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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

Lisa Abrams, APRN, MSN
Gia Teresa Accuardi, PMHNP-BC, BS, BSN, MFA, MSN
Anna Acee, EdD, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC
GiGi Acevedo-Parker, RN, MSN
Tramarea Adams, RN
Mary Adamson, RN, MS
Janice Akers, RN
Courtney Albers
Jennifer Allran, RN, MSN, PMHCNS/NP-BC
Karen Gallagher Amer, RN, MSN
Ayelet Amittay
Elizabeth M. Andal, APN, PhD, FAAN
Dana Anderson
Debra K. Anderson, BSN, RN
Crystal Andrews, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
Juanita R. Andrews, BSN, RN
Neethu Arikupurathu
Steven Aslanides, MSN, PMHNP
Lisa Auditore Reynolds, RN, Associates
Romnee Auerbach
Becky Austin-Morris, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Lorah Bailey, RN
Caroline Baker, MSN, RN-BC
Eddie Bankhead, BSN, RN
Patricia Barfield, PhD, PMHNP-BC
Adam Barkeloo, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Vanessa Barlow, MBA, BSN, RN
Robin Baskin, APRN, NP
Andrea Bast, MSN, RN-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
Julia Bost, RN, BSN
Paula Bostwick, RN, MSN
Jennifer Bowen Burgess, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Hilary Boyd, MSN, RN, APNP, PMHNP-BC
Lugenia M. Bracero, DNP, RN
Naomi Bradfute, RN, Nursing Doctorate
Jane Bragg, MBA, MSN, RN, CPON, NEA-BC
Julita Braxton, RN
Dolores Bray, CRNP
Julianne Brechtl, RN, MA, LMHC
Debra Brodersen, RN, MSN-MHA
Angela Kay Brogan, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Brian Brooker
Donna Brown, RN, MSN/MHA
Shelly Brown, DNP
Kelly M. Buckley
Donna M. Burge, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Diane Burgermeister, PhD, PMH-NP
Michelle Burke, RN
Gail Burmeister, RN, MSN
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
Hope Campbell, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Carol Campbell, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C
Jessica Cappucci
Christopher Caratzas, BSN, RN-BC
Linda Casale, RNC
Rebecca Casarez, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
MaryBeth Cassidy, MSN, APRN
Christine Caton, RN
Linda Chafetz, RN, PhD
Danielle Chappell, RN, BSN, PMHNP student
Michelle Chase, RN, BSN
Yang (Karen) Chen
Angela Chesser, PhD, RN, CNS
John Chovan, PhD, DNP, RN, CNP, CNS
Christina Cianci, RN
DessyeDee Clark, PhD, ARNP PMH-CNS
Dawn Clayton, RN-C, MSN
Barbara Coles, PhD, APRN
Sherry Comstock, RN
Patricia Conteh , RN, MSN, PMHNP- BC
Julia Coons, MS, RN-BC
Monica Cooper, RN, BSN
Shane Cooper, BSN, RN
Susan Corey, DNP, APN-BC
Maureen Craigmile, RN-BC, MSN, CNL, CNE
Diane Crawford, MSN, PMHNP
Gina Croppi, RNC
Patricia Cubilette, PMHNP-BC
Candace Marie Cummings, RN, BSN
Patricia Cunningham, APRN-BC, PNP
Theresa Damien, PMHNP-BC, RN
Cara Gail Dasher, RN, MSN
Shirlee Davidson, MSN, RN
Denise M. Davis, RN
Marsha Davis, PhD, RN, LPC, NCC
Sharon Davis, FPMHNP-BC
Laura Dayton, RN
Diane DeCarolis, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Anthony M. DeDonatis, MS, PMHNP-BC, RN-BC
Kathleen Delaney, PhD, PMH-NP, RN
Mary Demellier, RN
Joanne DeSanto Iennaco, PhD
Nancy Dillon, PhD, RN, CNS
Shannon Dingle, APRN, PMHNP
Lisa Dishner, BSN, RN
Christy Dixon, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC
John Dool, RN, MSN
Margaret Doyle, PMH, CNS-BC
Elizabeth Ducat, PMHNP
Colleen Duffy, APN, PMHCNS-BC
Mary Jane Ebias
Katherine Eckroth, RN, BSN, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Chunha Eisenberg
Chukwudi Ekwemalor, PhD, MBA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Ginny Claire Elder, FNP, PMHNP, DNP
Erin Ellington, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Melinda Elliott, RN, BSN, MSN
Cynthia Estes, DNP, MHA, RN, NE-BC
Benjamin Evans, DD, DNP, RN, APN, PMHCNS-BC
Susan Evans, MSN
Erin Eves, RN, PMHNP
Linda Evinger, RN, MSN, WHNP
Dawn Marie Fabian, RN
Annabelle Faeldan, RN
Marian Farrell, PhD, PMH-NP, BC, CRNP, PMHCNS-BC
Christine Fasching Maphis, RN-BC, MSN, FNP-BC
Theresa Fay-Hillier, DrPH, PMHCNS-BC
Rebecca Feldman, RN
Grace L. Fernandez, RN, BSN
Sara A. Ficks
Elizabeth Fife, RN, MSN, CNS, CPN
