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Kathy E. Wruk

Kathy Wruk, RN, BC has been a member of AzNA since 2003. She has been a Registered Nurse since 1996 and is ANCC Board Certified Medical Surgical nurse. She is currently a RN Manager at Banner Desert Medical Center and has been nursing for over 20 years, mostly working part-time while raising her family. Kathy embraces change and helps guide others through our changing healthcare system. Kathy’s work experience has exclusively been with the adult medical surgical patient, with a focus on the Renal/Diabetic population. She has been a leader in her organization for the past 15 years and was instrumental in establishing Shared Leadership throughout her organization. Kathy has attended AzNA’s Symposiums and Biannual Conventions since joining, which provides her with clinical best practices, personal growth applications, and a national view of healthcare. AzNA supports her belief in life-long learning, and she is passionate in providing opportunities for nurse colleagues to grow personally and professionally. Kathy grew up in Tucson and received her BSBA from the University of Arizona in Personnel Management. She worked 10 years in Human Resources for a hospital in Tucson. Then in 1992, she married her Canadian husband Brian, and moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she received her Diploma in Nursing from Mount Royal College. After 4 years of studying and living in Canada, Kathy and Brian moved back to warmer weather in Gilbert, Arizona and to be closer to her family and friends. Kathy has two daughters and a Bichon dog. She spends her free time hiking, volunteering, and enjoys going to afternoon movies!

Debbie Barrett-Bryson
Vice President

Barrett-Bryson serves as a full-time Professor at the University of Phoenix as a member of the Nursing faculty. “After being promoted to this position, it has given me a sense of accomplishment to mentor my students to achieve success,” Barrett-Bryson said. In addition to her work at the University of Phoenix, Barrett-Bryson has also served as a clinical Instructor in Nursing at Gateway Community college. She has been a part of the nursing field for over 25 years, and worked in a management for more than 15. Additionally, Barrett-Bryson takes great pride in mentoring those who are new to the nursing field. Barrett-Bryson earned her Master’s degree in Nursing Education as well as a second Master’s degree in Health Administration, Hospital and Healthcare Facilities and Administration/Management, also from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a focus in Women’s Health from Franklin University. She also has a degree in Arts & Sciences from The Ohio State University and a degree in Applied Science from Central Ohio Technical College.To further her professional development, Barrett-Bryson is a member of ANA, AWHONN, the International Women’s Leadership Association, the International Nurses Association, the National Council of State Board of Nursing and the National Association of Professional Women, which honored her as a part of the VIP Woman of the Year Circle. In recognition of her outstanding work, she was named to the Sigma TAU Nursing Honor Society.When not working, Barrett-Bryson volunteers her time to the March of Dimes, and serves as a committee member for Arizona Nurse of the Year. She is also a Board Member of the MIHS Refugee Coalition and Vice-President of Chapter 30 of AzANA.

Sarah Locke

Sarah Locke is new this year as the Secretary for Chapter 30, but has been an AzNA member for several years. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the ANCC, and after working in Family Practice for several years, she now works as a Clinic Manager for two Healthcare Clinic at Walgreens locations. Her career as a Registered Nurse included medical-surgical, post-interventional cardiology, and the majority was in OB triage/labor and delivery. Originally from Boston, Sarah earned her BSN from the University of Miami in 2001 and her MS from UMass Boston in 2010. She moved to Gilbert with her two rescue pups, Sadie and Remy, after grad school. Sarah is an inducted member of Sigma Theta Tau, and NCC-Certified in Inpatient Obstetrics and Electronic Fetal Monitoring. Sarah’s family roots are in medicine, nursing, and politics, so she continues their passion. Sarah has participated on, and chaired system-level practice committees, and is presently on the Arizona Nurse Practitioner Council By-Laws Committee. Currently, Sarah is in the Advanced Practice Leadership track for her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree through Chamberlain College of Nursing, and hopes to graduate August 2017.


