The annual election for 2018-2019 GAPNA Board of Directors is May 14 through May 26, 2018. Each candidate is listed in alphabetical order below under the position they are nominated for. New officers take office at the Annual Business Meeting at the conclusion of the Annual Conference.
The descriptions below are intended to help you familiarize yourself with this year’s candidates for office; this is NOT the election ballot. Members will receive a separate email containing a link to the ballot, and are encouraged to take a moment to read about this year’s candidates and why they feel they should be chosen for the position noted.
Deborah Dunn, EdD, MSN, GNP-BC, ACNS-BC
Deborah Dunn has an EdD, Post-Masters Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certificate, MSN and BSN and is a certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, and serves as professor and Dean of the Graduate School at Madonna University.
Formerly Nurse Practitioner program director. Work experience includes over 20 years as a GNP. Currently GAPNA Director-at-Large Board of Directors. Past chair, Consensus Statement on the APRN Gerontological Specialist writer’s group; Newsletter editor; Chapter President’s committee; Research and Education committees. Active in the Great Lakes Chapter, past Chapter President. Currently serves on the GLC-GAPNA NP mentorship Night and Annual Conference planning committees.
I believe that GAPNA has emerged as a leader for advancing quality care for older adults. With over 3,000 members GAPNA’s profile has been raised as the single advanced practice nursing (APN) organization with an exclusive focus on aging. Over the past several years, GAPNA has participated in national committees recommending health care policy advancements and published the single evidence-based document describing current APN practice proficiencies for care of older adults.
The proficiencies identified in this publication formed the basis for a specialist certification exam that will ensure that advances in geriatric nursing knowledge will be shared with future generations of APNs.
If elected President, I will work diligently with the Board to capitalize on the momentum we have already generated to make sure GAPNA continues to grow in size and influence as advocates for our nursing practice and the health of our nation’s older adults.
GAPNA has the capacity and membership talent to influence health care policy, develop model gerontology curricula and recognize new generations of Gerontological Specialists. Our conference attendance and membership numbers have grown steadily over the past decade because of the value members see in participation in this great organization.
I envision the challenges of our next President will be to continue our progress by engaging members in committees and special interest groups to enhance their practice, and to engage the public in demanding access to high quality health care provided by educated specialists for older adults.
Natalie Baker, DNP, GNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP
My nursing degrees were obtained from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB): BSN 1985, MSN 1990, DNP 2010. I have maintained certification as ANP since 1990 and GNP since 1993.
I am an Associate Professor and teach in the AGNP Primary program at UAB School of Nursing. Since 2010, I have been a member of GAPNA’s Education Committee, serving as Chair for two years. I have also served as one of GAPNA’s LACE representatives since 2015. I have served on Board of Directors as Secretary since 2016. I was an invited item writer for our Gerontological Specialist certification exam.
I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors since 2016 and am seeking a second term as Secretary. Maintaining a detailed summary of Board meetings promotes transparency and allows members to understand the organization’s mission and alignment with its vision. I have been an active member of the Education Committee since 2010, serving as Chair 2014-2016, and was an invited item writer for our Gerontological Specialist certification exam.
I am employed as an Associate Professor, teaching in a large adult/gerontology primary NP program. Maintaining a clinical practice at a long-term care facility allows me the opportunity to not only treat frail older adults, it provides an avenue to educate families on end-of-life issues.
Additionally, I am the advanced practice representative on my state’s board of nursing and am currently serving as Chair of the Joint Committee of Alabama’s nursing and medical boards that oversees collaborative practice.
It is my desire to utilize my educational, clinical, and regulatory experience to continue to promote GAPNA as the expert in advanced gerontological nursing. Together we must all work collaboratively to promote GAPNA’s role in positively influencing the care of older adults through advocacy and knowledge dissemination.
GAPNA has proven itself worthy of being a stakeholder in health policy decisions affecting our patient population and I am excited about our organization’s future as the leader in all issues impacting the care of older adults.
Rachel Zimmer, DNP, NP-C
Rachel Zimmer, DNP-C is an Instructor and nurse practitioner at Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
She is a board certified Adult-Gerontological nurse practitioner and co-director of the Wake Forest Baptist Home Based Primary Care program.
She is also very active in advocating for the uninsured locally, and volunteers her time at The Shalom Project, a local free clinic. Dr. Zimmer has also developed a mobile clinic model in partnership with the School Health Based School Alliance, the local health department, and local medical school to help meet the needs of the vulnerable in communities. She also performs geriatric and dementia consults for older adults in the community.
