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Board of Directors

President                      Julie Cronin, DNP, RN, OCN
President-Elect             Tiffany Kelley Ph.D. MBA, RN
Past-President:             Donna Glynn, PhD, RN, ANP-BC
Secretary:                     Jim Kernan, RN, MPIA
Treasurer:                     Christina Saraf, RN, MSN                                   
Director                         Myra F Cacace GNP-BC
Director:                        Kate Duckworth, BSN, RN
Director                         Lynne Hancock, MSN, RN, NE-BC

New Grad Director:      Silda Melo, BS, RN
Director                        Janet Monagle, PhD, RN, CNE

Director:                       Grace Oh, BSN, RN

Director:                       Janet E. Ross, MS, RN, PMHCNS
New Grad Director:      Deniece Waruinge, RN, BSN
Executive Director:       Carmela A. Townsend, DNP, MS/MBA, RN
Phone: 617-990-2856

ANA MA Board of Directors 2019-2020
(L-R: C. Townsend, J. Monagle, C. Saraf. K. Duckworth, L. Hancock, D. Glynn, M. Cacace, J. Gil (AHA National BOD), J. Kernan, J. Ross, J. Cronin, A. Dymond, T. Kelley.



Meet Us:

President (2019-2020)
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 (2019-2020)
Tiffany Kelley Ph.D. MBA RN
Dr. Tiffany Kelley received her PhD from Duke University where she studied the meaning of knowing the patient and the information needed for care. She also holds a MS in Nursing Administration and MBA from Northeastern University and a BS in Nursing from Georgetown University. She invented Nightingale Apps and created the initial product “Know My Patient” while conducting her own research aimed at understanding how nurses use information to care for patients

Past President (2019-2020)
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


Secretary (2016-2020)
Jim Kernan, RN, MPIA

Jim works as an RN at the Essex County Correctional Facility and as a visiting nurse for Alternative Home Health Care. He has taken leadership of the ANA MA Career Connections Committee. Jim has been a Judge for Nightingale Awards for the Louisiana State Nurses Association 15 Anniversary Gala, written to the Boston Globe on the subjects of patients served in the correctional system: substance addition treatment and compassionate release for the terminally ill, and has been a First-Aid Responder for a 3 day runners’ event in Krakow, Poland.


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. 



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.


Kate Duckworth, BA, RN, MS

Kate is currently a Post-Baccalaureate RN Resident at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury. She recently graduated from Curry College's accelerated BSN program with a Nursing Achievement Award and induction into Sigma Theta Tau. As of November 2016, Kate is retired from 20 years of active and reserve service in the Marine Corps, and spent several years in civilian federal service. Her professional interests include a holistic approach to wellness through patient interaction and education, as well as motivating new nurses to network and share ideas.


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.


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.


Janet Monagle
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.


Grace Oh, BSN, RN

Grae is an ANAMASS New Graduate Director. Grace currently works as an RN on the Neuro ICU floor at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is originally from New Jersey and went to nursing school in Boston. Grace loves being adventurous with everything.

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.


Deniece Waruinge

Staff RN at Holy Family Hospital. As a new grad director she hopes to help find ways to disseminate simplified information to nursing students about the nursing organizations available to them and what each has to offer. Deniece also hopes to assist in creating an outreach program that provides support and guidance for new graduates. She believes nursing students need to be prepared for the transition to new graduate nurse by ensuring that they have an understanding of the resources and organizations available to them. 

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