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Dan Fraczkowski, MSN, PhD Student, RN

Greetings!  My name is Dan Fraczkowski, as Treasurer, and on behalf of the Board of Directors I’d like to thank you for belonging to ANA-Illinois. Together we have grown the association and doubled in size since our initial formation at the end of 2011.   We could not have done this without your unwavering support. 

This year we advanced our legislative agenda through several lobby days and our annual Student Nurse Political Action Day (SNPAD). We are tackling relevant professional issues through our expert panels, and developing a program committee for CE.  We’ve taken our message on the road to numerous healthcare organizations.  As the Nurse Practice Act sunsets in 2017, we are leading the update process through the Illinois Coalition of Nursing Organizations (ICNO). 

This year I led our efforts to better engage nurses through technology.  I worked with one of our leaders to develop media for a Nurses PAC endorsed candidate, and managed her Twitter account.  I developed a mobile App for SNPAD and recruited two recent graduate RN’s that went on to serve on the ANA-Illinois Board of Directors.  I’ve worked with our executive director and the finance committee to ensure a balanced budget for fiscal 2015, with a projected surplus for 2016. I also serve as Co-Consultant to the Student Nurses Association of Illinois Board of Directors to mentor the future of our profession. 

I hope to expand our in person events in the next two years.  Further, I hope to strengthen our outreach via social media and partnerships with schools of nursing.  I’d like us to explore investment opportunities that are now available through ANA’s portfolio.  These strategic actions will strengthen the profession, enhance our visibility and further grow ANA-Illinois.  


Mildred Taylor, DNP, RN

I’m excited and prepared to run for President of ANA-Illinois to use my leadership ability and skills to advance the profession and the State Association of Illinois. I’m a proven leader in my professional organization for over 20 years. I well qualified to lead ANA-Ill Board of Directors to a successful outcome in the delivery of membership services to nurses in Illinois. My goal is to bring visibility to ANA-Illinois and active participation while increasing the membership opportunities in the organization. According to statistics from the Centers of Nursing and Department of Professional Regulation the State of Illinois has over 170,000 nurses with a majority lacking involvement in their professional organization. As an organization we can lessen that gap by focusing on a strategy to increase our numbers in ANA-Illinois.

My continuous professional participation includes membership span from 1984-present in the Illinois Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, and ANA-Illinois. I served on the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Board of Nursing to protect the public by enforcing the Nurse Practice Act from 2006-2015. The determination to be an active and prepared leader in the profession led me to further my education at Governor State University. My return to school six years ago earned me a Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice. The focus of my experience at the university was in leadership and administration. My twenty-five years of active membership and participation in state and national association included appointments on numerous internal and external committees to meet organizational goals.

My membership in the state association led to my election as a Board of Director for four terms and chaired several committees associated with the elected position. My leadership on the Board of Directors led to INA success in Springfield by influencing legislators to pass regulation such as, Public Act 094-0349 Mandatory Overtime Prohibition for nurses in hospitals and Public Act 095-0401, the Nurse staffing patient acuity law. My co-chair and I shared long hours in Springfield to work with the lobbyist and legislators for INA to be successful in policy. As chair of the legislative committee I was able to motivate all members to be active in reading legislation on a weekly basis. The Board of Directors engaged in policy issues provided feedback to the legislative committee. One of my goals is to capture that spirit again by having a working Board of Directors and legislative committee in ANA-Illinois state association.

Professional achievements:

2014- Developed an orientation training manual for nurses in a mental health facility as my Doctorate project at Governor State University.

>2010- Developed a Pilot program that improved the psychiatric admission process at CRMHC and a Poster outlining the admission process changes.

2009- I completed a marketing program at GSU and used the knowledge to share with the Board of Directors at INA, to increase membership.

2006- Appointed to the Board of Nursing and served Illinois Nurses.

2006- I received recognition for participating in the University of Illinois College of Nursing Research day. The Illinois Nursing Association presented using research findings in the legislative arena.

2005- Appointed to the Illinois Nurse Practice Act Task Force. Numerous changes were implemented.

2005- I participated in the National Lobbying meetings yearly as the Government relations chairperson to represent the interest of nurses in Illinois.

2003- Elected as Illinois Board of Director and re-elected for four terms.

2002- Elected as an American Nurses Association Delegate and re-elected for five terms.

2001- Awarded the Illinois Nurses Association Economic and General Welfare Award.

2001- The Black Nurses Chapter Psychiatric Nurse Honoree.

Vote for Mildred Taylor as the proven leader for President, to promote transformational change and leadership to ANA-Illinois.


