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BOD and Staff

NJSNA Board of Directors

Benjamin Evans, DD, DNP, RN, APN

Kathleen Gillespie, BSN, RN, MBA, NE-BC

Vice President:
Mary Ellen Levine, MSN/ED, RN, CHPN
Linda M. Gural, MSN, CCRN
Eleanor Dietrich, BSN, MA

Immediate Past President:
Norma Rodgers, BSN, RN, CCRA


Margaret Daingerfield, EdD, RN, CNE (2016-2018)
Vacant (2017-2019)
Eileen Toughill, PhD, RN, CNL, APN (2016-2018)
Susan Weaver, PhD, RN, CRNI, NEA-BC (2017-2019)
JoAnne Penn, MA, RN-BC (Director Staff Nurse) (2017-2019)
Patricia Fonder, MSN, RN, BC, CCRN (Director Staff Nurse) (2016-2018)
Cynthia Sonzogni, MSN, RN (Chair, Congress on Policy & Practice) (2018)

Region Directors

Region 1: Sandy Foley, MSN, RN
Region 2: Fatima Sanchez, MSN, RN
Region 3: Lynda Arnold, MHA, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Region 4: Beth Knox, DNP, APN, AOCN
Region 5: Felicia Rockko, BSN, RN
Region 6: Wendy Ebner, MSN, RN


Chief Executive Officer: Judy Schmidt
Deputy Director: Debra Harwell (ext. 119)
RAMP Director: Terri Ivory, MSN, RN (ext. 152)
Executive Assistant/Membership Services Administrator: Jennifer Chanti (ext. 111)
Finance Department (ext. 116)
Education Coordinator: Tyea Santiago, BSN, RN
Education Administrative Assistant: Kortnei Jackson (ext. 120)
Receptionist/Education Adm. Assistant: Delores “Kiki” Harwell (ext. 103)
RAMP Case Manager: Benita James, BSN, RN (ext. 125)
RAMP Case Manager: Joan Peditto, RN (ext. 134)
RAMP Case Manager: Etha Westbrook, MSN, RN (ext. 123)
RAMP Case Manager: Andrew Haviland, RN (ext. 121)
RAMP Communications Coordinator: Annemarie Edinger (ext. 115)
RAMP Intake Coordinator: Emily Gannon (ext. 124)
RAMP Case Manager Assistant: Deborah Robles (ext. 102)

Forum/Other Contacts

NJNS, Inc. Administrator: Regina Adams, BSN, RN (ext. 122)
FNAP Chair: Varsha Singh, MSN, RN, APN
SPAPN Chair: Kathleen Prendergast, APN, CNP
INPAC Chair:  Keith Hovey, JD, BSN

New Jersey State Nurses Association
Institute for Nursing
1479 Pennington Road | Trenton | New Jersey 08618
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NJSNA Benefits

Your membership in NJSNA, which is the only organization to protect the practice of nursing in New Jersey, provides unique opportunities for you to advance your career, network with fellow nurses and gain knowledge that will improve patient care and influence decisions that impact nurses in the Garden State and radiate to the national level. Under a new pricing structure, all new NJSNA memberships will include dual membership in NJSNA and the American Nurses Association and cost $174. Membership includes:

  • Educational programming
  • Annual conference
  • Networking
  • Scholarships
  • Research grants
  • Leadership development
  • Legislative advocacy
  • Opportunity for service in state task forces or committees
  • Recovery and Monitoring Program (RAMP) for nurses
  • Career Center
  • Career Resources
  • Events
  • Insurance Programs
  • Legal Services
  • Practice Consultation
  • Professional Tools
  • eNewsletters
  • Electronic Job Flash

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NJSNA & ANA Membership

NJSNA and the American Nurses Association (ANA) are the only professional organizations representing the interest of all registered nurses, regardless of areas of specialization, clinical setting or working environment. Dual membership in both organizations connects you with nurses from throughout New Jersey and across the country as the single, united voice for the practice of nursing.
Your NJSNA/ANA membership provides unique opportunities for you to advance your career and gain more knowledge with additional educational opportunities to improve patient care and influence decisions that impact nurses at state and national levels.

Additionally, when you join NJSNA and ANA, you can:

  • Learn what you need with online access to learning resources on important issues impacting nursing (one FREE Navigate Nursing webinar every month — a $385 value).
  • Stay current on issues and news affecting nurses through free members-only publications, including: American Nurse Today, ANA SmartBrief, and OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.
  • Get advice and support from nurses in your state and across the country.
  • Use member discounts on our extensive library of online CE modules to stay current on nursing topics and earn contact hours.
  • Save $125 on ANCC initial specialty certification and $100 on certification renewal as a member.
  • Improve your clinical, business, and leadership skills through educational programs.
  • Add your voice to advocacy efforts at the state and national levels.
  • Protect yourself with liability, life, and auto insurance
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