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Kathy Raines
My name is Kathy Raines. I have been serving the mentally ill population for almost 20 years now.  I began my career at Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) in 1995 as a registered nurse.  I became a PMHNP in 2002 and later obtained my FNP in 2004.   After working 17 years at MSH, I began a new chapter in my career in 2012.  I began serving Veterans at the local VAMC on the in-patient and out-patient psychiatric units.  I am currently working at UMMC as a PMHNP and FNP in various settings.   Although my first love is acute mental illness, I have been given the opportunity to work one day a week treating sleep disorders and am finding this very rewarding.   I will be ending my term as secretary for the APNA Mississippi chapter at the end of this year after serving for 2 1/2 years.  I would like to continue to be an active member of APNA- Mississippi Board of Directors and see continued growth in the APNA Mississippi Chapter. I pledge to work for psychiatric/mental health nurses in the state of Mississippi, to bring together those of us who work in this specialty area and to lead our state chapter in 2016. I am asking for your support and vote for the office of President Elect on the APNA Mississippi board. Thank you.


Roderick Green
I am a PMHNP with two years of experience in the acute inpatient setting at MSH and twenty years experience as a RN. I have a strong commitment to advancing the quality of mental health in our state and a strong desire to serve the organization. If elected, I will continue to be highly effective in promoting a positive, productive environment.



Sharon Davis
Have been in psychiatric nursing since 1980 having started as ECT nurse assisting with these treatments.  Worked as charge nurse on acute care adult psychiatric unit for 2 years and furthered education becoming a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2000.  Worked at EMSH for 8 years and have worked as consultant psychiatric nurse practitioner in nursing homes.  Began seeing psychiatric patients in outpatient clinic in 2005 and continue working there at least one afternoon a week.  Psychiatric nursing has been my love and would like to have more involvement with our state association as secretary.  Currently am working full-time as assistant professor in a university associate degree nursing program.

Amy Easley
I would like to serve the members of the Mississippi Chapter of APNA as Secretary. I have worked as an inpatient psychiatric nurse at UMMC, and am beginning my career as a PMHNP with Region 8 next month. I am looking forward to becoming more involved in APNA.


Central District Representative

Amelia Kelley
My name is Amelia Kelley, and I have been practicing as a registered nurse for approximately four years. I graduated with an associates degree from East Central Community College, and received my bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. I am currently in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner masters program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and I am projected to graduate in May 2015. I have practiced in psychiatric mental health in various clinical settings, including charge nurse of an inpatient geriatric/psychiatric (6 months), program director of an intensive outpatient behavioral health unit (3 years), and currently serving as a psychiatric home health nurse (currently 6 months). I have exceptional interpersonal, management, and servant-leadership skills, and enjoy serving and educating the community about mental health. I have experience with quality review and policy/procedure development within the hospital setting, and I am keenly aware of disparities we face in mental healthcare, especially in rural Mississippi. I enjoy educating fellow nurses about the rewarding field of psychiatric- mental health nursing, and look forward to continuing to support the growth and development of our mental health nursing workforce here at home. I thank you in advance for considering my candidacy for Central District Representative and look forward to serving alongside you all in our APNA Mississippi Chapter.

Northern District Representative

Martha Catlette
I have served as a nurse educator and administrator for over 30 plus in the Mississippi Delta area. I hold a masters' degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and a PhD in Nursing Education Administration. I am now pursuing my long time educational dream of becoming credentialed to practice as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. As I work toward this goal, I would like to become more actively involved in the Mississippi Chapter of the APNA. I have served in several state leadership positions, so I am familiar with the workings of Boards of Directors and would be honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Northern District Representative.

Angela Gibson
I will be completing my two year term as the Central District Representative for the APNA Mississippi Chapter when this office term starts.  I am very committed to the Mississippi chapter of APNA and have worked hard for my Central District.  I recently moved to the Northern District area and desire to continue to work towards a stronger Mississippi APNA Chapter.  During my past term I have had the opportunity to work with Psychiatric Nurses and NPs throughout the State and National Levels of the APNA in the planning and presentation of annual Chapter conferences and District meetings.  I have a vested interest and desire to continue to work towards a bigger and better APNA Mississippi Chapter. I have been a nurse for over 30 years and have been a Psychiatric Nurse for 16 years with 12 of those as a PMHNP.  I am currently working at Baptist Memorial Hospital / Golden Triangle in the Behavioral Health Unit with inpatient and outpatient individuals who have psychiatric and /or substance abuse needs.  I love psychiatric nursing and find it very rewarding to work with this population.  I would like to stay active in APNA and help the APNA Mississippi Chapter continue to grow.

Shonda Phelon
I have been a nurse in Mississippi for over 25 years receiving a Bachelors in Nursing in 1989 from the University of Mississippi. I completed my Masters in Nursing at Mississippi University for Women in 1992 and have been a practicing nurse practitioner for 22 years. I have worked exclusively in a mental health setting since 2006 and am certified as an Adult Psychiatric NP. I completed my Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2013 from Mississippi University for Women. I am currently the President of the District 32 Mississippi Nurses Association. I am also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. I practice full time as an Adult Psychiatric NP and teach part time in the Graduate Nursing Program at Mississippi University for Women. I have presented on numerous mental health topics at local and state conferences and most recently at the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference. My primary research interest is integrated care. My goal would be to get more involvement from nurses in the northern district and have at least 2 sponsored meetings over the next year.


Southern District Representative

Kerry Kokaisel
I am Kerry Kokaisel, PMHNP-BC, DNP, instructor and clinician at the University of MISSISSIPPI Medical Centers, Depart of Psychiatry and School of Nursing. I hold a BS in Nursing (1988), as well as post-graduate PMHNP (2005) from UMMCSON and a DNP (2011) from Samford University School of Nursing. I am a long-standing psychiatric nurse who has focused on mental health needs of children, adolescents, and their families through outpatient practice, development of inpatient behavioral unit, and consultation. I have been a long time member of APNA.  I would like to be a leader for nurses practicing in the specialty area of psychiatry/mental illness in Mississippi and join the state Board of Directors as Southern District Representative for APNA-Mississippi.