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

December 14 @ 7:00 pm - December 14 @ 9:00 pm

Healthy Nurse Meeting

01/11/2024 @ 7:00 pm - 01/11/2024 @ 9:00 pm

Region 1 Meeting

01/20/2024 @ 10:00 am - 01/20/2024 @ 12:00 pm
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Region 1 Quarterly Meeting

Get to know your Region 1 officers and learn more about NJSNA! All Registered Nurses and nursing students are welcome! Please invite a fellow nurse/colleague. Get involved or just get informed on community events throughout the region and network with other fellow nurses in neighboring counties. ...[...]

Region 1 participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk

The weather certainly cooperated this year for the annual Out of Darkness walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  NJSNA President Sandy Foley, NJSNA Region 1 Warren County Coordinator Lauren Krause, and NJSNA Region 1 Sussex County Coordinator Daria Napierkowski along with Rusty...[...]

Region 1 Food Donation

Thank you to all that brought food to our Region meeting on 3/18/2023.  Morris County Interfaith Food Pantry happily accepted our donation of 9 pounds of food.  [...]

March 18th General Meeting and Educational Event

The Region had a great meeting on 3/18/2023.  Kelly Bonventre from the NJ Sharing Network presented on how to give Hope to those waiting for a second chance at life.  The presentation was followed by our general business meeting. Our Region 1 memorabilia was on...[...]

Educational Presentation – March 18th 2023

Please join us for a Region 1 in-person Educational Presentation by Kelly Bonventre. Topic: NJ Sharing Network - Learn about how to give Hope to those waiting for a Second Chance at Life. Meeting is at the Morris County Library, 30 Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ...[...]

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...[...]

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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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Social Media Presence

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

ANA is a friend and ally to 4 million registered nurses in the U.S., throughout all specialties and practice settings. Together, we have the power to advance the nursing profession and create a health care environment in which nurses can thrive.

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Region 1 Bylaws

Current Region 1 Bylaws can be found here

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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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