APNA Leadership: Board of Directors

The affairs of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association are governed by its Board of Directors. It is the Board’s responsibility to carry out the objectives and purposes of the association and to this end, the Board may exercise all powers of the association. The primary responsibility of a voluntary governance Board is to establish an organization’s mission, purpose, values, and direction.

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Gail R. Stern, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

Administrator, Department of Psychiatry, Lehigh Valley Health Network; Adjunct Faculty, DeSales University; President of the Board, Counsel on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Allentown, PA

Gail Stern

Tari (Sattaria) Dilks, RN, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP

Professor, McNeese State University 
Co-Coordinator, Graduate Program/ Director PMHNP track Private Practice: PMHNP
Lake Charles, LA

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Immediate Past President
Linda S. Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

The Francis Hill Fox Distinguished Term Professor, School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Joyce Shea


Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies/Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Fairfield University School of Nursing
Fairfield, CT

Donna Rolin

Diane Allen



Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing & Director of the Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX


Board Member-At-Large
Diane E. Allen, MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FACHE 

Nurse Coordinator, New Hampshire Hospital
Concord, NH



Celeste Johnson

Board Member-At-Large 
Celeste M. Johnson, DNP, APRN, PMH CNS

Vice President of Nursing, Behavioral Health, Parkland Health and Hospital System
Dallas, TX



Board Member-At-Large
Sara Jones, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor, Specialty Coordinator, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), College of Nursing
Sherwood, AR


Christine Tebaldi

Board Member-At-Large 
Christine Tebaldi, RN, MS, PMHNP-BC
Director of Emergency & Consultative Services, McLean Hospital
Belmont, MA


Nicholas Croce Jr., MS
Executive Director
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Falls Church, VA

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