1.  Administrative Council
2.  Advanced Practice RN Council
3.  Child and Adolescent Council
4.  Education Council
5.  Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council
6.  Research Council
7.  RN-PMH Council
8.  Tobacco Dependence Council

Administrative Council
Co-Chairs: Avni Cirpili, MSN, RN; Anne Kelly, RN

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the APNA Administrative Council to facilitate collaboration and communication among psychiatric nurse administrators, to serve as a clinical resource in achieving shared goals, and to assist in the use of evidence-based practices and innovative systems for exceptional patient care.
Vision Statement
The APNA Administrative Council will serve as a network of psychiatric nurse administrators in providing support, clinical resources, and communications in order to build a vibrant coalition of leadership, guidance and partnership.
1.  To provide Psychiatric Nurses in a leadership position the opportunity to share: information, best practices and mentor one another.
2.  To provide the opportunity for leadership in Psychiatric Nursing to network and impact legislative and key practice issues in collaboration with other councils and  APNA leadership.

Highlights of the group’s activities in the last year:

  • Mission and vision statements, as well as developmental plan, were established and approved in 2/2010.
  • A steering committee was established with all members selected by May 2010.
  • Monthly conference calls began in June 2010.
  • Work groups for the steering committee were established in the first meeting of June 2010. Work groups include: (1) Focus on the scope and standards of practice for the psychiatric nursing administrator (2) Tools for the psychiatric nursing administrator such as staff training, and safe staffing, and (3) Development of the administrative council website for information for the nursing administrator.
  • The administrative council will be participating in the annual conference’s interactive panel.
  • A rapid response team for outside requests of information has been established.

Steering Committee

Sylvia Adams, MSN, CNS, APRN, BC
Margaret Edwards, MSN, NEA, BC
Benjamin Evans, DD, DNP, RN, APN
Dorothy Hill, RN, C
Georganne Kuberski, RN, MSN
Joanne Matthew, PMHCNS, RN
Michele Messina, MS, BSN, RNC
R. John Repique, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Charlene Roberson, RN, BC, Med
Nancy Schierding, RN, MSN
MaryAnn Wilkinson, EdD, APRN/PMH, CRNP-PMH





Expert Consultant Panel

Beth Ananda-Stout, APRN, CNS, FNP, CNM
Maureen Archibald, BSN
Barbara Arnoldussen
Lina Atkinson, RN, MSN
Alice Atwood, RN
Joann Berkson, RN, MEd
Kimberly Brennan, BSN, RN, MSEd
Susan Brown, RN, MS, PhD, APNP
Tami Bryan, RN, MSN, CNL
Diane Burgermeister, PMHCNS-BC
Judith Carlin
Huey Chen, PhD, APRN-BC
Cynthia Clarke-Spence, RN, MSN
Dawn Cogliser, ASN
Heidi Cook, BSN, RN-BC
Nita Cornelius, RN, MSN
Susan Dawson, EdD, PMHCNS/NP-BC
William Densmore, BSN, MA, CAGS
Sanfora Di Mola, ARNP, CCNS-BC, MSN, MEd
Clara Douglas, MSN, APN
Janyce Dyer, PhD, CRNP, CS
Jill Eckerdt, RN, MSN, APNP
Kelley Edds, MSN, APN-BC
Mary Elliott
Michael Emerick, Jr.
Rebecka Evans, BSN, MS, CPNP
Miriam Fahrer, PMHNP-BC
Carol Finney, MN, APRN
Maryanne Godbout, MS, PMHCNS-BC
Gabriella Golea, RN, BScN, MN, CPMHN
Debbie Gordon, RN, BA in Psychology
Roberta Greengold, MSN
Josh Hamilton, DNP, RN-C, PMHNP-BC
Cynthia Handrup, DNP, APRN, PHMCNS-BC
Nancy Hodges, MS, RN, CS
Rebecca Horn, RN, MSN
Deborah Johnson, PhD, CNS, APRN
Lisabeth Johnston, PhD, APRN
Sharon Katz, RN, MSN, CNS-BC
Kerry Kornett, BSN, RNC
Grace LaFollette, CNP
Blanche Landis, RN
Patricia Latham, CS
Kathryn Lindsay, MSN, RN
Karen Lothamer, CNS, BC
Theresa Mackey, RN, BSN
Elizabeth Mangold, MS, BSN, RN
Janus Maybee, FNP
Lisa McConlogue, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Tishann McCutchen
Carly McNeill, MSN, RN
Anne McShane, MSN, CS, RNC
Mary Meiselman, CNS, NP
Sonya Meora, MSN
Elaine Miller, MD
Faye Mitchell, PhD, RN
Jerilyn Mitchell, PMHCNS-BC, MS, LP
Heather Muxworthy, DNP(s), PMHNP-BC, LLC
Donna Newell, ANCC
Eileen Niksa, RN, MSN, CS
Constance Noll, MA, RN, C
Anastasia Okoniewski, APRN
Diane Ouellette, PMNMP-NEA BC
Meena Patel
Lisa Patterson, MPH, BSN
Katherine Powell, NP
Leilanie Rayala, RN-BC
Cheryl Robinson-Moore, RNC, MA
Carol Rogers, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Sandra Schleter, RN, CNS
Tracy Schlosser, RN, BSN
Atheni Sevilla, BSN, MSN/ED
Margaret Sherlock, MA, APRN, BC
Julia Smith
Jennifer Sorvino, RN
Janet Stagg, MS, RN, APN
Lora Stark, RN
Barbara Stephens, MSN, APRN, BC, PMHCNS
Theresa Stevenson, RN
Gail Stickle, RN, BSN, MS
Theresa Terry-Williams, RN
Mala Thomas, MSN
Margaret Touw, MS, RN
Gail Ward, RN, BSN
Nanette Watson, DNP, PMHCNS-BC
Laura Lee Whitten, BSN, MEd
Kristen Wilson, MSN, CNS, PMHNP, BC
Grace Wlasowicz
Donald Wleklinski, BSN
Rebecca Woods, RN, BSN
Harriet Yoselle, APRN, BC
Nianne Young, RN, BSN
Judith Anne Zdziera, MSHA, RN, C


