Committees

Committees & Taskforces 

APHON is a volunteer-driven organization led by many wonderful and talented members that lend their expertise to the association.

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Advocacy

Serves as a vehicle for establishing and carrying out policy priorities identified in the APHON Health Policy Agenda.

Chair: Emily Padgett, BSN RN CPN CPHON®
Past Chair: Katherine Donahue, CPHON®, CPNP, RN
Committee Members:

  • Susie Burke, RN MA CPNP CPHON®
  • Jordan Nixon, DNP APRN CPNP
  • Erin Friedman, BSN RN CPHON®
  • Laura Koke,  BSN RN CPN CPHON®
  • Joan O’Hanlon Curry, DNP MS RN CPNP-PC NEA-BC CPON® FAAN
  • Jami Gattuso, MSN, RN, CPON, FAPHON
  • Kari Wheeler, BSN RN BMTCN® CPHON® CPN
  • Stacy Whiteside, APRN MS CPNP-AC/PC CPON®
  • Karen Wohlgezogen, BSN CPHON®
    Board Liaison: Amy Newman, PhD CPNP-BC CPHON®

Annual Conference Program Planning

Plans and implements the annual conference each year.

Chair: Kathy Perko, MS CHPPN CPNP CPON®
Immediate Past Chair: Tonya Ureda, NP 
Paper and Poster Co-Chair: Kitty Montgomery, PhD RN CNS CPHON®
Committee Members:

  • Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN CPON®
  • Mindy Bibart, RN
  • Deborah S. Echtenkamp, MSN RN CPON® FAPHON
  • Marika Highberger, MSN, APRN, BMTCN®, CPNP-PC,
  • Alexandra Giralt Hughes, DNP, APRN, ACCNS-P, CPHON®
  • LeighAnna Hutchinson, DNP APRN FNP-C
  • Allyson Jones, RN CPN CPHON®
  • Denise Mills, MN NP CPHON®
  • Kitty Montgomery, PhD RN CNS CPHON®
  • Stacy Whiteside, APRN CPON®
    Board Liaison: Amy Haskamp MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, CPON, CHPPN

Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider Program

Ensures compliance with educational design criteria for APHON educational programs and policies and procedures for the Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Program.

Chair: Anne Marie Sterk, MSN RN CPON®
Immediate Past Chair: Ruth Anne Herring, MSN RN CPNP CPHON® 
Committee Members:

  • Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN CPON®
  • Terri L. Boyce, DNP APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®  
  • Christina Knox Conley, MSN CPNP
  • Maritza Salazar-Abshire, MED MSN RN CPON®
  • Michelle Tolley, BSN, RN, CPHON
    Board Liaison: Mary Newman, MSN RN CPON®

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

The DEI Task Force supports the vision of APHON being a diverse and inclusive professional community that values and serves the distinct experiences and needs of members and their patients and families.

Chair: Janice Nuuhiwa, MMSN APN/CNS NPD-BC CPHON®
Committee Members:

  • Sara Davis, RN 
  • Chris Donaghey, MSN CNS RN CPHON®
  • Ijeoma Julie Eche, PhD BMTCN® CPON® FNP-C
  • Erin Friedman, BSN RN CPHON®
  • Peggy L. Townsend, MS BSN CPON®
  • Elizabeth Yarbrough, BSN CPN CPHON®
    Board Liaison: Dyane Bunnell, MSN RN AOCNS CPON® 

Education Provider Unit

Ensures compliance with ANCC-COA Educational Design Criteria for APHON educational programs, awards continuing education credit to eligible participants completing APHON educational programs, provides expertise, advice, and consultation on ANCC-COA criteria to APHON committees and task forces developing educational programs with continuing education credit.

Chair: Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN CPON®
Committee Members:

  • Beth Fisher, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC, CPON, CHPPN
  • Anne Marie Sterk, MSN RN CPON®
  • Kathy Perko, MS CHPPN CPNP CPON®
    Board Liaison: Amy Haskamp MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, CPON, CHPPN

Evidence-Based Practice/Research

Supports the development of Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines and supports research activities within the membership optimizing outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and blood disorders.

Chair: Micah Skeens, PhD PNP RN
Past Chair: M Danielle Gunter, PhD RN
Committee Members:

  • Lisa Bashore, PhD RN CPNP CPON®
  • Mindy Bibart, DNP RN NEA-BC CPPS CBBSS CPHON®
  • Chris Donaghey, MSN RN CNS CPHON®
  • Marika Highberger, MSN RN CPNP
  • Casey Hooke, PhD APRN PCNS-BC APRN FAAN FAPHON
  • Gwendolyn Kimball, DNP CPON®
  • Amanda Lulloff, PhD RN PCNS CPHON®
    Board Liaison: Ijeoma Eche PhD BMTCN® CPON® FNP-C

Oversees organizational international outreach and global presence.

Global Outreach

Chair: Linda Abramovitz, MSN RN BMTCN®
Immediate Past Chair: Janie Avila, BSN RN CPON®
Committee Members:

  • Heidi Abendroth, MSN CPNP CPHON®
  • Mariana Durañona
  • Jessica Graef, MSN MA CPHON®
  • Rachael Kunkel, RN CPHON®
  • Colleen M. Nixon, MSN RN CPHON®
  • Richard John Ramos, PNP MS RN CNS CPON®
  • Maritza Salazar-Abshire, MED MSN RN CPON®
  • Paola Viveros Lamas, RN
    Board Liaison: Sharon Bergeron, BSN RN CPON®

Global Outreach — Sub-committee Members
Participants in a subcommittee only.

