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.
Director of PMHNP Program at University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing & PMH-APRN with Psychiatric Associates of Central Texas – Clinical practice serving persons with serious mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and neurocognitive disorders in group home, foster care, long term care, and inpatient psychiatry settings.
2015 Post-Master’s (PMHNP) Certification, University of Texas at Austin
2012 PhD (Nursing Research), New York University
2002 MSN (PMHCNS), University of Pennsylvania
1997 BSN, Wichita State University
- Co-Chair, Education Council since 2014; Represented Ed Council at 2016 Board of Directors’ Leadership Retreat
- 2016 Institute for Safe Environments Violence Prevention Task Force
- 6 APNA Conference presentations (podium presentations, interactive panels, poster presentations)… abstracts accepted for addn. presentations this October
- 2011-2014 Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Steering Comm
- 2010 Nominating Committee, Board of Directors appointed chair
- 2009-2012 New York State Chapter Board of Directors Member
- Reorganization of inactive NYS APNA Chapter
- Planning comm. to establish annual NYS APNA conference
- 2009 APNA Conference Janssen Scholar
- APNA member since 2004
It has been my privilege to work in psychiatric nursing for 19 years, in inpatient, community, forensic, administration, education, and geriatric psychiatry settings. Since 2002, I have taught psychiatric nursing in undergraduate, accelerated, and graduate programs. My research experience includes work with persons with co-occurring serious mental illness and HIV, spirituality in alcoholism recovery, and most recently an online group therapy intervention for smoking cessation.
APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: My research mentor brought me to my first APNA conference in Nashville, where I was struck by the energy and power of this incredible organization. Participation in the Janssen Scholarship program during graduate school enabled active, direct networking with APNA leadership, fostering my leadership abilities and inspiring my active, long-term commitment to APNA. I am an active presence at APNA Conferences. Through ongoing service at state and national APNA levels, I have come to not only realize the value of belonging to such a strong organization of leaders but to also understand the synergistic forces of members working collaboratively at all organizational levels to forward the vital, responsible goals of the psychiatric nursing profession. My outstanding organizational skills support my leadership efforts as treasurer.
How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: I am passionate about evidence-based clinical expertise, educating future research scientists, and developing a robust psychiatric nursing workforce. I believe that active collaboration among team members is essential for organizational optimization. Responsibilities should be intentionally tailored to members’ strengths and preferences, whereby motivation and communication support synergy. I strive to model responsible and professional clinical care and leadership, assuring that systems and processes undergo ongoing improvement. It is my sincere hope to serve in a position of conscientious leadership, furthering APNA’s mission of fostering scientific and educational excellence in psychiatric nursing!