Sarah Gabua, DNP, RN

Sarah Gabua, DNP, RN has been in the consulting field since 2014 working with various clients in Nursing Education and Allied Health. She has experience in program and curriculum development as well as regulatory and grant development Dr. Gabua earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Walden University and holds various educational positions as an adjunct nursing professor in online Nursing programs. She has earned a Master’s of Science in nursing in Leadership and Management, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Nursing Education from Walden University. Dr. Gabua also has experience in Nursing and Allied Health program and course development, continuing adult education, and as a CNA clinical instructor. She has a certification in distance education and a Peer Reviewer with Quality Matters. Dr. Gabua has eight years of bedside nursing experience with a concentration in cardiology. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Phi Nu chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She currently serves as a board member of her state professional nursing organization as the Secretary. This experience has helped her to better understand her State Nursing Organization and become a better advocate for the Nurses in Illinois. Dr. Gabua has presented at various Nursing conferences on the topic of Patient/Visitor Violence towards the Healthcare Worker.

Kathryn Serbin, MS, DNP(c), RN

Kathryn Serbin has been a servant leader in nursing for over thirty years.   After working in the public sector, she joined the Navy in 1990. While on active duty she served as Division Officer for Inpatient Mental Health and later as Special Assistant to the Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Great Lakes, as Public Affairs Officer. In 1995, she transferred from active duty to the Navy Reserve. In the reserves, she served as Training Officer, Clinical Coordinator, Officer in Charge (OIC) of a detachment in Grand Rapids and then as OIC for Reserve Corpsmen and Instructor Training at Naval Hospital Corps School. In 2004, Serbin was promoted to Captain.  Serbin was deployed in 2006, for over a year to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC), Germany as part of a contingent of Navy personnel (active and reserve) from 10 Operational Health Support Units (OHSU) in support of the OIF/OEF mission.  Serbin served in the Behavioral Health Directorate at LRMC and instituted the first inpatient case management program in the hospital.  From 2009-2012, she was appointed by and served the Navy Surgeon General as the Mental Health Specialty Leader for Reserve Corps Nursing.  In 2010, in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a "Salute to Women Veterans" to honor and thank women veterans in Illinois for their dedicated military service. Governor Pat Quinn issued a proclamation declaring the day as Women Veterans Recognition Day in Illinois.  Decorated Navy Veteran CAPT Kathryn Serbin, served as the keynote speaker.  She will be retiring from the Navy after 25 years this December.

Serbin is past Chair of the Commission for Case Managers Certification a national certification organization with over 35,000 certificants.  She has been to Capitol Hill to meet with legislative representatives on care coordination and transitions in care.   She has published numerous articles on case management and cultural diversity and was a member of the Editorial Board for CASINPOINT from 2013-2014.  Currently, she is the Editor for the Navy Nurse Corps Association Newsletter.  Kathryn has been the Health Talk writer for the Association of the United States Navy Magazine since 2010. She is also blogger and her blog HealthePregnancy is viewed worldwide.  She has served as a volunteer on the Veterans Commission for the Village of Streamwood since 2002.

In her civilian employment, Serbin is the Associate Chief Nurse for Surgical Services at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, IL.  At Lovell, Kathryn is a member of Institutional Review Board, as well as a member of the Nurse Professional Standards Board.  She has her master's degree in psychiatric nursing and is currently in school for her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (due to graduate in 2015). 

Serbin has a solid knowledge of the role of Secretary and parliamentarian procedure, which will help her to quickly step into the role for ANA of Illinois and be a strong support for the President.  She is interested in serving as Secretary because, “I strongly believe organizations such as ANA have a critical role in generating the flow of ideas and proactive work needed to maintain a healthy profession that advocates for the needs of nurses and the patients we serve. It is through our involvement with professional organizations and associations that we promote a healthy workforce for the future and ensure the trust of society.”

2 to be elected

Pam Brown, PhD, RN

I am a candidate for the Board of Directors. I have been involved in my professional organization for over 30 years.  I am a strong supporter of professional nurses, and the nursing profession. I have served at varying levels of leadership at the state and national level - from being a member of committees and task forces, to becoming a board member, to Treasurer and then President of ANA-Illinois. I bring experience, and I pledge to you that I will be present and actively involved in initiatives and implementing the ANA-Illinois Strategic Plan.

I believe ANA-Illinois is the voice of nursing in IL, and should maintain its strong lobbying presence in Springfield. Building relationships through collaboration is imperative for ANA-Illinois to continue its growth, and broaden its reach. ANA-Illinois’ connection with the Student Nurses Association of Illinois is strong and I believe we need to intensify that relationship.  Our Student Nurse Political Action Day is a premier event, and continues to get stronger every year. Creating events and initiatives that reach out to and gather young nurses is a very high priority. No organization survives without youth!!

