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Committees & Taskforces 

APHON is a volunteer-driven organization led by many wonderful and talented members that lend their expertise to the association.

Advocacy

Serves as a vehicle for establishing and carrying out policy priorities identified in the APHON Health Policy Agenda.

Chair

Katy Donahue, MS RN CPNP CPHON®

Immediate Past Chair

Jami S. Gattuso, MSN RN CPON®

Board Liaison

Amy Newman, PhD CPNP-BC CPHON®

Committee Members

  • Susie Burke, RN MA CPNP CPHON®
  • Jordan Collins, RN
  • Erin Friedman, BSN RN CPHON®
  • Emily Padgett, BSN RN CPN CPHON®
  • Kari Wheeler, BSN RN BMTCN® CPHON® CPN
  • Stacy Whiteside, APRN MS CPNP-AC/PC CPON®

Annual Conference Program Planning

Plans and implements the annual conference each year.

Chair

Tonya Ureda, NP 

Vice-Chair

Kathy Perko, MS CHPPN CPNP CPON®

Paper and Poster Co-Chair

Micah Skeens, PhD PNP RN

Immediate Past Chair

Karyn Brundige, MSN RN CPNP

Board Liaison 

Misty Evans, DNP APRN CPNP 

Members

  • Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN CPON®
  • Mindy Bibart, RN
  • Sarah Matney, BSN RN MSOL CPON®
  • Sarah Matney, MSOL RN CPON®
  • Denise Mills, MN NP CPHON®
  • Kitty Montgomery, PhD RN CNS CPHON®
  • Stacy Whiteside, APRN CPON®

APHON Counts Newsletter

Oversees the overall content and quality of APHON Counts.

Editor

Chris Donaghey, MSN CNS RN CPHON®

Assistant Editor 

 Elizabeth Gilger, ANP-C CPON®

Board Liaison 

  • Dyane Bunnell, MSN RN AOCNS CPON® 

Column Editors

  • Pam Asfahani
  • Janie Salinas-Avila, BSN RN CPON®
  • Patricia A. Clarke, DNP APRN CPNP CPHON®
  • Scarlett Czarnecki, BSN RN CPHON®
  • Angela Forbes, APRN RN
  • Rachel Glincher, BSN RN CPHON®
  • M. Danielle Gunter, PhD RN
  • Carol Kotsubo, MPH MS APRN CPON-Emeritus®
  • Sarah E. Matney, MSOL BSN RN CPON®
  • Jeaneane Sullivan Miller, CPNP CPON®
  • Paula Sanborn, BSN RN CPHON®
  • Anne Marie Sterk, MSN RN CPON®

Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider Program

Ensures compliance with educational design criteria for APHON educational programs and policies and procedures for the Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Program.

Chair

Anne Marie Sterk, MSN RN CPON®

Immediate Past Chair

Ruth Anne Herring, MSN RN CPNP CPHON® 

Board Liaison 

  • Dyane Bunnell, MSN RN AOCNS CPON® 

Members

  • Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN CPON®
  • Terri L. Boyce, DNP APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®  
  • Kerri Kramer, MA RN CPHON®
  • AnnMarie Martinez, MSN RN
  • Shawna McMillan, BSN RN CPHON®
  • Mary Newman, MSN RN CPON®
  • Maritza Salazar-Abshire, MED MSN RN CPON®
  • Michelle Tolley, RN

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

The DEI Task Force supports the vision of APHON being a diverse and inclusive professional community that values and serves the distinct experiences and needs of members and their patients and families.

Chair

Janice Nuuhiwa, MMSN APN/CNS NPD-BC CPHON®

Board Liaison

  • Joan O'Hanlon Curry, MSN APN NBD-BC CNS CPHON®

Members

  • Dyane Bunnell, MSN RN AOCNS CPON® 
  • Chris Donaghey, MSN CNS RN CPHON®
  • Ijeoma Julie Eche, PhD BMTCN® CPON® FNP-C
  • Erin Friedman, BSN RN CPHON®
  • Peggy L. Townsend, MS BSN CPON®
  • Elizabeth Yarbrough, BSN CPN CPHON®

Education Provider Unit

Ensures compliance with ANCC-COA Educational Design Criteria for APHON educational programs, awards continuing education credit to eligible participants completing APHON educational programs, provides expertise, advice, and consultation on ANCC-COA criteria to APHON committees and task forces developing educational programs with continuing education credit.

Chair

Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN CPON®

Board Liaison 

  • Dyane Bunnell, MSN RN AOCNS CPON® 

Members

  • Rebecca W Manes, MSN RN
  • Anne Marie Sterk, MSN RN CPON®
  • Tonya Ureda, NP

Evidence-Based Practice/Research

Supports the development of Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines and supports research activities within the membership optimizing outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and blood disorders.

Chair 

M. Danielle Gunter, PhD RN 

Vice-Chair

Micah Skeens, PhD PNP RN

Board Liaison

Misty Evans, DNP APRN CPNP

Members

  • Chris Donaghey, MSN RN CNS CPHON®
  • Marika Highberger, MSN RN CPNP
  • Gwendolyn Kimball, DNP CPON®
  • Carol Kotsubo, APRN MS MPH CPON-Emeritus®
  • Amanda Lulloff, PhD RN PCNS CPHON®
  • Fernanda M.S. Rodrigues, PhD MSN RN
  • Celeste Phillips, PhD RN CPON®
  • Lisa Bashore, PhD RN CPNP CPON®

Global Outreach

Oversees organizational international outreach and global presence.

