A member-at-large's duties include ensuring effective and accountable governance, providing responsible oversight of the association, demonstrating competent and accountable leadership, and ensuring leadership continuity. Full Description


Sue BrammerSue Brammer, PhD, RN, CNE

Present Position
Assistant Professor Educator, University of Cincinnati


PhD, Nursing Research, University of Cincinnati, 2000
MSN, Psychiatric Mental Health, University of Cincinnati, 1998
MA, Health Education, Ohio State University, 1985
BSN, Ohio State University, 1979

APNA Contributions
  • Recovery Council Steering Committee Charter Member, 2011-present
  • Nominating Committee, 2017-2018
  • APNA Ohio Chapter
    • President, 2017-2019; 2010-2011
    •  Immediate Past President, 2019-present; 2011-2013
    • Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair, 2016, 2018
    • Conference Planning Committee Chair, 2017
    • Conference Presenter
    • Regional Coordinator, 2013-2017
  • APNA Annual Conference: 8 presentations
  • Facilitator, Acute Care Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Preparing for Recovery Oriented Practice, 2018-present
Other Experience
  • Nurse Educator for 23 years in ADN, BSN, MSN, Post-Master’s, and DNP programs, teaching didactic and clinical courses in psychiatric-mental health nursing, medical-surgical nursing, and healthcare policy
  • 11 years in clinical practice in roles of staff nurse, assistant nurse manager, and nurse therapist
  • Principal Investigator, Ohio Medicaid Equity Simulation Project, University of Cincinnati, 2018-present
  • Other Organizational Service and Leadership: NAMI Southwest Ohio
    • Chairperson, Advocacy Council, 2019-present
    • Advisory Council, member 2011-2019
    • Chairperson, Board of Directors, 2008-2009
    • President, Board of Directors, 2007-2008
    • Secretary, Board of Directors, 2005-2007
    • Information and Referral Specialist, 2016-present
  • Award: March of Dimes Ohio Nurse of the Year, Behavioral and Mental Health, 2019

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: Having served on the APNA Nominating Committee, I know what characteristics are necessary for individuals who can move APNA forward. I possess those characteristics. I have led organizations dedicated to mental health, such as APNA Ohio and NAMI Southwest Ohio. These experiences have taught me to appreciate and foster teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration. I listen with my mind and heart to what people have to say, particularly about difficult issues. I value and respect their opinions, even when they differ from my own. The bottom line is that we’re all working towards the same goal, and that is to further the mission of APNA. My passion for psychiatric-mental health nursing is both as a provider and a recipient of care. As someone who has lived with a mental health disorder for over 40 years, I bring a first-hand account of what is most needed from mental health care providers.

I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization By: I actively pursue science and education opportunities to promote our field and improve mental health care and will leverage them in my work with the APNA Board of Directors. In addition to teaching the next generation of psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners, I am principal investigator of a research grant that focuses on social determinants of health and stigma experienced by Medicaid patients. My work with NAMI Southwest Ohio as an Information and Referral Specialist allows me to educate family members, persons with lived experience, and the public not only on community resources, but on the integral role that psychiatric-mental health nurses play within those resources.



Brenda KucirkaBrenda Kucirka PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE

Present Position

Associate Professor, Widener University SON
Consultant, Widener Community Nursing Clinic
Providence House Advisory Board
City of Chester Reentry Committee


PhD Widener University
MSN University of Pennsylvania
BSN Hahnemann University/MCP
Diploma St Luke’s Hospital SON

APNA Contributions
  • Executive Director Search Committee (2019-20)
  • Scholarly Review Committee - Chair (2017); Co-Chair (2015-16); Member (2010-present)
  • Awards and Recognition Committee (2009-present)
  • Education Council (2007-present)
  • Forensic Council Advisory Panel
  • Undergraduate Nursing Education Toolkit (2016)
  • APNA Pennsylvania Chapter - President (2017-20); President-Elect (2016-17); Education Chair (2014-16)
  • APNA Annual Conference presenter (2010, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19)
  • APNA Health Policy Summit invited participant (2018, 19)
  • Janssen Scholar 2011
  • eLearning Center Faculty
Other Experience
  • Clinical: 36 years PMH nursing: Generalist (15yrs) APRN (21yrs)
  • Teaching: 19 years in PMH settings and higher education (prelicensure to doctoral)
  • Advocacy: NAMI: Advisory Board, Education and Outreach Committee
  • Facilitate MH awareness and coping skills workshops in prison and homeless shelter

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: As an APNA member for 30 years, I am committed to service, actively involved at the state and national level. This year I served on the Executive Director Search Committee, an experience which deepened my appreciation for the work of the leadership team, strengthening my desire to serve on the BOD. I bring an understanding of APNA’s mission and strategic plan and a sincere desire to work with the BOD on initiatives meeting needs of members and stakeholders. I will use my advocacy and PMH nursing skills to promote wellness, social justice, and inclusivity. I am committed to listening to the voices of stakeholders, cognizant that APNA is an organization dedicated to promoting MH nursing and MH. My career focus is advocacy and education to support optimal MH outcomes for the communities and organizations that I serve. I am a mentor and ambassador for PMH nursing. My passion for PMH nursing has inspired students to pursue PMH nursing careers. I understand the educational needs of nurses and persons with MH issues. I welcome the opportunity to use my leadership skills and nursing expertise to serve APNA as Member-at-Large.

I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization By: If elected, I will bring integrity and intentionality, upholding APNA core values of empowerment, inclusivity and collegiality through stewardship, advocacy and service. As an innovative leader, I will collaborate with the BOD on initiatives that fulfill APNA’s goals of advancing PMH nursing, integrating research, practice, and education to promote mental health. My expertise as an educator and researcher along with years of active involvement in APNA will inform my work with the BOD. I support open dialogue that recognizes and values all voices. I am a passionate, tireless advocate with a heart for social justice serving vulnerable and stigmatized populations. I will address issues related to disparity and stigma. I will listen to the needs of members and stakeholders and work with the BOD to maintain APNA’s standing as the expert voice for PMH nursing committed to the wellbeing and MH of persons affected by MH issues.

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