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2023 Elections: Nominating Committee

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An APNA Nominating Committee member serves on the committee for one year. View Full Nominating Committee Description & Qualifications

  • Duties Include: Reviewing the nominations submitted and preparing a proposed slate of candidates based on considerations such as geography, gender, professional experience, and racial diversity in order to achieve a balanced Board of Directors reflective of the membership.
  • Qualifications Include: Knowledge of trends and issues influencing APNA programs, projects, and services; ability to work in a small group as a team member; willingness to commit the time necessary to fulfill the expectations of the role.

Scroll down to view the candidate profiles for Tina Aown, Nicole Rozek Brodrick, Nita Magee, Kathleen McCoy & Cornelius Metili.


2024 Nominating Committee

Tina Aown, MSN, PMHRN-BC

Present Position
Vice President, Clinical and Regulatory Compliance, Signature Healthcare Services
MSN, Excelsior College, 2009
BS, Western Michigan University, 1992
ASN, Excelsior College, 1985

APNA Contributions

  • APNA Michigan Chapter – President 2010 – 2012
  • Administrative Council – Co-authored position paper on Staffing Inpatient Psychiatric Units (2011)
  • Facilitator, Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention 2016 – 2021
  • Facilitator, Recovery to Practice 2014 – 2016
  • Awards Reviewer – 2015 to Present
  • Scholarly Review Committee 2015 – Present
  • APNA Annual Conference Presenter
    • CBT for Suicide Assessment and Prevention (2019)
    • Lead presenter for preconference on Patient Safety and the Use of Technology (2020)

Other Experience

  • ANCC Volunteer – 2010 – 2021. I have held several different leadership roles including Chair of the Content Expert Panel (CEP) for PMH Certification, Chair of the CEP Appointments Committee and I was invited to serve on a special task force to develop testing readiness tool.
  • Legal Nurse Consultant, serving as a subject matter expert in psychiatric nursing in multiple civil cases.
  • Authored four modules of the Lippincott PMHRN certification prep course (2022)

APNA members should vote for me to serve on the Nominating Committee because when I started my journey as a psychiatric nurse 40 years ago, I was focused on bedside care. That passion to provide the best care possible for all my patients grew into a desire to “change the system.” In my leadership roles, I have advocated for and promoted PMH nurses for the purpose of improving mental health care to all who seek it. As a servant leader, I believe that APNA’s framework provides the support needed so that PMH nurses can fulfill the mission of improving mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, and shaping health policy for the delivery of mental health services. A nursing mentor instilled in me the need to give back to my profession. Serving APNA is a great way to do just that.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by: I have committed my professional life to advancing psychiatric mental health nursing through education and specialty certification. My focus has grown from providing care to my assigned set of patients each shift to creating models of care that support health systems nationally. I have fought the stigma that our patients experience as well as the stigma that PMH nurses experience, that they are not real nurses. We are not only real nurses, but we are specialists. It is only through education and scientific research and the identification of evidence-based practices that we can overcome this stigma and fulfill our mission.

2024 Nominating Committee

Nicole Rozek Brodrick, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Student Health Center, Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado


  • 2015 Post-Graduate Certificate Program: Certification: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan, University of Colorado- Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado
  • 2010 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): University of Minnesota-Twin Cities-Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Content Area: Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists’ Utilization of a Tobacco Assessment in an Electronic Medical Record
  • 2002 Master of Science (MS). Nursing; Geriatrics (minor): University of Minnesota-Twin Cities-Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Content Area: Secondary Data Analysis Related to Parent Satisfaction in Parent Support Groups
    • Certifications: Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist; Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • 1996 Bachelor of Science (BS). Nursing University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Wisconsin

APNA Contributions

  • 2023, 2022: Research Grant Review Committee
  • 2022: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee – Advisory Panel
  • 2013: Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation
  • Annual Conference Presenter
    • 2022 Oral Presentation: Being civil in an uncivil environment: Stopping nurses from eating their young.
    • 2020 Poster Presentation: Evaluating the Outcome of a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training Intervention on College Student Mental Health Attitudes and Behaviors, E. Depalma, PMHNP; N. Brodrick DNP PMHNP (role: advisor).
    • 2017 Poster Presentation: Use of education and coping agreement questionnaire to reduce physical holds in aggressive adolescent inpatients, J. Frausto, PMHNP. Role: Advisor.
    • 2016 Poster Presentation: “Integrating Psychiatric Simulation into Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum”
  • 2016 – APNA Innovation Chapter Award – Chapter President for this award period.
  • APNA Colorado Chapter
    • President – 2016 – 2017; Treasurer (2013-2015)
    • 2017 Oral Presentation: Integrated Care, APNA Colorado Chapter Conference
  • 2010 APNA Janssen Scholar

