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Kathy E. Wruk
President


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 teenage daughters and a Bichon dog. She spends her free time hiking, volunteering, swimming, and driving her daughters to all their various activities..





Robin Kirschner
Vice President


Robin Kirschner , EdD, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC has enjoyed working extensively with three national specialty organizations (AHRA, ARIN, ASPAN) across her career as committee member to journal editorial board member. This is a critical time for nursing where with support of the IOM report and nursing research, we are poised to ascend to an equal place at the health care delivery table. Our unique practice focus supports the drivers of healthcare to move consumers from illness to wellness focus. Robin appreciates the opportunity to be a part of these processes for the healthcare consumers of Arizona through participation in AzNA.





Sarah Locke
Secretary



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.


 




Tami Calvin
Treasurer


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.




Bill Adams
Director-At-Large


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.




Maureen Buhl
Director-At-Large


Maureen A. Buhl, MSN, PHN, BSN, RN, brings years of public health experience to AzNA; working for over 20 years in maternal and child health for Minneapolis Health Department, caring for families from diverse countries of origin; eventually working with adolescents in School Based Clinics. As a Public Health Nursing Advisor in Refugee Health for the MN Department of Health, she provided clinical and technical support to county health departments during resettlement of refugees from a multitude of countries. She moved from Minnesota to Arizona in 2003 to join her husband who was working for Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Volunteering as a desert docent at Mayo Clinic she learned the adaptability of the plants and animals living in the Sonoran Desert; re-affirming a passion for protecting the environment. More recently working as a faculty associate for ASU College of Nursing, she saw the value of teaching future nurses in a caring and nurturing environment. Maureen earned her MSN in 2012 from NAU with a focus on global public health; ever-evolving towards cultural competency in her own professional practice. She emphasizes the need for nursing education to include elements that will guide the students towards a culturally sensitive care practice. A member of AzNA since 2012 and feeling fortunate to have worked in three 'dream' jobs; she is eager to serve her professional organization. Attending Nurse Lobby Day is a great way for nurses to meet their legislators and share their professional experience while discussing bills that impact Arizona families. For healthy fun; she is passionate about hiking, golfing, and yoga.






Kathy Matson
Director-At-Large

Kathy Matson, MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC has been a Registered Nurse since 1976 and has almost 40 years of healthcare experience. Kathy started her nursing career in a community hospital in Massachusetts. She spent 25 years with that organization serving in a variety of progressive leadership roles until she relocated to Arizona in 2001.  Kathy obtained Diploma in Nursing in 1976. She has since earned her BSN (2006), Masters of Science in Nursing and Health Administration (2008), and is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Health Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. Kathy is an ANCC Board Certified Nurse Executive.  Kathy has worked for Mayo Clinic since 2002 and is currently the Nurse Administrator for Nursing Resources. Kathy’s work experience has included Medical-Surgical, Critical Care, Emergency Department, and Nursing Administration. Kathy also serves as Adjunct Faculty for Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She grew up in Massachusetts and has been married to her husband Terry since 2000.   Kathy has a special interest in the retention of nurses and nursing work satisfaction. Her accomplishments include presenting at state and national conferences, publishing on staffing models, strategic workforce planning, and leadership.  She has been a member of AzNA since 2012 and is eager to serve her professional organization. 

 

 

Lynn Marie Untermeyer
Director-At-Large


Lynn M. Untermeyer, MSN-L, RN, IBCLC, has been a registered nurse for over 31 years; 29 years have been at Scottsdale Healthcare. Lynn obtained her Nursing and Healthcare education at Purdue University and University of Phoenix and recently completed her Master’s in Nursing Leadership at Grand Canyon University in 2011. 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 is currently an RN Care Coordinator at Scottsdale Healthcare/Maravilla’s Wellness Clinic. She coordinates a wide-ranging array of health and wellness programs and services for independent senior residents. She develops and presents workshops on various topics geared toward the elderly such as fall prevention, exercise and nutrition, while focusing on keeping them in the independent lifestyle they desire. Lynn is working towards her Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystems Elders (NICHE) Certification. Lynn became a member of AzNA in 2010 and was elected president of AzNA Chapter 30 in 2012. Lynn has been a member of Toastmaster International for three years 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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