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SPN's committees and task forces are working groups comprised of dedicated volunteers who contribute time and effort to achieving annual goals. The Chair and Chair-Elect of committees are appointed by SPN leadership, and both committee and task force work is integral to the fulfillment of SPN's strategic goals.

SPN recognizes the importance of creating and supporting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our organization and the pediatrics specialty. To advance DEI in SPN, committee members consider and operationalize DEI principles through committee goals.

Please review this year’s committee goals and consider serving on a committee to grow your network and share your expertise. Note that SPN’s Willingness to Serve survey will open in April and is your opportunity to state your interest in volunteering.

Learn more about the committee roles and responsibilities.

Chapter Development & Support Committee 

This committee helps identify the needs of chapters, makes recommendations to the Board for chartering new chapters, and recommends policies and procedures relating to chapters. 

Chair: Laura Tassin, MHA, BSN, RN, CPN
Chair Elect: Kate Anderson Bogue, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CPN
Jennifer Lombardi, SPN Board Liaison  SE Representative - Kari Wheeler, BSN, RN, BMTCN, CPHON, CPN
Mid-Central Representative - Julie Perry, PhD, RN NE Representative - 
West Coast Representative - Abbie Garcia, MSN, RN, CPN NC Representative - Kimberly Seaman, PhD, RN-BC, CNE
SC Representative - Stephanie Coig, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CPN  Ruth Schumacher


Clinical Practice and Research Committee

This committee develops the content for various projects as charged by the Board of Directors, and reviews abstracts for the SPN Annual Conference. 

Chair: Beth Fisher, DNP, APRN, CPNP, CPON Chair Elect: 
Sara Culling, RN, MSN, CPN Michelle Ness, PhD, MSN, RN
Cherie Rothaupt, DNP, RN, CPN Penelope Neal, PhD, CPNP
Lori Williams, DNP, RN, RNC-NIC, CCRN, NNP-BC Julie Van Orne, MSN
Brittney Anderson Mary Laurette Hughes, PhD
Jodi Herron Behr, PhD, RN, RNC-NIC, ACCNS-P Valerie Lapp, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CPN
Kelly Smith Carin Adams, PhD, RN, CPN
Jennifer Stephen, SPN Board Liaison   


Program Planning Committee

This committee develops educational content for SPN’s Annual Conference. Members of the committee support the American Nursing Credentialing Center-Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA) guidelines and work in collaboration with the Director of Programs.

Chair: Jennifer Mahieu, DNP, MSN, RN  Chair Elect: Kimberly Zalewski, BSN, RN, CPN
Nicole Smith, PhD, RN, CPN Lori Williams, DNP, RN, RNC-NIC, CCRN, NNP-BC
Michelle High, MSN, RN, CNL, CPN Kaitlin Pounders, MSN, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW, NEA-BC, CPPS
Gayla Goleman, SPN Board Liaison  Tina Spagnola (SPN Director of Programs)
Laura Datlilio, MHA, BSN, RN, CPN  

Nominating Committee

This committee is the only SPN committee with elected members. Committee members are responsible for recruiting eligible candidates for the annual election. Self-nomination to be considered a candidate for the committee is encouraged.

Chair: Kathy Van Allen, MSN, RN, CPN   
Michele Mendes, PHD, RN, CPN Laura Kubin, PhD, RN, CPN, CHES, CNE
Priya Meyer, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, PCNS-BC Kim Peterson, SPN Board Liaison


Educational Products and Services Committee

This committee facilitates and creates activities, products and services that addresses the educational needs of SPN members and pediatric nurses.

Chair: Erin Franklin, MSN, RN, CPN Chair Elect: Tammy Rakowski Bowers, DNP, FNP-BC, CPN, CNEcl
Bridget Parsh, EdD, RN, CNS Emily Bailey, BSN, RN, CHPN, CPN
Brandi O'Dell, MSN, RN, CPN  Fernanda Guerra, MSN, RN, CPN 
Christy Solorio, PhD, RN, CPN, CNE Maghan Beaudrault Seta, MSN, BSN, CCRN-Pediatrics
Margaux Chan, DNP, RN, PHN, NPD-BC, CPN  Amy Marks, SPN Board Liaison
Tina Spagnola (SPN Director of Programs)  


Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Committee

This committee provides oversight of pediatric health policy requests, issues and advocacy to educate and keep members up to date on current issues.  

Chair: Michelle Cole, DNP, MSN, RN, CPN  
Shelley Burke, DNP, MSN, RN, CPN Laura Kubin, PhD, RN, CPN, CHES, CNE
Susan Webber, MSN, CEN, CPN, CPEN, TCRN Nicole Lucas, MSN
Peggy ZyskBSN Michaela Lewis, DNP, CPEN, CPN, CPNP-PC
DeAnne Ellis, SPN Board Liaison  


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

This task force educates larger pediatric nursing communities about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Chair: Asma Taha, CPNP-AC/PC, PCNS, CCRN  
Anastasia Brennan, MSN, CPN Megan Dorrington, MSN, MBA, RN, NPD-BC, CPN
Victoria Stamp, BSN, CPN Jennifer Stephen, MSN, RN, CPN
Kathy Van Allen (SPN Board Liaison)