April 2014

Dear Colleagues:

During the next sixty days, we have the opportunity to exercise the privilege and responsibility of voting for the new members of APNA’s Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.

The strength of our association is rooted in strong member participation. We hope that you will play your role in the selection of our future leaders by casting your vote in the 2014 election.  Please take into consideration the purpose of APNA as outlined in the bylaws (see excerpt below).
The candidates presented here were selected by the 2014 Nominating Committee from the outstanding nominations submitted this year and approved by the Board of Directors. We are grateful to all those who participated in this process and applaud those who were willing to submit their name for consideration.

Please click here to cast your vote. For instructions on voting online, click on Steps to Vote in the left menu. All ballots must be electronically filed or postmarked no later than June 23, 2014 to be considered valid. All members have also been sent a hard copy of this ballot. If needed, you can download a pdf of the ballot here.

To familiarize yourself with the candidates, check out the Online Election Guide or call APNA at 855-863-2762 to request a paper copy. We hope that this information will give you a feel for these members’ backgrounds, leadership styles, and contributions.

Thank you for your continued support of APNA and PMHN. Let your voice be heard by casting your vote for the new leaders of your association!


Patricia D. Cunningham, DNSc, APRN-BC
   Nancy B. Dillon, PhD, RN, CNS
 Chair, Nominating Committee

(Adopted September 2006)


Section 1. (a) APNA provides leadership to promote psychiatric-mental health nurses, improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, and shape health policy for the delivery of mental health services; (b) to make charitable contributions and grants to nonprofit organizations exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as the same may be amended or supplemented (hereinafter referred to as the “IRC”), as well as governmental units and other nonprofit organizations, that promote and further the purposes described in this Section 1 above; and (c) to exercise any other powers conferred upon Associations organized pursuant to the provisions of the Delaware General Association Law, as the same may be amended or supplemented (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”).

Section 2. The Association is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations exempt from federal income tax under IRC Section 501(c)(3).

Section 3. Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, the Association shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on: (i) by an Association exempt from federal income tax under IRC Section 501(c)(3); or (ii) by an Association contributions to which are deductible under IRC Section 170(c)(2).

Section 4. No substantial part of the activities of the Association shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Association shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.