NONPF Nominating Committee
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NONPF Nominating Committee

NONPF's Annual Nominating Committee is responsible for preparing an annual slate of nominees for the NONPF election, as well as overseeing the annual election. Key activities include:


  • Developing candidate eligibility criteria;
  • Identifying candidates & soliciting nominations for Board vacancies;
  • Overseeing the election process

The Nominating Committee is composed of four persons elected by the membership for a term of two years with two members being elected each year. The member with the highest votes will be chair of the committee in the second year of her/his term.

Please see below for the 2019 NONPF Nominating Committee.

Karen Alice Hande

Chair, 2018 - 2020 | Email

Karen Hande is a DNP prepared adult health board certified nurse practitioner and a certified nurse educator. She earned her BSN from the University of Connecticut in 1999 and was employed as a bone marrow transplant nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Karen furthered her education at Boston College and earned an MSN. Her experience as a nurse practitioner began at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in the hematology outpatient clinic. She continued her practice in adult primary care in outpatient clinics in Connecticut and Tennessee. Her pursuit for a practice doctorate was commenced at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2013. Karen is an associate professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in the DNP program. She coordinates the DNP integrative application course series. Karen’s primary interest is in guiding students through the DNP project process and improving the student learning environment. Karen also practices at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center in the Supportive Care Clinic.


Jenna Herman

Member, 2018 - 2020 | Email

Dr. Jenna Herman is the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program Coordinator at the University of Mary located in Bismarck, ND. Dr. Herman also maintains a clinical practice at NP lead urgent cares and as a locum tenens NP at primary care clinics and hospitals throughout rural North Dakota. Other professional experiences include her being a featured speaker on regional, national, and international levels and several published articles. Dr. Herman has facilitated and completed medical missions to Ayaviri, Peru since 2015. In 2017, she received the Legendary Nurse Award for Faculty Achievement. Participation in the second cohort of the NONPF Leadership Mentorship Program contributed to Dr. Herman being asked to serve as a Co-Leader of the program’s fourth cohort. Dr. Herman received her Bachelor of Arts Nursing (BAN) from Augustana University, Master of Science Nursing (MSN) from the College of St. Scholastica, and Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP) from the University of Minnesota.


Ragan Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE

Member, 2019 - 2021 | Email

Dr. Ragan Johnson is a clinical assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON). Dr. Johnson obtained her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice with public health specialty from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. She has worked as an FNP serving rural, urban, and veteran populations. In her faculty role, Dr. Johnson is a certified nurse educator serving as a faculty member in the MSN program and in the academic partnership between DUSON and the Durham VA. This partnership provides a primary care nurse practitioner residency within the VA health system. Through this partnership, Dr. Johnson has a faculty practice at the VA. Dr. Johnson also serves on the NONPF preceptor committee. Dr. Johnson’s interests are clinical preparedness of advanced practice students, reducing health disparities, and sexual health promotion.

Susan J. Bulfin, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Member, 2019 - 2021 | Email

Dr. Bulfin’s experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner for over 37 years has informed her involvement in DNP program planning and development. Her educational background includes University of Florida (BSN), Emory University (MSN), and the Medical College of Georgia (DNP). With over 15 years as an NP educator, her recent positions as Director of the DNP Programs at Florida Atlantic University and previously at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, have provided her with knowledge about compelling issues around nurse practitioner education. Sponsored by the Medical College of Georgia, she attended the National Human Genome Research Institute Genomics Short Course at the National Institute of Health and has been invited as a guest lecturer on genomics for nurse practitioners in Georgia. Dr. Bulfin has worked with NP faculty nationally through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and NONPF in planning programs and conference activities to promote excellence in didactic and clinical instruction. Through her work with the CDC and the Institute for Health Care Improvement, she is interested in improvement science as a guiding framework for nurse practitioners to enhance health outcomes. She currently serves as project director and coordinator for two Health and Human Services Research Administration (HRSA) awards aimed at preparing nurse practitioners for employment in underserved settings. She maintains current NP practice in employee health and her research focuses on caring-based models of health care delivery, PhD and DNP collaboration, and creating strong academic-practice partnerships for meaningful NP clinical education.

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