Participate in One of ARN’s Volunteer Committees

Serving on ARN’s volunteer committees is a great way to become a thought leader in the rehabilitation nursing industry. It’s also the perfect avenue to connect with like-minded professionals who have an interest in the same disciplines and practices. You can volunteer based on your expertise, interests, and the amount of time you wish to commit. If you’re interested in contributing to something other than committees, see our other opportunities on the Volunteer page.

Current ARN committees and their members are noted below.

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2022 Conference Planning Committee

Time Commitment: 1-2 years

Requirements: ARN Member in good standing

General Info: The committee begins work approximately twelve (12) months prior to the conference. All meetings are held via conference call according to the conference planning timeline.

Committee members focus on selecting quality educational conference content. The committee determines the conference topics, participates in identifying and contacting speakers, cooperates in obtaining speaker information and may serve as moderators.

2022 Conference Planning Committee Members: 

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Anne Leclaire, Lead Nurse Planner
Amanda Pugsley
Tina Roma-Fisher
Kathleen Sobczak
Mary Ellen Hatch, Board Liaison
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Awards & Scholarship Committee

Time Commitment: 3-4 months

Requirements: ARN Member in good standing

General Info: The Awards Committee evaluates and selects the recipients of the ARN member awards. The awards include

  • Direct Patient Care
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Nurse Educator
  • Patient Advocacy

The work of this committee takes place via conference call.

Current Members:

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Theresa Crossley
Carolain Paredes Gallegos
Kathleen Sobczak
Lupe Storck
Lynn Wetherwax
Linda Park, Board Liaison
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Budget and Finance Committee

Current Members:

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Mary Ellen Hatch
Mary Ann Laslo
Maria Radwanski
Jill Rye
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Chapter Support Committee

Time Commitment: 1-2 years

Requirements: ARN Member in good standing; must have served in a leadership capacity in an ARN chapter.

General Info: This committee supports and encourages chapter growth. Committee members maintain communication with local chapters and provide feedback to the board about the overall vitality of the chapters. The Chapter Support Committee evaluates and selects the recipients of the ARN Chapter Awards and helps plan and execute the Chapter Leaders Event at the annual conference.

Current Members: 

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Tracey Connolly
Beth Mooney
Larisa Notkina
Nanci Steinebach
Mary Ann Laslo, Board Liaison
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Continuing Education Provider Unit (CEPU)

Time Commitment: 1-2 years

Requirements: ARN Member in good standing

General Info: The CEPU Committee assesses and supports the educational opportunities provided by ARN and ensures that those activities are within the ANCC guidelines. As a provider of continuing nursing education, ARN will maintain accreditation through the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). ARN CEPU will adhere to ANCC criteria, policies and procedures in its operations and in planning, implementing and evaluating education activities. This committee meets by conference call 3-5 times per year.

Current Members: 

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Norma Clanin
Paula Martinkewiz, Conference Planning Committee Liaison
Deepa Kannampuzha
Kimberli Martinez
Cheryl Taylor
Margi Williams
Raquel Neves, Board Liaison
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Engagement Task Force

General Info: Effective membership engagement in associations is shown to lead to increased association involvement, volunteerism, leadership, retention and recruitment. The Engagement Task Force was established in 2021 to create quality benefits and resources that elevates ARN and provides access to information that will keep the rehabilitation profession relevant.

Current Members:

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Christopher Allen
Kelly Davis
Vidette Forbes
Sara Hopkins
Gina Martinek
Abigail Mawhirter
Anna Ogunfusika
Veronica Schmitt
Elizabeth Squires
Linda Park, Board Liaison
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Executive Committee

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Maria Radwanski, President-Elect
Grace Campbell, Secretary-Treasurer
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Fellowship Selection Committee

Time Commitment: 1 year

Requirements: ARN Member in good standing, Fellow of ARN

General Info: The Fellowship Selection Committee reviews and launches the application for Fellows each year as well as reviews applications and provides a recommendation to the Board of Directors on which applicants to approve into the Fellowship program. This committee also encourages volunteerism of current Fellows and mentors potential Fellows as they work through the application process. Work of this committee takes place via conference call every other month, or more frequently as required.

