> APNA Member Involvement
The principle task of the Nominating Committee is selecting a slate of candidates for the Annual APNA Election and to oversee the electoral process. The Nominating Committee consists of the board appointed chair from APNA membership, one Board member appointed by the Board of Directors, one board appointee from the membership, and three members in good standing elected annually by ballot.
The 2017 APNA Nominating Committee
Carole Shea, PhD, RN, FAAN – Chair
Nicholas Guenzel, PhD, APRN-NP
Jeannine Loucks, MSN, RN-BC PMH
Diana McIntosh, PhD, APRN-BC, PMHNP-BC
Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC – Ex Officio
Kerry Peterson, PMHCNS, PMHNP
Learn More: Nominating Committee Procedures
Institute for Mental Health Advocacy
Member Bridge Communities
IMHA Advisory Panel
IMHA Steering Committee
Want to get involved?
Join the Institute on Member Bridge!
How to join
The Institute for Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) is the conduit for monitoring legislative, regulatory and policy matters affecting mental health. The Institute works to inform PMHN nurses about these issues and help coordinate organizational responses.
Provides oversight of and support for the IMHA Steering Committee and Advisory Panel
Facilitates Policy Forums for expert information provided to members and non-members
Disseminates information to APNA and IMHA members regarding advocacy issues and updates on essential resources
Solicits input from APNA members regarding advocacy issues
Reports IMHA activities at the APNA Annual Conference
Two co-chairs reporting to the Board of Directors.
Councils are comprised of a group of members with similar interests in an aspect of psychiatric mental health nursing not addressed elsewhere within APNA. Councils are approved by and report to the APNA Board of Directors. Council chairs will study and review issues pertinent to the council's area of interest and expertise and make recommendations to the Board for the following:
• Position or policy statements
• New programs or activities
• Committee or task force membership
Matthew Tierney, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC - Chair
Carol Essenmacher, DNP, C-TTS - Associate Chair
Addictions Council for APNA Members*
Avni Cirpili, MSN, RN - Chair
Get involved & Connect
APNA's most valuable asset is You
Member involvement is what shapes and drives APNA. Here are ways that you can get involved and join nurses from all over in advancing and advocating for psychiatric-mental health nursing:
Committees, Institutes, & Councils
APNA members play a key role in the organization's direction and policies through their involvement in its institutes, councils, committees, and task forces.
Board of Directors
Committees & Task Forces
How to Join a Committee
Committees on Member Bridge
You can also get involved in APNA at the local chapter level.
The affairs of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association are governed by its Board of Directors. It is the Board’s responsibility to carry out the objectives and purposes of the association and to this end, the Board may exercise all powers of the association. The primary responsibility of a voluntary governance Board is to establish an organization’s mission, purpose, values, and direction.
Your participation is critical. Please exercise your right to vote for APNA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee members.
For instructions on voting online, see the Steps to Vote.
Click on the links below to view the responsibilities and qualifications of each leadership position currently open within APNA:
President-Elect, APNA Board of Directors
Secretary, APNA Board of Directors
Member-at-Large, APNA Board of Directors
Nominating Committee Member
Click here to download a pdf file of the APNA Bylaws.
The members of the Awards & Recognition Committee review both Annual Awards nominations and the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship applications.
Marian Farrell, PhD, PMH-NP, BC, CRNP – Chair
Tina Aown, MSN, RN-BC, CNML
Susan Archacki-Resnik, MSN, ARNP, FPMHNP-BC
Nina Beaman, EdD, MSN, RN-BC (PMH)
Keitha Beamer, CNS, MSN, RN, CNS,BC, CARN-AP
Marsha Bennett, DNS, APRN, ACRN
Robert Billman, RN, BSN
Janet Collins, PMHNP-CS, BC
Fernand De Los Reyes, RN-PMHNBC, MSN-CPHCNS, MA
Jo Deaton, MS, APRN/PMH-BC, CDNC
Mary Dubriel, RN
Laura Dzurec, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC
J. Carol Elliott, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC
Carol Essenmacher, MSN, CNS, C-TTS
Jeanne Florio, RN, MS, APRN, BC
Vanessa Genung, PhD, RN, PMH-NP-BC, LCSW-ACP, LMFT, LCDC
Constance Green, RN, MS, NPP
Elaine Greggo, PMHCNS, BC
Sharon Hancharik, EdD, RN
Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Peggy (Margaret) Hernandez, EdD APRN CNE
Rebecca Horn, RN, MSN
Judith Jarosinski, PhD, RN, CNE
Mary Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Joan Kearney, PhD, APRN-BC
Michelle Kolp, BSN, MSN, RN-BC
Brenda Kucirka, PhD(c), RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE
Kathleen Lehmann, RN-BC PMHN, Ed.
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