Meet Our Team
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ more than 8,000 members and stakeholders are supported by our dedicated team of association management professionals. We value our collaborative relationship with volunteer leaders and members to fulfill our mission to empower pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses and key partners to optimize child and family health.
James H. Wendorf
James H. Wendorf serves as executive director of NAPNAP, leading efforts to build on the association’s strengths and develop opportunities to meet the professional needs of its members in the evolving pediatric health care landscape. He also serves as vice president of NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth and chief administrative officer of the NAPNAP Foundation.
Prior to joining NAPNAP in 2020, Jim served for 17 years as executive director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities and then as senior advisor to the Poses Family Foundation, a private philanthropy. In his volunteer work, he is vice president of the board of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance. His previous volunteer service includes the Director’s Council of Public Representatives of the National Institutes of Health and the NIH Chimpanzee Research Usage Panel.
During his tenure in non-profit organizations, Jim has worked extensively with boards, funders, teams and consultants to build programs, partnerships and financial resources to meet ambitious goals. He earned degrees from Yale College (B.A.), University of Cambridge (M.A., Honours B.A.) and Cornell University (M.A.).
Eileen Arnold-Ley, CAE, CFRE
Manager of Executive Office & Resource Development
Eileen Arnold-Ley has been with NAPNAP since 2013, providing guidance and support to the executive director and board. A trained fundraiser with more than 15 years’ management experience, Eileen manages fundraising and projects for NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth and the NAPNAP Foundation. She also serves as grant writer and project manager for NAPNAP’s cooperative agreements with the CDC. She is proud to have earned the CAE (certified association executive) and CFRE (certified fundraising executive) credentials. Prior to joining NAPNAP, Eileen spent more than 10 years as a professional stage manager, and she still loves attending theater with her husband, Darren.
Director of Education & Learning
Laura Nelsen joined the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in 2007 and serves as the director of education & learning. In the Education Department, Laura oversees the planning of the national conference and symposium events. She manages NAPNAP’s continuing education accreditation program, maintains the association’s online learning website, PedsCESM, and coordinates the development of professional education courses. Laura’s favorite place to be is in the bleachers at sporting events for her three sons.
Anna Chernis joined the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in 2012 and serves as the events manager. Working in our Education Department, Anna is responsible for meeting logistics and hotel coordination for all events, including national conference and symposium. She manages all aspects of the virtual symposium. Anna also works with faculty and students on certification review courses and is responsible for the speaker coordination and support at our events. Anna is a big tennis fan and enjoys traveling.
Education Programs Specialist
Ady Germanguz joined the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in 2020 as an education programs coordinator. In her role, Ady designs and develops educational programs and online educational content. Ady holds an MA in Education, a Learning Design Certificate and has 15 years’ experience in non-profit organizations. Outside of work, Ady enjoys traveling and spending time in nature with her three daughters and her husband, Igal.
Alexandra Rojas joined NAPNAP in 2014 as an education specialist. For NAPNAP national conferences, Alexandra manages the registration system and responds to member inquiries about the event. She also works with chapters, special interest groups (SIGs) and other stakeholders on continuing education accreditation applications. Her job also includes creating courses for PedsCESM, our e-learning platform. Alexandra enjoys hiking, road trips and traveling abroad.
Finance and Administration
Director of Finance & Administration
Linda Young has more than 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. In 2011, Linda joined the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and has been instrumental in modernizing the Finance Department. Linda currently serves as the director of finance and administration, overseeing finance, human resources and IT. Linda has a loving husband, two adult children, a dog Frankie and cat Archer. She resides in Wildwood, N.J., and loves the beach, decorating and shopping.
Senior Manager of Human Resources
Starting as a consultant, Petula Wilson has since transitioned to serve as NAPNAP’s senior manager of human resources. In addition to being a collaborative member of the Finance and Administration Department, she is a certified human resources professional (PHR) with 20-plus years of experience in the field. She currently resides in a suburb near Philadelphia with her teenage daughter and husband.
Starting in July 2023 at NAPNAP as the staff accountant, Brett brings several years of financial and accounting experience to the position. Being originally from Montclair, N.J., he went on to play baseball at Coastal Carolina University where he received his bachelor’s degree in accounting. He loves going down to the beach, going to sporting events and traveling whenever he gets the chance. Brett grew up with his loving mother Caryn, older brother Brandyn, and younger sister Brittany.
Administrative Finance & Executive Associate
Jennifer Berman joined the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in 2022 as support to both the finance department and executive office. She brings a diverse skillset to the team with a history of working in the entertainment business at a talent agency. On the weekends, Jennifer enjoys spending time at the barn with her horse, Luna.
Federal Government Affairs Representative
With long-standing close relationships with members of Congress and their staff, executive branch officials, federal agency leaders, health care organizations and patient advocacy groups, Dave Mason is a key member of NAPNAP’s policy team. For almost a decade, his superior understanding of legislative, regulatory and political procedures coupled with his expertise in a broad range of health policies, federal appropriations and issues, including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, have helped guide our advocacy efforts.
Membership, Marketing and Communications
Director of Membership, Marketing & Communications
Since joining the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in 2012, Michele Stickel has served in multiple roles in the organization. Currently, she works with NAPNAP’s team to develop multi-channel campaigns to promote the association’s membership products and services, as well as increase awareness about the role of nurse practitioners in child health. She enjoys traveling and outdoor activities with her family.
Manager of Member & Chapter Services
Daniela Weitzman joined the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in 2012 and currently manages the Membership Department and all 53 chapters. In her role, she oversees member recruitment and retention and customer service to members, volunteer leaders and other stakeholders. Daniela was born in Santiago, Chile, and now resides in NYC’s FiDi area two blocks from the NAPNAP office with her husband and their four-legged child, Louis.
Justin T. Worsley
Justin T. Worsley has served as the communications and digital marketing supervisor for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners since 2015. As a member of the Marketing and Communications team, Justin helps create digital and print communications and marketing campaigns seen by members, prospective members and more.
Digital Communications Specialist
Megan Leonard joined the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in 2022 and serves as a Digital Communications Specialist. In her role as a member of the Marketing and Communications department, Megan works to create a wide range of communication material focusing on reaching NAPNAP members and various external audiences.
Membership Growth Specialist
Jordan Bettencourt joined the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in 2023 as a member of the Membership, Marketing, and Communications department. As membership growth specialist, Jordan helps find ways to keep members engaged in the association throughout their years of membership. She resides in Queens, N.Y., and loves to travel in her free time.
Professional Development and Nursing Practice
Heather Keesing, MSN, RN, APRN
Senior Manager of Professional Development & Nursing Practice
Heather Keesing has been the senior manager of professional development & nursing practice at NAPNAP since 2004, where she manages programs aligned with clinical practice resources, public education and professional development for pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Heather also plans, implements, manages and evaluates NAPNAP’s organizational partnerships, publications, position statements and research activities. Heather loves to cook and enjoys spending time at the beach in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, and their dog, Zane.