Chapter Leadership

 

 

Dan Crawford, DNP, RN, CPNP

President

daniel.j.crawford@asu.edu

Dan is an Arizona native who grew up in Phoenix. After earning his Associate’s Degree in Nursing, Dan left Arizona for the University of Iowa where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and then a Master’s of Science in Nursing with specialization as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. While in Iowa, Dan worked as a registered nurse at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Upon graduation, he returned to Arizona and began working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Banner Children’s Specialists in Child Neurology. At that time, he also began working on a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree through the University of Iowa.    

Dan has continued to practice in child neurology, but more recently on a part-time basis. Currently, Dan is a full-time faculty member at Arizona State University teaching in the DNP program.    

Dan has been involved in his local NAPNAP chapter since his time as a graduate student. Prior to becoming president, he served as the legislative chair for the Arizona Chapter. In addition to NAPNAP involvement, Dan is also active in the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, where he has held multiple leadership positions, and other professional organizations in which he is a member.   

Dan lives in Gilbert with his wife and four children. In his free time, Dan enjoys backpacking, camping, fishing, reading, playing the guitar, and traveling. He and his family like to take annual road trips that take them to various places around the United States.

 

 

Amber Wright,RN, MSN, CPNP-PC 

Past-President

awright@phoenixchildrens.com

 Amber is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and graduated from Arizona State University with her Masters in Science in Nursing in 2009. She also has a post-Master's certificate in Positive Behavior Support from Northern Arizona University. Amber has worked with children with special needs for over 10 years and also has experience in respite and habilitative care, emergency medicine, and chronic orthopedic disorders. Currently, she works in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital and part-time in Pediatric Emergency at Honor Health Deer Valley Hospital. 

In addition to serving a leadership role for Arizona’s chapter of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), she is also a member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP), National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), and the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group (DSMIG-US).

Amber lives in Phoenix with her husband and 3 fur babies (Kaleah, Kit, and Abby) and has twin girls on the way! She enjoys hiking, exercising, travel, and being outside (when it's not 110+ degrees out!). 

 

 

Dani Stringer,RN, MSN, CPNP, PHMS

President-Elect

dani@kidnurse.org

Dani Stringer, MSN, CPNP, PHMS became a registered nurse in 2009, graduating summa cum laude from Arizona State University. Finding that children were her passion, Dani continued at ASU and completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree and became a pediatric nurse practitioner in 2010. Over the last seven years, Dani has cared for children of all ages in both primary care and urgent care offices across the Phoenix valley. Dani is passionate about meeting her patients’ needs and holds an additional certification as a pediatric mental health specialist.

She has been an active member of NAPNAP since 2010. In 2014, Dani became known as the KidNurse for founding www.kidnurse.org, which aims to reach parents online with evidence-based pediatric information. It has since has reached nearly 2 million people.

She married her best friend, Daniel, in 2012. Together they run a home care company and Dani has served as the Director of Nursing since 2015. She recently spoke at TEDx Grand Canyon University, sharing the experiences that caused her to leave vaccine-hesitancy behind and advocate for immunizations. Her favorite thing continues to be watching her little patients grow and cheering them on for happy, healthy futures.

 

Katie Klas, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC

Treasurer

jonnkatie@cox.net

Katie was born in Buffalo, NY and completed her  Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 1998 at D’Youville College. She completed her Master's of Science in Nursing with specialization as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Arizona State University in May 2002. She practiced in primary care pediatrics at Scottsdale Children’s Group for 1 year before sub-specializing in Neurosurgery at Phoenix Children's Hospital in August 2003, where she has continued for the past 14 years. Katie has special interest in congenital neurosurgery and concussions and is the primary neurosurgery provider for PCH's Little B.R.A.l.N.S. concussion program.      

She obtained her Primary Care certification from PNCB in 2002 and went on to complete her Acute Care certification from PNCB in 2007. She also completed her RNFA (registered nurse first assist) certification in 2003.  

