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District Directors

Baltimore District Co-Director
Suzette Heptinstall, RN, MS, CRNP

Suzette earned her BSN from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va. in 1998 and was a traveling RN for 8 years. She earned her NP degree in Adult Primary Care from Univ. of Maryland in 2008 and her Acute Care NP Post Master’s Certificate from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 2011. She is employed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Acute Care Surgery/Adult Trauma Service since 2008. Suzette serves as Clinical Faculty for JHH SON. She has been a member of NPAM since 2007.

Email: sheptin1@jhmi.edu

Capital District Co-Director (Montgomery and Prince George's County)
Lucia M. Novak, MSN, ANP-BC, BC-ADM

Ms. Novak is a board-certified nurse practitioner in both Adult Health and Advanced Diabetes Management and has over 20 years of experience in diabetes mellitus.

She is a highly regarded, published author known for her clinical expertise and in-depth knowledge of diabetes mellitus and its associated complications. Afte working at Walter Reed, USUHS, and in private practice in PG County, in January 2020, she joined Capital Diabetes & Endocrine Associates of Silver Spring, Maryland as a Diabetes Expert. Her experience with technology will be key to the inclusion of a Remote Patient Monitoring program to enhance patient care

Her nearly 30 years of nursing experience also includes active duty service as a Commissioned Officer of the United States Army Nurse Corps.

email: lucia@diabetescs.com
phone: 301-693-3392

 Capital District Co-Director (Montgomery and Prince George's County)
Cherie O’Neil, MSN, BSN, CRNP


Cherie O’Neil, CRNP is  a Family Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and licensed in the state of Maryland to provide family-centered healthcare to patients across the lifespan.  She focuses on building long-lasting and trusting relationships with her patients.

Cherie's professional nursing experiences include skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, medical/surgical nursing as well as working in the operating room. Her academic accomplishments include a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fairfield University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut.

Email:  cherieoneil@gmail.com


Central District Co-Director (Anne Arundel County)
Patricia McLaughlin DNP, CRNP-AC

Dr. Patricia McLaughlin is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore, Maryland. She joined UMMC in 2009 after receiving her Master of Science in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty track from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2017, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006 from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and received her ADN from Anne Arundel Community College in 2002.  Dr. McLaughlin specializes in Pulmonary Transplant Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgery. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Nursing where she teaches Advanced Health Assessment for the DNP program. Additionally, Dr. McLaughlin has been published in the Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, highlighting the the Development and Evaluation of Preoperative Teaching Materials for CABG/Valve Surgery Patients.  She actively participates as a member of the Pulmonary Transplant Research Team and co-leads the pulmonary transplant patient selection committee.  Special research interests include quality of life in transplantation and preventing readmissions.  
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Central District Co-Director (Anne Arundel County)
 Lindsay Ward

Lindsay grew up and currently lives in Edgewater, MD. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Elon University in North Carolina and Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honors at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Lindsay earned her Master of Science Advanced Practice Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Before obtaining her PNP degree Lindsay worked at Holy Cross Hospital as a maternal child health nurse caring for newborns and their mothers. At HCH she engaged in leadership opportunities by becoming a nurse preceptor, a nursing informatics super user and member of the Clinical Ladder committee for the advancement of RNs. She initially practiced as a PNP at the Pediatric Center of Frederick in Frederick, MD in 2015. She returned to Annapolis and joined Chesapeake Pediatrics LLC in 2016. She is an active member of NAPNAP and NPAM. She is currently obtaining her breast feeding certificate. She has experience as a pediatric clinical instructor for the UMD undergraduate program, a preceptor for the Pediatric Primary care program and a teaching assistant for the UMD nursing informatics program. She also gained substance abuse research and pharmaceutical trials experience at Johns Hopkins University prior to her nursing career. She continued that to expand that foundation helping to carryout vaccine studies with UMD and the Pediatric Center of Frederick. She is also a member of the Junior League of Annapolis and has previously served as a committee chair in the past in addition to multiple committees. Lindsay enjoys working with children of all ages but especially enjoys working with newborns, infants and school age children. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family especially her two nephews and nieces, friends and her chihuahua Valentina.

Email Address: Lindsayjward@hotmail.com
cell 410 507-3642

Eastern District Co-Director
Sharon Stagg DNP, MPH, CRNP, FNP-BC

Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, CRNP, FNP-BC practices with the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health in the Shore Regional Palliative Care Program. She served as a Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland District Director in the past. Sharon’s research interests include workplace bullying and text messaging effects in chronic disease management. Sharon holds a DNP and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University; a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from The Catholic University of America; a MS from Salisbury University; and a BSN from Radford University.  

