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Newly elected Members of the ACNA Board of Directors 
The following individuals have been elected to the ACNA Board of Directors. Their terms will begin on January 1, 2018 and run through December 2020.  They will join existing members Carey Clark, President, Eileen Konieczny, Past President, Alice O'Leary, Treasurer, and Liam Chris Devlin, Barbara Ochester, Me Fuimaono-Poe and Llewellyn Smith, Members at Large.

At-Large Board:

Sarah Cohen, RN, CHPN

Denise Foster, PhD, MSN, RN CNE

Nancy Quigley, MSN, NP-C, M.Ed, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC

Sara Cohen, RN, CHPN

Residence: Illinois

Link to resume or curriculum vitae

We live in a strange time – more than half of our States have laws regulating medical cannabis while Jeff Sessions serves as Attorney General. Regardless, and perhaps because of this, I am convinced that nurses will play an essential role in integrating cannabis into mainstream medicine. As the Secretary for ACNA, I was happy to contribute to special projects and on-going operational tasks that are the lifeblood of any professional nursing association.

Since April 2016, in my role as Secretary I have:

  • Contributed to ACNA’s engagement of Kellen Company (our association management firm) by reviewing contract drafts and attending strategy meetings,
  • Managed the development and distribution of the ACNA member logo, (Work on an analogous ACNA sponsor logo is currently underway.)
  • Reviewed and edited numerous documents including the Cannabis Nurse’s Scope and Standard of Practice, various ACNA communications and an informational brochure on routes of cannabis administration,
  • Contributed to the development of ACNA’s first member survey, analyzed survey responses and helped draft the resulting resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to create a new cannabis-specific CSA Schedule,
  • Developed a Board Member Policy Manual and ensured that board paperwork is current, • Edited and contributed to the ACNA newsletter,
  • Represented ACNA at exhibit tables at the American Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association conference in Phoenix and the Association of Hematology/Oncology Nurses conference in Indianapolis,
  • Attended bi-weekly Executive Committee meetings and published meeting agendas and notes.
I believe my corporate experience and organizational and communication skills are a good compliment to the talents of other board members. I feel that time spent working toward the acceptance and integration of cannabis medicine is time well spent. I ask for your support this election so I to can continue to serve the American Cannabis Nurses Association and I thank you for your consideration.

Denise Foster, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Residence: Virginia

Link to resume or curriculum vitae

Nursing is at a crossroads. For most of our history, our profession has relied on the medical model of health care driven by our professional partners. However, with the expansion of advance practice nursing and heightened interest in complementary alternative therapies, the nursing profession is poised to influence health beliefs and health care delivery models for the next generation. Working in home health and hospice when the AIDS epidemic began, I regularly administered and oversaw the use of medical marijuana for patients who desperately needed its medicinal benefits. But I also witnessed the stigmatization of using this drug. Through attaining an MSN in nursing education and a PhD in higher education, I recognized the need for nurses to advocate for therapies that were effective from a holistic perspective, treating mind, body, and spirit. My own doctoral research is centered upon the use of mindfulness to assist in the treatment of chronic diseases, and as cannabis treatment for multiple diseases is developed, I look forward to a time when nurses can offer combinations of alternative therapies to their patients. The medical model historically used to treat patients has its benefits but it also has many limitations. The pioneering work performed by our nursing colleagues that brought about the formation of the ACNA indicates that it is time for all nurses to recognize the benefits of medical marijuana and to be advocates for therapies that will most benefit our patients. As a researcher, I wish to support the ACNA in its efforts to discern evidence and best practices for cannabis nursing professionals and disseminate findings that will support our professional peers in every health care setting. As a nurse, I wish to assist the ACNA in implementing the highest quality health care to our patients in need.

Nancy Quigley, MSN, NP-C, M.Ed, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC

Residence: Tennessee

Link to resume or curriculum vitae

I have been a believer in the healing power of plants since I was a child. That passion turned into a career, as I became an integrative nurse practitioner and herbalist. Cannabis nursing has been a natural evolution of this innate belief system and passion. I took the steps to fulfill my dream by attending Boston College for my BSN and Boston University for a master’s in exercise physiology and behavioral psychology to embark on a career teaching people about how to attain optimal health. A natural entrepreneur, I then took a career twist into the music business world owning a company that supplied media products to Nashville’s music industry. After 18 years, I circled back to school to complete my second master’s and attain my MSN and Nurse practitioner license. Shortly thereafter I sold the music business to bring this business knowledge to combine with my clinicians heart. This unique background has empowered me to pursue my passion to make a difference in health care and I believe will be an asset to the board I have been fortunate to shadow Dr. Uma Dhanabalan in Massachusetts for a short time as she made profound differences in patients’ lives. I have been a licensed hemp grower and hemp processor for the last 2 years to learn the plant and make my own medicine. I work with a local organization, Tennessee Research Institute, in an effort to educate health professionals on the healing benefits of this magnificent plant. I have been a proud member of the ACNA since late 2014. I have served the organization in the nominating committee and now in the education and research committee. It would be an honor to continue that service as a member of the board member. I thank you for your consideration.

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