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APNA Council For Mental Health Advocacy

Vision

The Council for Mental Health Advocacy (CMHA) is the conduit for monitoring legislative, regulatory and policy matters affecting mental health. The Council works to inform PMH nurses about these issues and help coordinate organizational responses.

Charge

  1. Identify and monitor policy that impacts mental health and psychiatric-mental health nursing at the local and national level.
  2. Make recommendations to the board of directors regarding policy that may impact psychiatric-mental health nursing.
  3. Educate members and identify resources that support grassroots advocacy at the local and national levels.

Structure

A chair and associate chair reporting to the Board of Directors. A Steering Committee provides essential support and an Advisory Panel shares information and feedback from the association regarding advocacy topics.

Council for Mental Health Advocacy Members

Chair

Kathryn Brotzge, MSN, APRN, NP

Associate Chair

Paula M. Bird, DNP, RN-C, NEA-BC

Steering Committee

Amara Altman, MSN, RN, CMSRN, PHN
Carolyn Baird, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, CARN-AP, CCDPD, FIAAN
Jeanne Clement, EdD, APRN, PMHCNS- BC, FAAN
Allison Cotterman, RN, BSN
Hershaw Davis, Jr., MSN, RN
Kathleen Donahue, MA, RN
Jenise Farano APRN-FPA, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Robin Trivette, RN, MSN