Katie has been involved in the Arizona NAPNAP chapter since her time as a graduate student. Prior to becoming treasurer, she served as Secretary of the Arizona Chapter in 2009 - 2011. In addition to NAPNAP involvement, Katie is also active in the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons on the membership committee.  

Katie lives in Phoenix with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, Katie enjoys running, hiking, cooking, baking, camping, and traveling. Most of her time is spent keeping up with her girls many activities. She helps to coach her daughters cross country team and is Team Mom for her daughters softball team, as well as co-room Mom for her 5th graders class. She and her family like to take road trips around the West & Southwest region. They especially like to visit the National Parks in Colorado, Utah, California, New Mexico, and AZ most recently.

 

Becky Brown, RN, MSN, C-PNP, IBCLC

Secretary

neorn3@gmail.com

Becky is an Arizona native who graduated from Arizona State University with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2005.  As a nurse she worked with children in varying capacities from the NICU to Pediatric home care of chronically ill children, to working as a Lactation Consultant.  In 2008 she returned to ASU to fulfill a long term goal of becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.  She graduated in 2011 with her Masters of Science in Nursing and is now a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.  She currently works as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for Banner Health.  

She first became involved with NAPNAP in 2012 and has enjoyed participating in NAPNAP events since that time.    

Becky lives in Gilbert with her two kids, two cats, two dogs and assorted fish.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, doing CrossFit, camping, kayaking, reading and quilting.

 

Lindsey Weak, RN, DNP, CPNP-PC

Membership Chair

lnbishop22@gmail.com

Lindsey is an Arizona native who graduated with her BSN in 2007 from Arizona State University. As an RN, she primarily worked at Phoenix Children's Hospital as a PICU and CVICU nurse. After a few years, she returned to ASU to pursue her doctoral degree and graduated in 2013 with her DNP. She currently practices as a PNP and surgical first assist at Cardon Children's Medical Center in the Pediatric Neurosurgery division.

 She first became involved with NAPNAP as a student in 2010, and has since enjoyed participating in NAPNAP events, as well as serving as the Membership chair beginning in 2015. She is also involved with the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses where she serves as Chair of the Pediatric Special Focus Group.  

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband both for pleasure and for missionary work. She is the proud mother of 2 rescue dogs and is looking forward to starting a family in the near future. 

 

 

Samantha Casselman, RN, DNP, CPNP-PC

Education Chair

sCasselman@phoenixchildrens.com

Samantha was adopted from South Korea at 4 months of age and grew up in Glendale, AZ. She graduated from Arizona State University December 2008 with her undergraduate studies in Nursing and in May 2015 with her Doctorate in Nursing Practice as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She currently practices at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Dermatology department.

Samantha has practiced at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for the duration of her nursing career, first as a circulating nurse in the operating room and currently in Dermatology as a previous RN and now Nurse Practitioner. She has a passion for patient education, and volunteered to be our membership chair June 2016. Prior to her involvement as education chair, Samantha was involved with NAPNAP as a student and served as ASU’s membership chair.

Samantha’s considers herself a “foodie” and when she is not spending time with her three children and Husband, she enjoys trying local restaurants and traveling. 

 

Rene'e Golden, RN, DNP, CPNP-CFRN

Legislative Chair

reneegolden51@gmail.com

Rene`e is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and recent graduate from Arizona State University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She will be working primary care pediatrics in the rural health care setting of Kingman, AZ.  Rene`e has 10 years of prior emergency medicine, trauma, and flight transport experience.

She has been an active member of NAPNAP for the 2 years as a student.  In addition, to serving in this position she is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

Rene`e moved to Arizona in 2012, she resides in Lake Havasu City, AZ with her significant other Tavis, his daughter, and their 2 dogs. She enjoys running, CrossFit, and almost anything outside in the desert in the winter and on the lake in the summer or up in the mountains.