2015-2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Maureen Sheehan, President Elect

Maureen Sheehan

President

Maureen Sheehan is a CPNP in the Child Neurology and Epilepsy Programs at Stanford Children’s Healthcare in Palo Alto CA. She has been working with ACNN on the website update, her work with computers began in the 70’s with a mainframe that filled an entire basement! Maureen’s professional interests include the ketogenic diet, the psychosocial aspects of epilepsy, and teaching anyone and everyone about neurology and epilepsy.



Specialty
: Epilepsy, ketogenic diet, CBIT for tics
Goal: Through updating the website and using the Connect group conversation function, make ACNN the group to join for the latest in all things child neurology nursing.
Fun Fact: Prior to becoming a nurse in my 40’s, I had many careers. Maybe the most unusual was the years I spent teaching sign language to Koko the gorilla. And yes, she really can sign! 

Tara Pezzuto

Tara Pezzuto

President-Elect

I am a clinically practicing APRN in the division of child neurology at Nemours in Wilmington, Delaware. I am the Director of our Nemours Neurology Headache Program and I have a passion for improved care for all children with migraine headaches. I also have great respect for all Neurology providers and hope to improve autonomy in practice for our nurses as well as greater outreach to the pediatric communities that need neurological care. I am excited to be president elect and look forward to working with our ACNN group to encourage full scope of practice for APRN’s in specialty practice and greater confidence in all nurses in care of pediatric neurology patients. My hope is that through example, education and the establishment of certification exams within specialties we will all learn to have the confidence, competence and strength to function independently within our roles.

Gretchen Heckel

Gretchen Heckel

Secretary

Gretchen Heckel is a Ambulatory Nurse Clinician at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Neurology clinic. She has been working in pediatric neurology since 2007. She has been the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic coordinator since that time as well. As a new member to the ACNN board she hopes to assist in the building and expansion of their outreach and research divisions.





Specialty
: Neuromuscular
Goal: To improve outreach to current members and new membership approval as well as increase awareness/communication regarding the research grants
Fun Fact: I have gone skydiving three times and I love to sew when I have time. 

 
Nicole Holuba LaMarca

Nicole Holuba LaMarca

Treasurer








Specialty
: Neuromuscular disease
Goal: Manage and maintain the finances for ACNN
Fun Fact: I love going to Pinterest during my commute home from work!!! 

Nicole Holuba LaMarca

Mona Jacobson

Director

Mona Jacobson is a CPNP in the Department of Neurology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Mona has been working in pediatric neurology for 6 years after spending 22 years in pediatric primary care. Mona came to the ACNN board as a director after serving on the planning committee for the very successful 2016 ACNN Vancouver conference.




Specialty: General pediatric neurology and stroke
Goal: My goal is increasing ACNN membership and interest through expansion of regional meetings. I would also like to see increased collaboration between ACNN and CNS.
Fun Fact: I lived in Nepal for 2 years while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Rhonda Werner, Director

Rhonda Werner

Director

Rhonda Roell Werner is an advanced practice nurse on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She has worked in pediatric neurology since 1986. She has worked with ACNN in a variety of roles, most recently as a Director on the ACNN Board as liaison with the Award and Clinical Practice committees. Her practice interests are pediatric epilepsy co-morbidities, epilepsy surgery, the ketogenic diet, and transition from the pediatric to adult world.





Specialty
: Pediatric Neuroscience Center and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Goal: Child neurology nurses are the key team members that foster adaptation of a child and their family to their neurologic condition through support, education, care coordination, and research. My vision for child neurology nursing is a discipline that develops the standards of nursing care for children with neurologic conditions and their families. I would like to see ACNN grow as THE professional practice resource for nurses who work in pediatric neurology.
Fun Fact: I was the first baby delivered by the GP in our small town in Illinois. I was invited back for his retirement dinner a few years ago. 

Sue Yudovin, Director

Sue Yudovin

Director











Specialty
: Pediatric epilepsy surgery, concussion/TBI
Goal: My goal is to recruit new members in general, but specifically to the board.
Fun Fact: I love dogs!!!