It is a very exciting time for ANA-Illinois and I would like to continue in a role of leadership as we move forward.  I appreciate your support and your vote.  Thank You. 

Diane Cafi, MSN, MHA, RN


Jennifer Farrell Burns,  RN, APHN-BC

It is with great passion and enthusiasm that I am submitting my application to serve as the Director at Large for the Illinois Nurses Association. My interest in serving on the board has developed from a lifelong pursuit for the professional advancement of nursing and the numerous services provided by the Illinois Nurses Association. As a triple certified registered nurse, I fully appreciate the support and benefits my state association has provided and intend to serve to the best of my abilities so current and future Illinois nurses can continue to receive this valuable support. My lifelong experience in healthcare consists of many nursing specialties; cardiology, geriatrics, hospice, home health, psychiatry, medical-surgical, case management and currently, nursing education and policy efforts. My graduate education includes a Health Law degree from Loyola University and doctoral credits in Advanced Practice Public Health Nursing from Rush University, Chicago. It is my intention to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing degree, concentrating on methods relating to providing culturally competent education needed to further reduce disparities within nursing education. I have served as a volunteer expert for the American Nurses Association and am a lobbying Champion for the Alzheimer’s Association. My goals, while serving as Director at Large, are to fully support the Mission and transformative initiatives of the Illinois-American Nurses Association and further the rights of all nurses playing critical roles in improving health.

Elaine Hardy, PhD, RN

Dr. Elaine C. Hardy is a native of Harvey, Illinois. Dr. Hardy’s nursing career began in 2000, with an Associate’s degree in nursing from Purdue University North Central, and she has continued her education to earn a Baccalaureate degree from Indiana University Northwest, Master’s degree from Purdue University Calumet with a post-master’s certificate in nursing education, and Doctorate degree from University of Illinois at Chicago with a concentration in Women’s Health. She has worked in many capacities as a nurse, from staff nurse, to charge nurse, case manager, adjunct faculty, to tenure track faculty at Illinois State University. She is currently the director of University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing in Peoria.

While working at Illinois State University, Dr. Hardy was the faculty evaluator for the Human Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) grant, and a faculty mentor for students on the grant. In this role, she was able to evaluate the programs’ effectiveness on recruiting and retaining diverse nursing students. These findings were disseminated at national conferences, with the main goal of impacting diversity in the workforce.

Dr. Hardy entered the nursing profession after working as a chemical laboratory technician. Although she worked under a union at the chemical plant, Dr. Hardy realized that unions had their place, and solidarity among workers gave voice to issues. Dr. Hardy, has been a member of the ANA since 2000, starting as a member of the Indiana Student Nurses Association (ISNA). Dr. Hardy realized early on in her nursing career that in order to be heard as a nurse you have to have a voice, and the ANA was the voice for nursing. Because of her involvement at the local level with nursing, Dr. Hardy has founded a local chapter of the National Black Nurses Association. The mission of this chapter is to bring together nurses in central Illinois to serve the healthcare needs of their community, and to inspire nursing students to be successful throughout their nursing school tenure.

Dr. Hardy understands that the ANA- Illinois represents the nurses of Illinois, and will do her best to advocate for policies and practices that will benefit the nursing professionals in Illinois. Dr. Hardy is focused on leading change through increasing and sustaining membership, identifying opportunities, and building organizational programs to build equitable healthcare throughout Illinois.

Thank you in advance for your support. 

Toni Hughart, BSN, RN

Hello ANA-Illinois Members,

My name is Toni Hughart and I am seeking your support as a candidate for the position of Director at Large for the 2015-2017 ANA-Illinois Board of Directors.

Along with ANA-Illinois, I am also a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and I am a student member of the Illinois Society of Advance Practice Nurses where I volunteer on the membership committee.  During my undergraduate education I had the honor and privilege of serving as Treasurer and subsequently as President for the Student Nurses Association of Illinois.  I also served two years as President of the Nursing Student Organization of Rockford University.  I am a staff nurse on the Cardiac Telemetry unit at Rockford Memorial Hospital with aspirations of becoming a team member of the Emergency Department.  Within the organization I enjoy volunteering for United Way, the Quality Patient Care Committee, and I am a member of the Stroke Champions team.  I am a second year DNP student at St. Anthony College of Nursing with a focus on Family Practice. 

