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Committees

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

Advocacy/Health Policy

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

Chair

Jami S. Gattuso, MSN RN CPON®

Immediate Past Chair

Beth Siever, MSN RN CPNP CPON®

Board Liaison

Amy Newman, PhD CPNP-BC CPHON®

Committee Members

  • Katherine Donahue, RN CPNP CPHON®
  • Emily McKinney, BSN RN CPN CPHON®

Annual Conference Program Planning

Plans and implements the annual conference each year.

Chair

Karyn Brundige, MSN RN CPNP

Vice-Chair

Tonya Ureda, NP 

Paper and Poster Co-Chair

Micah Skeens, PhD PNP RN

Immediate Past Chair

Holly Remington Kubaney, MSN PNP-BC CPHON®

Board Liaison 

Misty Evans, DNP APRN CPNP 

Members

  • Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN CPON®
  • Mindy Bibart, RN
  • Caroline Costello, BSN RN CPON®
  • Sarah Matney, BSN RN MSOL CPON®
  • Denise Mills, MN NP CPHON®
  • Kathy Perko, MS CHPPN CPNP CPON®
  • Alejandra Valenzuela, MSN RN CPON®
  • Karen Walton, MS RN 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
  • Lisa Bashore, PhD RN CPNP CPON®
  • Terri L. Boyce, DNP APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®
  • Ruth Anne Herring, MSN RN CPNP CPHON®
  • Angela Forbes, APRN RN
  • Rachel Glincher, BSN RN CPHON®
  • Ruth Anne Herring, MSN RN CPNP CPHON®
  • Sarah E. Matney, MSOL BSN RN CPON®
  • Kathleen Perko, MS CPNP CHPPN CPON®
  • Paula Sanborn, BSN RN CPHON®
  • Courtney Sullivan, MSN NP RN CPHON®

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

Ruth Anne Herring, MSN RN CPNP CPHON® 

Vice-Chair

Anne Marie Sterk, MSN RN CPON®

Board Liaison 

  • Dyane Bunnell, MSN RN AOCNS CPON® 

Members

  • Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN CPON®
  • Kerri Kramer, MA RN CPHON®
  • AnnMarie Martinez, MSN RN
  • Shawna McMillan, BSN RN CPHON®
  • Mary Newman, MSN RN CPON®
  • Mary Lynn Rae, MSN RN CPHON®
  • Maritza Salazar-Abshire, MED MSN RN CPON®
  • Michelle Tolley, RN
  • Kerri Kramer, MA RN 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

  • Karyn Brundige, MSN RN CPNP
  • Ruth Anne Herring, MSN RN CPNP CPHON®
  • Mary Lynn Rae, MSN RN CPHON®

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 

Immediate Past Chair

Lisa Bashore, PhD RN CPNP CPON®

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®
  • Julie Luke, DNP APRN CPNP CPHON®
  • Amanda Lulloff, PhD RN PCNS CPHON®
  • Fernanda M.S. Rodrigues, PhD MSN RN
  • Celeste Phillips, PhD RN CPON®
  • Micah Skeens, PhD PNP RN

Global Outreach

Oversees organizational international outreach and global presence.

Chair

Janie Avila, BSN RN CPON®

Immediate Past Chair

Courtney Sullivan, MSN NP RN CPHON® 

Board Liaison

Sharon Bergeron, BSN RN CPON®

Members

  • Linda Abramovitz, MSN RN
  • Christina Baggott, PhD RN PNP-BC CPON®
  • Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN CPON®
  • Julia M Challinor, PhD, RN
  • Jami S. Gattuso, MSN RN CPON®
  • Colleen M. Nixon, MSN RN CPHON®

Global Outreach — Pediatric Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider Training Subtask Force

Oversees the content and course development of the Spanish chemotherapy/biotherapy program.

  • Janie Avila, BSN RN CPON®
  • Richard John Ramos, PNP MS RN CNS CPON®
  • Lorena Segovia Weber, RN
  • Paola Viveros Lamas, RN

Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing (JOPON)

Oversees the overall content and quality of the Journal of Pediatric 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

Mary Lynn Rae, MSN RN CPHON®

Vice-Chair

Rebecca W Manes, MSN RN

Immediate Past Chair 

Nancy L. Kashlak, DNP MSN RN CPNP

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®

Immediate Past Chair

Kathleen Perko, MS CPNP CHPPN CPON® 

Board Liaison

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

Members

  • Susan Dulczak, MSN RN ANP-C CPON®
  • Erin Friedman, BSN RN CPHON®
  • Mary Newman, MSN RN CPON®
  • Colleen Nixon, MSN RN CPHON®
  • Kari Wheeler, RN BMTCN® CPHON®

Nominating Committee

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

Chair

 Molly Hemenway, MS RN CPNP

 

Board Liaison 

Sharon Bergeron, BSN RN CPON®

Members

  • Scarlett Czarnecki, BSN RN CPHON®
  • Holly Remington Kubaney, MSN PNP-BC CPHON®
  • Kathleen Montgomery PhD RN CNS CPHON®
  • Ann Stratton, CPNP 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

Cecelia Gladbach, BSN RN BMTCN® CPON®

Vice-Chair

Meredith Foxx, MSN RN PCNS-BC CPON®

Board Liaisons

  • Janice Nuuhiwa, MSN APN/CNS NPD-BC CPHON®
  • Misty Evans, DNP APRN CPNP

Members 

  • Angie Blackwell, MSN RN CNS CPON®
  • Danielle Marcello, MSN RNC
  • Mary Newman, MSN RN CPON® 

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

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

Vice-Chair

Carol Kotsubo, MPH MS CPON-Emeritus®

 

Board Liaison

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

Members

  • Sameeya N. Ahmed-Winston, MSN RN CPNP BMTCN® CPHON®
  • Deanna Hill, BSN RN 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®