Advanced Practice RN Council
Co-Chairs: Leslie Oleck MSN, PMHCNS-BC, LMFT; Angela Retano, RN, MA, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Mission Statement
The mission of the APNA APRN Council is to unify the voices of and advocate for Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurses regarding issues related to practice, education, administration, and research.

Monitor and advocate for the care of the mentally ill in any setting, meeting the acuity of the patient with expertise of the care delivered.
Monitor and advocate for PMH-APRNs to remain active in care delivery and planning across the nation and beyond.
Monitor and advocate for education of future PMH-APRNs to insure that the needs of the mentally ill patient will be met by those educated to do so.

Goals for 2010

  • Complete the current state-of-the-states survey regarding licensure, certification, prescriptive authority, and unique legislative concerns affecting the PMH-APRN in all 50 states and territories.
  • Develop and present an interactive session at the 2010 fall meeting of the APNA in Louisville, KY.
  • Initiate call for additional Steering Committee and Expert Panel members and make recommendations to the Board.

Highlights of the group’s activities in the last year:
The Council has accomplished several goals set for 2010 as well as accomplishing other requests made of the Council by the President, the Board and the Executive Director. Accomplishments and activities include: • The Outline for the APRN Interactive Session for the Louisville conference was submitted and accepted; • The Legislative Update is in process with ongoing preparations for conference presentation and publication • Steering Committee members reviewed the DSM-V Draft and wrote comments and recommendations which were compiled by the IMHA and sent for review to the APA; • APRN Co-chairs assisted with developing a survey to determine which APRNs could participate in the upcoming RUC Study ; • Lisa Ashton, steering Committee member, participated in an FDA hearing with Gail Stern, board Member in Washington, DC; • A call has been sent out to APNA APRNs for Steering Committee members and persons to serve the APRN Council Expert Panel • Council minutes are posted on Member Bridge

Steering Committee
Julie Carbray, PhD, APN, BC
Emily Donelson, MSN, RN, NP, PMHNP-BC
Darcy Koehn, ARNP
Patricia McCoy, ARNP, CS
Laura Rodgers, PhD, PMHNP
Christine Tebaldi, MS, APRN, BC
Steven Weiss, RN, MSN, CRNP

Child and Adolescent Council
Co-Chairs:  Sue Marie Odegarden, MA, MS, BSN; Sue Marie Odegarden, MA, MS, BSN