With your support, as Director at Large I would like to focus on recruiting new graduates to ANA-Illinois through direct communication, email, and social media sites.  While promoting the association, I also plan to focus on the importance of political activism.  I am an avid proponent of Student Nurse Political Action Day (SNPAD) and I would appreciate the opportunity to help expand this event and encourage greater participation among students and faculty.  I have many more ideas for the association and I would welcome the opportunity to discuss them with you.  Please contact me at ToniforANA@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Please vote Toni Hughart, Director at Large for ANA-Illinois!


Toni A. Hughart, BSN, RN

Karen Kelly, EdD, RN


Peggy Cowling, MSN, RN

Peggy Cowling has a combined 35 years of clinical and instructional experience in perinatal and neonatal nursing. She received her nursing diploma from Evangelical School of Nursing, her BS from Elmhurst College and her MSN from Loyola University. She is a member of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing, and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.Peggy is certified in inpatient obstetrics, fetal monitoring, and childbirth education and a licensed APN. Her past positions include staff nurse, clinical instructor and clinical nurse specialist in both Level II and Level III facilities. She has been honored as a finalist in the Nurse.Com Nurse Excellence GEM Awards, received a Patient Safety Award, and MVP awards for partnership, and excellence in her last role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Mylene Rein, JD, RN

I would love the honor of serving as Director at Large for the ANA-Illinois Board of Directors and promoting the profession of nursing.  I have been a nurse for over sixteen years, and it gives me great pride that I have been able to serve patients both administratively and clinically. I have worked in the health care industry in various capacities, as a nurse as well as an administrator of a large metropolitan hospital. I also possess a law degree specializing in health care law, which makes me an excellent candidate for nursing advocacy. My passion is serving others; it has been an honor to be able to do so as a nurse. 

Sarah Silvestguerrero, MSN, DNP(c), RN

My personal goal is to keep a smile, cherish life, experience lifelong lessons, learn from them and leave a footprint for my children. Choosing nursing as a career has allowed me to achieve goals and develop more as I grow in my career as I have a passion for learning and growing. I aspire to be part of the future of nursing in a different way that is both rewarding and challenging. I believe that being part of the ANA will allow me the opportunity to advocate for nurses everywhere and the future of healthcare. Thank you for considering me and I look forward to partnering with all of you and doing what we need to do as nurses!

Crystal Vasquez, DNP, RN
My name is Crystal Vasquez, and I have been a registered nurse for thirty years. My areas of expertise include Critical Care and the Emergency Department, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Informatics. I have worked in academic medical centers, ambulatory care, the pharmaceutical industry and in education.

As a nurse leader, I work on behalf of patients, staff, and colleagues on committees and tasks forces to ensure their voices are heard, and their needs are met. I serve on the Alumni Board for the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and Director on the board of Chicago Health Executive Forum . My committee experiences have provided me the opportunity to increase awareness of the agendas and outcomes of the organizations. I support efforts to provide social and educational opportunities for the members, raise money, and create value for the participation of the members.

I am interested in helping the ANA-IL board continue its mission of standing up for nurses to improve their work environments, practice at the top of the scope of their license, support continued education, professional development and many other platforms. I will do what is in the best interest of nurses to help them achieve excellence. There is a lot of work to do considering the future of nurses. However, I am inspired and willing to do my part to spread the good news, encourage, and advocate for nurses to have a voice and make decisions about their practice.

Carol Wilson, PhD, RN

I am interested in serving ANA-IIllinois on the Board of Directors for a number of reasons.  My positions as faculty and dean in nursing higher education for over 35 years has provided me with insight into the issues facing nursing education and hospitals/clinical sites.  My experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner over the past 20 years provides insight into the issues facing Advanced Practice Nurses, patients, and our practice sites.  I have taught and served as an FNP in a variety of settings in the northern Illinois area and have formed many relationships with nurses throughout the state.  I was actively  involved in Illinois Nurses' Association before it became ANA-Illinois; serving as President, First VP, Secretary, and convention delegate for District Two multiple times since 1985.  Because ANA-Illinois speaks for all nurses, I am most interested in sitting at the table to discuss and help solve nursing issues throughout the state.  I would like to see ANA-Illinois increase its membership to include every RN in the state so our voice is even stronger.  I am looking forward to being an active member of the Board of Directors of ANA-IL and welcome your vote and support.  

Benson Wright, MSN, RN
Commitment to Nursing

I am humbled and honored to be a candidate for the position of Director-at-large for ANA-Illinois.  I have been a member of ANA throughout my nursing career and a member of ANA-Illinois since I moved to Chicago 8 years ago.  I believe in the power of professional nursing organizations to elevate nurses and nursing practice at all levels and in all settings.  I would be honored to serve on the board of directors and would faithfully represent nurses throughout Illinois. 

