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


Tari DilksTari (Sattaria) Dilks, RN, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP

Present Position
Professor, McNeese State University
Co-Coordinator, Graduate Program /Director, PMHNP track Private Practice: PMHNP

  • BSN - West Texas State University - 1978 Nursing
  • MA - McNeese State University - 1988 Psychology
  • MSN - McNeese State University - 2001 Nursing/FNP
  • DNP - UTHSC - 2006 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
APNA Contributions
  • 2017 recipient of APNA Award for Excellence in Education
  • Chair - Practice Council - 2017–present
  • Chair - Scholarly Review Committee, 2012–2014 - assuring scientific content appropriate for all PMH Nurses at the annual conference; member 2009–2015
  • Speaker at state and national levels on a variety of PMH topics to both PMH and non-PMH nurses at all levels
  • Co-Chair - APRN Steering Committee (SC)  2013–2017
  • Member Education Council SC, Graduate Education Branch
  • APNA-representative for the National Task Force (NTF) assuring a voice is provided for all PMH-APRNs in faculty positions
  • Perspectives in Psychiatric Care: reviewer
  • Louisiana Chapter-President - 2010–2011 - organized our first state conference after the 2005 Hurricane Katrina
Other Experience
  • I began as a mental health technician while in nursing school and instantly knew I had found my home in nursing. Through my 40+ year career I have been a staff-nurse, head-nurse, program-director, DON, therapist, state leader/advocate for PMH nursing and education at the RN/advance practice nursing levels.
  • As a result of involvement on state/national levels, I closely monitor legislation affecting access to mental health care and advocate for local/state/national mental health initiatives
  • I have advocated for awareness of PMH issues in all arenas of nursing in leadership positions as the president/board member Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners, LA state representative AANP, multiple university committees and Sigma Theta Tau charter member.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: APNA is the voice for ALL PMH nurses. I am passionate about our work and my work has emphasized the PMH needs of those we care for and the needs of the psychiatric-mental health nurses at the forefront of health care. I wish to represent you in applying that expertise to further the organizational goals of APNA with thoughtful leadership at the national level. Through service on the APNA-NTF committees, work with AANP and the Louisiana APRN leadership positions, I have demonstrated my commitment and competence. My experience in inclusive leadership, education and practice at all the PMH nursing levels are assets that I can bring to the APNA board. PMH nursing is a strong and trusted voice for consumers of mental health services. APNA presents a powerful vehicle for promoting that voice and I have the skill set to enrich the board’s continued enhancement and distribution of that voice.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: Healthcare delivery MUST include the recognition of PMH in total health promotion and prevention.  APNA’s membership brings a richness of expertise in evidence-based models in practice, research, administration, therapy, education and collaboration in multiple environments, and I teach about them every day. We have the ability to shape the future through the resources that APNA offers. Please allow me to represent your voice in this journey.

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