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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

Jennifer Sonney, PhD, APRN, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
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.

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.

Andrea Kline-Tilford, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, FCCM, FAAN
Immediate Past President
Dr. Andrea Kline-Tilford is the nurse practitioner director for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She has been a nurse practitioner for more than 20 years with experience in pediatric critical care and pediatric cardiovascular surgery. She is the co-founder of NAPNAP’s Acute Care special interest group (SIG) and is the professional issues department editor for the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. She has presented and published widely on topics of advanced practice nursing and pediatric critical care.

Dr. Beth Heuer is a PNP, pediatric mental health specialist (PMHS) and Associate Professor of Clinical Instruction at Temple University.  She specializes in the care of children with neurologic and developmental/behavioral health diagnoses. She has presented nationally and published on numerous pediatric topics, with recent focus on PNP preceptor development.  She has co-authored multiple NAPNAP position statements and several book chapters. She is a past president of the Three Rivers Chapter of NAPNAP, former chairperson for NAPNAP’s Professional Issues Committee, and is a member of the PNCB PMHS committee. She is honored and humbled 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. 

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, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC, CPHON, BMTCN
Jessica Spruit is an associate professor and specialty coordinator of the pediatric acute care NP program at Wayne State University in Detroit.  She maintains clinical practice in hematopoietic stem cell transplant and palliative care.  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.  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.

Maria (Chelsea) Woosley, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC
Maria (Chelsea) Woosley is an assistant professor of pediatrics for the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) in San Antonio and the associate chair for APPs in the Department of Pediatrics.  She completed her nursing and PNP degree from UTHSC, and she achieved a post-master’s certificate as a PNP-AC and her DNP from Vanderbilt University. She has practiced for over 17 years in the PICU at a pediatric level 1 trauma center and has published in acute care and trauma research literature.  She serves as a mentor and educator to NP students, medical students, pediatric residents and fellows, and she was voted two years in a row as Best NP by the pediatric residents. Dr. Woosley is starting her first year as a member-at-large for the Executive Board.

To contact any NAPNAP Executive Board member, please email Eileen Arnold-Ley at

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