President

Ellen Gianoli, BSN, MA, RN
Palo Cedro, California

Ellen is a seasoned Catholic nurse with a variety of experiences that span staff nurse, charge nurse, public health nurse, department head, hospital educator and college nursing educator. She understands the concerns of nurses to remain morally sound within the intensely changing healthcare environment. Ellen has been the NACN-USA Pacific Regional Director since June 2017, reaching out to nurses on the Pacific Coast all the way to the Northern Mariana Islands. She has taken part in International Healthcare Conferences held by the Dicastery for Integral Human Development at the Vatican, as well as other conferences both in Rome and in the U.S. Ellen firmly believes that our international presence through CICIAMS is essential to keeping a voice for good on the world stage. Ellen comes to this place with a “skill set” available to NACN-USA for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). Ellen is firm in her willingness to serve now and in the future for Catholic Nurses. Term April 2020-June 2022.

Recording Secretary

Mavic Magno, RN-BSN, MBA
Santa Clara, California

Mavic works as a Nurse Case Manager in the Emergency Department, specializing in complex cases and ED throughput at Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center. She has clinical experience in Critical Care Nursing, Critical Care Transport, Surgical Nursing, Education and Utilization Management. She is a devout parishioner at Our Lady of Peace Church & Shrine in Santa Clara. Mavic serves as a 3rd order member of the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) Religious Order and functions as a Coordinator for California for the “40 Hours Project”, a global prayer movement for priests and religious life. As Recording Secretary of NACN-USA, she organizes the agenda and minutes for the NACN-USA Board of Directors and keeps current the Committee Roster of the organization. She also serves as the current Newsletter Editor for NACN-USA, and is actively involved in special events and membership engagements. Term December 2020 – June 2021.

Corresponding Secretary

Debra Kelsey-Davis, RN, MHSA
Chicago, Illinois

Debra is co-Founder of Nourish for Caregivers, a Catholic ministry which provides support and wholistic programs to nourish caregivers. She is also co-Founder Sagacity.Care, a digital health platform connecting patients, their caregivers and the healthcare team. For NACN-USA, she serves as the corresponding secretary responsible for reviewing and responding to the messages from the website, serves on the Communications Committee and its Newsletter and Publicity subcommittee. Term February – June 2022.

Treasurer

Duane J. Belanger, BSN, RN
Fort Kent, Maine

Duane is a registered nurse working at Northern Maine Medical Center, attends St Louis Church in Fort Kent, Maine and is a US Army Veteran. He served as the Town Manager of Wallagrass, Maine until his election to the 118th Maine Legislature where he served as a lawmaker in the Maine House of Representatives. Duane obtained his BSN in 2018 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), is a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, awarded the UMFK 2018 Citizenship Award, a member of the UMFK Nursing Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau International. Duane is a graduate student at Creighton University pursuing a DNP. He is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at UMFK. He is a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus holding the position of Master for the District of Maine.  Term July 2020 – June 2022.

Region 1 – Upper Northeast (UNE)

Regional Director

P. Renee Frost, BSN, RN, CCM
Rocky Hill, Connecticut

Renee works in clinical case management. For NACN-USA she serves as a liaison between the Board of Directors and members in the following states: Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Term July 2019 – June 2021.

Maria Arvonio

Region 2 – Lower Northeast (LNE)

Regional Director

Maria Arvonio, BSN, MA (HCE), RN
Trenton, New Jersey

Maria works in clinical nursing. For NACN-USA she serves as a liaison between the Board of Directors and members in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C. (including liaison with the Archdiocese of the Military Services (AMS) office in D.C.). Term July 2020 – June 2022.

Region 3 – MidAtlantic (MA)

Regional Director

Janet Munday, BSN, RN
Wapakoneta, Ohio

Janet has previous experience in nursing informatics, endoscopy and as an operating room circulator. She currently works as a school nurse and cares for her Father who has late stage dementia.  For NACN-USA she serves as a liaison between the Board of Directors and members in the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky. Term 2019-2021.

