CNA Announces the 2022-2023 Board of Directors Nominees

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NOMINEES 

President-Elect 

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Mary Satre 

Consent to Serve Received and ANA/CNA Membership Confirmed

Professional Education:
MSN, MBA, RN

Current positions held & employer information:
CNA Board Member representing Region 3/DNA 4;

Co-Chair of GAPP (Government and Public Policy) Committee;

Have been active with CNA & GAPP and worked closely with the leadership of both these entities. I taught Change Theory at the ADN and BSN levels during my years as nursing faculty, and though we adhere strictly to the by-laws of both CNA and GAPP we maintain the level of fluidity that allows us to function through and accommodate change.

ANA/CNA experience (current & past):
Appointed to CNA Board in May 2020 and elected Co-Chair of GAPP that same year. Active and a member of ANA/CNA since 2006 and a member of ANA prior to that, serving briefly as Secretary of MNSA while in my senior year of the nursing program at St. Olaf College.

Please describe experience with governance, management, public speaking, and/or financial management.
I served as coordinator and faculty of the RN to BSN Program at Pueblo Community College from 2019-2022, at which time I retired from teaching. As cited above, I have been a Board Member of CNA and have worked closely with GAPP as Co-Chair. I count public speaking as one of my strengths. Prior to my career in nursing academics I lived and worked overseas for 22 years in five countries, during which time I was able to employ the management skills afforded me by my MBA studies in the fields of medical and pharmaceutical marketing and sales.

1) Please describe what members should know about why you seek being elected to this office or position?
I have been an RN since 1977 and have always worked faithfully to elevate the profile of the nursing profession and to protect the rights and safety of my nursing colleagues. I look forward to continuing to serve CNA and the Board in the most useful way possible. I believe I can fulfill the position of President Elect successfully with the advice and mentorship of our current President. 

2) What priorities do you see for CNA at this time?
CNA remains the most effective collective voice for nurses in Colorado. I have always encouraged my students to join a professional organization to maximize their ability to effect change, and in leading by example have been gratified when they choose CNA. For the first time in my 45 year career as an RN I am seeing acknowledgement of the professional status of the nursing profession, especially with the passage of HB22-1401 this past May. But it has taken the hard work of many people to get this far, and I do not want us to lose our momentum as COVID becomes a less evocative catalyst. Nurses must meet regularly and define our voice as we advocate for the best possible outcomes in health care. And we must work hard to educate our legislators about who we are and what we do.

3) As a potential member of the CNA Board of Directors you have a Duty of Loyalty to CNA. That Duty of Loyalty is defined as being able to put the interests of CNA above any others. Please indicate if you have a real or potential Conflict of Interest personally or financially that may impact your ability to vote on select CNA business.

I have no conflict of interest.


Vice President 

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Carol O'Meara

Consent to Serve Received and ANA/CNA Membership Confirmed

Professional Education
Diploma/BSN/MSN

Current position held and experiences with change leadership.
Retired in 2020.

Previously worked in nursing for over 50 years, the majority as an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner.

Experience with change leadership during my professional career as well as through service on multiple boards of directors.

ANA/CNA experience (current & past)
Current CNA Treasurer.

Previous President, Vice President, Secretary and Regional Director.

Chair CNA Bylaws and Reference Committee and CNA Awards Committee.

ANA Delegate/Membership Assembly Representative

Previous Chair/ANA Bylaws Committee

Volunteer Editor Colorado Nurse

Please describe experience with governance, management, public speaking, and/or financial management.
Active participation  on multiple nursing related boards of directors, as well as equestrian related boards and homeowner association boards has provided me with experience in governance, management, and public speaking.  I am an active participant on these boards and often serve as the Bylaws/Rules expert. 

1) Please describe what members should know about why you seek being elected to this office or position?
Having retired from clinical practice, I want to continue to be engaged in nursing through our professional association. I have the knowledge, experience, commitment and time to serve effectively  as the CNA Vice President. I am a proven  leader at the DNA/SIG, state, and national levels and want to continue serving our profession.

