Welcome to Region 1

Atlantic 6 Bergen 2 Burlington 5 Camden 5 CapeMay 6 Cumberland 5 Essex 3 Gloucester 5 Hudson 2 Hunterdon 4 Bucks County, PA 4 Mercer 4 Middlesex 4 Monmouth 6 Morris 1 Ocean 6 Passaic 1 Salem 5 Somerset 4 Sussex 1 Union 3 Warren 1

Welcome to our Region 1 webpage. Region 1 is a very active group of professional nurses. We enjoy supporting continuing education endeavors and encouraging student involvement. Throughout the year, we participate in various volunteer opportunities within our 4 counties (Morris, Sussex, Warren, and Passaic). Visit our event calendar frequently for upcoming opportunities to give back to our community. Our meetings are held in each county on a rotating basis. I speak on behalf of our Board of Directors when I voice that we welcome your attendance at any of our meetings.

To share a little about myself….. I have been a health care provider for over 25 years and began my career in the emergency department and transitioned to a position in the pharmaceutical industry as a Medical Information Consultant.
More recently I have held positions as an Adult Nurse practitioner and a Forensic Nurse Examiner.
I enjoy being active in many professional organizations including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College Health Association, New Jersey College Health Association, was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau-the International Honor Society for Nurses and was a former board member of the Mid-Atlantic College Health Association. I am passionate about health and wellness and approach clinical care holistically for each patient. I enjoy working collaboratively with patients to help them identify and meet their goals. When not working, I enjoy traveling, hiking, being outdoors and spending time with my family and dog.
I look forward to meeting you at at our next Region 1 meeting.

Upcoming Events

Healthy Nurse Meeting

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - February 9 @ 9:00 pm


February 11 @ 11:00 am - February 11 @ 2:00 pm

NJ Nursing Students Convention

February 16 - February 17

Healthy Nurse Meeting

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - March 9 @ 9:00 pm
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News & Blogs

NJSNA Board Member Installation

Saturday, January 7th was the installation of our new Board Members. It was a great opportunity to meet new members from all regions and network. Congratulations to our new members and welcome back to returning members![...]

October 15th R1 Business Meeting

Healing Touch was the educational topic presented at our Warren County meeting on 10/15. Maria Argen, RN, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, did a wonderful job sharing the healing touch methodology along with personal stories of treatment. Region 1 members were treated to a 10 minute...[...]

Region 1 Business Meeting – October 15th

Please join us on October 15th for our next Region 1 meeting. Our guest speaker is Maria Argen. Educational topic: Healing Touch Knights of Columbus 145 Liberty Street Hackettstown, NJ Get to know your Region 1 officers and learn more about NJSNA. All registered nurses...[...]

Region 1 Annual Dinner Meeting

A great time was had by all at our Region 1 Annual Dinner Meeting on Wednesday September 21st. The educational topic for the event was The Transformation of Nursing Education through a Multifocal Lens: the Experience and Perspective of a Nursing School Educator, Hospital Nurse...[...]

June 11th Region 1 meeting

Region 1 had a wonderful in-person meeting and Educational Presentation on Saturday June 11th. Our educational topic was "Administrative Nursing Supervisors: Off Shift Guardians of the Hospital" presented by Dan Misa. Networking and collaborating face-to-face was terrific. Come join us for our next meeting which...[...]

It’s Time to get Involved! Consider running for an open board position for Region 1. All terms of office are two years (January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2025). All nominations are due on September 30, 2022.

2023 Call for Nominations The NJSNA Region 1 Nominations Committee has called for member suggestions for the 2022 election. Nominations are due on September 30, 2022. In November 2022, members will be elected for 2023: Treasurer: Receive and have charge of all funds of the...[...]

VP of Communication April 2022

As we welcome the warmer weather into our area, we are also pleased to welcome new board members to Region 1. The start of 2022 seemed to be challenging to the profession of nursing but as a whole profession we had and always will conquer...[...]

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Installation of Officers

2023 Installation of Officers


Healthy Nurse Meeting


NJSNA Headquarters Closed




MEETING CANCELED Region 1 Meeting – January 21st

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Region 1 nurses march in the Hackettstown St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, March 13th.  Under the leadership of Lauren Krause, Warren County Coordinator, NJSNA Region 1 participated in the parade. It was so much fun, despite the frigid temps.  Special thanks to Peggy and Rich Daingerfield, Daria Napierkowski and sweet pup Rusty, and Linda Katstra from Warren County School Nurses Association for braving the bitter cold (26 degrees, windchill 19) and snow flurries this afternoon.

And it was wonderful marching again after 2 years cancellation during covid.


Region 1 celebrated our nursing excellence at the Institute for Nursing C.A.R.E.S. Awards Gala held on April 8th, 2021.  Five nurses (Sandra Foley, Cristen Mackwell, Elisa Green, Moira Kendra and Kem Louie) from Region 1 were nominated by their peers and colleagues.  Elisa Green won the Clinical Practice award.  Kem Louie won the Education Award while Sandy Foley received second honorable mention for Education.  It was a great night for our Region. Congratulations to all who were nominated; you represent the best of Region 1.

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Follow our social media pages for the most up-to-date for our events and news postings. Twitter and Instagram handles are @NJSNARegion1. Facebook link is as follows: NJSNA REGION 1 FACEBOOK PAGE

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ANA membership information

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Region 1 Bylaws

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Our Region continues to proudly offer and provide assistance to a nursing student by sponsoring the Dr. Foley and Brian Foley scholarship. Please visit the NJSNA IFN website for more information. NJSNA Region1 Scholarship Information

Board of Directors

Tara Parker, President

Karen Kinsley, President elect

Patricia Baxter, Past President
Adriana Morales-Grafals, Secretary
Leslie DeHerde, Treasurer
Lauren Krause, VP for Communications
Ruth Ochoa, VP for Education
MaryAnne Marra, VP for Fundraising
Alaina Scala-Brew, VP for Membership
Kathleen Vnenchak, VP to the Congress on Policy

County Coordinators
Francesca Nordin, Morris County
Tanya Anevski, Passaic County
Daria Napierkowski, Sussex County
Lauren Krause, Warren County
Rachel Koshy, Interested Nurses Political Action Committee
Nominations Committee Chair, Buffy Reilly

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