Committees and Task Forces
Want to get involved with NAON, but not sure where to start? Learn more about each of our committees and task forces by reading the descriptions below or contacting the committee chair. Once you’ve found the committee(s) you’d like to join, fill out a Willingness to Serve form.
Acquiring Interested Members Committee (AIM)
Chair: Kyala Pascual, RN, ONC
Committee Members: Dawn Denny, Ph.D., RN, ONC; Heather Barnes, DNP, APRN, CPNP, ONC; Marjorie Kulesa, RN, BS, ONC, CNOR-E; Christina Ridings, MSN, RN, ONC, NE-BC; Cindy Lewis, DNP, APRN, ONP-C
The AIM committee strives to match the skills of interested members with volunteer positions within the organization.
Advancing the Career of Orthopaedic RN’s (ACORN)
Chair: Heather Tripp, MSN RN ONC
Committee Members: Barbara Blanco, Ms., MSN, APRN-FNP, LNC, CMSRN, ONC; Lisa Marchlewski, BSN; Melissa Gagliano, MSN, RN; Ka pik (Becky) Ng, RN; Shelly Duprey, BSN, ONC; Brittany Gocus-Browning, MSN, RN, CMSRN
The ACORN committee services as the voice of NAON’s early career nurse members to ensure their needs are met by the association. Our goal is to share the benefits of nurturing early career nurses into their chosen specialty while retaining our seasoned members and encouraging their continued support. This committee implements activities including webinars, website resources, mentorships, online education, and events to engage and attract new nurses to NAON. The ACORN committee is always open to suggestions to ensure member’s needs are met by the association.
Chapter and Affiliate Team (CAT)
Committee Members: Jennifer Doyle-Fidler, MSN, RN; Lisa Kirk, RN; Amy Davis, MS, RN-BC, ACNS-BC; Sarah Hawkey-Wright, BSN; Jessica Hickey, MSN, MSSW, RN, ONC; Heather Roy, MS, BSN, RN, ATC, ONC
The CAT’s responsibilities include recommending methods to strengthen and promote chapter growth, assessing chapter viability, and facilitating new affiliates to form or weak chapters to fold. The CAT serves as a resource to the chapter presidents and affiliate leaders and has bi-weekly contact with chapter and affiliate leaders.
Leadership Search Committee (LSC)
Committee Members: Michele Haryanto, RN-BC, MBA, ONC; Colleen R. Walsh, DNP, ONC, ONP-C, CNS, ACNP-BC; Doreen Johnson, MSN, RN, ONC
The LSC is appointed by the NAON Executive Board to actively recruit candidates for elected offices. The committee prepares a ballot that is sent to active members at the beginning of each calendar year. To download the candidate application packet, click here. To view position descriptions and the future election cycle, click here.
Local Affairs Task Force
The Local Affairs Task Force is a dedicated group of individuals with extensive knowledge of geographic locations and local resources of the city where the current year’s Annual Congress takes place. The task force provides travel information on dining, shopping, tours, directions, and more, making your Congress experience that much better.
Membership Task Force
Co-Chair: Melissa Gagliano, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Task Force Members: Jordan G Landreth, MSN, RN, ONC, PHN; Gary Phillip Salcedo, ADN, ONC; Amanda K. Shockey, BSN, RN, MSAT, ATC, ONC; Alyssa Cottrell, MSN; Amy Davis, MS, RN-BC, ACNS-BC; Michele Hughes, DNP, APRN-BC, ACNP, ONP-C
The Membership Task Force is an advisory committee to the NAON Executive Board on matters pertaining to membership with the association. The Membership Task Force considers data related to the association’s membership, future trends in orthopaedic nursing, as well as economic and enterprise trends, to make recommendations to the Executive Board on membership categories with associated benefits and dues.
NAON Education Committee (NEC)
Committee Members: Kathy Chilutti Abel, DNP, RN, APN; Beth Gard, MSN, RN, ONC; Melanie Hankins, MSN, BSN, ONC; Marilyn Malinowski, MSN, CRNP, ONC, CRNFA, CNOR; Debbie Ann Ritenour, BSN, RN; Lucindia A. Williamson, RN, BSN, ONC; Eevin Judkins, CCRN, ACNP-BC, ONP-C; Diane Jeselskis, BSN, RN, ONC
The Education Committee consists of four units: AAOS Unit, Congress Unit, Advance Practice Nursing Unit, and the Activities and Products Unit. The committee is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the NAON education programming for both NAON's Annual Congress and the Nursing Courses at the AAOS Annual meeting, reviewing and revising current NAON’s educational products and activities, and authoring and reviewing new educational products and activities.
Co-Chairs: Candy Mori, PhD, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, ONC
Committee Members: Melissa Bourne, MS, RN-BC, ONC; Kelly S. Falcone, RN, MSN, CPNP; Brittany Gocus-Browning, MSN, RN, CMSRN; Brittany Keene, DNP, RN, AGACNP-BC, ONC; Bryan Combs, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, ONP-C, CNL
The Research Committee brings research to the forefront of NAON activities. The NAON research grants provide funding for promising research projects by qualified investigators in the field of