Tessa Johnson MSN, RN is the President of the North Dakota Nurses Association. Greetings! I have a genuine passion for nursing and nursing practice in the state of ND. I held the VP for membership role for a year and am excited to be the leader. Being part of the board has shown me the selfless time, effort and dedication it takes to be an advocate of the nursing profession and I want to help the board and the nurses in the state be the best they can. I am currently employed through Sanford Health Dickinson and I am the West Region Director of Clinic Operations for Occupational Medicine. I have a background in nursing leadership and management and have a diverse background in different areas of nursing to bring to the table.
Donelle Richmond BSN, RN, is the Vice-President for Finance and is the Clinical Care Supervisor, Inpatient Surgical Unit, Sanford Medical Center – Fargo. Donelle's vision for NDNA includes "To help NDNA become recognized as the local arm of ANA, which in turn needs to be recognized for most of the advantages we have in our work places today. Universal Precautions, needle-less IV med systems, Safe Patient Handling, and the scope of practice for APNs are just a few of the things that most of us take for granted, but probably wouldn't exist in their current form of not for the work of ANA. I hope to help others see that the cost of membership is worth the cost of one Starbucks coffee a day!"
Kristin Roers MS, RN, CPPS is the Vice President of Government Relations. Kristin is the Nursing Professional Practice Coordinator at Sanford in Fargo. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at NDSU and the University of Mary - Fargo Center. Kristin plans to keep members aware of current legislation at the local, state, and national levels that will affect nursing. She wants to make the information available, understandable, and actionable.
Amanda Abrams BSN, RN is the Vice President of Membership. She is currently a DNP student. I have been a nurse for eleven years and have experience in a variety of dimensions within the nursing field including: acute care, long term care, and primary care. If elected, I hope to make a positive impact on the discipline of nursing and those we serve. I will incorporate my experience and leadership skills to influence others in the most positive way possible and give a voice to all nurses in North Dakota. My gifts & talents include innovation, current knowledge about evidence based practice and practice issues, motivated, personable, experience, collaboration abilities, and dedication to nursing.
Sherry Burg BSN, MBA, RN is the Vice President of Practice, Education, Administration & Research. She currently works as a manager at Altru Health System. I am a motivating, people oriented, collaborative nurse manager with over 20 years of leadership experience in the fast-paced, inpatient world of health care. Results orientated leader with focus on patient, family, physician, and staff relationships, evidence-based care, quality management, customer satisfaction, productivity and financial performance. Greatest strengths: team-building focused on mission, vision, and values of the organization; facilitating professional growth and development with coaching; strong communication skills; and financial strategic planning.
Kayla Kaizer, BSN, RN, is the VP of Communications for NDNA. I served on my local Nursing Student Association Board at the University of Mary and the Nursing Student Association of North Dakota Board of Directors as a Graduate Consultant in 2015. Nursing is my passion and I love being involved in nursing at a higher level than just my job. I am very eager to serve on the NDNA board and get more people involved.
Joseph Vetter BSN, RN is the Director at Large: New Graduate. He currently works for Sanford Health in Fargo. My desire to serve comes from wanting to be a part of the discussion when it comes to change. I firmly believe we all need to take an active role when it comes to the decision making process for things we feel strongly about. As I have become involved in healthcare, I have grown a great passion for it. As NDNA works with government to create a healthcare system that works for everyone, our voices as nurses are imperative. I would welcome that opportunity to not only be a part of that discussion but to also encourage my colleagues to join the discussion. I have diverse experiences when it comes to leadership.
NDNA Executive Director
Carmen Bryhn, MSN, RN is the Executive Director for the North Dakota Nurses Association. "It is an honor to collaborate with nurses in this state & be more involved with my peers on a professional level. I believe registered nurses in all practice areas & specialties must work together to advocate for each other & nursing as a profession." Carmen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.