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Present Position
Clinical Director, Ke`ena Mauliola Nele Paia (Office of Well-Being Without Walls), Private Practice; Sub-contractor with CareHawaii (Community Based Case Mgmt Company); Co-Medical Director, Freedom Recovery Services, Inc. (Pro Bono); Volunteer Hawaii State Center For Nursing APRN Policy Committee; Volunteer Legislative Committee Chair and Board Member at Large, Hawaii Association of Professional Nurses.


1994 MSN (CNS) Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Yale University School of Nursing
1995 Post-Masters Certificate Adult PMH Nurse Practitioner, California State University Long Beach, CA
1975 BS Special Studies in Psychology, St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, NY
1972 AAS Nursing, El Centro College, Dallas, TX

APNA Contributions
Current APNA Board Member-at-Large; APNA Representative to the ANCC-APNA Logical Job Analysis (2003); Media Relations Committee (2001-05); Zeneca Best Practices Committee (1998); APNA Hawaii Chapter Co-founder (1996), President, Board Member-at-Large

Other Experience
Hawaii Nurses Assn (1994-2007): ANA House of Delegates; Advance Practice Council Chair; Congress on Nursing Practice; Honolulu District President and HNA Board Member.  Active Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP induction 2011) and Hawaii State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence (2005), Health Policy Fellow (2007, 2009).  Founding President Hawaii Association of Professional Nurses (2007); Hawaii Board of Nursing Advance Practice Advisory Committee.  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Leadership Award (2004 & 2008) and Kupono Award (2010); Dual Chapters Delta Mu and Gamma Psi Chapter-at-Large, Virginia Henderson Scholarship Award;  National Student Nurses Assn. (1972) El Centro College Chapter, President, Texas Student Nurses Association House of Delegates Resolutions Committee Chair and National Delegate.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I bring an extensive leadership background in nursing to the Board.  I am very grateful that you have placed your faith in me as a current Board Member and humbly request your support for a final term.  I have developed a broader, deeper understanding of the structure and functions of APNA  I have been an advocate for diversity in our membership and in our leadership, as well as for APNA having a place at the major policy and nursing development tables and will continue to do so.  I believe it is important for APNA to have global recognition as THE premier psychiatric nursing organization, and feel it is important to expand our international membership and collegial relationships with psychiatric nursing organizations around the globe.  As a clinician, I bring a clinical practice perspective to the Board.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  By keeping in mind the Bylaws of the Association, I will endeavor to make appropriate, legally viable decisions that are equitable for all of our members.  I am a team player while maintaining the ability to express my individual perspective that stimulates discussion and a progressive movement to the Board’s decisions.  I am dedicated to growth and the expansion of consciousness to benefit the members of APNA.  I will endeavor to practice due diligence in all Board matters in the interest of the protection of the Association.


Sattaria “Tari” Dilks, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP

Sattaria DilksPresent Position
Professor and Co-Coordinator, Graduate Programs – McNeese State University, College of Nursing
Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration  - Intercollegiate Consortium for Masters of Science in Nursing Private practice - PMH-NP


BSN     West Texas State University     1978      Nursing
MA       McNeese State University         1988      Psychology
MSN     McNeese State University         2001      Nursing – FNP
DNP     University of Tennesse             2006      Family Psych NP

APNA Contributions

  • As a Janssen Scholar in 2006, I realized that I could channel my passion for psychiatric nursing on a national level - thus began my journey of APNA service. 
  • Chair  - Scholarly Review Committee, 2012–2014; member - Scholarly Review  Committee since 2009, Co-Chair - APRN Steering Committee since 2013; member - APRN Council, Education Council Steering Committee, and Graduate Education Council Steering Committee since 2011.
  • One of my greatest honors was serving as Louisiana Chapter President from 2010 – 2011 and organizing our first state conference since the 2005 devastating hurricanes.
  • I was an appointed member of the APNA Taskforce on LACE implementation.

Other Experience
I have been in the psychiatric field since 1975 and have served in a variety of roles: mental health technician, staff nurse, head nurse, program director, director of nursing, therapist in private practice and, in the last ten years, a state leader in psychiatric nursing education.  I began my career as an educator in undergraduate nursing and later developed a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner curriculum for a consortium of four universities in Louisiana.  I have been actively involved in monitoring legislation affecting access to care for Louisiana residents and advocating for mental health initiatives through my role as president of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners.  I was a representative on ANCC’s expert panel for a proposed combined exam for the adult psychiatric advanced practice nurse prior to the adoption of the consensus model.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I have a strong background in a multitude of roles, which enables me to view the broad perspective of issues important to PMHN.  It is critical that APNA lead the way in molding the psychiatric nurse of the future.  My experience in leadership, education and practice at the generalist and advanced practice levels are assets that I can bring to the APNA board.  I will encourage collaborative approaches to addressing our future challenges.  PMH nursing is a strong voice for consumers of mental health services and their loved ones. APNA presents a powerful vehicle for promoting that voice.  I believe I have the skill set that will enrich the board’s continued enhancement and distribution of that voice. 

