February 2016 Meeting Notes


ChesMont NP/PA Association

Regional Chapter of PACNP (Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners)

Meeting Minutes for Wed. Feb 17, 2016, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Meeting was conducted by Sue Mattei, Co-President.

6pm Doors Open* 6:15-6:30pm ChesMont Updates* 6:30pm Dinner & Lecture

Officers & Chairpersons:

Co-President: Sue Mattei

Co-President: Barb LaVerghetta

Secretary: Lisa Adams

Membership/Treasury Committee Chairperson: Cheryl Wieczorek

Basket Raffle/Fundraising Chairpersons: Cynthia MacDonald & Buffy Blunt

Regional Representative: Cheryl Schlamb

Attendance Manager: Emmie Amerine

Physician’s Assistant Representative: OPEN

Medical Education Lecture Coordinator: Mary Keirsey, Amanda Laskoskie & Penny Vanderbeek

Directory Chairperson: Lisa Johnson-Ford

PAC Fund Chairperson: Teresa Holman

CEU Chairperson: Tricia Eckman

  1. Lecture for Tonight’s Meeting: Tonight’s lecture was presented by Exact Sciences. Presenter was Dr. Gary Cooperstein, D.O. Family Practice in Downington, PA.

Thank you for providing a very informative lecture.

  1. Attendance:

***Please note there is a 50 guest limit to March’s meeting. Our sponsor has requested the limit to 50. March will be open to the first 50 ChesMont members who RSVP. We will not be open to guests…just for the month of March***

Thank you for your cooperation.

If for whatever reason you cannot make it after you RSVP’d yes, please send a message to Chesmont.nppn@comcast.net.

  1. Legislative Updates: (Cheryl Schlamb):
  1. Cheryl Schlamb was absent tonight. PCNP wishes to remind everyone that it is a member driven organization. The support and donations have made PCNP strong and more successful. Please continue to support and contribute in any way. Thank you.
  1. Lobby Day is May 3rd! Save the date!


  1. Full Practice Authority Campaign Update–#CareforPA:


  • Lisa Adams discussed #CareforPA campaign. She expressed gratitude for all the donations to PCNP.
  • Moving past the budget stalemate, we are still in good position to pass in the Senate with no problems. The focus is now on the House. Keep Writing Letters and discuss with your House Reps!!!! This is Senator Pat Vance’s last year! She has been our champion and we really hope to get this done this year. Thank you for all your support. Lisa Adams (email: Dlkmadams@comcast.net ) and Lisa Johnson (email: lisa.johnson@desales.edu ) can help answer any questions about Full Practice Authority.
  1. PCNP’s 2016 Conference is scheduled for November 3-5, 2016 at the Kalahari Conference Center in the Pocono’s. Save the date! More details to follow on the PCNP website: http://www.pacnp.org/ .
  1. PAC Fund (Teresa Holman):
    1. We still need to boost funds due to recent legislative activities. Thank you for the recent donations to help with the legislative agenda. PCNP still needs support with PAC Fund. Please consider donating money to the PAC Fund. Checks payable to PCNP PAC.
  1. Medical Lectures Update and Upcoming Meetings (Mary Keirsey):
    1. Thank you to Mary Kiersey who will finish as the medical lecture coordinator at the end of this year.
    2. Amanda Laskoskie and Penny Vanderbeek-thank you for your help!
    3. Sponsors are booked up until May, 2016! Please forward info about future lectures to Amanda at toadrn@msn.com and Penny at pvanderbeek1@verizon.net.
  2. CEU Chairperson: Tricia has provided a list of CEU opportunities. These are now accessible via the ChesMont website.
  1. Membership Updates (Cheryl Wieczorek):
    1. Please note**** ChesMont membership list is retrieved from the PCNP website! It is important that you keep up to date via the PCNP website. Currently we are provided quarterly updates from PCNP***
    2. Please check the PCNP website at www.pacnp.org for your membership status and renewal date. Please also confirm the correct email address as well. Memberships are only ONLINE for nurse practitioner members. We now have official membership cards from PCNP.
    3. Physician Assistants (PAs) are not online for PCNP and will need to fill-out membership forms each year (due by 2016). PAs will need to see Cheryl Wieczorek (email: cherylwiz@comcast.net ) for new registration forms to renew your membership and pay annual ChesMont dues.
  1. Attendance and Meeting Logistics (Emmie Amerine):
    1. New Whoozin.com RSVP continues to work well! Invitations to meetings are pulled from the current PCNP member list. First come, first serve. There is a RSVP deadline as mandated by Kimberton Inn and the sponsor.
    2. All members and guests must sign-in on both sheets: **This is mandatory**
      1. ChesMont sign-in sheet
      2. Sponsor’s sign-in sheet.
  1. Basket Raffle :
    1. Diana Bragoli donated the Valentine basket donation for this month! Thank you!
    2. Ann Karras has volunteered to contribute next month’s basket.
    3. Please consider donating a basket for a future meeting.
  1. Job Opportunities:
    1. Volunteer Position: St. Agnes Nurse’s Center in West Chester, PA is looking for volunteers on Saturday mornings 10am to 12noon and Wednesday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm. Contact Terry Berkman at email address: berkmanct@aol.com or phone #484-883-6945.
    2. Brandywine: Cardiology looking for experienced APRN
    3. Chester County Hospital: Looking for ICU nurses.
    4. Brandywine GI Associates- looking for help with Dr. Myers. If interested in contact www.brandywiegi.com.
    5. West Chester University– Previously, Cheryl Schlamb also noted that WCU has availability for the DNP program in the fall and spring.
    6. Einstein hospital: job opportunities from Jen Galczenski:


  1. Special Announcements: Sue Mattei and Barb Laverghetta announced they will be transitioning their roles to Kim Churach and Barb Speelhoffer. Kim Churach offered gracious sentiment to both Sue and Barb for all their hard work and dedication to the group. Kim presented Sue and Barb with flowers and gift from the ChesMont members.

Thank you Sue and Barb. You both are spectacular women and we will always be grateful for your dedication!

  1. Next Meeting: Our next meeting will be held on Wed., March 16, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Kimberton Inn. Meeting was adjourned by Sue Mattei, Co-president.

***Please note there is a 50 guest limit to March’s meeting. Our sponsor has requested the limit to 50. March will be open to the first 50 ChesMont members who RSVP. We will not be open to guests…just for the month of March***

Thank you for your cooperation


Meeting Minutes respectfully submitted on January 21, 2016 by Lisa Adams at chesmont.nppa@comcast.net to Kim Churach at kchurach@comcast.net.