2019 North Carolina School Nurse Conference

Join us for the 2019 North Carolina School Nurse Conference, December 5-6, 2019 at the Koury Convention Center at Four Seasons in Greensboro, N.C. This conference, with over 600 annual participants, offers extensive opportunities for professional development to advance the practice of school nurses. Participants can learn from national, state and local experts, discover cutting-edge resources and network with professionals from a variety of backgrounds.
Conference registration is now open.
Exhibitor registration is now open.

This educational activity is being jointly provided by the Public Health Nursing Institute for Continuing Excellence, the North Carolina Institute for Public Health/UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and the Children and Youth Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health. 

Thank you to our conference sponsor, North Carolina Healthy Schools

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Continuing Education Credit

The Public Health Nursing Institute for Continuing Excellence is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 9.25 CNE contact hours and up to 9.25 CPH Recertification Credits may be earned upon successful completion of conference requirements. For successful completion, you must attend 100% of conference and complete the online course evaluation. There will be no partial credit awarded.

Conference Registration

Registration for the School Nurse Conference will be open from September 1 – November 15, 2019. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, conference materials, break service, continuing education credit and all meeting expenses. You will be required to select the three breakout sessions you want to attend during registration. We encourage you to register early to ensure that you are able to get your preferred sessions.

No payments or participant registration will be handled on-site.

Conference fees:
Conference participants: $200
2019 Conference planning committee: $150

Participant registration is now open. View details and register.


Barbara Akins, RN, BSN, BC-PMHN, FCN
Cone Behavioral Health Hospital

Barbara has been employed for 8 years at Behavioral Health Hospital as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist and Accreditation & Patient Safety Coordinator, YMHFA and AMHFA trainer. She is a Leadership Coach and Breakthrough Master- Cultural Transformation in Cone Health System. Barbara became a Congregational Nurse April 2008 and concluded her work on December 2018. In 2014, she became one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina. 

Sheila Arias

Sheila is a parent partner, leader and trainer for the Children and Youth Branch. She also works for MamásConPoder/MomsRising as a Campaign Associate. Sheila has two children, a ten-year-old and 7-year-old. Her oldest was born with a unique birth defect which has required Sheila to navigate various systems for children with special needs.

Mary Kay Ballasiotes
International Alliance for Pediatric Stroke

Mary Kay is the founder/Exec. Dir, International Alliance for Pediatric Stroke; Board of Dir, World Stroke Organization; member of the UNC Stroke Advisory Board; partnered on educational materials, American Stroke Association; lecturer at hospitals, EMS, nurses, & stroke conferences; DSMB member for TIPS Clinical Trial.

Michelle Ballasiotes
University of North Carolina

Michelle is a prenatal stroke survivor, American Heart Association advocate, and pursuing a BSPH in Health Policy and Management. Michelle has shared her story with Congressmen, health advocates from across the world, and children at elementary schools.

Gwen Bartley

Gwen is a Children and Youth Branch Family Partner; a Mom to five children, three of which came through foster care/adoption and have Special Healthcare Needs. She is passionate about children’s Mental Health and Autism. Gwen started a nonprofit in 2014 to help families navigate the systems that children with special healthcare needs are involved with.

Diane Beth, MS, RDN, LDN
Children & Youth Branch, Division of Public Health, NCDHHS

Diane is the Nutrition Program Consultant with the Children & Youth Branch at the NC Division of Public Health. Diane leads efforts to incorporate research and evidence about what works for nutrition into Branch programs/services focused in the school system, school-based health centers, local health departments, early care and education settings and other private providers through training, technical assistance and consultation. With over 30 years of experience in public health and dietetics, Ms. Beth is recognized for her leadership, communication, collaboration and integration skills.

Andrea Biondi, DNP, NNP, CPNP
UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Biondi is both a pediatric and neonatal NP with over 30 years of experience in nursing. She teaches in the advanced practice program at UNC and works as a PNP in primary care in Cary and NNP at Fort Bragg. She received her master’s degrees from UNC, ECU and doctoral degree from USAB.