Other Experience

  • 2016-present: Trainer for Mental Health First Aid

APNA members should vote for me to serve on the Nominating Committee because I align myself with APNA’s mission and vision, which is one of the primary reasons I have been an APNA member since 1999. I feel it is important for psychiatric nurses across all spectrums to be at the table to discuss critical issues that affect mental health professionally as well as the patients we serve. As part of the Nominating Committee, I will continue to advocate for psychiatric nurses to share their voice and to be heard loud enough to make an impact.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by being active in clinical practice to continue to disseminate current evidenced based practice including recent research so other members are informed on a variety of arenas specific to mental health nursing. In addition, I can help direct members where to find that information within the APNA platform.

2024 Nominating Committee

Nita A. Magee, PhD, NEA-BC, PMHNP-BC, RN

Present Position
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Faculty

PhD, Nursing Leadership, 2013
Post-Master NP Certification Program, 2002
Master of Science in Nursing, 1999
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1994
Biology Pre-Med, 1992

APNA Contributions

  • Conference Presenter
  • Expert Content Reviewer
  • APNA JAPNA Reviewer
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee – Advisory Panel
  • Personality Disorder Cluster B Task Force – Advisory Panel
  • Seclusion & Restraint Task Force – Advisory Panel

Other Experience

  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses – Diversity Leadership Institute, 2022 Cohort
  • PMHNP Nurse Manager, 2013 – 2022
  • NAMI – Co-Chair (2022) – Central Mississippi Chapter, 2022 to Present
  •  American College of Healthcare Executives – Mississippi Chapter Secretary for Inaugural DEI Committee, 2021 to Present
  • Jackson VA Medical Center – IRB Chair – 2016 to Present

APNA members should vote for me to serve on the Nominating Committee because my years of mental health experience, both as a direct care provider and leader, have helped increase my awareness of key characteristics found beneficial to promote advocacy for the internal and external customers we encounter. The multiple years have also allowed me the opportunity to develop relationships with numerous leaders, which have been helpful in recognizing or recommending others for open positions. I hope to continue tapping into my large and wonderful bank of colleagues I consider to be great leaders. It would be a great honor to serve in the capacity of a Nominating Committee member where I would have the opportunity to assist with selecting candidates who provide a unique set of values to APNA. I am ready to commit to this role and relish the challenges it will bring. I look forward to such an opportunity to demonstrate my strong passion, dedication, and accountability in the selection of strong leaders who share my passion about the standards of our profession and the power of advocacy we have as a group.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by promoting mental health advocacy for psychiatric-mental health nurses through working with policy leaders at different levels. The roles of a psychiatric nurse and nursing faculty will allow me the opportunity to continue serving as a mentor and supporter for students and fellow professionals.

I will continue to share with the students and staff how to sharpen skillfulness and accountability when working with the mental health population as well as stakeholder engagement. I feel passionate about raising awareness and encouraging communication not just when a crisis presents in our health care industry. This passion can be beneficial in engagement with the professional community as I work with the APNA members to promote the daily improvement of mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities.

I will continue to influence organizational cultural competency as well as promote policies regarding health disparities we may encounter in our individual workplace community. I can continue to work with diversity and inclusion committees – from giving lectures on health care needs to discussing how to improve health care delivery for various groups.

2024 Nominating Committee


Present Position
University of South Alabama, College of Nursing, Department of Community Mental Health, Associate Professor, MSN, DNP, Opioid/Substance-Use Certificate Programs

University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis TN (UTHSC): Doctor of Nursing Science 2006
UTHSC: Post Master’s certificate: FNP 2004
Stonybrook University: Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 1993
NY State External Degree: BSN
Suffolk County Community College: ASN

APNA Contributions

  • APNA Leadership in Excellence Award: APRN 2023
  • Administrative Council – Steering Committee (1+ year-current)
  • Recovery Council – Steering Committee 2010-2018
  • Research Council – Steering Committee 2019 to Present
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee – Steering Committee (2+ years-current)
  • Research Grant Review Committee – 2021, 2022
  • Scholarly Review Committee: Abstract Review, Scholarship Applications on all levels, Awards Applications – 2007 to present
  • Tennessee Chapter – 2005 APNA Leadership-Advanced Award
  • Mentor Match – Mentor to individual members – 2011 to present
  • Janssen Scholar (Graduate level) – APNA 2006

