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.  Full Description

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.

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