Ingrid Bou-Saada, MA, MPH
NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch

Ingrid is an Injury Prevention Consultant at the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch where she manages the NC Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (Core SVIPP). She received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Texas A&M University.

Sharon P. Brown, PhD, MPH, MN
NC DHHS, Div. of Public Health, Oral Health Section

Dr. Sharon Brown is an advanced practice RN [FNP], PhD in Public Health & Epidemiology.  She has designed and conducted longitudinal, school-based surveys & evaluations of school-based prevention programs related to children’s perceptions of health risk & related levels of health self-efficacy towards risk avoidance in NC & CA, resulting in significant revamping of prevention curricula.

Nicole Burnett, BSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, CCRN-K
University of North Carolina Comprehensive Stroke Center

Nicole is the manager of the Comprehensive Stroke Program at UNC Medical Center. She is certified in stroke, neuroscience and critical care nursing. She co-created resource materials for patients, families and health care professionals through the Project for Expansion of Education in Pediatric Stroke.

Stephanie Daniel, PhD
School Health Alliance in Forsyth County, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Daniel is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor and Vice Chair for Research in Family and Community Medicine, WFSM. She serves as the Executive Director for the School Health Alliance for Forsyth County, operating school-based health centers. She is a leader in school-based health collaborations at local, state, and national levels.

Donna Daughtry, BSN, RN-C
Department of Health and Human Services

Donna is a graduate of UNC-CH School of Nursing. She has 31 years of public health and school nursing experience. She is currently employed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in the School Health Unit where she serves as the School Health Chronic Disease Nurse Consultant. Donna has participated as faculty at several North Carolina and National School Nurse Conferences, as well as a trainer for the CDC Healthy School Initiative.

Shelley Dean, OTR/L
Crossway Pediatric Therapy

Shelley is the owner and founder of Crossway Pediatric Therapy and Crossway Academy in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Dean has specialized in pediatric occupational therapy for over 20 years. Her research and practice uses a family centered and multi-component approach for the treatment of children with hemiparesis secondary to stroke including CIMT.

Michelle Dinnen-Owens, BA Ed. and School Psych.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Michelle is a National Advisor for The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. She has been at HG for the past ten years, providing technical assistance and professional development training for schools and out-of-school time sites focused on wellness policies, physical activity opportunities, healthy eating options, and social emotional programming for students and staff.

Kim Dixon, MSW
UNC Injury Prevention Research Center

Kim is the Director of Outreach and Training at the UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center. She is responsible for supporting the dissemination of evidence-based injury and violence prevention strategies and information to diverse stakeholders across North Carolina and beyond. She has over 20 years of experience as a program developer, implementer, and consultant working in violence prevention for vulnerable populations in the U.S. and international emergency, post-conflict, and development settings.

Crystal Francisco, RN, BSN, NCSN
Moore County Schools

Crystal received her ADN at Sandhills Community College in 2006. She worked in the hospital orthopedic unit for 14 years. After completing her BSN from UNC-Wilmington, she decided to become a school nurse in 2016 and received her national certification as a School Nurse in 2017.

Tracy Capozzoli

Tracy is the mother of feisty and spunky 9-year old, Catherine who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in July 2017. She also has 2 other children, Paul and Will. Catherine was life-flighted to UNC Chapel Hill where the family began their new life. Immediate partnership and collaboration with all treating team members was paramount for the Capozzoli family and Catherine’s success.

Elizabeth Hall Carver, DNP, FNP, CNE
Duke Healthcare System

Elizabeth is a nurse practitioner working in travel medicine in the Duke University Health System. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) with degrees in Psychology and Nursing. She has worked at Duke for more than 20 years in patient care, research and nursing education while pursuing her DNP at Gardner-Webb University. She has co-authored several publications and is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). She was named “Nurse of the Day” in the North Carolina General Assembly (2014/2015).

Mary Gillett, MS
Guilford County Division of Public Health

As the Regional Tobacco Manager for the central region of the state from Guilford to Durham, Mary has the privilege to partner with local health departments, schools, and community agencies to face the new challenges presented by tobacco products that appeal to an entirely new generation. Mary holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Western Michigan University, and a Masters in Adult Education from North Carolina A&T State University.