Robert M. Filitor, RN
Britt Finley, RN-BC, MEd, LAC
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, RN, EdD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Loraine Fleming, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Rachel Folger, MEd, MSN, CAGS, CNP, PMHNP-BC
Jill Folsom, MS, RN
Maribeth Fontabla, RN, CRRN
Heather Ford, NP
Rhonda Fried, BC, CS, APNA
Juliette Fritz, APRN
Kathleen Gaffney, APN, MSN, PMHCNS
LaDema Gallagher, APRN
Lucille Gambardella, PhD, APN-BC, CNE, ANEF
Amy Gamblin, MSN, RN-BC
Dawn Garrett-Wright, PhD, RN, CNE, PMH-NP
Jenette Gerst, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC
Elizabeth Gerst, MSN, RN
Susan Glodstein, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCS-BC
Maryanne Godbout, DNP, PMHCNS-BC
Teresita Gonzales, MSN Ed, RN-BC
Melinda Goodwin, RN-BC, LMHC
Debra Gottel, MSN, MHS, RN
Julianne Graboski, PhD, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Denise Green, RN-BC, MSN
Sonya Green, MSN, RN
Anne Greenwalt, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Elaine Greggo, PMHCNS, BC
Stacey Gregory, MSN, PMHNP
Dominique Griffin, PMHNP
Carla Groh, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAAN
Margaret Halter, PhD, APRN
Stephanie Hancock, DNP, RN
Carolyn Hanohano, PhD, RN, MSN
Amanda Hapenny, RN, PMHNP
Jane Harmon, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CNS-BC
Todd Hastings, PhD, RN, CNE
Lorelei Heliotis, MS, RN, CGP
Julia Hess, MHDL, PMHN-BC, CAMF, CCFP
Diane Hickman, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Audrey Hiller, APRN
Sandra Hindman, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, MSN & CNS (PMHCNS)
Jennifer Holiman, MSN, RN/CNP, PMHNP-BC
Jennifer Hosler, RN
Lisa Hrina, PMHNP-BC
MaryBeth Hutches, DNP
Sharlene Hutchinson, APRN-BC
Constance Jacob, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Susan Jacobson, PMHNP, CNS
Susan Jarchow, PhD, MS, BSN, RN
Mary Christine Jared, MS, PMHNP-BC
Lisa Jarmon, RN
Lisa Jasso
Celeste Johnson, DNP, APRN, PMH CNS
Margaret Johnstone, RN, CNS, NP
Allyce Jones, MSN, RN, CNE

Brayden Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN, CNE
Sharon Katz, RN, FPMH-NP, PMH-CNS, BC
Kelley Kauffman, MSN, APRN-CNP
Kelsey Kent, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Lori Keough, PhD, RN, FNP, BC
Michael Ketzak, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
Sun Kim, PhD, APRN-BC
Beth King, RN, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Amy Kirsch, MSN, RN
Dale Knode, RN, BS, HSAD
Cynthia Knowlton, RN, BSN
Lois Konzelman, MSN, EdD, RN
Brenda Kucirka, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE
Patricia La Brosse, MS, PMHCNS-BC
Dee Langford, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Judy Lark, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Elizabeth Laubenthal, RN, MSN
Michelle Lauer, MSN, RN, BC, PMHNP-BC
Amy LaValla, BSN, RN, PHN
Vivian Leahy, EdD, MSN, RN-BC
Suzanne Lee, DNP, APRN-PMH-BC, CARN-AP
Kathy Lee, MS, APN, PMHCNS-BC
William Leiner, MS, RN, BC
Andrea Lerma, MSN, RNCS, APRN
Janie LeVieux, PhD, LPC-S, RN-BC, NHDP-BC
Linda Lewin, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Hayli Light, BSN, RN
Matthew Lindquist, MSN, RN, PMHNP, BC
Heidi Linn, RN
Judy Linn, BS, MSN
Melanie Lint, MSN, CNS, CARN-AP
Pamela List, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Curtis Long, RN, MSN, MBA
Linda Mabey, DNP, CNS, BC
Rosemary MacFarlane
Debra Mack, MSN, RN-BC
Lynne Mann, MSN, RN, CNE
Erica Mann, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Carol Anne Marchetti, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC
Margaret Marino, PHD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Tara Mariolis, MS, RN
Jennifer Marlin, NP
Jacelyn Marlowe, BSN, RN-BC, CPRP, CCM
Dorine Martin, MSN, APRN, FNP
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
Kathleen McCoy, DNSc, APRN-BC, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP
Sara McCumber, DNP, APRN, CNP, CNS
Jane McKinnie, LPN
Kay McMahen, RN
Janet Meier, RN
Mary Meiselman, CNS, NP
Kerry Melachouris, RN BC