Other Experience

  • General medical-surgical floor nursing, ICU-CCU.
  • Triple certified PMHCNS/ PMHNP and FNP as inpatient/outpatient, geriatric care provider
  • Veteran’s services
  • Faith based clinic
  • Private practice (CEO)
  • Primary care/telehealth provider in a Federally Qualified Refugee Centered Medical Home-Integrated Telehealth Partners
  • Beck Institute Scholarship Recipient 2012
  • Chair: ANCC PMHNP Content Expert Panel 2008-2014
  • Fellow: American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) 2012
  • Faculty Positions:
    • UTHSC: Online Assistant Professor 2007-2010
    • Brandman University: Inaugural DNP Program Director Online – Assistant Professor 2010-2015
    • University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio: Associate Professor 2015-2017
    • University of South Alabama: Associate Professor Online 2017

APNA members should vote for me to serve on the Nominating Committee because I believe that APNA provides opportunities to recognize and empower rising leadership to continue momentum needed to move the needle of psychiatric mental health. Raising sustainable leadership is an art form. Psychiatric mental health belongs everywhere, in all healthcare arenas, and we are emerging as a “Voice”. I have been able to recognize other’s talents/attributes, and for being instrumental in connecting people with opportunities for the greater good, without disappointment. What better way to foster health than for talented nurses to be empowered to serve in positions of influence such as opportunities provided by APNA? In recognizing and promoting able leadership, APNA promotes the future health of the nation through rising diverse leaders who actively promote mental health and wellness unlimited by time and space using a multitude of resources and strengths of visionary work committees. I firmly believe that APNA, its members and leadership are essential in post-pandemic era mental health and contemporary challenges.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by identifying and promoting diverse talent to lead APNA into the future. As the nation becomes increasingly global, healthcare can benefit with a well-informed cadre of diverse psychiatric nurses with a collective voice, graciously passing the leadership torch, through the passage of time. APNA provides educational and community building resources to elevate enlightened psychiatric nurses into sustaining leadership, based on evidence encompassed within the art and science of psychiatric mental health. I am committed to continuing the legacy of effective, evidence informed leadership in APNA.

2024 Nominating Committee

Cornelius Metili, BSN, RN, PMH-BC

Present Position
I currently serve as a Psych Resource Nurse in the Psychiatric Consult Service Department at Children’s Health Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Additionally, I am proud to be a nurse on the Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT) at John Peter Smith (JPS) Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing – Salem State University, Salem Mass. *Commencement address speaker at graduation

APNA Contributions

  • APNA Texas Chapter
    • 2022-2024: Chapter President
    • 2020-2022: Member-at-Large
    • 2018-2023: Numerous podium/poster presentations

Other Experience
With extensive experience in various roles as a psychiatric nurse (RN), I have gained a unique understanding of the delivery of psychiatric nursing in today’s healthcare landscape (Inpatient/Outpatient psych, ECT, and Psych ED). My contributions and dedication to the profession have been recognized through honors and awards, including the D Magazine’s Leadership Award, the Daisy Award, and by being named one of DFW’s Great 100 Nurses. These accolades reflect my dedication to the nursing profession and showcase my ability to contribute meaningfully at the front lines of nursing. Over the past few years, I have focused my efforts on improving mental health care for culturally diverse populations. My most significant contribution has been the successful implementation of Behavioral Emergency Response Teams (BERTs) in several medical hospitals. These teams are committed to delivering patient-centered and recovery-oriented care during mental health crises, thereby reducing stigma, and enhancing access to quality care for individuals of all backgrounds. Drawing from my diverse experiences, I bring an innovative and outside-the-box approach to problem-solving and collaboration. I am enthusiastic about leveraging this perspective to collaborate with others and find creative solutions that will continue to drive the psychiatric nursing profession forward.

APNA members should vote for me to serve on the Nominating Committee because I bring a combination of experience, dedication, and fresh perspectives to the table. I understand the unique challenges and opportunities faced by our profession. My commitment and experience demonstrate my ability to think outside the box and find creative solutions. By voting for me, members can trust that I will bring valuable insights, advocate for diverse perspectives, and contribute to the continued success of APNA, its members, and the mission to drive positive change in the field.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by: In today’s society and digital age, where mental health is increasingly recognized as essential, I see opportunities to engage nursing students, nurse residents, and newer nurses in shaping the future of psychiatric nursing. Leveraging social media platforms through informative and inspiring content, we can effectively connect with the next generation of nurses who are passionate about mental health. As a member of the Nominating Committee, I will collaborate with other committee members to help shape APNA’s strategic direction, ensuring that the organization remains at the forefront of scientific and educational advancements in psychiatric nursing.