NAPNAP Welcomes New President Dawn Garzon Maaks

For Immediate Release
July 2, 2018
Justin T. Worsley
917-746-8299 * jworsley@napnap.org

NAPNAP Welcomes New President Dawn Garzon Maaks
One-year term began July 1. Former president Tresa Zielinski
steps into immediate past president role.

NEW YORK, July 2, 2018 – The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is pleased to announce that Dawn Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP, PNP-BC, PMHS, FAANP assumed the office of president of the association on July 1. She replaced Tresa Zielinski, DNP, RN, APN-NP, CPNP-PC, who stepped into the immediate past president role.

“My goal as president is empower NAPNAP’s more than 9,000 members to work with diverse interdisciplinary teams to help all children grow into their full human potential,” said Dr. Garzon Maaks. “Pediatric nurse practitioners and their fellow pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses are educated and trained to care for children and their unique health considerations in a wide variety of settings.”

Dr. Garzon Maaks has more than 20 years of experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner and is a pediatric primary care mental health specialist. She holds a bachelors of science in nursing from the University of Miami in Florida, a master of psychiatric epidemiology from Washington University in St. Louis and a doctor of philosophy in nursing from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

A member of NAPNAP since 1994, Dr. Garzon Maaks has been actively involved in the organization since joining, holding multiple local and national volunteer positions in the organization. In 2009, she was inducted as a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Garzon Maaks is committed to clinical practice and the improvement of child health outcomes at all levels of health care. She maintains a clinical practice in pediatric behavioral and mental health for a federally qualified health center in southwest Washington where she cares for individuals from preschool through young adulthood.

“For more than 20 years, Dr. Garzon Maaks has been advocating for the advancement of both child health and the role of the nurse practitioner,” said NAPNAP Executive Director Cate Brennan, MBA, CAE. “Our national office staff looks forward to working alongside her, as well as the rest of the executive board, as we aim to achieve our goals of advancing the nurse practitioner profession in providing high-quality, evidence-based care to children, adolescents and young adults in primary, acute and specialty care settings.”

Along with Dr. Garzon Maaks, other members began their terms on NAPNAP’s Executive Board on July 1, including: President-elect Raji Koppolu, RN, MSN, CPNP, MSL, Treasurer Mary Dirks, DNP, RN, ARNP, CPNP, FAANP, Members-at-large Nancy Cavanaugh, CPNP-PC and Anne Derouin, DNP, APRN, CPNP, FAANP and Nominations Committee member Jennifer Joiner, MSN, CPNP.

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The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is the nation’s only professional association for pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and their fellow pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who are dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Representing more than 9,000 healthcare practitioners with 20 special interest groups and 50 chapters, NAPNAP has been advocating for children’s health since 1973 and was the first NP society in the U.S. Our mission is to empower pediatric-focused PNPs and their interprofessional partners to enhance child and family health through leadership, advocacy, professional practice, education and research. NAPNAP.org