Linda Frye

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 families. 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.