Neasha Graves, MPA
UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility

Neasha is an environmental health outreach manager for the UNC Institute for the Environment’s Center for Public Engagement with Science, coordinating environmental health outreach programming aimed at helping the public understand environmental health issues and collaborating with community partners who serve at-risk populations affected by these environmental health conditions. In this role, she also coordinates community engagement activities in the UNC Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility.

Artie Hartsell, MSW
Equality North Carolina

Artie joined Equality NC as Lead Organizer. They received their undergrad and graduate degrees in social work at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and have worked in direct service with LGBTQ youth, foster care, HIV case management, community organizing and program management.

Carolynn Hemric, MSN, RN, NCSN

Carolynn is presently a Nurse Consultant for NC’s Department of Public Health in the Public Health Nursing & Professional Development Unit (PHNPDU). She serves as a Nurse Consultant to 21 local health departments located in the South-Central portion of NC. She worked as a school nurse for the Local Education Agency (LEA) serving special needs students and through the Local Health Department in Cumberland County.

Margaret Henderson, MPA
The School of Government

Margaret joined the UNC School of Government in 1999, where her responsibilities includes facilitating public meetings, teaching in the School’s MPA program, and assisting NC local governments to address human trafficking. She focuses on developing and sharing useful resources for practitioners.

Cheryl Herberg RN, MSN, NCSN
Union County Public Schools

Cheryl received her BSN from Russell Sage College in Troy NY, and Masters of Science in Nursing Education from Queens University in Charlotte. She has 36 years of experience as a nurse working as a school nurse for 17 years with a concentration in elementary age children but has worked with all grade levels. She is Regional, and Past President of the School Nurse Assn. of North Carolina and is currently state treasurer.

Miriam King, BSPH
Moore County Health Department

Miriam graduated from East Carolina University with her degree in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health in 2017. She is a Health Educator at the Moore County Health Department. She serves as the secondary Public Information Officer for the county and as a Market Manager for their Farmer’s Market.

Amy McAteer-Jones BSN, RN, NCSN
Union County Public Schools

Amy received her BSN from UNCC and has been a nurse for 25 years. She is a school nurse with Union County public schools. Amy is also Past President and Marketing chairperson of SNANC.

Alyce Luna

Alyce is a Children and Youth Branch Family Partner who has 4 children that have anxiety, autism, epilepsy, various learning disabilities, and a rare disorder known as Periventricular Nodular Heterotopia. She has a degree in Healthcare Management with a focus in long term geriatrics and found her calling in differently abled children’s advocacy.

Debra Mack, BSN, MSN-Edu, RN-BC-PMHN
Cone Behavioral Health Hospital

Debra Mack is a Registered Nurse with 20 plus years of nursing experience. Debra has held positions in both clinical and operational capacities. She currently serves as Director of Nursing for Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital in Greensboro NC. She has served as Parrish Nurse with St. Philips AME Zion through a grant program with Cone Health Systems. She is a certified as a Medication Administration Instructor, Basic Life Support Instructor and Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Allison Marshall, BSN, RN, NCSN
Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools

Allison graduated from East Carolina University with her BSN in 1992 and has worked in various areas of nursing for the past 26 years. In 2016, she joined Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools and currently works with high school students at Parkland Magnet High School.

Gerri Mattson, MD, FAAP, MSPH
Women’s and Children’s Health

Dr. Mattson has served as the pediatric medical consultant in the NC Title V program in the NC Division of Public Health for more than 14 years. She has been a key member of several efforts working with state and local health and human services agencies, numerous health care providers and professional agencies. Dr. Mattson has over 20 years of experience in practicing medicine in a variety of pediatric health care settings.

Kimberly Morgan, LPCS
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

Kimberly is a licensed professional counselor supervisor and therapist. She is the System of Care Coordinator for the Triad Region for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. She is also rostered in North Carolina in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Krystal Morgan, BSN, RN
Catawba County Public Health

Krystal is a graduate of Catawba Valley Community College and received her BSN from Winston Salem State University in 2018. She has been a nurse for 12 years and has been employed with Catawba County Public Health since 2016. Krystal serves two middle schools in the Hickory Public School system.

