The treasurer has charge and custody of and is responsible for all funds and securities of the association. The treasurer reviews financial statements and the fiscal status of the association on a regular basis, and ensures that the board and finance committee receive appropriate financial reports and are kept informed. Other duties may be assigned by the president or by the board.  More Info

Susan Dawson, EdD, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Comtrea, Inc., a community mental health agency, which is a federally qualified healthcare agency (FQHC.) I also teach as adjunct faculty for St. Louis University. Consultant for several attorneys and for curriculum construction at Greenville College in Illinois.

University of Missouri 1997 doctorate in adult education, Vanderbilt University 2008 post master’s for adult psychiatric nurse practitioner, Southern Illinois University 1993 master’s in psychiatric nursing with subsequent certification as a clinical nurse specialist, Webster University 1990 master’s degree from the business school.

APNA Contributions
Current national treasurer, working with APNA staff and on the Board of Directors to monitor APNA accounts. Assisted in quarterly financial reviews and review of financial audits for APNA. Served on the Seclusion and Restraint Expert Panel in 2007. Currently serving on the Graduate Education Council and the Child and Adolescent Council. Helped establish the Missouri Chapter in 2002.  Served as president twice and currently serve as treasurer.

Other Experience

  • Spent 22 years teaching nursing from associate to doctoral level in Missouri and Illinois.
  • Served as Dean and Vice Chancellor at Allen College in Iowa.
  • Clinical practice at the Lutheran Child and Family Services as a CNS 1997-2005.
  • Clinical practice at Psychiatry Associates in Waterloo, Iowa as an NP.
  • President of the LINC, Inc. board in Belleville, Illinois in 2002-2005.
  • Current and past president of the East St. Louis, Illinois Father’s Center advisory board.
  • Show Me Missouri Emergency Response Team-Behavioral Health Div.
  • Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Iowa Area 5 Chair (Blackhawk and surrounding counties)
  • Pathways Behavioral Health Board of Directors unpaid role involving decision making and funding for programs.
  • Iowa Homeless Council (by Governor Culver appointment) and serve as chair of HUD continuum of care committee for the state of Iowa unpaid role for supervision of HUD funded projects.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I feel that financial management and accountability are essential for the integrity of the organization. The finance department at APNA is second to none, and working in tandem with them as well as the Executive Director gives me the opportunity to provide a window into the exceptional management of our events, operations and daily fund transactions. My education in a business program, my background as an academic administrator and on several boards of directors has given me the experience to understand and report accurately on budget and financial reports. As we move into the Affordable Care Act paradigm, financial management will be even more essential to the success of our organization.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  Psychiatric nurses will be moving towards many additional practice paradigms in the future, with the ACA and the Parity legislation that is being introduced. Providing a financially sound and successful organization that is positioned to provide necessary and high quality educational activities will be even more essential as we expand services. Contributing to the scientific endeavors includes accountability for the conferences and other activities that support research and sharing the advancement of our profession. I am able to lead and follow in the arena of financial resources.


Margaret (Peggy) Halter, PhD, APRN

Present Position
Editor of Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, an undergraduate nursing textbook in its 7th edition. Adjunct faculty at the Ohio State University College of Nursing teaching health policy to graduate nursing students. Clinical nurse specialist at Akron General Medical Center in the partial hospitalization program.


1987 - BSN University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
1990 - MSN Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
2003 - PhD Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

APNA Contributions
I have been an APNA member since 2003 and have received the Excellence in Media Award in 2009 and the Excellence in Advanced Leadership Award in 2012.  I have served as the co-Chair for APNA’s Institute for Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) since its inception in 2009. This role includes researching issues, serving as a resource for the Association and its members, providing policy information for our membership, and acting as a consensus gatherer for key issues such as DSM-5 draft comments. I was a member of the National Disaster Task Force from 2006-2010, and have presented at APNA’s Annual Conference since 2006.

As President of the Ohio Chapter of APNA in 2006, I sought to energize the chapter, organized a statewide conference, and represented APNA at Ohio events. Prior to that I served as the APNA Ohio Liaison to the Ohio Nurses Association Health Policy Council.

Other Experience
Over the past 30 years I have held in a variety of roles as a psychiatric nurse – a staff nurse in a general psychiatric unit and in a state hospital, an educator of baccalaureate and graduate nursing students, and as a clinical nurse specialist in a partial hospitalization program. My career has also included formal leadership as an associate dean of a college of nursing and as a nursing curriculum consultant. A focus on health policy and health policy education for advanced practice nurses have provided me with the opportunity to actively advocate for the nursing profession, a strong healthcare system, and for patients, particularly in the area of anti-stigma efforts.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I perceive the role of treasurer for APNA as one that requires integrity, a strong commitment to the organization, and an attention to detail. As a long-time member and volunteer-leader for APNA I have a proven record of service, reliability, and advocacy for the organization and the membership. My career experience as an administrator and as a writer will be valuable as treasurer.  I would welcome the opportunity to work with the board and serve the membership in the role of treasurer, a role that is crucial to the success and fiscal health of our organization.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  Since 2008 I have volunteered as a co-Chair for APNA’s Institute for Mental Health Advocacy. In this role I have had the opportunity to share information with the membership related to advocacy, and have also sought to promote psychiatric nurses and nursing in policy making venues. As APNA’s treasurer I would continue to advocate for our association because, ultimately, sound finances are the foundation upon which we accomplish the purpose of being a scientific and education organization.