APNA Councils

A Council is a group of APNA members organized to enhance APNA’s mission and purpose through direct input to the Board of Directors on a psychiatric-mental health nursing area of focus defined by the board. Councils study and review issues pertinent to the council's area of interest and expertise and make recommendations to the Board for the following:

  • Position or policy statements
  • New programs or activities
  • Committee or task force membership

Use the links below to learn more about each of the APNA councils. To gain a better understanding of how councils operate in general, please see the APNA Council Toolkit.

Addictions Council

Susan E. Caverly, PhD, ARNP - Chair
Laura G. Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, CARN-AP, FAANP - Co-Chair
Addictions Council for APNA Members*


Administrative Council

Kristen Kichefski, MSN, MBA, RN-BC
Suzie Marriott, MS, BSN, RN

Administrative Council for APNA Members*


Child & Adolescent Council

Kathleen C. Gaffney, APN, MSN, PMHCNS - Chair
Barbara L. Peterson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS - Associate Chair
Child & Adolescent Council for APNA Members*

Council for Mental Health Advocacy

Kathryn Brotzge, MSN, APRN, NP - Chair
Paula M. Bird, DNP, RN-C, NEA-BC - Associate Chair
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Education Council

Todd B. Hastings, PhD, MS, RN – Chair
Traci T. Sims, DNS, RN, CNS/PMH-BC – Associate Chair
Education Council for APNA Members*


Practice Council

Jessica N. Walker, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC - Chair
Practice Council for APNA Members*


Recovery Council

Constance Noll, DNP, MA, PMHNP-BC, CRNP - Chair
Recovery Council for APNA Members*


Research Council

Brandy Mechling, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC - Chair
Karen Jennings Mathis, PhD, CNP, PMHNP-BC - Associate Chair
Research Council for APNA Members*


Research Council Members

Linda Beeber, PhD, CNS-BC, FAAN
Jane Mahoney, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

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Have a question or want to contact a council chair?
Email councilsupport@apna.org

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