2) What priorities do you see for CNA at this time?
Continued advocacy for nurses and nursing in Colorado.

Membership Growth and Membership  Engagement

3) As a potential member of the CNA Board of Directors you have a Duty of Loyalty to CNA. That Duty of Loyalty is defined as being able to put the interests of CNA above any others. Please indicate if you have a real or potential Conflict of Interest personally or financially that may impact your ability to vote on select CNA business.
No Conflict of Interest. 


Treasurer (2 candidates)

Angela Mills

Consent to Serve Received and ANA/CNA Membership Confirmed

Professional Education
MS, BSN, NE-BC

Current position held and experiences with change leadership.
UCHealth Director Critical Care/Cardiac/Oncology/Infusion Center Southern Region.

A dedicated healthcare leader with progressive leadership experience in diverse healthcare settings.  Experience spans acute care, critical care units, orthopedics, surgical, cardiac services/cardiac rehab (inpatient and outpatient), implementation of outpatient congestive heart program, ortho/neuro/surgical, and recovery of post-op patients.  Experienced in implementing innovative programs including: development and initiation of e-ICU, TAVR, cardio-help, Impella pump, CRRT, and hypothermia treatment for cardiac arrest.  Adept at leading teams to perform evidence-based practices including Early Goal Directed therapy for sepsis patients hospital wide.  An inspirational leader with the ability to influence and lead the team to achieve organizational goals with a high level of service excellence.

  • Lean Methodology in Healthcare
  • Employee Engagement
  • Procedural-Based Services & Program Development
  • Construction, Capital Purchasing, Expense Management
  • Customer Service & Patient Advocacy
  • Shared Governance Model
  • Joint Commission Standards Leader
  • Healthcare Research
  • Financial Acumen
  • Quality and Risk Management
  • Master Facility Planning

ANA/CNA experience (current & past)
South Dakota Organization of Nurse Executives - West River Chair (2015 – 2016)

Please describe experience with governance, management, public speaking, and/or financial management.
I have over 30 years of Nursing experience, however 25 have been in leadership experience.  Throughout my career I have supported and lead many committees and shared governance programs.  As a nurse leader I have been responsible for the financial management of the departments  I oversee.  In addition I have been responsible for the financial management of larger program development and construction builds of new towers.

 Public presentations include the following:

  • Professional Presentations/Partnerships/Awards
  • Presentation, “Only by Working Together did we Achieve our Best” Respiratory Care (2018)
  • Presentation, Collaborative Leadership at National Conference for SDAHO (2017)
  • Physician Leadership Training – Development of Collaborative work model
  • Pressure Ulcer, “Putting Skin in the Game” Quality Expo winner
  • Quality Expo winner in areas of cost and quality

Additional Signature Responsibilities/Opportunities/Grants

  • Participated in evaluation and implementation of e-ICU and assisted with grant document.
  • Magnet team participant, primary stories coming from multiple accomplishments of unit.

Community Service

  • Team Leader/Fundraiser/Participant/Coordination of Events/Health Screenings
  • Mission – Volunteer and Donations/United Way Volunteer for Community Wide Assistance
  • University Career Fair/Summer Nights – Community Event Volunteer
  • Hot Shots Dance Team – Assisted with coordination of events
  • Participant in Lakota Lands and Identity Tour

1) Please describe what members should know about why you seek being elected to this office or position?
I have been involved in South Dakota Organization of Nurse Executive - serving on the board throughout my career.  After moving to Colorado I am excited to be part of the professional organization of the CNA.  Now more than ever, support and advocacy for the nursing profession is needed at many levels. I am looking forward to being a part of the future of nursing and contributing to positive practice environments in all facets.

