN - West Texas State University 1978 Nursing
MA - McNeese State University  -  1988 Psychology
MSN -  McNeese State University -  2001 Nursing/FNP

APNA Contributions

  • Chair – Scholarly-Review-Committee, 2012–2014 – assuring scientific content appropriate for all PMH-Nurses at the annual conference ; member 2009-2015
  • Co-Chair - APRN Steering-Committee (SC) – 2013-present
  • Member Education-Council SC,  Graduate Education Branch
  • APNA-representative for the National Task Force (NTF) assuring a voice is provided for all PMH-APRNs in faculty positions
  • Reviewer for Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
  • Louisiana Chapter-President - 2010–2011 - organized our first state conference after the 2005 hurricanes bringing education specifically for PMH nurses at all levels

Other Experience

  • 40 years as a PMH-RN/APRN in a variety of roles: mental-health-technician, staff-nurse, head-nurse, program-director, DON, therapist and a state leader in PMH-Nursing education.
  • Educated over 120 APRNs in the PMH role, after being a mentor for many of them in their undergraduate program.
  • As a result of involvement on a state and national level, I have assured legislation effecting access to mental health care is closely monitored and the advocacy voice for mental health initiatives is heard.
  • Additional leadership positions include: president and board-member of  Louisiana-Association-of-Nurse-Practitioners, LA-state representative AANP, Fellow AANP,  Sigma-Theta-Tau member

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: APNA is the voice for all PMH nurses and we need to be present at as many tables as possible.  I have used my position in other organizations to keep psychiatric issues at the forefront of patient-care and health-care outcomes.  I wish to apply that expertise to further the goals of APNA in providing the thought leadership needed at as many national venues as possible.  I have already demonstrated the ability to do this through my service on the NTF committee, my work with AANP and LANP leadership positions. My experience in inclusive-leadership, education and practice at the all PMH nursing levels are assets that I can bring to the APNA board. PMH nursing is a strong voice for consumers of mental-health services – I love it and I know that you must as well. APNA presents a powerful vehicle for promoting that voice and I have the skill set to enrich the board’s continued enhancement and distribution of that voice.  I ask for your vote to help me do this.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  Healthcare 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. APNA’s membership brings a richness of expertise in evidence-based models in practice, research, therapy, education and collaboration in integrative care environments and I am quite familiar with them. We have the ability to shape the future through the resources that APNA offers. I hope that you will allow me to represent your voice in this journey.

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Michael J. Polacek, MSN, RN-BC

Michael Polacek

Present Position
Professional Development Specialist, Salem Health Clinical Education (ED and Acute Psych units)

1990 BS Elementary Education, Western Oregon University
2010 ADN, Excelsior College
2013 MSN Clinical Systems Management/Informatics, Excelsior College
Current 3rd Year PhD Student, University of Phoenix

APNA Contributions
2010 - Present  Oregon Chapter Events Planning Committee
2012 - Present  Institute of Safe Environments Steering Committee, Member/Associate Chair, Emergency Department Workgroup
2015 - Present  Violence Prevention Task Force, Associate Chair,
2015 - Present  JAPNA Reviewer
2014 - Present  Oregon Chapter Member-at-Large
2015 - Present  Suicide Competencies Workgroup
2014 - 2015  JAPNA Editor-in-Chief Search Committee
2013  Chair, Nominating Committee—appointed by APNA Board
2012  Task force on Chapter Development
2011 - 2013  Oregon Chapter President-Elect, President, Immediate Past President

Other Experience
When I became a Registered Nurse and member of the APNA in 2010, I brought with me experiences gained as a CNA and Tech since 1979.  These experiences include a full range of psychiatric-mental health and corrections environments in group homes, high school, as well as maximum security in the forensics psychiatric program at the state hospital, the Oregon State Penitentiary and the Youth Authority Correctional Facility.   In addition to being an enthusiastic supporter of the APNA, I have intentionally developed an international association through presentations with the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry and am a member of their research arm, the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group (EViPRG).  At the state level I am a member of the Oregon Action Coalition which strives to improve the relevant participation of nurses on decision making boards.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  As a result of combining experiences in the community, long term and acute care as a CNA, RN, Manager and now a clinical educator, I am able to represent the goals, mission and vision to the point of care staff as well as the APRN.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  I'm a believer in the mission and vision of the APNA, and as such, a follower. Having been party to a number of discussions regarding the APNA bylaws, I have developed an appreciation and practical understanding of the APNA’s purpose.  As a member of the National Board of Directors, I am able to serve and fully endorse the complete purposes stated in the bylaws. Because of the many ways that these bylaws have been explained and communicated, I feel that I have a solid understanding and am able to genuinely support the articles as well as articulate them to APNA members effectively.  The untapped power of the APNA is to be a relevant voice in the interdisciplinary, state, national and international network of consumers, clinicians, scientists, and educators.  I actively demonstrate my belief by being an ardent participant through membership not only in the nation and state APNA organizations, but also in the European Congress, and the Oregon Action Coalition.  I am an active member bringing the clinical staff perspective to APNA. 

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Christine Tebaldi, RN, MS, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Director, Clinical Business Development; Director, Psychiatric Emergency Services, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA

2001 MS in Nursing, University of Rochester
1996 BS in Nursing & BA in Psychology, University of Rochester

APNA Contributions
It has been my honor to serve APNA at the chapter and national levels.

