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Our Leaders


The NASN Board of Directors is composed of four elected officers and 50 members or directors representing each one of NASN's affiliates or chapters where NASN has affiliates in 48 states, the District of Columbia and the Overseas School Health Nurses Association.  In addition to this governing body, NASN has an Executive Board composed of our four elected officers, two directors elected by and from the board, and two directors appointed by the president.  The Board of Directors meets in January each year and holds an Annual Meeting each summer.  Between board meetings, the Executive Committee meets on a monthly basis. 

Elizabeth Mattey, NASN President

  Beth Mattey, MSN, RN, NCSN of Wilmington, Delaware, began her school nursing career in 1987 in the Brandywine School District. She has worked with elementary and high school students as well as with students with special needs. She has been a Nationally Board Certified School Nurse since 1990 and is an Instructor at the University of Delaware. Prior to becoming a school nurse, Beth worked both as a staff nurse and supervisor at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta, Ohio.
  Beth graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Nursing. She has authored a chapter in the award winning textbook, Selekman’s School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text, as well as written several articles for professional publications. She is a Past-President of the Delaware School Nurse Association and a Past Board Member of NASN. She has been a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation in Delaware. Beth was recognized as the 1996 Delaware School Nurse of the Year, 2009 American School Health Association School Nurse of the Year and received an NASN Presidential Award in 2010. As President-elect, Beth served as the NASN liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health and the liaison to the National Board of Certification for School Nursing.
  As the advisor for the tobacco prevention club at her high school, Beth helped students spread the tobacco prevention message through multi-media outlets, music and interactive games traveling throughout Delaware. This peer led program reduced the use of tobacco products by teens at the high school by 50% since its inception in 2001. Several teens presented the program at the 2003 NASN Annual Conference in Cincinnati, OH. Once again, at the 2015 NASN Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Beth was extremely proud to have alumni and current students perform, sharing the tobacco prevention message through music.

Nina Fekaris, NASN President-Elect

  Nina Fekaris, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN has been a school nurse in the Beaverton School District in Oregon for 27 years. She provides nursing service to a comprehensive high school, a middle school, an elementary school and an alternative earth science high school program. She also provides supervision to two classroom nurses who provided direct nursing care for medically fragile students. Prior to becoming a school nurse, Nina worked as a staff /ICU nurse at the Veteran’s Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo and as the Director of Nursing and Health Service for the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Red Cross.
  Nina graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Graceland University in 1979, and received her Master in Science from Central Missouri State University in 1983. She became a Nationally Board Certified School Nurse in 2008.
  Nina is the Past-President of the Oregon School Nurses Association and a Past Board Member and Executive Committee Member of NASN. She was recognized as Oregon’s School Nurse of the Year in 2008/2009 and was honored to be named NASN’s National School Nurse of the Year in 2009/2010. As President-Elect, Nina is Co-Chair of the NASN Governance Strategic Planning Committee, serves on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health, and serves as a liaison on the Board of Directors for the National Board for Certification of School Nurses.

Catherine Davis, NASN Secretary/Treasurer

  Catherine Davis BSN, RN, NCSN is a 1976 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham. She began her nursing career as an ICU/CCU nurse in Ocean Springs, MS with the Singing River Hospital System. She began her school nursing career in 1992 with Opelika City Schools. She has two intermediate schools,3rd thru 5th grade, she covers every day plus is lead nurse to three RNs in the nine building site system.
  Catherine has served in all elected and committee positions in Alabama Association of School Nurses. She has served on NASN board of directors from 2011-2014.
  Catherine serves on the Diabetes task force with the Alabama State Department of Education in assisting writing the "Safe at School Act" curriculum in conjunction with the Alabama Board of Nursing. This curriculum will be used to teach unlicensed volunteers in assisting children with diabetes at school. She is also on the I-health task force which is part of the ALSDE health component of the state wide online comprehensive school program.
  Catherine will serves as committee chairmen for the finance committee, serve on the endowment committee, investment committee.
  Catherine is married to Ross Davis, who is a cardiologist in East Alabama. They have 3 daughters, 2 son-in-laws, one granddaughter and a menagerie of pets.

Susan Zacharski, NASN Vice President

Vice President
  Susan Zacharski, MEd, BSN, RN of Troy, MI began her school nursing career in 1988. She received her BSN from Wayne State University and her Master’s in Education with a focus in School Nursing from Cambridge College. Susan worked in several capacities in the Pontiac School District including a Center Based program for medically fragile students birth-12 years old, Coordinator of Health Services K-12, and the last four years in a Center Based program for medically fragile students three-26 years old. She served on and co-chaired various state committees and task forces. As an active member in the Michigan Association of School Nurses, Susan served in numerous board positions including president and has received several awards at the state, community and school district level. She is currently a School Nurse Consultant.
 Susan served on the NASN Board of Directors 2009-2013 where she developed and implemented the process for the revision of NASN Position Documents and received the NASN Distinguished Service Award. She was Co-Chair of the Research Strategic Committee, co-authored several position documents, has written articles for the NASN School Nurse, served as a member of the NASN Fellows Selection Committee and Chair of the Endowment Fundraising Committee for 1 year. As Vice President, Susan will serve as the leader of the newly formed Membership Committee, oversee the Excellence in School Nursing Awards and Distinguished Service Awards, serve as a liaison to the Special Interest Groups, Chair the Continuing Education Committee, provide oversight of the nursing online communities and other duties prescribed by NASN governing documents.

Donna Mazyck, Executive Director

Executive Director
  Donna J. Mazyck, MS, RN, NCSN spent most of her nursing career in community-based settings.  For nearly 20 years, her career focus has been school health.  Donna began her school health career as a high school nurse. Most recently, she worked as a state school nurse consultant at the Maryland State Department of Education.  Donna served as President of the National Association of School Nurses from 2007-2009.  Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland.  She is nationally certified in school nursing and counseling. Donna is also a licensed clinical professional counselor.  She enjoys advancing leadership of school nurses who in turn facilitate student well-being and success.    

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