Nominating Committee

The principle task of the Nominating Committee is selecting a slate of candidates for the Annual APNA Election and to oversee the electoral process. Full Description


Kathleen (Kathy) Lehmann, RN-BC PMHN, EdD(c), EdS, MEd, BSN, BA
Karen Goyette Pounds, PhD, PMHCNS, BC
Leigh Powers, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC


Kathleen (Kathy) Lehmann, RN-BC PMHN, EdD(c), EdS, MEd, BSN, BA

Kathleen LehmannPresent Position

Psychiatric Nurse on long-term step-down and geri-psych unit within greater Boston VA System. Recently I began Tele MH work with military PTSD sufferers. Recovery to Practice Facilitator within the Boston area.  Contributing author to 3 editions of Lippincott’s NCLEX-RN Review Text. Reviewer and author to multiple psychiatric e-courses and online resources. Previously psychiatric clinical instructor for Atlantic Union College.


2014 – EdD(c), EdS Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
2001 – M.Ed. University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
1977 – BSN/BA Psychology Rhode Island College

APNA Contributions

APNA member since 2008. Served one year on Education Council for current initiatives. Member of Research Council. One of 69 Recovery to Practice (RTP) facilitators and active with this community. Attended and volunteered at annual conference every other year. I am a regular reviewer each year for scholarship and award and presentation proposals for APNA.

Other Experience

Despite graduate work in education, I have passionately used these forums for my love of nursing. My dissertation is on Nursing Violence in the Workplace from the Nurse Executive Perspective. I have served 3 years (of 4) as a PMHN subject matter expert on the ANCC Content Expert Registry. Last year I was selected to serve on the advisory committee on Workplace Violence for the ANA group developing their position paper; this paper was just released for public comments.  I have served on the STTI UMB Chapter Board of Governors for the past 6 years in many capacities. I have presented multiple posters at NOVA, NE APNA, and APNA conferences.  My holistic psychiatric article was recently published in the AHNA Beginnings Magazine. I served as the National Chair of a virtual committee with NOVA researching the possibility of developing VA nursing as a subspecialty certification. I still review scholarships, awards, presentations, and posters for each of these groups each year.  I was a local ELNEC educator for HPNA. I previously headed a national drug study for BU School of Medicine, worked social research at UMB, and am a USAF nurse veteran. I was the 2011 recipient of NOVA Chapter 224 Nurse Excellence Award.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I lived and worked in Germany for ½ of my 38-year career. I am blessed with an eclectic – but well-rounded background in military, VA, and civilian research and mental health work experience. My passion for education and holistic therapies fully complements my conventional educational background. National service with APNA is the next logical step for me to pay my blessings forward.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  I bring a unique perspective to the table that will greatly contribute to the exponential growth demanded of our APNA leaders.  I have experienced most aspects of APNA and its website and fully endorse the direction in which we are advancing. These are exciting times to be a PMHN! Please allow me to work for you.

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Karen Goyette Pounds, PhD, PMHCNS, BC

Karen Goyette PoundsPresent Position

Associate Clinical Professor, Northeastern University
Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Boston Medical Center


1978  BSN – University of Rhode Island
1983  MSN – Boston College (Adult Psychiatric Mental Health CNS)
2008  PhD – University of Rhode Island

APNA Contributions

  • Massachusetts Representative/ Board of Directors – NEAPNA 2014 – present
  • 2008 – Present Scholarly Review Committee
  • Janssen Scholarship review Committee
  • APNA Awards and Recognition review committee
  • Education Council/Task Force on developing Toolkits for educators, content related to vulnerable populations.
  • Poster and podium presentations since 2008.

Other Experience

  • Board of Directors – Nursing Diagnosis Association of North America – 1990-94
  • Board of Directors of Massachusetts Nurses Association (now ANA Massachusetts) from 1992 – 94
  • Vice President of Board of Directors of Massachusetts Nurses Association  from 1986 – 92
  • ANA House of Delegates 1986 – 1994

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I have served in a leadership capacity on local, regional, and national nursing organizations. I recognize the importance of seeking candidates for office that represent the diversity of the membership. It is critical for the relevance of the organization to the members and the public at large.  I believe that my philosophy and experience at the regional and national level of APNA prepare me to serve on the Nominating Committee. I will seek candidates who can serve as change agents, advocates, and leaders for psychiatric – mental health nursing.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  I am aware of the importance of fulfilling APNA's goal of being on the cutting edge of scientific research regarding psychiatric – mental health nursing. This endeavor is multi focal, involving practice, health care systems, and policy. Our attention also needs to be on the current and future generations of psychiatric – mental health nurses who will apply this research within their practice.  Education is the vital link between science and practice and is necessary to move our specialty forward. It is therefore, important that the leaders of the organization are individuals who are clinicians, researchers and educators and that they represent the range of roles within our specialty. I believe that I can help fulfill this purpose of APNA by serving on the Nominating Committee.

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Leigh Powers, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Leigh PowersPresent Position

Assistant Professor at East Tennessee State University College of Nursing teaching psychiatric/mental-health specialty courses and DNP residency/capstone courses to graduate nursing students. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Bridgeway Center, Inc. in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.


2011 – DNP Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN
2004 – MSN Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN (Psychiatric/Mental-Health)
2000 – MS Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Biology, Atlanta, GA (Biology/Microbiology)
1996 – BS American University, College of Arts and Sciences, Washington, DC (Biology)

APNA Contributions

I have been involved with APNA for the past three years and a member for the past two years. I have attended annually since joining and presented as well as appreciated learning from my colleagues. I have joined and been involved with several committees within the APNA, including the addictions council and graduate education council. This past year, I was selected for the Tobacco Cessation Virtual Academy.

Other Experience

As a psychiatric nurse practitioner as well as an educator of graduate students, I strive to continue to give back to my communities both in Tennessee and Florida through my work with students, patients and their families, communities and with policymakers.  I have worked for over 10 years in community mental health centers with primarily the underserved and SMI populations.  I have worked as a clinician and also as an administrator as an administrative medical director at a community mental health organization in TN.  My research interest revolves around quality care, and I have presented my research at APNA as well as other conferences such as the EBP Conference in San Antonio, TX and Sigma Theta Tau. I have been a part of the government council committee reviewing TN policy with the Tennessee Nurses Association and was elected to the TN regional Sigma Theta Tau Board of Directors as a Faculty – Liaison previously.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  It would be an honor to serve the APNA community on the nominating committee.  I believe through my diverse roles as an educator, administrator, researcher and clinician, I am a well-rounded individual who can represent the diverse members and best interests of the APNA.  I am a straightforward, reliable, efficient and organized individual.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  Through participation on the nominating committee, I will help continue the strong governance of APNA so it may remain an advocate for nursing and mental health prevention, promotion, research and education. By ensuring the continuity of leadership, APNA may continue to fulfill its’ purpose in psychiatric nursing education and research.

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