2) What priorities do you see for CNA at this time?
Addressing the workforce shortage, pipeline and implementing strategies for supporting a positive nursing practice environment for retention of skilled nurses.

Engaging the CNA membership in contributions to the greater good of Colorado and the nursing profession.

Legislative advocacy that supports nursing, health and healthcare in an uncertain climate that creates future stability for the industry.

3) As a potential member of the CNA Board of Directors you have a Duty of Loyalty to CNA. That Duty of Loyalty is defined as being able to put the interests of CNA above any others. Please indicate if you have a real or potential Conflict of Interest personally or financially that may impact your ability to vote on select CNA business.
I have no conflict of interest to disclose at this time.

 

Jean Schroeder

Consent to Serve Received and ANA/CNA Membership Confirmed

Professional Education
PhD, Capella University; MSN, University of Kansas, MA, University of Missouri KC

Current position held and experiences with change leadership.
Currently I teach for Colorado Community College Online (CCCOnline) where I have been involved for over 10 years in course development (Pathophysiology, Nutrition) and teaching (Basic Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Medical Terminology) to pre-nursing and other pre-healthcare professions.  I have been selected lead faculty for BIO106. I also am owner and administrator of my own business- Nursing Strategies & Consulting where I work with nursing programs throughout the nation to help with testing and other needs. Prior to these current positions I worked at Regis University where I led and participated on the following committees - Quality, Assessment and Evaluation, College Assessment, and University Assessment. I have also led the Nursing Faculty Organization at Platt College. 

ANA/CNA experience (current & past)
I am currently President of District 20 (DNA 20) and will be entering my third year in the role starting in September. I also am chairperson of the membership committee where I have worked to increase participation in the attendance of meetings. I work with the Treasurer to oversee the budget for DNA 20, and worked to edit current bylaws. I have served on the Conference Committee for two conferences including the upcoming conference. I have attended multiple CNA membership meetings and educational conferences. 

Please describe experience with governance, management, public speaking, and/or financial management.
My experience with governance includes working with multiple settings on accreditation processes, bylaws revisions, and sitting on committees that report to governing bodies of colleges and universities. I set up the first ever standardized testing program for Arapahoe Community College nursing program that was used as a model for other community colleges in the state, and set up data analysis processes. I have worked with multiple nursing programs to help them write policies for testing. In these ventures I have done many speaking engagements in the state of Colorado and at conferences. As a nursing educator  my career involved teaching graduate and undergraduate students. As a business owner I am proficient in budget management and documenting my finances for tax purposes. Teaching research to nursing students and working with testing data has made me proficient in managing data. 

1) Please describe what members should know about why you seek being elected to this office or position?
Members should know that I am dedicated to expanding my role in the Colorado Nurses Association in the role of Treasurer and being an active member of the board. My experience and dedication to DNA 20 will lend well to being able to fulfill the role of Treasurer. 

2) What priorities do you see for CNA at this time?
Priorities for CNA at this time should include maintaining a current and accurate budget and be able to track money coming into CNA and track money being spent by CNA. CNA should stream line the role of Civica Management in their role working with the board and director of CNA under supervision and partnership for the organization to run efficiently. Another priority is to increase membership involvement to have them understand the importance of CNA in caring for the nurses in the state of Colorado.

3) As a potential member of the CNA Board of Directors you have a Duty of Loyalty to CNA. That Duty of Loyalty is defined as being able to put the interests of CNA above any others. Please indicate if you have a real or potential Conflict of Interest personally or financially that may impact your ability to vote on select CNA business.
I do not have any conflict of interest to my loyalty towards CNA. Even though I will still maintain my role with DNA 20 I have an amazing board in place who work together to accomplish our goals. Being Treasurer will also allow me to share with the DNA 20 membership what is happening on a state level as well as within our district. 


