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Board of Directors

The APHON Board of Directors consists of 4 officers and 3 Director-at-Large members that are elected by the membership and serve three-year staggered terms. Learn about the annual election.

President

ruccione.r2016

Kathleen Ruccione, PhD MPH RN FAAN CPON®

2015-2017
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Current Position

Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Doctoral Programs, School of Nursing
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA

APHON Membership

APHON Member Since 1989*

Local Chapter Membership

APHON–Southern California Chapter Member since 1982

Education

  • PhD, 2013, Health Behavior Research, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • MPH, 1978, Public Health, California State University—Northridge, Northridge, CA
  • BS, 1973, Health Science, California State University—Northridge, Northridge, CA

Qualifications

APHON National
  • Nursing Care of the Child with Cancer, Co-Author, 2002, 2011
  • Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker, 1994, 2002, 2008
  • Foundations of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Core Curricula, Reviewer, 2005
  • Foundations for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing, Reviewer, 2003
  • Local Chapter Committee, Chair, 1984-1987
  • Research Committee, Member, 1981-1985
  • Nominating Committee, Member, 1983
APHON Local Chapter
  • Southern California Chapter, Founder, 1982

Other Nursing Leadership

  • CHLA Hematology/Oncology Patient Family Education Program, Leader, 1984—Present
  • Survivors of Childhood and Adolescent Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Co-Editor, 2014, 2005, 1994
  • Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future, Co-Author, 2012, 2006, 2000
  • COG, Inaugural Nursing Discipline Chair, 2000—2010
  • CHLA Survivorship/transition Program, Founder and Director, 1994—2006
  • ONS Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lectureship, Presenter, 2004

Secretary

lahl.m2015Meredith Lahl, MSN PCNS-BC PNP-BC CPON®

2014-2017
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Current Position

Senior Director Advanced Practice Nursing
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

APHON Membership

APHON Member Since 2000

Local Chapter Membership

APHON–Northeast Ohio Chapter since 2005

Education

  • MSN, 2002, Pediatric Oncology Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • BSN, 1999, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Qualifications

APHON National
  • Annual Conference, Presenter, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2003
    • 2013: Podium Presentation, I’m a Nurse, You Want Me to Do What? Project Management 101: Common Skills for a Project Manager
    • 2013: Poster, What’s in it for Me? Beyond Paying the Fee: The Benefits of Professional Organization Involvement
    • 2012: Poster, Promoting Clinical Scholarship: An Interactive Web-Based Journal Club
    • 2012: Poster, VTE Risk Assessment Tool for Pediatric Patients: Results of a Pilot Project
    • 2011: Improving Antibiotic Time: One Stop Shopping
    • 2011: Thrombocytopenia is Not Anticoagulation
    • 2010: Concurrent, Managing the Paraplegic Pediatric Oncology Patient
    • 2008: Moderator, Nurse Educators
    • 2008: Lunch Symposium: Decreasing Exposures to Chemotherapy: A Collaborative Approach to Create Best Practice
    • 2008: Poster, Not Allowing the Well to Run Dry: Providing Resources for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
    • 2007: Poster, It Takes a Village to write a Chemotherapy Order: The Nurses’ Role in Chemotherapy Ordering
    • 2006: Poster, Stretched Thin: The Education of Staff Nurses on General Pediatric Units about the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Patient Population
    • 2003: Poster, The Establishment of a Primary Nursing Committee on the Inpatient Oncology Unit
    • 2003: Poster, Helping Staff Through Difficult Days: The Clinical Resource Role
    • 2003: Poster, Enhanced Communication: The Attendance of Staff Nurses at Daily Nursing Rounds
APHON Local Chapter
  • President of Northeast Ohio Chapter, 2007—Present