Kerry Nail RN, BSN, NCSN
Moore County Schools

Kerry graduated from George Mason University with a BSN in 1989. She has worked in a variety of nursing positions including maternal health, parent education, family practice, public health. Kerry became a school nurse and a certified health coach in 2017. She received her national certification as a school nurse in 2018.

Ann Nichols, MSN, RN, NCSN

Ann is the North Carolina Division of Public Health’s State School Health Nurse Consultant having served in that position since June 2012. She leads an eight-member consultant team that provides continuing education and technical assistance to all partners in North Carolina school health. Prior to this position Ann was the North Carolina DPH Central Region School Health Nurse Consultant for 7 years. Ann completed her undergraduate nursing education at Duke University and her graduate work in Family and Child Health Nursing at the University of Cincinnati.

Sharon Nichols, RN, BSN, NCSN
Moore County Schools

Sharon received her BSN from UNC-Charlotte in 1986. She has vast experience in 33 years of nursing to include medical surgical units, PACU and served as the head nurse for the ambulatory-PACU. She became a school nurse in 1998 and received her national certification as a school Nurse in 2001. Sharon takes a lead role as a mentor and resource for her peers.

Dana North, BSN, RN, NCSN
Cabarrus Health Alliance

Dana is a school nurse in Catawba County and the current Southwest President of SNANC.

Tocarra Osborne

Tocarra is a Children and Youth Branch Family Partner who has 2 children with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety. She is also the County Leader of the Bladen Chapter of the Autism Society of NC and works to educate parents and community members on Autism and other special needs.

Julie Peterson, RN
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

Julie has an Associate Degree in Nursing, RN for 30 years with a variety of positions to include Hospital staff nurse and Nurse Educator for 17 years. She has worked in a primary care physician office for 10 years, and Integrated Health Nurse manager in Behavioral Health for past 3 years.

Phyllis M. Rocco, MPH, BSN, RN

Phyllis received her Master of Public Health in 1995 with a concentration in Public Health Nursing Administration from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and has been focused in Public Health for over 30 years. She has worked in five different health departments in NC (Hoke, Lee, Chatham, Guilford and Buncombe) and one in Lewis County, NY. Phyllis has held various administrative positions including that of health director and nursing director. She has worked as the Nurse Coordinator for many public health programs including communicable disease and family planning, and as a home health nurse. Most recently, Phyllis served as the Chief Public Health Nurse for the NC Division of Public Health and Branch Head of the Local Technical Assistance and Training Branch and just retired this fall.

Megan Rodgers, MEA
UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility

Megan is an environmental research assistant for the UNC Institute for the Environment’s Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES). In this position, she develops and disseminates outreach materials on environmental health topics for health and housing professionals across the state. Megan earned a M.E.A in environmental assessment and a B.S. in environmental science from NC State University.

Susanne Schmal, MPH
NC Department of Public Instruction

Susanne is a public health practitioner with 20+ years in chronic disease prevention, wellness and school health. She is the Healthy Schools Consultant in the NC Department of Public Instruction. She works with priority school districts to support their efforts and build on successes addressing components within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child framework, specifically addressing efforts supporting physical activity, healthy nutrition environments, and the management of chronic conditions.

Jessica C. Scott, DHSc, RDH
NC DHHS, Div. of Public Health, Oral Health Section

Dr. Scott is a dental hygienist with 20 years of experience in private practice, research, education, and public health. She is the School Oral Health Coordinator at the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Oral Health Section. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in biology, master’s degrees in dental hygiene education and management with a concentration in leadership, and most recently, a doctorate in health sciences.

Jennifer Sharpe, BSN, RN, NCSN
Catawba County Public Health School Nurse

Jennifer is Charge Nurse 1 and Public Health School Nurse in Catawba County. She is the President Elect for SNANC and the website chairperson.