Region Director 2 (DNA 3, 12, 16, 20, 23) (2 candidates)        

Amanda Cobb

Consent to Serve Received and ANA/CNA Membership Confirmed

Professional Education
Master of Science in Nursing 

Current position held and experiences with change leadership.
Currently a Magnet Program Director at UCHealth

Previous professional titles have included Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Manager of Clinical Projects, and Project Manager.

ANA/CNA experience (current & past)
Current CNA Region 2 Director, previous Texas Nurse Association Delegate 

Please describe experience with governance, management, public speaking, and/or financial management.
Experience includes serving as a board member on a large 200,000 home Homeowners Association, public speaking at multiple professional development and education events and conferences, and professionally have held positions responsible for management of departments within large healthcare systems in Colorado and in Texas. MSN final practicum setting was spent with the Texas Nurse Association  Nursing Practice Director and CEO.

1) Please describe what members should know about why you seek being elected to this office or position?
I am passionate about the voice of nursing within the workplace and in legislative advocacy efforts. My current tenure as the Region 2 Director has allowed me to partner with nursing leaders across our state to develop, communicate and influence the progress of the profession. Throughout the past two years in this position I have aimed to align the strategic priorities within CNA and create more opportunity to engage with our members in meaningful ways. 

2) What priorities do you see for CNA at this time?
My main focus points as Director are aligning the strategic priorities and structuring the organization in a way that supports the goals established by the Board and focusing efforts around membership engagement. I strongly believe in connecting people with their passion and leveraging the amazing expertise within CNA to make impactful change for our profession and the communities we serve. I actively participate in our Membership Committee to continuously improve the membership experience at CNA.

3) As a potential member of the CNA Board of Directors you have a Duty of Loyalty to CNA. That Duty of Loyalty is defined as being able to put the interests of CNA above any others. Please indicate if you have a real or potential Conflict of Interest personally or financially that may impact your ability to vote on select CNA business.
I have no conflicts of interest to disclose at this time.


Cristina Winchester

Consent to Serve Received and ANA/CNA Membership Confirmed

Professional Education
BSN, enrolled in MSN program

Current position held and experiences with change leadership.
I am currently a Nurse Manager for an acute care unit at an academic medical center. In my nearly 8 years at that organization, I have participated and led projects to reduce length of stay in pancreas surgery patients and assisted with the introduction external urinary catheter alternatives to reduce use of indwelling urinary catheters and risk for CAUTI in the inpatient setting. I additionally serve as a mentor, preceptor, hospital supervisor, and co-chair of a CAUTI prevention committee. I worked both as a charge nurse and hospital supervisor during the COVID responses of the last few years, helping to create processes to help kept staff and patients safe. I have led a transition space for inpatient care, working with my staff to create workflows that allow for compassionate care in non traditional inpatient care settings, support capacity and throughput, and maximize resources through the use of creative staffing models.

ANA/CNA experience (current & past)
I have been a member of the ANA since first becoming a nursing student. Before nursing, I participated in undergraduate research opportunities in French language and culture and Chemistry Education, so I understand the importance of having a community of people within the field who work toward common goals.

Please describe experience with governance, management, public speaking, and/or financial management.
I currently lead a 36 bed surgical unit at an academic medical center. Our population is diverse, seeing patients of high acuity in various populations, such as trauma, urology, and general/endocrine/breast/bariatric/gender affirmation surgery. I have participated on committees and workgroups up through a system level, taking the lead on projects related to new construction, workplace violence prevention, and CAUTI prevention. Throughout my life, I have had a number of roles requiring public speaking and financial management such as Associate Nurse Manager and Nurse Manager and have presented podium and poster presentations at local and national conferences including the Rocky Mountain Research and EBP Symposium, the American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, and the AMSN national convention.