Chair

Janie Avila, BSN RN CPON®

Vice-Chair

Linda Abramovitz, MSN RN BMTCN®

Board Liaison

Sharon Bergeron, BSN RN CPON®

Members

  • Mariana Durañona
  • Jami S. Gattuso, MSN RN CPON®
  • Colleen M. Nixon, MSN RN CPHON®
  • Richard John Ramos, PNP MS RN CNS CPON®
  • Maritza Salazar-Abshire, MED MSN RN CPON®
  • Paola Viveros Lamas, RN

Global Outreach — Sub-committee Members

Participants in a subcommittee only.

  • Shirley Behm, MSN RN FNP CPHON®
  • Rachael Kunkel, RN CPHON®
  • Lorena Segovia Weber, RN

Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing (JOPHON)

Oversees the overall content and quality of the Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses and the overall coordination of manuscripts and content.

Editor

Kristin A. Stegenga, PhD RN CPON®

Assistant Editors

  • Suzanne Ameringer, PhD RN
  • Casey Hooke, PhD CNS APRN CPON®

Board Liaison

Amy Newman, PhD CPNP-BC CPHON®

Editorial Board Members

  • Laura Clarke-Steffen, PhD RN
  • Deborah B. Crom, PhD RN CPNP
  • Elizabeth A. Duffy, DNP RN CPNP
  • Faith Gibson, PhD RGN ONC®
  • Joan E. Haase, PhD RN
  • Pamela S. Hinds, PhD RN FAAN
  • Kimberly Pike-Grimm, PhD RN CNS
  • Lauri Linder, PhD APRN CPON®
  • Catherine Fiona MacPherson, PhD RN CPON®
  • Belinda N. Mandrell, PhD RN PNP
  • Ida M. (KI) Moore, DNS RN FAAN
  • Audrey E. Nelson, PhD RN
  • Amy Newman, PhD CPNP-BC CPHON®
  • Deborah Tomlinson, MS RSCN RGN Dip Cancer Nursing
  • Janice Withycombe, PhD RN MN, CCRP
  • Roberta L. Woodgate, PhD RN

ACE Center Committee

Oversees the development of content and management and ongoing maintenance of the APHON Continuing Education (ACE) Center. 

Chair

Rebecca W Manes, MSN RN

Immediate Past Chair

Mary Lynn Rae, MSN RN CPHON®

Board Liaison

Amy Newman, PhD CPNP-BC CPHON®

Members

  • Kathleen Ackerman, CNS RN
  • Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN CPON®
  • Beth Fisher, DNP CPNP APRN CPON®
  • Cristen Hemstead, MSN RN
  • Carol Kotsubo, MPH MS CPON-Emeritus®
  • Emily McKinney, CPHON®
  • Rosa Rivera, RN
  • Elizabeth R. Sniderman, MSN NP CPNP-AC CPHON®
  • Kari Wheeler, BSN RN BMTCN® CPHON® 

Local Chapter Committee

Enhances communication between chapters and the APHON Board of Directors and coordinates overall chapter activities.

Chair

Scarlett Czarnecki, BSN RN CPHON®

Vice-Chair

Erin Friedman, BSN RN CPHON®

Board Liaison

Kaye Schmidt, MA RN CPHON®

Members

  • Holly Remington Kubaney, MSN PNP-BC CPHON® 
  • Mary Newman, MSN RN CPON®
  • Colleen Nixon, MSN RN CPHON®
  • Abigail Slaven, RN CPHON®
  • Kari Wheeler, RN BMTCN® CPHON®
  • Stacy Wolf, RN CPNP-AC CPON®

Nominating Committee

Oversees the selection of eligible candidates for the annual election of the board of directors and nominating committee members.

Chair

Holly Remington Kubaney, MSN PNP-BC CPHON® 

Board Liaison 

Sharon Bergeron, BSN RN CPON®

Members

  • Scarlett Czarnecki, BSN RN CPHON®
  •  Molly Hemenway, MS RN CPNP
  • Kathleen Montgomery PhD RN CNS CPHON®
  • Colleen M. Nixon, MSN RN CPHON®

Professional Development

The APHON Professional Development Committee provides ongoing professional development resources, tools, and learning opportunities for APHON members to advance their careers in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology nursing.

Chair

Meredith Foxx, MSN RN PCNS-BC CPON®

Immediate Past Chair

Cecelia Gladbach, BSN RN BMTCN® CPON®

Board Liaisons

  • Misty Evans, DNP APRN CPNP

Members 

  • Angie Blackwell, MSN RN CNS CPON®
  • Terri L. Boyce, DNP APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®  
  • Teresa M. Conte, PhD MSN CRNP
  • Debbie Lafond, DNP CHPPN PPCNP-PC CPON®
  • Allison McNeil, BSN CPHON®
  • Mary Newman, MSN RN CPON® 
  • Kathy Perko, MS CHPPN CPNP CPON®
  • Breanne Roche, DNP RN CPNP-PC CPHON
  • Melody A Watral, MSN RN CPNP CPNP-PC

Steering Council

Facilitates the APHON strategic plan in the areas of education, clinical practice, and research. The Steering Council serves as a vehicle for soliciting and presenting initial ideas for projects from APHON members.

Chair

Carol Kotsubo, MPH MS CPON-Emeritus®

Immediate Past Chair

Terri L. Boyce, DNP APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®  

Board Liaison

Sharon Bergeron, BSN RN CPON®

Members

  • Sameeya N. Ahmed-Winston, MSN RN CPNP BMTCN® CPHON®
  • Mylynda Livingston, BSN RN CPON®
  • Maureen Lynch Baker, APRN MSN CPON®
  • Karen Madigan, RN
  • Robin Pitts, FNP-C RN
  • Rosa Rivera, RN
  • Suzanne Smolik, MSN RN CPNP CPON®
  • Tonya Ureda, NP
  • Kari Wheeler, BSN RN BMTCN® CPHON®