Nominating Committee

The principle task of the Nominating Committee is selecting a slate of candidates for the Annual APNA Election and to oversee the electoral process. Full Description

Rebecca Luebbert Rebecca Luebbert, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Present Position

Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Interim Department Chair, Primary Care & Health Systems Nursing

  • PhD in Nursing; Saint Louis University (2010)
  • MSN, Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing; Saint Louis University (2002)
  • BSN, Union University (1995)
APNA Contributions
  • APNA Awards & Recognition Committee (current)
  • Scholarly Review Committee (2013, 2014, 2015, 2019)

Other Experience

My entire nursing career has focused on serving those with mental health needs.  I am especially interested in advocacy and special protections for our most vulnerable groups.  My professional experience includes practice, education, research, and administrative roles.  My research on suicide prevention and on psychiatric co-morbidities in those with physical illness has been funded locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Published in nursing and other interdisciplinary journals
  • Multiple professional presentations at local, regional, and national conferences
  • Funded by SAMHSA for three-year campus-wide suicide prevention grant
  • Funded by NIH (NIDA) as a member of an NIH Pain Consortium Center of Excellence in Pain Education
  • Actively studying best approaches (including simulation methods) to teach suicide assessment and other mental health nursing skills
  • “Nurse Educator of the Year” Award from the March of Dimes (2018)
  • Received Faculty Excellence Award (SIUE School of Nursing, 2017)
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) Nurse Educator Fellowship Award
  • Academic experience includes teaching at both undergrad and graduate levels
  • Regularly serve as abstract/ proposal reviewer for various university and professional committees
  • Chair of university’s Social-Behavioral Institutional Review Board

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I’ve been a member of APNA for 15+ years.  The many resources the association offers has enhanced the trajectory of my career in education, research, and practice from both academic and scientific perspectives.  I feel that serving on this committee would be a great way to “give back.” 

The diversity of our membership is a key contributing factor to the richness of APNA, and I would strive to achieve similar diversity of candidates for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.  As a member, I would seek to ensure inclusivity of candidates.  As outlined in the duties of the Nominating Committee, I would commit to recruiting and evaluating candidates that represent varied groups, while being a good steward of resources, in following nominating committee procedures outlined by the Board of Directors.


How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  My passion for advocacy is demonstrated by the depth and breadth of my life’s professional work with local, regional, and national audiences.  The diversity of my collegial relationships has contributed to the innovative projects and network of inter-professional colleagues and clients that my work supports.  As a member of inter-professional teams, I serve as the passionate voice of nursing, especially focusing on specific protections necessary for vulnerable populations.  My educational and scholarship focus is closely aligned with priorities identified by APNA, including the need for established competencies for assessment and management of those at risk for suicide.



Janette O'ConnorJanette O'Connor, MS, BS, BSN, RN-BC

Present Position
Nurse Clinician, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division

  • MS: College of New Rochelle NY 2012
  • BSN: College of New Rochelle NY 2005
  • BS: Concordia College, NY 2000
APNA Contributions
  • 2018: Poster Presenter, APNA New York Chapter Conference
  • 2016 – present: Board Member APNA New York Chapter
  • 2015: Recipient, APNA Award for Excellence in Practice – RN
  • 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016: Presenter, APNA Annual Conference

Other Experience

I have 27 years of experience working with the mentally ill. I became a registered nurse in 2005. My first APNA conference was in 2006 and I have attended 12 of the last 13 conferences. My contribution to the conferences has allowed me to grow personally and professionally and provided excellent opportunities to engage in networking with expert nurses.

  • 2016-2018: Participated in writing evidence for hospital’s Magnet application to ANCC; we received the designation in December and is currently the only free standing designated psychiatric hospital
  • 2013 - present: Content Expert Panelist for ANCC’s Psychiatric Mental Health Board Certification Examination
  • 2012: Recipient, Leadership Award from the College of New Rochelle
  • 2015: Finalist in Nursing Spectrum Excellence Award-Mentoring Category
  • 2015: Presenter, ANA Quality Conference
  • 2015 - 2016: Adjunct Faculty, College of Mt. St.Vincent
  • 2009: Created a mentoring program for new graduates
  • 2009 -2018: Nurse advocacy program at the College of New Rochelle mentoring students
  • Member of NAMI and Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Omega Chapter

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I am passionate about caring for people living with mental illness and I am willing to take the next step by serving at the leadership level. My extensive background gives me confidence in my ability to choose members who are competent and willing to carry out the goals of the organization. I have demonstrated my allegiance to APNA, with a wealth of experience in practice, education and leadership skills. I have inspired many nurses to become members of APNA, attend the annual conference and actively involved in the local chapter. The nominating committee requires leaders of diverse backgrounds and expertise which I possess and to which I will contribute.


