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.

The primary call for volunteers is now closed. If you are interested in volunteering for ARN, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or stay tuned for our next open call in fall 2021.

2021 Conference Planning Committee

Time Commitment: 1-2 years

Requirements: ARN Member in good standing

General Info: The committee begins work approximately fourteen (14) months before the conference. All meetings are held via conference call. The committee determines the conference topics, identifies and contacts speakers, cooperates in obtaining speaker information, and may serve as moderators onsite. Members of the Conference Planning Committee are not eligible to speak at the conference for which they are involved in the planning process.

Current Members: 

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John Best
Anne Leclaire, Lead Nurse Planner
Maria Victoria Padre Juan
Kathleen Sobczak
Theresa Pietsch, Research Committee Liaison
Pat Quigley, 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 role awards. The role awards include Advanced Practice Nurse, Case Manager, Educator, Nurse Manager, Nurse Executive, Masters Prepared Researcher, Doctorate Prepared Researcher, and Staff Nurse. The work of this committee takes place via conference call.

Current Members:

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Theresa Crossley
Gloria Mahalage
Kathleen Sobczak
Lupe Storck
Lynn Wetherwax
Mary Ellen Hatch, Board Liaison
Raquel Neves, Board Liaison
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Budget and Finance Committee

Current Members:

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Pat Quigley
Jill Rye
Sue Fowler
Barbara Lutz
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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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Sandra Lynch
Donna Patterson-Jernigan
Mary Anne Saveoz
Maureen Musto, Board Liaison
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. 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
Tina Roma-Fisher
Ann Smith
Cheryl Taylor
Della Watson
Margi Williams
Raquel Neves, Board Liaison
Jill Rye, Board Liaison
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force

General Info: ARN’s core values is to provide visionary leadership, professionalism, community, client care and vision for the future and serve our membership by creating an environment where each member feels connected, valued, and respected for their differences. Promoting a diverse and inclusive environment fosters a diversified voice and allows individuals to influence decisions that affect them, thus ensuring continued growth and development of our organization. The ARN Strategic Plan identified diversity and inclusiveness as an initiative. While fundamental efforts have been made in the area of diversity and inclusion, the development and implementation of a tactical plan, along with a defined set of metrics for supporting broader community engagement have yet to be established.

Current Members:

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Brittany Harris
Monique Mercado
Marjory Palladino
Grace Campbell, 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
Maureen Musto, Board Liaison
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Executive Committee

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Jill Rye, President-Elect
Maria Radwanski, Secretary-Treasurer
Barbara Lutz, Past-President
Grace Campbell
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Fellowship Selection Committee

Current Members: 

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Grace Campbell
Kathy Clark
Wendy Wintersgill
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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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Jamie D’Ausilio
Lisa Moses
Ruth Oglesby
Linda Schultz
Hilary Touchett
Barbara Lutz, Past-President
Pat Quigley, President
Jill Rye, President-Elect
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Jeremy Scott, Lobbyist
Joe Nahra, Lobbyist

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee

Current Members: 

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Sue Brown
Michelle Camicia
Lalita Thompson
Donna Williams
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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 ARN Research 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 work of this committee takes place via conference call every other month, or more frequently as required.

Current members:

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Amy Hester
Pamala Larsen, RNJ Editor
Theresa Pietsch, Conference Planning Committee Liaison
Cidalia Vital
Barbara Winters-Todd
Susan Fowler, Board Liaison
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CRRN Examination 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
Sara Hamilton
Athena North-Henderson
Tracy Reeves
Jolene Simon
Ann Smith
Tracey Connolly, RNCB Liaison
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CRRN Audit Panel

Time Commitment: 5-6 months

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
Denise Benningfield-Crelia
Cristina Huerta
Stacey Kacyon
Brenda McCall-Russell
Tonisha Melvin
Michaela Stary
Virginia Thayer
Hilary Touchett
Della Watson
Alice Webley
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Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board

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Angelisa Belden, Public Member
Tracey Connolly
Andrea Davis
Stephanie Morrell
Beverly Queen
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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 and associate 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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Angela Allen
Deborah Almauhy
Shelly Amato
Terrie Black
Laura Dzurec
Cheryl Gies
Rebecca Koszalinski
Mindi Miller
Leslie Neal-Boylan
Mary Ann Laslo, Board Liaison
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