I am running for Secretary because I believe that I can use this opportunity to help foster leadership within our organization. I believe in the great work that gerontological nurse practitioners are doing nationally and believe that GAPNA is in a great place to foster new leaders, nurse researchers, and educators in this field.
I plan to bring to the Board my commitment and hard work. I am looking forward to the new relationships gained for the purposes of moving our profession forward!
Evelyn Jones-Talley, PRN FNP-BC
Evelyn Jones-Talley, a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, is an Advanced Practice Clinician, with OptumCare in the HouseCalls Program.
In this role she has the unique privilege to make an impact on the health of people- one home at a time. This is done by gathering Information regarding health history, current health, lifestyle and family situation then, tailoring a plan to reach their health goals. She actively participates in GAPNA and since 2016, has served as the MidSouth Tennessee Chapter President. She is the newly selected GAPNA Leadership Chapter Chair.
I am running for the office of Nominating Committee. As a member of this committee, I will have the opportunity to oversee the election process, solicit and screen applicants seeking leadership roles in GAPNA. I will be able to utilize skills developed during my tenure as an officer of twenty-five years in the United States Army. During that time, I served on several selection boards for both enlisted and officer candidates. My responsibility was to help seek and select the best person for the job.
The nominating committee position will afford me the same opportunity to ensure that the standards for excellence in the organization will be upheld. As a member of this committee, I will be optimistic and fair in the role. I will actively encourage others to be aligned with leadership positions and to present their best for the overall success of GAPNA.
Linda Keilman, DNP, GNP-BC, FAANP
Linda J. Keilman is an Associate Professor and Director of the AGPCNP Program in the College of Nursing at Michigan State University.
Linda has been a certified GNP since 1989 and teaching nursing since 1985. She has always combined practice with education, service, and research. Linda has been the recipient of 2 GAPNA awards: education and practice and was a Director-at-Large on the board. She is active on the Education Committee and the GeroPsych, Culturally Competent Care, and PAC/LTC SIGS. She joined GAPNA when it was NCGNP in the 1990’s. Linda is also an AANP Fellow.STATEMENTS
I am passionate about older adults and those who care for them – I know many of you are as well! That is the reason I am asking you to elect me as a member of the Nominations Committee – so I can encourage passionate individuals to serve GAPNA in a variety of board positions.
When I served on the GAPNA board as a Director-at-Large, I thoroughly enjoyed my service and especially meeting so many GAPNA members from across the globe.
We are a vibrant, enthusiastic, empowered group of individuals that have bright practice futures as the numbers of older adults continues to increase. As a collective group, we need to take our expertise/knowledge and help all professionals caring for older adults (who did not receive specific education in gerontology) to understand the foundational principles of aging.
This would greatly raise the quality of care received by older adults – what a terrific goal! If elected to this position, I will do my utmost to be inclusive, to look for diverse members to serve, advocate for members to step into leadership roles, and encourage you to take the opportunity to serve.
It is an honor and a privilege to be a member of GAPNA. What better organization exists that wants to delight its members by supporting personal and professional growth? None! I would love to serve you, meet you, and advocate for you to become one of the new leaders in GAPNA's future – what an honor that would be!
Ju Young Shin, PHD, APRN, ANP-C
Ju Young Shin, PhD, APRN, ANP-C, is an Associate Professor at the University of Delaware School of Nursing.
She earned a PhD from the University of Iowa in Adult and Gerontological Nursing in 2007. She has practiced as an NP after earning her post-master’s certificate from Duke University. She serves as the President-elect of the Delaware Valley chapter and as a member of the Research Committee. She was a recipient of the 2013 GAPNA Research Award and the winner of the 2015 Education Poster Award. She is currently a co-investigator of a NIH-funded grant studying healthcare disparities among Medicare recipients.
Enter Your Statement for Inclusion: I am running for a position on the GAPNA Nominating Committee as I would like to return my appreciation for the GAPNA. This organization has provided me the great opportunity to advance my career as a clinician and scholar.
I have also enjoyed working with several colleagues through my local chapter, Delaware Valley, and the National Education and Research Committees. My experiences while serving on the Nominating Committee in my current work and the local chapter have prepared me to understand the important role of the Nominating Committee.
If I am elected, I look forward to working with the team to ensure a smooth election process of the GAPNA board members.
Tammy Arms, PMHNP-BC, NP-C
Dr. Tamatha (Tammy) Arms is an Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina Wilmington where her teaching focuses on Geriatrics and mental health.
