KNA Director-At-Large

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 Director-At-Large (Vote for 2):

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Keram James Christensen, JD, MHA, MHI, MSN, BSS, RN, CPHQ
  Present Position: Peer Review Coordinator/Data Analytics II, RN
Type of Position: Healthcare Administration
Area of Expertise: Administration and Informatics
Education: Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law— JD; Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics—Master of Health Informatics; Northern Kentucky University—MSN and Nursing Informatics; 
University of Cincinnati—MHA
Professional Organizational Activities: Currently treasurer of the Northern Kentucky Chapter of KNA. Commissioner on Covington Human Rights Commission since 2016; Strategic Planning Committee for Northern Kentucky Pride 2018; St. Elizabeth IRB; St Elizabeth Healthcare Diversity & Inclusion Committee; St. Elizabeth Healthcare Nursing Informatics Committee.
Statement: I have worked at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky since 2007, starting in the Surgical ICU as an RN and transitioned to peer review coordinator / data analytics II in Quality Management. I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Northern Kentucky University. I have been a member of the KNA and ANA since 2013 and want to take a more active role in KNA governance in alignment with my transactional law, healthcare and administrative background to better serve Kentucky nurses.
 
Kathryn Mershon, MSN, RN, CNAA, ANEF, FAAN
  Present Position: Consultant 
Type of Position: Consultant
Area of Expertise: Governance 

Education: St. Louis University— MSN; University of Louisville— Certificate in Master’s Program in Urban Studies; Spalding University—BSN; St. Francis Xavier Hospital—RN, Diploma
Professional Organizational Activities: NLN Board  

3; secretary x 1; chair, governance, bylaws, nominating; member, finance, executive committees; charter member and chair, NLN Foundation; board member KNA x 4, chair Resolutions and bylaws; initial member, Board of Stewardship Trustees, Catholic Health Initiatives, Executive Committee, chair Investment Committee; board member, Trinity High School, co-chair, Strategic Planning; board member, Friedell Committee on Health Transformation (current) chair of the Board, Galen College of Nursing (Current), KNA director at large, Governance Strategy (Current); board member KNA x 3 1970’s-1980s, chair Resolutions and bylaws; chair, KNF two years; currently director at large, Leading Governance Initiative for KNA Strategic Plan; chief nursing officer, St. Joseph Infirmary/Humana Hospital Audubon; 1970-1980; senior vice president/ chief nursing officer Humana Inc., 1980-1991; senior vice president of administration (Human Resources, Compensation/Benefits): 1991-1993; co-founder/ president, Humana Health Institutes (now Galen College of Nursing) 1989-1993. 
Statement: I strongly believe in the importance of KNA for its value in the professional lives of nurses and the quality of care we deliver in our communities. Service on the Board of Directors is my way of acting on my belief about the value and importance of KNA. Board governance effectiveness is the single most important variable in making organizations successful. As a current member of the board, I am leading an initiative to strengthen KNA’s governance effectiveness. It has been intensive. I would like the opportunity to complete this work during the next two years.

 
Julia Ossege, PhD, FNP-BC, FNAP
  Present Position: Associate Professor
Type of Position: Education
Area of Expertise: Nurse Practitioner
Education: University of Pennsylvania—Post-MSN Teaching Certificate; University of South Carolina—MS, PhD; Mt. St. Joseph University—BSN; Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing—RN Diploma
Professional Organizational Activities: Member of 
the KNA Northern KY Chapter, Served several terms on the KY Coalition of NPs and NMs (KCNPNM) board. Also served as Vice President. Have been active for over 20 years. Current Chair of Research Committee, active member of Legislative committee. Previously served as regional director for the Northern KY region of the Coalition for eight years; QSEN DNP National Taskforce, member, former co-chair 
Statement: I am interested in serving KNA to help the current leaders advance the profession of nursing in Kentucky. I have been an educator in Kentucky since 1993 and a practicing FNP for almost 30 years. Much of my professional organization activities have occurred with advanced practice and faculty specific groups. Through these experiences I have learned teamwork, leadership skills, and communicating to advocate for one’s profession. I believe my many years of experience in practice, education, and advocacy put me in an ideal position to be an asset to KNA. I would welcome the opportunity to serve KNA! 
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