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Chenoa Shenandoah
Chenoa is the President-Elect for our TN local chapter. She completed her ASN at Walter State Community College, and then completed her BSN at Lincoln Memorial University and her MSN at University of Tennessee in 2012. She is recognized as Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is a member of APNA and a member of AWHONN (Association of Women's Health Obstetrics & Neonatal Nurses). Chenoa is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for Nursing. She worked as Nurse Shift Leader at Peninsula Village, LPN Instructor at Tennessee Technology Center, RN at Parkwest Medical Center, and now as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She possesses great professional and personal qualities that will make her an excellent leader in our local community. She is organized, thorough, detail oriented, personable, works well within a team, and shows great integrity.

Mitzi Wright
Undergrad UTK: Audiology and Speech Pathology, honors, 3/1978
Worked as speech therapist in public schools 3 years
Graduate school UTK school of Nursing 12/1984 (generic Master's)
UTC advanced pharmacology 2000; then Certificate of Fitness to prescribe in Tennessee
ANCC 1992: Psychiatric Mental Health CNS, Child/Adolescent

Experience:  Medical University, Charleston, S.C. 1985-1986; Baptist Hospital Med/Surg x 1 year 1986-1987; Blount Memorial Mountain View Recovery Center (substance/eating disorders) 1987-1989; Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute, Chattanooga, TN.: Child/Adolescent Units CNS; Acute and Chronic Units: Co-lead acute care adult psychiatric unit with psychiatrist (all patient care responsibilities to include nursing process, team leader/facilitator of treatment team. 1989-2003; VA out-patient clinic Chattanooga, TN 2003-2011); Returned to school for Post-Master's PMHNP credential (a goal for several years soon to be realized!); Co-led TNPAP groups with Jean Blackburn, then solo for 10 years

Organizations:  ANA, TNA; Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Zeta


Tessa Noah
Tessa graduated from South College in March of 2013. Tessa has become an invaluable employee. Tessa accepted the responsibility of being the primary nurse for the ICM program which serves the needs of the SPMI (Severely and Persistent Mentally Ill). Tessa is very organized and would be an excellent candidate for the position of Secretary for the TN Chapter of APNA.


Kandace Arlaud
Kandace lives with her family in Nashville Tennessee, and works as a staff nurse in Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital's Psychotic Disorders Program. During school she supervised the execution of her nursing school's annual 'Kickoff' serving over 300 students in her role as Student Nurses Association (SNA) President. The following year she served on the Kentucky SNA State Board of Directors as President, and coordinated the state's Annual SNA Conference reaching out to over 1200 members of Kentucky's SNA. At the conference she was voted into the role of Elected Consultant and went on to support Kentucky's SNA for another year. She is an active participant in the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital's shared governance serving on the Professional Practice Board, and other task forces. Her primary focuses are promoting evidence based practice and is a leader in community outreach for the hospital. She is currently involved in several patient care improvement projects including the development of evidence based psycho-educational groups, the development of new staff orientation materials, and the initiation of a hospital wide journal club.

Jeremy Mills
Jeremy is an APN who graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2012. He has been a member of APNA since 2012 and has been working at Helen Ross McNabb Center in outpatient mental health since April 2013. He welcomes the opportunity to serve on the board.