She is a board certified Adult, Geriatric, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been a RN for over 20 years, an Adult and Geriatric NP for 12 years and a Psychiatric Mental Health NP for 4 years.
Clinical practice is maintained with a specialty in Geropsychiatry. She has established her career as a nurse scientist through research publications, and national and international presentations. She is an active member of GAPNA and the Geropsyche SIG.
As an expert clinician with a geropsych specialty focus, I have been an active member of GAPNA and the Geropsych SIG since 2013.
As a geropsych clinician, a nurse educator, and nurse scientist, I have felt at home within GAPNA since the first day of my membership. I decided to run for the office of Director-at-large because I am at a point in my career that I am ready to take on a national board position within GAPNA. I have the time available to commit to this position and the experience needed.
I believe my years as a RN, a NP, and nurse educator and scientist have prepared me well for this position.
I have participated in Faculty Affairs and Quality Assurance Committees at the University of North Carolina Wilmington of which both concentrate on strategic plans and goal setting. As a member of the Geropsych SIG, I am already contributing to the newsletter. I have also served in an international appointed position for Sigma Theta Tau International.
The Director-at-large position is a serious responsibility and if elected, I will work diligently with other board members in GAPNA as well as other organizations as needed. I feel it would be an honor to serve GAPNA members on the board in this capacity.
Margret "Midge" Bowers, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
Midge Bowers has been an active member of GAPNA since 2012 participating in the Education, Research and Annual Conference Planning Committees.
Her passion for geriatric pharmacology and care of patients with heart failure has led her to be an invited speaker at GAPNA’s annual conference and facilitator at preconference research sessions. At Duke University School of Nursing, she is an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Master’s Program.
As an active FNP, she cares for patients with heart failure in the ambulatory setting and in skilled nursing facilities. She wants to engage other APN’s in promoting excellence in geriatric care.
It is with great enthusiasm that I am asking for your vote as Director at Large for GAPNA. I have been deeply involved with GAPNA when I served on the Education Committee from 2012-2013, the Research Committee from 2013-present, and later the Planning Committee (2014-2017).
In these roles, I was actively involved in facilitating preconference research activities, reviewing abstracts, participating in the research "Cash Cab", evaluating education and research poster presentations and creating an annual conference program that addressed topical issues in geriatric care for advanced practice nurses in diverse settings.
I am well positioned to serve as a Director at Large and hope to bring GAPNA to the international stage and advocate for quality care for older adults.
I served on the Education committee, and then explored other opportunities on the Research Committee where I have continued as an active member with the added responsibility of engaging with the Planning committee for the past 3 years.
My position on the Planning Committee provided me with insight into GAPNA’s role as an organization that promotes professional development and collaboration, as well as a national force for excellence in geriatric care. I believe that the expertise of GAPNA members should be shared on both the national and international stage.
If selected as the Director at Large I would draw from my experience as an online educator to engage other members and encourage the dissemination of their geriatric expertise on the local, regional, national and international stage.
Sharon Bronner, DNP, MSN, GNP-BC, ACHPN
Sharon Bronner is a Clinical Service Manager for OptumCare Supportive Care, New York.
She is a board certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Certified Hospice Palliative Care Nurse in the metropolitan New York area. She supports patients with advanced illnesses and chronic illnesses by addressing physical and emotional wellbeing in their homes.
She is the Chair of the GAPNA Research Committee and an active member of the Geropsychiatric committee. Dr. Bronner was the recipient of a 2014 GAPNA research poster award. She participated on the research subcommittee in the development of cash cab. Dr. Bronner has participated actively since 2006.
I am running for the Director-at-Large because I believe my past experience in leadership roles and participating in community leadership activities have leveraged me to take on a national position.
I have actively participated in GAPNA since 2006. I have served as a volunteer for the Research Committee and Geropsychiatric Special Interest Group for three years. I volunteered on the Award Committee in 2013. I am the Chair of the Research Committee.
Since the gerontological nursing specialty no longer exists, it is imperative to enhance a commitment to disseminate evidence-based data on the older adults. I had the opportunity to screen poster abstracts for GAPNA and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).
In 2018, I was invited to review poster abstracts and select a winner for AAHPM. At this point, it is important we as committee members assist with the expansion of geriatric enthusiasm in all settings. My exposure to the GAPNA Award, Research, and Geropsychiatric Special Interest Group has cultivated a passion to participate on the board.
If I am elected, I plan to bring to the board my enthusiasm and energy to facilitate the vision and mission of GAPNA.