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2019 AWHONN Board of Director Candidates
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The AWHONN Board of Directors has approved the slate of candidates, presented by the Nominating Committee, for the 2019 Board of Directors. Members will elect a President-Elect and three Directors. Elections will open on August 31, 2018 and close on September 17, 2018. Newly elected board members officially take office January 1, 2019.

The slate is as follows:

 

 

PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATES

Rebecca Cypher, MSN, PNNP

Washington, Region I

 

Rebecca is a proven nursing leader with 30 years of front-line perinatal nursing experience, including a 20-year active duty Air Force career. After serving in a variety of roles and locations, including an Iraq deployment, her professional path led to a perinatal nurse practitioner and nurse entrepreneur career. A dedicated and loyal member since 1989, she’s a strategic thinker that’s assisted AWHONN move forward as a nationally respected organization by holding multiple elected leadership positions including Section Chair and two Board of Directors terms.

Additionally, she served on numerous committees including the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring revision groups, state-wide perinatal advisory taskforces, and maternal-newborn mortality review boards. Being passionate about inter-disciplinary education, mentoring, and professionalism, she lectures on obstetric topics, is actively involved in conducting clinical research and is published in multiple peer reviewed journals and textbook. She is also co-author of Mosby's Pocket Guide to Fetal Monitoring: A Multidisciplinary Approach, an editorial board member for the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing and a reviewer for Nursing for Women’ Health. Her goals include: implementing initiatives that are reflective of the needs of the members and our patient populations as well as enthusiastically set AWHONN’s agenda for successful future.

 

Mary McMahon, MS, RN 

Colorado, Region II

 

A perinatal and informatics clinical specialist, Mary McMahon, MSN, RN, has been an AWHONN leader for over 30 years; she was section chair and secretary treasurer for Colorado and Oregon Sections, served on many section and national committees and AWHONN’s national board of directors; Mary was the 2010-11 AWHONN Secretary Treasurer and Chairof the Finance Committee.

Mary has experience in a variety of civilian and military settings including leadership roles as director of perinatal services. Mary volunteers on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative, whose efforts to decrease the rate of NTSV cesarean births in Colorado were recently funded by the CDC.

As the perinatal nurse consultant for a Colorado Hospital Association statewide quality project, Mary participated on a quality team to engage nursing staff and OB providers from 19 hospitals to decrease preterm births; project goal was met by 13 hospitals. An experienced public speaker and author, Mary presented at the 2017 AWHONN National Convention on the state-wide efforts to standardize assessment of preterm labor.

Passionate about improving the health of women and newborns, Mary’s career has provided her opportunity to advocate for those who receive care and those who provide care for others.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

Mary Ellen Boisvert, MSN, RN, CLC, CCE

Massachusetts, Region V

 

Mary Ellen Boisvert is the Maternity Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of
Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has more than 20 years of experience in inpatient obstetrics as a staff nurse, nurse manager and director with a focus on delivering high quality care to women and newborns through supporting the important work of nurses at the bedside.

She received a BSN from Curry College, MSN from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor and a Certified Childbirth Educator. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and participates in a variety of quality improvement initiatives. Her areas of special interest include lactation and physiologic birth.

Mary Ellen is an active member of AWHONN. She is a fetal heart monitoring instructor and reviewer for Nursing for Women’s Health. She was a member of the 2013 emerging leader group, participated on several advisory panels, was a member of the 2016 annual convention planning committee, served on the national nominating committee, and is currently serving on the membership committee. Mary Ellen holds several other local and national volunteer leadership roles.

 

Margie Bridges, DNP, RNC-OB, ARNP-BC, Perinatal CNS

Washington, Region I

 

Margie is a Perinatal CNS and adjunct faculty, dedicating 3 decades to perinatal nursing with a passion for moms, babies and nurses who care for them. Formally an AWHONN emerging leader, Margie then served on the National Conference Planning Committee and started an AWHONN Chapter. Currently Margie is the Washington State AWHONN Section Chair, and member on the National AWHONN Education Advisory Committee.

