aappn-psychiatric-nurses
Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
Advancing your practice, your career, and our community.

AAPPN Leadership

Management

Provided by Free Range Nonprofit Solutions, Inc.

Board Officers

Get to know your AAPPN Board Members→

  • President: Mary Ellen O’Keefe, MN, MBA, ARNP | Whatcom/Skagit Chapter
  • President Elect: Kristine Highlander, ARNP, PMHNP-BC | Seattle Chapter
  • Past President: Dana Dean Doering, ARNP | Seattle Chapter
  • Treasurer: Position open
  • Secretary: Nikki Behner, DNP, MPH, ARNP | Whatcom/Skagit Chapter
  • Member at Large: Ginni Buccola, DNP, ARNP | Tacoma Chapter
  • Member at Large: Lee Moore, ARNP, PMHNP-BC | East King County Chapter 
  • Member at Large: Jean Tang, PhD, PMHNP | Seattle Chapter
  • Member at Large: Danielle Waldron, MSN, ARNP | Snohomish Chapter
  • Member at Large: Patricia Wuertzer, MSN, ARNP-BC, PLLC | East King County Chapter 

Advisory Council

  • Damaris Aragon, PMHNP, BC
  • Ophelia Blue, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
  • Travis Damico, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
  • Lynne Dearing, MA, MSN, ARNP
  • Danielle DeOliveira, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
  • Bernie Gilroy, MN, ARNP
  • Connie Huffine
  • Melanie Kristoferson, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
  • Jaime Long, ARNP
  • Graham Patrick, PhD, ARNP

Awards Committee

  • Bernie Gilroy, MN, ARNP, Chair
  • Ginni Buccola, DNP, ARNP
  • Patricia Wuertzer, MSN, ARNP-BC, PLLC

Education/Clinical Practice Committee

  • Melanie Kristoferson, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, Chair
  • Bernie Gilroy, MN, ARNP
  • Deborah Eti, Student Member
  • Erika Giraldo, DNP, ARNP
  • Mary Ellen O’Keefe, MN, MBA, ARNP
  • Jennifer Schladweiler, MN, PMHNP, ARNP
  • Soonja Tyrrell, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
  • Patricia Wuertzer, MSN, ARNP-BC, PLLC

Finance

  • Mary Ellen O’Keefe, MN, MBA, ARNP, Chair
  • Nikki Behner, DNP, MPH, ARNP
  • Dana Dean Doering, ARNP
  • Kristine Highlander, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Health Policy/Government Relations

  • Danielle DeOliveira, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, Chair
  • Nikki Behner, DNP, MPH, ARNP
  • Ophelia Blue, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
  • Becky Godby, MSN, ARNP
  • Mustapha Hydara, DNP, ARNP
  • Melanie Kristoferson, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Membership

  • Kristine Highlander, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, Chair
  • Damaris Aragon, PMHNP, BC
  • Michele Kulbel, DNP, ARNP
  • Mollie Sharp, PMHNP-BC
  • Jean Tang, PhD, PMHNP

Chapters

  • East King County Chair: Patricia Wuertzer, MSN, ARNP-BC, PLLC
  • Peninsula/Kitsap Chair: Graham Patrick, PhD, ARNP
  • Seattle Chapter Co-Chairs: Ophelia Blue, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC; Travis Damico, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC; & Melanie Kristoferson, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
  • Snohomish Chapter: Co-Chairs: Nikki Behner, DNP, MPH, ARNP & Danielle Waldron, MSN, ARNP
  • Spokane Chapter: Damaris Aragon, PMHNP, BC
  • Tacoma Chapter: Co-Chairs Ginni Buccola, DNP, ARNP & Jaime Long, ARNP

If you are in the Vancouver/Portland or Whatcom/Skagit chapters and 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.