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Board of Directors

President                      Julie Cronin, DNP, RN, OCN
Lynne Hancock, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Past-President:              Donna Glynn, PhD, RN, ANP-BC
Janet Monagle, PhD, RN, CNE
Treasurer:                     Christina Saraf, RN, MSN                                   
Director                         Donna Begin, DNP, RN NE-BC
Director:                        Myra F Cacace GNP-BC
New Graduate Director:  Casey Crawford, MA, BSN, RN
Director                         Nirva Berthold Lafontant, PhD, RN
New Grad Director:        Silda Melo, BS, RN
Director:                       Grace Oh, BSN, RN

Director:                       Janet E. Ross, MS, RN, PMHCNS

Executive Director:        Carmela A. Townsend, DNP, MS/MBA, RN

Phone: 617-990-2856


Meet Us:

President (2020-2021)
Julie Cronin, DNP, RN, O
Julie  is delighted to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Nurses Association of Massachusetts. Julie has been a member of the Conference Planning Committee for over a year and has thoroughly enjoyed her experience of assisting in planning conferences that include topics that are current, evidence based and are of interest to Massachusetts nurses.  Julie has been a nurse in oncology for almost nine years, including several years as a Nursing Practice Specialist in gynecology/oncology and radiation oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Julie recently earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Northeastern University and is delighted to broaden her knowledge and experience as a member of the ANA MA Board of Directors.

President-Elect (2020-2021)
Lynne Hancock, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Lynne has been a nurse for 27 years, all in pediatrics. She has lived and practiced in 7 states, as well as Washington DC. Lynne loves to travel and read and prefers salty snacks over sweet.

Past President (2020-2021)
Donna Glynn, PhD, RN, ANP-BC 
Donna is the Associate Dean of Pre-Licensure Nursing at Regis College.  In addition, she serves as a Nurse Scientist for the VA Boston Healthcare System.  Donna is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with many years of nursing experience to include acute care, critical care, primary care and geriatrics.  Her research, publications and presentations are focused on reflective practice, transition to practice and clinical nursing education.  Donna is an active member of the Northeast Regional VA Nursing Alliance (NERVANA). She is currently the  Past-President of the Theta at Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.  She contributed to the Nurse of the Future Core Competency initiatives and is an accreditor of Nurse Residency programs for CCNE

Janet Monagle, PhD, RN, CNE
Secretary (2020-2022)
Janet currently serves as Assistant Dean of Nursing at Endicott College. Janet has extensive leadership experience over her career: Director of Academic affairs at Lawrence Memorial/ Regis College, member of the Massachusetts Action Coalition Leadership Team for 5 years, Co-chair for Academic Progression Team for 7 years, Past President of Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing (MARILN) and Quality Improvement Manager at a home health agency.

Christina Saraf
Treasurer (2019-2021

Chris currently works as a registered nurse at Boston Medical Center. Prior to her nursing career, she had a career in the financial world.  Chris graduated with a Management degree with a concentration in Accounting and minor in Economics.  As an external and internal auditor, her exposure brought her to the workings and finances of many industries.  Chris also is the co-chair of the ANAMASS Health Policy Committee. 


Donna Begin, DNP, RN NE-BC
Donna is accomplished professional in both the leadership and academic arena. She has over five years teaching experience and over thirty years of success as nurse leader dedicated to furthering nursing as a profession. Donna has a proven ability to translate clinical experience into course curriculum and active learning while serving as a motivational force for students pursuing nursing as a career and furthering their nursing education

Nirva Berthold Lafontant, PhD, RN
Nirva firmly believes in Continuing education and advancement in Nursing. She is a highly skilled and experienced Registered Nurse with solid education and experience teaching and coaching nursing students. Nirva is proud to be a member of the American Nurse Association, an organization that has been inspiring her as a Nurse in the state of Massachusetts. As we continue to face the biggest challenges in the Nursing profession, ANA's continuous hard work to keep us informed through education and legislative efforts are very visible and inspiring.

Myra Cacace, GNP-BC
Myra currently works as a Nurse Practitioner. is a Charter Member of MARN (now ANA Massachusetts), she has served in many roles…Newsletter editor (2002-2015), Director on the MARN Board of Directors (2002-2006), Secretary (2006-2008), Delegate to the ANA House of Delegates and Membership Assembly (2008. 2010, 2014, 2015), Co-chair Health Policy Committee (2016-2017). Myra's knowledge and understanding of important issues that impact ANA Massachusetts and nursing in Massachusetts is current and complete.

Casey Crawford, MA, BSN, RN
Casey is currently a registered nurse with experiences in international relations, politics and security, event planning and promotion along well-developed communication, writing and presentation skills. He currently works as a registered nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Boston Healthcare System. As a new grad director, Casey would like to take on the task of developing more opportunities to recruit a more diverse youthful membership and create a new nurse coalition.

Silda Melo, BS, RN
Silda is an ANAMASS New Graduate Director. Silda holds her BS in Nursing from Curry College and is currently a ACO Complex Care Manager at Boston Medical Health System. She is an energetic and empathetic registered nurse focusing on population health and social determinants of health. Silda is looking to empower and inspire nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide high quality community care and improve the health status of vulnerable populations.

Grace Oh, BSN, RN

Grace is a Boston College graduate and currently works as a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a Korean-American from New Jersey, Grace is passionate about increasing c
ultural literacy and awareness amongst healthcare providers. She is involved at her local church and loves to grab meals with new people, travel to foreign places, and explore new food.

Janet E. Ross, MS, RN, PMHCNS

Janet is a psychiatric/mental health clinical specialist working the in the public sector, advocating for recovery-oriented services, especially for those who are disenfranchised and experiencing persistent illnesses.  As a member of the ANA Massachusetts Membership and Technology Committees, she is dedicated to keeping ANAMASS an active, involved organization that encourages the engagement of members in many types of professional and fun activities.