Margie is committed to improving care and outcomes for mothers and newborns as an active member in the Washington State Perinatal Committee working with “Substance use, Mental Health and Pregnancy”, “Obesity” and “Postpartum Follow up” workgroups. She is an appointed member of Washington States Maternal Mortality Review Panel that conducts comprehensive, multidisciplinary reviews of maternal deaths and recommends system changes to improve outcomes for women in the state. Additionally, Margie serves on the Washington State Hospital Association Steering Committee and Content Development Group for the Safe Delivery Road Map.

In 2015, Margie was awarded March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Education. She completed her Doctorate Degree from Walden University and Masters of Nursing and BSN from the University of Washington. Margie has been married for 36 years, has 4 amazing children and 4 fantastic grandchildren.

 

Shakira Henderson, PhD, DNP, MS, MPH, RNC-NIC, IBCLC

North Carolina, Region VI

 

Dr. Shakira Henderson has been a longtime volunteer with AWOHNN at the local, regional, and national level. She started as an AWHONN emerging leader and has served as a chapter leader, section leader, national conference chair, national committee member, journal reviewer, and NOEP4 module reviewer and writer. A certified neonatal nurse by training, Dr. Henderson is passionate about maternal-child health nursing and research to improve the health of women and infants. Her passion for maternal-child health has led her to focus on breastfeeding research and advocacy. She has served in unit leadership, unit education, and corporate administration. She currently serves as the founder and senior administrator of the Vidant Health Center for Research and Grants. 

An experienced nurse scientist in the practice setting, who is both PhD and DNP prepared, Shakira has worked across small community hospitals and large academic health systems. With innovation as her core skill, Shakira has built and executed several research and practice programs in a variety of clinical and community settings. She has been recognized for outstanding achievements in academia and nursing practice with awards from National Association of Neonatal Nurses, March of Dimes, AWHONN, Florida International University, and DAISY.

 

Helen Hurst, DNP, RNC-OB, APRN-CNM

Louisiana, Region VI

 

Dr. Hurst is Associate Professor, LGMC/BORSF Endowed Professor in Nursing, and Graduate Coordinator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, with over 25 years’ experience in antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and women’s healthcare. Helen’s passion is promoting evidence-based practice in maternity care to improve maternal/ neonatal outcomes, and advocating for reducing disparities in maternal/child health. 

She is on the editorial board for Nursing for Women’s Health and Healthy Mom and Baby, is AWHONN State Nurse Leader for the AIM Project in Louisiana, member of the Section Advisory Committee, and is Chair of the Program Committee for 2019. She chaired the 2018 Convention Host Committee, has served two terms as Louisiana Section Chair, and represented AWHONN as a panelist on a national ANA webinar on Zika virus. Helen is a member of the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and Pregnancy Associated Morality Review Panel.

She has multiple publications and presentations, is a reviewer for multiple journals, and was a Fellow in AACN’s Leadership in Academic Nursing Program. She received the DNP and MSN from Case Western Reserve University, Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and a BSN and BS in Business from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

 

Audrey Lyndon, PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN

California, Region I

 

Audrey Lyndon, PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN has been a nurse for 26 years and is Chair of the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Audrey worked as a labor and delivery staff nurse and perinatal clinical nurse specialist in community hospitals in San Francisco and Maryland from 1993-2002 and at UCSF as a perinatal CNS from 2002-2004. She returned to school in 2004 to study perinatal patient safety. She has been teaching, doing quality improvement work, and conducting perinatal safety research for 11 years on faculty at UCSF. She is a long-time fetal heart monitoring instructor as well as author and editor of the FHMPP textbook. She led AWHONN’s 2015 collaborative statement Transforming Communication and Safety Culture in Intrapartum Care. She serves as AWHONN Liaison to ACOG’s Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee. Audrey is dedicated to supporting staff nurses in their work.

