The secretary prepares and keeps board meeting minutes and sees that all meeting notices are given in accordance with the bylaws or as required by law; and serves as custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the association. Full Description


Brenda MarshallBrenda Marshall, EdD, PMHNP-BC, ANEF

Present Position

Professor, William Paterson University, Wayne NJ
PerDiem NP Psychiatric Unit Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck NJ
Private Practice, Adult Psych NP - psychotherapy and medication management, Oakland NJ

Doctor of Education (EdD) Teacher’s College, Columbia University, NY
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) psychiatric advanced practice, UMDNJ/Rutgers University, NJ
Master of Science (MS) in health education, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, NY
Master of Science (MS) in advanced management, New York University, NY
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Eisenhower College, NY
Diploma in Nursing, St. John’s Riverside Hospital and Nursing School, Yonkers, NY

APNA Contributions

I served as the Secretary of the APNA New Jersey Chapter Board from 2007-2013 and then as President of the chapter from 2013-2015. I am presently on the APNA Research Council Steering Committee and have served in the past on the APNA Education Council Graduate and Undergraduate branches. I have volunteered for evaluating online CE programs and reviewing abstracts for the APNA Annual Conferences. I was elected to serve on the 2015 APNA Nominating Committee. I am an active participant in national and state conferences regularly speaking at APNA conferences in NJ, NY and national. I contribute annually to our foundation drive and facilitate the giving of funds by other members in the NJ and NY chapters by talking about it with members during state conferences.

Other Experience

I am the Director of the Center for Research and the secretary for the Cannabis Research Institute at William Paterson University, where I served as the Coordinator of the DNP program from 2011-2017. I am a Fulbright Scholar Specialist in Mental Health (2017-2022) conducting education and research initiatives in Malta. I served on the New Jersey State Nurses Association from 2011-2014, the National League for Nursing Nomination committee (2011-2014 and 2019-2022). I am a grant reviewer for SAMSHA, NIH and U.S. Department of Education grants. I served on the New Jersey board for the Society of Psychiatric Advance Practice Nurses on the nominations committee from 2012-2015. I have published three books, two on psychiatric nursing and one of research with Springer Publications, collaborating with other psychiatric nursing specialists.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I hope members want to vote for me because of my love and dedication to our field and our patients. Those who know me know I have spent my life working to improve care to patients through education and research. I would like to be able to share my passion with my colleagues nationally and work to increase the amount of research done by psychiatric nurses in the field. I am dedicated to our profession and to the mission of APNA and can think of no greater honor than to be part the governing board serving the APNA members as their secretary. I have demonstrated over the past 2 years that I have the organizational and leadership skills necessary for the role of Secretary. As Secretary [for the Cannabis Research Institute], my focus has been on maintaining accurate records for the BOD and having them available when needed for decision-making processes. As Associate Dean, I have developed a leadership style that is both detail-focused and big-picture-aware. I have worked with many faculty members and administrators, both inside and outside of the SON, who had diverse styles and personalities, and I have found ways to promote teamwork and achieve consensus. I see myself as a growth-oriented participative leader, looking to members of my school/organization for input in establishing goals and plans for change and then working side-by-side with those members to achieve the goals set.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  As a nurse practitioner, educator and researcher, I hope to increase the ability of other psychiatric nurses to find the same enthusiasm for investigating issues in mental health nursing locally, nationally and internationally. I can bring my experience in writing, practice, education and research to help others find funding for their own investigations and support wide dissemination of our knowledgeable outcomes. I will continue to support all aspects of APNA's purpose and vision. My clinical and research background represents my long-standing commitment to empowering clients with severe mental illness, while my educational positions have allowed me to empower students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. My work at APNA has demonstrated my interest in empowering psychiatric RNs and APRNs to be the best care providers for their clients. I hope that I can continue to serve the members of APNA as Secretary, moving the organization forward at yet another challenging time in health care.



Evelyn PerkinsEvelyn Perkins, MS, RN, PMH-BC, NE-BC

Present Position

Co-Chair, APNA Forensic Council
Behavioral Health Consultant, Alpha Eta Nursing Sorority


Masters of Science Psychiatric Nursing (MS). St. Xavier University, Chicago, 1979
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). St. Xavier University, Chicago, 1976

APNA Contributions
  • APNA Member since 2009
  • APNA Illinois Chapter
    • President 2013
    • President-Elect 2011
    • BOD Member-at-Large
    • Annual Conference, podium presenter, 2017
  • APNA 31st Annual Conference, podium presenter, 2017
  • Forensic Council Steering Committee, 2016 - present
  • Forensic Council Co-Chair Appointment, 2018
  • JAPNA publication, 2017

Other Experience

  • Nurse Liaison for Substance Use Disorders Return to Work Program, 2005-2020
  • International Conference on Borderline Personality, the Netherlands, podium presenter, 2012
  • Chicago Urban Summit, podium presenter, 2016
  • Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing Chicago Chapter Annual Conference, Keynote 2017
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Excellence in Nursing Leadership, 2013
  • Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Alpha Eta Chapter, Life Member, past Historian
  • National Black Nurses, Trailblazer Award, 2013
  • Archives of Psychiatric Nursing publication, 2011

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I have 30 years of administrative experience in varied clinical settings; inpatient, outpatient, psychiatric consultation liaison, substance abuse, crisis ED and emergency housing. In these varied settings, I employed nurses with different scopes of practice. My own performance reviews referenced my leadership skills as demonstrating a calm approach to unexpected events and creativity in developing the right solutions to manage the unexpected. The 2020 pandemic might leave psychiatric nurses, consumers and communities with more questions than answers. One thing we do know is that uncertainty is anxiety provoking. Leadership in an era of uncertainties will require creativity to manage issues we have not previously experienced. In addition to my clinical skills and creativity, I also have business skills. As a certified nurse executive, I understand Roberts Rules of Order. I know how to capture the essence of conversations and document, so readers appreciate the information. I understand fiscal budgets, metrics and systems interface. If elected I will bring my diverse clinical experiences, my calm approach to the unknown, my passion for mentoring nurses, my creativity and my executive skills to support APNA’s membership.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  Sharing my experiences with evidence-based information, grants, documenting findings, abstracts, publications and presentations. I mentored a mentee who wanted to change the use of physician ordered observations. His review of the lit discovered evidence-based research that supported his hypothesis. I co-authored his grant that awarded in 2010 to start the work. It published in Archives of Psychiatric Nursing in 2011. JAPNA published the outcome data in 2017. APNA awarded him the Excellence in Innovation-Individual 2017 Award. I mentored another mentee for a podium presentation at APNA’s 2011 conference. Nurses from the Netherlands attended. They invited us to present at the 2012 International Symposium on BPD. The privilege of being the only nurses presenting among international experts including Linehan, is something my mentee and me will never forget.

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