Accomplishments to Complete for 2010-2011:
The newly established APNA Child and Adolescent Council for 2010-2011 will work collaboratively to respond to membership's questions or concerns about best practice, current policy and procedures. The council will advise the board on all things child and adolescent, acknowledge APNA members who are positive role models  for Child & Adolescent nursing practice and identify avenues for APNA to provide and maintain a strong national presence. Key initiatives include: promoting evidence-based practice, research, education, practice and policy effecting children, adolescents and their families

Steering Committee
Robin Bartlett, PhD, RN, BC
DessyeDee Clark, PhD, APRN
Janiece DeSocio, PhD, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
Chantal Flanagan, MS, CNS, FPMHN NP
Kathleen Gaffney, MSN PMHCNS
Vanessa Genung, PhD, NP
Paula McManus, ARNP, BC
Allyson Neal, MSN-Child Health
Kathleen Regan, RN, MHA, CNA, BC
Jeanette Rossetti, EdD, RN
Bette Sindzinski, RN, MN, NCACII
Patti Varley

Education Council
Co-Chairs:  Lora L. Beebe PhD, PMHNP-BC; Merrie J. Kaas, DNSc, RN, CNS-BC

Mission Statement
Provides expertise to advise the APNA board on matters relating to all aspects of education and psychiatric-mental health nursing. This Includes undergraduate, graduate, post graduate, continuing education and patient education.


  • Assure that psychiatric mental health nursing undergraduate and graduate education receives proper attention and focus by APNA
  • Submit proposals to be reviewed for pre-conference and interactive panel sessions at the APNA Annual Conference
  • Identify and compile a database of current psychiatric mental health undergraduate and graduate education programs and a contact person for each
  • Report psychiatric-mental health nursing education issues to the APNA Board annually for dissemination to the membership
  • Make recommendations on issues referred to the council by the Board of Directors

Highlights of the group’s activities in the last year:
The Steering committee of the Educational Council met 2X late 2009 to develop a process for the 3 subcommittees (graduate, pre-licensure, and CEU) to work together and determine their goals for the next 1-2 years and strategies for meeting those goals. The co-chairs of each of the subcommittees met monthly from Jan.-June, Aug and Sept. to discuss the Council's strategic plans and develop a presentation as an Interactive Panel at the APNA conference.

Steering Committee  
Cynthia Archer-Gift, PhD, ED, RN
Veronica Brighton, MA, ARNP, BC
Genevieve Chandler, RN, PhD
Sattaria Dilks, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Laura Dzurec, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC
J. Carol Elliott, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC
Marian Farrell, PHS, CRNP, CNS, CS
Ruth Fiedler, EdD, PMHCNS-BC, CNE
Edna Hamera, PhD, ARNP
Deborah Hobbs, PhD(c), RN
Maureen Killeen, PhD, FAAN, APRN
Ann Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAAN
Linda Oakley, PhD, RN
Patricia O'Brien, PhD, RN
Brenda Patzel, PhD, ARNP
Geoffry Phillips McEnany, PhD, RNCS
Eula Pines, PhD, PMHCNS, BC
Hilarie Price
David Sharp, PhD, RN
Carole Shea, PhD, RN, FAAN
Expert Consultant Panel  

Elinor Abraham, PMHCNS-BC
Terre Ament, PMHNP
Jacques Amole, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Kathryn Anderson, PhD, ARNP, LMFT
John Barfield, CADC, LCSW, MSN, RN
Julie Brandy, MSN, APRN, BC
Michelle Buckman, MSN, APRN BC
Laura Collins, APRN, FNP, MSN, MAOM, CPRP
Deborrah Cook, RN, MS, PMHCNS-BC
Patricia D'Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN
Susan Dawson, EdD, PMHCNS/NP-BC
Kelley Edds, MSN, APN-BC
Benjamin Evans, DD, DNP, RN, APN
Chantal Flanagan, MS, CNS, FPMHN NP
Laureen Galatas, MN, RN
Kimberly Gregg, PMHCNS-BC
Jerilyn Hagan, JD, MSN, CNS
Sharon Hancharik, EdD, BSN, MED, RN
Elizabeth Harris, PMHCNS-BC
Julianne Hish, MS, PMHCNS, BC, CNS
M. Patricia Hunt-Slamow, PhD, APRN, BC, BCETS
Ann Keeley, RN, MN, CNS/PMH, LMFT
Kerry Kokaisel, FPMHNP
Michelle Kolp, BSN, RN

