President-Elect Candidates

This position is responsible for assisting the president and overseeing other duties as assigned by the president or the board. In the absence of the president, the president-elect performs the duties of the president, and when so acting, has all the powers of and is subject to all the restrictions upon the president. The president-elect year serves as an orientation for the upcoming year as president.  Full Description


Gail R. Stern, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

Gail SternPresent Position
Administrator - Department of Psychiatry, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pennsylvania; Adjunct Faculty, DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania; President of the Board, Counsel on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Allentown Pennsylvania

1985 MSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 1982 BSN, Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania; 1977 Diploma, Methodist Hospital School of Nursing (Valedictorian)

APNA Contributions

  • APNA member since 1987
  • Founding president of the APNA Pennsylvania Chapter (1995)
  • Chapter Formation committee (1997)
  • Member-at-Large for APNA National Board (2008-2012) supported chapter presidents in developing strategies to improve chapter function and growth
  • Regional Representative for Lehigh Valley for PA APNA state board (past 15 years)
  • Frequent Chair of APNA PA Chapter annual conferences
  • I regularly present at APNA Annual Conferences and chapter conferences
  • Represented APNA with Carole Farley-Toombs at White House National Nursing Meeting on the Affordable Care Act
  • Recovery Council co-chair (2016) and chair (2017)

Other Experience
I have been a psychiatric mental health nurse for over 35 years, as a staff nurse, an APRN, faculty member, consultant, researcher (SAMHSA) and an administrator responsible for full continuums of mental health and substance abuse services. For the past 17 years, I have been dedicated to the work of integrating mental health and substance abuse services into all healthcare settings. I am currently championing suicide prevention (with Zero Suicide) and responding to the Opiate crisis with my network and community. I was honored with the APNA Advanced Practice Leadership Award (2013).

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I am passionate about creating a better life for people who experience mental illness and addiction. My daily work at the point of care, across a continuum, has given me a unique experience in identifying new roles for nurses. We are in a position to bring “value” and innovation to Healthcare delivery systems regardless of how policy may unfold. I will use my experience in large, dynamic healthcare systems and organizational effectiveness and bring that knowledge, hard work and positive energy along with a communication and leadership skill set that can support and advance our mission. I would be honored to work with all of you, to advocate for psychiatric nursing as we demonstrate our value, and care for our communities’ health. Through collaboration with APNA members and our colleagues in all disciplines, we will lead healthcare delivery into a better future!

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: APNA members are an amazing resource for the development and testing of models of care that create whole health. We have built an organization with expertise in education, research, practice and administration. We make this available to our members and other disciplines and policy makers as we work toward effective, accessible and affordable health care. I would continue to engage, build and refine our efforts to be the indispensable resource/voice for psychiatric nurses and individuals experiencing mental illness in our evolving healthcare systems.

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