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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

2022-2024

rachel zastrow

Rachael Zastrow, NNP-BC APNP CPNP-PC

Rachael Zastrow has been a neonatal nurse practitioner since 2010 and currently practices at Advocate Aurora in Wisconsin. She is dually certified as an NNP and as a primary care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Rachael was part of the inaugural class of NANN's emerging leader program in 2017, was chair of the NANN Professional Development Committee, is past president of the local Wisconsin chapter of NANN, current NANN board member and incoming President for NANN. She is currently working on completing her PhD in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

 

Immediate Past President

2022-2023

gail bagwell

Gail Bagwell, DNP APRN CNS

Gail A. Bagwell, DNP, APRN, CNS is a member of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Division of Neonatology team. She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at West Virginia Wesleyan College, her master's in nursing at the University of Cincinnati and her Doctor of Nursing practice at Chatham University. Gail joined Nationwide Children's in 1993 as the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the NICU and in 2000, she became the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Perinatal Outreach. Gail is also a clinical instructor of practice at the Ohio State University College of Nursing Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program. Prior to becoming President, of NANN, she served on the Board of Directors, on committees, and as well as a past-president of the Central Ohio NANN chapter. She is a published author of book chapters in all six editions of the Kenner’s "Comprehensive Neonatal Care" textbook, the Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development, Neonatal Nursing Care Handbook, was the editor for the NANN Guideline for Newborn Safe Sleep and multiple journal articles.

 

Secretary/Treasurer

2022-2024

Luann updated

Luann Jones, DNP APRN NNP-BC NE-BC

Luann Jones chose a neonatal nursing career after her son was born at 29 weeks and spent 3 months in the NICU at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Her 28 years in the NICU at ACH began as a Student Nurse Assistant in 1993. She completed her BSN at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1994 and became a bedside NICU RN at ACH in 1995. She graduated from the MSN-NNP program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in 1998 and practiced as a NNP for 14 years while also serving as the co-lead of the NNP team for 9 years. Luann completed her DNP degree at UTHSC in 2009. From 2012-2022 she served as the Neonatal Services Director at ACH, which is the only Level IV NICU in the state. Luann was a founding member of the Arkansas chapter of NANN & served as the inaugural president from 2018-2020.

 

NANNP Council Chair

2022-2024

Barbara Snapp

Barbara Snapp DNP APRN NNP-BC

Dr. Snapp is a neonatal nurse practitioner and member of the Children’s National in Washington, DC, NICU team working in Virginia and is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Snapp serves on several boards in the metropolitan DC area including the steering committee for the state collaborative. She is often involved in multiple activities on the national level as well. Dr. Snapp has had a career-long interest in neonatal resuscitation both as instructor and author. She has served NANN in many capacities for over the last 30 years and has authored several publications. Dr. Snapp enjoys creating new research projects and mentoring new nurses and NPs.

 

Director-at-Large

2021-2023

Jill Beck

Jill Beck, MSN RNC-NIC C-NNIC C-ELBW

Jill has been a NICU nurse since 2002 after graduating from The College of New Jersey with her BSN and MSN in Nursing Education from Villanova University. She is a Clinical Nurse in the NICU at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. There, she worked on multiple QI initiatives across many disciplines and acted as a mentor for staff for their ongoing research. She is a proud Fellow of NANN’s 2018 Emerging Leader Fellowship. Through the Fellowship, Jill created and developed a podcast for NANN and is now the host of NANNcast. Her passion is creating a platform to share new innovations and hot topics in neonatology on NANNcast with the hope of creating better patient outcomes for our tiny babies. She is currently enrolled in the NNP program at the University of Connecticut.

 

Director-at-Large

2022-2024

Meghan

Meghan Luh, MSN APNP NNP-BC

Meghan Luh has been practicing as a neonatal nurse practitioner since 2009.  She is currently the lead neonatal nurse practitioner at Advocate Aurora Medical Center in Summit, WI, and is also a member of the neonatal nurse practitioner team at Children’s Wisconsin.  She completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Marquette University and subsequently obtained her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida. Meghan has been honored to serve on the board of directors for the State of Wisconsin Association of Neonatal Nurses for the past three years, in addition to volunteering on the NANN Awards Selection Task Force Committee and as a NANN Annual Conference Abstract Reviewer. Her areas of professional interest are breastfeeding and care of the late preterm infant.

 

Director-at-Large

2022-2024

susan taylor

Susan Taylor, MS BSN RNC-NIC

Susie has been a NICU nurse at Children’s Hospital Colorado since 2009 after graduating from Creighton University with her BSN. Susie has worked at the bedside, served as a member of the Core Charge Nurse team for two years and then became an Associate Clinical Manager (ACM) in the fall of 2016. As an ACM Susie shares her time as the direct supervisor to the bedside nurses and works alongside them in the Charge/resource role. Her clinical focus and interests include Primary Nursing, Shared Governance, staffing models and most recently emergency preparedness within the NICU. Susie is pursuing her MS in Healthcare Management with a focus on Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership and is looking forward to graduating in August of 2022. She has a passion for engaging nurses in healthcare policy and has been an active member of the NANN Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Committee since the fall of 2019.

