Presidential Address

President Message
December 2022

Dear MassNAPNAP Members and Friends, 

As we approach the holiday season and the new year, I would like to thank you so much for the opportunity to serve as President of your chapter and to build on the wonderful work Marketa Rejtar, the Board and you have accomplished over the past years. I would also like to welcome new members and look forward to meeting or hearing from you. 

I recently attended an event sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners focused on the history of Nurse Practitioners. I was reminded that nurse practitioners were created by Loretta Ford and Henry Silver as a response to the deficit of primary care for children and families. Drs. Ford and Silver filled the need by providing advanced education for clinical care to nurses and supported them to practice to their full ability and education. They recognized a problem and created an effective solution. We are the legacy of their creativity and we are in a privileged position to continue their work. While the education and role has evolved tremendously, the mission remains the same and is through this lens that we promote the theme: Massachusetts PNPs at the forefront of Health Equity. This includes all our members regardless of which of the New England states you work or reside. Our goals for this year reflect this focus and encompass four major pillars: 1. education, 2. public service and volunteerism, 3. collaboration and public visibility, and 4. member and student engagement. This is only successful with your input and involvement. 

We have many event scheduled that reflect these themes and warmly welcome you to participate. The in-person Winter Educational Symposium focused on clinical skills is scheduled on January 7, 2023 at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. At this event we hope to see colleagues who we have only seen virtually over the past years. We will also present the 2022 Ann Stadtler Excellence in Practice Award to our colleague, Amy Delaney and the first ever Exceptional Preceptor Award nominated by PNP students to Chelsey Andrea. 

The national NAPNAP Conference is in Orlando, Florida Wednesday, March 15 to Friday March 18. Orlando was the location of my first NAPNAP conference when I was a student! We will be hosting a Chapter party Wednesday, March 15, 2023 8-10pm and we hope to see you there! 

We also have PNP Student Night scheduled virtually February 7, 2023 when current PNP students hear from recent PNP graduates about their experiences after graduation. 

We are in the process of identifying service and volunteer opportunities that focus on vulnerable youth and we welcome your suggestions. 

I would also like to introduce you to the current MassNAPNAP Board: 

• Past-President: Marketa Rejtar 
• Secretary: Elise Buckley 
• Legislation: Amy Delaney & Carolyn Riker 
• Program/Education: Heather Grossklaus 
• Scholarship, Research, Mentorship (SRM) Committee: Rita Olans 
• Communications: Katie Maloney-Leake (Chair) & David Geyer 
• Membership: Emily Vilk (chair), Alexa Dias 
• Treasurer: Susan Herel 

We will have some positions and volunteer opportunities available so look out for our call for nominations. Please keep up to date with opportunities and initiatives by following our website, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Together we are stronger and can make a difference for children if we all work together. I would love to hear from you. 

On behalf of the Board, thank you for the work you do and for your commitment to your professional organization. We wish you a healthy, happy holiday season and a safe, joyful New Year. 

Warmest regards and peace, 

Laura Santangelo White, Ph.D., CPNP-PC, PMHNP-BC 

Massachusetts NAPNAP Chapter President

President Message
January 6, 2022

Dear Massachusetts NAPNAP Chapter members,

I would like to extend warm wishes on behalf of the Chapter Executive Board along with sending a BIG HUG to each and every one of you – we all need it and deserve many more. When I watched the movie Trolls again with my kids recently, it made me realize how special we would consider the ”HUG TIME” button be now … something we have likely taken for granted before and now reserve only for those closest and only if safe.

As we reflect on the past year, there have been many struggles but also many accomplishments (yes, just think back), a lot of perseverance and resilience, and searching for the ultimate truth about why we chose our profession and specialization in the first place … to make a difference in the lives of pediatric patients’ and their families, the healthcare system, and fight for what is right. Pediatric NPs rock! We provide excellent care to our patients and their families. We are fierce advocates and leaders to bring about changes to increase access and improve care without discrimination and we do so by meaningful immersion in advanced clinical practice, education, scholarship, professional development and service, and health policy.

Let this be a message of healing, hope, and regeneration – find that special ME time. It should not be thought of as something extra and at expense of others, it is an essential part of the human needs pyramid. It will look different (or stay the same) each time, but it is really important, so that our “species” and our light continue to shine. Yes, the time is NOW.



Marketa Rejtar, DNP APRN CPNP-AC/PC

President, Massachusetts NAPNAP


P.S: We continue to devote considerable time and effort to represent our chapter members well, provide great resources, and continue crucial advocacy work. Stay tuned for more news, events, and recognition efforts from and by our Chapter.

Are you wondering how to get more involved, have an idea for an event, or want to share some feedback with us? Please, do get in touch. We are very thankful to you, our members, for your continued support of the MassNAPNAP Chapter.