Current Members: 

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Ann Gutierrez
Gail Sims
Maureen Musto, Board Liaison
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Health Policy Committee

Time Commitment: 1-2 years

Requirements: ARN Member in good standing

General Info: The Health Policy Committee serves as a resource to government relations staff and consultants for information on specific rehabilitation issues, as well as provides input and comments of relevant rehabilitation nursing health policy issues. This committee also evaluates and selects the ARN NIWI Scholarship recipient. Work of this committee takes place via conference call every other month, or more frequently as required.

Current Members: 

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Grace Campbell, Secretary-Treasurer
Gloria Mahalage
Lisa Moses
Kay Palmer
Maria Radwanski, President-Elect
Tina Roma-Fisher
Jill Rye, President
Yvette Salas
Hilary Touchett
Deborah Watkins
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Jeremy Scott, Lobbyist
Becca Branum, Lobbyist

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee

General Info: The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee supports and promotes engagement of the leadership of ARN and works to develop an annual ballot of leaders for the membership to vote on. The work of this committee takes place via conference call every month, or more frequently as required.

Current Members: 

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Michelle Camicia
Susan Kometz
Lalita Thompson
Donna Williams
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Advancing Science and Practice Committee (Formerly Research Committee)

Time Commitment: 1-2 years

Requirements: ARN Member in good standing; must have one of the following: research-focused doctorate, MSN, or BSN with DNP

General Info: The Advancing Science and Practice Committee supports and promotes the conduction of research and program evaluation studies that are important to rehabilitation nursing as well as review grant proposals in even-numbered years. The Advancing Science and Practice Special Interest Group (SIG) reports to this committee. The work of this committee takes place via conference call every month, or more frequently as required.

Current members:

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Susan Blanchard
Pamala Larsen, RNJ Editor
Theresa Pietsch
Marjorie Valle
Barbara Winters-Todd
Susan Fowler, Board Liaison
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CRRN Examination & Item Development Committee

Time Commitment: 2 years

Requirements: ARN Member in good standing

General Info: The CRRN Examination and Item Development Committee assures that the context of the CRRN examination reflects current rehabilitation nursing practice and develops new items for possible inclusion on the examination.

Current Members: 

Katherine Earnest
Tracy Reeves
Tracey Connolly, RNCB Liaison

CRRN Audit Panel

Time Commitment: Ongoing

Requirements: ARN Member in good standing; current CRRN Certificate

General Info: The CRRN Audit Panel implements the points of credit renewal process. Panel members audit a percentage of the applicants each year. The work of this panel takes place via conference call and electronically.

Current Members: 

Stacy Armer
Tracey Connolly
Cris Huerta
Stacey Kacyon
Stella Mason
Brenda McCall-Russell
Tonisha Melvin
Linda Pierce
Beverly Queen
Leslie Schlienger
Taunya Schlueter
Michaela Stary
Becky Thayer
Hilary Touchett
Kristie Tschumperlin
Della Watson

Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board

Time Commitment: 5 years

Requirements: ARN Member in good standing, CRRN preferred; Master's degree preferred.

General Info: The Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board (RNCB) develops, administers, and evaluates the certification program for rehabilitation nursing.

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Angelisa Belden, Public Member
Tracey Connolly
Cris Huerta
Stephanie Morrell
Beverly Queen

Rehabilitation Nursing Editorial Board

Time Commitment: 2 years

Requirements: ARN Member in good standing; Masters degree required; published author

General Info: The RNJ Editorial Board is responsible for the editorial review of manuscripts submitted for publication in Rehabilitation Nursing and assists the editor in shaping the vision and future direction of the journal. The work of the Editorial Board is done primarily electronically, with three meetings per year, two via conference call and one in-person at the annual educational conference.

Current Members: 

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Shelly Amato
Rozina Bhimani
Anne Deutsch
Laura Dzurec
Cheryl Gies
Rebecca Koszalinski
Mindi Miller
Jolene Simon
Susan Fowler, Board Liaison
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