 

Director-at-Large

2021-2023

ashley weber

Ashley Weber, PhD RN RNC-NIC

Ashley Weber, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and a NICU nurse at Rainbow Babies’ and Children’s Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a BSN (2010), MS (2012), and PhD (2016); her entire career has been dedicated to neonatal nursing. Dr. Weber’s NIH-funded program of research centers on designing, testing, and translating evidence-based family-centered care (FCC) interventions into NICU practice, so that families can safely and effectively manage infant care. Ashley has received multiple awards for her work, including prestigious Predoctoral and Postdoctoral fellowships, and a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). She is passionate about training nurses in evidence-based practice and quality improvement skills, and creating innovative partnerships between hospital, academic, and non-profit organizations. As a first-generation college student, Ashley is also a fierce advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and is a founding member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) DEI group.

 

Staff Nurse Director-at-Large

2021-2023

jennifer fries

Jennifer Fries, BSN RNC-NIC C-ELBW C-NNIC

Jennifer Fries began working as a NICU nurse as a new graduate RN in 2012, when she graduated with her ADN from Fayetteville Technical Community College. She earned her BSN from East Carolina University in 2018 as a Graduate with Distinction and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is passionate about professional development and volunteers as part of the team that develops the specialty certification exam for neonatal nurses, is an NRP Instructor Mentor, has been an Item Reviewer for the NCLEX-RN, and has participated in many other activities ranging from a bereavement conference panel to breastfeeding support. Jennifer has been honored to serve on the NANN Awards Selection Task Force and as a NANN Annual Conference Abstract Reviewer. Her areas of professional interest are neonatal resuscitation, staff nurse advocacy, and breastfeeding.

 

 

Staff Nurse Director-at-Large

2022-2024

erica van inwagen

Erica Van Inwagen, BSN RN CCRN

Erica has been a NICU nurse since working as a new graduate in the Newborn Critical Care Center (NCCC) in 2006. She completed her BSN through Purdue University Global in 2018 and is very passionate about mentoring as she is the chair of the Mentoring Program in the NCCC. She has led many successful quality improvement projects in her unit. She is honored to be a graduate of the Emerging Leader Program through NANN and Synova. This program led her to get more involved with NANN, including joining the Board in 2020.

 

NANN's Past Presidents

  • 2020-2022: Gail Bagwell
  • 2018-2020: Joan Rikli
  • 2016-2018: Lori Brittingham
  • 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

2022-2024

Barbara Snapp

Barbara Snapp DNP APRN NNP-BC

Dr. Snapp is a neonatal nurse practitioner and member of the Children’s National in Washington, DC, NICU team working in Virginia and is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Snapp serves on several boards in the metropolitan DC area including the steering committee for the state collaborative. She is often involved in multiple activities on the national level as well. Dr. Snapp has had a career-long interest in neonatal resuscitation both as instructor and author. She has served NANN in many capacities for over the last 30 years and has authored several publications. Dr. Snapp enjoys creating new research projects and mentoring new nurses and NPs.

 

Immediate Past Chair

2022-2023

Bobby Bellflower

Bobby Bellflower, DNSc NNP-BC FAANP

Bobby Bellflower is the Director of the DNP Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), College of Nursing. She is also a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) for University Clinical Health-Regional One Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Bobby started with a Masters in Nursing and obtained her Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) degree 20 years ago. She was the Director of the NNP program at UTHSC until 2013 and left to manage a large group of APRNs at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. She was recruited back to UTHSC to lead the large DNP program (250-300 DNP students) and to try to move it forward on a national level. We were notified yesterday that US News and World Report ranked our DNP program in the top 8% in the United States! Bobby has received the Daisy Award for inspirational leadership of faculty and was selected as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She is a member of multiple organizations including Sigma Theta Tau, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) – Program Planning Committee, AANP, Society for Medical Simulation, etc. She has multiple presentations (both peer-reviewed and invited), publications, and grants for improving care in the Mississippi Delta Region for mothers and babies. Her educational interests focus on teaching APRNs evidence-based practice and continuous quality improvement (QI). It is up to APRNs to translate research into practice to provide the best care for our babies. We change outcomes for our babies, their families and our communities by providing safe, high-quality, evidence-based care and continuous quality improvement

 

Member-at-Large

2022-2024

leann baker

Leann Baker, DNP APRN NNP-BC C-ONQS

Leann Baker, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, C-ONQS is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville; her faculty position is a joint appointment between the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Some of her duties include track coordinator for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program and leader of a team focused on the development and implementation of an Interprofessional Collaborative Practice curriculum for the Department of Pediatrics. Leann has been practicing as an NNP since 2009, and her current clinical service is for Norton Children’s Medical Group - Neonatology based in Louisville, KY. She is also the leader of the Neonatal Advanced Practice group.  Leann has previously served two terms as a member of the NNP Excellence Awards Committee.  Leann currently serves on the Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative (KyPQC) as a member of the steering committee and a lead in the neonatal work group. She has been a member of the KyPQC annual conference planning committee for three years.  Her passions are in quality improvement and patient safety, leadership (specifically servant leadership), education, and neonatal palliative care.  Leann is excited to serve on the Council and be an advocate for neonatal care.

