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The following individuals have accectped nominations for the 2019 Board of Directors and will be placed on the 2018 Election Ballot. For WI-IAFN members who can not be present to vote, absentee voting is now open! Please email your name, member ID and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a email with a link to a anonymous ballot to complete.
Treasurer: Term Janurary 1, 2019 to December 31st, 2020
Michelle Zapinski, MSN, APNP, PMHNP-BC
SANE Aurora Milwaukee and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
I am honored to be considered for the position of Treasurer for the WI IAFN Chapter, and look forward to the possible opportunity to serve our chapter. I believe that I have a number of valuable qualities I would bring to the position of Treasurer. I would be supportive of our strategic plan for growth and solvency, and would like to explore ways to facilitate growing our resources while continuing to support our financial concerns and challenges, public relations, and political advocacy efforts. I am very detail-orientated, and keep good records both personally and in my professional life as a SANE, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and adjunct college faculty in the College of Nursing at Alverno College. I will make sure that the financial records of our chapter are accurate, understandable, and transparent for every member.
Director at Large: Term Janurary 1, 2019 to December 31st, 2019
*Special 1 year Term:
Tina DeVoe, RN
St. Croix Valley SART, River Falls
Hi, I’m Tina DeVoe. I’ve been a RN for the past 24 years and recently became a SANE in February of 2018. I work as a Cardiology RN a large Level 1 Trauma Center in St. Paul, Minnesota as well as hold a Forensic Nursing position with St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team in River Falls, Wisconsin. I see patients effected by violence in Polk, Pierce, St. Croix and Barron Counties. I recently started my journey to become a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, through a program offered via the Vickie Milazzo Institute.
I would like to be a member of the WI IAFN Board of Directors to gain leadership skills and work with others as apart of a larger team. Thank you for your consideration.
Director at Large: Term Janurary 1, 2019 to December 31st, 2020
2 year Term:
Tiffany Bartz, BSN, RN Emergency Services SANE Coordinator
Gundersen Health System, La Crosse
My name is Tiffany Bartz, and I am married to my high school sweetheart, Phil. We share two children: Niles, age 3, and Nila, 1 month. We live in La Crescent, MN, which is right across the river from La Crosse, WI. I would love to be considered for the Director At Large position for the 2019 WI-IAFN Board of Directors. I have been an RN since 2009, and I completed my adult/adolescent and pediatric SANE training’s in 2013. I have been the SANE Program Coordinator at Gundersen Health System’s Emergency Services in La Crosse, WI since Fall 2015. I believe I am perfectly suited for the Director At Large position because I really enjoy the role of planning and coordinating people and events. I am passionate about being a SANE nurse and have advocated for the growth of our SANE program at Gundersen. Most recently, I worked with the State SANE Coordinator to bring SANE training’s and refreshers to Gundersen. Please consider me for the role of Director At Large. Thank you!
President Elect: Term Janurary 1, 2019 to December 31st, 2021
Meghan Van Heertum, RN, BSN, SANE-A
SANE Program Coordinator, ThedaCare, Appleton
My name is Meghan Van Heertum. I have been a RN for 11 years and a SANE for 9 years. My nursing background is in the Emergency Department, Ortho/Surg, Homecare and as a Hospital Supervisor. I’ve been in my current role as Program Coordinator for the last 2 years. My organization became committed to establishing a successful 24/7 SANE program about 3 years ago and hired me as the organization’s first ever Coordinator. I’ve learned so much by helping this program grow, both personally and professionally. I especially enjoy sharing my passion for this work with new SANE nurses and watching them grow to love it as well. Being a nurse allows me to explore so many roles and environments, but the one constant in my professional career has been my commitment to caring for those who have experienced violence. Aside from my SANE work, I am currently in school to obtain my MSN in Leadership and Management. I also have two year old twins, who keep me busy and constantly remind me why it’s important to continue this work.
I want to be the President-Elect for many reasons. I recognize that Forensic Nursing is multi-dimensional and includes so much more than just sexual assault topics. I have had the privilege to attend several annual WI IAFN and International Conferences and truly believe that quality continuing education will grow and sustain nurses for years to come. I want to help continue the WI IAFN’s reputation of being an excellent source of knowledge and support for the Forensic Nurses in our state driven by strong leadership. I love seeking new learning experiences and making connections with other disciplines and professionals and feel this is important not only to our role but also to the patients that we serve. I enjoy advocating for not only our patients, but also our profession, because I know we are making our communities a better place to live for generations to come. I look forward to the opportunity to continue the momentum of our work, educating others and representing a group of caring, dedicated professionals.