3/8/05 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Announces National, Regional Election Results

March 8, 2005

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Linda Alexander

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American Nephrology Nurses' Association Announces National, Regional Election Results

PITMAN, NJ - JoAnne Gilmore, BSN, RN, CNN, has been elected national president-elect of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) for 2005-06. Ms. Gilmore’s responsibilities will include serving as a liaison between the Board of Directors and assigned committees, coordinating all functions of ANNA with President Suzann VanBuskirk, BSN, RN, CNN, and assuming the president’s role in her absence. Ms. Gilmore, of Scottsdale, AZ, is a clinical writer/manager of policies and procedures for DaVita, Inc.

Along with Ms. Gilmore, ANNA members elected additional officers for 2005-06 (listed below). All of the new officers will assume their respective offices at the conclusion of ANNA’s 36th National Symposium in Las Vegas, NV, April 18-21, 2005.

National and Regional Officers

Norma Gomez, MBA, RN, CNN, was named as ANNA's national treasurer and is responsible for fiscal management of ANNA; overseeing chapter/regional corporations; facilitating and consulting payroll/benefits; and maintaining appropriate fiscal records. Ms. Gomez is director of central education for Gambro Healthcare in Homestead, FL.

In the regional elections, Debra Castner, MSN, RN, APNC, CNN, Team Leader, Disease Management, ESRD/CKD, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Farmingdale, NJ, was elected to the position of Northeast vice president. Donna Bednarski, MSN, RN, CNN, CS, CNP, a clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner at Harper University Hospital in Detroit, MI, was elected to serve a second term as North Central 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 between the Board of Directors, committees, and special projects.

Also in the Northeast Region, B. Sandra Miholics, RN, CNN, a nurse case manager at Renaissance Health Care in Neshanic Station, NJ, was named Northeast chapters coordinator-elect (CCE). Sylvia Moe, BSN, RN, CNN, a nephrology staff nurse at Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, MN, was elected North Central CCE.

In the Southeast Region, Emily Hodgin, BSN, RN, CNN, CPHQ, director of quality improvement for the Southeastern Kidney Council in Raleigh, NC, was elected to serve as Southeast CCE. Nancy Pierce, BSN, RN, CNN, director of dialysis at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena, MT, was named Western CCE.

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

For more information, visit ANNA's Web site, www.annanurse.org, or contact the ANNA National Office at (888) 600-2662; (856) 256-2320; fax (856) 589-7463; e-mail anna@ajj.com



ANNA is a professional nursing association comprised of more than 11,500 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.