Other Nursing Leadership

  • ASPHO, presenter: Paper Covers Computer: Prompt Antibiotic Delivery for F & N, 2013
  • Cleveland Clinic Quality Innovation Summit, Presenter: Development and Implementation of a Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS), 2011
  • Magnet National Conference, Presenter: Sharing Best Practices: Using Shared Governance Days to Highlight Quality Improvement Projects Across a System, 2011
  • Cleveland Clinic Empathy & Innovation Summit, Presenter: Introduction of Guest Speaker, 2011
  • NACNS National Conference, Presenter: Concurrent Session: When the Benchmark Isn't Good Enough: Using Innovative Fall Prevention Strategies to Drive Improvements, 2011
  • NACHRI, Presenter, 2010, 2009, 2008
    • 2010: Apples to Apples: Creating a Quality Benchmarking Program
    • 2009: Pediatric Medical Evaluation Team (PMET): Rapid Response Teams in a Children’s Hospital within a Hospital
    • 2008: Silos in Your Quality Structure—Are They Really Gone?
  • Nursing Research Day, Presenter, 2010, 2009, 2007
    • 2010: Panel Presentation: Publishing & Journal Clubs
    • 2009: Panel Presentation: Publishing & Journal Clubs
    • 2007: Panel Presentation: Practical Talk About Research Perils and Solutions
  • OAHQ, Presenter, 2009 o 2009: Are There Silos in your Quality Structure?
    • 2009: Pediatric Medical Evaluation Team (PMET): Rapid Response Teams in a Children’s Hospital within a Hospital
  • Celebrating CNS Practice, Presenter: We can Work It Out: Creating the Right Team for the Right Project, 2008 •
  • NICHQ, Presenter, 2008 o 2008: The Impact of Family Centered Rounds on Patient Safety
    • 2008: Failure Modes & Effect Analysis to Improve Pediatric Chemotherapy Administration
  • Annual Patient Safety Forum: Cleveland Clinic, 2008
    • 2008: The Impact of Family Centered Rounds on Patient Safety
    • 2008: Development and implementation of Pediatric Medical Evaluation Team (PMET)
  • Akron Children’s Hospital Nursing Day, Presenter, 2008, 2007
    • 2008: Resident Survival 101: Partners in Care
    • 2007: Pediatric Peripheral Intravenous Therapy Care: Improving Practice & Involving Families
  • Nursing Management Congress, Presenter, 2008, 2005
    • 2008: The Building Blocks to Sustaining Family Centered Rounds in a Pediatric Inpatient Setting
    • 2005: Establishing Patient Safety Through Incentive Programs for Nursing Staff

Treasurer

ohanlon curry.j2016Joan O'Hanlon Curry, MS RN CPNP CPON®

2015-2018
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Current Position

Adminstrative Nurse Manager/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Bronx, NY

APHON Membership

APHON Member Since 2004

Local Chapter Membership

APHON–Metro NY Member Since 2004

Education

  • MS, 1998, Nursing, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 1992, Nursing, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY
  • BA, 1989, Psychology, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

Qualifications

APHON National
  • Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Committee, Member, 2006–Present
  • Steering Council
    • Past Chair, 2011–2012
    • Chair, 2009-2011
    • Vice Chair, 2007-2009
  • Program Committee, Member, 2009–2010
  • Annual Conference, Presenter 2006–2010
    • 2010: Concurrent Session, Speaker, “You Have a Friend Request: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and the Implications of Nursing”
    • 2009: Concurrent Session, Speaker, “Will My Patient Glow in the Dark? Radiation Oncology and the Pediatric Patient”
    • 2008: Concurrent Session, Speaker, “Two All Beef Patties, Special Sauce, Lettuce, Cheese, Pickles, Onions on a Sesame Seed Bun: The Neutropenic Diet. Can Patients Have It Their Way?” and Preconference Workshop, “Outpatient Nursing Practice in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: Exploring the Challenges, Identifying Solutions”
    • 2006: Concurrent Session, Speaker, “Inhaled Cisplatin: A Phase lb/lla Study Treating Pulmonary Metastatic Osteosarcoma”
Local Chapter
  • APHON–Metro NY Chapter
    • NY, LI, NJ Regional Conference, Cochair, 2010–Present
    • President, 2007–Present

Other Nursing Leadership

  • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC), Subcommittee for Recognition and Rewards Member, 2007–2009
  • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC), Attended “Item Writing Workshop for CPHON® Examination,” 2009
  • Dana Farber, Speaker, “Pediatric Ambulatory Chemotherapy: Keeping Kids at Home (Where They Belong),” 2006

Director-at-Large Members

kotsubo.c2016Carol Kotsubo, APRN MS MPH CPON®

2014-2017
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Current Position

Kapiolani
Honolulu, HI
Retired in January 2014

APHON Membership

APHON Member Since 1989*

Education

  • MS, 1980, Maternal Child Nursing, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  • MPH, 1976, Maternal Child Nursing, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  • BSN, 1970, Nursing, Mercy College of Detroit, Detroit, MI

Qualifications

APHON National
  • Evidence Based Practice Committee, Member, 2013—Present
  • Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provide Course, Instructor, 2007—Present
  • Annual Conference, Presenter, 2013, 2011, 2010
  • APHON Counts, Editor, 2006–2012

