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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

President

Lori Brittingham, MSN RN CNS ACCNS-N

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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.

Immediate Past President

Regina Grazel, MSN RN BC APN-C

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Jean Grazel is a certified advanced practice nurse with more than 30 years of neonatal nursing experience. She holds several clinical designations, including board-certified high-risk perinatal nurse, neonatal resuscitation program regional trainer, NANN neonatal developmental care specialist, and certified breastfeeding counselor. Grazel served two terms on the NANN Board of Directors and is a former president of NANN's Delaware Valley chapter. She has held varied positions as NICU staff nurse, nurse educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, project coordinator, and public health nurse. Currently, Grazel is employed by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics as the program director for the New Jersey Department of Health Critical Congenital Heart Defects Screening Program and Zika Infant Surveillance.

Secretary/Treasurer

Joan Rikli, MSN RN CPNP-PC NE-BC

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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 3 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 in the first year of her second full term as Secretary/Treasurer.

Director-at-Large

Gail Bagwell, DNP APRN CNS

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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.

Staff Nurse Director-at-Large

Sherri Brown, MEd

Sherri Brown received her BSN from the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, in 1981 and began her nursing career in the NICU. Despite changes in her location, Brown never left the NICU. In 2007 she traveled to China with NANN through People to People International, which sparked a love for international neonatal nursing that continued with a trip to Rwanda in 2008. From there, Brown founded One Good Deed, a 501(c)3 non-profit which continues to work in Africa teaching the Helping Babies Breathe Program through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rwandan Ministry of Health. In 2014, Brown graduated from Western Governors University with a Master of Science in nursing/education. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Kansas School of Nurses as a clinical instructor for junior nursing students in the med/surg setting and works in the University of Kansas Hospital's NICU.

Director-at-Large

Taryn Edwards, MSN CRNP NNP-BC

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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.

Staff Nurse Director-at-Large

Thomasine Farrell, BSN RNC-NIC

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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. .

Director-at-Large

Annie Rohan, PhD RN NNP-BC CPNP-PC

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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.

Director-at-Large

Elizabeth Sharpe, DNP NNP-BC

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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.

 

NANNP Council Chair

Lee Shirland, MS NNP-BC

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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.

Chair - Lee Shirland, MS NNP-BC

Shirland resizedLee 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.

Sandra Bellini, DNP APRN NNP-BC

Bellini resizedSandra 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.

Amy Koehn, PhD NNP-BC

Koehn resizedAmy 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.

Ashley Darcy Mahoney, PhD NNP-BC

Mahoney WAshley Darcy Mahoney is an assistant professor at the George Washington University School of Nursing and director of infant research at the George Washington University Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (AND) Institute. Her area of interest is in neonatology, developmental pediatrics, and brain injury. She received her BSN from Georgetown University and her MSN and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Darcy Mahoney holds the distinctions of being a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar, an American Academy of Nurses Fellow, and the 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year. Dr. Darcy Mahoney also practices as a neonatal nurse practitioner for South Dade Neonatology.

Barbara Snapp, DNP NNP-BC

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Moni Snell, MSN RN NNP-BC

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Tracy Wasserburger, RNC MSN NNP-BC

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Elizabeth Welch-Carre, EdD(C) MS APRN NNP-BC

Welch-Carre WElizabeth 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.