Kevin Meek

Kevin has been around healthcare since an early age as a volunteer at the hospital he was born at in Orange, CA. Having worked on ambulances as an EMT for many years, Kevin decided to continue his career in healthcare and became an RN. His experiences include Trauma ICU, Emergency Room, Trauma Room, and Post-Surgical units. He has been an advocate for patients and their families as a bedside RN, as well as an advocate for his staff as a Charge Nurse, Director, Chief Nursing Officer, and Vice President.
Kevin completed his Master in Healthcare Innovation degree from ASU, and is one of a small few in the nation to have this degree. Combined with a nursing degree, public speaking degree, and organizational leadership degree, Kevin brings a unique perspective and approach to clinical integration and innovation.
He has served as a clinical and professional advisor on several healthcare boards, has been published in various journals, and speaks nationally at conferences on patient engagement and clinical integration and innovation.
In 2017, he started Meek Clinical Partners where he now works collaboratively with chief executive leadership teams from hospitals across the country to formulate and implement successful hospital and ambulatory care models.

Tami Calvin

Director of Nominations

Tami Calvin, MSN, RN, MSM BC has 24 years nursing experience in Arizona and is currently an RN Manager on a Medical/Surgical unit for the past 13 years. She recently graduated with a Masters degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. Tami has been a member of the AzNA for the past 14 years and has participated in several AzNA volunteer activities. She was recently a poster presenter at the 2014 AzNA Symposium. Tami is excited to expand her nursing experience by taking an active role in AzNA.


Kerry Gerle

Director of Scholarships

Recently appointed position... Stay tuned for bio!


Bill Adams
Director of Membership

Robert “Bill” Adams, BSN, RN received his AAS in nursing from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois and his BSN from the University of Missouri—St. Louis in 2007 and is currently enrolled in Capella University’s online MSN program specializing in diabetes nursing.  Bill has experience in medical/surgical/ICU, long-term care/skilled nursing, CNA instructor and program coordinator.  Bill has volunteer experience as a member of the rules committee for the Arizona State Board of Nursing, the nurse practice committee of the Missouri Nurses Association (MONA), and as a volunteer camp nurse for youth with type 1 diabetes.  Bill’s current position is as RN-Manager in the Life Center with Gila River Health Care.  Bill is an active member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and an associate member of the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA).  Bill describes his foundation for nursing practice as: Holistic, transcultural, client-focused delivery of evidence-based care.  Bill moved from Illinois in 2009 and now lives in Gilbert, Arizona with his spouse and enjoys camping, hiking, swimming, cooking, backyard fires and entertaining. Bill is excited about taking an active role in the Arizona Nurses Association and looks forward to promoting the profession of nursing and representing nursing as a whole at the state and national levels.

Lynn Marie Untermeyer
Director of Education

Lynn Marie Untermeyer, MSN-L, RN, IBCLC, has been a registered nurse for over 37 years.  Lynn obtained her nursing and healthcare education at Purdue University and University of Phoenix.  She completed her Master’s in Nursing Leadership at Grand Canyon University.  She has practiced in a variety of settings and is passionate about delivering excellent nursing care across the health continuum to all ages. Lynn obtained her International Board Certification as a Lactation Consultant in 1999.
Lynn spent almost 30 years at Scottsdale Healthcare in a variety of areas from cardiovascular and ER to labor and delivery.  Lynn is currently an RN Educator and lactation consultant at Banner Gateway Medical Center.  Where she has worked for over 3 years.  She coordinates a wide array of family and breastfeeding programs and classes.  
Lynn became a member of AzNA in 2010 and was elected president of AzNA Chapter 30 in 2012.  A role she did for 2 years.  She has been Chapter 30’s treasure, Director at Large for Scholarships and is currently Director at large for Education.  Lynn has been a member of Toastmaster International and served as Vice-president of membership in 2011 in the Camelback Mountain Toastmasters club. Lynn enjoys inspirational public speaking and has spoken at several local nursing conferences on a variety of topics from newborn to elder care and everyone between.

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