Audrey presents frequently at conferences, has written articles and book chapters, and served on the JOGNN Editorial board for 7 years. Audrey is on the Executive Committee of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, co-chair of the CMQCC Obstetric Hemorrhage Task Force, and lead editor of CMQCC’s Obstetric Hemorrhage Toolkit.

 

Geraldine Maurer, DNP, CRNP, RNC-OB, MPM 

Pennsylvania, Region IV

 

Geraldine M. Maurer, DNP, CRNP, MPM, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Gerri’s career in Obstetrics began in 1976 where her first 20 years were spent in clinical, management and administration of Obstetrics at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. A major project at Magee, Gerri lead several teams in the hospital’s efforts building a Birthouse in Moscow, Russia. Partnering with the State Department, the model was replicated in 25 facilities across previous Soviet countries. More recently, she has been instructing Obstetrics clinical to undergraduate students, and works weekends as an FNP. Joined AWHONN in 1988, Inpatient OB certification in 1990; active in local chapter, and attending state and national conferences. Gerri served as chapter secretary, state conference planning and is currently chapter Co-Chair.

She held volunteer leadership positions with Sojourner House Board Directors – addiction rehab facility for women with children, Girl Scouts, Catholic Committee Scouting, and other professional and University groups. Gerri earned her BSN at Wright State University, Master in Public Management - hospital administration at Carnegie Mellon University, Doctor of Nursing Practice from Waynesburg University and Family Nurse Practitioner certification from The Ohio State University and a post-doctoral Fellowship in Psych Mental Health.

 

Marianne Sevcik, RN, MSN

Florida, Region VI

Marianne Sevcik is an energetic healthcare leader who is passionate about utilizing AWHONN initiatives to promote women & children’s health nationwide. As a Pediatric Surveyor/Public Speaker for the Joint Commission, her national exposure has been a platform for influencing healthcare leaders to utilize AWHONN resources to improve quality. With 25 years of experience in Labor & Delivery/NICU she also served as the director of multiple perinatal departments in diverse healthcare settings. Throughout her career, she has looked to AWHONN initiatives as a foundation for quality.

Marianne led the team that was first in Florida to receive The Joint Commission’s Perinatal Certification. As a regional leader of Perinatal Directors, she successfully promoted a regional orientation program using AWHONN curriculum, providing quality training for nurses throughout South Florida. She served as the state representative on a national council for women and infant’s health (WISC) and was recognized by the Florida Department of Health for improving regional compliance through a robust infant immunization program. She was nominated for a National Innovation in Healthcare Award for work on exclusive breast-feeding. Her career is a consistent testimony that AWHONN standards are a powerful voice for influencing quality locally, regionally and nationally.

 

Dixie Weber, MS, RN

Idaho, Region I

 

Dixie Weber is the Administrator for Women's and Urological Services at the St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho. She is a frequent professional speaker at nursing, leadership and AWHONN conferences. The past four years Dixie has served as the Idaho State AWHONN Section Chair. As an executive specializing in Maternal-Child Healthcare she has held numerous leadership and programmatic positions within the specialty. She also taught hands-on clinical care at the university level. Dixie completed her undergraduate degree at the Washington State Intercollegiate College of Nursing. Additionally, she holds a Master's Degree in Nursing Leadership, as well as, a post-graduate certificate in Adult Learning Theory. She is a natural educator and loves to share her passion and knowledge around nursing leadership, management and quality improvement with others. 

She has developed numerous innovative programs and has spoken across the country on topics including Generational Workforce Management, Adoption and Surrogacy, and Leadership Development. Her current focus is on the development of a Substance Abuse during Pregnancy program, Utilization of integrative therapies in the in-patient setting for women, outreach and perinatal education programs for the female prisoner population, and the development of a perinatal patient education smart phone app.

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