Region 4 – Southeast (SE)

Regional Director

Linda Lopp, MSN/Ed, RN
Citra, Florida

Linda works as a nurse educator.  For NACN-USA she serves as a liaison between the Board of Directors and members in the following states: Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico.

 

Region 5 – NorthCentral (NC)

Regional Director

Janet Salihar, RN, CCM
Wheaton, Illinois

Jan is President of Midwest Case Management and Managing Partner of OnCall Medical Management Services, nurse consulting firms. Recognizing the importance to support the Catholic nurses in their pressurized jobs and in a post Christian culture, she works tirelessly to promote her local Council and the NACN-USA. She has been the Recording Secretary of the NACN-USA and created the first formal printed and mailed newsletter. Locally, she was President of the Council of Catholic Nurses, Diocese of Joliet, IL, providing members with Eucharistic retreats, events with dynamic speakers, trips to local shrines and updates on legislation relevant to the practice of Catholic nurses. As regional director she would work to ensure that Catholic nurses in her region are aware that the NACN-USA is a safe haven to grow in their spiritual journey and to be armed with grace and knowledge to carry on their ministry at work, with their families and in their communities. For NACN-USA, she serves as a liaison between the Board of Directors and members in the following states: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas. Term 2019-2021.

Peggy Hamm

Region 6 – SouthCentral (SC)

Regional Director

Margaret “Peggy” Humm, MSN, APRN, CNS-MCH
San Antonio, Texas

Peggy is a Clinical Assistant Professor in a School of Nursing. She serves as a liaison between the Board of Directors and members in the following states: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi. Term 2018-2020.

Region 7 – MidWest (MW)

Regional Director

Rosalinda Jimenez, EdD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Lubbock, Texas

Rosalinda is an Assistant Professor of Graduate & APRN Studies.  She practices as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  She serves as a liaison between the Board of Directors and members in the following states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming. Term 2019-2021.

Region 8 – SouthWest (SW)

Regional Director

Position is vacant.  Use the Contact Us page to let us know your interest to server on our national board.

This position serves as a liaison between the Board of Directors and members in the following states: Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico. Term 2020-2022.

Region 9 – Pacific (PA)

Regional Director

Bonnie Blachly, MSN, RN
Everett, Washington

Bonnie’s Catholic faith is the mainstay and compass that guides her life and career as a nurse.  She works actively in the parish as a Parish nurse along with being a participant and occasional leader in the Sacred Story Program known as “Forty Weeks.”  Bonnie has a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Washington, Bothell along with her background in Gerontology where she served as a staff nurse, Director of Clinical Education, Director of Nursing and Nursing Home Administrator.  After leaving those positions, she started a Consulting Business and has added a new arm to business as a Certified End-of-Life Doula.  Bonnie strives to help all people to see the value and dignity in the dying process. For NACN-USA, she serves as a liaison between the Board of Directors and members in the following states: Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands & American Samoa. Term January 2021 – June 2021.

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Priest Chaplain

Reverend Michael G. Whyte
West Simsbury, Connecticut

Appointed on July 31, 2013 by the Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Joliet, NACN-USA’s Episcopal Advisor, with the acknowledgement and approval of the Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford, and at the recommendation of the NACN-USA Board of Directors.

Term Limits: For all positions other than the President, President-Elect and Immediate Past President, persons may not be elected to serve more than three consecutive terms in the same position. No person shall serve in elected positions of the Board of Directors for a total of more than eight consecutive years. No elected person shall hold more than one position in the Board of Directors simultaneously. (Article VIII, Section 1, D).

Regions effective 2017

1. Upper Northeast (UNE): Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
2. Lower Northeast (LNE): New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C. (including liaison with the Archdiocese of the Military Services (AMS) office in D.C.; Each Regional Director will liaison with the AMS chapels in their own region.
3. MidAtlantic (MA): Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky
4. Southeast (SE): Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
5. NorthCentral (NC): Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas
6. SouthCentral (SC): Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi
7. MidWest (MW): North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming
8. SouthWest (SW): Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico
9. Pacific (PA): Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands & American Samoa
Note: Odd numbered regions term change in odd years; Even numbered regions’ terms change in even years.

Additional Resources

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