1) Please describe what members should know about why you seek being elected to this office or position?
I am a person first and a nurse second. I am seeking a position on the board that would allow me to both connect with nurses and patients in a variety of practice settings and throughout the state of Colorado so that I may work to change nursing for the compassionate care of nurses AND patients. Before the pandemic began, we were already working on helping each other battle through compassion fatigue, moral distress, and burnout. The pandemic surges have highlighted that we need to do more to strengthen and protect nurses by working toward top of scope practice and allowing nurses to truly care for people.

2) What priorities do you see for CNA at this time?
The CNA has a duty to inform, empower and advocate for nurses. I believe there is great work being done in the state of Colorado to maintain nurse safety and creatively manage staffing by highlighting nurses practicing at top of scope during the nursing shortage. I feel the CNA Shane unique opportunity to help reconnect nurses to the communities they serve in, strengthening trust and respect in the nursing profession.

3) As a potential member of the CNA Board of Directors you have a Duty of Loyalty to CNA. That Duty of Loyalty is defined as being able to put the interests of CNA above any others. Please indicate if you have a real or potential Conflict of Interest personally or financially that may impact your ability to vote on select CNA business.
I do not have any disclosures at this time that present a conflict of interest personally or professionally. I am committed to the interests of the CNA.  


Region Director 4 (DNA 6)  

Glenda Jackson

Consent to Serve Received and ANA/CNA Membership Confirmed

Professional Education
RN, MSN, MHA

Current position held and experiences with change leadership.
Currently, I am the Director of Region 4 and Board Member of DNA 6

ANA/CNA experience (current & past)
Board member of DNA from 2016 to the present.

Director of Region 4 from 2021 to the present.

Please describe experience with governance, management, public speaking, and/or financial management.
Board member of DNA 6. I participate in activities sponsored by the leadership.

I am an active member of the Center for Nursing Excellence in Colorado. I am participating actively in the creation of goals for the future of nursing in Colorado.

1) Please describe what members should know about why you seek being elected to this office or position?
I would like to continue participating on the board by representing the nurses of the San Luis Valley as I vote on the current issues in healthcare at the legislature. 

2) What priorities do you see for CNA at this time?
At this time the priority is the nursing shortage. We need to find ways to motivate prospective nurses to join the nursing workforce and improve their salaries to keep nurses in rural areas. Also, we need to find help for the healthcare organizations to be prepared for massive casualties.

3) As a potential member of the CNA Board of Directors you have a Duty of Loyalty to CNA. That Duty of Loyalty is defined as being able to put the interests of CNA above any others. Please indicate if you have a real or potential Conflict of Interest personally or financially that may impact your ability to vote on select CNA business.
I do not have a Conflict of Interest personally or financially that may impact my ability to vote.


Region Director 6 (DNA 5) 

Debra Bailey

Consent to Serve Received and ANA/CNA Membership Confirmed

Professional Education
ADN graduate Mesa College 1980; BSN Mesa State College, 1987; University of Colorado, Masters of Science 1993; post Masters Family Nurse Practitioner; PhD, Doctorate of philosophy – nursing: Health seeking Behaviors in rural adolescence with type one diab

Current position held and experiences with change leadership.
Medical Director women veterans program, family nurse practitioner primary care. 2018 to present. Working in the federal government allows for change daily. As one of the largest healthcare systems in the United States, process change is always being analyzed for outcome measures. Annually new outcome measures are identified;  these measures are calculated and compared to state, regional, and  national outcome measures. My role is medical director is to assure these measures are being met And or succeed  state and national levels. Measurements such as timely access to care, completion of annual mammograms, completion of screening Pap smears, blood pressure management with blood pressure is at Standardized set goals and that blood sugars, weight, pain levels, and safety goals are met for each patient.  As a nurse practitioner I manage a set panel of patients, assuring that these goals are met for each individual patient on my panel.

