NONPF Board of Directors
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Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN
President (18-20)

Dr. Lorna Finnegan is Executive Associate Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. She has extensive experience in leading nurse practitioner initiatives and had devoted most of her career to advancing NP education in Chicago and the nation.  As a family nurse practitioner, she has focused her practice and research on caring for individuals with multiple chronic illnesses.  Through her scholarship, practice, and leadership, she has integrated big data analytics, strategic academic-practice partnerships, creative pedagogies, and policy-changing leadership strategies to increase access to primary care and improve health in vulnerable and underserved populations within the context of their lives. As previous department head and now executive associate dean, she leads faculty on 6 regional campuses and students in pre-licensure, advanced generalist masters, PhD, and BSN to DNP programs. As a result of her mentorship, faculty and students have been recognized nationally and internationally for cutting edge scholarship, teaching, and policy development.  As a long-term leader and current president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, she has led and will sustain multiple initiatives that impact nurse practitioner education, practice, and policy.

Susan Kelly-Weeder, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
President-Elect (18-20)

Dr. Susan Kelly-Weeder is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Boston College Connell School 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 a 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-baccalaurete 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. 


Shannon Reedy Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN
Treasurer (18-20)

Dr. Shannon Idzik is the Associate Dean of the DNP Program and an Associate Professor with the University of Maryland.  She has practiced as an adult nurse practitioner for 13 years in a variety of settings and maintains a clinical practice at the University of Maryland Medical Center and has 11 years of experience in nursing education.  She has made progressive leadership advances during her academic tenure that are well aligned with the goals of NONPF and demonstrate her ability to lead and advocate for NP education.  In recognition of her leadership and sustained commitment to the profession, she received the AANP State Award for Excellence in 2012 and Fellowship in AANP in 2014. As program director at the University of Maryland, Dr. Idzik led the transition of the adult nurse practitioner program to an adult gerontology nurse practitioner program.  In her role as Associate Dean of the DNP program, she led the development and implementation of the first DNP APRN programs in Maryland and continues to oversee all APRN programs at UMSON.   A member of the AACN taskforce on the implementation of the DNP, she co-wrote the recently published whitepaper, The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Current issues and clarifying recommendations report from the task force on the implementation of the DNP.  Dr. Idzik received her DNP, a post-master certificate in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions, and an MS Adult Nurse Practitioner from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She holds a BS in Nursing from York College of Pennsylvania. 


Susan Weber Buchholz, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP
Secretary (17-19)

Dr. Susan Buchholz is a Professor in the College of Nursing at Rush University, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Buchholz is an Adult Nurse Practitioner who synergistically engages in research, teaching, practice, and service, in order to improve the health of adults. She is a strong advocate for improving physical activity in the nation. She is funded by the NIH National Institute of Nursing Research. The long-term goal of her research program is to develop cost-effective strategies to increase physical activity among sedentary adults. She has conducted and published on her quantitative and qualitative research, as well as her clinical work. She is also an internationally trained systematic reviewer. She is an advisor in the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. She provides interactive educational instruction in the College of Nursing, teaching in primary care management and research courses. She is part of the faculty practice group at Rush University College of Nursing. She is committed to high-quality nurse practitioner education and is currently serving a second term on the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Board. She is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and serves as the Chair of the inaugural American Association of Nurse Practitioners Research Committee. She recently completed work as a Mentor in the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy. Her vision for nurse practitioner education is grounded in the belief that every nurse practitioner is a healthcare leader. She believes that each nurse practitioner and each nurse practitioner student bring to healthcare leadership, unique and important gifts that collectively improve healthcare.

Jeanne Cartier, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Board Member at Large (18-20)

Dr. Jeanne Cartier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing (College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL, Lafayette). She has been an advanced practice nurse for more than 30 years and a nurse educator for more than 20 years.  Dr. Cartier earned a Master's degree (Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical  Specialist) from Virginia Commonwealth University and her PhD (Nursing and Health Promotion) from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She earned a post-masters certificate as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP from the MGH Institute of Health Professions (MGH-IHP), Boston, MA. In addition to her current position, Dr. Cartier held faculty appointments at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and Georgia Regents University (GRU, now Augusta University). At the MGH-IHP, Dr. Cartier served as the specialty coordinator for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She was a member of the DNP Task Force, the group responsible for developing curriculum and courses, and leading the implementation of the DNP (one of the first four accredited programs in the US). Dr. Cartier led the psychiatric mental health faculty in transitioning the psychiatric mental health program curricula from dual programs in child/adolescent and adult to a single life-span focus. Along with other specialty coordinators, she worked on aligning core curriculum across specialties. At GRU, Dr. Cartier served as Interim Director, DNP-NP (Primary Care) Programs. She led the task force charged with transitioning the NP program from Master's-level to a DNP only option.

Kathryn K. Ellis, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP
Board Member at Large (17-19)

Dr. Kathryn Ellis is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Division Director for Graduate Nursing Studies at Texas Christian University (TCU), Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Fort Worth, Texas.   She has been a nurse practitioner for over 24 years, is dual board certified as a family and adult nurse practitioner, and has practiced in a variety of settings including internal medicine, endocrinology, family practice, and an underserved clinic. She has participated in numerous collaborative publications and invited presentations, both locally and nationally, on NP education and practice topics. In 2014, she received the NONPF Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator of the Year award for her development of innovative curriculum and creative teaching strategies. In an effort to provide faculty with resources for transitioning NP programs from Master’s to DNP, Dr. Ellis led a NONPF taskforce to develop a business plan template for new program planning. Currently, Dr. Ellis serves on the Preceptor Expansion Project, an initiative to expand the pool and the skills of community preceptors who teach medical, NP and PA students. 

Rosario Medina, PhD, FNP-BC, ACNP, CNS
Board Member at Large (17-19)

Dr. Rosario Medina is Assistant Dean of Graduate Nursing Programs and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado- Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Her nursing career spans over thirty-two years of hospital and clinic practice and has been in academia over 23 years. She is both a family and acute nurse practitioner. She completed her formative nursing education at Pace University School of Nursing (ASN and BSN). Dr. Medina graduated from the College of New Rochelle as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a minor in education and practiced in New York until 1992, when she moved to Florida to practice as a Clinical Specialist at Memorial Medical Center in Broward County. She later entered the academic setting at Broward College followed by Barry University’s undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, Florida Atlantic University’s graduate FNP program, and Nova Southeastern University’s College of Nursing as program director for APRN Programs. Dr. Medina obtained her PhD (2007) in nursing at Barry University. Her dissertation focused on breast cancer screening behaviors of Hispanic women in South Florida. Her research trajectory focuses on the health beliefs and practices of underprivileged populations and how to increase access to health care in South Florida and now in the state of Colorado.

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

Board Member at Large (17-19)

Dr. Julie Stanik-Hutt is a Professor and the Director of the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) track within the DNP 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. Previous teaching appointments include the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Stanik – Hutt has provided leadership to national groups working on NP competencies, scope and standards documents, APRN curricula, and certification. She is also CCNE Accreditation Visitor. She co-authored the landmark 2011 systematic review of research regarding the safety, quality and effectiveness of APRN care and has provided leadership and testimony to expand NP practice authority. Her professional work also includes engagement and leadership with American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), Gerontologic Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is a past president of the American College of Nurse Practitioners.  Dr. Stanik-Hutt 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. She is a veteran of the U. S. Nav

Mercedes Echevarria, DNP, APN
Board Member at Large (18-20)

Dr. Echevarria is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of the DNP Program at the George Washington School of Nursing. Her research and clinical interests include improvement of health outcomes with an emphasis on the pediatric population, childhood developmental surveillance and screening, childhood obesity and advanced nursing practice. Dr Echevarria is board certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She has sustained an active practice as a Nurse Practitioner while maintaining fulltime faculty and administrative responsibilities at the School of Nursing and presently remains active in the clinical setting through her work as an Advanced Practice Nurse at a FQHC. She served as a facilitator for the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center of Rutgers School of Nursing (formerly UMDNJ) in a collaborative international twinning project that involved BOTUSA (Botswana-USA), Institutes of Health Sciences (IHS) and the Botswana Ministry of Health (MOH) to facilitate the development and integration of Family Nurse Practitioner Program Competencies in HIV prevention, care and support. The work of this project was completed in Gaborone, Botswana. Her DNP capstone project “Health Promotion in School-Aged Hispanic Children through a Culturally Competent Nutrition and Exercise Family-School Program” grew out of her dedication to improvement of health outcomes and population health. Participation in this community-based program prompted caregivers to engage in healthier nutrition practices and increase physical activity; it also led to weight reductions for caregivers, improvement in body mass index (BMI) among children, and improvement in blood pressure levels for both caregivers and children. Her published capstone was sought by representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as one of the key projects useful in their program for obesity prevention in low-income Hispanic children.
Courtney J. Young-Pitts, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC
Board Member at Large (17-19)

Dr. Courtney J. Pitts is the Academic Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty at Vanderbilt University. Clinically, Dr. Pitts has experience as an FNP in a family/internal medicine urban setting as well as HIV management at a Ryan White funded agency. Dr. Pitts has been trained as a 2013 Southeastern AIDS and Education Training Center (SEATEC) faculty through Emory University to provide oral presentations to the Big Six audience. Her current scholarly focus is the application of primary care in HIV settings. Dr. Pitts received her Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. She graduated from the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs at Vanderbilt University.
 Michael E. Zychowicz, DNP, ANP, ONP, FAAN, FAANP
Board Member at Large (18-20)

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 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).

Mary Beth Bigley, DrPH, MSN., APRN, FAAN
NONPF Chief Executive Officer


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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