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!

  • Justine Fortkiewicz MSN, RN-BC, CCRN-K, CPN
    Children's National Medical Center
    Justine is a Professional Practice Specialist in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). She works on staff development, continuing education, performance improvement projects, nursing research, and leadership initiatives.      
  • Katie Penny MSN, RN, WOCN, CPNP
    Past 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. She recently spent the past four years as the NPCNA president.   
  • Nancy Francis, BSN, RN, CCRN, CPN

    Children's National Medical Center
    Nancy is a clinical nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) who has served as co-chair and chair of unit-based and systems-level Practice Councils. She's served in medical mission trips to Uganda participate as both nurse and educator for open heart surgery patients, their families, and the staff. She is new to the NPCNA board, and looks forward to being a part of this leadership group.
  • Christina Ireland, MS, RN, CFNP
    Boston Children's Hospital  
                                                                            Christina works in the cardiology program, and has a special interest in the pulmonary vein stenosis population. She developed her current position, and has been recognized as a point-person of the team nationwide. She has been an active member of NPCNA since 2013.                                                                
  • Alexandra Mikulis BSN, RN, CCRN
    Program Co-Chair
    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC
    Alex is the Clinician/Assistant Nurse Manager for the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. 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.

  • Jennifer Rowe, BSN, RN, CCRN Program                                                          Program Co-Chair                                                                                     Children's National Medical Center                                                             Jennifer started as a new graduate in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and is now in school at Duke University to become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Jennifer is the education co-chair for the CICU Professional Development Council, and plans a monthly lecture series for members of staff.
  • Alex Birely, MSN, CCRN, ACCNS                                                            Newsletter Editor                                                                                              Dallas Children's Health                                                                                      Alex is a clinical nurse specialist in the Cardiac Step Down Unit. She looks forward to expanding the Northeast networking down south into Texas!
  • Christina Duelley, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPN                                                   Website Editor                                                                                                     Children's National Medical Center                                                             Christina is a Professional Practice Specialist in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). She works on staff development, continuing education, performance improvement projects, nursing research, and leadership initiatives.