ANA/CNA experience (current & past)
I have been a member of ANA and CNA for 30 out of the 42 years of professional nursing that I have completed. Times that I was not a member including going back to school which accounted for 14 of the years. I have served in leader ship roles at the local level of CNA, hosted events to increase membership through Colorado Mesa University and Sigma Theta Tau competition events. I was a Director for six years for the Colorado nurses association serving as Director at large for two years and Director of region five for two years. In 2020 I took over the role of Director of region five as the Director left the state for a new career. This year I’d like to run for that position as Director of region five and continue the work supporting nurses in rural western Colorado.

I was able to present to legislators about the scope of practice of nurse practitioners with a successful part of reducing the hours needed for independent practice in Colorado.

I was a grass roots liaison for several years between Colorado Mesa University and AACN discussing policy and education in 2012- 2016.

Please describe experience with governance, management, public speaking, and/or financial management.
Throughout my career my leader ship has served in many roles. Shared governance in my early years as a neonatal nurse practitioner, leader ship role changing the structure and roles of school nursing in a large school district that span two years in the redesign of their nursing services. As a family nurse practitioner, management of a panel of patients and working through informal leadership to educate nurses in primary care practices. I was a national speaker for HANDS: an eight hour workshop dedicated to presentations  on helping  to meet the needs of students with diabetes in schools.

As Director of Health Sciences at Colorado Mesa University, I was instrumental in working through 14 programs  to prepare and pass  accreditation at the national level. Working with faculty, students, and governance boards each accreditation was successful for maximum amount of time. I have publicly spoken in many pinning ceremony‘s, nursing graduation ceremonies and giving presentations on Medical issues that affect our community.

1) Please describe what members should know about why you seek being elected to this office or position?
Access to care in rural areas can be impacted by poor roads, mountain passes, weather and poverty. Many families living in a rural areas, live in poverty, They have  unreliable transportation and face long wait times  to gain access to medical care. Short staffing is as common issue in rural Colorado as it is in larger metropolitan cities. However the workforce is the same in these rule towns  and often nurses work at two or three different places due to limited staffing. Well travelers nurses do help, the infrastructure is limited and needs supported and increased to keep nurses in small communities.. Supporting the short staffing with safe staffing ratios, and expanding nursing roles to help with the burden of acute and chronic illness, our goals that I wish to keep very visible in western Colorado.

Supporting nurses to advance their education while staying in their communities is valued.

2) What priorities do you see for CNA at this time?

  1. Balancing the work force and supporting Registered Nurses to work at the highest level of practice. This means RNs are working in areas where their critical thinking is needed the most.
  2. Adequate staffing ratios for safety of patients  in all settings.
  3. Continue to keep the workplace safe and free from harassment, abuse and harm.
  4. Supporting ANAs social justice policy
  5. Developing a higher profile of Colorado nurses association in rural  areas and on the Western Slope, while increasing awareness of the organization and the benefits for all nurses in Colorado.

3) As a potential member of the CNA Board of Directors you have a Duty of Loyalty to CNA. That Duty of Loyalty is defined as being able to put the interests of CNA above any others. Please indicate if you have a real or potential Conflict of Interest personally or financially that may impact your ability to vote on select CNA business.
I have no potential conflicts of interest personally or financially that impact my ability to serve the CNA Organization. Serving is an educator for half of my career ANA guides education, curriculum, and behaviors of nursing students and faculty. Educating novice nursing students, the standards and social policy guides have been instrumental in writing curriculum and professional statements in nursing education. The code of ethics guides  conduct in primary care, in caring for patients in all settings and as a professional gives voice to the importance of respect, diversity, equality in nursing.


Region Director SIG Representative (2 candidates)

Carolyn Carroll Flynn

Consent to Serve Received and ANA/CNA Membership Confirmed

Professional Education
MBAHA - CU Denver, 2014; BSN - UCCS, 2006; BA Classics - Colorado College, 1990

Current position held and experiences with change leadership.
Clinical Director of Capacity Management; UCHealth South Region

I have worked over 15 years as a bedside nurse and nurse leader.  As a bedside critical care nurse, the nature of delivering that level of patient care is change and being able to rapidly respond to the patient's condition.  This continues to hold true as I have moved into management and leadership throughout my career.  Healthcare, by its nature, is constantly in flux, and we as leaders must be adaptable and flexible in order to respond to the needs of our patients and colleagues at any given moment.  My most recent experience with COVID highlights this - ranging from standing up virtual ambulatory clinic visits in less than a week to launching the South Region COVID Vaccine Clinics, and now serving as Director for Capacity Management for the South Region. 

