Executive Committeee
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Executive Committee


Kathleen M. Herberger, MSN, RN, CRNP, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioners should not have barriers to practice. This has never been more important than now, as health care and health care access become increasingly complex. NPAM was at the forefront for Nurse Practitioners to achieve Full Practice Authority and I want to be part of the team that will face and overcome any challenges to Full Practice Authority. I had the honor of serving at the national level representing the State of Maryland to AANP. I believe that I can use that experience to continue to advocate and support the vision and mission of NPAM.

As an active member of the NPAM legislative committee and the NPAM representative to the MNA committee, Kathleen also has represented Maryland as the AANP State Representative. .She has a diverse background and health care experience and has had a variety of executive positions while in the Army.

Email: kmherberger@gmail.com
Phone: 256-683-4964

President Elect A

Ameera Chakravarthy MS, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC President Elect

Ameera Chakravarthy is currently a clinical instructor in the University of Maryland School of Nursing NP program in addition to working part time as a nurse practitioner in thoracic surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Her primary areas of clinical interest are surgical management, nurse led interventions for Sarcopenia and frailty, management of diabetes in acute care, Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS), and simulation in acute care doctoral education. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2002 and the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and has certifications and practice experience in acute care and family health. She is currently completing dissertation work looking at interventions to promote muscle mass and function in hospitalized older adults. She has previously served NPAM as a Baltimore District Director and as Treasurer. Ameera has been a strong supporter of NPAM and consistently provides students and colleagues with opportunities to engage in political advocacy through state organizations including NPAM


Past President

Tonya Appleby, DNP, CRNP 

Dr Tonya Appleby is a board certified care and geriatric nurse practitioner and is the Director of Advanced Practice  at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and University of  Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital. She is in clinical practice as a hospitalist.  She has served as the Maryland Representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2014-16) and served in the roles of President Elect, President, and Past President for NPAM (2012-15)

Email: tonyaappleby@gmail.com
Phone:  443-252-0164 

Barbara Biedrzycki, PhD, CRNP, AOCNP, MSN

Barb has served as NPAM’s Baltimore District Director and the Continuing Education Nurse Planner. Additionally, she has worked on publishing the Oracle and has served as the MNA Secretary.

She  trained as a primary care Adult NP at UMAB.  Her NP career began by providing primary and nephrology care for people receiving hemodialysis at Good Samaritan Hospital. Later, she  returned to her original calling, oncology. At Johns Hopkins, her focus was immunology research and providing clinical care for people with gastrointestinal cancers, mostly pancreatic cancer.

email:  npbiedrzycki@aol.com



Jean has served on the Membership/PR committee since 2017 and enjoys the outreach and connections made serving that committee. She believes in NPAM’s mission to promote, represent, provide continuing education, and disseminating information about nurse practitioners. Serving on the executive committee is a way to give back to my peers, community, and to promote the mission of NPAM.



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