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.
Patricia Sayers, DNP, RN – Bordentown, New Jersey
Pat was awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Leadership Track; a MSN from the University of Texas, Galveston (Child Health Specialist), and BSN from the University of Miami. Clinically, she has served patients at the bedside and student nurses within university classrooms. Engagement as a Eucharistic Minister, CCD instructor, Blue Army Rosary team leader, Pro-life marcher, Catholic Nurse witness during governmental hearings, prayer group member, and lector during a High Mass for Health Care Workers, St.Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City are recognizer by her as her greatest honors. Pat is the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants (CICIAMS), Vatican City’s NGO Representative to the United Nations and Chair of the 2022 CICIAMS XXI World Congress. At this time, her primary goal is to assist members in assuming emerging Catholic Nursing leadership roles essential to the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and nations. Term until June 2022 when she assumes the role of President of NACN-USA.
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.
Duane J. Belanger, BSN, RN,-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 2021.
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. 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. 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 – 2022.
Region 1 – Upper Northeast (UNE) Regional Director
This position is vacant. Please use the Contact Us form to nominate yourself or someone else for this position.
For NACN-USA this position serves as a liaison between the Board of Directors and members in the following states: Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Maria Arvonio, RN, BSN, MA
NE Region Director
CICIAMS UN Nurse Delegate
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 2018-2020.
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
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
This position is vacant. Please use the Contact Us form to nominate yourself or someone else for this position.
For NACN-USA, this position 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.
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
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
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.
Reverend Michael G. Whyte
West Simsbury, Connecticut
Appointed on July 31, 2013 by the Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Joliet, NACN’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.
Diana Ruzicka, MSN, MA, MA, PHN, RN
Immediate Past President
Diana Ruzicka, MSN (Oncology & Administration), MA (Strategic Studies), MA (Theology), PHN, RN-Alabama
Diana recently retired early from her role as NACN-USA President (term to June 30, 2020) to return to active duty as an Army Colonel in support of the Armed Forces. With this change in leadership, Ellen Gianoli, President-Elect has now stepped into the role of NACN-USA President.
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).
Chair: President Elect, Patricia Sayers, DNP, RN
This committee annually reviews the Articles of the Association and By-Laws to recommend items for revision or addition. Following review of the Board of Directors the changes are approved by the Membership.
Membership & Elections
Chair: Suzanne Gulotta, RN, MHS, FNP-BC
This committee promotes and sustains membership, liaisons with nursing schools and national student nursing meetings, seeks and reviews applications to determine volunteer interest for a committee membership or elected position. Oversees the annual elections.
Chair, Ethics & Spirituality Committee||Carolyn Laabs, PhD, MA, FNP-BC, RN
Ethics & Spirituality
Chair, Carolyn Laabs, PhD, MA, FNP-BC, RN
This committee assures that the Association maintains fidelity to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the directives of the Holy Pontiff. It acts in an advisory role to the membership and BOD related to spiritual and ethical issues that provide information and insight to nurses and other healthcare providers fostering acts of spirituality in their role of caregiver to influence the healing ministry of the person and outcomes of those in their care.
Subcommittees: 1) Newsletter & Publicity, 2) Social Media, 3) Website, 4) Mailchimp
Chair, Janet Munday, BSN, RN
This committee publishes newsletters, maintain social media platforms and the website.
Awards & Scholarships
This committee publicizes the awards and scholarships of the Association, establishes written/electronic protocol for review and selection of eligible applicants for all awards offered by the Association and provides the names of the selected awardees to the President/Board of Directors for final approval.
Education, Practice & Research
Subcommittees: 1) Bereavement Program, 2) Drugs: Pre-Birth to Pre-Death, 3) Military and Veterans Suicide Prevention, 4) Healing and Fitness: Issues and Solutions (Alternatives to: Reiki, Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch, Tai Chi, Yoga)
Chair: Judy Dusek, DNP, M.Ed, MSN, APRN, CNS, CMSRN, ACNS-BC
This committee works with the President and Board of Directors to determine appropriate educational offerings, practice and research topics and agendas for meetings of the Board of Directors and Association. Develops goals and objectives of any educational offerings of the Association and seeks continuing education credits. Identifies and makes available a list of appropriate, current resources, upcoming conferences and workshops and speakers names and expertise. Develops standardized practice resources to assist nurses and other health care providers to provide Christian care (e.g. Bereavement/Grief Training Programs and Resources, Ministry to Homebound etc.). Oversees the 2017 Summit Blue Ribbon Panel Work Groups: Drug Use Pre-Birth to Pre Death, Military and Veterans Suicide, Health-Fitness Management Issues and Solutions.
- Bereavement Program – Alma Abuelouf, BSN, RN & Jeanine Gaudet, RN
- Drug: Pre-Birth to Pre-Death – Diana Ruzicka, RN, MSN, MA, MA, CNS-BC & Jill Zolfo, BSN, RN
- Military Service & Veterans Suicide Prevention – Patricia Sayers, DNP, RN, Maria Arvonio, MA (HCE), RN & Ellen Gianoli, BSN, PHN, RN
- Healing and Fitness – Maria Arvonio, MA (HCE), RN; Pat Sayers, DNP, RN & Peg Olson, RN, BSN
- Speakers Bureau – Judy Dusek, DNP, M.Ed, MSN, APRN, CNS, CMSRN, ACNS-BC
Archives & History Ad Hoc
Chair: Cheryl Hettman, PhD, RN
This committee works with the President and the Board of Directors archiving key documents and recording the history of the organization. Local & Regional Council with historical information are encouraged to contact Dr. Cheryl Hettman at CatholicNurses@NACN-USA.org