  • Shirley Behm, MSN RN FNP CPHON®
  • Holly Caldwell, RN
  • Julia M. Challinor, PhD RN
  • Joan O’Hanlon Curry, DNP MS RN CPNP-PC NEA-BC CPON® FAAN
  • Lauri Linder, PhD APRN CPON® FAAN FAPHON
  • Lizza Lopez, RN
  • Kasey Rangan, MSN CPNP CPHON®
  • Lorena Segovia Weber, RN

Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing (JOPHON)

Oversees the overall content and quality of the Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses and the overall coordination of manuscripts and content.

Editor: Kristin A. Stegenga, PhD RN CPON®
Assistant Editors: Suzanne Ameringer, PhD RN & Casey Hooke, PhD CNS APRN CPON®

Editorial Board Members:

  • Laura Clarke-Steffen, PhD RN
  • Deborah B. Crom, PhD RN CPNP
  • Elizabeth A. Duffy, DNP RN CPNP
  • Faith Gibson, PhD RGN ONC®
  • Joan E. Haase, PhD RN
  • Pamela S. Hinds, PhD RN FAAN
  • Kimberly Pike-Grimm, PhD RN CNS
  • Lauri Linder, PhD APRN CPON®
  • Catherine Fiona MacPherson, PhD RN CPON®
  • Belinda N. Mandrell, PhD RN PNP
  • Ida M. (KI) Moore, DNS RN FAAN
  • Audrey E. Nelson, PhD RN
  • Amy Newman, PhD CPNP-BC CPHON®
  • Deborah Tomlinson, MS RSCN RGN Dip Cancer Nursing
  • Janice Withycombe, PhD RN MN, CCRP
  • Roberta L. Woodgate, PhD RN
    Board Liaisons: Amy Newman, PhD CPNP-BC CPHON® & Ijeoma Eche PhD BMTCN® CPON® FNP-C

ACE Center Committee

Oversees the development of content and management and ongoing maintenance of the APHON Continuing Education (ACE) Center. 

Chair: Beth Fisher, DNP CPNP APRN CPON®
Immediate Past Chair: Rebecca W Manes, MSN RN
Committee Members:

  • Kathleen Ackerman, CNS RN
  • Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN CPON® 
  • Karen Kestenbaum, RN
  • Emily Padgett, BSN CPN CPHON®
  • Rosa Rivera, RN
  • Elizabeth R. Sniderman, MSN NP CPNP-AC CPHON®
    Board Liaison: Amy Newman, PhD CPNP-BC CPHON®

Leadership Development Committee

Oversees the selection of eligible candidates for the annual election of the board of directors and develops a leadership pipeline for future APHON leaders.

Chair: Scarlett Czarnecki, BSN RN CPHON®
Committee Members:

  • Kelly Laschinger, MSN CPNP
  • Kathleen Montgomery PhD RN CNS CPHON®
  • Colleen M. Nixon, MSN RN CPHON®
  • Christina Baggott, PhD, RN, CPON, PPCNP-BC
  • Deborah LaFond, DNP, CHPPN, CPON, PPCNP-BC, FAAN, FAPHON
  • Micah Skeens, PhD, PNP, RN
  • Laurel Reiss, MSN, CPNP-PC, CPHONRN, CNP
    Board Liaison: Janice Nuuhiwa, NBD-BC, MSN, RN, CPHON®

Local Chapter Committee

Enhances communication between chapters and the APHON Board of Directors and coordinates overall chapter activities.

Chair: Erin Friedman, BSN RN CPHON®
Vice Chair: Kari Wheeler, RN BMTCN® CPHON®
Committee Members:

  • Cecelia A. Gladbach, BSN CPON® BMTCN®
  • Holly Remington Kubaney, MSN PNP-BC CPHON® 
  • Abigail Slaven, RN CPHON®
  • Stacy Wolf, RN CPNP-AC CPON®
  • Tonya Ureda, MS, RN, FNP-NC, NE-BC
    Board Liaison: Kaye Schmidt, MA RN CPHON®

Professional Development

The APHON Professional Development Committee provides ongoing professional development resources, tools, and learning opportunities for APHON members to advance their careers in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology nursing.

Chair: Meredith Foxx, MSN RN PCNS-BC CPON®
Vice Chair: Breanne Roche DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CPHON
Committee Members:

  • Terri L. Boyce, DNP APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®  
  • Teresa M. Conte, PhD MSN CRNP
  • Debbie Lafond, DNP CHPPN PPCNP-PC CPON®
  • Allison McNeil, BSN CPHON®
  • Kathy Perko, MS CHPPN CPNP CPON®
  • Kathleen Ruccione, PHD MPH RN CPON® FAPHON FAAN
  • Melody A Watral, MSN RN CPNP CPNP-PC
    Board Liaison: Mary Newman, MSN RN CPON

Steering Council

Facilitates the APHON strategic plan in the areas of education, clinical practice, and research. The Steering Council serves as a vehicle for soliciting and presenting initial ideas for projects from APHON members.

Chair: Mylynda Livingston, BSN RN CPON®
Committee Members:

  • Cecelia A. Gladbach, BSN CPON® BMTCN®
  • Maureen Lynch Baker, APRN MSN CPON®
  • Robin Pitts, FNP-C RN
  • Rosa Rivera, RN
  • Suzanne Smolik, MSN RN CPNP CPON®
  • Tonya Ureda, MS, RN, FNP-NC, NE-BC
  • Kari Wheeler, BSN RN BMTCN® CPHON®
    Board Liaison: Sharon Bergeron, BSN RN CPON®