2017 ANA-Illinois Candidates Announced

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2017 ANA-ILLINOIS CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED

The election for the ANA-Illinois Officers and Directors will be held online October 6-October 20.

The election will be conducted by electronically. Watch your email and the ANA-Illinois website www.ana-illinois.org for the additional details.

HERE ARE YOUR CANDIDATES: 

President

Dan Fraczkowski MS, RN

Dan Fraczkowski MS, RN
Greetings, my name is Dan Fraczkowski, I have had the honor of serving as President of ANA-Illinois for the past two years, and I am seeking another term. I hope to have the privilege to serve you again on behalf of the association and nurses across the state. I am proud of the work we have done together to expand our outreach and impact on nursing practice as the voice for nursing in Illinois.

As the coordinator for the Illinois Coalition of Nursing Organizations we brought together over 25 nursing organizations to develop recommendations for the newest iteration of our Nurse Practice Act via that is breaking down regulatory barriers and modernizing practice. Together with our members, board of directors, and staff we have hosted over 50 nurse practice act events across Illinois.

At the same time, I know that we must continue to expand educational offerings to better serve our members. This year we are hosting events to connect our members and non-members alike through our Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation activities. We have reinstated our membership committee and will begin more educational outreach efforts. Based on member feedback we have changed the format of our annual membership meet to include five hours of CE. We continue to visit healthcare organizations and schools of nursing to share the role we play in policy development.

We will continue to harness our social media platforms and other technology to expand our reach. At the same time, we will continue to offer our in-person events that allow members to connect and develop relationships. I hope to see you at the upcoming ANA-Illinois Professional Issues Conference on 11/4/2017. I would be honored to have your vote.

Secretary

Kathryn Serbin DNP, MS, BSN, CCM

Kathryn Serbin DNP, MS, BSN, CCM
Kathryn Serbin, DNP, MS, BSN, CCM has been a servant leader in nursing for over thirty-five years. Serbin is passionate about advocating for patients.

While serving as Chair of the Commission for Case Managers Certification a national certification organization with over 35,000 certificants, she went to Capitol Hill to meet with legislative representatives on care coordination and transitions in care. She has published numerous articles on case management and cultural diversity and has been the Health Talk writer for the Association of the United States Navy Magazine since 2010.

In her civilian employment, Serbin is the Associate Chief Nurse for Surgical Services at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, IL. At Lovell, Kathryn is a member of the Institutional Review Board, as well as Chair of Preventive Ethics. She has her master's degree in psychiatric nursing and a certified case manager. She completed her DNP from the University of Illinois, Chicago campus in 2015.

Serbin has a solid knowledge of the role of Secretary and parliamentarian procedure, and has been honored to serve as Secretary of ANA-Illinois for the past two years. "I have been actively involved in initiatives and the implementation of the ANA-Illinois Strategic Plan. I am interested in continuing to serve as Secretary because, I strongly believe organizations such as ANA have a critical role in generating the flow of ideas and proactive work needed to maintain a healthy profession that advocates for the needs of nurses and the patients we serve. It is through our involvement with professional organizations and associations that we promote a healthy workforce for the future and ensure the trust of society. I have seen the positive impact of the strong lobbying efforts of ANA-Illinois in Springfield and the strong relationships that have been developed through collaboration. It is a very exciting time for ANA-Illinois and I would like to continue serving on the Board as we move forward. I appreciate your support and your vote. Thank You.

Director at Large - 2 to be elected

CANDIDATE HAS ASKED TO BE REMOVED FROM THE BALLOT
Amanda Buechel BSN, RN

My name is Amanda Buechel and for the past year I have been serving as a Director at Large for ANA-Illinois. While in this position, I speak to many student nurses, and practicing nurses to encourage them to pursue leadership opportunities. I additionally organize and speak at various presentations throughout the state of Illinois. In several of these presentations, I have offered informed and educated opinions on political issues affecting nursing, leadership opportunities, and organizational involvement. My personality and willingness to accommodate others creates a comfortable atmosphere. I am available for anyone who is looking to get involved. In 2016, I was selected as a 40 under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader. In June of 2017, I was elected to the ANA Board of Directors as Director at Large-Recent Graduate. If elected to ANA-Illinois Director at Large, I will continue to share my knowledge and advocate for the nursing profession. I hope to continue sharing my passion for nursing and empowering nurses to be involved in their profession. Please vote for Amanda Buechel as ANA-Illinois Director at Large. Thank you.

Colleen Morley MSN, RN, CMCN, ACM

Colleen Morley MSN, RN, CMCN, ACM
I have been a registered nurse in the State of Illinois since 1999, having earned my ADN in 1999, BSN in 2008, MSN in 2010 and currently pursuing my DNP (target graduation date 12/2017). I have worked in several acute care facilities in the greater metropolitan Chicago area; primarily medical/surgical nursing, pediatrics and behavioral health and have transitioned in the case management nursing for past 12 years, in managed care (PPO and Managed Medicaid HMO) and acute care (inner city safety net & suburban) environments, which gives me a unique perspective on how different case management programs/settings can and should work together for the benefit of the patient/client/member

As a leader and mentor in case management, I am always encouraging case managers to get certified in whatever field or certification is appropriate for them. I was the first Registered Nurse at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to become a Certified Managed Care Nurse (CMCN) and promoted that certification as a step on the career ladder when certified case manager (CCM) requirements changed to exclude a population of the staff. I seek to promote education of all nurses about the impact of the revenue cycle on nursing and how to reconcile the caring and financial considerations of healthcare.

