Meet Our Leaders

Get involved, grow your professional network, and share your expertise with the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) by joining the Board of Directors, Committees, or a Task Force.

Explore ANPD's Pathways to Leadership

Board of Directors

ANPD is a member-driven organization led by a Board of Directors, comprised of a President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and five Directors. These leadership roles are integral in shaping the future of ANPD. Visit the ANPD Bylaws for more information about the Board and the elected officer's responsibilities.

Every year, the ANPD Board of Directors holds a business meeting to update members on the state of the association.

Sheila St. Cyr

Sheila St. Cyr, MS, RN, NPD-BC
Jones, Oklahoma

Dale Callicutt

Dale Callicutt, PhD, RN, CV-BC,
Clemmons, North Carolina

Rachael Frija

Rachael Frija, DNP, RN, NPD-BC
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Debbie Buchwach

Debbie Buchwach, MSN, RN,
Seattle, WA

Elizabeth Fritz

Elizabeth Fritz, PhD, RN,
Watertown, WI

Ashlee O'Meara

Ashlee O'Meara, MSN-NL, BS-Ed,
Oregon City, OR

Cathleen Opperman

Cathleen Opperman, DNP, RN, NPD-BC,
Columbus, Ohio

Stephanie Zidek

Stephanie Zidek, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC,
Downers Grove, Illinois


ANPD’s committees and task forces are working groups of dedicated volunteers who contribute time and effort to achieving annual goals. ANPD leadership appoints the chair and chair-elect of the committees. Committee work is integral to the fulfillment of ANPD’s strategic goals. Please consider serving on a committee to get involved, grow your network, and share your expertise. For more information about a committee you’ve recently joined, download the committee orientation handbook or e-mail info@anpd.org.

Innovation Committee

Chair: Jennifer Saupe, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CNS
Chair-Elect: Elizabeth Fritz, PhD, RN, NPDA-BC®

Formerly known as the Education Committee, the Innovation Committee conducts robust environmental scanning to inform educational programming for our membership. The committee aligns with the Inputs and Throughputs of our NPD Practice Model. It plays a vital role in reviewing needs assessment data, defining gaps in NPD practice, and brainstorming recommendations and strategies to close gaps in NPD practice. The Innovation Committee is responsible for determining the annual webinar series topics and speaker selection, recommending subject matter experts, and brainstorming innovative ways to meet the needs of the NPD community through educational products and services.

Implementation Committee

Chair: Rachel Senefeld Kromer, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC
Chair-Elect: Lyndsay Goss, DNP, RN, CNE, NPD-BC

Formerly known as the Products & Services Committee, the Implementation Committee leverages the creative input of the Innovation Committee and products of SMEs to execute the Throughputs of our NPD Practice Model. This committee is responsible for reviewing content from subject matter experts, piloting educational products, and annually updating the Clinical Education Matrix—an invaluable tool for NPD practitioners.

Nominating Committee

Chair: Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, CNE-cl

The Nominating Committee is a five-member committee of volunteers appointed by the Board of Directors and nominates eligible candidates for the Board of Directors. The Committee will develop a slate of qualified candidates from nominations submitted for consideration for the Board of Directors.

Recognition Committee

Chair: Michelle Linenberger, MSN Ed, RN, CCRN-K, NPD-BC

The Recognition Committee reviews submissions and selects recipients of awards and scholarships offered by ANPD. Award winners are selected based on an individual’s achievements and contributions to ANPD. Scholarship winners are selected based on an individual’s need for funding and level of engagement. The 2016-2017 Recognition Committee updated the ANPD Awards to align with the fourth edition of the NPD Scope and Standards.

Convention Content Planning Committee

Chair: Yvonne Storey, MBA, BSN, RN-BC, NPD-BC, CNOR
Chair-Elect: Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, NPD-BC

The Convention Content Planning Committee members have the exciting opportunity to provide input on our Annual Convention topics, speakers, format, and activities. The committee reviews submitted abstracts for presentations and poster sessions and participates in each session's selection. Members are required to attend the convention they assist in planning, where they moderate sessions and serve as a point of contact for attendee inquiries.

Finance Committee

Chair: Rachael Frija, DNP, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, Treasurer

The finance committee consists of members of the Board of Directors who oversee the annual budget development and monitor ANPD’s finances monthly.

Task Forces

Diversity Task Force

ANPD is committed to establishing and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment. We encourage members under the age of 40 years; working in practice areas outside of acute inpatient settings; men; members of underrepresented groups including racial or ethnic backgrounds; and veterans to apply for ANPD positions. The goals of the Diversity Task Force are to:

  • Identify underrepresented audiences and enrich understanding of the perspectives of those members
  • Lead ANPD toward embracing cultural/racial/gender/generational diversity and develop supportive processes and practices

Editorial Task Force

Taskforce Chair/Board Liaison: Stephanie Zidek, MSN, RN, ACGNS-BC, NEA-BC, NPD-BC

The Editorial Taskforce supports the execution of high-value content for NPD In Motion, the official content hub of ANPD. The Taskforce ensures that ANPD is providing content that supports the nursing professional development (NPD) community in their continuing professional development journey, while relaying valuable industry insights.

Subject Matter Experts

Becoming a subject matter expert (SME) is an excellent way to contribute to and guide ANPD products and services. We are seeking expertise in the following areas:

  • Orientation and Onboarding
  • Competency Management
  • Education (e.g., education design process)
  • Role Development (e.g., TTP, Preceptor)
  • Collaborative Partnerships
  • Research/EBP/QI
  • Professional Development (PD) Associate
  • Simulation
  • Innovations in Technology
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Leadership
  • Outcomes Measurement, ROI
  • Dissemination of Scholarship/Publication