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Dianne Willer-Sly, DNP, APRN, CNP 
  Dianne Willer-Sly is a family nurse practitioner who has been active in nurse practitioner organizations for the past 30 years. She was the secretary for the Task Force to create a state wide nurse practitioner organization in Texas that led to establish of Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP) in 1989. She was the first secretary for the TNP organization as it grew to meet the professional needs of nurse practitioners across the state of Texas. Dianne was also a founding board member and later chair of the local Austin (Texas) Area Nurse Practitioner Alliance from 1986-1999, established to foster NP networking on the local level. Dianne move to Minnesota in 1999 and, along with other Minnesota Nurse Practitioner (MNNP) founders, was active in the movement to create MNNP. Dianne is passionate about the nurse practitioner role. She is an assistant clinical professor at the University Of Minnesota School of Nursing and has a faculty practice in geriatrics and adult primary care with HealthPartners Geriatrics in the Twin Cities. Dianne received her BSN from the University of Rochester (1982), her MS in Public Health Nursing (FNP track) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1985) and her DNP from the University of Minnesota (2008).

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Julie Dahl, APRN, CNP 
Membership Liaison
  Julie Dahl received her master degree at the College of St. Catherine after completing her undergraduate work at the University of MN and is certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She has specialized in pulmonary and sleep medicine for the bulk of her career as an NP. She currently practices at Respiratory Consultants and works with the North Memorial Sleep Heath Center. She presently sits on the board of directors for the Minnesota Sleep Society and the national Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. She is a member of the team writing website educational content for Nurse Practitioners for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Julie Dahl has published articles in peer reviewed journals and belongs to numerous professional organizations.
Noelle Andrychowicz MSN, RN, NP-C, CLT 
Education Liaison
  I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a MSN pediatric clinical nurse specialist and then finished a Post-Master certificate FNP. I started my nursing career first working as a CNA, then LPN, and then eventually as a RN at Gillette Children’s Hospital. I currently work as a family nurse practitioner specializing in Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphedema for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute a part of Allina Health. During my time at Gillette, I had the opportunity to serve on Education and Professional Development shared governance committee, provided staff education/in-services, and participated in writing the Magnet Documents. I also participated in two nursing public policy internships. I currently participate on the ACRM education planning committee for Cancer Rehabilitation. In my spare time, I compete in endurance events (triathlon, ultra-running, and cycling), lead run club for Life Time Fitness, and serve as a triathlon ambassador, and volunteer pet therapy with my dog Henry.
Courtney Ballina, APRN, FNP-C 
Communications Liaison
  Courtney Ballina graduated from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her family nurse practitioner degree. She is currently a lead nurse practitioner for Target Clinics. In addition to continuing to practice within Target Clinics, Courtney also manages the clinical guidelines and training for all new and existing services. She is also responsible for Target’s nurse practitioner externship program and the Clinical Practice Advisory Council. She is currently pursuing her doctorate of nursing practice degree at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children at their home in New Richmond, Wisconsin, or visiting her in-laws in Cancun!
Pat Fahey Bacon, DNP, APRN, CNP 
Political Liaison
  I was born in Iowa and moved to Minnesota at a young age, I lived in rural Minnesota for most of my life. I practiced as a RN in Fairmont where I developed a love for ER. I graduated from MN State University, Mankato with my MSN with Family Nurse Practitioner focus in 2004. I did re-locate to the metropolitan area and practiced and worked in Apple Valley, Minnesota. I now practice in rural Minnesota.
I received my Doctor in Nursing Practice from St. Catherine University in 2012. My research focus was Cultivating Caring in Nursing Education. My philosophy of caring for others, supporting social justice, equality for all, and being respectful of others supported my research.
I presented my research at the London's Women's Leadership Symposium in December 2012. I was grateful for this opportunity to share my research and will continue to pursue caring in all aspects of my life and my life work.
In 2014, I ran for MN House of Representatives. I felt I ran a strong campaign, however, lost to a conservative who has represented my district for 22 years. I fought for change!! I learned so much and am happy that I tried to represent my district.
In 2015 I began teaching in the Adult-Geriatric NP Program at St. Catherine University. The Adult-Geriatric NP Program melds well with my current practice. I do see all age groups in my clinical practice in rural Minnesota, but I specialize in adult and senior patients.
Pat Peschman DNP, APRN, CNP 
Recording Secretary
  Pat Peschman DNP, APRN, CNP currently holds the position of Manager Palliative Care at Allina Health. In that role she leads a team of APRNs and nurses to deliver palliative care in both the inpatient and community setting. Previously, Pat held the role of Director of Allina Health SeniorCare Transitions and Health Services Director at Evercare MN. Pat has been a geriatric nurse practitioner since 1995 fulfilling direct care roles in hospital, transitional care, long term care, assisted living and community settings. She completed her DNP at St Catherine’s in 2010 and her master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1980. In addition to her clinical work, Pat has fulfilled multiple leadership roles throughout her career.
Gwen Short 
  Gwen teaches nurse practitioner students at the St. Catherine University. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Nursing in 1978, earned a masters in public health education at the University of Minnesota in 1988, and completed her family nurse practitioner studies at the University of Kentucky in 1995. In addition, she earned a doctorate of nursing practice from the University of Kentucky in 2007. Previous academic appointments have been at Frontier Nursing University, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Oregon Health and Sciences University, and the University of Kentucky. Her clinical experience has been in primary care, academic health, healthcare for the homeless, rural health, and student health.
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