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Leadership at NANN

NANN is governed by a ten-member board of directors consisting of three officers, six directors, and the chair of the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP), a division of NANN. Leadership at NANN is based on a defined set of competencies that speak to the qualities, capabilities and expertise valued by the organization and critical to success in carrying out NANN's purpose.

NANN's Board of Directors

Lori Brittingham

President

Lori Brittingham, MSN RN CNS ACCNS-N

Lori Brittingham has spent the majority of her 27+ year nursing career practicing in various roles in the NICU. Currently she is a neonatal clinical nurse specialist at Reading Health System in West Reading, PA, and holds a faculty position in the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist program at The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Science. Brittingham has served on the NANN Board of Directors for the past five years, having served two terms as Staff Nurse Director-at-Large and currently as NANN's President. Prior to joining the NANN Board in 2011, Brittingham served as newsletter editor and President of NANN’s Delaware Valley Chapter.

 

 

Joan Rikli

President-Elect

Joan Rikli, MSN RN CPNP-PC NE-BC

Joan Rikli received her BSN from UCLA in 1977 and her MSN in parent-child nursing/PNP from University of Michigan in 1996. After her first year of obligatory med-surg nursing, Rikli became a neonatal staff nurse at the University of Michigan and from there ventured into leadership roles at a variety of hospitals. Rikli has served as the Director of Women's and Infant Services and NICU for the past 4 years. She also sits on the West Michigan Board of Directors for the March of Dimes and recently chaired her local March for Babies. Rikli is the president elect for 2017-2018.

 

 

Meier W

Secretary/Treasurer

Susan Meier, DNP APRN NNP-BC

Susan Meier has been practicing in various NICU nursing roles for 27 years.  Currently she is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with Mednax, practicing in the Denver metro area.  She also holds a ranked faculty position at Regis University: Loretto Heights School of Nursing. She is the author of various book chapters and articles.  Previous NANN volunteer activities include: author of modules for the RNC review course, taskforce chair of the Mentoring Toolkit for Novice Nurse Practitioners, as well as co-founder and past president of NANN’s Front Range Chapter.  Meier has served on the NANNP Council for five years, two of which she was the governing Council Chair.  She will assume the role of Secretary/Treasurer in October 2017.

 

 

Gail Bagwell

Director-at-Large

Gail Bagwell, DNP APRN CNS

Gail Bagwell has been a neonatal nurse for the majority of her nursing career. After graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan College with her BSN she began her neonatal nursing career in a Level III NICU regional referral center, but took a break after 4 years to explore other areas of pediatric nursing. After a stint in a pediatric ED she realized quickly that she was a neonatal nurse at heart and returned to neonatal nursing. She completed her master's at the University of Cincinnati. While she has held a variety of titles, Dr. Bagwell has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Perinatal Outreach at Nationwide Children's Hospital for the past 15 years. She completed her DNP in May 2015 from Chatham University.

 

 

Taryn Edwards

Director-at-Large

Taryn Edwards, MSN CRNP NNP-BC

Taryn Edwards joined NANN before graduating from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Nursing in 2004. She started as a nurse at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) right after nursing school and found deep satisfaction in the care of critically ill neonates. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing with a Master of Science degree and began practicing as a neonatal nurse practitioner for the general, thoracic, and fetal surgery team within the NICU at CHOP. Edwards has participated in Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing's Maternal Child Health Leadership Academy as a leadership fellow in 2008 and as a mentor in 2012. She has also served as newsletter editor and President of NANN's Delaware Valley Chapter.

 

 

Tommie Farrell

Staff Nurse Director-at-Large

Thomasine Farrell, BSN RNC-NIC

Tommie Farrell has been a nurse for the past 41 years and a neonatal nurse for most of that time. Currently she works at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the NICU as a staff nurse but also as resource RN, breast feeding resource RN, ECMO staff nurse, preceptor, and as part of the special delivery unit team. Bereavement/palliative care and ethics are two of Farrell’s main interests. Farrell is part of the Delaware Valley Association of Neonatal Nurses and served as chapter President and presently serves as Advocacy Chair. In addition, Farrell serves on NANN’s Health Policy and Advocacy Committee (HPAC) which supports her strong interest in healthcare advocacy.

 

 

Anni Rohan

Director-at-Large

Annie Rohan, PhD RN NNP-BC CPNP-PC

Annie Rohan is a dual certified Nurse Practitioner in Neonatal and Pediatrics and a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Rohan also earned her PhD in Nursing and was selected to become a member of the first national cohort of Jonas Nursing Scholars. Currently she is a faculty member and Director of Pediatric Research at Stony Brook University School of Nursing, where she teaches and mentors nurse practitioner students in the DNP program. Most recently, Dr. Rohan was awarded HRSA funds to support nurses in preparing to become Nurse Practitioners through online education programs at Stony Brook University.

