AMSN Board of Directors

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What is the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors (BOD) are the decision-making authority for the associations. They manage the business and affairs of AMSN, including determining policy, managing financials, and defining strategic direction.

Operationally, the Boards develop, execute, and oversee organizational goals. All directors understand, uphold, and support the mission, vision, values, bylaws, and policies of AMSN.

Meet the Board of AMSN

Robin A. Hertel
President, Robin A. Hertel, EdS, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Robin has been a practicing nurse for more than 25 years. Her nursing education journey includes training as an LPN, an ADN, a BSN, and as a Master's prepared nurse with an advanced degree in education.

Throughout her years of practice, she has worked primarily as a medical-surgical nurse in an acute care setting, but has also worked in academia. She is currently working in the corporate setting as a nursing education specialist.

Robin has published articles covering topics such as osteoarthritis, pain management, PTSD, the Affordable Care Act, mandatory staffing levels, and nurse activism. She has presented at national conventions to nurses on topics including clinical leadership and legislative issues as well as presenting medical-surgical certification review courses.

Summer Bryant
President-Elect, Summer Bryant, DNP, RN, CMSRN

Summer is a managing consultant for Berkeley Research Group (BRG) where she serves as a subject matter expert for medical-surgical nursing processes and patient care delivery. She is a seasoned healthcare leader with more than 19 years of clinical expertise and nursing leadership experience in medical-surgical environments. She has led teams in a variety of areas to transform performance, reduce staff turnover, and deliver high quality care and patient service.

Dr. Bryant is adept at managing projects and leading people while building a cohesive, collaborative environment and developing nurses and other staff members into leaders. She has completed research studying the effect of the Lean Management System on unfinished nursing care in a medical-surgical setting.

She is a member of several professional nursing organizations, to include the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, the American Nurses Association, the Kansas Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Bryant received three degrees from The University of Kansas: BSN, MSN, and DNP focused in Organizational Leadership

Jennifer Kennedy
Treasurer, Jennifer Kennedy, MS, RN-BC

Jennifer has been practicing nursing for over 20 years and is Board Certified in three specialties; Certified Medical Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN), Certified Nurse Educator and Nursing Professional Development.

She graduated from Northern Illinois University with her Master’s in Nursing Education and currently is an assistant professor at George Williams College of Aurora University. She has extensive background in Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Orthopedics.

Andrea V. Melendez
Director, Andrea V. Melendez, MSN, RN, CHTP, HTCP, HSMI, RM

Andie is an experienced nursing leader with a strong commitment to developing people to be their best selves, performing to their highest levels of performance.

Over the course of her career, she has worked in many specialty areas (cardiac surgery ICU, ambulatory surgery, dialysis and transplant, entrepreneur, etc.), and returned to medical-surgical nursing to strengthen awareness of med-surg as a specialty and to support the nurse who chooses this as his/her specialty.

She spent nearly 35 years in the acute care setting, started a corporation as principle (Carlan Associates, LLC), developed and trained teams to successfully achieve TJC certification in ambulatory settings, and has followed her passion for holistic healthcare, both with the patients as well as the healthcare team.

As a certified healing touch practitioner, Reiki Master and Holistic Stress Management Instructor (Paramount Wellness/Inspirations Unlimited), she has woven holistic practices in her role as Clinical Nurse Specialist, both in teaching and direct patient care.

She has offered courses to industry on managing stress with a holistic approach. She has spoken on holistic care at the local, regional and national level.  She is committed to elevating the recognition of medical surgical nursing as a specialty nursing practice.

Kristi Reguin-Hartman
Director, Kristi Reguin-Hartman, MSN, APRN, ACNS, BC

Kristi has a variety of healthcare experience including clinical nursing in medical-surgical and cardiovascular settings, nursing education and professional development, advanced nursing practice as a clinical nurse specialist, and informatics management.

She has focused on hospital-acquired-infection prevention, quality improvement, evaluation of nursing standards and practices, and the integration of clinical practice with information technology.

Kristi teaches graduate nursing students for East Carolina University. Her volunteer work includes Past Chair of the NCNA Clinical Nurse Specialist Council and appointed member to the NCNA Commission for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Cindy Rothenberger
Director, Cynthia Rothenberger, DNP, RN, ACNS, BC

Cindy is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania. She teaches in classroom, clinical and simulation settings in the prelicensure baccalaureate program, with a focus on facilitating active engagement in learning.

Previous experience includes roles as a clinician and Clinical Nurse Specialist in medical-surgical and maternal-child nursing.

Marisa Streelman
Director, Marisa Streelman, DNP, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Marisa is currently a staff specialist with the nursing leadership team at Michigan Medicine and is Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN). Previous projects include implementing an electronic SBAR for internal transfers and a separate SBAR for external transfers, fall prevention, reduction for length of stay, and safety assistant guidelines.

Most recently she completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Transformational Leadership: Systems from Rush University.

Jacqueline Savalla
Emerging Professional, Jacqueline Savalla, BSN, RN

Jacqueline has been a medical surgical nurse for 3 years after graduating from Hope College in 2017. She has specialized in pulmonary and gastrointestinal medicine at Mayo Clinic St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester MN and is a Certified Medical Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) and is pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing Education at Winona State University.

Terri Hinkley
Chief Executive Officer, Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN, CAE

Terri has been the CEO of AMSN and MSNCB since 2017. Terri is a former senior clinical research operation professional with 21 years of clinical and industry experience, coupled with over 32 years in acute care nursing in the healthcare setting. She has seven years of association management leadership experience.

Terri received her RN from Centennial College, BScN from York University, an Executive MBA from Athabasca University, and an Ed.D. in the Executive Leadership (ELP) Human and Organizational Learning (HOL) Program at the George Washington University.



AMSN Staff


Suzanne Stott
Director Association Services Suzanne Stott, BS

Sue graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She has worked with AMSN since 1999 in various roles. Her current responsibilities include staff liaison to the board of directors and the nominating committee. She also serves as the Team Lead for the national office staff.


Are You Interested in Serving on the Board of Directors?

Participating on the Board of Directors is a very rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. It requires a variety of skills and knowledge about AMSN, MSNCB, medical-surgical nursing, and resource management.


Members of the AMSN BOD are self-nominated. Applicants are vetted and selected by the Nominating Committee. The call for nominations is issued in the spring annually and AMSN members in good standing who meet the eligibility requirements may apply.

A link to the application will be available when the nomination period is open. The Presidential term is four years (one year as President-Elect, two years as President, and one year as Immediate Past President). All other board terms are three years.

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