Wyoming Nurses Association

2021 Leadership Elections!

Posted 22 days ago

Announcing the 2021 WNA Candidates

 

WNA Board of Directors

The Wyoming Nurses Association (WNA) membership will elect two positions to the WNA Board of Directors: Vice President and Secretary. The term for each will begin October 2021 and serve through September 2023. 

 

WNA Region Positions

Each of the five WNA Regions also have two positions open: Region President and Region Treasurer . The term for each of these positions will begin October 2021 and serve through September 2023. 

Voting for all positions will open September 3rd. All current and valid members will receive directions on how to access their official electronic ballot. All members are asked to complete an electronic ballot by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 17, 2021.

 

If you don't receive your official voting letter, email the WNA office and staff will confirm your membership and resend you your electronic ballot.

 

Election results will be announced during the Annual Membership meeting on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Meet Your Candidates

2021 WNA Board Candidates

Vice President

 

Abby Bremer, MSN, RN
Quality/Regulatory Consultant at Banner Health

Over the past two years, I've learned a great deal about how the WNA impacts nursing in the state of Wyoming.  The WNA has worked hard to support nurses through the pandemic and continues this work with the support of activities organized through ANA.  In order to help onboard incoming officers for the board and each region, I have worked with the WNA executive director to create an orientation manual for the newly elected officers to support them as they learn about their role and how they can support the WNA's strategic plan to grow membership and continue to positively impact nursing through legislation, education, annual conferences, etc.


Secretary

Mandi E Lew, DNP, CNM, APRN
Rock Springs Community Health Center

I have been involved in nursing in the state of Wyoming for 20+ years.  I began as a CNA and finished DNP two years ago.  I am an advocate for nursing at all levels. The nursing profession is at a crossroads and we need strong leadership to continue to advocate for fair and equal treatment, assistance in decreasing early burn out and assuring nurses are receiving appropriate compensation.  

2021 WNA Region Candidates

Northwest President

Linette Johnson, RN, MSN
Retired

I have been a nurse in WY for 46 years. I have experience in acute care and long term care, but the majority of my practice has been in community health, primarily with the maternal child population. I have worked at both the county and State level in public health and as a nurse consultant on the national level with Nurse Family Partnership.

WNA has strived to support and advocate for WY nurses at all levels, but during the COVID-19 pandemic this is even more important. WNA needs to continue to engage WY nurses to identify what nurses need, not only to care for their patients/clients/communities, but what they need to care for themselves physically and mentally.


Central President

David Currie, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing at Eastern Wyoming College

Being a nurse is a life-long commitment as is learning. I am dedicated to educating students and myself as it pertains to nursing. WNA offers a way to be involved in reaching out to nurses new and old. All nurses should be part of a professional organization.


Southwest President

Makayla Wynn, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing at Best Home Health and Hospice

In 2021, the issues facing WNA are drastically different than those of the past. The safety of nurses during the COVID 19 pandemic; caring for our own and allowing them to be able to be home if they are sick instead of feeling obligated to work, as well as providing them with all the appropriate PPE and supplies needed to maintain their safety, remains a top priority. Any issues that WNA faces should be addressed in such a way that it advocates for the ability of nurses to continually provide best care possible in a way that does not compromise either the patient or the nurse.
I would like the opportunity to serve on the WNA Board because I have a desire to continue to ensure that the patient's that we care for and the colleagues that I stand beside continually have the opportunities to thrive in the environments that they are in. There is also potential to improve and learn, to do better, and I am constantly seeking out how to do so. I am best qualified to serve in this role because I started my healthcare career from the bottom, as a CNA, and have worked my way up to where I am now. I have experienced what it is like to be in each healthcare role, and have experienced the shortcomings of each these roles. Because of this, I strive to work harder to do better than those before, to change policies, to set new standards so those after us do not have to experience what I experienced.


Brenna Kirsch, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner, Castle Rock Medical Center

I am interested in becoming more involved in the Wyoming Nurses Association to further the nursing profession in our state. I have higher education in quality improvement and am interesting in improving the quality care Nurses in our State offer while improving interprofessional relationships and teamwork of nurses in our state and local communities. 


Southwest Treasurer

Makayla Wynn, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing at Best Home Health and Hospice


Brenna Kirsch, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner, Castle Rock Medical Center


Julie Leavitt, Msn, Rn
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Western Wyoming Community College

I feel that I am a good candidate for this position because I have been the SW Region Treasurer already once (2019-2021) and understand the position/role. I am organized, a multi-tasked, enjoy planning activities, and able to balance money and check registers. I feel that I will continue to bring positivity and enjoyment to the SW Region area. I love being involved in the State and feel that this is a wonderful position for me. Thank you for considering me for this position.