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Foundation Board of Trustees


Jennifer Serafin, MS, BSN, GNP-C

Jennifer Serafin graduated from the University of Maryland with a BSN in 1995, and received her GNP from the University of California, San Francisco in June 1999.  She has been a certified Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner for almost 20 years.

Her practice experience has included Long Term Care/SNF, as well as House Calls for Kaiser Permanente in South San Francisco, California.  Jennifer has served on multiple committees at GAPNA, and was the Secretary of the GAPNA Board of Directors (2013-2015).

For her local chapter, Jennifer has served as Chapter President, Treasurer, and on the NCCGAPNA Education Committee for several years.  Jennifer is also an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Nursing, for the Department of Physiologic Nursing.

Vice Chair

Joanne Miller PhD, APN/GNP-BC

Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor at Rush University, College of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois where she has taught in multiple programs for over 35 years. She is a geriatric nurse practitioner at a senior center and coordinated an interprofessional Health Promotion Program for five Chicago Senior Centers for over 12 years.

She is the Co-Director of the Rush University Interprofessional Education Program for in-coming University students. Her research interests and projects are interprofessional education and health promotion and fall prevention with older adults.

Dr. Miller was recently the Co-Principal Investigator for a three-year Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant ($1.12 million) titled, Interprofessional Education Pediatrics through Aging. She was also the Program Director for the adult/gerontological primary care advanced practice nursing programs at Rush University.  

Dr. Miller has been a member of GAPNA and her Chicago regional chapter since 2003. She joined the GAPNA Foundation Board in 2015. She is a long time member and past chair and conference planning committee liaison for the research committee.  She is also a member of the education committee and a past President and Secretary of her regional GAPNA chapter.

Dr. Miller has a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MSN in Psychiatric Nursing and a Post-Master’s certification as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from Rush University, and her BSN from Illinois Wesleyan University.


Suzanne Ransehousen RN, MA, GNP-BC

Suzanne Ransehousen RN, MA, GNP-BC received her BSN from the University of Delaware and her Master's degree from New York University. She currently is employed by ACTS a CCRC in Hockessin, Delaware where she has been practicing for 17 years.

She was the founding member of the Delaware Valley GAPNA chapter and has served as President and Treasurer. She is the current chair of the Practice Committee, and the 2017 recipient of GAPNA's Excellence in Clinical Practice.


Anna Dowd, MSN, RN, GNP

Anna Dowd is a certified gerontological nurse practitioner (GNP).

She received her master’s degree in gerontological nursing from Loyola University and completed requirements for her nurse practitioner certification from Rush University. She is certified as a GNP through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Anna has over 25 years experience working with adults with dementia.  She is currently a nurse practitioner at Rush University Medical Center in outpatient geriatric psychiatry. Anna also has her own consulting business, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Experts (adcareexperts.com).

As a consultant, Anna provides in-home assessment and care coordination for individuals diagnosed with dementia. Anna is active in many professional organizations including the GAPNA, the local Chicago chapter of GAPNA and the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Anna is a past President of GAPNA, CGAPN and currently serves as secretary for the GAPNA Foundation Board. 

Administrative Affairs

Nancy Wilens RN, MSN, GNP-BC

Nancy Wilens RN, MSN, GNP-BC received her Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University –Edwardsville, Illinois and her Gerontological Nurse Practitioner training at Rush University, Chicago, Illinois. Nancy has over 20 years experience working in acute, ambulatory and long term care settings.

She currently works for Northshore Practitioners, Inc. at Glenview Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She serves as the physician liaison working with older adults in a Post-Acute and Long Term Care Facility.

Nancy is an active member of GAPNA and the Chicagoland Advanced Practice Nurse Association. She has been a member of GAPNA organization since 1998 and has served on the Foundation Board since 2011 in multiple roles. Nancy serves as the Chicago chapter’s representative on the Illinois Medical Director Association Board, and is a member of AMDA- The Society for Post Acute and Long Term Care Medicine.

Nancy actively mentors Advanced Practice Nursing students in the post acute and long-term care setting.

Resource Development

MJ Henderson MS, RN, GNP-BC

MJ Henderson has been a GNP for 32 years since graduating from Boston University School of Nursing. She has served on the GAPNA Foundation Board since 2007 following her 2003 presidency of GAPNA. MJ served on the 2015-16 NONPF-AACN exert panel revising the AGNP competencies.

She is a co-author of the 2010 ANCC Gerontological Nursing Review & Resource Manual. As an Assistant Professor at MGHIHP she coordinated the curriculum revision for the new Adult and Gerontology Primary Care NP program.

MJ has presented many times both in the USA and abroad and is currently a Gerontological Nursing Consultant.

M. Catherine Wollman DNP, GNP-BC

Dr. Wollman has worked as an educator and clinician for over 25 years. Her clinical focus has been with high risk older adults in primary care, home care, and long-term care. She served as Director of Senior Health for a large health system and was most recently the Coordinator of the Nurse Practitioner program for over ten years at Neumann University in Aston, PA.

She worked as one of the first advanced practice nurses in transitional care research at the University of Pennsylvania twenty years ago. Most recently she has been a faculty member in online NP education and serves as a consultant for several national continuing education organizations.

Her interests continue to be transitions of care, neurocognitive disorders, and gerontologic education for advanced practice nurses.

Community Liaison


GAPNAF Emeritus

Barbara B. Phillips, DSN-c, GNP-BC, CNS

Barbara B. Phillips, DSN-c, GNP-BC, CNS, is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University's Blended Role CNS/GNP program with experience in this role at West Palm Beach FL VA. She has been active on multiple institutional committees related to acute and long term care of older persons.

Dr. Phillips was a founding member of the South Florida chapter of NCGNP, the 2003 NCGNP Conference chairperson, and the 2004-2005 NCGNP President.

She has served on the Board of the Florida Medical Director's Association, was the Florida Nurses Association Liaison for the ANP Council of Palm Beach County, and was the founding Chair of the NCGNP Foundation Board of Directors (now the GAPNA Foundation).