Nominating Committee

Vote Now!The principle task of the Nominating Committee is selecting a slate of candidates for the Annual APNA Election and to oversee the electoral process. Full Description


Anita DanielsAnita S. Daniels, MS, RN-BC

Present Position
Associate Commissioner, Child and Adult State Operated Services, New York State Office of Mental Health


ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse, 2020-2025
Lean Empire Belt, New York State Lean, 2017
MS (Family Health Nursing), Mercy College, 2003
BS (Nursing & Psychology), University of New York at New Platz, 1989

APNA Contributions
  • APNA Member, 2009-present
  • Co-facilitator in developing a conference between the APNA New York Chapter and the New York State Office of Mental Health, 2009

Other Experience
Leadership and Change Agent
  • Executive Director overseeing both adult and child psychiatric hospitals in the public sector.
  • Statewide Director of Nursing for the New York State Office of Mental Health
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Nursing Department, Mercy College
  • Keynote speaker: Chief Nursing Officers’ Annual Conference, 2018; APNA New York Chapter - Upstate, 2009; Rockland Psychiatric Center & St. Vincent’s Westchester Behavioral Health Nurse Recognition Day programs, 2008
  • Guest Presenter: Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center Nursing Summit, 2016; New York City Children’s Center Nursing Leadership Summit, 2014; New York City Children’s Center Leadership Development series, 2013; Nursing Grand Rounds, 2009
  • DNP candidate, 2020- present

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: With over 35 years of administrative and clinical experience in psychiatric mental health nursing, I will be able to use that knowledge gained to support APNA’s mission and vison. Working in the public mental health system for nearly three decades, has offered me the opportunity to serve in a policy and decision-making capacity, supporting and creating services to meet the needs of those with severe and persistent mental illness and their families. Using my leadership skills, I have been able to develop, empower and create opportunities for psychiatric mental health nurses to practice with confidence and pride. Commitment, proven leadership skills, ability to educate others, diversity, and pride in being a psychiatric mental health nurse is what I will bring to this role.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  Through my leadership journey and evolution over the past 20 years, I will be able to empower others, set clear goals, lead with vision, model flexibility and adaptability, proactively problem solve and demonstrative effective self-management skills. These traits are key and are needed to help advance and support APNA’s mission to improve mental health care, shape health care policy and empower the psychiatric-mental health nursing community.



Jean FisakJean F. Fisak, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Present Position
Executive Officer (Chief Operating Officer), US Naval Hospital, Rota, Spain

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Executive Leadership focus, Duke University, 2019
Jonas Nursing Veterans Healthcare Scholar, 2018-2020
Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2004
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, 1995
Associates Degree in Nursing, De Anza College, Cupertino, California, 1989

APNA Contributions
  • APNA California Chapter President; 2017-2018 
  • APNA Nominations Committee, 2016
  • Military Cohort (“Plankowner”), 2012 to Present
  • Presenter, APNA Annual Conferences; 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
  • Presenter, Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute; 2012

Other Experience
  • Standardized therapeutic containment practices using the Veterans Administration program - Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior, in collaboration with the Army, Air Force and Veterans Administration
  • Afghanistan; deployed for 9 months as Officer-in-Charge of a Mobile Care Team-7; responsible conducted over 800 psychological health assessments on Navy individual augmentees throughout the country, used to inform military psychological policy.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I have the experience of serving on nominating committees and my contribution to this committee will ensure that the best possible candidates are nominated to lead APNA.  I have served on two Navy-Wide promotion boards, one Military Health Systems Award committee, and over 20 promotion recommendation boards. The duties as a member of these boards (committees) were conducted without prejudice or partiality, having in view the best candidate recommended based on the presenting information.  Discretion is important and I will ensure that no information of the committee discussions is communicated except as authorized by APNA.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: Although there is an abundance of mental health research, the nursing scientist community, in particular mental health, is underrepresented.  I am a proactive advocate for research and evidenced based practice and enjoy guiding newly graduated psychiatric-mental health nurses in expanding their academic efforts through grant writing, advising and/or preceptorship. By these continued efforts, my goal is to contribute to APNA’s mission as a scientific and education organization.