Ames Simmons, JD
Equality North Carolina

Ames is Policy Director for Equality NC’s legislative and agency policy and advocacy. He graduated from Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, and Emory University Law School with a J.D. Ames is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Georgia.

Phyllis Simmons, RN, BSN, CDE, NCSN
Moore County Schools

Phyllis graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984 with a BSN.  She has vast experience working in critical care nursing and patient education. She obtained national certification as a diabetes educator in 2002. Phyllis became a school nurse in 2008 and received her certification as a school nurse in 2011.

Shauvon Simmons-Wright, M.Ed.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Shauvon serves as a National Content Advisor focused on School Wellness Policies with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Over the past 10 years she served as a Program Manager that provided professional development training and technical assistance to schools and school districts across the state of North Carolina to build the capacity of schools to make sustainably policy, systems, and environmental changes.

Kim Spaulding, MSN, RN, NCSN
Catawba County Public Health

Kim is a graduate of Appalachian State University, the Charlotte Hospital Authority School of Nursing, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and just this past August a repeat graduate from Appalachian State University with her MSN. She has been a nurse for 25 years and has been employed by Catawba County Public Health for 12 years as a school nurse. She became the school health supervisor for the school nurse program this past January. She Kim became nationally certified as a school nurse in 2013.

Shannon Taylor, BSN, RN, NCSN
WSFCS Social Work Department

Shannon began her career as a Child and Family Support Team (CFST) nurse with Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools in 2016 and obtained her school nurse certification in July of 2017. She has a bachelor’s degree in science in Nursing from Winston Salem State University.

Jennifer Tuttle, BSN, RN, NCSN
Catawba County Public Health

Jennifer is a School Nurse with Catawba County Public Health, where she works with two elementary schools and an alternative school. She received her BSN from Appalachian State University and has been in nursing for 24 years. Her background includes medical surgical nursing, family practice, industrial nursing, and nephrology/internal medicine.  She has been a Public Health School Nurse for 14 years. Jennifer has been a Nationally Certified School Nurse since 2011.

Marianne Vogel, BSN, RN, NCSN
Catawba County Public Health

Marianne is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She began work at Catawba County Public Health Department in 2003, working mostly in women’s health and prenatal clinic. She transitioned to the school health program in 2004, and has been a school nurse ever since, currently serving in a charge nurse position and serving in one high school. She became nationally certified as a school nurse in 2009.

April Weisedel, MSN, RN
Pasadena Independent School District

April has been practicing nursing for over 25 years. She holds a master’s degree in nursing administration. She is a School Emergency Triage Trainer for the National Association of School Nurses and presents other topics nationally. Currently serves as the Chief Nursing Officer for Pasadena Independent School District in Texas where she also holds a seat on the district’s Safety Committee.

Amy Widderich BSN, RN, NCSN
Alamance Burlington School System

Amy is the lead nurse for Alamance Burlington School System. She is the current President of SNANC.

Tameeka Williams-Burchette

Tameeka is a Children and Youth Branch Family Partner.  She is the mother to a 9-year-old son with autism and ADHD and a 11-year-old daughter who has challenges with anxiety and ADHD.  Tameeka serves on the Granville-Vance Warren Innovative Approaches Steering and Education Subcommittee, and serves as the Parent Co-Chair to the Parent Advisory Council.   She received her Masters degree in Agency Counseling and is a Licensed Professional School Counselor to Pre-K-through-5th-grade students.

Rachel Zarcone, MSW, LCSW

Rachel serves as the Behavioral Health Clinical Consultant and Adolescent Health Coordinator for the Children and Youth Branch of the NC Division of Public Health. Rachel received her Master of Social Work degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC where she concentrated on adolescent mental health. Rachel has worked with youth experiencing mental health challenges through individual, group, and family interventions. Rachel’s clinical approach is grounded in client-centered therapy and the belief that all people can strive to live healthier, happier lives.


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Please contact Cherelle Whitfield at cwwhitfi@email.unc.edu or Ki’Yonna Jones at Kiyonnaj@email.unc.edu.

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