Listed alphabetically by last name
Lisa is a full-time Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Indian Health Services at the Crownpoint Healthcare Facility. Prior to that, she was a full-time Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Gallup Indian Medical Center. Lisa has had a wide range of experience combining psychiatric-mental health, medical-surgical, urgent care, telemetry, mother-baby and corrections nursing.
Lisa received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute in 2000; a Bachelors Degree in Nursing in 2002 from the University of New Mexico; a Masters Degree in Nursing with a specialty in Community Health Nursing in 2007 from the University of New Mexico; and a Masters Degree in Nursing with a specialty in Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from New Mexico State University in 2009.
Lisa is currently serving as Secretary of the Board of the APNA New Mexico Chapter.
“I have been on the APNA New Mexico board for two years and have served as secretary for one year. I am intensely interested in promoting mental health and educating the public about mental health. I support the mission of APNA and am dedicated to the accomplishment of its goals.”
I have worked in the Mental Health field of nursing for 22 years. I have worked with all populations including: Children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population. I have held charge nurse positions and administrative nursing positions through the years for various acute and long-term psychiatric facilities.
I am currently employed as a Mental Health Nursing Professor at Anamarc College. I teach both the didactic and the clinical classes for Mental Health and Community nursing in the Registered Nursing Program. I am also an on-call nurse at Mesilla Valley Hospital. Prior to this, I taught Mental Health Nursing at NMSU-DACC. I also taught Mental Health in the LPT program at Mt. San Antonio Community College prior to moving to New Mexico in November of 2002.
I Hold an MSN and FNP degree from California State University, Long Beach.
I am currently a member of APNA and NAMI. I also currently serve as a public board member for the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine.
Patricia E. Cubilette
Carol Capitano, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Carol received her PhD from the University of New Mexico and her Masters in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Medical College of Virginia – Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and American Association of Suicidology. She has presented her research through poster sessions at several national conferences. Carol is currently practicing as an APN at the University of New Mexico Hospitals – Psychiatric Center and has been in this position since 2001. She has received 3 awards as a Distinguished Nurse. In her almost 35 years as a nurse she has served in a variety of different positions including management and education.
Patricia E. Cubilette has a BSN and MSN degree from NMSU. She hold a compact license with NM/TX as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority. She recently completed a Post Master’s Degree as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP from Colorado State University, School of Nursing at Denver (May 2013). Mrs. Cubilette practiced as an RN for the past 16 years holding clinical and administrative positions. She is also licensed as MSW from Michigan State University in which she practiced, counseling and psychotherapy in various mental health settings for 15 years.
She has practiced as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority for the past 4 years serving in 4 rural clinics in NM, with the Veteran’s Administration serving Veteran’s diagnosed SUD/PTSD and now practices in a State Hospital in El Paso, TX.
Mrs. Cubilette has been married 25 years. She is fluent, bilingual in English/Spanish, having grown up and continues to work in an area of two states (NM and Texas) and two countries (US. and Mexico). She is active in her community through animal protection, religious and professional organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, International Nursing Society on Addictions, and APNA. “I believe that participating in APNA can make a difference in policy and treatment for those suffering from mental illness.” She was recently awarded “ Advanced Nursing Excellence Award,” May 2013 by VNA.
Mrs. Cubilette devotes her spare time to her marriage and family, to continuing education and to physical fitness and related pursuits.
Shirlee Proctor Davidson has a B.S.N. degree from the University of Iowa and a M.S.N. degree from the University of Nebraska with a clinical specialty in psychiatric-mental health nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society as well as the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses and the New Mexico Nurses Association. She is president-elect of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, New Mexico Chapter and a board member and executive committee member of the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence. She is a published author and has given presentations nationally. She retired from Santa Fe Community College as an Associate Professor after teaching psychiatric-mental health nursing theory and clinicals from 2003-2012. Shirlee is currently an Independent Practitioner and Consultant. In January 2012 she was appointed to be a Commissioner on the Santa Fe County Health Planning and Policy Commission and a member of the Santa Fe City Health Planning Committee. She is currently President of the philanthropic organizaton P.E.O., Chapter BL of New Mexico.
