AAPPN Clinical, Emeritus, and Out-of-State Members are invited to vote in the 2020 Board of Directors election.
If you are a Student Member, please vote in the Student Board Member election.
Please review the candidate statements below and cast your ballot at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AAPPNelection2020. Please submit your ballot by 4 p.m. (Pacific) Wednesday, December 30. Thank you for voting!
For the coming term, the AAPPN Nominating Committee is recommending a co-Presidency approach. That is why you will see two names on one line of the ballot.
Danielle DeOliveira, PMHNP-BC, and Jean Tang, PhD, PMHNP-BC
Danielle DeOliveira statement: My time with the AAPPN Legislative Committee has helped strengthen my commitment to moving our profession forward. AAPPN is doing important work to ensure that psychiatric ARNPs in Washington State are high quality professionals and recognized as such by all levels of heath care and the public. It would be very fulfilling to give my time and skills to further that work as co-president.
Biographical information: Since moving from NC three years ago I have been working at Peninsula Behavioral Health in Port Angeles. I enjoy community mental health and the challenges of working with a wide variety of mental health struggles.
Jean Tang statement: AAPPN has been my go-to organization for PMHNP related resources since I was a trainee. I appreciate having AAPPN as a home base for professional networking, clinical consultation, and PMHNP advocacy. Over the years, AAPPN has helped me to anchor on the core values of being a PMHNP. I am inspired by the organization’s mission and its members’ dedication to the profession. It would be my honor to serve on the AAPPN leadership team. My goal is to be an effective liaison connecting practice, education, and science to continue advancing our profession.
Biographical information: I am a board-certified PMHNP, practicing in the community-based outpatient mental health setting since 2004, serving a diverse population with chronic mental illness and trauma history. In addition to my clinical practice, I have a dual career in higher education, focusing on research, teaching, and mentoring.
Treasurer: Danielle Waldron, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Statement: I have enjoyed my involvement as Member-At-Large and would like to expand my role as a member and serve as Treasurer. I enjoy my current duties and the collaboration with members, and have found the AAPPN community especially valuable throughout this past year.
Biographical information: I have been practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2013 after graduating from Seattle University. I have enjoyed different roles as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. These days I practice at a Behavioral Health Urgent Care in Everett and have a private practice in Lynnwood. I currently chair the Snohomish County Chapter and love the collaboration with other members of AAPPN.
Member-At-Large: Piper Buersmeyer, PMHNP-BC, ARNP
Statement: I would like to be the At Large Member person to represent the multiple specialty areas, interests, concerns, needs and changes that need to occur. I have a strong clinical and admin background and can offer my expertise in growing our profession. I would be honored to serve.
Biographical information: Piper Buersmeyer is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner over the lifespan and is the co-founder of Med Rx Partners and TMS NW. Piper graduated from Oregon Health and Science University in 2009. Piper worked for Western Psychological and Counseling for 6 1/2 years until transitioning to full time private practice in 2014.
In September 2017, Piper was one of 3 PMHNPs who founded the first and only deep TMS treatment clinic, TMS NW in Vancouver, WA. TMS NW has established unique clinical and ethical standards for TMS treatment and have worked diligently for the past 3 years to change healthcare policy excluding PMHNPs from providing TMS treatment.
Piper has been actively involved with the Clinical TMS Society advocating for PMHNP autonomy and has been successful with 2 major insurers changing their TMS policy to allow PMHNPs. Two years later, Piper wanted to drastically increase medication management access in the community after her private practice was full. Piper again joined forces with TMS NW ‘s PMHNP owners to start Med Rx Partners. The first PMHNP owned and run medication management clinic in Clark County, Med Rx Partners is providing rapid access to lifesaving care. Nine months later, the owners expanded both Med Rx Partners and TMS NW into Tigard, OR.
Member-At-Large: Leslie Hite, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Statement: I have valued this organization as a new graduate and have had the opportunity to connect with many other members across the state through available resources and opportunities to volunteer within the organization. I am an advocate for improved mental healthcare in rural areas and within the state and would be honored to serve as a Board of Directors Member At Large for this organization to continue to advocate, learn and grow within my profession, educate, and connect with others.
Biographical information: I have been practicing in mental health care as a RN for over 12 years and after graduating as a PMHNP, I moved to Okanogan County and currently practice in a rural primary care clinic. I have been an AAPPN member since graduating and moving to Washington and I have volunteered on the AAPPN legislative committee for the past year while learning more about advocacy and connecting with other members throughout the state.