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


Kathryn BrotzgeKathryn E. Brotzge, MSN, APRN, NP

Present Position
Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Health Centers

Master of Science in Nursing – PMHNP, University of Louisville, 2001
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Spalding University, 1998

APNA Contributions
  • President, APNA Kentucky Chapter, 2007
  • Chair & Co-Chair, APNA Council for Mental Health Advocacy Council, 2014-Present
  • Chair, Planning Committee, APNA Annual Conference in Louisville, KY, 2010
  • Chair, APNA Nominating Committee, 2016
Other Experience
  • Chair, Government Affairs Council, Kentucky Nurses Association
  • Member, Mental Health Jail Diversion Board – Kentucky Nurses Association/City of Louisville
  • Psychiatric Nurse Researcher, STEP Bipolar Depression Study, Mood Disorders Clinic, University of Louisville
  • Psychiatric Emergency Nurse, University of Louisville Hospital
  • Office Manager, Seven Counties Services Mental Health Clinics, Louisville, KY
  • President, Parish Council, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Louisville, KY

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: The foundation of APNA is based on education and research. I believe in advocating for our patients and peers through expanded research. I have practiced in the clinical setting most of my career. In daily practice, I utilize treatments that are research-based. Working in an underserved area with the severely mentally ill has given me insight into the gaps in caring for my patients and those like them. This setting consistently challenges me to continue my psychiatric training. Nursing education and research are fundamental to providing the best care possible for our patients. While working on a national research study, I experienced the connection between research and improving treatment with science.  

Working on the Council for Mental Health Advocacy, I have participated in public advocacy at all levels of government. Currently, I am working with immigrants who have suffered severe trauma. This includes working in an integrated care model. The evolution of the psychiatric nurse role in primary care setting is an important area for continued expansion. These positions have provided insight into the value of public healthcare and the role we play.  

My goal is to lead Psychiatric Nursing into the forefront of mental illness treatment providers. We need patients, elected officials, and our fellow providers to recognize us as the highly skilled professionals we are. In this position, I will work to involve our members to become more active in public advocacy to encourage more investment in vital research focused on psychiatric nursing. It is time to work on getting the word out to the public on the true value of psychiatric nursing. An organization the size of APNA needs a democratic leader. My experience enables me to lead effectively, grow and expand APNA’s positive impact.

I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization By: Participation in conferences and online education is vital to our profession. I support and encourage members to actively participate in research and education at every opportunity. APNA is a leader in our country for mental health/illness research and education. My plan includes working with APNA to provide education skills necessary in our everchanging world.  Online education, podcasts, chat forums such as Member Bridge are key to continuing to reach out to nurses. I would support expanding these options for members. We must continue to support research opportunities with our existing membership. Increasing involvement with nursing students is imperative as well to grow our ranks and make sure that we have access to the best ideas and practices. My role would be as a representative to the public and membership. Protecting and promoting the organization’s purpose is key to the role of the President.



Leslie G. OleckLeslie G. Oleck, MSN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, LMFT

Present Position
Psychiatric APRN, Indiana Health Group, Carmel, Indiana
Adjunct Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing PMHNP Graduate Program
Preceptor, PMHNP students

Post-Masters Lifespan PMHNP, Indiana University School of Nursing, 2014
MSN/PMHCNS Indiana University School of Nursing, 1979
BSN, Indiana University School of Nursing, 1977


APNA Contributions
  • APNA Board of Directors Member-at-Large, 2012-2016
  • Council for Mental Health Advocacy (CMHA)
    • Current Co-Chair; Steering Committee 2010-2013; Advisory Panel 2010-2020
  • Practice Council (previously known as the APRN Council)
    • Chair/Co-Chair 2009-2013; Steering Committee 2008-2009; Advisory Panel-current
  • JAPNA Peer Reviewer 2016-current
  • Sigma Theta Tau Board Scholar and APNA Board Mentee, 2009-2011
  • Lead author for APRN Council “State of the States: 2010”, JAPNA
  • Presenter APNA Annual Conferences (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, scheduled 2020)
  • 2004 APNA Annual Conference Committee Chair
  • APNA Indiana Chapter
    • Current Board of Directors Member-at Large-current; APNA Indiana Chapter President, 2002/03
Other Experience
  • Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses in Indiana (CAPNI)
    • Board Secretary 2020
    • Legislative Team 2017-current
    • Correcting significant misunderstandings about PMH-APRN and PMHRN education; needs of mental health consumers and families
  • Bowen Center (IU School of Medicine) for Health Workforce Research and Policy Advisory Group
  • Served on the Indiana Alzheimer’s Association Medical and Scientific Research Council as the only APRN 2013-2019
  • IU/Methodist Hospital Advanced Practice Council 2012-2014
Other Professional Experience
  • Private practice psychotherapist
  • Educator
  • Medication management
  • Inpatient consultation/liaison

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: My national, state and community leadership roles and extensive involvement within APNA have helped me understand how to move our organization forward.  My experience in a variety of practice settings enables me to effectively understand and advocate for psychiatric nurses. APNA is a valuable organization to its members; we MUST continue to educate the public, including state and national thought leaders, about psychiatric nurses and mental health/addiction needs while continuing to be the thought leader and voice for psychiatric nurses. I want to ensure that this continues and expands. Psychiatric nurses are an innovative community; with the multi-faceted changes in health care, we must use our creativity in research, education, and patient care while practicing at the top of our licenses.

I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization By: I will work to safeguard that APNA remains the united voice of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, using our skills with not only identified psychiatric/mental health patients and families but also with communities, healthcare stakeholders and thought leaders. The importance of PMH research cannot be underestimated. I will support APNA’s efforts to fund and encourage PMH research, while educating students to use evidence-based care in their own education and practice. This is a time of major change in mental health care in the United States with new opportunities and challenges for PMH Nurses. If elected, I will work to keep our organization, and the awareness of our specialized knowledge, at the forefront of healthcare delivery and research through active advocacy and education of consumers, healthcare providers, healthcare stakeholders and thought leaders.


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