How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  Preserving the legacy of this organization through scientific research and education has been a commitment of mine as evidenced by teaching, mentoring, presentations and collaboration with other organizations. Through education we can decrease stigma and bridge the gap between mental and physical health. I am committed to extending the life span of those with serious mental illness. I would continue to inspire new graduates to become psychiatric mental health nurses. As an ANCC content expert panelist for the psychiatric board certification examination I will ensure that the contents of the examination align with the purpose of APNA. My desire is to serve the only organization that supports the largest number of generalist and advanced practice psychiatric nurses to provide optimum patient centered care for the mentally ill.



Brittany YatesBrittany E. Yates, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

  • 2016: DNP, Eastern Kentucky University
  • 2012: MSN, University of Louisville
  • 2010: BSN, University of Louisville
  • 2009: BA, (Psychology with concentration in Social Sciences), University of Louisville
APNA Contributions
  • CPI Planning Committee member (June 2018- present)
  • APNA Kentucky Chapter Immediate Past Pres. (Oct. 2015-Oct. 2016)
  • APNA Kentucky Chapter President (Oct. 2014-Oct. 2015)
  • APNA Kentucky Chapter President-Elect (Oct. 2013)
  • Research poster awarded 1st Place for “Best Research” (2010 APNA Annual Conference in Louisville, KY)
  • Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scholar Award (2009)

Other Experience

  • PMHNP-BC for 7 years, psychiatric nurse for 9 years.
  • Lifespan clinical experience in inpatient, outpatient, PHP, IOP, and ED settings with diverse populations.
  • Teaching, leadership, and mentor experience in large academic medical settings.
  • Advocate for PMHNP role, appropriate compensation, safe working conditions, and “our seat at the table.”
  • Former Assistant Professor at University of Colorado Denver/Children’s Hospital Colorado as joint faculty appointment with the School of Medicine, Dept. of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and the College of Nursing.
  • Developed PMHNP Post-Graduate Child/Adolescent Fellowship Program.
  • Lead APRN: provided consultation/education regarding APRN practice to interprofessional colleagues; provided supervision and mentorship to department NPs; represented PMHNPs on local/hospital/department committees. 
  • Former PMHNP at University of Louisville Campus Health Services
  • Developed/implemented interprofessional collaborative process to facilitate the incorporation of prescribed exercise into depression treatment plans for my college student patients as DNP project.
  • Former PMHNP in rural Kentucky CMH.


APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I joined APNA as a BSN student in 2009 as a (what is now) Board of Directors Scholar. Since my introduction to APNA through this program, I have held formal leadership roles (i.e. APNA-KY Chapter President-Elect, President, Past President), and I am currently serving on the Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute planning committee. As a psychiatric nurse/PMHNP, I have worked with psychiatric patients and families in various settings, in all levels of acuity, across the lifespan, and from all walks of life. I have served in clinical, leadership, teaching, and mentor roles; and I obtained a DNP with a concentration in organizational leadership. Having been an active APNA member since entering the organization as a BOD scholar, I can appreciate the influence that APNA has on the development of the psychiatric nursing workforce and its leaders. With the workforce challenges facing our profession and nation, I believe it is time for me to play a more active role in identifying and developing the psychiatric nurse leaders of the future.


How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: I am committed to advancing my own knowledge base for the benefit of my patients/students/mentees. I regularly attend educational conferences, consume relevant literature/media, and monitor trends in PMH and beyond. I share my knowledge through both formal (i.e. presentations, didactic/clinical teaching, etc.) and informal (i.e. collaboration with interprofessional/interdisciplinary colleagues, mentoring) avenues for the advancement of PMH, including APNA members.


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