Director-at-Large Member


Current Position

Chief Executive Officer
PANDA Education Consultants, PLLC
Lakeland, Florida

Specialty Areas of Interest

Oncology |  Neuro-Oncology | Palliative Care | Education | Evidence-Based Practice

APHON Membership

APHON Member Since 1992

Local Chapter Membership

APHON–National Capital Chapter Member Since 1992


  • DNP: 2012, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  • MS: 1990, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  • BSN: 1980, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD


APHON National

  • Professional Development Committee: Member, 2020–Present
  • Evidence-Based Practice & Research Committee:
    • Immediate Past Chair, 2016–2017
    • Chair, 2012–2016
  • APHON Counts Committee
    • Column Editor, 2012–2016
    • Column Author
      • “Integrative Therapies: Updates in Pediatric Research,” 2018
      • “Pediatric Cancer Research: Is It History?” 2003
  • APHON Board of Directors: Director-at-Large, 2001–2003
  • Annual Conference
    • Preconference Workshop Presenter:  ” The Three C’s: Challenging Crucial and Compassionate Conversations,” 2022
    • Concurrent Session Presenter: “Professional Development GPS: The Long and Winding Road from Route 1 to Route 101,” 2022
    • Concurrent Session Presenter: “Navigating Ethics in Real World Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Practice,” 2021
    • Poster Presentation:“Facilitating Triage and Communication in the Emergency Department for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Patients Enrolled in Hospice,”  2020
    • Preconference Workshop Presenter: “Spirituality, Moral Distress, Unconscious Bias and Caring for Yourself in Pediatric Palliative Care,” 2019
    • Concurrent Session Presenter: “They Just Don’t Get It! Unconscious Bias in Caring for Children with Cancer,” 2018
    • Concurrent Session Presenter: “Expanding your Educational Horizons – DNP or PhD?” 2017
    • Preconference Workshop Presenter: “Palliative Care Challenges in Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults: Advance Care Planning, Spirituality, and Moral Distress,” 2017
    • Poster Presentation: “Primary Palliative Care Education and Mentoring to Improve Access to Care for Patients with High Risk and Relapsed Cancers,” 2017
    • Concurrent Session Presenter: “Promotion of Comfort through Early Palliative Care Consultation,” 2013
    • Concurrent Session Presenter: “Molecular-Targeted Therapies for Childhood Brain Tumors,” 2007
    • Concurrent Session Presenter: “Palliative Care: Moving from Cure to Comfort,” 2006
    • Concurrent Session Presenter: “Going for the Gold, Focus on Cure, Quality of Life, and Palliative Care in Phase I Clinical Trials,” 2006

Local Chapter

  • National Capital Chapter
    • President, 2006–2008
    • Secretary, 1996
  • Joint Metro New York/New Jersey/ Long Island Chapter Conference
    • Conference Presentation:  “Unconscious Bias in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing,” 2019
    • Conference Presentation: “Putting the Evidence into Your Practice: Beyond the Basics,” 2016

Other Nursing Leadership

  • Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association
    • Advanced Practice Nursing Special Interest Group Member, 2013–Present
    • Bioethics Special Interest Group Member, 2013–Present
    • Pediatric Special Interest Group Member, 2013–Present
    • Research Special Interest Group Co-Chair, 2013–2019
  • American Academy of Nursing
    • Fellow, 2019–Present
    • Expert Panel on Palliative and End of Life Care Member, 2022–Present
  • Children’s Oncology Group
    • Nursing Committee Member, 1993–2020
    • Palliative Care Committee Member, 203–2017
    • Nursing Scholar (Palliative Care), 2004–2013

Other Volunteer Activities

  • Give Kids the WOrld
  • Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine
  • Special Olympics
  • Carol Jean Cancer Foundation, Camp Friendshop
  • March of Dimes