Advisory Panel

Gia Accuardi PMHNP-BC, BS, BSN, MFA, MSN
Anna Acee EdD, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Tramarea Adams RN
Mary Adamson RN, MS
Janice Akers RN
Jennifer Allran RN, MSN, PMHCNS/NP-BC
Karen Amer RN, MSN
Crystal Andrews DNP, MSN, APRN-RNP, PMHNP-BC
Juanita Andrews BSN, RN
Steven Aslanides MSN, PMHNP
Romnee Auerbach
Becky Austin-Morris DNP, PMHNP-BC
Lorah Bailey RN
Caroline Baker MSN, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC
Jamie Baker APRN
Alex Bakle RN
Eddie Bankhead BSN, RN
Patricia Barfield PhD, PMHNP-BC
Vanessa Barlow MBA, BSN, RN
Robin Baskin APRN, NP
Andrea Bast DNP, RN, PMH-BC, NPD-BC
Mekeshia Bates DNP, CRNP-PMH
Nina Beaman EdD, MSN, CNE, RN-BC (PMH)
Douglas Bean RN-BC
Lora Beebe PhD, PMHNP-BC
Emily Bell RN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Doreen Berrios RN MSN FNP-BC
Ann Blankenhorn DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Mary Blase RN, APRN, CNS
Kaye Blasingame RN, BC, MSN
Tina Blevins RN-BC
Mary Bollinger RN, BS, MSED
Julie Bond ADN, BSN, BS, MS
Karen Bone MSN APRN
Rachel Booker PMHNP-BC
Jennifer Bowen Burgess DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Hilary Boyd MSN, RN, APNP, PMHNP-BC
Jane Bragg MBA, MSN, RN, CPON, NEA-BC
Julita Braxton RN
Dolores Bray CRNP
Julianne Brechtl RN, MA, LMHC
Brian Brooker
Yasamin Brown APRN
Shelly Brown DNP
Kelly M. Buckley
Donna Burge PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Diane Burgermeister PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Michelle Burke RN
Gail Burmeister RN, MSN PMHNP DNP
Barbara-Ann Bybel DHA, MSN, NEA-BC, PMHNP-BC
Nicole Byrd-Irving MSN, RN, CNLc
Sandra Cadena PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE
Cynthia Cahoon DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Carol Campbell DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C
Hope Campbell RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Jessica Cappucci RN, ADN, BS
Christopher Caratzas BSN, RN-BC
Rebecca Casarez PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
MaryBeth Cassidy MSN, APRN
Christine Caton RN
Linda Chafetz RN, PhD
Daniel Chapman RN
Danielle Chappell RN, BSN, PMHNP student
Angela Chesser PhD, RN, CNS
Yoonsung Choi BSN, RN
John Chovan PhD, DNP, RN, CNP, CNS
DessyeDee Clark PhD, ARNP PMH-CNS
Dawn Clayton RN-C, MSN
Barbara Coles PhD, RN-BC
Sherry Comstock RN
Patricia Conteh RN, MSN, PMHNP- BC
Julia Coons MS, RN-BC
Shane Cooper BSN, RN
Maureen Craigmile RN-BC, MSN, CNL, CNE
Patricia Cubilette PMHNP-BC
Candace Cummings RN, BSN
Theresa Damien MS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
Cara Dasher RN, MSN
Shirlee Davidson MSN, RN
Sharon Davis FPMHNP-BC
Denise Davis RN
Laura Dayton RN
Kathleen Delaney PhD, PMH-NP, RN
Mary Demellier RN
Joanne DeSanto Iennaco PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Sattaria Dilks DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
Shannon Dingle APRN, PMHNP
Lisa Dishner BSN, RN
Christy Dixon RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC
John Dool RN, MSN
Janel Draxler MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, APHN
Tammy DuBose BSN
Elizabeth Ducat PMHNP
Colleen Duffy APN, PMHCNS-BC
Mary Jane Ebias
Katherine Eckroth RN, BSN, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Chukwudi Ekwemalor PhD, MBA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Ginny Elder FNP, PMHNP, DNP
Erin Ellington DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Melinda Elliott RN, BSN, MSN
Cynthia Estes DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC
Benjamin Evans DD, DNP, RN, APN, PMHCNS-BC
Susan Evans MSN
Annabelle Faeldan RN
Marian Farrell PhD, PMH-NP, BC, PMHCNS-BC, CRNP,
Christine Fasching Maphis DNP, PPMHN-BC, FNP-BC, MSN, RN-BC
Theresa Fay-Hillier DrPH, PMHCNS-BC
Rebecca Feldman RN
Elizabeth Fife RN, MSN, CNS, CPN
Britt Finley RN-BC, MEd, LAC
Loraine Fleming DNP, PMHNP-BC
Jill Folsom MS, RN
Maribeth Fontabla RN, CRRN
Heather Ford NP
Jennifer Fordmeir MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Rhonda Fried BC, CNS, APRN, FPA
Irene Fries RN-BC
Juliette Fritz APRN
Kathleen Gaffney MSN, APN, PMHCNS, CPNP, PMHS-BC
LaDema Gallagher APRN
Lucille Gambardella PhD, APN-BC, CNE, ANEF
Amy Gamblin MSN, RN-BC
Dawn Garrett-Wright PhD, RN, CNE, PMH-NP
Shannon Gates RN
Tracy Genovese
Jenette Gerst MSN, PMH-BC, NPD-BC
Liz Gerst MSN, RN
Catherine Gibbs RN, MSN
Susan Glodstein DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCS-BC
Maryanne Godbout DNP, PMHCNS-BC
Deanna Golden DNP, MBA, RN
Mary Goldin
Tina Goodrow APRN, MSN
Melinda Goodwin RN-BC, LMHC
Debra Gottel MSN, MHS, RN
Julianne Graboski PhD, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Sonya Green MSN, RN
Denise Green RN-BC, MSN
Dominique Griffin PMHNP
Carla Groh PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAAN
Candis Halsted DNP
Margaret Halter PhD, APRN
Shila Ham RN
Gwen Hampton PMHCNS
Stephanie Hancock DNP, PMHNP-BC,CNP
Cynthia Handrup DNP, APRN, PHMCNS-BC
Carolyn Hanohano PhD, RN, MSN
Willa Hardamon RN, BSN
Jane Harmon DNP, PMHNP-BC, CNS-BC
Duaa Hashm
Todd Hastings PhD, RN, CNE
Lorelei Heliotis MS, RN, CGP
Diane Hickman PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Holly Hill RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Audrey Hiller APRN
Barbara Hinds BS, RNC
Michaela Hogan DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Jennifer Holiman MSN, RN/CNP, PMHNP-BC
Jennifer Hosler RN
Naomi House BSN, RN
Lisa Hrina PMHNP-BC
MaryBeth Hutches DNP
Sharlene Hutchinson APRN, CNS-BC
Brianna Jackson MScN, RN
Susan Jacobson PMHNP, CNS
Susan Jarchow PhD, MS, BSN, RN
Lisa Jarmon RN
Samantha May Johnson RN
Annamarie Johnson RN, MSN
Celeste Johnson DNP, APRN, PMH CNS
Margaret Johnstone RN, CNS, NP
Allyce Jones MSN, RN, CNE
Helen Jones PhD, RN, APN-C
Nneka Jon-Ubabuco DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Brayden Kameg DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN, CNE
Sharon Katz RN, FPMH-NP, PMH-CNS, BC
Kelley Kauffman MSN, APRN-CNP
Sandra Kelley NP, MSN, APRN
Kelsey Kent
Lori Keough PhD, RN, FNP, BC
Michael Ketzak MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
Sun Kim PhD, APRN-BC
Beth King RN, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Sandy Klein-Hegge BSN, DNP, PMHAPRN
Dale Knode RN, BS, HSAD
Cynthia Knowlton RN, BSN
Keri LaBella BS, RN
Patricia La Brosse MS, PMHCNS-BC
Linda Ladden BSN, RN
Dee Langford MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE
Judy Lark MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Elizabeth Laubenthal RN, MSN
Michelle Lauer MSN, RN, BC, PMHNP-BC
Jessica Lawson RN, MSN
Kathy Lee MS, APN, PMHCNS-BC
Heeyoung Lee PhD, CRNP PMHNP-BC
Suzanne Lee DNP, APRN-PMH-BC, CARN-AP
William Leiner MS, RN, BC
Andrea Lerma MSN, RNCS, APRN
Janie LeVieux PhD, LPC-S, RN-BC, NHDP-BC
Linda Lewin PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Sara Lewis ARNP, PHMNP-BC, LMHC
Hayli Light BSN, RN
Matthew Lindquist MSN, RN, PMHNP, BC
Donna Linette DNP, RN, NEA-BC, HN-BC, NEA-BC
Judy Linn BS, MSN
Heidi Linn RN
Melanie Lint MSN, CNS, CARN-AP
Barbara Little MSN, NP-C
Curtis Long RN, MSN, MBA
Sandra Lynch