 

 

Liz Sharpe

Director-at-Large

Elizabeth Sharpe, DNP NNP-BC

Elizabeth Sharpe joined NANN before graduating from nursing school, following her desire to work with infants. With more than 20 years in neonatal clinical practice she has been a staff nurse, transport nurse, nurse practitioner and clinical educator. Dr. Sharpe is an Assistant Professor in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sharpe co-authored NANN’s Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters: Guidelines for Practice, 3rd Edition, and was named the Association for Vascular Access Janet Pettit Scholar in 2014. Sharpe was elected to the Board of Director's in 2014 and was recently re-elected for a second term.

 

 

Staff Nurse Rebecca SouthDirector-at-Large

Rebecca South, BSN RNC-NIC

Rebecca South received her BSN from Baylor University, Waco, Texas.  Rebecca has been a NICU nurse for 23+ years and is currently working as a Clinical Nurse III at Texas Health Resource Plano. Rebecca has served as the Project Manager for NANN’s Baby Steps to Home: Discharge Pathway since 2013. She received the Robyn Main Excellence for Clinical Practice award in 2016. Rebecca serves as founding President of NANN’s Collin County Area Chapter for 2017. She will assume the role as Staff Nurse Director-at-Large of NANN in October 2017.

 

 

Lee Shirland

NANNP Council Chair

Lee Shirland, MS NNP-BC

Lee Shirland received her BSN in nursing from the University of Maine, where she graduated with highest distinction in 1988, and her Masters of Science Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) from Boston College in 1995. Shirland worked as a staff nurse in the Rosen Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Maine from 1988 to 1996. She has worked as an NNP at Cape Fear Valley Health System (CFVHS) in Fayetteville North Carolina since 1996 and she has been the Co-Coordinator of the Neonatal Advanced Practice Service at CFVHS, since 1998. Shirland has been a member of NANN since 1988 and a member of the South Eastern Carolina Chapter since 1996. She is a member of the Carolinas Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and has served on the board of that organization since 1998. Shirland was a founding member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP) in 2007 and served on the Council from its founding to 2012. Since then, Shirland has served on the NANNP Nominations Committee, the NNP Competency Maintenance Tool Kit Committee, and was elected to serve on NANNP's Council again in 2016 as Chair-Elect and in 2017 as Chair.

 

 

NANN's Past Presidents

  • 2015-2016: Regina Grazel
  • 2014-2015: Cheryl Carlson
  • 2014–2015: Pam Spivey
  • 2012–2014: Cheryl Carlson
  • 2010–2012: Susan Reinarz
  • 2008–2010: Lori Armstrong
  • 2007–2008: Peggy Gordin
  • 2005–2006: Robin Bissinger
  • 2003–2004: Catherine Witt
  • 2001–2002: Margaret Conway-Orgel
  • 1999–2000: Frances Strodtbeck
  • 1997–1998: Lynn Lynam
  • 1995–1996: Carole Kenner
  • 1993–1994: Patricia J. Johnson
  • 1991–1992: Linda Bellig
  • 1989–1990: Tracy Karp
  • 1987–1988: Charles Rait
  • 1984–1986: The organizational work of the association was led by an interim board of directors consisting of Linda Bellig, Patricia J. Johnson, Tracy Karp, Donna Lee Loper, Linda McCollum, and Charles Rait.

National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP) Council

NANNP is governed by an elected Council composed of eight NNPs from across the United States. One of the eight council members is appointed chair and also serves on the national board of directors of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). Council members exhibit NANN's core set of competencies and leadership qualities required to effectively lead the membership division into the future.

Lee Shirland

Chair - Lee Shirland, MS NNP-BC

Lee Shirland received her BSN in nursing from the University of Maine, where she graduated with highest distinction in 1988, and her Masters of Science Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) from Boston College in 1995. Shirland worked as a staff nurse in the Rosen Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Maine from 1988 to 1996. She has worked as an NNP at Cape Fear Valley Health System (CFVHS) in Fayetteville North Carolina since 1996 and she has been the Co-Coordinator of the Neonatal Advanced Practice Service at CFVHS, since 1998. Shirland has been a member of NANN since 1988 and a member of the South Eastern Carolina Chapter since 1996. She is a member of the Carolinas Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and has served on the board of that organization since 1998. Shirland was a founding member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP) in 2007 and served on the Council from its founding to 2012. Since then, Shirland has served on the NANNP Nominations Committee, the NNP Competency Maintenance Tool Kit Committee, and was elected to serve on NANNP's Council again in 2016 as Chair-Elect and in 2017 as Chair.