I have been an active member of Case Management Society of America (CMSA) Chicago Board of Directors for eight years; as a Director, Secretary, Membership Secretary and have been elected President-Elect for 2017-19. I consider myself an "dea person", with the ability to critically analyze a situation and identify gaps and potential solutions. During my tenure as Secretary of CMSA Chicago, using a digital format for member communication, CMSA Chicago was able to decrease printing costs by over $7000 in the first year and to less than $500 per annum currently. In collaboration with another BOD member, we developed our weekend ½ day symposiums to reach a segment of our membership population that cannot attend our week night meetings.

I would be honored to serve on the ANA Illinois Board of Directors and am submitting my nomination for consideration on the 2017 ballot. I look forward to serving the Board and all ANA Illinois membership.

Kathryn A. Weigel MS, RN, GCNS

Kathryn A. Weigel MS, RN, GCNS
Hi! My name is Kate (Kathryn) Weigel, and I am seeking the opportunity to serve as a Director on the ANA-Illinois Board of Directors. I am a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist and an Assistant Professor in the University of St. Francis Leach College of Nursing in Joliet, where I teach courses in research, management, ethical/legal issues, and two courses in gerontology, including an international/interdisciplinary course. I have 30 years of prior employment in public health in Wisconsin and long-term care in Minnesota and Illinois in staff, management, administrative, and consultative positions, and completed my Masters at University of Illinois as a Hartford Foundation Scholar. As faculty advisor to our chapter of the Student Nurses Association since 2013, I support and foster student engagement in professional activities, including attendance at Student Nurses Association of Illinois (SNAI) and National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) conferences and conventions and Student Nurse Political Action Day, and involvement in school and community endeavors. I have been past chair of our departmental curriculum committee for three years, President of our chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) since 2011, and a member since 2011 and served as President (2014) of the Board of Directors of a not-for-profit retirement facility in Joliet. I have worked collaboratively with others to enhance the operations of these entities. I have proven performance in community, professional, and academic areas. I serve with commitment, sound judgment, and integrity. I also am a strategic thinker, able to subordinate special interests, and have the time to commit to the responsibilities of a Director on the ANA-Illinois Board of Directors. I bring many experiences and talents to any table and believe that I can help ANA-Illinois increase its presence and relevancy for nurses and students in the state. I will be an extremely effective member of the Board of the Directors.

Nominations Committee - Two to be elected

Timbolin D. Holmes MSN, RN, APN, CNP, ACNP-BC, ACNPC

Timbolin D. Holmes MSN, RN, APN, CNP, ACNP-BC, ACNPC
I have been a nurse for the past 23 years in various capacities, but have worked as a nurse practitioner the last six years. During this time, I have amassed a wealth of different skills and experiences that will afford me the ability to provide a rich insight and perspective on topics and issues affecting nurses today. I have multiple nursing certifications and attend continuing education courses that help keep me current with the most up-to-date evidenced-based practice protocols. I also have contributed to the future nursing workforce as a nursing instructor/adjunct faculty member/professor for associate-degree candidates, baccalaureate-degree candidates and master's-degree candidates as well as provide high-quality, compassionate care to patients in the clinic as a nurse practitioner. In my spare time, I volunteer whenever possible and have been a team member of the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team/Illinois Nurse Volunteer Emergency Needs Team for many years. In conclusion, I would be a valuable team member and an asset to the ANA-Illinois Board.

Theresa Schwindenhammer PhD, RN

Theresa Schwindenhammer PhD, RN
I have been in baccalaureate nursing education for the past 13 years. I have also taught at the graduate level and have been a nurse in Illinois for 30 years. I think it is very important for all nurses to be involved in political action and their state and national nursing organizations. It is so very important with all the changes occurring in health care and in nursing. Advocacy for our patients is necessary as well as for our profession. I am very passionate about nursing and want to instill in my students the importance of being involved in nursing organizations to promote the best practice that is evidence based. In order to accomplish this, I need to be a role model for them to show how important advocacy and political action are in one's nursing career. My hope is to be a voice for nursing across the state and national levels. I have had many years of committee work within my organization, the National League of Nursing and American Nurses Association.

Benson Wright MSN, RN, CTN-B

Benson Wright MSN, RN, CTN-B
Thank you for considering me for a board position with ANA-Illinois. I have felt compelled to serve after seeing the tireless efforts of ANA-Illinois to protect nursing and improve patient care this past legislative session. I am proud of my membership in ANA-Illinois and want to give back to the organization. I have served on numerous nursing and other health related boards over the past 10 years and believe those experiences make me a strong candidate for the ANA-Illinois Nominations Committee. I helped create the NC3 (Nursing Care Committee Consortium) with the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL) to strengthen the mandated nursing care committees across Illinois hospitals. I chaired the Membership Connect and Engagement Task Force with Sigma Theta Tau International to provide the international organization with strategies to engage diverse members across the globe. Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing to assist the organization in active fundraising and fiscal stewardship. I live in the south loop of Chicago, but travel frequently for work across the state of Illinois.

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