Goals for Office

Professional membership organizations must continually adapt to remain relevant and influential in a rapidly changing world.  Advances in social technology, changes in nursing workforce and, and economic and societal shifts influence individual nurses decisions on what (if any) professional nursing organizations to join.  I believe my experiences and expertise will allow me to help the ANA-Illinois board of Directors focus on three main areas:

  1. Member Engagement:  ANA-Illinois is a diverse organization representing nurses in all roles, settings, and geographic areas of the state.  I would like to assist ANA-Illinois in determining key member needs and developing strategies to ensure we are the premier nursing professional organization for nurses in Illinois.  For the past two years, I chaired an international task force for Sigma Theta Tau International focused on Member Connection and Engagement. While the organizations missions and scope differ, many of the recommendations and metrics the tsk force developed can be applied to any organization.  
  2. Member Generosity:  During my nursing career I have grown so much personally and professionally from being an active member of professional organizations.  I strongly believe that it is my obligation to give back to those organizations with my time and my money.  As nurses we continually give our compassion and care in our work, we often forget the other ways to support our profession through philanthropy.   I would like to assist the board in continual development of strategies to ensure we have the continued resources to elevate nursing practice and improve health for all in Illinois.
  3. Leverage Technology:  Technology and communication are rapidly changing.   The next generation of nurses will study, live, and practice in an increasingly technological and interconnected world.  I worked as an Informatics consultant for a software company for two years and learned the importance of adapting to changing technology while still maintain organizational mission, vision, and values.

Leadership and Service

During my nursing career I have served on a number of professional boards, committees, and taskforces.   I attended the Nurse in Washington Internship to develop needed skills to shape policy, practice, and health outcomes.  I was the first chair of the Illinois Nursing Care Committee Consortium (NC3) sponsored by the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL).  NC3 brought together nurses from each state mandated acuity committee to share best practices across the state.   I am currently serving ANA-Illinois on the Bylaws Committee.  I have my BSN from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and my MSN from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois.  I currently work as an Associate with ECHO Consulting Group where I specialize in operations improvement for organizations all over the US.   

Please contact me with any questions and look for me on LinkedIn (Benson Wright), Facebook (Benson Wright), or Twitter (@BensonRN).  Thank you!

2 to be elected

Sue Carlson, DNP, RN

As a nurse, I have embraced the philosophy of “lifelong learning” traditionally, having completed a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Iowa Wesleyan College (Mount Pleasant, IA 1978), a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Iowa Wesleyan College (1978), Board Certification as RNC, In House Obstetric Nursing certification (National Certification Corporation, 1999), a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration degree from the University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL 2006), a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Specialist tract from Governors State University (University Park, IL 2009), Board Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health (American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2010), Board Certification as RNC, Electronic Fetal Monitoring (National Certification Corporation, 2011), and most recently a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Governors State University (University Park, IL, 2015).

As a Clinical Nurse Specialist whether lecturing, collaborating with other healthcare professionals or on the agency unit sharing clinical experience, I am passionate about the patients and families we care for.  How we can deliver care with efficacy and empathy is an evolving process.  Perfection is not an expectation for other nurses: none of us are perfect.  I do expect professional healthcare staff to be accountable for their actions and their own learning experience.  You “get what you put into” your educational experience: it involves an active interchange, goals set, and effort put forth.  Education and the learning process come in different patterns and forms, just as how we all learn best varies.  As the educator and facilitator, I strive to provide well rounded, comprehensive and diverse experiences that continually extend the minds of nurses (and in that process my own).  In the process of becoming a nurse, it is imperative that professional nurses understand their commitment to lifelong learning: it’s a never ending process.

Most important, and throughout my career, I have remained a patient advocate.  The patient is the center of the nursing universe as I see it, with nursing a primary conduit to optimal health through the lifespan for our patients, families and communities.  As a practice profession that requires a huge amount of basic knowledge for competence, there is never a dull... or spare... moment in nursing. 

More currently, I have dabbled in the policy arena as it relates to nursing and our patients, serving on the expert panel appointed to revisit the scope of practice for Illinois.  Serving as a subcommittee member investigating barriers to nursing practice through the national ANA organization, I further observed nursing policy in the making.  Most recently I served an abbreviated stint on the Nomination committee for ANA- IL and am interested in continuing that work.

Please consider me as a candidate to serve ANA-IL.
Sue Carlson, DNP, MSN, CNS-BC, BSN,