2022 Nominating Committee
Anita S. Daniels, MS, RN-BC
Associate Commissioner, Child and Adult State Operated Services, New York State Office of Mental Health
ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse, 2020-2025
Lean Empire Belt, New York State Lean, 2017
MS (Family Health Nursing), Mercy College, 2003
BS (Nursing & Psychology), University of New York at New Platz, 1989
- APNA Member, 2009-present
- Co-facilitator in developing a conference between the APNA New York Chapter and the New York State Office of Mental Health, 2009
Leadership and Change Agent
- Executive Director overseeing both adult and child psychiatric hospitals in the public sector.
- Statewide Director of Nursing for the New York State Office of Mental Health
- Adjunct Lecturer, Nursing Department, Mercy College
- Keynote speaker: Chief Nursing Officers’ Annual Conference, 2018; APNA New York Chapter – Upstate, 2009; Rockland Psychiatric Center & St. Vincent’s Westchester Behavioral Health Nurse Recognition Day programs, 2008
- Guest Presenter: Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center Nursing Summit, 2016; New York City Children’s Center Nursing Leadership Summit, 2014; New York City Children’s Center Leadership Development series, 2013; Nursing Grand Rounds, 2009
DNP candidate, 2020-present
APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: With over 35 years of administrative and clinical experience in psychiatric mental health nursing, I will be able to use that knowledge gained to support APNA’s mission and vision. Working in the public mental health system for nearly three decades, has offered me the opportunity to serve in a policy and decision-making capacity, supporting and creating services to meet the needs of those with severe and persistent mental illness and their families. Using my leadership skills, I have been able to develop, empower and create opportunities for psychiatric mental health nurses to practice with confidence and pride. Commitment, proven leadership skills, ability to educate others, diversity, and pride in being a psychiatric mental health nurse is what I will bring to this role.
How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: Through my leadership journey and evolution over the past 20 years, I will be able to empower others, set clear goals, lead with vision, model flexibility and adaptability, proactively problem solve and demonstrative effective self-management skills. These traits are key and are needed to help advance and support APNA’s mission to improve mental health care, shape health care policy and empower the psychiatric-mental health nursing community.
2022 Nominating Committee
Jean F. Fisak, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Executive Officer (Chief Operating Officer), US Naval Hospital, Rota, Spain
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Executive Leadership focus, Duke University, 2019
Jonas Nursing Veterans Healthcare Scholar, 2018-2020
Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2004
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, 1995
Associates Degree in Nursing, De Anza College, Cupertino, California, 1989
- APNA California Chapter President; 2017-2018
- APNA Nominations Committee, 2016
- Military Cohort (“Plankowner”), 2012 to Present
- Presenter, APNA Annual Conferences; 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
- Presenter, Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute; 2012
- Standardized therapeutic containment practices using the Veterans Administration program – Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior, in collaboration with the Army, Air Force and Veterans Administration
- Afghanistan; deployed for 9 months as Officer-in-Charge of a Mobile Care Team-7; responsible conducted over 800 psychological health assessments on Navy individual augmentees throughout the country, used to inform military psychological policy.
APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I have the experience of serving on nominating committees and my contribution to this committee will ensure that the best possible candidates are nominated to lead APNA. I have served on two Navy-Wide promotion boards, one Military Health Systems Award committee, and over 20 promotion recommendation boards. The duties as a member of these boards (committees) were conducted without prejudice or partiality, having in view the best candidate recommended based on the presenting information. Discretion is important and I will ensure that no information of the committee discussions is communicated except as authorized by APNA.
How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: Although there is an abundance of mental health research, the nursing scientist community, in particular mental health, is underrepresented. I am a proactive advocate for research and evidenced based practice and enjoy guiding newly graduated psychiatric-mental health nurses in expanding their academic efforts through grant writing, advising and/or preceptorship. By these continued efforts, my goal is to contribute to APNA’s mission as a scientific and education organization.
2022 Nominating Committee
Daniel Wesemann, MSW, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing
PMHNP-DNP Program Director at the University of Iowa College of Nursing
Practicing PMHNP at Genesis Psychology Associates
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Rush University in Chicago, IL
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at University of Iowa College of Nursing
Master’s in Nursing and Healthcare Practice at University of Iowa College of Nursing
Master of Social Work at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Science (Major: Psychology) at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- JAPNA Peer Reviewer 2015-Present
- Presenter APNA Annual Conferences: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and scheduled 2021
- APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship Program reviewer: 2021
- APNA Iowa Chapter
- Current Southeast Region Representative to the Board
- Chapter President: 2017-2018
- Chapter President-Elect: 2016-2017
- Education Council Advisory Panel
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
Psychiatric Special Interest Group Co-Chair: 2018-2019
Psychiatric Special Interest Group Chair: 2019-2020
International Society of Psychiatric Nurses
Foundation Board Treasurer: 2020-2021
Foundation Board President-Elect: 2021-2022
Other Professional Experience
- medication management
APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: The world has never needed psychiatric-mental health nurses more than they do now. With COVID-19 straining the entire healthcare system psychiatric-mental health nurses will be needed to address the needs of those who have suffered with the illness of COVID-19 along with the nurses who were caring for these critically ill patients. Psychiatric-mental health nurses have the unique acquired skills to be exceptional leaders within the entire healthcare system. I believe the Nominating Committee for the APNA serves a crucial role within the organization. The people who serve on the Nominating Committee have a direct impact on selecting the individuals who will lead the APNA. I have served on state, national and international boards and have witnessed the characteristics of exceptional psychiatric-mental health leaders. Based on these experiences I believe I can effectively screen and identify those who demonstrate the best of what we all expect from our APNA leaders.
How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: As a member of the APNA I always believed that psychiatric-mental health nurses should have a unifying organization where all members learn from each other as well as support each other through difficult times (i.e., COVID). I also believe the unique diversity of the APNA’s members is what makes this organization such a strength for all psychiatric-mental health nurses and nurse practitioners. If elected to the Nominating Committee I will work to preserve the APNA’s status as a place where psychiatric-mental health professionals inform and learn from the scientific tenets within the APNA and its members.