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.
Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ;
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, private practice, Pompton Lakes, NJ
- EdD, Columbia University, New York, NY
- MSN, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark NJ (Psychiatric Nursing)
- MS, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York, NY (Health Education )
- MS, New York University , New York, NY (Advanced Clinical Management)
- BA, Eisenhower College, Seneca Falls NY
- Diploma, Cochran School of Nursing St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Yonkers, NY
- Nominating Committee 2014
- Education Council 2011-2014
- Administrative council 2015-2016
- Board Member, APNA NJ since 2008
- Secretary, APNA NJ chapter 2010-2014
- President, APNA NJ 2014, 2015, Immediate past president 2015
Researcher (grant funded) in areas of reducing alcohol use by college freshmen, fMRI evaluation, auditory hallucination simulation) Certified Master Addiction Counselor (NAADAC); Coordinator of the first doctoral program at William Paterson University (DNP) 2011-2016; NLN nominations committee 2011-2013; Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, visiting fellowship program 2013; Fellow in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education (ANEF); Board Member for NCHES (Health Education Specialist) 2004-2009; Board Member for New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA 2012-2015); Board Member for the Society for Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses (SPAPN) NJ (2013-2015) (Vice president and education committee); Founding member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) 1986-88
APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I have a great love for the APNA association and the desire to see us grow and flourish through providing the highest caliber educational services and networking. I have worked on multiple boards, national, state and local, and believe that I bring these experiences with me to this position. Working with the NJ chapter of APNA, we have increased our outreach to the members and consistently improved the scientific and educational programs. As treasurer I will be dedicated to the mission of APNA. The positive health impact that we, as psychiatric nurses, make on our clients, community, state and nation is enormous. I would like to be able to, as the treasurer for APNA, work towards supporting the mission of APNA and add my voice and vision towards increasing opportunities for psychiatric nursing.
How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: As a nurse, teachers, researcher and author, I believe that I can bring many skills and strategies to the board of directors that will support the APNA’s purpose as a platform for psychiatric advances in scientific and educational excellence. I am focused and energetic and have consistently been a great enthusiast for psychiatric nursing and APNA. I would be a board member devoted to fulfilling the APNA purpose as an active and engaged treasurer.
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!