Your new NYSNA Board of Directors

President

Nancy Hagans, RN, BSN, CCRN
As your President, we can look forward to building a stronger NYSNA. As we work together, we will protect ourselves, our patients, our community, and our profession. The only way to do this is by increasing our member participation. We are stronger when we stand together.

1st Vice President

Judith Cutchin, MSN, RN
Thank you for trusting in me to be your leader. I look forward to working with all of you in Solidarity

2nd Vice President

Marion Enright, RN
I want to thank all the members who participated in the election. We are excited to start the work that needs to be done to unify and advance our practice and profession. Only through every one working together can we accomplish our goals.

Secretary

Nella Pineda-Marcon, RN, BC
We are ONE NYSNA! UNITED we stand for what is right, for our members, patients and our communities. The strength of our UNION is stronger if we empower our members to become leaders to fight for justice and the common good.

Treasurer

Jayne Cammisa, RN, BSN
I have had many past experiences being a treasurer of non profit organizations and am looking forward to serving the union in this capacity....in solidarity.

Directors at Large

Matt Allen, BSN, RN
I am honored to begin working as one of your new board of directors. There are just a handful of us board members, and tens of thousand of members from across the state. We cannot make the change needed to strengthen our union and our profession without your involvement. I looking forward to working to empower and educate members to make our union stronger.

Reginalt Atangan, RN
I am humbled to serve on the Board of Directors for NYSNA. As a registered nurse, we called to serve, help, and heal others. I hope to carry the same message as a Director by serving our nurses and working hard to improve our profession, whether clinically, ethically, or politically.

Marie Boyle, RN, BSN
Hello NYSNA Nurses, Thank you all for your votes. Elections give nurses a voice. I will work hard for ALL union members, for I want their voices heard and their needs addressed.

Seth B. Dressekie, RN, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Proud to be a member of this organization. Looking forward to doing more work with this fantastic Board on doing the work of progressing and protecting our profession and my colleagues in our great state. Please feel free to reach out to me by e-mail with any issues that you may have.

Flandersia Jones, RN, BSN, MPH
BronxCare now has representation! Thank you for making it a reality after all these years. I look forward to working with the dynamic team of leaders to enhance the image of professional nursing. Enacting policies for safe working environments to deliver the care that our patients deserve. Ensure that nurses have the right to have a say in the health and safety within our places of work, feel supported rather than expandable. Support the mission of NYSNA to achieve established goals as we continue to build a stronger united union.

“Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved” (Mattie Stepanek).

Michelle Jones, RN, MSN, ANP-C
I am proud to be seated on the NYSNA Board of Directors at an excited time in our state with the signing of the Safe Staffing Bill. There is much work to be done to ensure that the guidelines are implemented in an efficient manner.

Caring for patients during the COVID 19 pandemic shows us where improvements were needed and the importance of having a plan in place to protect workers from future infectious outbreaks.

Nurse Practitioners who worked during the pandemic did so without a collaborative practice agreement. With the Nurse Practitioner Modernization Act (NPMA) being extended for one year, there is still the need to advocate for the removal of barriers that impedes access to care.

We will stand together representing our members with a united voice in leading our union forward.

Sonia Lawrence, RN, BSN
Covid has highlighted the social and economic disparities on our communities. This is the first step towards improving health care for our patients and nurses. Superheroes don't always wear a capes. They come in, giving their all and getting the job done!

Benny K. Mathew, RN, MS, CCRN, CEN, SCRN

Ari Moma, RN, MSA
My main goal is to work tirelessly for the members. Unity is above all else.

Jean Erica Padgett, RN

Regional Directors

SOUTHERN REGION
Aretha Morgan, RN, BSN
“Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses. WE must be learning all our lives” –Florence Nightingale.

We have been through so much this past year, more than I could ever imagine. But, through it all, we continue learning how to rise to every situation together!

SOUTHEASTERN REGION
Bruce Lavalle, RN
Thank you, all 3,400 members that voted in our election. The new board has a great deal of positive energy going forward. We are committed to improve your working conditions. Safe staffing ratios and bringing together /connecting all our members across our state are just two of our priorities. Stay well and be safe.

LOWER HUDSON/NJ
Cynthia Caruso, RN
Thank you to all who voted in this important election. Representing my colleagues is not something I take lightly. Please know that no matter what area you are in, your issues matter to all of us and I am always here to help when I can.

CENTRAL REGION
Catherine Dawson, RN, CNOR, MSN
I am honored and humbled to have been elected as a board member. I look forward to helping our union be the best it can be.

During the campaign I experienced some challenges to my family — our slate helped sustain me with words of encouragement and with support — I know we are a great team, diverse and caring and by working together we will make NYSNA even stronger.

EASTERN REGION
Bill Schneider, RN, CCRN
Greetings fellow NYSNA members. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to represent and advocate for you and our patients as a board member.

WESTERN REGION
Steve Bailey, RN
Congratulations to all the newly elected board members. I’m very thankful to be elected as western NY Regional Director. I want to thank everyone who votes for me and I can’t wait to get to work with all the rest of the board. I am particularly interested to do what I can to advance and improve safe staffing, and Medicare for all. I hope to be a strong advocate for my union family in western NY!

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