Nominating Committee Candidates

Vote NowThe 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

Six candidates for three seats:

Vanessa Barlow Vanessa Barlow, MBA, BSN, RN

Present Position

Charge Nurse Supervisor
Children’s of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

  • 2007 MBA Healthcare Administration University of Phoenix – Phoenix, AZ
  • 1992 BSN Troy University – Montgomery,  AL
  • 1983 AND Troy University – Montgomery, AL
APNA Contributions
  • APNA member since 2005
  • APNA Alabama Chapter Charter Member
  • APNA Alabama Chapter Board Member serving as Secretary 2005 – Present (When reactivated, I was elected to the same office)
  • Assisted with revitalization of the APNA Alabama Chapter
Other Experience
  • 44 years in healthcare with 36 of those being an RN and the last 22 years being in psychiatry. 
  • Coordinator/planner and CE provider for the Annual Mental Health Awareness Conference hosted by the inpatient child/adolescent psychiatry department at Children’s of Alabama for the past 5 years.
  • Nurse Excellence Nominee at Children’s of Alabama 2017 and 2018.
  • National Outreach Services Manager of Maria Regina Foundation – healthcare missionary work in the Alabama Black Belt counties and in Abor, Nigeria.
  • Advisory Board Member Concordia College of Alabama 2016 – 2018
  • Active member of Sigma Theta Tau honor society (Chi Alpha Chapter) – Charter member
  • Active member of ANA (past delegate)
  • Active member of the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) – Vice President 2005 – 2009
  • ASNA District 3 – Vice President 2014 – 2018
  • Charter Member Central Alabama Society Pediatric Nurses (CA-SPN)
  • Active charter member of Sigma Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. serving as recording secretary 2014-2018
  • SE Regional recording Secretary for Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. 2016 – 2018

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I have a true passion for the practice of psychiatric nursing and commitment to reduction of stigma associated with mental illness. It is my desire to play an active role in the identification of future leaders that will continue the promotion of mental health without stigma and advocate vigorously for the rights and fair treatment of the population we serve. I believe this to be in line with the purpose of APNA “providing leadership to promote psychiatric-mental health nurses, improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals and shape health policy for the delivery of mental health services” by having a seat at the table.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  I am an active participant in quality improvement as it relates to child/adolescent psychiatry and am always seeking best practices in order to assure quality care delivery. The most recent effort is related to restraint/seclusion reduction/elimination through the use of a de-escalation team (hands off) that is activated prior to the rapid response team (hands on). I participate in research studies as they relate to psychiatry and believe that through this participation I would have relevant input to the organization and would assist in dissemination of the evidence of best practices as it relates to the mentally ill clients we serve. I would be willing to speak/present both locally and regionally in order to promote understanding and expand community knowledge.



Christine CostaChristine Costa, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Assistant Professor and PMHNP program coordinator at California State University, Long Beach in the School of Nursing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center

2013: DNP Brandman University, Irvine, California
2003: MSN/NP California State University, Long Beach
2000: BSN Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

APNA Contributions
  • 2018 Podium presentation APNA 32nd APNA Annual Conference
  • 2018 Scholarly Review Committee for the APNA 32nd Annual Conference
  • 2017 to present Peer Reviewer for the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • 2018 APNA Abstract Reviewer and Poster judge – Sigma Theta Tai International Honor Society of Nursing Odyssey 2018 Conference
  • 2018 APNA California Chapter Board of Directors Member-at-Large
  • 2017 Odyssey Poster Judge and Abstract Reviewer - March into Research Colloquium, Ontario, California
Other Experience
  • Elected Committee Member - College of Health and Human Services Research Committee Research Committee (RSCA & IRB) – term 2016 – 2018
  • Department representative - College Education Policy Committee, term 2017-2018
  • Co-advisor for the CSULB Food Science Club - Spring 2015 - Spring 2016
  • Coordinator -Graduate Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program - Fall 2014 to present
  • Chair, Department Education Policy Committee CSULB School of Nursing, Fall 2017- present
  • Secretary, Department Education Policy Committee - Spring 2016 to 2017
  • Board Member - Secretary, Sigma Theta Tau Iota Eta Chapter - September 2015 to August 2017
  • Education Subcommittee - California Association of Nurse Practitioners (CANP), 2016
  • Elected Delegate/Lobby Day, California Association of Nurse Practitioners May 20, 2016

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I would be honored to spend my time and energy in the careful review of candidates volunteering to serve as leaders within APNA.  Members should consider voting for me to serve on the APNA Nominating Committee due to my belief in this organization, ability to effectively prioritize my time and energy to ensure good outcomes, and history of leadership. My work as an educator and practitioner in the community reinforces my belief in the value of diversity to strengthen the organization through innovative engagement. I would serve with the intent to encourage active membership and better serve the needs of all those within APNA.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: I would bring my experience as an educator and practitioner to provide leadership. My leadership would aim to promote psychiatric mental health nurses and improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families and groups of people through active membership, teaching, research, and service. I would continue efforts to promote this organization to my nurse practitioner students, fellow practitioners, and adjunct faculty to strengthen their networks and ongoing development as leaders in psychiatric nursing.  Thank you for your consideration.