Email:  sstagg@umm.edu and phone is 410-822-1000 x5043

Eastern District Co-Director
Nancy M. Smith, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC

Nancy Smith is currently a full-time faculty member and FNP Program Coordinator at Salisbury University School of Nursing. She teaches DNP-FNP courses and BSN undergraduate pediatric courses. As a FNP, she continues practicing in Internal Medicine and Pediatric primary care offices. Nancy received her FNP MSN from Wilmington University, and DNP from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is active member of local Sigma Chapter holding a position on the board as Treasurer.  Her research interest is telehealth and pediatric chronic care. She served on the Clinical Advisory Board for The Maryland Telemedicine Taskforce as a NPAM representative.

email:  NMSMITH@salisbury.edu

Howard County District Director
Jisoon Hwang

Jisoon has been a member of NPAM since 2010, actively involved in NPAM for the past three years as a legislative committee member.  She enjoys the time she has spent working with NPAM members on different NPAM meetings and initiatives, conferences.  She believes it is extremely important for the district director to promote a constant, reputable public face to our community.  

Jisoon is an FNP, graduating from UMSON in 2012 as an NP.  She currently works for Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Mountain District Co- Director (Garrett and Allegany County)
Cathy Chapman

Cathy Chapman is currently serving as the Mountain District Director. Cathy graduated as an adult NP from the University of Maryland in 1995, post master's Family NP certificate from WVU in 1996. She completed an adult/psych mental health CNS post master's certificate from Duquesne University in 2008 as well as a post masters Family Psych NP program from University of Misouri in 2012. She has been a member of NPAM since 1995 and is a member of AANP and APNA.
She is owner of Chapman and Associates Heath Care, an integrated primary care and behavioral health practice in LaVale, MD


H 301-729-6920 cell 301-697-8286
Mountain District Co- Director (Garrett and Allegany County)
Kelly Rock

Kelly Rock has been a nursing professional since 1995. Kelly earned a Diploma of Nursing from Mercy Hospital School in Nursing in 1995 (Pittsburgh, PA), a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 (Pittsburgh, PA), a Masters of Science in Nursing (Psychiatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track) from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Carlow University (Pittsburgh, PA) in 2010, and a post-master's certificate in child/adolescent psychiatry/mental health from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) in 2016.

Kelly practiced as a registered nurse from 1995 through 2006 in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient medical-surgical, child and adolescent partial hospitalization, corrections mental health, and adult inpatient psychiatry. Upon passing national certification examinations in both 2006 (adult) and lifespan (2017) as a Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, she has practiced as such since 2007 in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and now Maryland. She is currently practicing full time with a hospital-owned practice in Garrett County.

Kelly has also had the privilege of serving as a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, Robert Morris University, Frostburg State University, and Indiana Wesleyan University.


North West Co-District Director (Carroll, Northern Baltimore County)
Sharon Fisher, MS, APRN-BC 

Sharon Praissman Fisher is a dually certified adult and psychiatric NP. She has been a NP for over 12 years and has recently opened her own practice, Nurtured Well, LLC in Towson, MD. She has served as Northwest District Director since 2015 and also coordinates the Psychiatric/Mental Health Special Interest Group

Email:  sharonpfisher@gmail.com




Western District Co-Director (Frederick and Washington)
Linda Muehl, MS

Email:  plmuehl@comcast.net

Western District co-Directors (Frederick and Washington)
Teri O'Neil

Teri O’Neil, FNP, MS, MAJ,Ret 

Teri O’Neil, Family Nurse Practitioner, retired Major from the Army Nurse Corps in 2004. Graduatde from Pace University, Family Nurse Practitioner, Master’s program in 1996. After returning to the United States after a military move to Australia (2004-2007), She has worked in a Family Practice Clinic in Walkersville, MD serving families from birth to the end of life. Since 2009, she has worked with a local surgeon following general preoperative, postoperative patients and bariatric patients.

As a professional nurse practitioner organization, we share legal information that is important to our profession.As co-director, Teri assists in advocating for the NP profession in every way possible.

Teri O'Neil teri.oneilnp@gmail.com

 Southern Maryland District Co-Director (Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s County)

Dr. Naila Russell is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner practicing in Southern Maryland. Dr. Russell has a background in primary and urgent care. She has a Doctor of Nurse Practice degree from the University of Michigan-Flint. Dr. Russell is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the College of Southern Maryland and adjunct faculty at Simmons University. Dr. Russell has a special interest in health policy and is a member of the Nurse Practitioner’s Association of Maryland legislative committee. She is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Russell is honored to be appointed co-director for the Southern district of Maryland and hopes to increase the presence of NPAM in Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert counties.


Phone: 541-217-1649


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