Other Nursing Leadership

  • ONS Local Chapter, Co-Chair, 2013—Present
  • ONS Annual Conference Planning Committee, 2013—Present
  • American Cancer Society, Hawaii, Childhood Cancer Camps, Medical Director, 2005—Present
  • Sickle Cell Disease. In Case Based Pediatrics for Medical Students and Resident. 2nd edition, Author, 2013 in progress
  • Principles of Oncology Treatment. In Case Based Pediatrics for Medical Students and Residents. 2nd edition, Author, 2013 in progress
  • Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Clinical Nurse Specialist, 1982—2013
  • COG, Member at Large, 2006—2012
    • Nursing Steering Committee
  • Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents with Cancer and Blood Disorders, 4th ed, Chapter Author, 2011
  • A Very Special Place for Children with Cancer, Article Author, 2008

mazzeo.a2016Ann Marie Mazzeo, APN CPON®

2016-2016
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Current Position

Advanced Practice Nurse
Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack, NJ

APHON Membership

APHON Member Since 1989

Local Chapter Membership

APHON–New Jersey Member Since 2008

Education

  • MSN, 1994, Nursing, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
  • BSN, 1986, Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Qualifications

APHON National
  • Steering Council
    • Past Chair, 2015–2016
    • Chair, 2013–2015
    • Member, 2010–2016
  • Conference Planning Committee
    • Chair, 2010
    • Member, 2008–2009
  • APHON Counts Editorial Board: Member, 2013–2015
  • Publications
    • Telephone Triage Guidelines, Co-Author, 2013
    • Central Nervous System Tumors: A Handbook for Families, Author, 2006, 2012
APHON Local Chapter
  • New Jersey Chapter
    • Member, 2008–Present
    • Regional Conference Planning Committee, 2009–Present
    • President, 2008

Other Nursing Leadership

  • Hackensack University Medical Center: Speaker at HUMC National Annual Pediatric Conference, 2015
  • Hackensack University Medical Center: Presenter, 2015
  • Children's Oncology Group (COG)
    • Study Nurse for ACNS0831, 2001–2015
    • Planning Committee for COG/APHON Workshop, 2008
    • Study Nurse for ACNS0222 and ACNS0224, 2005
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners: Member, 1994–Present

nuuhiwa.j2016Janice Nuuhiwa, MSN RN CPHON®

2015-2018
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Current Position

Staff Development Specialist
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, IL

APHON Membership

APHON Member Since 2002

Local Chapter Membership

APHON–Chicago Member Since 2001

Education

  • MSN, 1993, Nursing, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, Temple, TX
  • BSN, 1989, Nursing, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Belton, TX

Qualifications

APHON National
  • CPHON Course Development, 2009–Present
  • Local Chapter Committee, Chair, 2010–2015
    • Vice Chair, 2003–2010
  • Mentoring Committee, Mentor, 2013–Present
  • Conference Program Planning Committee, Member, 2005–2008
APHON Local Chapter
  • Regional Conference Planning Committee, Member, 2010
  • Chicago, President, 2002–2006

Other Nursing Leadership

  • ONCC, Editorial Board Chair, 2009–2012
    • Editorial Board Member, 2003–2008
  • ONCC, Recognition Committee Member, 2006–2007
  • ELNEC–PPC Course, Assistant Program Coordinator, 2006
  • ONCC, Item Writer, 2004
  • Presenter at local, regional, national, and international conferences, 2002–Present

President-Elect

burke.s2016Susan Burke, MA RN CPNP CPHON®

2016-2017
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Current Position

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

APHON Membership

APHON Member Since 2003

Local Chapter Membership

APHON–Wisconsin Member Since 2003

Education

  • MA, 1992, Nursing, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • BSN, 1981, Nursing, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Qualifications

APHON National
  • Education Provider Unit Committee: Chair, 2012–Present
  • Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Committee: Member, 2012–Present
  • JOPON Continuing Education: Member, 2012–Present
  • Conference Planning Committee: Member, 2006, 2007, 2012–Present
  • Steering Council
    • Chair, 2007–2009
    • Past-Chair, 2009–2010
  • Local Chapter Committee: Member, 2006–2013
  • Telephone Triage Guidelines: A Professional Resource for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant Nurses (1st Edition): Co-Editor, 2013
APHON Local Chapter
  • Wisconsin Chapter
    • President, 2005–2007
    • President-Elect, 2003–2004
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter
    • President, 1995
    • President-Elect, 1994–1995

Other Nursing Leadership

  • Medical College of Wisconsin: Value Committee Member, 2014–Present
  • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation: Nominating Committee Member, 2013–Present
  • Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: Epic Provider Champion, 2010–Present
  • Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: Beacon Validation Team, 2010–Present

Executive Director

bergeson2012Dave Bergeson, PhD CAE

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