Mary JohnsonMary Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC FAAN

Present Position
Professor, Assistant Dean, Director of Specialty Education , Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, IL

1997  PhD  Loyola University Chicago
1984  MS   University of Illinois Chicago, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
1973  BSN  Loyola University Chicago

APNA Contributions
  • 1999 - 2002  Member of the Seclusion and Restraint Task Force
  • 2001 – 2002  Member of the Staffing Inpatient Units Task Force
  • 2001 – 2005  Elected APNA Board of Directors: Secretary and Director of the Division of Communication
  • 2004  Appointed Board representative on the Nominating Committee
  • 2004 – 2010  Member of the Scholarly Review Committee
  • 2006 -  2007  Chair of the Scholarly Review Committee
  • 2007 – 2010  Elected to APNA Board of Directors: President-elect, President and Immediate Past President
  • 2010 – 2014  Reviewer for Janssen Scholarship for APNA
  • 2011  Guest Co-editor for Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA)
  • 2013  Member of the Awards Committee for APNA
  • 2014 – 2016  Chair of the Scholarly Review Committee
  • 2017 to present  Member of Editorial Board for JAPNA
Other Experience
  • Over 40 years of experience in psychiatric nursing
  • My clinical experience has been on inpatient child, adolescent or adult units
  • Conducted research related to reducing the use of restraint and seclusion and increasing safety on inpatient units
  • Served on the scholarly review committee for the European Congress on Violence in Psychiatry
  • Member of the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group
  • Member of Sigma Theta Tau
  • Member of ANA
  • Member of Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Judge and Chair of the Evidence Based Practice Award committee for Sigma Theta Tau
  • Presented at many conferences, including the APNA annual meeting
  • Elected as a Board of Director—Trilogy Behavioral Health in Chicago
  • Elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I believe that a strong organization requires strong and diverse leadership. Having served on the APNA Board for a total of seven years, I think I have a good understanding of the qualities it takes to be an effective leader and member of the APNA Board. I also know that increasing diversity and attracting emerging leaders is important for the future of the organization.

My primary leadership style is collaborative. As a member of the nominating committee, I think it is important to listen to different opinions and try to gain consensus; however, there are times when difficult decisions need to be made for the good of the whole. I believe I’ve demonstrated that I can do both—listen and make difficult decisions.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  If elected to the nominating committee, I think my 20 years of experience as a member of APNA and my involvement in many aspects of the organization will contribute to recruiting highly qualified candidates for open positions. Recruiting active members and emerging leaders from practice, research and education will ensure that the organization achieves its mission and purpose.



Carol Anne Marchetti Carol Anne Marchetti, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Clinical Associate Professor, PMHNP Graduate Program Director—Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MABoston College Faculty Program Director—VA Boston Healthcare System Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program, Boston, MA
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinician—Colony Care Behavioral Health, Wellesley, MA

  • PhD (Nursing), Boston College Connell School of Nursing, 2010
  • Post-Graduate Certificate (Nursing Education), Boston College Connell School of Nursing, 2004
  • MS (Nursing), Boston College Connell School of Nursing, 2002
  • BS (Nursing), University of Massachusetts Boston, 1992
  • BS (Management/Marketing), University of Massachusetts Boston, 1987
APNA Contributions
  • APNA New England Chapter—MA Representative, 2015 to present
  • APNA New England Chapter, Past President, 2014-2015
  • APNA New England Chapter, President, , 2013-2014
  • APNA New England Chapter, President-Elect, 2012-2013
Other Experience
  • Assistant Professor, Northeastern University, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, 2011-2015
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Boston Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Boston Emergency Services Team, 2015-2016
  • Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2004 to 2015   
  • Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program Southeast Regional Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2009-2011
  • Postgraduate Fellow Behavioral Health Fellow, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Wellesley, MA
  • Staff/Charge Nurse, Pediatric Psych Unit, Tufts New England Med Ctr, 2000-2004
  • Staff Nurse, Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Tufts New England Medical Center, 1996-2000
  • Staff/Charge Nurse on Pediatric/Adolescent, Medical-Surgical Units, Tufts New England Medical Center, 1993-1996

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I believe I am a strong candidate because of the depth and breadth of my experience as a clinician, educator, nurse researcher, and active APNA member. I am committed to fulfilling the noble mission of the APNA. Throughout my psychiatric nursing career, I have been greatly inspired by the work of my fellow APNA members. I have benefitted from my affiliation with APNA in important ways that have allowed me to build rich and rewarding personal and professional relationships. Also, through my work with APNA, I have developed an understanding of the role and potent power of advocacy from both a personal and organization level. For these reasons, I welcome the opportunity to serve on the Nominating Committee.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  As a PMHNP clinician, and a Clinical Associate Professor and PMHNP Program Director at the BC School of Nursing, I am fortunate to work with amazing patients, faculty, staff, and students; and to be immersed in the science and practice of PMH nursing on an ongoing basis. It is a stimulating environment where critical intellectual, scientific, ethical, and policy questions that have local, national and global implications are discussed. I believe that my exposure to these issues as a clinician, educator and administrator puts me in an ideal position to both contribute to and benefit from being a member on the Nomination Committee. Thank you for reading my statements.