How we manage change is our challenge as leaders - addressing and answering the question "Why", and connecting the dots for our teams to overcome the fear of the unknown.  This is what allows us to move forward in a proactive manner which is what is needed for our profession to move forward and thrive.

ANA/CNA experience (current & past)
Previous (and now current) member of ANA/CNA

Please describe experience with governance, management, public speaking, and/or financial management.
I have been in the business environment for over 30 years.  First as a Marketing/Communications Director for non-profit arts organizations, second as a nurse, nurse manager, and nurse director for UCHealth.  I have managed budgets throughout my professional career, and am familiar with traditional media outlets (TV, radio, print) as I worked with them extensively in the first half of my career. 

As a nurse and nurse leader, I have continued to fine tune my financial management and healthcare leadership skills.  As a bedside nurse, I was the chair of our Unit Practice Council and System Practice Council.  I participated in our system redesign of Shared Governance in 2007-2010.  As a bedside clinician, I addressed the City Council of Colorado Springs regarding the ownership of Memorial Hospital.  As a result, I was selected to serve on the City Council Task Force responsible for recommending ownership for the Memorial Hospital Health System.  This resulted in an unanimous recommendation for UCHealth to assume ownership and subsequent City wide election with overwhelming support to move to UCHealth. 

1) Please describe what members should know about why you seek being elected to this office or position?
We need to redefine nursing as we move into the future.  The state of Colorado continues to experience a substantial deficit of nurses all the while the state continues to grow and expand.  We need to seek creative and safe alternatives to protect our nurses (and patients) while pursuing models of care that redefine our profession and utilizes our skills at the top of our scope.  Continuing to reinforce the professionalism of our career field, and expanding opportunities for individuals to pursue nursing as a life long career is of state-wide and national importance.  We need to recognize that burn-out is real, and that support is needed to care for our own, while we care for others.  

2) What priorities do you see for CNA at this time?

  1. Address work place violence for all members of the healthcare team. 
  2. Pursue equity of care for non and underinsured patients in the state of Colorado.
  3. Improve Colorado's resources for behavioral health clinicians and facilities.
  4. Increase access to long-term care facilities for patients in need of skilled or long term care freeing up beds for the acutely sick/injured patients.

3) As a potential member of the CNA Board of Directors you have a Duty of Loyalty to CNA. That Duty of Loyalty is defined as being able to put the interests of CNA above any others. Please indicate if you have a real or potential Conflict of Interest personally or financially that may impact your ability to vote on select CNA business.
I have no conflicts of interest.  

 

Linda Kottmann

Consent to Serve Received and ANA/CNA Membership Confirmed

Professional Education
DNP, MSN

Current position held and experiences with change leadership.
current - Associate Nursing Director, CPEP, Center for Personalized Education for Professionals. First nurse on staff. Competency assessment evaluation design and review for physicians and advanced practice professionals (APPs) returning to practice after voluntary leave or as part of a disciplinary requirement. Communication with state and provincial (Canadian) boards of medicine, boards of nursing, and hospital medical executive committees regarding individual clinicians referred.

Kaiser Permanente Clinical Practice Manager, Department of APN/PA Clinical Practice, newly created department 2017. Worked with Labor-Management Partnership (union), departmental nurse managers, APPs, and physician leads to promote optimal APP workforce utilization.

