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APNA New England Chapter

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

About the Chapter

The APNA New England Chapter was founded in 1993. The Chapter is made up of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Our membership is about 860 people. The largest group of members come from MA. We believe our strength is in bringing all our states together.

Mission Statement

As psychiatric nurses and members of the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, we collaborate and engage in fellowship to advance psychiatric nursing.

Membership

Any APNA member who resides in New England is automatically a member of the New England Chapter. If you are interested in joining or renewing your membership, please see the Membership tab on APNA’s home page for more information about the application process and dues.

If you are not receiving information via e-mail from the chapter, please contact chaptersupport@apna.org with your updated contact information. We want to be sure our members receive the information they need to benefit fully from their chapter membership!

We have a business meeting at the conference and a second business meeting at the APNA Annual Conference. There are working sessions for the Board of Directors that meet monthly. All members are invited.

The APNA New England Chapter has no dues. Our income comes from:

  1. The yearly New England Conference
  2. Donations for our Awards are from our members and others

The APNA New England Chapter:

NURTURES MEMBERS BY:

  • Recognizing the contributions of individual members
  • Creating networking opportunities
  • Recognition of the diversity of members, practice options and culture

PROMOTES GROWTH OF THE MEMBERSHIP BY:

  • Recruitment & Retention of membership
  • Annual Conferences
  • Chapter Publications
  • Strategic Alliances

DEVELOPS LEADERSHIP SKILLS OF MEMBERS BY:

  • Mentoring
  • Skills Training
  • Opportunities to participate in regional & national activities

For organization and meeting information contact the Chapter President.

Governance Policies

New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) Chapter Governance Policies

Officers

PRESIDENT
Joanne DeSanto Iennaco, PhD

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Allison Underwood, APRN

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Denise Fairbank, RN-BC

TREASURER
Gabrielle Abelard, DNP, PMHNP, PMHCNS-BC, RN, BSN

SECRETARY
Vacant

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
Karen Chesley, MSN, RN, CS

STATE REPRESENTATIVES

Connecticut
Joanne M. DeSanto Iennaco, PhD
Frances Ogudebe, RN
Allison Underwood, APRN

Maine
Cathlene Fraser
Linda Lockhart, Adult PMHNP-BC

Massachusetts
Kristen Kichefski, MSN, MBA, RN-BC
Carol Anne Marchetti, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC
Efi Wilkins, MSN, RN-BC

New Hampshire
Patricia Dahme, MSN, APRN, BC
Denise Fairbank, RN-BC

Rhode Island
Nicole Flanagan, RN, BA, BSN
Donna McDonald, BSN

Vermont
Islane Louis, RN, MSN

New England Chapter Awards

Nancy M. Valentine Excellence in Leadership Award

The Nancy M. Valentine Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes an APNA New England chapter member who demonstrates vision, tenacity, perseverance, commitment, initiative and facilitation in improving mental health care and the advancement of the profession of psychiatric nursing.

The following information is required when nominating a member for an award:

  • Name of the award
  • Nominee’s name, title, contact information to include mailing address and email address
  • One page narrative recommendation from an APNA New England Chapter Member

CRITERIA:

  • Demonstrates the above qualities in the practice, management, research or education area.
  • Recognized as a leader committed to empowerment and assists others in their role development.

Please send your award submissions to Regional Representative Karen Chesley at chaptersupport@apna.org

Grayce M. Sills Distinguished Service Award

The Grayce M. Sills Distinguished Service Award is intended as an award for commitment, initiative, loyalty, integrity, and exceptional and meritorious service to the APNA New England Chapter. The following information is required when nominating a member for an award:

  • Name of the award
  • Nominee’s name, title, contact information to include mailing address and email address
  • One page narrative recommendation from an APNA New England Chapter Member

CRITERIA:

  • Service may include, but not limited to, officer, board member, state or regional representative, service on task forces or committees of the APNA New England Chapter or APNA.
  • Demonstration of inspirational ideas and the implementation of these ideas that benefit the mission of the APNA New England Chapter.
  • Annual regional and/or national APNA conference attendance and/or have presented a paper, poster session, or workshop.
  • Publications: has published in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association or APNA New England Chapter Newsletter. Articles, editorials and letters will be considered.
  • In the absence of the above criteria (3 and/or 4) candidates will be considered if they have made an overall exceptional contribution to the APNA New England Chapter.

