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Kerry Kokaisel
I have been a psychiatric nurse for 26 years, obtaining PMHNP in 2005, and DNP in 2011. I am currently working as faculty and clinician in psychiatry at the University of MS Medical Center.

Frederica Riviere
Frederica's current credentials are MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC. Her background includes a separate B.A. in Prelaw and she is currently obtaining her DNP in Psychiatric Mental Health. Her experience includes work in Military and Veteran Mental Health Services, and PMH services across the lifespan and in settings ranging from Home Health to Inpatient and Acute Care. She is also a Sigma Theta Tau Scholar as of 2013.

Dorothy Louise Seals
I wish to be considered for the office of president at large. I have been a practicing psychiatric nurse for over 25 years as staff nurse, supervisor, and nurse educator. As I reflect on my life and work, I feel a need to mentor and foster leadership within our Mississippi APNA Chapter. I have great admiration for my fellow members who work diligently to provide a venue for sharing our vision for psychiatric nursing by organizing meetings, keeping abreast of current evidenced based practice, and providing CEU's to psychiatric nurses in the state. I have attended and presented at the National APA Conference and the CPI conferences. It would be an honor to serve.