FMRNA is led by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of nurses who are elected by FMRNA members from FMRNA's membership. This board enlists the aid of other members to serve on various committees so that the decision making is constantly driven by what is best for and desired by the membership of FMRNA. The work of the board is accomplished through working meetings held prior to and at the annual RPS conference held every spring in Kansas City, one other meeting mid-year and conference calls as needed. Much of the work takes place within individual committees who then report to the full board.
Kathy has been an RN for 33 years with the first 19 years in Oncology and the last 15 in the Family Medicine Residency Program. She has been with FMRNA for 11 years. She currently is the Clinical Coordinator at her residency in Lewiston, Maine. Working at the residency has been very rewarding for her, as she constantly is learning as much as teaching. She has been on the Research Committee since joining the board. She sees nursing research as a very important way for nurses to make great discoveries and recommendations in patient care and residency education. She hopes to be at her residency until she retires!
Mary Beth has been a member of FMRNA since 1996 and has held various posts on the board, including president. Her professional experience includes orthopedic nursing, pulmonary rehab, hyperbaric medicine, sleep medicine, and ambulatory care in neurology and family medicine. Since joining her residency in 1995, she has been involved in clinic management and residency activities such as rotation planning, resident education, and recruitment, among others. She is involved in several research projects and published an article in the Journal of Family Medicine (2000 Nov.), titled “Newborn Hearing Screening.” She currently is working on transitions of care as well as care coordination to improve patient outcomes. She coordinates continuing education activities for her nursing staff and ancillary departments. She and her husband are blessed with two children. They reside in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.
Kay has been the Clinic Administrator at the Methodist Charlton Family Medicine Residency Program in Dallas Texas since 2000. The program has 18 residents and 7 Faculty Physicians. Kay graduated from West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing in 1976 and continued her education at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. She has been a member of FMRNA since 2004 and on the Board since 2005. Other organizational affiliations include AAACN and STFM.
Alice Brown is a 1994 graduate of Kansas Wesleyan in Salina, Kan. Upon graduation, she continued her career at Salina Regional Health Center as float nurse specializing in Pediatrics - working specialty areas such as ER, NICU, Behavioral Health, and Pediatrics. In 2001, Alice began working at Salina Family Healthcare Center serving as a team nurse. In 2007, her role changed to nursing supervisor mentoring to a staff of 19 nurses and supporting staff. In addition to her board position at FMRNA, she serves on the board of nursing for Kansas Wesleyan and Salina Area Technical College and is a longtime member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Nursing (AAACN).
Her leadership positions allow Alice not only to mentor and educate upcoming nurses but also to learn from the next generation. Her love of nursing makes what she does not just a career but a way of life.
I graduated from Bishop Clarkson School of Nursing in Omaha Nebraska in 1975. From 1975 until 1994 I worked in the hospital setting which included urology and med/surg.
In 1994 I made the move to out-patient nursing and became the manager of our family medicine residency clinic right off the bat! I knew nothing about clinic nursing, residency programs nor any of the rules and regulations that govern us. I have learned so much about what goes on in a residency program these last 20 plus years and I thoroughly enjoy working with family medicine residents. I have a plethora of responsibilities, so I do keep busy. But, I love what I do and I am passionate in my work with our residents.
Joining FMRNA has been one of the best decisions I have made for my professional life. I have come to learn so much as a member and am very grateful for the support, knowledge and friends I have gained along the way. I have been able to attend many RPS conferences where I have learned that we all have a lot in common and have a lot of the same issues. I particularly like that we can communicate with each other and get help, suggestions and solutions to these issues.I have one son and 6 grandchildren and enjoy every moment I spend with them. I also enjoy dancing, watching classis movies and yard work.
This position is open.
Debbie is the Clinical Supervisor for VCU-Fairfax Family Practice and Residency Program, in Fairfax, Virginia (metropolitan DC area). After a few years of nursing academia teaching for LPN and BSN programs, the family practice residency provided an opportunity to combine her passion for teaching and clinical nursing.
Debbie holds an MSN in Nursing Education from George Mason University, ADN from Norwalk Community College and a BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology from SUNY New Paltz.
Clinical nursing experience includes Perioperative nursing, Public/community health, Emergency department and Mother/Baby.
Debbie joined FMRNA in 2016 and enjoys the networking, resources and support that the organization provides. She attended the annual conference in 2017 and is looking forward to presenting in the future.
Scott graduated from the Indiana University School of Nursing in 1988 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and Western Governors University in 2014 with a Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership. Scott is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the University of Indianapolis with the goal of teaching nursing leaders at the Masters level.
Over the past 29 years, Scott served as an Emergency Department staff nurse, flight nurse and Director of Emergency Services. Also served in Information Technology roles as a consultant testing and training EMR's.
Scott currently has the unique opportunity to serve as Program Administrator/ Faculty at the Community Health Network Indianapolis Academic Affairs Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency program. Teaching new providers the importance of the multidisciplinary team and the important role that nursing has to play in that team is inspiring.
Scott joined FMRNA this year and looks forward to growing with the organization!
This position is open.