Linda Mabey DNP, CNS, BC
Rosemary MacFarlane
Debra Mack MSN, RN-BC
Stefani Magnowski DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ
Erica Mann MSN, PMHNP-BC
Lynne Mann MSN, RN, CNE
Jennifer Manternach BSN, RN
Carol Anne Marchetti PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC
Margaret Marino PHD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Tara Mariolis PhD, RN, CNE
Jennifer Marlin DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Christina Maroone PMHNP
Sherry Martin PMHNP-BC
Annette Mata MSN, APN, PMHCNS-BC
Margherite Matteis PhD, RN
Joanne Matthew MS, RN, PCNS, APRN
Rachel Matz RN
Linda Mays DNP, PMHNP-BC
Kathleen Mayton RN, PMHCNS-BC
Lacie McAbee DNP, PMHNP-BC
Rachel McCarley CNP
Kathleen McCoy DNSc, APRN-BC, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP
Jane McKinnie RN
Kay McMahen RN
Janet Meier RN
Mary Meiselman CNS, NP
Kerry Melachouris RN BC
Kenyatta Merriweather MSN
Katie Miller BSN, RN, RN-BC
Lisa Milliger APRN
Ruth Milstein DNP, ARNP-BC, PMHNP
Billie Mitchell MS, RN, CNS
Claudia Mitzeliotis DNP, PMHNP, PMHNCS, BC, CASAC
Maureen Mogan MSN
Marguerite Moon
Laura Mooney BSN-RN, PMH-BC
James Moreno RN
Danielle Morgan APRN
Cheranne Morse MS, PMHNP-BC
Ann Murphy Harris MSN, PMHNP-C
Heather Muxworthy DNP(s), PMHNP-BC, LLC
Kathy Myatt MSN, PMHNP-BC
Sheila Namm Esq., RN, MA
Ronaldo Naranjo Jr DNP, MSN, MS, PMHNP-BC
Marilyn Nendza MSN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP
Nicole Nevan RN
Mary Ann Nihart MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC
Evelyn Norton APN, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Anjannette Nunez-Dupree RN-BC, MPA, BSN, CPHQ
Megan O’Connell PMHCNS-BC
Erin O’Leary PMHNP-BC
Deborah Oestreicher APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Tawakalitu Olanrewaju RN, MSN, MBA, BSN
Barbara Olesko MS, RN, NP
Claire Olivier PMHNP-CNS, BC, PC
Melanie Opack RN
Tammi Packer BSN, RN-BC
Bozena Padykula EdD, APRN, PMHN-BC, APHN-BC
Brittany Papp RN, BSN
Kindra Parks RN
Colleen Parsons RN, MSN
Sudha Patel DNS, MN, RN, MA
Melissa Patton MSN, BSN, RN
Kathleen Patusky PhD
Olimpia Paun PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FGSA
George Peraza-Smith DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, GS-C, CNE, FAANP
Jessica Perez DNP, PMH
Melissa Peters RN
Cathy Peters MS, RN, APRN-BC
Neethu Philips PhD, RN, NPP, PMH-BC
Cynthia Phillips APRN
Bethany Phoenix PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN
Tobi Pierson RN
Donna Pink MA, BSN, RN-BC, CARN
Jamie Plaxco
Gail Pruett MSN, RN
Renel Ramos RN, MSN, NPP-APMHNP-BC
Mary Randleman RN, BSN, MSN
Keesha Reid DNP
Bianca Reis MSN, MBA, RN-BC
Corinne Rekart BSN, RN
R. John Repique DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Sandra Rhea RN-BC
Michael Rice PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Karen Richards RN
Luann Richardson PhD, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, FAANP
Donna Riemer RN
Sonia Riley MSN-Ed, RN
Elizabeth Riley MPA, MLS, MSN
Charlene Roberson RN, BC, MEd
William Robertson MSN, ANCC PMHN
Mary Rock RN, MSN, FNP-C, CNS, PMH-BC
Patti Rodgers RN, PMHNP, MSN
Daniel Rodriguez II RN
Jezel Rosa
Yvette Rose DNP MSN RN
Jacquelyn Rosen MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Sheila Rosenfeld MSN, RN
Carla Rosler PMH, CNS, BC
Linda Rossow MS, RN, BC
Natasha Ryles RN-BC, BSN
Luanne Sadowsky ARNP, BC
M. Joyce Sasse DNP, APRN, PMHNP, CNS
Lauren Sawey
Robin Schafer BSN, MSN, CPNP, PMHNP-BC
Karen Schepp PhD, APRN, BC
Mary Schmeltz Weaver RN, BSN, CLNC
Rachelle Schneiter RN, PMHNP-BC
Amanda Schuh PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Katie Schwarz RN, BSN
Theresa Searls APRN-BC
Regina Shaffer BSN, RN
David Sharp PhD, RN
Bonita Shaw RN, BSN, BC
Kelly Shen BSN, RN
Alexandra Sietsma MSN, PMHNP
Sylvia Simeone DNP, PNHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC NEA-BC
Sarah Simmons BSN, RN, RN-BC
Tracy Sloat RN, BSN, MN
Maxine Smalling MS, RN
Jacqueline Smith BSN, RN
Beth Smith APRN, DNP
Julia Smith EdM, RN, PMHNP-BC
Marchell Spielmann ARNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Janet Stagg MS, RN, PMHCNS
Linda Stanhope
Umeika Stephens DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Gail Stern RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Pamela Stover DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Karen Strickland PMHCNS-BC
Catherine Stuart APRN-BC, CNS, FPMHNP
Thomas Stuckey MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Lauren Sundergill RN
Kimberly Swartz RN
Lincoln Teal MSN, RN
Christine Tebaldi MS, PMHNP-BC
Kristen Thacker RN, BSN
Brandon Thatcher PMHNP
Burton Thelander NE, BC
Deborah Thompson DNP, PMHFNP-BC, FNP-BC
Anita Thompson Heisterman MSN, PMHCNS, BC, PMHNP, BC
Miriam Thornton MSN, RN
Lisa Tolls MSN, RN, BC
Ryan Topel RN-BC
Jennifer Topscher RN, BSN, BA
Pamela Torres MSN, RN-BC
Claire Trauth NCSP, RN-BC
Candace Trippe RN, BSN
Keirstin Uomoto MSN, RN-BC
Shiori Usami CNS
Barbara Valerius MSN, NMF, RN-BC
Doris Van Byssum PsyD, MS
Robin VanCamp BA, RN
Judith Van Cleef MS, RN-BC-Retired
Dawn Vanderhoef PhD, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
Kathryn Vele PMHNP-BC
Stephanie Verdeflor MSN, RN, PMH-BC
Rosanne Visco PhD, RN
Carol Wahlstrom RN, MS, LCPC
Danielle Walker PMHNP-BC
Frankie Wallis RN, MSN, FNP
Dawn Walters MS, RN
Melanie Walters PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Kathleen Webster DNP, PMHNP
Chelsey Weinert BSN, RN
David Welper BS, MA, BSN, RN
Domenique Wendt RN
Daniel Wesemann DNP, PMHNP-BC, ARNP
Sandra West DNP
Marcia Wheeler Cordry BNS, RN
Robert Whitacre MSN RN
Michele Whitaker BSN, RN, E-RYT
Rebecca White MSN, FPMHNP, FNP
Charles Whitson DNP, PMHNP-BC
Babette Wieland MSN, BSN
Cheryl Willis MSN, APRN, BC
Michael Wolf MSN, RN-BC
Janet Wray APRN
Brittany Yates DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Kristerra Yawea DNP, MBA, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Margaret Yearwood EdD, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Margaret Yorio BSN, RN
Esperanza Zamora Bachta RN-BC, CARN
Judith Anne Zdziera MSHA, RN, C