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  Healthcare delivery is being re-envisioned on a multitude of levels in our country.  Mental health care is a linchpin in the delivery systems of the future.  APNA’s membership brings a richness of expertise in evidence-based models in practice, research, therapy, education and collaboration in integrative care environments.  We have the ability to shape the future through the resources that APNA offers.  I hope that you will allow me to represent your voice in this journey.


Leslie G. Oleck, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, LMFT

Present Position
Psychiatric CNS, Indiana University Health Physicians Behavioral Care | Adjunct Faculty, Indiana University School of Nursing | Preceptor, University of Indianapolis School of Nursing Graduate Department | Private Practice of Psychotherapy and Consultation | Finishing Post-Master’s PMHNP at IU 2014.


MSN, Indiana University, 1979
BSN, Indiana University, 1977
Diploma, St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, MO, 1973

APNA Contributions
2004 APNA National Conference Committee Chair.  Co-Chair of the Advanced Practice RN Council from 2009 through 2012, APRN Steering Committee since 2008; remain on Advisory Panel. Lead author for APRN Council “State of the States: 2010” in JAPNA. Served as Indiana-APNA President in 2002/3, contributing to that board in varying capacities since 1997. Participated on the Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Steering Committee from 2009-2013; remain on Advisory Panel.  APNA BOD Member-at-Large 2012-2014, serving as Chapter Liaison.

Other Experience
Over 35 years I have worked in acute patient care settings, psychiatric consultant/liaison, prescriber and therapist in a large university hospital system, taught graduate and undergraduate students as FT faculty as well as clinical preceptor.  In my private practice I have worked with organizations, individuals, families and groups. I serve on boards of community organizations, which have offered me the opportunity to be an ambassador for our profession. I remain active in my APNA Chapter and IN State Nurses Association, advocating for PMH nurses and our patients. I was a Sigma Theta Tau Board Leadership Scholar mentored by the APNA Board 2009-2011.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I believe that psychiatric nurses need to have a voice at many tables.   I have used my energies over the past 2 years as BOD Member-at-Large to help APNA ensure that this is occurring at local, state and national policy levels.  Psychiatric nurses have always been an innovative community; daily posts in Member Bridge continue to reflect the ‘pulse’ of our profession. I will help APNA continue to be the thought leader and voice for psychiatric nurses. Considering the multi-faceted changes in health care, we must use our creativity in research, education, and patient care. I will serve members by continuing to help APNA empower psychiatric nurses in all settings and in evolving models of care, thus better advocating for consumers.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  My experience in nursing practice, education, consultation and research enables me to communicate well with members and colleagues in all nursing settings.  I will help APNA and its members remain the united voice of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, using our skills with not only identified psychiatric/mental health patients but integrating our care with all patients.  This is a time of major change in health care in the United States, offering new opportunities and challenges for PMH Nurses. If elected, I will work to keep our organization for psychiatric nursing at the forefront of healthcare delivery and research through advocacy and education of consumers, health care providers, and other stakeholders.


Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Present Position
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs


2007 Post- Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA
2003 EdD, Widener University, Chester, PA
1993 MSN, University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA
1988 BSN, Widener University, Chester, PA

APNA Contributions

  • 2008-Present, Reviewer, Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • 2009-2010, Served on APNA’s Nomination’s Committee
  • 2010, APNA Abstract Reviewer. APNA 24th Annual Conference
  • 2010-2012 Work Group Member (APNA representative)Participant in the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI) Adult Major Depressive Disorder Work Group, DSM-5.
  • 2011 APNA Abstract Reviewer. APNA 25th Annual Conference
  • 2012, APNA Janssen Scholarship Application Reviewer
  • 2013, Presenter at annual conference - Waite, R. & Groh, C. Integrated Care: What’s Missing in Current Practice Models? APNA 27th Annual Conference)
  • 2014 APNA, Awards and Recognition Committee

Other Experience
I have served in a variety of professional nursing positions for 26 years including: staff nurse, assistant nurse manager, patient care coordinator, and director of psychiatric nursing. Since 2003 I have been working in academia fulfilling roles as an educator and researcher. In January of 2011, I took on the role of Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs at a nurse managed health care center which has federally qualified health center status and certified as a medical home.

My clinical scholarly work looks at social determinants of health using a life course development perspective, examining depression, adult ADHD, and psychological trauma and adversity. My research aims to support development of prevention and early intervention measures. My educational research focuses on leadership development of students in the health professions while concurrently fostering critical consciousness using a social justice lens.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I would be honored to serve on APNA’s Board of Directors, Member at Large. In this role I offer my expertise to the President and other Board members to meet the association’s goals and effecting policies and/or decisions made by the Board of Directors. My experience in serving on a diversity of Boards varying in focus, size, and membership will benefit APNA members.

I am committed to building relationships and strengthening our resources to build on and carry forward the crucial work of APNA particularly providing leadership to support psychiatric-mental health nurses, improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, and inform health policy for the delivery of mental health services.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  By working collaboratively with membership and the Board a strategic initiative would need to be developed that focused on promoting education, research, and development.

Through promoting the advancement of research APNA membership can facilitate the distribution of new knowledge and understanding about mental health. This advancement in knowledge shall also assist, facilitate, and improve communication and methods used to educate others and the public in general about mental health promotion, interventions, and treatment.