 



Lizz Welch Carre

Elizabeth Welch-Carre, EdD MS APRN NNP-BC

Elizabeth Welch-Carre received her first bachelor's at Smith College in economics. She returned to school and graduated with a BSN from the University of Virginia. From there she served in the U.S. Navy in California as a med/surg nurse and later as a labor and delivery nurse. It was while she worked in labor and delivery that she decided she should become a Nurse Practitioner. In 1997, Welch-Carre left the service and moved to Colorado where she became a neonatal nurse. In 2005 she graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing as a neonatal nurse practitioner. She has worked the entirety of her NNP career at Children's Hospital Colorado where she has served as the co-chair of the Advanced Practice Shared Governance Council, the Nurse Credentialing Review Board and the coordinator of the NNP group from 2008 to 2016. She specializes in infant exposure to alcohol or other substances in utero. Welch-Carre is working on her Doctorate of Education in Leadership at Creighton University and expects to complete her degree in 2017.

 



Sandy Bellini
Sandra Bellini, DNP APRN NNP-BC

Sandra Bellini is presently an Associate Clinical Professor with both NCC certification as an NNP and NLN certification as a Nurse Educator with 28 years of neonatal nursing experience at both the staff and advanced practice levels. Her current position is Director for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. Dr. Bellini received a Diploma in Nursing from the Framingham Union Hospital School of Nursing in 1987 and a BS in Nursing from Worcester State College in 1994. She received a MS in Neonatal Critical Care Nursing (NNP) from Northeastern University in 1996 and a post-MS Certificate from the University of Massachusetts in Nursing Education in 2003. She earned her DNP degree in 2007 from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Bellini has published and presented at the local, regional, national, and international levels and she has served on several NANN/ NANNP Committees over many years.

 

 



Kristin Howard

Kristin Howard, DNP APRN NNP-BC

Kristin Howard began her nursing career as a CNA in high school, in Wyoming, and went on to earn her BSN in 2005 from the University of St. Louis - Missouri, becoming a fourth generation nurse. She started work as a new graduate in the NICU at St. Louis Children's Hospital before moving to Denver and joining the NICU team at Children's Hospital Colorado. She completed her MSN at Regis University as a NNP in 2007 and has been working for the NNP group at Children's Hospital Colorado ever since.  In 2013, she returned to school to complete her DNP from the University of Minnesota. Kristin currently staffs level II, III, and IV NICUs across the Colorado front range. She also works part time as affiliate clinical faculty for the Regis University NNP program. She was honored to be selected as a member of the inaugural class of the 2017 NANN Emerging Leader Program and is currently working on the NANN Senior Staffing Solutions project. Kristin is truly honored to have the opportunity to be part of the NANN council and advocate for NICU nurses and babies across the country.

 

 



Amy Koehn

Amy Koehn, PhD NNP-BC

Amy Koehn is the concentration coordinator for the University of Tennessee's Health Science Center College of Nursing's NNP/DNP program. In 1993 she received her BSN from Bethel College and since has gone on to earn a MSN from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs in 2001 and her PhD from Indiana University in 2014. Dr. Koehn continues to practice 4-6 days a month as a NNP at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis. Her clinical research interests include neonatal gastrointestinal tract development and means to promote tolerance of enteral feedings.

 

 



Barbara Snapp

Barbara Snapp, DNP NNP-BC

Barbara Snapp is a NNP at Children's National Health System in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She received an Associate's Degree in Nursing from Westchester Community College in New York before receiving her BSN from Loyola University, her MSN and NNP from Louisiana State University Medical Center, and her DNP from Old Dominion University. Dr. Snapp has previously served NANN as a committee member, editor of Central Lines, and as a reviewer for Advances in Neonatal Care.

 



 

Moni Snell

Moni Snell, MSN RN NNP-BC

Moni Snell has been practicing as a NICU nurse for the last 35 years. Within the same unit, she has been a neonatal staff nurse, a neonatal nursing educator, a transport nurse, and currently a practicing NNP. She is also an NRP Instructor Trainer and STABLE instructor for her Provincial Perinatal Education Outreach Program. Snell has been a NANN member for nearly 20 years and served on the Board of Directors and Program Planning Committee from 2006 to 2013. In 2015 she founded RESKANN, an affiliate of NANN based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 



 

Tracey Wasserburger

Tracy Wasserburger, RNC MSN NNP-BC

Tracy Wasserburger felt a pull to nursing from a young age. She started with a diploma nursing degree, but since then has received her BSN (University of Wyoming), MSN (University of Mary, ND) and her Neonatal Nursing Practitioner degree (East Carolina University). Over the course of her career she has worked as a school nurse, staff nurse, a nurse manager, and an NNP in a Level II nursery. There are only two licensed NNPs in Wasserburger's home state of Wyoming and she is proud to be only full-time employed NNP in the state.