2018-2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tara Pezzuto

President

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.

JENNIFER COFFMAN

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Jennifer Coffman, JD, BSN, RN, CNRN, is the Clinical Practice Specialist for the Neuroscience Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado where she works collaboratively with Neurology, Neurosurgery and the Divisions of Nursing.  Jennifer received her BSN from the University of Tennessee and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis.  She has over 23 years of experience as a pediatric neuroscience nurse, and has served in roles as a healthcare attorney and healthcare administrator.  Jennifer has specialized training in Sig Sigma process improvement methodology, evidence based practice, and research.  She is also a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse and current DNP candidate in the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado.   Jennifer has served on the Board of ACNN since 2017.

Specialty: Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery with a special interest in Infantile Spasms 
Goal: Increase membership of registered nurses by providing relevant educational content on new and innovative platforms.
Fun Fact: Jennifer runs a small business renting out teardrop campers in her spare time.

Luz Galeano

Secretary

Luz Galeano, RN is a certified pediatric nurse currently practicing nursing in the Neurology Department at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri since 2014. She serves as a nurse facilitator for the Spanish speaking families as a certified bilingual staff member at Children’s Mercy. As a result of her bilingual abilities and her advocacy for the Spanish- Speaking population, she helped launch the first Spanish-Epilepsy clinic in the Neurology Department with the Spanish-speaking epileptologist. As a new ACNN board member, she hopes to increase the nursing professional presence at ACNN and improve ways of communicating with current and new incoming members.
 
Specialty: General Pediatric Neurology; serves Spanish Speaking Population
Goal: Increase the nursing professional presence at ACNN. 
Fun Fact: I am a great salsa dancer.

Sue Yudovin

Treasurer

Sue Yudovin is an RN,MN, CPNP, recently retired from the Division of Pediatric Neurology at UCLA. She coordinated the pediatric epilepsy  surgery program for over 25 years as well as working with the BRAIN SPORT concussion program for 10 years. She is presently on the board of the Child Neurology Foundation, where she is involved in  their ISAN, (infantile spasm action network) as well as FSEP ( family support and empowerment program).

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!!! 

LIZ RENDE

DIRECTOR

Email: rende001@mc.duke.edu

I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certified in primary care, with 18 years of experience in Pediatric Neurology- headaches.  I completed my DNP capstone project focusing on the innovation, A Migraine Action Plan © to help children treat their headaches at school. I also serve as a resource about children’s headaches for many of our pediatric subspecialists, pediatricians and primary care providers in the area. I also partner with primary care pediatricians in the initial management of children with headache.  I am active in my community, working closely with school nurses in the care of children with neurological disorders.

I am currently a regular rank faculty member at the Duke School of Nursing, with a joint appointment in both the school and the division of pediatric neurology.  I have over 17 years of experience as an instructor and as a preceptor for FNP and PNP students in individual clinical experiences, including an FNP student residency in Pediatric Neurology. I have been awarded the Faculty Excellence in Clinical Practice in 2017, the Innovative Practice Award from ACNN in 2017, and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2018.

I speak about pediatric headache-related topics at the bi-annual Duke- sponsored national Pediatric Neurology Symposium, as well as national meetings of AANP, NAPNAP and ACNN. I also speak to community and parent groups about a myriad of topics related to children’s headaches.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing piano, both solo and accompanying a violist.  I “track” with my dog, following aged scent trails, and thoroughly enjoy my 5 grand kids!!!!

  1. Specialty: Pediatric Headache
  2. Goal: Find that perfect balance in life- family, work and play!
  3. Fun Fact: I LOVE cold weather! Seriously, my furry Labrador can’t wait to play in snow.

Rebecca Schultz

Director

I am a nurse scientist and CPNP in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and the Blue Bird Circle Rett Center at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.  I am also Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine and Adjunct Faculty at Texas Woman’s University, Houston, Texas.  I have been working in pediatric neurology since 1988; first, at the Blue Bird Circle Rett Center, then the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program in 2001. I direct our ketogenic diet program where my passion is individualizing the diet to achieve seizure control as well as adherence.  Another passion is transition from pediatric to adult health care for youth with neurological disorders. My research interests include the psycho-social aspects of epilepsy in youth, efficacy and side effects of the ketogenic diet, and transition of adolescents with epilepsy from pediatric to adult care. I lecture at the local, state, and national level about the treatment and care of youth with epilepsy and transitioning adolescents with epilepsy to adult care.

Specialty: Refractory epilepsy, Ketogenic diet, Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Rett syndrome and related disorders, Transition of care from pediatric to adult health care ACNN experience:  I have been a member of ACNN for many years. In 2013, I had the privilege of giving the keynote address, “Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Health Care:  A Journey”, for the ACNN annual meeting. Soon thereafter, I was invited to join the Child Neurology Foundation as a member of the Transitioning Author Panel which transformed into the Transition Project Advisory Committee where I continue to serve not only as an advisor, but also as the RN/APRN Representative to the Association of Child Neurology Nurses.

Goals: 1) Continue to provide high-quality educational programs to our membership; 2) Foster ongoing collaboration between members of ACNN and CNS and CNF so our nursing expertise is heard and utilized throughout the organization.

 

Scott Turner

Director

Scott is family nurse practitioner and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He has more than 15 years of advanced practice experience in pediatric neurology. He has been an active member of ACNN for the past five years, is a contributing author in the Child Neurology Encounter Guide (2014), the ACNN Caregiver Resource Guide (2018), and currently serves as the chair of the Quality, Research and Scholarship Committee.

Specialty:
General neurology, headache, tics and Tourette Disorder
Goal: My goal is to partner with likeminded organizations to improve the understanding and the care of children with neurological disorders at home, at school and in their communities.