Board Members

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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.

DeeAnna Opstedahl MSN, RN, CNOR, is the current Vice President of Finances. I previously belonged to the SDNA and SDHA. I did not hold an office, but attended most of the meetings. I was the Acute Care director in Spearfish, SD and then took a Director position in the OR I Sturgis. I was the chair of a board that made decisions on products purchased and contracts signed by Rapid City Regional Health. I was recruited by Dickinson for the Director of Surgery position and then CHI asked if I would be the regional OR director for the western side of ND. I was then recruited to be the VP of Patient Care in Dickinson. I am responsible for may budgets within the hospital. I work very well with others and have had opportunities to get the best price of products in the surgery departments.

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.

Sherri Miller BSN, RN is the Vice President of Membership Services. I would like to get “back to” working with healthcare in our state and more directly helping patients. I’d also love to help promote nursing in our state and work to expand the membership goals of the organization, sharing the benefits with those who are not familiar with them. I have creative ideas and the desire to share and work as a team to get more nurses involved.

Having a special interest in healthy and being a healthy nurse, I will also bring this passion to the board position.

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.

Laken Kittelson BSN, RN is the Director at Large: New Graduate. I have always had a passion for nursing as well as nursing leadership. I firmly believe that nurses are at the center of healing and should push to further educate and enrich themselves for the patients we serve. I served on the 2015-2016 Nursing Student Association of North Dakota board as the Director of Community Health. It was a great way to get nursing students involved directly in their communities. I hope to bring a sense of excitement and eagerness for new NDNA members. I am looking forward to serving as a liaison between new graduates and NDNA!

Carmen Bryhn, MSN, RN is the Executive Director of the North Dakota Nurses Association.