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


Joe HolshoeJoe Holshoe, MSN, MA, BSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Commander, U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS)
Deputy Chief, Department of Behavioral Health, Bassett Army Community Hospital (BACH)
Outpatient Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatric APRN, BACH

  • Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing, University of South Alabama, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Lynchburg College, 1993
  • Master of Arts in History, Virginia Tech, 1990
  • Bachelor of Science [Biology], Longwood College, 1987
APNA Contributions
  • Member, APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute (CPI) Program Committee (2014-Present)
  • Presenter, CPI (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Presenter, APNA Annual Conference (2014, 2017)
  • Presenter, APNA New England Chapter (2014)
  • Member, APNA Military, Veterans Administration & Federal Nursing Community
  • Member, APNA Integrated Physical and Mental Health Care Community
  • Member-at-Large, APNA North Carolina Chapter (2017-2018)
Other Experience
  • Recognized speaker and Subject Matter Expert (SME) on sleep, antidepressants, and military psychiatry
  • SME for behavioral response needs during disasters/national emergencies and developed national behavioral health emergency response policies and doctrine for at-risk and vulnerable populations
  • Member, USPHS Mental Health Response Team, with multiple deployments for behavioral health assistance during nationally declared disasters/emergencies
  • Manage 75 member multi-service behavioral health clinic in austere and resource-limited environment
  • Authored: peer reviewed journal article, encyclopedia chapter, and BH Chapters for Western Schools Nursing Program
  • Developed Independent Behavioral Health Consultant (IBHC) programs in Primary Care in three different clinics
  • Served as preceptor for multiple BSN & MSN and PA students
  • Registered RN since 1993 and PMHNP since 2010
  • Former President-Elect for RI Chapter of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and helped found RI Chapter of ANAC

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: My diverse clinical, educational, and professional experience gives me a broad background to help APNA expand and develop the role of nursing in mental health. I have worked at the national level in the development of mental health response policy for at-risk and vulnerable patients, led and managed behavioral health response teams during emergencies and disasters, managed complex multi-service clinical programs, developed mental health programs in primary care, and have advocated and educated on the role of sleep in public health and mental health. My experience on the Program Committee for APNA CPI’s has expanded my ability to develop programs and recognize and manage trends and talent in behavioral health care. Selecting the next generation of nurse leaders is essential to continue to expand and improve the role of mental health nurses and the health care system. With the current shortage of licensed psychiatric providers, the increasing mental health needs of our population, and the advent of new therapies and treatments, mental health nurses are uniquely positioned to assume a greater, and much deserved, role within the American health care system, and I would be honored to assist in this process as a member of the APNA nominating committee.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  My career as commission officer and RN/APRN has always focused on providing quality behavioral health care to those in need. I have also sought to expand the nursing knowledge base and to develop educational opportunities for nurses. I have mentored nurses in evidence-based care, contributed to the nursing and professional literature, and provided multiple trainings and lectures in mental health. This background in evidence-based research and care, hands on clinical care, and experience in multiple leadership roles has uniquely positioned me to assist in APNA’s core mission as a scientific education organization.



Erica JosephErica Joseph, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NP-C

Present Position
Adult Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System