Mary Bolton GreenMary Bolton Green, PhD, MN, RN

Present Position
Professor of Nursing – Herzing University, New Orleans Campus


PhD in Nursing - Southern University and A & M College School of Nursing – January 2006 – May 2010
Master of Nursing; Psychiatric Community/Mental Health Nursing; Functional Area: Curriculum Development, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing – September 1994 – May 1996
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing – September 1986 – May 1991

APNA Contributions
  • Council for Mental Health Advocacy Steering Committee – 2017 to 2020
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Advisory Panel
  • APNA Member Since 2016
  • Worked toward APNA’s purpose of improving the mental health care for culturally diverse communities since 1991

Other Experience
  • Director of Nursing of Healthcare for the Homeless in first job as a neophyte BSN
  • Administrative Director – Booker T. Washington School-Based Health Center - *1st Nurse to hold this position in New Orleans.
  • Clinical Manager – West Jefferson Hospital Inpatient Behavioral Medical Center
  • Nursing Supervisor – Chartres-Pontchartrain Behavioral Health Center
  • Director of Nursing and Director of Training – Metropolitan Human Services District
  • Current Professor of Mental Health Nursing and Health Assessment for Nursing

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: APNA members should vote for me to serve on the Nominating Committee because I am an unequivocal, passionate mental health professional leader, and strong advocate for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities. As I reflect, my entire professional Nursing career has contributed to the attainment of mental health promotion and mental illness prevention, for diverse age groups and sectors of communities. As a firm believer that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, I have always been an advocate for humane care and treatment of individuals suffering from mental illness and/or substance use disorder. I am a lifelong learner with a diverse mental health background, an ethical leader, supporter of inclusivity, empowerment, collegial efforts, and mental illness research. I feel strongly that I will serve APNA well on the Nominating Committee.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  I can best help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by continuing to educate individuals, families, communities, students, and even other professionals regarding mental health promotion and mental illness prevention, inclusive of education related to substance use disorders. Also, via continued membership and active communication and participation with other members, I can contribute to the body of evidence-based research by participating in on-going research, publishing, and presenting findings.


Brayden Kameg, DNPBrayden Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN, CNE

Present Position
Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh
PMHNP Residency Program Director and Lead Outpatient PMHNP, Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System

BSN, University of Pittsburgh
DNP, University of Pittsburgh
PhD (student), University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

APNA Contributions
  • Scholarly Review Committee (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Reviewer, eLearning Center (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Reviewer, Poster Judge (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Awards and Recognition Committee (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Cluster A Personality Disorder Task Force Advisory Panel (2020–present)
  • Chair, APNA Pennsylvania Chapter Nominating Committee (2020–present)
  • Addictions Council Steering Committee (2020–present)
  • Author of multiple manuscripts in JAPNA
    • Substance use patterns among adolescents: a latent class analysis. JAPNA, 26(6), 586-594.
    • Substance use and exposure to adverse childhood experiences in undergraduate and graduate nursing students. JAPNA, 26(4), 354-363.
  • Presenter at the APNA Annual Conference (2017, 2018, 2018, 2019, 2021)

Other Experience
I am involved in the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, where I serve as the educational coordinator for the southwestern region. I am a certified nurse educator with experience in the integration of novel educational interventions into nursing curricula and am the principal investigator on the following projects: “Increasing LGBT-specific cultural competency among APRN students through high-fidelity simulation,” and “Integrating trauma and resilience competencies into baccalaureate nursing education.” I am also a faculty expert on two SAMSA-funded grants that seek to improve the quality of substance use education among a variety of health professions students.


APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart
I utilize the above quote to guide my principles and decision-making as a nurse leader. I currently hold roles as a clinician, educator, and administrator. In these roles, it is my fervent belief that a single act of kindness – such as patient-centered advocacy, student or trainee mentorship, or collaboration with colleagues – can precipitate broad and beneficial changes to the culture of mental health nursing. I work best when I am collaborating with others and strive to seek input of all invested parties when engaged in the decision-making process. My work with APNA has allowed me to expand my view of psychiatric-mental health nursing and has allowed me to develop working relationships with others on both a state and national level.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  I am invested in the promotion of psychiatric-mental health nursing and APNA. I will seek to promote the mission of the organization. In the spirit of collaboration, I will work actively with not only other board members and officers, but also membership who are interested in becoming more active with APNA. I hope to promote the vision of APNA, in continuing its status as an organization invested in psychiatric-mental health nursing leadership.