Margaret K. Edwards
I am a psychiatric nurse with over 35 years of experience and a Viet Nam Era Veteran having served in the US Navy Nurse Corp. My present position is as the Executive Director, Adult Psychiatric Center, UNMH where I have been for the past 10 months. I have a BSN, MSN in Psychiatric Nursing and am certified as a Nurse Executive Advanced from ANCC. I relocated to NM in January of this year and was disappointed to hear that there was not an active chapter in place. I am pleased that Chapter formation is taking place and would like to be of service and get involved. I believe that APNA is a dynamic organization that is doing significant things for the practice of psychiatric Nursing. I was privileged in 2008 to receive the APNA Award for Excellence in Leadership-Generalist at their annual meeting in Minneapolis. In addition to APNA, I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau and AONE. Locally I am involved in the Bernalillo BH Collaborative; a Board member of the Supportive Housing Coalition of NM and member of PEO (Women's Philanthropic Educational Organization). Past professional activities have included: Tucson Nurses Week Association, Board member 2004-2009 (similar to the NM Excellence Awards); Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Mu Chapter (AZ) Nominations Committee 2006-2008, Chair 2007; APNA, AZ Chapter, Member at Large 2008-2009.
It is a pleasure to serve as President of the New Mexico APNA chapter! I've been a Registered Nurse for 19 years, 17 of those years in psychiatry/Behavioral Health. I am the owner of The Kolomeir Clinic, an adult outpatient full-service psychiatric clinic in the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque. My MSN degrees are in Adult Health and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health. My MBA is focused in management and I sat on the New Mexico Organization of Nurse Executive (NMONE) Board as a member-at-large in 2008-09. In that capacity I learned how important it is to draw on the experience of nurses throughout New Mexico, not just within the urban hubs. I have participated in research, presented at the 2003 SouthWest Nursing Research Conference and am skilled at crafting policy for the psychiatric hospital. I spent 11 years at Presbyterian Kaseman Behavioral Health inpatient hospital, and led the Presbyterian statewide initiative on suicide assessment/management. Evidenced-based practice, political presence, creating awareness of what "psych" nurses do, and attracting nurses into our discipline are a big part of my vision for the New Mexico APNA chapter.
I am a psychiatric nurse working on the acute psychiatric ward of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing from the Santa Fe Community College. I manage care for patients with varied levels of psychological and medical acuity, with a focus on the specific needs of our veterans. I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the APNA and am certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention by the Crisis Prevention Institute.
Janet R. Thelen
I am currently enrolled in Masters Classes at NMSU MIND program and will graduate 5/11. I have been a psychiatric nurse for 7 years and have worked on the floor as a charge nurse. I am very interested in working with mental health cousumers and am looking forward to functioning as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am more clinically minded rather than administratively focused and feel that I could best work with members of this chapter as a board member rather than as the president.
Justin is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working for Lovelace Health Systems in Albuquerque providing consultation in the emergency departments and medical units, as well as in-patient coverage on the geriatric psychiatric unit. He also practices in forensics at Sandoval County Detention Center and at Youth Diagnostic and Development Center. He provides comprehensive psychiatric care for residents in several long-term care and skilled nursing facilities. Justin’s special area of interest is geriatric psychiatric nursing. He is also a licensed clinical social worker.
Justin received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of New Mexico in 2010. He received his Masters of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing in 2012 from the University of Utah. He was awarded a Graduate Gerontology Interdisciplinary Certificate from the University of Utah in 2011. He is currently a post-masters student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Alabama.
“I am excited about the possibility of serving the APNA New Mexico Chapter. I was selected as an APNA Jansen Scholar in 2011 and attended the APNA conference in Anaheim, California and had the opportunity to see many colleagues in other states with very active APNA local chapters. I am happy to serve with the ultimate goal of seeing a more visible and active APNA New Mexico Chapter.”