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Sandy Paddock, DNP, APRN, CNP, FNP-BC
  Sandy Paddock, DNP, APRN, CNP, FNP-BC, is an Associate Professor at Winona State University in the Graduate Nursing Program. Additionally, Sandy maintains clinical practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Employee Health Department of the St. Cloud Hospital and at Riche Eye Clinic in Faribault, Mn. She is a Certified Medical Examiner and a Public Health Nurse. Sandy earned her BSN (1997), MSN in Nursing Education (2003) and post-Master Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner (2009) from Winona State University (WSU). In 2014, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Mn. Sandy has practiced in a variety of settings, including long term care, acute care, and ambulatory care settings. Additionally, she has over a decade of teaching experience in nursing education. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Sandy strives to serve as an advocate for patients and a liaison for nurse practitioners across Minnesota.
Kelsey Lessard, DNP, APRN, CNP
Membership Liaison
  Kelsey Lessard, DNP, APRN, CNP, is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and currently practices in Anoka county at a reproductive and sexual health clinic as a Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Manager. She is also the Medical Director for a group of clinics in East Central Minnesota. Kelsey is a three-time graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree, a Master in Nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology. For her doctoral project, she implemented a community-based program that increased sex trafficking awareness among healthcare providers. Kelsey is passionate about providing quality care to underserved populations.
Mary Mescher Benbenek, PhD, RN, CPNP, CFNP 
Education Liaison
  Dr. Mary Benbenek, PhD, RN, CPNP, CFNP, is a nurse practitioner with dual certification as a family nurse practitioner and pediatric nurse practitioner. She has worked as a nurse practitioner for the past 24 years primarily in clinics serving the uninsured and underinsured. She is the coordinator for the Family Nurse Practitioner area of study at the University of Minnesota and has taught advanced practice nursing students for the past nineteen years. She continues to practice in a community clinic setting 1 day per week. Research areas include health promotion, community participatory research, nursing education, and immigrant health issues.
Melanie Bourke, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
Communications Liaison
  Melanie Bourke, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, is a 2017 graduate of the University of Minnesota Doctorate in Nursing program and is board certified to provide Psychiatric- Mental Health care across the lifespan. She maintains her clinical practice at Park Nicollet with a focus on adolescents and adults diagnosed with psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia spectrum and bipolar disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD, ADHD). Melanie has been working in community mental health for more than 13 years and has a strong interest in working with underserved populations. 
Maria Ruud, DNP, APRN, CNP 
Legislative Liaison
  Maria Ruud DNP, APRN, WHNP-C, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in the graduate nursing program. Maria's clinical experience spans over 25 years and she maintains her current clinical practice at a teen sexual and reproductive healthcare clinic. Maria served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for three terms and is the Legislative Liaison for MNNP. She has a special interest in public policy and working with underserved populations.
Sara McCumber, DNP, APRN, CNP, CNS
Recording Secretary
  Sara McCumber, DNP, APRN, CNP, CNS, is a board certified Adult NP, Adult Gero NP, Gero NP, Family NP and Adult Health CNS. She is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Nurse Practitioner program at The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.  She has been an NP for 18 years and maintains a clinic practice at Essentia Health Neurology with memory disorder patients and their families.  Sara has clinical interests in dementia care management, care coordination, caregiver support, chronic illness management and advance care planning.  Sara has 30+ years of active involvement in professional nursing organizations including the Minnesota Nurses Association, MN Organization of Registered Nurses, American Nurses Association and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Andrea Morgan DNP, APRN, CNP
 Andrea Morgan

Andrea Morgan graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2018 with her Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree. She currently works as a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner with North Memorial Health in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. She was first introduced to MNNP through her professors, as a nurse practitioner student. Andrea is passionate about spreading awareness of the nurse practitioner role and advocating for professional autonomy. She is excited for the opportunity to learn from colleagues in other disciplines and help create a larger network for nurse practitioners in the state. As a Minnesota native, Andrea enjoys downhill skiing in the winter, and water sports on her family’s boat in the summer. She also enjoys exploring the greater Twin Cities with her husband and friends, including many walks and hikes around the area’s lakes and parks.

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