NONPF Board of Directors
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Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN

President, 2018 - 2020 | Email


Dr. Lorna Finnegan is Dean at Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing effectivJuly 2019.  Prior to joining Loyola, Dr. Finnegan was the 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, 2018 - 2020 | Email

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 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.


Shannon Reedy Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN

Treasurer, 2018 - 2020 | Email

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 16 years in a variety of settings and maintains a clinical practice at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and has 14 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-masters 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.



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.


Jeanne Cartier, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE

Board Member at Large, 2018 - 2020 | Email

Dr. Jeanne Cartier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing (College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions) and at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL, Lafayette). Dr. Cartier is board certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Cartier’s career has spanned more than 30 years as an advanced practice nurse and more than 20 years as a nurse educator. 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 Masters-level to a DNP only option. Dr. Cartier earned a BS from University of Massachusetts, Boston, an MS from Virginia Commonwealth University and a PhD from University of Massachusetts Lowell. She earned a post-masters certificate as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston.


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.



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 DNP Director at the University of Arizona. The University of Arizona has 5 specialties which includes (AGACNP, FNP, PNP, PMHNP, and CRNA). Her nursing career spans more than 30 years as an RN and over 20 years as an CNS/NP working with vulnerable populations. Dr. Lovehas 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 currently oversees three 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.


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


Board Member at Large, 2019 - 2020 | 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 educational 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. 

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 (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 the 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. Navy.

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.



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



Board Member at Large, 2018 - 2020 | 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).


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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