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NAPNAP Executive Board

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Executive Board is comprised of leaders in advanced practice nursing and child health who have specialized expertise in acute care, primary care, mental health and nursing education. Board members are elected by their peers after years of distinguished service to NAPNAP’s chapters, special interest groups (SIGs) and committees. Board elections are held every spring and nominations open in the fall.

Executive Committee

Regena Spratling, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP-PC, FAANP, FAAN
Dr. Spratling is a pediatric nurse practitioner, nurse researcher and nurse educator. Her practice and research have focused on children and adolescents with chronic conditions and their families. She has numerous publications and presentations, and NIH funded research on the development and testing of an educational intervention for caregivers of children who require tracheostomies and feeding tubes. Currently, she serves as research methods department editor for the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. She is passionate about mentoring nursing doctoral students, educators and clinicians, and building practice and research teams focusing on critical child and family health issues.

Daniel Crawford, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, FAANP
Dan Crawford is a pediatric nurse practitioner and nurse educator who is committed to improving children’s health and preparing future APRNs. Dr. Crawford is an associate professor (clinical) and director of the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Iowa. He practices clinically in pediatric epilepsy at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. He is a leader in APRN curriculum design and improving access to and quality of care for children with neurologic disorders. His work has been widely presented, published, and recognized nationally and internationally. He is honored to serve NAPNAP in this role.

Jennifer Sonney, PhD, APRN, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Immediate Past President
Jennifer Sonney is an associate professor and the Elizabeth C. Giblin endowed professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Dr. Sonney’s program of research focuses on improving immediate and long-term health outcomes of children with asthma by reducing symptom burden through novel technology solutions, innovative interventions and cutting-edge clinical practice transformations. Dr. Sonney is passionate about preparing the next generation of pediatric advanced practice nurses; she delights in drawing upon her years of primary care to bring pediatrics alive in the classroom. Jennifer is exceptionally honored to serve on the NAPNAP board and support the profession she loves.

Cassandra Newell, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC
Cassandra Newell is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s Mercy Kansas City Urgent Care.  She has practiced in general pediatrics, the pediatric Emergency Department and is adjunct faculty for PNP students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She has served in leadership roles for the Greater KC NAPNAP chapter and as PEC SIG secretary.  Cassandra hosted four episodes on NAPNAP’s TeamPeds Talks podcast FocusED.  She is an ACT Advocate for NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth.  Cassandra presents locally and nationally on pediatric topics and is founder/co-host of NAPNAP’s first book club!  Cassandra is grateful to serve on the NAPNAP board.  

Dr. Stacia Hays is an expert pediatric nurse practitioner and pediatric primary NP program coordinator. She is a rural health practitioner and vocal NP advocate, demonstrating advocacy excellence through clinical practice and legislative engagement at state and national levels. She drives leadership in advancing the NP role through service on local, state and national committees and is an invited presenter nationally and internationally on NP practice and vulnerable populations. She led a national workgroup for human trafficking protocol development and developed the first NP-led multidisciplinary care team at her institution. She is the recipient of state, national, and international advocacy awards.

Executive Board Members-at-large

Kelli Garber, DNP, APRN, PPCNP-BC 
Dr. Garber is a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner, recognized as a national expert in telehealth. She is the lead nurse practitioner and clinical integration specialist at the MUSC Center for Telehealth and clinical assistant professor at Clemson University. She has presented nationally and published on various telehealth topics. She has served as the chair of the NAPNAP Health Policy Committee and represents NAPNAP as the liaison to the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics section on telehealth care. She is also a member of the SC Board of Nursing. She is honored to serve on the NAPNAP board.

Tomika Harris, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Dr. Tomika Harris is a PNP currently practicing full time at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School High Risk Children’s Clinic. There, she works alongside a dynamic team that manages the care for children with complex medical conditions. She received her BSN and MSN degrees from the University of Rochester and her DNP from the University of South Florida. Dr. Harris has more than 20 years of pediatric nursing experience and has held leadership positions in both clinical and academic settings. Dr. Harris has served NAPNAP at the local and national level in the past and is honored to continue serve our wonderful organization. 

Jeremy Jordan, PhD, CRNP, CPNP-AC, CCRN, CNE
Dr. Jordan has over 12 years of experience as a clinician, educator, and researcher. He is an Assistant Professor & Coordinator of the Acute Care PNP Specialty Track at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a practicing PNP in the Pediatric ICU at Children’s of Alabama. In addition to teaching and clinical practice, Dr. Jordan conducts research on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of pediatric neurologic injury. He has served as Co-Chair of the Acute SIG and as a member of the inaugural DEI Committee of NAPNAP. He is honored to continue his service with NAPNAP.

Dawn Mason is a PMHNP, PMHS and CPNP currently practicing in the Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Hospital. She is also a consulting associate faculty for the PNP program at the Duke University School of Nursing. Dawn has served in leadership roles for the NC and Charlotte NAPNAP chapters and the DBMH SIG. She has a passion for working with children and adolescents with behavioral and mental health needs. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and Johns Hopkins University.


Jessica Spruit is an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.  She currently practices in pediatric palliative care and hematopoietic stem cell transplant.  A passionate advocate for the integration of palliative care in pediatric oncology and stem cell transplant care, Jessica has participated in research investigating barriers and benefits of such integration. Prior to her role on the executive board, Jessica served as the Acute Care SIG and Conference Planning Committee Chair and secretary of the Michigan Chapter.  She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue working with NAPNAP and colleagues from across the country. 

Jane Tobias, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC
Jane Tobias is an assistant professor at the Jefferson College of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. She is a supporter of interprofessional collaboration and brings her primary care pediatric expertise to the Jefferson Center for Autism and Neurodiversity, where she works with a team developing community inclusion programs for individuals with autism and neurodiversity across the lifespan. Dr. Tobias also practices clinically at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, combining her passion for pediatric advocacy and education of pediatric nurse practitioner students.

To contact any NAPNAP Executive Board member, please email Eileen Arnold-Ley at [email protected].

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