 

Member-at-Large

2021-2023

taryn edwards

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. Most recently, Taryn transitioned to full time at Nemours Children's Health Delaware. She 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 and on the NANN Board of Directors from 2015-2019. She is currently serving on NANNP Council until 2023.

 

Member-at-Large

2021-2023

Tosha Harris

Tosha Harris, DNP APRN NNP-BC

Dr. Harris knew she was called to become a neonatal nurse and care for critically ill neonates even before completing nursing school at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1999. She began her nursing career at LSU Health Science in Shreveport, Louisiana. After ten years collaborating with the extraordinary neonatal nurse practitioners in her unit, she decided to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Northwestern State University. While in school, Dr. Harris was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau. Dr. Harris and her family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 2012 where she began work as a neonatal nurse practitioner at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital (LBCH). The mentorships experienced during her time there were instrumental in honing her clinician and leader skills. In 2017, she accepted an inaugural position as one of two NNPs at a Level III NICU with an active delivery service in Tupelo, MS, and established the NNP role in that setting. Many NNPs have since followed her example. 2018 was a busy year for Dr. Harris as she graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) with her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and was selected for the second cohort of the NANN/Synova Associates Emerging Leader Fellowship. Since that time, Dr. Harris has presented at NANN annual conferences as both a podium and poster presenter, served as conference symposium planning committee member, served as volunteer faculty for the UTHSC College of Nursing, and performed as a manuscript reviewer for Advances of Neonatal Care. In addition, she is currently serving as editor of the NANN E-News bi-monthly newsletter. She has authored several articles for the newsletter in addition to contributing book chapters to neonatal texts. Dr. Harris’ current clinical practice occurs in Level IV NICUs throughout the country. Her practice continues to demonstrate the passion for neonatal care, especially practicing from a trauma-informed framework and empowering future clinicians and leaders of our profession through education and professional development.

 

Member-at-Large

2022-2024

leanne nantais-smith

Leanne Nantais-Smith, PhD RN NNP-BC FAANP

Leanne Nantais-Smith is Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Advanced Practice and Graduate Certificate Programs at Wayne State University (WSU), College of Nursing (CON). She is also a certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) and Coordinator for the NNP Specialty. Leanne completed a Master of Science in Nursing with NNP specialty in 1989 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1997, both from WSU. Leanne is a member of multiple organizations, including NANN/NANNP, Sigma Theta Tau, and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) in June 2022. She has multiple presentations (peer-reviewed and invited) and publications in advanced practice neonatal topics and has worked on several HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grants to expand the APRN workforce. She is currently PI on a HRSA ANEW ($2.6m) grant related to investigating new models of APRN primary care clinical education. Her educational interests focus on NNP clinical education and mentoring doctoral students with project implementation. She is currently conducting pilot research on noninvasive biomarkers of necrotizing enterocolitis.

 

Member-at-Large

2022-2024

heather stephens

Heather Stephens, DNP APRN RNC-NIC ACCNS-N

Heather Stephens, DNP, RNC-NIC, ACCNS-N is a member of the nursing team at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pa. She completed her nursing degree at Lancaster Health Sciences College, undergraduate at Penn State University and Doctorate of Nursing Practice as a Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at Rush University. Heather has held several positions over her 22-year career at Penn State Health and is currently the Neonatal Clinical Practice Nurse Leader. She is currently a member of NANN's annual conference committee, an item question writer for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for the neonatal CNS exam and an exam reviewer.  Heather holds a strong belief that in order to advance neonatal nursing practice, there must be a bridge from evidence-based care to the advanced practice nurses and bedside nurses as well as developing them to pursue, seek and pursue best practices.  Heather's interests include developmental care, reduction in BPD, promotion of the use of human milk and safe sleep practices.  

 

Member-at-Large

2022-2024

dedra teel

Dedra Teel, MSN APRN NNP-BC

Dedra Teel has been a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio since 2018. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with her MSN in 2018 and BSN in 2015. She served on the Annual Conference Committee for two terms and continues to be a manuscript reviewer for Advances in Neonatal Care. She completed the Emerging Leader Fellowship in 2020. Her area of interest is extremely low birth weight infants and obtained her certification in 2020. She currently serves as the President of her local chapter, Northern Ohio Association of Neonatal Nurses (NOANN). As a NANNP council member, she plans to strongly advocate for the advancement of the neonatal nursing and advanced practice nursing profession.