Mission and Purpose
It is our belief that all children have a right to quality health care and the opportunity to develop in a safe and secure environment. The Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners promotes and supports the role of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) in its efforts to optimize the quality of life for children and their families.
The purpose of our chapter is to establish an association that will assist the PNP in improving the quality of healthcare for infants, children, and adolescents, which is accomplished through the promotion of role advancement, professional development, and advocacy on behalf of the profession.
History of Ohio Chapter
Listen as the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ founding members, Janet McCleary and Phillis Cunningham, share the evolution of the organization and Ohio’s important role as the birthplace of the national organization.
Meet Our Board
Amy Provenzano, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC
Amy Provenzano, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN)-owner and CEO of Sozo Pediatrics, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit children’s clinic in Lancaster, OH. As a new pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP), working at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), she has seen firsthand the difficulties that underserved families face daily. She is adept at collaborating with diverse groups of people to improve health outcomes and the quality of life in our communities for those experiencing poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, the foster system, disability, and mental health and addiction issues. Most recently, she started organizing educational offerings to support fellow APRNs in their professional development. Her experience with business leadership, fundraising, coordinating community outreach programs, and arranging educational events has prepared her with the skills and devotion to serving the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in this capacity.
Keeley Harding, DNP, APRN, CNS, CPNP-AC/PC
Keeley Harding, DNP, APRN, CNS, CPNP-AC/PC is as an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati where she teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Dr. Harding’s previous clinical experience as a nurse practitioner includes acute and chronic pain management, urgent care, and the emergency department. She obtained her DNP degree in 2015 from The Ohio State University. While in the DNP program, Dr. Harding developed an educational website (www.OhioAPRN.com) for Ohio legislators. She is passionate about health policy, and is often a co-presenter with Dr. Cafasso for 1-hour (Category A) nursing law and rule continuing education (CE) presentations. She co-authored an article in 2022, about nurse advocacy and state legislator site visits. In 2021, Dr. Harding co-authored a book chapter, “Well-Child Visits During School-Age Years” in Primary Care Pediatrics for the Nurse Practitioner: A Practical Approach (Kyle, 2021). She has served in various board member positions for professional nursing organizations, including the former Health Policy Chair for the Ohio Chapter. Throughout 2023, Dr. Harding is being recognized as Ohio’s Emerging Leader.
Rosie Zeno, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Rosie Zeno, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. She maintains clinical practice at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the primary care network. In addition to her role as Past-President of the Ohio Chapter, she is also the current President of the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (AFPNP) Board. Through the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC), she was elected to the Board for Ohio Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Dr. Zeno’s scholarly interests include evidence-based pedagogies in graduate nursing education, evidence-based practices for improving health outcomes for vulnerable, under-served pediatric populations, and addressing the social inequities adversely affecting the health and well-being of children and families.
Secretary and CE Co-Chair
Jennifer Weiner, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC
Jennifer Weiner, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC has practiced as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) for the past 10 years. She is certified in both acute and primary care. She currently practices at Nationwide Children’s where specializes in orthopedics. In 2019, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from The Ohio State University (OSU). Dr. Weiner has been an active member of the Ohio Chapter for 10 years. She became a member while enrolled as a graduate student in the pediatric nurse practitioner program at OSU. She has served on the board in various roles for the past 4 years. She currently serves as the Secretary and Continuing Education (CE) Co-Chair. As the CE Co-Chair, she is responsible for planning CE events, such as the statewide annual conference. She participates in professional service and scholarship activities through serving as a preceptor for OSU graduate nursing students, and has delivered podium and poster presentations at local, state, and national conferences.