Kenyatta Merriweather, MSN
Lynda Miller, MSN, RN, FNP-C, PMHNP-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, ADN, RN
James Moreno, RN
Danielle Morgan, APRN
Christine Moriconi, PsyD, MA, MSN, LMFT, PMHBC
Cheranne Morse, MS, PMHNP-BC
Ann Murphy Harris, MSN, PMHNP-C
Kathy Myatt, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Sheila Namm, Esq., RN, MA
Ronaldo Naranjo Jr, DNP, MSN, MS, PMHNP-BC
Sandra Nelson, PhD, APRN-BC
Marilyn Nendza, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP
Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC
Evelyn Norton, APN, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Anjannette Nunez-Dupree, RN-BC, MPA, BSN, CPHQ
Jill Nusbaum, RN, PhD, CS
Erin O’Leary, PMHNP-BC
Deborah Oestreicher, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Barbara Olesko, MS, RN, NP
Claire Olivier, PMHNP-CNS, BC, PC
Douglas Olsen, PhD, RN
Funmilayo Olugbemi, CRNP-PMH, MSN-PMHNP, BSN, RN
Angelica Orong, BSN, RN
Stephanie Owusu, RN, BSN
Tammi Packer, BSN, RN-BC
Bozena Padykula, EdD, APRN, PMHN-BC, APHN-BC
Kindra Parks, RN
Sudha Patel, DNS, MN, RN, MA
Kathleen Patusky, PhD
Olimpia Paun, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
George Peraza-Smith, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, GS-C, CNE, FAANP
Cathy Peters, MS, RN, APRN-BC
Bethany Phoenix, PhD, RN, CNS
Jamie Plaxco
Gail Pruett, MSN, RN
Mary Randleman, RN, BSN
Keesha Reid, DNP
R. John Repique, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Sandra Rhea, RN-BC
Michael Rice, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Donna Rich, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CCRN
Karen Richards, RN
Luann Richardson, PhD, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, FAANP
Donna Riemer
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
George Roets, RN, MS
Barbara Roll, MSN, RN
Jezel Rosa, BSN, 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
Kathleen Schaaf, MSN, RN, 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
Kimberly Sennet, MSN, CNM
Regina Shaffer, BSN, RN
David Sharp, PhD, RN
Bonita Shaw, RN, BSN, BC
Francine Sheppard, RN, PhD,CNE
Sylvia Simeone, DNP, PNHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC NEA-BC
Sarah Simmons, BSN, RN, RN-BC
Maxine Smalling, MS, RN
Beth Smith, APRN, DNP
Julia Smith, EdM, RN, PMHNP-BC
Marchell Spielmann, ARNP, FNP, PMHNP
Janet Stagg, MS, RN, PMHCNS
Linda Stalters, MSN
Pamela Stover, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Karen Strickland, PMHCNS-BC
Mary Sturdy-Martin, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, SANE
Christine Tebaldi, MS, PMHNP-BC
Brandon Thatcher, PMHNP
Burton Thelander, PMHCNS, BC
Gerald Thompson, MSN
Deborah Thompson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHFNP-BC
Anita Thompson Heisterman, MSN, PNHCNS, BC, PMHNP, BC
Miriam Thornton, MSN, RN
Lisa Tolls, MSN, RN, BC
Jennifer Topscher, RN, BSN, BA
Pamela Torres, BSN, RN
Claire Trauth, NCSP, RN-BC
Candace Trippe, RN, BSN
Keirstin Uomoto, MSN, RN-BC
Shiori Usami, CNS
Barbara Valerius, MSN, NMF, RN-BC
Rossana Vales, BSN, MSN, RN
Doris Van Byssum, PsyD, MS
Judith Van Cleef, MS, RN-BC-Retired
Debra Van Dyke, MSN, MA, BSEd, BSN-RN
Robin VanCamp, BA, RN
Dawn Vanderhoef, PhD, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
Ann Venuto, RN, MS, PMHNP-
Stephanie Verdeflor, MSN, RN-BC
Rosanne Visco, PhD, RN
Wendy Waddell, PhD(c), MSN, RN
Carol Wahlstrom, RN, MS, LCPC
Frankie Wallis, RN, MSN, FNP
Dawn Walters, MS, RN
Melanie Walters, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Daniel Wesemann, DNP, PMHNP-BC, ARNP
Sandra West, DNP
Marcia Wheeler Cordry, BNS, RN
Robert Whitacre, MSN RN
Charles Whitson, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Babette Wieland, MSN, BSN
Cheryl Willis, MSN, APRN, BC
Nicole Wilson, MS, PMHNP-BC
Michael Wolf, MSN, RN-BC
Brittany Yates, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Kristerra Yawea, DNP, MBA, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Margaret Yearwood, EdD, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Judith Anne Zdziera, MSHA, RN, C