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Jessica Fowler, MNSc, APRN, PMHNP-BC

I have served for 2 years on the APNA Arkansas Chapter Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large. I have assisted in conference planning, contributed to the chapter newsletter, and designed the conference T-shirts. It has been my pleasure to assist in getting our chapter up and running for the benefit of all of the psychiatric nurses in Arkansas. I hope to move into the Secretary position in order to continue helping our chapter to grow and to allow my experience on the board to benefit new board members over the next 2 years.

Joseph Labonte, BSN/ PMHNP student

I feel extremely honored to be nominated for the position of President-Elect. I currently work as a charge nurse in an inpatient psychiatric unit for children and adolescents. Additionally, I have spent significant time as a nurse caring for adult and geriatric populations as well. Most of my work has been in direct patient care however; I am also a student at UAMS in the Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Over the past year I have acted as treasurer for the Arkansas chapter of the APNA. Serving in this role has allowed me to participate in the furtherance of Mental Health nursing across the state, which has become a passion to me. If elected to President I will diligently work with all members to continue to develop the chapter into a valuable resource for all Mental Health nurses across the state of Arkansas.

Willa Rose Shields, BSN, MNSc, DNP (c), APRN, PMHNP-BC

I have been PMHNP for the last six years. I live in central Arkansas (North Little Rock) and as a Member-at-Large I will diligently represent the APNA/ APNA Arkansas chapter in growing the chapter. I will work closely with members and officers to retain and build the membership through networking with mental health nurses across the state. I like all have been an advocate for mental health care, and will endeavor to enrich public relations by increasing activities for community awareness. I will continue to be active in policy activities and issues for the betterment of the mental health nursing community. I would be honored, and would consider it a privilege to be able to serve as APNA Arkansas Chapter Member-at-Large.

Janet Shirley, APRN, ACNS-BC, MSN

Please consider me for appointment to the APNA Arkansas Chapter Board of Directors.  I have served as an appointed or served as an officer in other organizations: Wyoming State Board of Nursing, Junior Auxiliary, and the Medical Auxiliary. I am organized, honest and diligent. Thank you for your consideration.

Christine Sinclair, APRN

I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Psychiatry and I am currently working in Community Mental Health in Northwest Arkansas. I have experience in Inpatient and Outpatient Mental Health Care and would like to be considered for board membership. I have over thirty years of experience as a nurse and a nurse practitioner and feel that my sharing experience would be beneficial to my fellow members of the APNA.  I have worked in underserved areas and would like to act as an advocate for our clientele and a support to our hard working mental health nurses.

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