Kimberly Joo, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Kimberly Joo, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC has a nursing background that includes over 30 years as a pediatric nurse. She began her career as a bedside RN in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for the first 17 years. During this time, she and her husband raised three boys. Dr. Joo earned a master’s degree (pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) primary care program), and a certificate in nursing education. Soon after graduating, she worked at Wright State University (WSU) and taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students for 7 years. She was the director of WSU’s PNP Primary Care program for 3 years while earning her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. She accepted a position at The Ohio State University (OSU) and taught undergraduate pathophysiology, graduate pharmacology, and assisted in the PNP program. Dr. Joo has 13 years of experience as a nurse educator. During the time she was teaching, and also practiced as a PNP at Dayton Children’s Hospital in Urgent Care. In 2020, she accepted a position to be the Lead Advanced Practice Provider for the Urgent Care and Kids Express at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Dr. Joo is currently leading a group of 30 nurse practitioners in this position. She currently teaches 2 hours a week in the Health Athlete program in the College of Nursing at OSU. She also volunteers as an item writer for the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board’s Primary Care Updates. She is also a mentor for evidence-based practice (EBP) at The Fuld Institute for EBP where she reviews EBP certification applications.
Mandi Cafasso, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Mandi Cafasso, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC is an assistant professor and Interim Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati. She has been teaching in the DNP program since 2017 and has served as a DNP Project Chair or DNP Project Team member for over 25 DNP students’ projects. Dr. Cafasso earned the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2015 at Otterbein University. Clinically, Dr. Cafasso was employed as a nurse practitioner in the Division of Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for 21 years. In this role, she provided care to patients with general and complex endocrine disorders, including thyroid disease, Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, precocious puberty, short stature, and panhypopituitarism. Professionally, Dr. Cafasso is involved with the Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society as a board member. Dr. Cafasso has been the lead author of a book chapter, “Management of Endocrine Disorders” in Primary Care Pediatrics for the Nurse Practitioner: A Practical Approach (Kyle, 2021), and has also been the author of journal articles in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (Cafasso et al., 2015) and Journal for Pediatric Nursing (Cafasso, 2019). Dr. Cafasso has a passion for health care policy. She has attended the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) and serves as the Southwest Region Co-Director and Grassroot Advocacy Chair for the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN) advocating for changes to Ohio’s Nurse Practice Act.
Sarah Seim, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC
Sarah Seim, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC is a nurse practitioner at Dayton Children’s and currently works in the sedation services/anesthesia departments. Sarah earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2001. She has worked as a nurse practitioner at Cincinnati Children’s and Dayton Children’s Hospital in various areas including general pediatrics, urgent care, anesthesia, and sedation services. She has presented on topics that include quality improvement and evidence-based practice.
Shannon White, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Shannon K. White, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, began working in the Headache Center at Cincinnati Children’s in 2007. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Cincinnati. She has helped to further develop the role of the nurse practitioner in a multi-disciplinary headache center, assisted in the development of a nurse practitioner-managed acute care unit for patients with intractable migraine, presented on pediatric headaches locally, nationally, and internationally, and has been involved as a sub-investigator in numerous clinical headache research trials.
Erica Lucas, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, NNP-BC
Erica Lucas, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, NNP-BC is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Dayton Children’s and currently works in the Urology department. She earned both Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Wright State University. Prior to working as a nurse practitioner, she taught obstetrics (OB) and pediatrics in the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at Hondros College of Nursing. As an educator, she is passionate about teaching nurses how to critically think while focusing on providing family-centered care. Prior to working as a nurse practitioner she worked as a bedside nurse for over 18 years.
Board and Committee Member Vacancies
Are you interested in serving on a board or committee for the Ohio Chapter? Please let us know via email: [email protected]
2023 Conference Planning Committee
Jennifer Weiner, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC – Co-Chair
Erica Lucas, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, NNP-BC – Co-Chair
Kristina Banks, DNP, APRN, CPNP-P
Mandi Cafasso, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Leslie Cronebach, MSN, APRN, PPCNP-BC
Lauren Gironda, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC
Jenny L. Michel, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC
Hetal Patel, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
Stephanie Hosley, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE – Chair