Candidate Profiles

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President Candidates

Carolyn Tometich PMHNP-BC
Carolyn is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner currently employed as the Intermountain Healthcare Behavioral Health Clinical Program Operations Director.  This position provides leadership and quality oversight to the behavioral health services in Intermountain.  Carolyn has been a nurse since 1981 when she graduated from WSU with an Associate Degree in Nursing.  She completed her Master in Nursing degree at the University of Utah in 2001.  She has served on the APNA – Utah board for the past 2 years.  She is passionate about improving the care and treatment of mental health patients and believes that APNA – Utah gives psychiatric nurses an opportunity to come together, learn and provide a collaborative environment for psychiatric nursing practice.

Grace Forsythe PhD, APRN, BC
Grace has been an active leader in revitalizing the Utah Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association and is currently serving on the Board as the Secretary.  She works at the SLC VA in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and also has a private practice.  She created the APNA-UT program presented last spring on treating patients with PTSD.  Throughout her career she has had a special interest in supporting RNs interested in psychiatric nursing.  She has taught psychiatric nursing at three universities including the University of Utah and worked as an APRN on psychiatric consult teams, as a psychiatric liaison, a grief and trauma counselor, and in inpatient psychiatric units.  She has been a Chair of the UT APRN Council.  She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Michigan, and her PhD in Family Nursing from the University of Utah.  She has done research in the area of patient and family satisfaction with their healthcare. She also serves on APRN and Suicide Peer Review Committees.  She looks forward to continuing to promote the roles of all levels of psychiatric nurses in our state.


Secretary Candidate

Brenda Madaj BSN, RN-BC
Brenda has worked as an RN since 1994 in a variety of settings, with an emphasis on psychiatry and mental health, including skilled long term care, corrections and acute inpatient units.  She currently works as the Region Education Consultant, for Behavioral Health, in the Urban North Region at Intermountain Healthcare where she is actively involved in corporate and hospital nurse practice councils, is on the Joint Commission task force and the planning committee for the annual statewide Educator Summit, as well as having other hospital and corporate assignments.  Brenda also conducts virtual clinicals at DATC and grades the 2nd year RN Psychiatric class papers.  She has been an active member of APNA-UT since 2010 and looks forward to further service. She was the Sigma Theta Tau-Nu Nu Chapter Treasurer from 2011-2013


Board Member Candidates

Joan Magill, APRN
Joan graduated from the University of Washington in 1989 with a MSN in Psychosocial Nursing. She has a combined 27 years of experience being an RN/APRN. In 2000-2001 she chaired the Utah Psych Council of Psychiatric and Mental Health Specialists. She has spoken for four different pharmaceutical companies. She currently works at Salt Lake Behavioral Health as an APRN and has her own successful private practice.  Prior to April 2011, she was an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Formulary Consultant at the Adult Detention Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her duties included serving on the CQI committee, corporate compliance, fundraising for medication coupons, medication management for acute, subacute and general population, and supervision of other health care professionals. She is skilled at solving complex systemic problems and she is looking forward to serving on the APNA-UT Board.

Linda Mabey, DNP, APRN, BC
Linda Mabey is on the faculty of the Brigham Young University, College of Nursing.  She has taught undergraduate and graduate nurses the art and science of psychiatric nursing since 1995. She began her career in teaching at Westminster College in Salt Lake City in 1989, and taught both undergraduate and graduate psychiatric nursing courses at the University of Utah for sixteen years.  She has been an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) since 2005. She currently serves on the Scholarly Review Committee and Undergraduate Education Council of APNA. Her clinical focus is in treatment of psychological trauma and PTSD, and she has presented at national and regional conferences on this topic. She recently published an article entitled “Treatment of PTSD in Patients with Severe Mental Illness: A Review” in the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.  She maintains an active counseling and prescriptive practice in South Ogden, Utah.

Dr. Mabey received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Utah in 2009. Her capstone project was entitled, “Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the Severely Mentally Ill: Improving Mental Health Services in a County Mental Health System”.