The NPCNA Leadership Board

As a member-driven organization, we appreciate when our members volunteer their time, expertise and passion to help further the mission of NPCNA. Our current leadership board is entrusted with steering the organization and implementing our many programs, scholarships and educational opportunities. Please read below to meet them!

  • Katherine Penny MSN, RN, CPNP
     President
    Boston Children's Hospital
    Katie is a nurse practitioner with the Cardiac Medical Service on the Cardiac Inpatient Cardiac Unit at Boston Children's Hospital. She is also board certified as a Wound and Ostomy Care Nurse.      
  • Lisa McCabe MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, PCNS-BC
    Past President

    APRN, Cardiology, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center                            Lisa is a Clinical Nurse Specialist caring for patients on both inpatient and outpatient services.  She also functions as a clinical expert and resource for interdisciplinary staff. Her areas of interest/ expertise include pediatric palliative care, staff development, and integrative therapies.
  • Janelle Nobrega MSN, RN, CPNP
    Secretary

    Boston Children's Hospital
    Janelle is a Clinical Nurse Specialist on the Inpatient Cardiac Unit at Boston Children's Hospital and functions as a clinical expert and resource for interdisciplinary staff.  Her areas of interest/expertise include skin and wound management and advanced clinical therapies.
  • Stephanie Altavilla MSMI, RN, HACP
    Treasurer
    Boston Children's Hospital  
                                                                          Stephanie is the Team Leader of the Nursing Informatics team at Boston Children's Hospital where she uses her background in Medical Informatics to help improve patient care through the use of technology at the bedside.  She also focuses on data retrieval to improve quality of care.                                                                 
  • Alexandra Mikulis BSN, RN, CCRN
     Program Co-Chair
    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC
    Alex started working in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC following her college graduation.   Recently she took on a new role as the Clinician/Assistant Nurse Manager for the CICU. She became a member of NPCNA in 2011, and in 2014 was elected as one of the Program Committee Co-Chairs.
  • Terri McCluskey MSN/ED, RN, CPN                                                            Program Co-Chair                                                                                          Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

    Terri is a  Clinical Nurse Expert on the Inpatient Cardiology/Neurology Unit at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NYP  and functions as a clinical expert and resource for interdisciplinary staff.  Her focus/ interest include all levels of professional development, best practice initiatives, ventricular assist device education, simulation and integrative therapies. Terri also is a  peer reviewer for the Pediatric Nursing Journal.

 

  • Sandra Mott PhD, RN-BC, CPN
    Research Chair
    Boston Children's Hospital                                                                              
    Sandy is a Nurse Scientist and Research Consultant for the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Programs and Co-Director of the Nursing Science Research Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.
  • Dorothy M. Beke, RN, MS, CPNP-PC/AC
    Liason Chair
    Boston Children's Hospital
    Dorothy is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the CICU at Boston Children's Hospital and functions as a clinical expert and resource for interdisciplinary staff.  Her areas of expertise include ventricular assist device management; simulation training; and coordination of bereavement services, including debriefing rounds and follow-up care with families.  Dorothy is also a nurse practitioner in the Cardiac Preoperative Clinic where she manages the care of patients prior to cardiac surgery. 
  • Melissa B.Jones,MSN,APRN,CPNPAC
    Liaison Chair  
                                                                  Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                 Melissa Melissa is a Nurse Practitioner and Professional Practice Specialist in the CICU at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington , DC.  Her focus is on the professional development of experienced CICU nurses and enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration.