2019-2020 Officers

Michele Lopez, President, RN, MA, CHES, CDE, CNE   Michele Lopez is a life-long health education practitioner and learner, earning an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Westchester Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pace University, and a Master of Arts in Nursing Administration from Columbia University, Teacher’s College. She is currently a Doctorate of Health Education candidate at A.T. Still University and is completing her dissertation on incivility and bullying in nursing academia.  Michele has been a nurse educator for more than 14 years, teaching LPN, RN and Graduate Degree nursing programs in both traditional classroom settings and online environments. In addition to her years spent as an educator, she has more than 24 years of nursing experience with increasing levels of responsibility.  Michele has completed course work and holds certificates for clinical simulator education, diabetes management, and nurse education. Michele is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Certified Nurse Educator, and Certified Health Education Specialist. She has received work study grants for curriculum development, medical math, and infection control.  Michele has helped many students succeed in nursing programs. She has dedicated her career to sharing her learning experiences with others. She is a trained member of the LGBTQ Ally program, acts as a mentor to new teachers and graduate students, and is a graduate of Pace University’s Come Teach with Us Academy for Math and Science educators.  Michele has developed and delivered review courses for NCLEX certificate and license exam preparation. She has been called upon to review content material for nursing and health textbooks. Michele was also selected from a group of nurse educators by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) to perform NCLEX exam item writing.  Michele currently works as a nursing instructor at Dutchess Community College and lives in Rhinebeck with her husband and two sons. Michele is also a trained Stephens Minister.

Michele Lopez, President, RN, MA, CHES, CDE, CNE

Michele Lopez is a life-long health education practitioner and learner, earning an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Westchester Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pace University, and a Master of Arts in Nursing Administration from Columbia University, Teacher’s College. She is currently a Doctorate of Health Education candidate at A.T. Still University and is completing her dissertation on incivility and bullying in nursing academia.

Michele has been a nurse educator for more than 14 years, teaching LPN, RN and Graduate Degree nursing programs in both traditional classroom settings and online environments. In addition to her years spent as an educator, she has more than 24 years of nursing experience with increasing levels of responsibility.

Michele has completed course work and holds certificates for clinical simulator education, diabetes management, and nurse education. Michele is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Certified Nurse Educator, and Certified Health Education Specialist. She has received work study grants for curriculum development, medical math, and infection control.

Michele has helped many students succeed in nursing programs. She has dedicated her career to sharing her learning experiences with others. She is a trained member of the LGBTQ Ally program, acts as a mentor to new teachers and graduate students, and is a graduate of Pace University’s Come Teach with Us Academy for Math and Science educators.

Michele has developed and delivered review courses for NCLEX certificate and license exam preparation. She has been called upon to review content material for nursing and health textbooks. Michele was also selected from a group of nurse educators by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) to perform NCLEX exam item writing.

Michele currently works as a nursing instructor at Dutchess Community College and lives in Rhinebeck with her husband and two sons. Michele is also a trained Stephens Minister.


Maryann Sharpe-Cassese, Recording Secretary   Maryann graduated from Saint Francis Hospital School of Nursing with a diploma in Nursing. After 20 years in surgical services (Operating Room and PACU), she continued her education and graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and in 1996 she earned a Master of Science Degree in Nursing. She spent 14 years in transplant services with The New York Regional Transplant Program (LiveOnNY) as a certified organ transplant coordinator serving Long Island, the 5 Boroughs, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties and was the Executive Director of a transplant program in Albany. She then spent the next several years as a Director for a national healthcare company specializing in wound care and hyperbaric services. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz and an Assistant Professor at SUNY Ulster. For the past 19 years, she has been an Adjunct Instructor at Dutchess Community College, at Excelsior College, in Albany for the past four years, at Alfred State College BSN program (at SUNY Dutchess) since January 2018, and serves on the Nominations and Election Committee for ANA-NY. Maryann and her husband have 6 children (two daughters, and four sons) and have been blessed with 9 grandchildren. They reside in Rhinebeck, New York. She served, as President of The PNA of Dutchess/Putnam, Inc. from 2009 to 2017 and as secretary (NYSNA District 12) from 2004-2006. She currently serves as the Recording Secretary.

Maryann Sharpe-Cassese, Recording Secretary

Maryann graduated from Saint Francis Hospital School of Nursing with a diploma in Nursing. After 20 years in surgical services (Operating Room and PACU), she continued her education and graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and in 1996 she earned a Master of Science Degree in Nursing. She spent 14 years in transplant services with The New York Regional Transplant Program (LiveOnNY) as a certified organ transplant coordinator serving Long Island, the 5 Boroughs, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties and was the Executive Director of a transplant program in Albany. She then spent the next several years as a Director for a national healthcare company specializing in wound care and hyperbaric services. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz and an Assistant Professor at SUNY Ulster. For the past 19 years, she has been an Adjunct Instructor at Dutchess Community College, at Excelsior College, in Albany for the past four years, at Alfred State College BSN program (at SUNY Dutchess) since January 2018, and serves on the Nominations and Election Committee for ANA-NY. Maryann and her husband have 6 children (two daughters, and four sons) and have been blessed with 9 grandchildren. They reside in Rhinebeck, New York. She served, as President of The PNA of Dutchess/Putnam, Inc. from 2009 to 2017 and as secretary (NYSNA District 12) from 2004-2006. She currently serves as the Recording Secretary.

Carol Moran, Vice President    Carol’s nursing career began many years ago when she earned a BSN from SUNY Plattsburgh. She started working at Vassar Brothers Hospital on the adolescent unit. She coordinated the children's cardiac clinic. She later became a staff nurse in med-surg at St. Francis Hospital on a peritoneal dialysis and alcohol detox unit.  She also was employed by New York State in several capacities at OMH and DOH and in two mental health outpatient clinics in Peekskill.. She taught in the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center School of Nursing diploma program and During a few of these years, she attended Marist College and earned my Master of Public Administration. She was then employed by the NYS Department of Health with offices in New Rochelle and Manhattan, from which she retired in 2016 with 34 years of State service. She is currently an adjunct clinical instructor at Dutchess Community College. She has a son and a daughter and four grandchildren,. She loves being a grandmother and spending time with the grandkids whenever she can. She enjoys traveling, volunteering as a docent at the Staatsburgh Historic Site, gardening and taking Zumba classes. She has been on the Board of District 12 Nurses Association, now the PNA, in some capacity for over thirty years.

Carol Moran, Vice President


Carol’s nursing career began many years ago when she earned a BSN from SUNY Plattsburgh. She started working at Vassar Brothers Hospital on the adolescent unit. She coordinated the children's cardiac clinic. She later became a staff nurse in med-surg at St. Francis Hospital on a peritoneal dialysis and alcohol detox unit.

She also was employed by New York State in several capacities at OMH and DOH and in two mental health outpatient clinics in Peekskill.. She taught in the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center School of Nursing diploma program and During a few of these years, she attended Marist College and earned my Master of Public Administration. She was then employed by the NYS Department of Health with offices in New Rochelle and Manhattan, from which she retired in 2016 with 34 years of State service. She is currently an adjunct clinical instructor at Dutchess Community College. She has a son and a daughter and four grandchildren,. She loves being a grandmother and spending time with the grandkids whenever she can. She enjoys traveling, volunteering as a docent at the Staatsburgh Historic Site, gardening and taking Zumba classes.
She has been on the Board of District 12 Nurses Association, now the PNA, in some capacity for over thirty years.


Michael Sanders, Corresponding Secretary   Michael Sanders graduated in 2013 from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. In 2017 he obtained an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing from SUNY Dutchess and is enrolled in the BS in nursing program through SUNY Alfred @ Dutchess Community College. He is currently practicing at Orange Regional Medical Center. He brings advanced skills in technology to his current role as Corresponding Secretary and functions as website administrator for our organization.  He resides in Wappingers Falls, NY.

Michael Sanders, Corresponding Secretary

Michael Sanders graduated in 2013 from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. In 2017 he obtained an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing from SUNY Dutchess and is enrolled in the BS in nursing program through SUNY Alfred @ Dutchess Community College. He is currently practicing at Orange Regional Medical Center. He brings advanced skills in technology to his current role as Corresponding Secretary and functions as website administrator for our organization.

He resides in Wappingers Falls, NY.


Mary Jane Begley, Treasurer   Mary Jane retired from Dutchess County in 2014 after 22 years of service. She worked as a Registered Nurse and then as a Public Health Nurse for the Health Department until 2006 and then at the Office of the Aging until she retired.  She earned her LPN from St Josephs Hospital in Yonkers, an Associates Degree in Nursing from Dutchess Community College and a Bachelors degree in Nursing from the State University at New Paltz.  Mary Jane has been a member of the Union Vale Fire Company and Rescue Squad since 1981. She was a New York State EMT until 1985 when her daughter was born. She was Treasurer of the Union Vale Ambulance Corp from 1986 until 1998.  Since her retirement, Mary Jane and her husband have traveled to Alaska and Canada . They are members of the Red Knight Motorcycle Club and travel to yearly conventions and weekend rallies. Mary Jane started working last year per diem for the Arlington School District as a substitute nurse.

Mary Jane Begley, Treasurer

Mary Jane retired from Dutchess County in 2014 after 22 years of service. She worked as a Registered Nurse and then as a Public Health Nurse for the Health Department until 2006 and then at the Office of the Aging until she retired.

She earned her LPN from St Josephs Hospital in Yonkers, an Associates Degree in Nursing from Dutchess Community College and a Bachelors degree in Nursing from the State University at New Paltz.

Mary Jane has been a member of the Union Vale Fire Company and Rescue Squad since 1981. She was a New York State EMT until 1985 when her daughter was born. She was Treasurer of the Union Vale Ambulance Corp from 1986 until 1998.

Since her retirement, Mary Jane and her husband have traveled to Alaska and Canada . They are members of the Red Knight Motorcycle Club and travel to yearly conventions and weekend rallies. Mary Jane started working last year per diem for the Arlington School District as a substitute nurse.


Board of Directors

Mary Cohen   Mary describes her philosophy and vision of nursing as both are related to her desire to inspire, motivate, and empower individuals, families, and communities to aim for and achieve personal health and well-being through the choices that they make. Specifically, her philosophy statement for herself and other nurses includes striving for balance and professional growth through continued life-long learning, which has been an ongoing goal throughout her career and strengthened during her completion of the baccalaureate nursing program at Excelsior College. As a current student in the Master of Science in Nursing Education program at Excelsior College, she realizes that many of her values, attributes, and principles related to nursing through experiences have contributed to the transformative learning process throughout her 40 years as a professional registered nurse. Mary’s background includes diverse clinical experiences in perioperative surgical services, trauma, coronary care, and critical care, as well as maternal child health and community health school nursing.  Currently, Mary enjoys her role as the Lab Assistant in the Nursing Skill Lab at Dutchess Community College.  She has membership in the American Holistic Nurses Association, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and has served as Assistant Chair of the New York State Nurses Association for the Arlington Central School District. Mary’s certifications include the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, as well as Neonatal Resuscitation Provider. She has also served as a member on the Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County, NY.  Mary is married, and the mother of two adult daughters, and is very excited in anticipation of the birth of her first grandchild! In her spare time, Mary enjoys yoga, dance, and her beloved cats.

Mary Cohen

Mary describes her philosophy and vision of nursing as both are related to her desire to inspire, motivate, and empower individuals, families, and communities to aim for and achieve personal health and well-being through the choices that they make. Specifically, her philosophy statement for herself and other nurses includes striving for balance and professional growth through continued life-long learning, which has been an ongoing goal throughout her career and strengthened during her completion of the baccalaureate nursing program at Excelsior College. As a current student in the Master of Science in Nursing Education program at Excelsior College, she realizes that many of her values, attributes, and principles related to nursing through experiences have contributed to the transformative learning process throughout her 40 years as a professional registered nurse. Mary’s background includes diverse clinical experiences in perioperative surgical services, trauma, coronary care, and critical care, as well as maternal child health and community health school nursing.

Currently, Mary enjoys her role as the Lab Assistant in the Nursing Skill Lab at Dutchess Community College.

She has membership in the American Holistic Nurses Association, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and has served as Assistant Chair of the New York State Nurses Association for the Arlington Central School District. Mary’s certifications include the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, as well as Neonatal Resuscitation Provider. She has also served as a member on the Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County, NY.

Mary is married, and the mother of two adult daughters, and is very excited in anticipation of the birth of her first grandchild! In her spare time, Mary enjoys yoga, dance, and her beloved cats.


Donna Law   Donna received her BSN from SUNY Plattsburgh and her MSN from SUNY New Paltz in 1996. After a long career at Hudson River Psychiatric Center as a Nurse educator, she retired in 2011. She has served on the NYSNA District 12 Board from 2008- 2015 and has continued as a board member for The Professional Nurses Association of Dutchess/Putnam, Inc. She and her husband travel extensively, worldwide and they reside in Poughkeepsie.

Donna Law

Donna received her BSN from SUNY Plattsburgh and her MSN from SUNY New Paltz in 1996. After a long career at Hudson River Psychiatric Center as a Nurse educator, she retired in 2011. She has served on the NYSNA District 12 Board from 2008- 2015 and has continued as a board member for The Professional Nurses Association of Dutchess/Putnam, Inc. She and her husband travel extensively, worldwide and they reside in Poughkeepsie.


Karen Sieverding   Currently, Karen Sieverding is an adjunct instructor at Dutchess Community College (DCC) in the Nursing Department. In addition to serving as a Board Member for the NYSNA District 12 from 2010 to 2011, she also currently serves on the board (2015-Present). She served as Treasurer for the organization from 2011 to 2015. She has over twenty years of experience in internal auditing and has performed various types of operational, process and financial reviews in the healthcare environment. These audits have included such areas as the Emergency Department, cardiology, pharmacy, federal and non-federal research grants and home health care.  Karen is a registered nurse. Her professional experience includes administrative responsibility for corporate wide discharge planning, risk management, quality improvement and medical staff activities as well as the management of a freestanding Diagnostic and Treatment Center. She has served as a Corporate Compliance Officer, a HIPPA Privacy Officer and as an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz in the Department of Nursing.  Her educational preparation includes a diploma degree in nursing from St. Francis School of Nursing, a bachelor of science in nursing from SUNY New Paltz, a master of science in nursing from Pace University and a master of business administration from Marist College.

Karen Sieverding

Currently, Karen Sieverding is an adjunct instructor at Dutchess Community College (DCC) in the Nursing Department. In addition to serving as a Board Member for the NYSNA District 12 from 2010 to 2011, she also currently serves on the board (2015-Present). She served as Treasurer for the organization from 2011 to 2015. She has over twenty years of experience in internal auditing and has performed various types of operational, process and financial reviews in the healthcare environment. These audits have included such areas as the Emergency Department, cardiology, pharmacy, federal and non-federal research grants and home health care.

Karen is a registered nurse. Her professional experience includes administrative responsibility for corporate wide discharge planning, risk management, quality improvement and medical staff activities as well as the management of a freestanding Diagnostic and Treatment Center. She has served as a Corporate Compliance Officer, a HIPPA Privacy Officer and as an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz in the Department of Nursing.

Her educational preparation includes a diploma degree in nursing from St. Francis School of Nursing, a bachelor of science in nursing from SUNY New Paltz, a master of science in nursing from Pace University and a master of business administration from Marist College.

Matt Heneka, President Ex-Officio   Matthew Heneka retired from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office in May of 2015 at the rank of Lieutenant while working for the Sheriffs Office he oversaw 14 police officers on a daily basis and also supervises 2 specialty units, a 15 member SWAT team and an 8 member Underwater Search and Recovery Unit within the Sheriffs Office. He also was the lead contact for the Dutchess County Department of Health for Counter Terrorism and Biological Incidents. He also assists in Law Enforcement planning, incident command and response to public health emergencies. He was assigned to the FBI, Joint Terrorism Task. Currently He works at Vassar Brothers Medical Center as an RN in the Emergency Department. He currently serves as President of the Professional Nurses Association of Dutchess/Putnam, Inc.

Matt Heneka, President Ex-Officio

Matthew Heneka retired from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office in May of 2015 at the rank of Lieutenant while working for the Sheriffs Office he oversaw 14 police officers on a daily basis and also supervises 2 specialty units, a 15 member SWAT team and an 8 member Underwater Search and Recovery Unit within the Sheriffs Office. He also was the lead contact for the Dutchess County Department of Health for Counter Terrorism and Biological Incidents. He also assists in Law Enforcement planning, incident command and response to public health emergencies. He was assigned to the FBI, Joint Terrorism Task. Currently He works at Vassar Brothers Medical Center as an RN in the Emergency Department. He currently serves as President of the Professional Nurses Association of Dutchess/Putnam, Inc.


Cindy Paradiso   Cindy Paradiso has been a nurse for almost two decades. She received her BSN from Binghamton University and her Master's in Nursing Education from Pace University where she is currently in the Doctoral Program. Most of her career has been spent at White Plains Hospital. She has experience in med/Surg, critical care and leadership. Currently, she works in the quality dept at White Plains Hospital and as a clinical instructor for Dutchess Community College and Pace University, as her passion is teaching, mentoring and guiding students. She recently successfully passed the Certified Nurse Educator exam and is planning on pursuing a doctoral degree this Fall. When she is not teaching or working, she enjoys spending time with her three kids, yoga and exercise.

Cindy Paradiso

Cindy Paradiso has been a nurse for almost two decades. She received her BSN from Binghamton University and her Master's in Nursing Education from Pace University where she is currently in the Doctoral Program. Most of her career has been spent at White Plains Hospital. She has experience in med/Surg, critical care and leadership. Currently, she works in the quality dept at White Plains Hospital and as a clinical instructor for Dutchess Community College and Pace University, as her passion is teaching, mentoring and guiding students. She recently successfully passed the Certified Nurse Educator exam and is planning on pursuing a doctoral degree this Fall. When she is not teaching or working, she enjoys spending time with her three kids, yoga and exercise.


Cathy Tegtmeier   Cathi Tegtmeier currently is employed by Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health as the Director for Communicable Disease and Public Health Emergency Preparedness. She entered public health in 2009 as Medical Reserve Corps and Emergency Medical Services Coordinator with prior experiences as a critical care nurse for adults, neonates, and Flight Nurse on Stat Flight/LifeNet. She earned degrees from Dutchess Community College, Mount Saint Mary’s College and Master’s in Public Health from New York Medical College. Cathi has 2 young adult children, always youthful dog and resides in Rhinebeck, NY.

Cathy Tegtmeier

Cathi Tegtmeier currently is employed by Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health as the Director for Communicable Disease and Public Health Emergency Preparedness. She entered public health in 2009 as Medical Reserve Corps and Emergency Medical Services Coordinator with prior experiences as a critical care nurse for adults, neonates, and Flight Nurse on Stat Flight/LifeNet. She earned degrees from Dutchess Community College, Mount Saint Mary’s College and Master’s in Public Health from New York Medical College. Cathi has 2 young adult children, always youthful dog and resides in Rhinebeck, NY.


Committee Members:

Vincent Casa

Christine Keuhner

Mary Koniz Arnold

Cynthia Lydford

Historian:

Jan Viola

President Ex-Officio:

Matt Heneka

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