President Message
July 12, 2021

Chapter President’s Message

Dear Massachusetts NAPNAP Members,

I hope this message finds you well, resilient, and hopeful. With the past year having its many challenges, I hope we can all take a pause and reflect a little. Take a piece of paper and just start writing the pros and cons, and you may be surprised how eye-opening and reassuring such a basic exercise can be. I know everything is relative, but it is a matter of our perspective on things and life, and how we view what happens or doesn’t happen to us. Once you accept that it is a fluid continuum, you can find bigger meaning and purpose. 

I am very fortunate to continue working with such an inspiring and selfless group of PNP colleagues on the MassNAPNAP Board and want to recognize all of them for doing an incredible job - Julianne Nemes Walsh, DNP, RN, PNP-BC (outgoing Immediate Past President – THANK YOU, JULIANNE!), Laura Santangelo White PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, PMHNP-BC (outgoing Secretary), Susan Herel MSN, RN, CPNP-PC (Treasurer), Amy Delaney PhD(c), MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC and Carolyn Riker MSN, RN, PNP (Legislative Co-Chairs), Alexa Dias DNP, RN, CPNP (Membership Chair) and Emily Vilk, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC (Membership), Heather Grossklaus MS, RN, CPNP (Program Chair) and Kimberly Healey, MSN, RN, CPNP (Program), Courtney Catalano, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC and Katelyn E. Leake, MSN, RN, CPNP (Communications/PR Co-Chairs) – THANK YOU ALL!

Now, I would like to offer a warm welcome to our newly elected and volunteer board members – Laura Santangelo White PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, PMHNP-BC (President-Elect), Elise Buckley DNP, RN, CPNP-AC/PC (Secretary), Rita Drummond Olans, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, APRN-BC, FNAP (Scholarship, Research, and Mentorship Committee Chair), and David Geyer, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC (Communications/PR Committee Member) – congratulations again! I am very much looking forward to working with all of you and seeing you shine in your roles!

At the beginning of the year, we reached a crucial point of the NP Full Practice Authority Bill being passed in Massachusetts with advocacy efforts continuing to translate it into regulatory language and further operationalize it. We also provided and continue to provide written and oral testimony in support of the Community Immunity Act. Our Legislative Committee has been hard at work on many more initiatives and advocating on behalf of our chapter, and especially our patients and their families. I strongly encourage you to follow the Legislative Updates sent periodically by our Legislative Co-Chairs and click on the links, share your voice (let us know!), and act! You can also find all of the legislative updates on our website.

We embraced social justice, equity, and equality as crucial themes of our advocacy efforts and educational offerings, but it is important to point out that it is not a mere statement and a passing focus …. social justice, equity, and equality have always been tenets our Chapter’s mission and philosophy and will continue to be.

Recently, our chapter held a special commemorative and educational event in memory of Dr. Ann Coleman Stadtler. During the evening, Dr. Jayne Singer presented an inspiring talk on child development and NAPNAP’s president, Dr. Jessica Peck presented the official NAPNAP Proclamation in Ann’s honor. Last but not least, we announced the recipient of our chapter’s inaugural Ann Stadtler Excellence in Practice Award, an award supported by a generous donation by Ann Stadtler’s family. The 2021 Award was presented to Dr. Linda Malone, DNP, RN, CPNP. Linda, you are so deserving of such an honor! All others, please, stay tuned for the nomination call for the 2022 Award and for more honors/scholarships as our recently established Scholarship, Research, and Mentorship Committee embarks on its inaugural year journey!

Be on the lookout for updates and save the date(s) regarding our educational offerings and networking events planned for the upcoming fiscal year. Our Fall Symposium is planned in-person (yes!) and will focus on the Care of the Medically Complex Child in the Community and practitioners in all settings will benefit from attending. The educational event will, of course, be accompanied by a much-needed professional social gathering! Still, as our Board’s decisions have been more than ever shaped by developments at all levels, we are being cognizant of the need for flexibility but also the potential for virtual fatigue. Special kudos to our Program and Communication/PR Chairs and Committee Members for their recruitment efforts, creativity, and efficiency.

Before this message comes to a close, I want to mention a couple of more updates with you. As many of you already noticed (thanks to our Communications/PR Co-Chairs!), we transitioned some of our operations to a new group management platform, Springly. We will utilize the platform for member notifications, event updates, and payments with the possibility to expand to the site’s full functionality potential in the upcoming year. We will continue to use our Chapter Gmail address for the time being and will let you know of any changes/transitions. In addition, thank you to all who completed the Member Survey this Spring. We will review all the responses and take your suggestions to heart as we work to fulfill the Chapter’s mission to the fullest, advocate on behalf of our patients, families, and our profession, and plan future events and engagements.

Are you wondering how to get more involved, have an idea for an event, or want to share some feedback with us? Please, do get in touch. We are very thankful to you, our members, for your continued support of the MassNAPNAP Chapter.

Wishing you relaxing and fun summer, and I am looking forward to seeing you during one of our upcoming events,


Marketa Rejtar, DNP CPNP-AC/PC

President, Massachusetts NAPNAP

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