Member-at-Large Candidates

A member at-large's duties include ensuring effective and accountable governance, providing responsible oversight of the association, demonstrating competent and accountable leadership, and ensuring leadership continuity. Full Description

Michael J. Polacek, MSN, RN-BC

Michael Polacek

Present Position
Professional Development Specialist, Salem Health Clinical Education (ED and Acute Psych units)

1990 BS Elementary Education, Western Oregon University
2010 ADN, Excelsior College
2013 MSN Clinical Systems Management/Informatics, Excelsior College
Current 3rd Year PhD Student, University of Phoenix

APNA Contributions
2010 - Present  Oregon Chapter Events Planning Committee
2012 - Present  Institute of Safe Environments Steering Committee, Member/Associate Chair, Emergency Department Workgroup
2015 - Present  Violence Prevention Task Force, Associate Chair,
2015 - Present  JAPNA Reviewer
2014 - Present  Oregon Chapter Member-at-Large
2015 - Present  Suicide Competencies Workgroup
2014 - 2015  JAPNA Editor-in-Chief Search Committee
2013  Chair, Nominating Committee—appointed by APNA Board
2012  Task force on Chapter Development
2011 - 2013  Oregon Chapter President-Elect, President, Immediate Past President

Other Experience
When I became a Registered Nurse and member of the APNA in 2010, I brought with me experiences gained as a CNA and Tech since 1979.  These experiences include a full range of psychiatric-mental health and corrections environments in group homes, high school, as well as maximum security in the forensics psychiatric program at the state hospital, the Oregon State Penitentiary and the Youth Authority Correctional Facility.   In addition to being an enthusiastic supporter of the APNA, I have intentionally developed an international association through presentations with the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry and am a member of their research arm, the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group (EViPRG).  At the state level I am a member of the Oregon Action Coalition which strives to improve the relevant participation of nurses on decision making boards.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  As a result of combining experiences in the community, long term and acute care as a CNA, RN, Manager and now a clinical educator, I am able to represent the goals, mission and vision to the point of care staff as well as the APRN.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  I'm a believer in the mission and vision of the APNA, and as such, a follower. Having been party to a number of discussions regarding the APNA bylaws, I have developed an appreciation and practical understanding of the APNA’s purpose.  As a member of the National Board of Directors, I am able to serve and fully endorse the complete purposes stated in the bylaws. Because of the many ways that these bylaws have been explained and communicated, I feel that I have a solid understanding and am able to genuinely support the articles as well as articulate them to APNA members effectively.  The untapped power of the APNA is to be a relevant voice in the interdisciplinary, state, national and international network of consumers, clinicians, scientists, and educators.  I actively demonstrate my belief by being an ardent participant through membership not only in the nation and state APNA organizations, but also in the European Congress, and the Oregon Action Coalition.  I am an active member bringing the clinical staff perspective to APNA. 

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Christine Tebaldi, RN, MS, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Director, Clinical Business Development; Director, Psychiatric Emergency Services, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA

2001 MS in Nursing, University of Rochester
1996 BS in Nursing & BA in Psychology, University of Rochester

APNA Contributions
It has been my honor to serve APNA at the chapter and national levels.

  • Instit. for Safe Environments Steering Committee – 2016–present
  • Instit. for Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) Co-Chair – 2008-2016
  • ANCC Interprofessional Disaster Certification Advisory Panel Rep - 2014
  • Rosalynn Carter Ctr Symposium on Mental Health Policy Rep–2012
  • Behavioral Health Emergencies Stakeholders (ENA)  Collaborative Representative – 2011-2013
  • Scope & Standards Revision Committee – 2014 edition
  • New England Chapter Board - Secretary- 2009-2011
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Steering Committee Co-Chair – 2007-2008; member until 2010
  • National Disaster Mental Health Task Force – 2006-2007
  • National Logical Job Analysis for APRN Role Delineation – 2005
  • New York State Chapter Board – Legislative Coord. – 2005-2007
  • Scope and Standards Comm. & Final Review Workgrp–2007 Edition
  • National Certification Committee – 2004-2005
  • National Annual Conference Committee – 2004

Other Experience
Clinical and leadership experience in Acute Services, Substance Use Disorders, Emergency Psychiatry and Disaster Mental Health.  In addition to coordinating emergency psychiatry programs and managing new program development, I am engaged in international consultation for substance use disorders treatment.  Presenting and training locally and nationally on such topics as emergency preparedness, disaster response, crisis stabilization, recovery-oriented practice and mental health advocacy has been very rewarding.  After the events of September 11th, 2001, I joined the American Red Cross (ARC) in the disaster relief efforts. Since that time, I have remained active – responding to local/national disasters, including the Boston Marathon Bombings. Currently serving as the Volunteer Regional Lead for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Disaster Mental Health Team.  In 2014, was honored with the APNA Excellence in Leadership Award.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I believe that every individual’s contribution can make a difference. By creating a strong infrastructure, with change agents at every level, we can maximize effective and sustainable advancements in the field of PMH nursing. With experience as an organizational leader and mental health advocate, I know we can make a difference together.  I embrace APNA’s shared governance model and would be honored to have the opportunity to further shape the mission and vision of the organization.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  From grassroots efforts to shaping health policy, knowledge is the most powerful tool.  As a co-chair of the Institute for Mental Health Advocacy I learned firsthand, the importance of facilitating available resources to advance the conversations relevant to regulatory, legislative and policy matters.  Developing our profession through networking, continuing education, scope and standards of practice, position papers and toolkits are all critical to our mission. I believe we can reduce stigma and promote parity by educating our fellow health professionals and the general public. 

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