NONPF Board of Directors
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Susan Kelly-Weeder, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP

President, 2020 - 2022 | Email

Susan Kelly-Weeder is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Boston College Connell  S chool of Nursing. A long-term NONPF member, Dr. Kelly-Weeder has been the annual conference chair for the past 5 years and has previously completed two terms as a NONPF Board Member-at-Large. As an FNP, Dr. Kelly-Weeder has focused her clinical practice and scholarship on health promotion and health behavior change of high-risk individuals, families, and populations. Her peers recognized her highly disseminated work with induction as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. While the FNP program director, she led extensive curricular revisions and initiated the use of innovative teaching methodologies such as simulation, case-based presentations, and team-based learning. Currently, as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, she is spearheading the development of a seamless post-baccalaureate DNP program and is working with Chilean colleagues to develop the first NP program in Chile. Dr. Kelly-Weeder earned a BS in Nursing from Simmons College and an MS and PhD from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.



Susan Weber Buchholz PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN

President-Elect, 2020 - 2022 | Email

Dr. Buchholz is committed to reaching out to hear what NP faculty need next to be equipped to educate students to comprehensively care for individuals of diverse backgrounds coupled with the skills necessary to lead critical healthcare transformation. She brings to NONPF her long-standing history of commitment to the organization, including serving as Board secretary (2015-2019). As an Adult Nurse Practitioner, Professor, and Acting Chairperson at Rush University College of Nursing, in Chicago, she understands the demands of being a NP faculty member, as she works closely with her students and the faculty. Within NONPF, she co-led the first Research Special Interest Group. Now as the NONPF representative, she is co-leading the national multi-stakeholder Strengthen Outcomes Data Group, which is studying the impact of the DNP on NP education, regulatory, economic, and practice outcomes. With her NIH funded research, she is using a PhD and DNP nursing research team model, employing innovative technological modalities intended to improve physical activity. She appreciates having the opportunity to serve NP faculty during this critical time for our nation and world.



Annette Jakubisin Konicki, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP


Secretary, 2019 - 2021 | Email

Dr. Annette Jakubisin Konicki, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP is Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Family NP Program at the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing.  Her clinical, scholarly and research interests are in primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and heart healthy behaviors across the lifespan. She has been principle investigator on studies evaluating women's knowledge of cardiovascular risk factors, perceived risk of cardiovascular disease and women’s engagement in heart healthy behaviors.  She has maintained a clinical practice as a primary care provider for twenty years and has served as consultant and presenter for a regional health department and a member of healthcare provider advisory boards. Active in academia for over 15 years, she is transforming care for the underserved through better preparation of the APN workforce by integrating her interests in primary prevention, health promotion, and interprofessional education.  Dr. Jakubisin Konicki has been active in NONPF in various SIGs and committees, most recently serving as Chair of the Curriculum Leadership Committee and the committee’s initiatives to provide resources for seamless integration of BSN-DNP curricula.  She was a 2017 -2018 AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) Fellow and was selected in 2018 as a Fellow of the AANP.  Dr. Jakubisin Konicki earned a BSN from the University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio; MS in Nursing, two post-graduate certificates (ANP and FNP) and PhD in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Massachusetts.



Michael E. Zychowicz, DNP, ANP, ONP, FAAN, FAANP



Treasurer, 2020 - 2022 | Email


Dr. Michael E. Zychowicz is Professor and Director of the MSN Program at Duke University School of Nursing. He also serves as Co-Director for the Duke-Durham VA Academic Nursing Partnership which includes two post-graduate NP residency programs. He is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and an Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Zychowicz earned a BSN from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh, an MSN from Syracuse University and a DNP from Case Western Reserve University. His clinical practice has included general orthopedics with a focus on surgical and non-surgical back conditions. Dr. Zychowicz’s scholarly interest includes the impact of health beliefs on return to work time after a back injury as well as post-graduate training programs for NPs. At Duke, he leads the only graduate-level Orthopedic NP curriculum in the US. Dr. Zychowicz is an editor for the books Orthopedic Nursing Secrets and Introduction to Orthopedic Nursing. He is frequently invited to lecture at national conferences where he shares his passion for orthopedic practice and topics. Dr. Zychowicz was selected as the 2004 NY State NP of the Year and received the AANP Award for Excellence in 2007. He was selected as a Fellow of the AANP (2007) and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (2013). He has participated in the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program Fellowship (2007-2008) and the AACN – Wharton Executive Leadership Program Fellowship (2016-2017).



Leanne Fowler, DNP, MBA, APRN, AG/ACNP-BC, CNE

Board Member at Large, 2019 - 2021 | Email

Dr. Fowler has served as the Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs since June 15, 2017 and Coordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) concentration since January 6, 2016. She began her career as a Nursing Educator January of 2008 at LSU Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She continues to teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs; and maintains active practice as a board certified Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner on Hospital Medicine and Emergency Medicine teams.


Christine Pintz, PhD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, RN, FAANP


Board Member at Large, 2020-2022 | Email

Dr. Pintz has been at the George Washington University (GW) School of Nursing since 1998. During that time, she has served in several administrative positions such as nurse practitioner and DNP program director and associate dean for graduate programs. She is an expert on the use of educat ional technology and its application in NP and graduate education.  Dr. Pintz’s research is focused on the use of educational technology, interprofessional education, educational evaluation and patient self-management of chronic illness. She has been funding by HRSA, the American Nurses Foundation and the NCSBN. She has received a number of teaching awards: Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Educational Technology, STTI Best Practice in Technology, and the GW Bender Teaching Award. Dr. Pintz was selected for the National Library of Medicine, Medical Bioinformatics Program. She serves as an onsite evaluator for both CCNE and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She is a Master Reviewer for the Quality Matters program. She was a faculty fellow of the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is an expert on Human Centered Design Thinking and its application to health care. In addition to her faculty activities, she is a board-certified family and women’s health nurse practitioner and volunteers with the Arlington Free Clinic in Arlington, Virginia.



Steve Brian Widmar PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, FAANP



Board Member at Large, 2019 - 2021 | Email

Dr. Brian Widmar is the academic director of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. He has practiced as an acute care nurse practitioner in cardiothoracic critical care and transplantation for 14 years and has 10 years of experience in nursing education. His research interests include patient and family-centered care and self-care education in cardiothoracic transplant and ventricular assist device patient populations. His scholarly interests related to teaching include advanced simulation strategies, multidisciplinary collaboration and communication, advanced procedural training for nurse practitioners, and professional role transitions. Dr. Widmar earned a BSN and MSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a PhD from Vanderbilt University.



Rene Allen Love, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

Board Member at Large, 2019 - 2021 | Email


Dr. Rene Love is a Clinical Professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Graduate Clinical Education at the University of Florida. Her nursing career spans more than 30 years as an RN and over 20 years as an CNS/NP working with vulnerable populations. Dr. Love has provided leadership to national groups working with competencies, curriculum, and scope and standards setting for AACN. She is past president of the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She was inducted as a Fellow into the Nursing Academy in the National Academies of Practice in 2014 and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2015. She has been the project director for HRSA grants supporting (1)PMHNP student education in rural and medically underserved integrative sites, (2) PMHNP student education in opioid and substance abuse treatment, and (3) education and certification of sexual abuse nurse examiners. Dr. Love earned her BSN from Valdosta State University, Her MSN and DNP from Vanderbilt University, and her PhD from the University of Arizona.



Charles Yingling, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP

Board Member at Large, 2020-2022 | Email


It is my pleasure to submit my willingness to serve as a Board Member at Large on the NONPF Board of Directors. Serving on the NONPF board is an opportunity to give back to the organization that has given so much to me.  I have been a NONPF member for approximately 7 years. In that time, I have been involved in a number of NONPF activities but never in an elected role. I was a participant in the NONPF Leadership Mentoring program in 2016-2017. The resources and opportunities afforded to me through this program have had a profound impact on my career. In 2017, I co-founded the NONPF Diversity SIG and served as the co-chair of that SIG for one year. The work we did as a SIG on implicit bias led to both a presentation at the NONPF conference and a publication. Aside from the work generated by the Diversity SIG, I regularly present at NONPF conferences on topics ranging from innovative precepting models to inclusion of sexual and gender minority health content in NP programs.  My leadership experience includes serving in my institution as the FNP program director and now as the interim Associate Dean for Practice and Partnerships. In my current role, I lead a nurse managed health center and other faculty practice initiatives.  Thank you for considering me to serve on the NONPF board. I am eager to support the work of NONPF in advancing NP education.



Julie Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNPC, GNP, CCNS, FAANP, FAAN

Board Member at Large, 2019 - 2021 | Email


Dr. Julie Stanik-Hutt is a Professor and the Director of the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Iowa. Her career spans more than 40 years of clinical practice in the care of acutely and critically ill adults and older adults, and 20 years of academic teaching. Her NP practice has included transplant medicine, cardiology and more recently transitional care. Julie has participated in the development of NP competencies, scope and standards documents, APRN curricula, and certification examinations. She is also CCNE Accreditation Visitor. Her 2011 systematic review of the safety, quality and effectiveness of APRN care has supported expansion of NP practice authority. Julie earned a BSN at the University of Iowa, MA in Education at San Diego State University, MSN at the University of California, San Francisco, a post graduate certificate from Georgetown University, and PhD at the University of Maryland. 



Geraldine Q. Young, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CDE, FAANP

Board Member at Large, 2020-2022 | Email


Dr. Geraldine Q. Young is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) and faculty at Frontier Nursing University (FNU). Prior to becoming the CDIO at FNU, she served as Associate Professor and Director for Graduate Nursing Programs at Kentucky State University and Assistant Professor at Alcorn State University.  She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2010), an MSN from Alcorn State University (2005), and a BSN from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (2001).  Dr. Young is a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) (2005). Her service in the nursing profession spans 20 years (15 years-FNP, 13-preceptor and mentor for NPs, 10-NP faculty, and 5-family medical practice owner). Advocating for faculty and student competencies is one of her greatest contributions to academia.  Dr. Young is a National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Leadership Fellow and Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has been deemed a content expert for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Dr. Young has served on the NONPF Curricular Leadership Committee (co-chair); Annual and Fall Conference Committees; and Program Director and Research Special Interest Groups.  She has consistently attended NONPF conferences since the inception of her membership in 2014.  Dr. Young’s actions demonstrate her commitment to the NONPF.  She is also a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials Task Force.


Mary Beth Bigley, DrPH, MSN., APRN, FAAN



NONPF Chief Executive Officer | Email

Dr. Mary Beth Bigley is the CEO of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, a national organization specifically devoted to promoting high-quality nurse practitioner (NP) education. In this role, she provides leadership on education, policies and program initiatives that promote NP education and practice. Prior to her joining NONPF in April of 2017, she served as Director for the Division of Nursing and Public Health in the Bureau of Health Workforce at HRSA. From 2008 to 2014, Dr. Bigley served as the Director of the Division of Science and Communications HHS’s Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. Bigley received a doctorate in Health System and Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Systems.


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