  • Instit. for Safe Environments Steering Committee – 2016–present
  • Instit. for Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) Co-Chair – 2008-2016
  • ANCC Interprofessional Disaster Certification Advisory Panel Rep - 2014
  • Rosalynn Carter Ctr Symposium on Mental Health Policy Rep–2012
  • Behavioral Health Emergencies Stakeholders (ENA)  Collaborative Representative – 2011-2013
  • Scope & Standards Revision Committee – 2014 edition
  • New England Chapter Board - Secretary- 2009-2011
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Steering Committee Co-Chair – 2007-2008; member until 2010
  • National Disaster Mental Health Task Force – 2006-2007
  • National Logical Job Analysis for APRN Role Delineation – 2005
  • New York State Chapter Board – Legislative Coord. – 2005-2007
  • Scope and Standards Comm. & Final Review Workgrp–2007 Edition
  • National Certification Committee – 2004-2005
  • National Annual Conference Committee – 2004

Other Experience
Clinical and leadership experience in Acute Services, Substance Use Disorders, Emergency Psychiatry and Disaster Mental Health.  In addition to coordinating emergency psychiatry programs and managing new program development, I am engaged in international consultation for substance use disorders treatment.  Presenting and training locally and nationally on such topics as emergency preparedness, disaster response, crisis stabilization, recovery-oriented practice and mental health advocacy has been very rewarding.  After the events of September 11th, 2001, I joined the American Red Cross (ARC) in the disaster relief efforts. Since that time, I have remained active – responding to local/national disasters, including the Boston Marathon Bombings. Currently serving as the Volunteer Regional Lead for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Disaster Mental Health Team.  In 2014, was honored with the APNA Excellence in Leadership Award.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I believe that every individual’s contribution can make a difference. By creating a strong infrastructure, with change agents at every level, we can maximize effective and sustainable advancements in the field of PMH nursing. With experience as an organizational leader and mental health advocate, I know we can make a difference together.  I embrace APNA’s shared governance model and would be honored to have the opportunity to further shape the mission and vision of the organization.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  From grassroots efforts to shaping health policy, knowledge is the most powerful tool.  As a co-chair of the Institute for Mental Health Advocacy I learned firsthand, the importance of facilitating available resources to advance the conversations relevant to regulatory, legislative and policy matters.  Developing our profession through networking, continuing education, scope and standards of practice, position papers and toolkits are all critical to our mission. I believe we can reduce stigma and promote parity by educating our fellow health professionals and the general public. 

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Wendy N. Zubenko, EdD, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

Wendy ZubenkoPresent Position
Owner, Keystone Advanced Behavioral Healthcare, LLC
Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

2001   EdD   University of Pittsburgh
1990   MSN University of Pittsburgh
1984   BSN University of Pittsburgh

APNA Contributions
APNA Member since 1996
Pennsylvania Chapter:

  • Immediate-Past President (past)         
  • President (past)     
  • Chair, Southwestern Region (past)
  • Chair, APRN/Legislative Committee (past)


  • Member, Advisory Panel, APRN Council (10/10 - present)
  • Member, Advisory Panel, Child & Adolescent Council (10/10 - present)
  • Chair, Local Access Committee, 26th Annual Conference
  • Member, Steering Committee, APRN Council (past)
  • Member, Scholarly Review Committee (past)
  • Member, Janssen Scholarship Review Committee (past)

Other Experience

  • Worked in a variety of PMHN roles over the past 32 years including, staff nurse, APRN, faculty member, administrator, and researcher.  I have experience working with diverse psychiatric mental health populations across the life-span in varied settings.
  • Served as co-investigator and member of the leadership teams of an NIH-funded clinical research program as well as two NIH-funded Consortia of university-based teams focused on the molecular neurobiology and genetics of psychiatric disorders.
  • Provided education about PMHN and represented the PMHCNS, working with other national nursing organizations and the PA legislature, towards obtaining legislation that provides title protection and licensure for CNSs in PA.  I continue my effort towards advancing the PMHCNS by working with these organizations in drafting & promoting legislation that would provide the CNS with a full, independent scope of practice in PA.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I have dedicated my professional life to efforts in the field of mental health nursing that have produced important opportunities and benefits for PMHNs, and for the care of patients, families, and communities that we serve.  I am an enthusiastic advocate for psychiatric nursing. I believe that psychiatric nurses are in a unique position to lead the endeavor to integrate care.  We have the bio-psycho-social-spiritual knowledge and perspective that is essential to the Integrated Care Model.  I am committed to join with other specialties and disciplines, as well as our patients, families, and communities to improve services and outcomes.  I understand the clinical, administrative, fiscal, & social complexities that psychiatric nursing faces.  I have experience navigating these issues while working across disciplines and specialties.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  APNA and its membership have important roles to play in the evolution of PMHN practices, and in defining our roles in emerging models of cost-effective, quality care.  We have the opportunity to participate with colleagues in scientific initiatives that have the promise of providing new preventions and interventions that reduce the severity and prevalence of mental disorders. APNA will continue to foster these contributions by providing a favorable mix of educational activities that cover the spectrum from practical advances relevant to current practice, to the roles nurses have as investigators in research, to our contributions to multiple disciplinary research. Education, along with mentorship opportunities and advocacy for PMH nurses are also important. I will help APNA fulfill these goals through my successful experience in research, education, leadership, collaboration, and relationship-building.

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