Linda MaysLinda Mays, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Interim Director, Post Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant Professor of Clinical, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL


2015: DNP, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2013: Post Masters Certificate PMHNP-Lifespan- University of Florida
2001: MSN, Duke University, Durham, NC
1999: BSN, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

APNA Contributions
  • 2017-present:  Member, APNA Education Council - Graduate Branch
  • 2017-2018:     Member, APNA Florida Chapter Nominating Committee
  • 2016-present:  Peer Reviewer, Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • 2016:  Secretary, APNA Florida Chapter, South Florida APRN Council

Other Experience
I have faithfully served as a professional nurse for over 20 years with an emphasis on caring for and treating persons with mental illness, advocating for mental health policy and promoting mental health restoration through the resolution of psychological trauma.

  • 2017-present:  Faculty Lead, Alzheimer’s Association of South Florida
  • 2016-present:  Member, Florida Action Coalition
  • 2016-present:  Member, Tobacco Free Workplace Workgroup, Miami Dade Healthier Consortium
  • 2016-present:  Florida Nurses Foundation Grant and Scholarship Committee member 
  • 2016-present:  FNA General Scholarship Nominating Committee
  • 2013-present   Florida Nurses Association (FNA)/ANA
  • 1999-present:  Sigma member, Beta Tau Chapter

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: The nominating committee should be comprised of members that represent diverse backgrounds and experiences. The membership deserves a candidate who has the courage to attract, solicit, evaluate, vet, and screen prospective candidates. I believe I possess those skills.  I can navigate ethical and personal conflicts while fostering inclusion and harmony with poise.  I want to humbly serve as the unrecognized, yet significant member of your leadership team.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: If elected, I would use the wealth and depth of my experiences in mental health advocacy to further APNA’s scientific and educational purpose.  Specifically, I would build relationships with current and potential members to inspire leadership opportunities for those who wish to serve the APNA membership.   I believe APNA is the strongest, most vibrant organization of psychiatric nurses in the world.  With over 40 chapters and 11,000 members, we have the potential to impact the lives of the millions of individuals, families and communities we serve through mental health care, public policy and nursing research.  The face of our organization is wide-ranging, i.e. a graduate student looking for a preceptor, a nurse working on a psychiatric unit, an advanced practice nurse treating severely mentally ill patients, a nurse leader advocating for policy change, or a nurse scientist developing an evidence based intervention practice nurse.  My goal is to support your desire to become APNAs leaders of tomorrow so our organization can remain a unified voice for the world of psychiatric nursing.



Brittany YatesBrittany Yates, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

2016   DNP, Eastern Kentucky University
2012   MSN, University of Louisville
2010   BSN, University of Louisville
2009   BA (Psychology with concentration in Social Sciences), University of Louisville

APNA Contributions
  • CPI Planning Committee member (June 2018- present)
  • APNA-KY Chapter Immediate Past Pres. (Oct. 2015-Oct. 2016)
  • APNA-KY Chapter President (Oct. 2014-Oct. 2015)
  • APNA-KY Chapter President-Elect (Oct. 2013)
  • Research poster awarded 1st Place for “Best Research” (2010 APNA Annual Conference in Louisville, KY)
  • Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scholar Award (2009 APNA Annual Conference, Charleston, SC)
Other Experience
  • PMHNP-BC for 6 years, psychiatric nurse for 8 years
  • Lifespan clinical experience in inpatient, outpatient, PHP, IOP, and ED settings with diverse populations
  • Teaching and leadership experience in large academic medical settings
  • Former Assistant Professor at University of Colorado Denver/Children’s Hospital Colorado as joint faculty appointment with the School of Medicine, Dept. of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and the College of Nursing.
    • Developed PMHNP Post-Graduate Child/Adolescent Fellowship Program
    • Lead APRN: provided consultation/education regarding APRN practice to interprofessional colleagues
  • Former PMHNP at University of Louisville Campus Health Services
  • Developed/implemented interprofessional collaborative process to facilitate the incorporation of prescribed exercise into depression treatment plans for my college student patients as DNP project. Students were referred to campus wellness coaching program where students developed individualized exercise plans and completed four weeks of supported exercise, which led to significant reduction in depressive symptoms for participants.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:   I am a dedicated APNA member and I believe in the organization’s mission. I feel passionately about identifying and empowering future/current leaders to help further advance the role of psychiatric/mental health nurses in our global pursuit to improve mental health for all. Serving on the Nominating Committee would give me a chance to give back to an organization/membership that has done so much for me over the years!

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: I have a strong commitment to maintaining a clinical and professional knowledge base rooted in best evidence for the benefit of my patients/students/mentees. I regularly attend educational conferences, consume relevant literature/media, and monitor trends in psychiatry/mental health (and beyond). I share my knowledge through both formal (i.e. presentations, didactic/clinical teaching, etc.) and informal (i.e. collaboration with interprofessional/interdisciplinary colleagues, mentoring) avenues for the advancement of the psychiatric/mental health nursing field and its individual members.


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