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Lisa Atwa
Lisa is a full-time Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Indian Health Services at the Crownpoint Healthcare Facility.  Prior to that, she was a full-time Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Gallup Indian Medical Center.  Lisa has had a wide range of experience combining psychiatric-mental health, medical-surgical, urgent care, telemetry, mother-baby and corrections nursing.

Lisa received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute in 2000; a Bachelors Degree in Nursing in 2002 from the University of New Mexico; a Masters Degree in Nursing with a specialty in Community Health Nursing in 2007 from the University of New Mexico; and a Masters Degree in Nursing with a specialty in Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from New Mexico State University in 2009. 
Lisa is currently serving as Secretary of the Board of the APNA New Mexico Chapter.

Lisa states:
“I have been on the APNA New Mexico board for two years and have served  as secretary for one year.  I am intensely interested in promoting mental  health and educating the public about mental health.  I support the mission of APNA and am dedicated to the accomplishment of its goals.”

Marybeth Brown-Pirrone
I have worked in the Mental Health field of nursing for 22 years. I have worked with all populations including: Children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.  I have held charge nurse positions and administrative nursing positions through the years for various acute and long-term psychiatric facilities.

I am currently employed as a Mental Health Nursing Professor at Anamarc College. I teach both the didactic and the clinical classes for Mental Health and Community nursing in the Registered Nursing Program. I am also an on-call nurse at Mesilla Valley Hospital. Prior to this, I taught Mental Health Nursing at NMSU-DACC. I also taught Mental Health in the LPT program at Mt. San Antonio Community College prior to moving to New Mexico in November of 2002. 

I hold an MSN and FNP degree from California State University, Long Beach.

I am currently a member of APNA and NAMI. I also currently serve as a public board member for the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine.

Carol Capitano, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Dr. Capitano is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist with prescriptive authority. She has been employed at University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center since 2001, where she pioneered the Advanced Practice Nurse positions for the Psychiatric Center.  She earned a PhD from the University of New Mexico. Her primary research interests include suicide, PTSD, bereavement, continuing bonds after death and end of life issues. She has presented her research at various nursing and suicide related conferences.  She has several articles pending publication. Dr. Capitano has also served as an expert witness and content expert for a nursing book as well as serving as a nursing journal reviewer.

Dr. Capitano received three distinguished nursing awards and has served in a variety of different positions including operating room, emergency department, education and management, in addition to her position as a CNS.
She earned a MS in adult psychiatric mental health nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as her BSN. She received a diploma from Jackson Memorial School of Nursing.

Patricia E. Cubilette
Patricia E. Cubilette has a BSN and MSN degree from NMSU.  She hold a compact license with NM/TX as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority.   She recently completed a Post Master’s Degree as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP from Colorado State University, School of Nursing at Denver (May 2013). Mrs. Cubilette practiced as an RN for the past 16 years holding clinical and administrative positions. She is also  licensed as MSW from Michigan State University in which she practiced, counseling and psychotherapy in various mental health settings for 15 years.

She has practiced as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority for the past 4 years serving in 4 rural clinics in NM, with the Veteran’s Administration serving Veteran’s diagnosed SUD/PTSD and now practices in a State Hospital in El Paso, TX. 
Mrs. Cubilette has been married 25 years. She is fluent, bilingual in English/Spanish, having grown up and continues to work in an area of two states (NM and Texas) and two countries (US.  and Mexico).  She is active in her community through animal protection, religious and professional organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, International Nursing Society on Addictions, and  APNA.   “I believe that participating in APNA can make a difference in policy and treatment for those suffering from mental illness.”  She was recently awarded “ Advanced Nursing Excellence Award,” May 2013 by VNA.

Mrs. Cubilette devotes her spare time to her marriage and family, to continuing education and to physical fitness and related pursuits.

Shirlee Proctor Davidson
Shirlee Proctor Davidson has a B.S.N. degree from the University of Iowa and a M.S.N. degree from the University of Nebraska with a clinical specialty in psychiatric-mental health nursing.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society as well as the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses and the New Mexico Nurses Association.  She is president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, New Mexico Chapter and a board member, secretary and executive committee member of the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence.  She serves on the Undergraduate Committee of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.  She is a published author and has given presentations nationally.  Her professional experience includes acute care, out-patient care, liaison consultation in a general hospital, college mental health counseling and education.  She retired from Santa Fe Community College as an Associate Professor after teaching psychiatric-mental health nursing theory and clinicals from 2003-2012.  Shirlee is currently an Independent Practitioner and Consultant and teaches part-time for Kaplan Nursing NCLEX review.  In January 2012, she was appointed to be a Commissioner on the Santa Fe County Health Planning and Policy Commission and a member of the Santa Fe City Health Planning Committee.  She is currently president of the philanthropic organization P.E.O., Chapter BL of New Mexico and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe.

Margaret K. Edwards, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
I feel privileged to have been a part of the NM Chapter re-instatement in 2012. I served as President from 2010-2011 and have continued as a board member since then to the present. I believe the APNA is a very dynamic organization that I am proud to be a part of. In four years of a re-instated Chapter our NM Chapter has doubled in size and we have Board membership from across the state. Our Chapter website is activated and we meet monthly via a conference call.

My present position is as the Executive Director, UNMH Psychiatric Center since 2009.  I have a BSN, MSN in Psychiatric Nursing and am ANCC certified as a Nurse Executive Advanced. I am a Vietnam Era Veteran with service in the US Navy Nurse Corp.

Recognition: Tucson Fabulous 50 Award 2007, Dynamic Duo recognition, Compass Behavioral Health, 2007, APNA Award for Excellence in Leadership-Generalist, 2008, NM Center for Nsg Excellence 2010 nomination Nsg Excellence Award Category: Advancing and Leading the Profession

Maureen Kolomeir
I have served on the board of the APNA New Mexico chapter since it’s renaissance 4 years ago.  Currently I chair the Advanced Practice Subcommittee. I am a PMHNP-BC, and have been an RN for 22 years, 20 of those years in psychiatry/behavioral health. I am the owner of The Kolomeir Clinic, an adult outpatient full-service psychiatric clinic in the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque. My MSN degrees are in Adult Health and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health. My MBA is focused in management. I believe it is necessary to draw on the experience of nurses throughout New Mexico, not just within the urban hubs. I have participated in research, currently sit on the New Mexico mental health task force, and am skilled at crafting policy for the psychiatric hospital. I spent 11 years at Presbyterian Kaseman Behavioral Health inpatient hospital, and led the Presbyterian statewide initiative on suicide assessment/management. Currently I am a student at NMSU’s DNP program. Evidenced-based practice, political presence, and attracting nurses into our discipline are a big part of my vision for the APNA New Mexico chapter.

Jill Martin
Jill is the Assistant Nurse Manager of the Adult Acute Psychiatric Unit at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing from Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, NM.  Jill is ANCC board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.  She manages care for  patients with varying levels of psychological and medical acuity, with a focus on the specific needs of veterans.  Jill is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society and is the treasurer of APNA New Mexico Chapter.

Janet R. Thelen
I am currently enrolled in Masters Classes at NMSU MIND program and will graduate 5/11. I have been a psychiatric nurse for 7 years and have worked on the floor as a charge nurse. I am very interested in working with mental health cousumers and am looking forward to functioning as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am more clinically minded rather than administratively focused and feel that I could best work with members of this chapter as a board member rather than as the president.



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