Past DBMH SIG co-chair, Linda, is running for NAPNAP Secretary! Read her candidate statement here:
I have been a pediatric nurse practitioner and member of
NAPNAP since 1996. During the past 20 years, my
professional path has seen many changes and turns. Along
the way, there was always one constant, NAPNAP, serving as
the leader and voice for pediatric-focused APRNs with a goal
of improving the health and welfare of children and their
With each passing year, my appreciation for NAPNAP and
the value of its membership has increased. Because of
NAPNAP, I moved from standing on the sidelines watching
others lead the way and advocating for our profession,
children and their families to seeking opportunities to serve
this organization and the members they represent.
I currently serve as secretary for the eChapter. In this role, I
take minutes at our monthly officers meetings and our
annual meeting at the conference, transcribe and submit the
minutes within twenty four hours of the meeting. I believe
my experience as eChapter secretary provides me with the
valuable experience necessary to serve as NAPNAP’s
secretary. For the past two years, I served as secretary for
the Faculty Assembly at the University of Texas at Arlington
College of Nursing and Heath Innovation. I take attendance
and minutes at our quarterly meetings and post this
information for review by members of the faculty.
My leadership experiences include serving as the chair of the
Developmental, Behavioral, Mental Health (DBMH) SIG. In
this role, I maintain communications between the SIG and
national office, encourage participation in SIG events,
preside over meetings, align our goals with NAPNAP’s
strategic plan, listen to our SIG members and work to
implement methods for our SIG to support our members and
provide opportunities to assist our population of interest. I
previously served as co-chair/treasurer of the DBMH SIG. I
serve on NAPNAP’s Continuing Education Committee and
previously served on the Nominations Committee and
Conference Planning Committee.
My experience as a CPNP includes general pediatrics, school
health, otolaryngology, developmental health and teaching.
Each of these positions provided me with a variety of
experiences working with a broad spectrum of patients,
parents and medical concerns. I earned a PhD in Nursing in
December of 2014 from the University of Texas at Arlington.
My experience writing my dissertation on fathers’
experiences with autism spectrum disorder ignited my
passion to provide parents with the information they need
to improve their care and outcomes for their children.
I believe I have the experience and leadership skills
necessary to serve as NAPNAP’s secretary.