Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
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AAPPN Leadership


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Board Officers

  • President: Dana Dean Doering, ARNP | Seattle Chapter
  • President Elect: Mary Ellen O’Keefe, MN, MBA, PNHCNS-BC, ARNP | Whatcom/Skagit Chapter
  • Past President: Mary Moller, DNP, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN | Tacoma Chapter
  • Treasurer: Position open
  • Secretary: Nikki Behner, DNP, MPH, ARNP | Whatcom/Skagit Chapter
  • Member at Large: Kristine Highlander, ARNP, PMHNP-BC | Seattle Chapter
  • Member at Large: Bonita Quiroz-Cantu, MSN, ARNP | Seattle Chapter
  • Member at Large: Patricia Wuertzer, MSN, ARNP-BC, PLLC | East King County Chapter 

Advisory Council

  • Melody Bemis, PhD, PMHNP-BC
  • Ginni Buccola-Tournay, DNP, ARNP
  • Lynne Dearing, MA, MSN, ARNP
  • Erika Giraldo, DNP, ARNP
  • Tamara Ganahl, ARNP
  • Connie Huffine
  • Jaime Long, ARNP
  • Danielle Waldron, MSN, ARNP

Education/Clinical Practice Committee

  • Bernie Gilroy, MN, ARNP, Chair
  • Melanie Kristoferson, RN
  • Mary Ellen O’Keefe, MN, MBA, ARNP


  • Mary Ellen O’Keefe, MN, MBA, ARNP, Chair
  • Dana Dean Doering, ARNP

Health Policy/Government Relations

  • Melody Bemis, PhD, PMHNP-BC, Chair
  • Ophelia Blue, MSN, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC
  • Danielle DeOliveira, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC


  • Kristine Highlander, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, Chair
  • Michele Kulbel, DNP, ARNP
  • Catherine Luria, MS, ARNP
  • Cheryl Raleigh-DuRoff, MN, ARNP
  • Mollie Sharp, PMHNP-BC
  • Jean Tang, PhD, PMHNP


  • East King County: Erika Giraldo, DNP, ARNP, & Patricia Wuertzer, MSN, ARNP-BC, PLLC, Co-chairs
  • Peninsula/Kitsap: Open
  • Snohomish Chapter: Nikki Behner, DNP, MPH, ARNP, & Danielle Waldron, MSN, ARNP, Co-chairs
  • Spokane Chapter: Tamara Ganahl, ARNP, Chair
  • Tacoma Chapter: Ginni Buccola-Tournay, DNP, ARNP & Jaime Long, ARNP, Co-chairs

If your chapter isn’t listed and you are interested in chairing chapter meetings in your area, please contact Chris Crosser, AAPPN Member Services, at chris@aappn.org or 360-734-3166.

Volunteer Questions

Interested in volunteering with AAPPN? Contact Kirk Roberts at kirk@aappn.org.

Membership Questions

Have questions about your member benefits or becoming a member? Contact Chris Crosser at chris@aappn.org.