AMSN Board of Directors

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What is the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors (BOD) are the decision-making authority for the associations. They manage the business and affairs of AMSN, including determining policy, managing financials, and defining strategic direction.

Operationally, the Boards develop, execute, and oversee organizational goals. All directors understand, uphold, and support the mission, vision, values, bylaws, and policies of AMSN.

Meet the Board of AMSN

Summer Bryant
President, Dr. Summer Bryant, DNP, RN, CENP, CMSRN

Summer is a senior managing consultant for Berkeley Research Group (BRG) where she serves as a subject matter expert for medical-surgical nursing processes and patient care delivery. She is a seasoned healthcare leader with more than 19 years of clinical expertise and nursing leadership experience in medical-surgical environments. She has led teams in a variety of areas to transform performance, reduce staff turnover, and deliver high quality care and patient service.

Dr. Bryant is adept at managing projects and leading people while building a cohesive, collaborative environment and developing nurses and other staff members into leaders. She has completed research studying the effect of the Lean Management System on unfinished nursing care in a medical-surgical setting.

She is a member of several professional nursing organizations, to include the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, the American Nurses Association, the Kansas Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Bryant received three degrees from The University of Kansas: BSN, MSN, and DNP focused in Organizational Leadership.

Marisa Streelman
President-Elect, Marisa Streelman, DNP, RN, CMSRN

Marisa is currently a staff specialist with the nursing leadership team at Michigan Medicine and is a Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®).

Previous projects include implementing an electronic SBAR for internal transfers and a separate SBAR for external transfers, fall prevention, reduction for length of stay, and safety assistant guidelines. Most recently she completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Transformational Leadership: Systems from Rush University.

Cynthia Rothenberger
Treasurer, Cynthia Rothenberger, DNP, RN, ACNS, BC

Cindy is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Alvernia University. She teaches in classroom, clinical and simulation settings in the prelicensure baccalaureate program, with a focus on facilitating active engagement in learning.

Previous experience includes roles as a clinician and Clinical Nurse Specialist in medical-surgical and maternal-child nursing.

Director, Patricia Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN, TCRN, CNRN

Dr. Bartzak, who is from Natick, MA, is a hospital nurse clinician with 19 years of direct nursing care of patients with infectious diseases and traumas. She is currently a staff nurse at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, MA.

She has held many volunteer positions for AMSN including research project reviewer; 2014 Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing Task Force member; Clinical Practice Committee member, Research Committee member, and column editor for MedSurg Matters.

Andrea V. Melendez
Director, Andrea V. Melendez, MSN, RN, CHTP, HTCP, HSMI, RM

Andie is an experienced nursing leader with a strong commitment to developing people to be their best selves, performing to their highest levels of performance.

Over the course of her career, she has worked in many specialty areas (cardiac surgery ICU, ambulatory surgery, dialysis and transplant, entrepreneur, etc.), and returned to medical-surgical nursing to strengthen awareness of med-surg as a specialty and to support the nurse who chooses this as his/her specialty.

She spent nearly 35 years in the acute care setting, started a corporation as principle (Carlan Associates, LLC), developed and trained teams to successfully achieve TJC certification in ambulatory settings, and has followed her passion for holistic healthcare, both with the patients as well as the healthcare team.

As a certified healing touch practitioner, Reiki Master and Holistic Stress Management Instructor (Paramount Wellness/Inspirations Unlimited), she has woven holistic practices in her role as Clinical Nurse Specialist, both in teaching and direct patient care.

She has offered courses to industry on managing stress with a holistic approach. She has spoken on holistic care at the local, regional and national level. She is committed to elevating the recognition of medical surgical nursing as a specialty nursing practice.

Kristi Reguin-Hartman
Director, Kristi Reguin-Hartman, MSN, APRN, ACNS, BC

Kristi has a variety of healthcare experience including clinical nursing in medical-surgical and cardiovascular settings, nursing education and professional development, advanced nursing practice as a clinical nurse specialist, and informatics management.

She has focused on hospital-acquired-infection prevention, quality improvement, evaluation of nursing standards and practices, and the integration of clinical practice with information technology. Kristi teaches graduate nursing students for East Carolina University. Her volunteer work includes Past Chair of the NCNA Clinical Nurse Specialist Council and appointed member to the NCNA Commission for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Jacqueline Savalle
Emerging Professional, Jacqueline Savalle, MS, RN, CMSRN

Jacqueline has been a medical surgical nurse for 3 years after graduating from Hope College in 2017. She has specialized in pulmonary and gastrointestinal medicine at Mayo Clinic St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester MN, is a Certified Medical Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®), and received her Masters of Science in Nursing Education from Winona State University.

Director, Catherine Skowronsky, MSN, APRN-ACNS-BC, CMSRN

Catherine, who is from Berea, OH, is a clinical nurse specialist who provides direct care and expert consultation for patients in medical-surgical units who are experiencing poor mental health.

Her volunteer work with AMSN has included partnering with the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association to develop competencies for the care of patients at risk for suicide. In 2020, she served as a content reviewer for the Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing, behavioral health chapter, and Care of the Patient with Psychiatric Co-morbidities, electronic module.

Jessica Tully
MSNCB Representative Jessica Tully, DNP, RN-BC, CMSRN, CNML, CENP

Jessica is the Medical-Surgical Services Director for Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. Jessica earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She possesses certifications in Professional Development, Medical Surgical Nursing, Nurse Manager Leader, and Executive Nursing Practice. Jessica is actively involved in numerous local and national boards.

Terri Hinkley
Chief Executive Officer, Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN, CAE

Terri has been the CEO of AMSN and MSNCB since 2017. Terri is a former senior clinical research operation professional with 21 years of clinical and industry experience, coupled with over 32 years in acute care nursing in the healthcare setting. She has seven years of association management leadership experience.

Terri received her RN from Centennial College, BScN from York University, an Executive MBA from Athabasca University, and an Ed.D. in the Executive Leadership (ELP) Human and Organizational Learning (HOL) Program at the George Washington University


Are You Interested in Serving on the Board of Directors?

Participating on the Board of Directors is a very rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. It requires a variety of skills and knowledge about AMSN, MSNCB, medical-surgical nursing, and resource management.


Members of the AMSN BOD are self-nominated. AMSN members in good standing who meet the eligibility requirements may apply.

A link to the application will be available when the nomination period is open.


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