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


Eugenia MillenderEugenia Millender, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CDE


Present Position
Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator for PMHNP Certificate Program, Florida State University
Associate Professor, FSU Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity
Founder, CEO & Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; – Caring 4 All of You, Inc.

  • 2013   PhD, Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
  • 2011   Post Grad. Psych Certificate  Rush University
  • 2006   MS, FAU
  • 1999   BSN, FAU
  • 1992   AA, College of Lake County
APNA Contributions
  • 2019   Accepted Presenter, APNA Annual Conference
  • 2018-2020   Board of Directors, APNA Florida Chapter
  • 2018-2020   Co-chair, Advance Practice Council, APNA Florida Chapter
  • 2018-2020   Co-chair, Entrepreneurship Committee, APNA Florida Chapter
  • 2017   Presenter, APNA Annual Conference
  • 2015   Presenter, APNA Annual Conference
  • 2015   Presenter, APNA Florida Chapter Conference
  • 2010   Presenter, APNA Annual Conference
Other Experience
  • 2019 – Present   American Nurses Association/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program National Advisory Committee Member
  • 2018-present   Mental Health Council Leon County (Advisory Comm member)
  • 2013-Present   Center for Child Counseling; Board of Directors (2013-present) Board Vice-Chair (2016-present)
  • 2013- 2017   Founding Director, the Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Nurse Managed Community Health Center. This is a vibrant interprofessional and integrated nurse-led model of care with psychiatric services for culturally diverse individuals, families, communities and underserved populations.
  • 2013- present   Co-created the Palm Beach Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative in Partnership with Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing, Boys Town, Center for Child Counseling, NAMI and Family First of Palm Beach to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Children in Palm Beach County.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: Twenty years ago, my passion to advocate for more psychiatric-mental health nurses and mental health care for culturally diverse individuals began while I faced multiple barriers seeking quality mental health services for my son.  This inspired me to be an agent of disruption and challenge the status quo that creates silos and gaps in our mental health system.  In order to disrupt the current cycle, I seek to educate and prepare stakeholders in how to integrate mental health and substance abuse services in community settings using team-based interventions to develop a standard of care to achieve collective impact, decrease social and health inequalities, and provide shared accountability.  My lived experiences as the mother of a child living with mental illness combined with my passion and expertise for the integration of education, practice and research related to mental health makes me an ideal candidate for APNA Member-at-Large.


I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization By: My research, practice and teaching experience aim to reduce mental health disparities by investigating the accumulation of traumatic experiences over the lifespan of culturally diverse populations, and developing translational programs that connects mental health services, trauma-informed care, and team-based practice in community settings. 

My entire clinical, scholarly, academic and entrepreneurial career supports my commitment to provide quality evidence-based and culturally sensitive care for all.  My goal is to share my experiences and expertise to continue to enhance and expand the psychiatric mental health nurse workforce and advocate for better mental health services policies.  I am committed to helping APNA and all members grow.



Jeffrey RamirezJeffrey Ramirez, PhD, MSN, MPA, PMHNP, CARN-AP, ARNP

Present Position
Associate Professor, Gonzaga University
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

  • 2003-2007   The University of Arizona, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science, Major: Vulnerable Populations, Minor: Injury Mechanisms and Bio-behavioral Responses
  • 2001-2002   Gonzaga University, Post-Master Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing
  • 1995-2001   Gonzaga University, Master of Science in Nursing, Administration
  • 1990-1995   Eastern Washington University, Master of Public Administration/Health Care Administration; Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education
  • 1984-1990   Columbia Basin College, Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing; Associate of Arts and Science Degree
APNA Contributions
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Washington Chapter, President (2017-current)
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association: Nominating Committee 2015
  • Recovery Council Steering Committee
  • Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council Steering Committee
  • Institute for Safe Environments working with the committee focusing on Forensic Populations 2009-2010
Other Experience
  • Over 20 years of experience in higher education teaching undergraduate and graduate psychiatric nursing and held leadership positions as the Lead Faculty for the PMHNP program and the Department Chair/Chief Nurse Administrator for all programs.
  • Engaged in practice at the VA medical center
  • Seventeen years of state hospital experience in various leadership positions including Director of Quality Assurance, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nurse Manger for Forensic and Geropsych Units.
  • Psychiatric Nurse Consultant for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), appointed to the Psychiatric Panel.
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Content Expert Panel Member for the American Nurses Credentialing Center appointment for 2010-2018 held following positions:  Committee member, Vice Chair, Chair of Appointment Committee


APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I have gained a large body of knowledge and experience over the last 20+ years I have been involved in psychiatric nursing.  I will work hard to empower members to move APNA strategic plans forward and to have more of an impact on the local, state, and national level.  Our mental health system is facing complex issues not only with funding but the treatment of people suffering with mental illness and/or substance abuse. Psychiatric nurses have a role to play in finding solutions to these complex problems.  I have advocated for changes such as reducing seclusion and restraint use, increasing active treatment in state hospitals, and access to treatment including the use of medication assisted therapy (Suboxone).


I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization By: I can bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from both the public and private sectors of psychiatric nursing.  I will work with the Board of Directors (BOD) to move APNA to the next stage by gaining more recognition as leaders of psychiatric mental health care and treatment.  Psychiatric nursing is an extremely powerful specialty and we can capitalize on our knowledge and skills in psychology, neuroscience, and more importantly nursing science. I am passionate about state hospitals and the care they provide but also the challenges they face and starting a special interest group for nursing’s working in state hospitals may be considered.


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