VNPA Board Nominations - Please VOTE!
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2019 Board Election
Dear VNPA members,
We invite you to vote on the slate of nominees for the VNPA Board. Please view the 2019 nominee bios by scrolling down in this message, or in the attached file.
You must be a member or a student member of the VNPA to vote.
Please cast your ballot no later than Sunday, June 16 at midnight.
2019 Board Nominees
Treasurer (2 year term): Hillary Liddick
I am a Vermonter and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I completed a BA in Sociology at the University of Vermont in 2007. I then completed a BS in Nursing with the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013, followed by a MS in Nursing, with a specialty in mental health in 2017. After living in Oregon and Virginia for a cumulative 9 years, my husband and I returned to the green mountain state in the fall of 2017 so that I could begin my APRN career with Northeast Kingdom Human Services.
My first degree introduced me to a variety of concepts. But the most profound lesson that I learned was that in order for people to survive they need to have basic human rights. And there are certainly a variety of ways to skin this cat, but as a young woman trying to decide which avenue to take in my path towards increasing social stability and mitigating suffering, I felt myself drawn toward nursing. From where I sat, it was apparent that nurses serve on the front lines of social justice. And it was front lines that I sought.
Of course, working day in and day out on the front lines is an admirable role. And it is a role that I will continue to endeavor in. But having the opportunity to create widespread systems changes that improve the lives of an entire community, rather than just the person sitting in front of you, is both an honor and a responsibility. And ideally, policy and practice changes are informed by individuals who witness the day to day struggles of both their patients and the systems of health care that seek to treat them.
Board Member at Large (2 year term) Emily LeVan
Emily LeVan, MSN, APRN, NP-C, ENP-C is a dual certified Family and Emergency Nurse Practitioner. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department and serves as the Chief of the Advanced Practice Providers at Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) in Berlin, VT. Additionally, she serves as a clinical preceptor for first- and second-year medical students, Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant students. She is a member of the Validation Committee and serves as the Vermont State Representative for the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP). She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Duke University.
Board Member at Large (2 year term) Dayna Stimson
My name is Dayna Stimson, and I’m a recent DNP graduate from the University of Vermont. I served as a student board member for the past two years and enjoyed learning the ins and outs of professional board membership. If elected to return as a board member, I look forward to helping plan the 30th anniversary of our annual conference, as well as assist in legislative matters. The VNPA does an excellent job of creating educational opportunities for Vermont NPs and is a strong advocate for our role, and I hope to help the organization continue to grow and thrive.
Board Member at Large (2 year term) Allison Ebrahimi
I am fairly new to both advanced practice nursing and the state of Vermont, but have to say that I'm struck by the impact the VNPA has already made on my career though fantastic networking and educational opportunities. I would love to get the chance to contribute to its work representing and educating our profession as a board member.
My passion lies at the intersection of public health and clinical nursing practice. I started my career working as a registered nurse in the pediatric emergency department of Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Working in a diverse urban environment with a large immigrant population piqued my interest in the social determinants of health, leading me to explore health through the "macro" lens of public health. I pivoted my focus to global health, providing management and technical support to USAID-funded projects focused on a variety of issues including obstetrical fistula, Ebola transmission prevention, supply chain and procurement, TB, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. As a soon-to-graduate advanced practice nurse, I plan to merge my two interests to promote evidence-based and culturally competent care to my local rural community in the Northeast Kingdom.
I am a family nurse practitioner student at Georgetown University, anticipated graduation in August 2019. I hold an MPH in International Health and Development, and both a BS in Nursing and BA in Political Science both from the University of Connecticut. I am also a member of the Green Mountain Care Board Advisory Committee.
Student Member (2 year term) Katie Marie Whitaker
I have been a Registered Nurse since 2012 and am currently enrolled at Frontier Nursing University on the path to becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked in the field of Substance Use Disorder treatment since 2014, and I am incredibly passionate about increasing access to MAT and substance use disorders services across the state. I am a strong believer in harm reduction principles, and have spearheaded many projects to expand these services to my clients and community including initiating an acudetox treatment program at Hardwick Area Health Center and Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley and creating a Narcan and Fentanyl test kit distribution service at Hardwick Area Health Center. I am very passionate about expanding access to MAT and to mental health services across the state. I would be honored to serve on the VNPA board as a student Nurse Practitioner and would love to help advocate for the Nurse Practitioners of Vermont.