Lead/ "Chief" for APN-Led Practice at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. With Chief Nursing Officer, APPs, physicians, leadership team facilitated change in practice model. Six-month pilot was extended to 18 months and successfuly implemented in two other clinic facilities. 

ANA/CNA experience (current & past)
July 2018 - December 2021 Government Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) active committee member. Co-wrote reproductive rights policy statement for CNA membership vote and approval.

Decades ago (1990s) worked on prescriptive authority for APRNs in Colorado.

Please describe experience with governance, management, public speaking, and/or financial management.
Public speaking: in addition to above, presented at Kaiser Quality Care (California) conference on APN-Led clinic outcomes. Clinical presentation at Keystone Nurse Practitioner conference.

Financial: Board member for Peer Assistance Services, financial oversight of monthly budget and yearly audit.

Shared governance experience as elected Chair of Committee on Ministry at my Unitarian Universalist congregation. 

1) Please describe what members should know about why you seek being elected to this office or position?
Awareness of advance practice issues is important to the Board and APRNs need to be well informed of state wide nursing practice concerns. I have a long history of promoting nursing practice and am keen to stay informed and help others do so. I have the institutional knowledge of CNA and advanced practice issues in Colorado but am not married to one set way that things need to be done. A robust sharing of ideas and Information helps our profession stay vibrant.

2) What priorities do you see for CNA at this time?
Justice, diversity, equity and inclusion.  Understanding the challenges faced by our nurse colleagues that have not traditionally had a voice, and listening and learning from them to create a strong nurse workforce. How do we in power promote new ways of thinking?

Understanding and learning to move forward from the impact of the pandemic on nurses in various settings.

3) As a potential member of the CNA Board of Directors you have a Duty of Loyalty to CNA. That Duty of Loyalty is defined as being able to put the interests of CNA above any others. Please indicate if you have a real or potential Conflict of Interest personally or financially that may impact your ability to vote on select CNA business.
potential COI - Board of Directors member for Peer Assistance Services, and work at CPEP.  I'm not sure what the COI would be but want members to be aware of these.


CNA Nominating Committee (3 Candidates Needed)          

JoAnn Crownover

Consent to Serve Received and ANA/CNA Membership Confirmed

Professional Education
DNP, MSN, BSN

Current position held and experiences with change leadership.
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

University of Colorado

During my professional career as a Registered Nurse I have worked in various specialties, including Air Force Nurse Corps, Medical Surgical Nursing, Obstetric Nursing, School Health, Hospice and Diabetic Education. For the past 20+ years I have been a nurse educator and have taught in various academic programs. Throughout my career I have had multiple opportunities to advocate and guide for change to improve processes, curriculum...

ANA/CNA experience (current & past)
I am a new member to the ANA and CNA. I look forward to serving the profession through these organizations. 

Please describe experience with governance, management, public speaking, and/or financial management.
I have had an amazing journey in my professional career. I have had multiple opportunities to serve in various capacities. For example, I currently serve as the Past Chair for the University of Colorado, College of Nursing Undergraduate Curriculum and Evaluation Committee (Chair 2021/2022) in which we work to ensure that the curricula of the College  is of high quality the educational outcomes are a reflection of national standards. I have much experience in public speaking, both in the classroom and as a presenter at local, regional, national and international conferences. 

1) Please describe what members should know about why you seek being elected to this office or position?
I am new to the Colorado Nurses Association. I appreciate the collaborative efforts to advance the profession of nursing, support the nurses within the profession and ultimately to improve health for all. 

2) What priorities do you see for CNA at this time?
Advocating for the nurse. In the current healthcare climate, and with the shortage of nurses, we need to advocate for the front-line nurse.

3) As a potential member of the CNA Board of Directors you have a Duty of Loyalty to CNA. That Duty of Loyalty is defined as being able to put the interests of CNA above any others. Please indicate if you have a real or potential Conflict of Interest personally or financially that may impact your ability to vote on select CNA business.
I have no conflict of interest.