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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 the committees are appointed by SPN leadership. Committee work is integral to the fulfillment of SPN's strategic goals. Please consider serving on a committee to get involved, grow your network and share your expertise. 

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: Jennifer Lombardi, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC
 Chair Elect: Laura Tassin, MHA, BSN, RN, CPN
Cherie McCann, SPN Board Liaison  SE Representative - Kari Wheeler, BSN, RN, BMTCN, CPHON, CPN
Mid-Central Representative - Ruth Schumacher, DNP, RN, CNL, CPN   NE Representative - Kate Anderson Bogue, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CPN
West Coast Representative - Samantha Fouts, MSN, CPN, RN NC Representative - Rebecca Johnson
SC Representative - Stephanie Coig, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CPN Abbie Garcia, MSN, RN, CPN


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: Darlene Acorda, PhD, RN, CNE, CPNP-PC Chair Elect: TBD
Sara Culling, RN, MSN, CPN Kelly Smith, CPN
Beth Fisher, DNP, APRN, CPNP, CPON Shirley Wiggins, PhD, RN
Sandra Glenn-Vernon, MSN, RN, CCRN Lori Williams, DNP, RN, RNC-NIC, CCRN, NNP-BC
Mary Gordon, PhD, RN, CNS-BS Olivia Williamson, CPN
Carin Adams, PhD, RN, CPN Michelle Ness, PhD, MSN, RN
Mary Laurette Hughes, PhD Julie Van Orne, MSN
Andrea Correia, SPN Board Liaison  Penelope Neal, PhD, CPNP 


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: Lisa Robinson, MSN, RN, CPN, RNC-MNN Chair Elect: Daniel Marx, MHSA, MSN, RN, CPN 
Nicole Smith, PhD, RN, CPN Lori Williams, DNP, RN, RNC-NIC, CCRN, NNP-BC
Michelle High, MSN, RN, CNL, CPN Jennifer Mahieu, DNP, MSN, RN
Gayla Goleman, SPN Board Liaison  Tina Spagnola  (SPN Director of Programs)

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: LaDonna Northington, DNS, RN-BC  
Michele Mendes, PHD, RN, CPN Laura Kubin, PhD, RN, CPN, CHES, CNE
Kim Peterson, SPN Board Liaison   Julie Perry, MSN


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: Natasha Zurcher, EdD, MSN, RN, CPN Chair Elect: TBD
Margaux Chan, DNP, RN, PHN, NPD-BC, CPN Jennifer Durbin, MPH, RN, CPN, NPD-BC
Erin Franklin, MSN, RN, CPN Kirk Ornstein, MSN, RN, CNL
Bridget Parsh, EdD, RN, CNS  
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: Nikki Fogg, MS, RN, CPN Chair Elect: Michelle Cole, DNP, MSN, RN, CPN
Shelley Burke, DNP, MSN, RN, CPN  Laura Kubin, PhD, RN, CPN, CHES, CNE
 Heidi McNeely, MSN, RN, PCNS-BC  Maria Panayotou, CPN
 Michaela Lewis, SPN Board Liaison             


Awards Task Force

This task force reviews all award applications and nominations and selects the recipients. 

Marissa Lemley Brown, MSN, RN, CPN V (Vilma) Campos, CPN
Ryan Greene, RN Julie Perry
Regine Placide Reaves, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN Jodie Weatherly, DNP
Kathy Van Allen, 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)