Brenda Kucirka, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Marylois Lacey, APRN-BC
Kathleen Lehmann, RN
Pamela Lindsey, DNSc, RN
Agnes Lynch
Brenda Marshall, EdD, MSN, MAC, APN
Cindy Michael, MSN, PMHAPN-BC
Claudia Mitzeliotis, MS, APRN-BC, CASAC
Lisa Nguyen, MS
Lourdes Pineda, MSN, RN-BC, CCM
Gail Pruett, MSN, RN
Rita Ray-Mihm, PMHCNS-BC, RN
Sara Repola, MSN, PMH-NP, BC
Lynda Root, RN, MS
Jacqueline Saleeby, PhD, RN, BCCS
Stephanie Sloper, BSN
Dianna Sorenson, PhD, RN, CNS
Karen Taylor, MSN, PMHNP-BC, ARNP
Karen Vergano, PMHCNS-BC
Connie Wallace, MSN, RN
Sandra Williams, PMHNP, PMHCNS
Grace Wlasowicz
Judith Anne Zdziera, MSHA, RN, C
Marci Zsamboky, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council
Co-Chairs: Angela Amar, PhD, RN; Paul Clements, PhD, APRN-BC

Serves as a network and resource for APNA members who are working with victims, offenders, and their family members and to provide expertise to advise the APNA board on matters relating to all aspects of forensic psychiatric nursing, addressing mental health issues as they collide with the criminal justice system.


  • Advance the science of forensic nursing by translating and disseminating that science, and responding to practice issues of the subspecialty
  • Assure that forensic psychiatric mental health nursing receives proper attention and focus by APNA
  • Create a resource for forensic psychiatric nursing practice development and knowledge dissemination
  • Submit proposals to be reviewed for pre-conference and interactive panel sessions at the APNA Annual Conference
  • Represent the interests of forensic psychiatric nursing and our care recipients in public policy initiatives
  • Make recommendations on issues referred to the council by the Board of Directors

Highlights of the group's activities in the last year:
The Steering Committee meets via conference calls, webinars, email and discussion forums. There is also an opportunity for those committee members who attend the Annual Conference to meet in person; APNA members participate in Forensic Council activities via work groups led by the Steering Committee. Conducted member survey. Planned Interactive Panel for 2010 conference. Planned submissions for presentations at 2010 conference. Will host special issue of JAPNA. Reviewed website for needed information.

Steering Committee  
Joyce Azzaline, APRN, BC, DHS(c), MSN, MS
Nina Beaman, MS, RNC-AWHC
Tara Haskins
Victoria Hazard
Ursula Kelly, PhD,ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Beverly Leath, MSN
Shelly Lurie, MS, APRN, PMH-BC
James Oliver, AA, RN
Guillermina Salcedo, ADN
David Sharp, PhD, RN
Janet Smith, MSN
Mary Sullivan, MSN, RNC, CARN
Nancy Wolf, PMHNP-FNP-C

Research Council
Co-Chairs: Linda Beeber, PhD, CNS-BC, FAAN; Jane Mahoney, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC; Daryl Sharp, PhD, RN, CS, NPP; Danny Willis, DNS, PMHCNS-BC

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the APNA Research Council to facilitate collaboration and communication among psychiatric mental health nurse researchers by serving as a resource in achieving shared goals, and to facilitate the dissemination of research within psychiatric mental health nursing as well as the mental health field in general.

Highlights of the group's activities in the last year:
Conducted a workshop at the 2009 meeting on creating compelling arguments for proposals --- it was a hit! JAPNA Research Translation project -- 5 article published this year Coordinated the APNF research grant awards Conducted survey of members' needs/interests; analyzing data now for presentation at the 2010 conference Chair attended two national meetings (NINR Roundtable and NIMH Coalition of Research Organizations) as the APNA representative

Steering Comittee  
Susan Adams, PhD, RN, PMHNP, FAANP
Angela Amar, PhD, RN
Devon Berry, RN, MSN, CFNP
Nancy Buccola, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Linda Chafetz, RN, DNSC
Genevieve Chandler, RN, PhD
Colleen M. Corte, PhD, RN
Carol Glod, PhD, CS, FAAN
Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Sandy Hannon-Engel, PhD(c), RN, CS
Nancy Hanrahan, RN, PhD
Theresa Kormos, MSN, RN, BC, AP/MHCNS
Leticia Lantican, PhD, RN
Irma Mahone, PhD, RN
Teena M. McGuinness, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
Geoffry Phillips McEnany, PhD, RNCS
Mary Rosedale, PhD, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC
Grayce Sills, PhD, RN, FAAN
Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN
Sandra Thomas, PhD, RN, FAAN
Barbara Wolfe, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN

RN-PMH Council
Co-Chairs: Jolie Gordon-Browar, RN, BSN; Jim Shearer, APRN, PMHCN-BC

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the APNA RN-PMH Council to identify issues, gather pertinent information to better understand these issues, and develop recommendations to the Board of Directors on projects or positions that APNA should undertake.

To represent the identity and voice of the Psychiatric Mental Health Staff Nurse, the RN-PMH Council will:

  1. implement the processes and procedures necessary to carry out the role, mission and vision of the Council,
  2. establish Council project priorities based on the survey of psychiatric nurses conducted earlier this year,
  3. establish a Steering Committee to organize and facilitate the work necessary to address targeted priorities,
  4. establish Working Committees and identify Expert Panel members, as necessary, to work on specific priorities,
  5. work collaboratively with the other APNA Councils and as part of the Inner Council Task Force to represent the RN-PMH, and
  6. identify and submit RN-PMH Council Members for consideration and membership on the APNA Rapid Response Team.

Highlights of the group’s activities in the last year:

  • The RN-PMH Council has undergone some restructuring using the APNA format of chair, steering committee, and expert panel.
  • A call went out that elicited 278 responses.
  • Responses for the steering committee members are being evaluated now.
  • The council is holding an interactive panel at the annual conference.
Steering Committee  
Robert Carver, ADN, BA, MDiv
Carla Jackson-Tillery, RN, BS, MA
Jennifer Sorvino, RN
Cornelia Walsh, RN BC, BSN, MSHS
Sue Cody, BSN
Stuart Pope, RN, DNP
Tina Aown, MSN, RN-BC
Lora Stark, RN


Tobacco Dependence Council 
Co-Chairs: Susan Blaakman, MS, RN, NPP-BC; Daryl Sharp, PhD, RN, CS, NPP

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the APNA Tobacco Dependence Council to facilitate collaboration and communication among psychiatric mental health nurses by serving as a clinical resource in achieving shared goals, and to assist in the use of evidence-based practices and innovative systems for exceptional patient care as it relates to tobacco dependence.

To continue the work toward achieving the goals set out by the Tobacco Dependence Task Force with increasing by 5% every year the 61% of psychiatric nurses surveyed who refer (assist) smokers to treatment and the 29% who provide the intensive intervention. The group developed an action plan to accomplish this goal and will periodically monitor the progress in tobacco reduction.

Highlights of the group’s activities in the last year:
Tobacco dependence presentations at both the 2009 Annual Conference & 2010 CPI Publication of Psychiatric Nurse Counseling Points series via educational grant funding (Pfizer, Inc.) 2 webinars funded through Smoking Cessation Leadership Center/SAMHSA in which the work of APNA was highlighted Co-chairs co-authored: Sharp, D.L., & Blaakman, S. W. (2009). A review of research by nurses regarding tobacco dependence and mental health. In L. Sarna & S. Bialous (Eds.). Annual Review of Nursing Research, 27, 297-318. Continue to use JAPNA as a vehicle for disseminating tobacco dependence science to APNA members e.g.Stein, K., & Sharp, D. (2009). A clinical translation of the research article titled, “The impact of opening a smoking room on psychiatric inpatient behavior following implementation of a hospital-wide smoking ban.” Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 15, 401-403.


Steering Committee  
Jacques Amole, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Teresa Armon, RN MS
Sharon Bennett, DNP, APRN,BC
Diane Burgermeister, PMHCNS-BC
Jeanne Clement, EdD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Mary Lou Heater, RN, CNS, PMH
Julia Houfek, PhD, RN, CS
Kevin McGirr, RN, MS, MPH
Madeline Naegle, PMHCNS, BC
Victoria Palmer-Erbs, PhD, RN, BC
Reason Reyes
Nicole Rozek, APRN
Steven Schroeder, MD
Karen Stein, PhD, RN, FAAN
Georgia Stevens, PhD, APRN, BC
Sandra Talley, PhD, APRN, BC



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