  • PhD in Nursing, Southern University, May 2020
  • DNP, Southern University, 2016
  • Post-Masters Adult PMHNP, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2012
  • MSN, Southern University, 2008
  • BSN, Southern University, 1999
APNA Contributions
  • APNA Louisiana Chapter President, current
  • APNA Louisiana Chapter President-Elect, 2019
  • APNA Louisiana Chapter Treasurer, 2014-2019
  • Facilitator of the APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention, 2018
  • APNA Recovery to Practice Facilitator, 2018
  • APNA Reviewer of educational content, 2016
  • Addictions Council, 2014
  • APNA Tobacco Cessation Champion, 2014
  • Presenter APNA Annual Conference 2014
Other Experience
  • Professional Clinical Experiences: outpatient clinics, medication management, psychotherapy, suicide prevention, inpatient consultation
  • Teaching Experience: clinical faculty at Southern University, mentor
  • Advocacy Experience: Legislative Days at Louisiana & United States Capitol to advocate for mental health care, and role that advanced practice registered nurses play in healthcare
  • National Experiences:
    • SAMHSA ANA Minority Fellowship Program, 2015-2020
    • National Advisory Council for National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
    • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation AARP, Breakthrough Nurse Leader, 2015
    • Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Development Program, 2016
    • Southwest Region, Physical & Mental Health Chair, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: APNA members should vote for me to serve on the Nominating Committee because of my commitment to the profession of nursing and more specifically to the importance of psychiatric mental health nursing. I have a desire to use my time and skills to help continue the advancement of the psychiatric nurse’s role in mental health care, education, research and policy. As a PMHNP and member of APNA since 2012, I have benefited greatly from the resources provided through APNA and the advanced leadership skills of our Board of Directors over the years.  I would use my time and skills to work as a team and create a balanced slate in the search for future leaders who have a strong desire to serve and exhibit a commitment to APNA’s core values and long-term vision.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: I will continue to help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization through my commitment to nursing practice, education, research and health policy. As a SAMHSA ANA Minority Fellow, my research has focused on suicide prevention among minority Veterans and the evaluation of suicide risk assessment training modules among primary care providers in my commitment to improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals. I will continue to seek opportunities to provide leadership, mentorship and educational offerings of content relevant to PMH nurses. I have participated in numerous panel discussions to raise awareness about mental health and will continue to serve in this role to address the stigma. I will remain committed to provided excellence in mental health care and was recognized as a recipient of the Honorable Secretary of VA personal coin for my contributions.



Aparna KumarAparna Kumar, PhD, MSN, MPH, MA, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Director-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

  • PhD in Nursing Science, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, 2016
  • MSN, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, 2013
  • BSN, Nursing Science, University of Pennsylvania, School Nursing, 2010
  • MPH, Public Health Developing Countries, University of Malawi, College of Medicine, 2008
  • MA, Human Rights Studies, Columbia University, 2005
  • BA, Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2003
APNA Contributions
  • APNA Annual Conference Poster Presentations, 2012 and 2015
  • APNA Association Policy Brief: Quality Improvement Strategic Plan for People with Mental Illness and Addition, Contributing Author, 2012
  • APNA Janssen Scholar, 2011
Other Experience
  • Clinical: Therapy and pharmacological management for children and families for 4 years; private practice experience with adults for 3 years
  • Teaching: Instructor at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in undergraduate psychiatric nursing, graduate program, and simulation lab; current instruction in graduate courses on leadership and research at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Research: Training in health outcomes research; invited member of advisory committee for behavioral health interest group at AcademyHealth
  • Service: Board Member of local nonprofit, Mental Health Partnerships; Member of Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Non-Nursing: International experience in research and teaching in sub-Saharan Africa (Malawi and Mozambique); collaborated with World Health Organization (WHO) and Millennium Villages Project
  • Additional training: Public health, health policy, and human rights framework to healthcare
  • Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Kannada

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I believe that my background has prepared me well to serve the needs of APNA and our membership. Through early career experiences in community organizations, international settings and in public health, I have gained exposure not only to diverse geographical settings but also to diversity in education, resources, experiences, and approaches to health care. This shaped my framework for teaching, practice, and research and my passion for ensuring diversity and representation in organizations. I define diversity as encompassing not only culture or ethnicity, but also experience, location, education, and engagement in innovation. I am committed to fostering diversity in every sense through this role in APNA. As our workforce grows, as our healthcare system constantly changes, and as our country accommodates these changes, we are tasked to continue to represent all interests; I can rise to this challenge.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  My early experience as a Janssen Student Scholar (2011) ignited my passion for research and inspired me to pursue a PhD in nursing science. I have been committed to developing skills for psychiatric nurse practitioners (in my role as a program director and former preceptor) and engaging in research to demonstrate differential health outcomes for people with mental illness and substance use disorders. I am dedicated to furthering the role of psychiatric nursing as integral in the delivery of primary health care. In my current academic role, I am devoted to furthering the role of psychiatric nursing with new and innovative partnerships. If elected, I would promote the mission of APNA as a researcher, as an advocate for people with mental illness and as an educator of future psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners.

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