3/2/04 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Announces National, Regional Election Results

March 2, 2004


Information: Elise Denmon

(856) 256-2300 ext. 2411, elise@ajj.com

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association

Announces National, Regional Election Results

PITMAN, NJ - Suzann VanBuskirk, BSN, RN, CNN, has been chosen as national president-elect of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) for 2004-05. Ms. VanBuskirk’s responsibilities will include serving as a liaison between the Board of Directors and assigned committees, coordinating all functions of ANNA with President Lesley C. Dinwiddie, MSN, RN, FNP, CNN, and assuming the president’s role in her absence. Ms. VanBuskirk, of Elkton, MD, is the director of nursing services for DaVita, Inc.

Along with Ms. VanBuskirk, ANNA members elected additional officers for 2004-05 (listed below). All of the new officers will assume their respective positions at the conclusion of ANNA’s 35th National Symposium in Washington, DC, April 15-18, 2004.

National and Regional Officers

Glenda M. Payne, MS, RN, CNN, was named as ANNA’s national secretary and is responsible for all meeting minutes, correspondence, task lists/progression, and for making sure all policies and procedures are up-to-date and in compliance. Ms. Payne is a nurse consultant for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Dallas, TX.

In the regional contests, Sue Preuett Cary, MN, RN, NP, CNN, adult nurse practitioner, Nephrology Department, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Baton Rouge, LA, was elected to the position of Southeast vice president. Lynda K. Ball, BS, BSN, RN, CNN, quality improvement coordinator, Northwest Renal Network in Seattle, WA, was elected to serve as Western vice president. Regional vice presidents are responsible for the day-to-day management of ANNA activities within a defined geographic area. They serve as liaisons between local, regional, and national members, as well as liaisons between the Board of Directors, committees, and special projects.

Also in the Southeast Region, Cheryl Groenhoff, MBA, BSN, RN, CNN, kidney patient educator, Baxter Healthcare in Plantation, FL, was named chapters coordinator-elect (CCE). Marilyn Eilert, RN, CNN, nurse manager, Hemodialysis Acute Unit, Holy Name Hospital, in Teaneck, NJ, was elected Northeast Region CCE.

In the North Central Region, Susan Blalock, MS, CNN, RN, administrator of a new dialysis facility in Potosi, MO, was named North Central CCE. Joan Camarro Simard, MS, RN, CNN, dialysis centers information system coordinator, Intermountain Health Care, UCRH Dialysis Centers, Salt Lake City, UT, was elected as Western CCE.

CCEs coordinate and supervise regional chapter activities, report to regional vice presidents, and serve as members on appropriate committees.

For more information on ANNA, visit the association’s Web site, www.annanurse.org, or contact the National Office at East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone (888) 660-2660, (856) 256-2320; e-mail: anna@ajj.com.


ANNA is a professional nursing association comprised of more than 12,000 nephrology nurses. The association is dedicated to advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influencing outcomes for patients with kidney or other disease processes requiring replacement therapies through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.