Daniel WesemannDaniel Wesemann, MSW, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing
PMHNP-DNP Program Director at the University of Iowa College of Nursing
Practicing PMHNP at Genesis Psychology Associates

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Rush University in Chicago, IL
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Master’s in Nursing and Healthcare Practice at University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Master of Social Work at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science (Major: Psychology) at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

APNA Contributions
  • JAPNA Peer Reviewer 2015-Present
  • Presenter APNA Annual Conferences: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and scheduled 2021
  • APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship Program reviewer: 2021
  • APNA Iowa Chapter
    • Current Southeast Region Representative to the Board
    • Chapter President: 2017-2018
    • Chapter President-Elect: 2016-2017
  • Education Council Advisory Panel

Other Experience
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
    • Psychiatric Special Interest Group Co-Chair: 2018-2019
    • Psychiatric Special Interest Group Chair: 2019-2020
  • International Society of Psychiatric Nurses
    • Foundation Board Treasurer: 2020-2021
    • Foundation Board President-Elect: 2021-2022
Other Professional Experience
  • psychotherapist
  • educator
  • medication management
  • inpatient
  • forensic

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: The world has never needed psychiatric-mental health nurses more than they do now. With COVID-19 straining the entire healthcare system psychiatric-mental health nurses will be needed to address the needs of those who have suffered with the illness of COVID-19 along with the nurses who were caring for these critically ill patients. Psychiatric-mental health nurses have the unique acquired skills to be exceptional leaders within the entire healthcare system. I believe the Nominating Committee for the APNA serves a crucial role within the organization. The people who serve on the Nominating Committee have a direct impact on selecting the individuals who will lead the APNA. I have served on state, national and international boards and have witnessed the characteristics of exceptional psychiatric-mental health leaders. Based on these experiences I believe I can effectively screen and identify those who demonstrate the best of what we all expect from our APNA leaders.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  As a member of the APNA I always believed that psychiatric-mental health nurses should have a unifying organization where all members learn from each other as well as support each other through difficult times (i.e., COVID). I also believe the unique diversity of the APNA’s members is what makes this organization such a strength for all psychiatric-mental health nurses and nurse practitioners. If elected to the Nominating Committee I will work to preserve the APNA’s status as a place where psychiatric-mental health professionals inform and learn from the scientific tenets within the APNA and its members.


Marci ZsambokyMarci Zsamboky, DNP, APN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, CNE

Present Position
Academic Director, PMHNP Program, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
PMHNP, Primary Care and Hope Clinic, FQHC

  • DNP, Vanderbilt University
  • PMC-PMHNP, Vanderbilt University
  • MSN, University of Pittsburgh
  • BSN, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

APNA Contributions
  • APNA Tennessee Chapter
    • Nominating Committee, 2019-Present
    • Annual Conference Planning Committee, 2019-2021
  • APNA Pennsylvania Chapter
    • Nominating Committee, 2009-2010
    • Secretary, 2012-2013
    • Southwest Region Representative Chair, 2009-2011
    • Annual Conference Chair, 2010
  • APNA Councils
    • Education Council Advisory Panel, 2009-Present
    • Child and Adolescent Council Advisory Panel, 2009-Present
    • Awards and Recognition Committee, 2009-Present
    • Personality Disorders Cluster B Task Force Advisory Panel, 2019-Present
  • APNA
    • Annual Conference Abstract Reviewer, 2019-Present
    • Presenter, APNA Annual Conferences: 2011, 2018, 2019, 3 presentations accepted for 2021

Other Experience
  • National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties
    • Faculty and Preceptor Development Committee appointment, 2019-2021
    • Annual conference abstract reviewer
  • National League for Nursing
    • LEAD Leadership Institute appointment, 2019
    • PA Chapter, Nominating Committee, 2009-2011
    • Center of Excellence consultant, 2009-2010
    • Annual conference abstract reviewer
  • Building Strong Brains Tennessee, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth - Trainer, 2019-Present
  • Tennessee Nurses Association - Membership Committee, appointed May 2021
  • Advanced Certifications
    • PMHNP-BC
    • PMHCNS-BC, Child and Adolescent
    • CNE

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I’ve been actively involved with APNA for almost two decades, and I value the opportunities APNA has provided for my professional growth through continuing education and networking. I believe in and am an active advocate for APNA’s core ideology and core values. This leadership position will allow me to encourage others in their professional development. It will also allow me to work alongside APNA’s board of directors to fulfill its responsibilities.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: I am currently an academic director of a large graduate PMHNP program. This role provides me numerous opportunities to impact the new generation of providers, and I take this charge very seriously. My involvement in key professional organizations keeps me on the forefront of initiatives supporting the education and practice advancement of psychiatric nurses. The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on healthcare and higher education highlights the dire need for changes in both systems. I commit to being a psychiatric nurse leader actively in pursuit of evidence-based solutions and innovation-driven growth.

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