Please send your award submissions to Regional Representative Karen Chesley at chaptersupport@apna.org

Sue Scipione Award

This award provides a year’s membership to APNA as well as a tuition voucher for one APNA New England Chapter conference next year.

The following information is required when nominating a member or non-member for an award:

  • Name of the award
  • Nominee’s name, title, contact information to include mailing address and email address
  • One page narrative recommendation from an APNA New England Chapter Member

CRITERIA:

  • Generalist RN or LPN (Non-member from New England) working in direct care psychiatric setting that may include
  • Inpatient, Partial Hospital, Community psychiatric care or similar setting.
  • Recognized for his/her leadership role in direct care psychiatric setting.
  • Recognized for implementing psychiatric nursing interventions effectively with clients/patients and families if indicated.
  • Please send your award submissions to Regional Representative Karen Chesley at chaptersupport@apna.org

Past Recipients

Nancy M. Valentine Excellence in Leadership Award
1995 Karen Chesley, BSN, RN, C
1996 Victoria Palmer-Erbs, RN, CS, PhD
1997 Kathleen M. Coughlan, RN, MSN, CS
1998 Harriet DeHoff, RN, MSN
1999 Marie Huppuch, MEd, RN, CS
2000 Nancy Hanrahan, MS, APRN, CS
2001 Karen B. Foulke, RN, MS, CS
2002 Jean Maddix, MSN, RN, CS
2003 Carol L. Major, RNC
2004 Barbara Wolfe, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN
2005 Helen M. Epes, APRN-BC
2006 Maureen Beirne Streff, EdD, RN, CS
2007 Margaret Knight, PhD, APRN, BC
2008 Tedi Hughes, PMHCNS-BC
2009 Christine Gosselin, MSN, RN, CS
2010 Lakisha Hyatt, MSN, RN
2011 Donna M. White, RN, PhD, CS, CADAC
2012 Genevieve E. Chandler, PhD, RN
2013 Christine Tebaldi, MS, RN/NP
2014 Danny G. Willis, DNS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
2015 Vareen O’Keefe Domaleski, RN, MSN, Ed, D
2016 not awarded
2017 not awarded
2018 not awarded
2019 Laura A. Curtis, MSN, APRN-BC
2020 Gabrielle P. Abelard, DNP, PMHNP, PMHCNS-BC, RN, BSN

Grayce M. Sills Distinguished Service Award
1996 Sue Scipione, MSN, RN, C
1997 James E. Hovey, RN, MSN
1998 Carol Glod, RN, CS, PhD and Katharine Bailey, RN, CS, MS
1999 Dezra Kenney, RN, MEd, CS, CADAC
2000 Linda M. E. Auton, RN, JD
2001 Thomas H. Marland, RNC, LCDP
2002 Helen M. Epes, APRN, MSN
2003 Mary Ann Johnson, RN, MS, CS, FPNP
2004 Donna H. Meader, RNC, CDNS
2005 Mary L. Kline, RN, MN, CS, ARNP
2006 Joyce Clark BSN, RNC
2007 Fe Rodriguez, APRN-BC, MS
2008 Geoffry Phillips McEnany, PhD, APRN, BC
2009 Sandra J. Wagner, RN
2010 Helen Shea Murphy, APRN, BC
2011 Ellen M. Buffington, MSN, RN
2012 Marie Huppuch, MA, APRN, PMHCNS, BC
2013 Bonnie R. MacGregor, MSN, RN-BC
2014 Carole A. Shea, PhD, RN, FAAN
2015 Larry D. Plant, DNP, APRN, PMH, NP, BC
2016 Margaret Knight, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
2017 Michelle Tavares, BN, RN-BC

Sue Scipione Award
2008 Susan Mello, RNC
2009 Pamela Scheer, RN
2010 Dennis Pultinas, RN
2011 Jacqueline Berridge, RN-BC
2012 Debra Spellman, RN
2013 Jeannie Culf, RN
2014 Linda Sheppard-Reece, BSN, RN
2015 Marianne Marinelli, RN-BC
2016 Kimberly Brunelle, RN