This is an important time for DDNA … a call for nominations for a position on the association’s Board of Directors!

As you likely realize, the DDNA Board of Directors are members of the association, elected by the membership through open nomination and voting processes.  Board members volunteer their time and energy, to help lead the association and promote IDD nursing across the healthcare community at large.

In the 2018 election cycle, one Board position is up for election – the Treasurer.  The Treasurer serves a three-year term, with the upcoming term beginning in January 2019 and serving through December 2021.  A summary of the position’s responsibilities follow, and more information can be found on the website.

Nominations for this position open April 1 and close May 31.  Following the close for nominations, the Board of Directors will review the nominees and approve the slate of candidates.

So, consider serving the association by running for a Board position!  Log into your member profile on the DDNA website and make sure your membership is current today – then review the position responsibilities and nominate yourself or another qualified member today!

Current Election - Treasurer

  1. In addition to the general Board responsibilities, the Treasurer also has the following responsibilities specific to the position:
  2. Maintain DDNA’s financial information, including:  Bank account balances and a record/accounting of utilization of all DDNA funds.
  3. Review the association’s revenues and expenses.  Review payables for the association.  Report any exceptions to the Board.
  4. Process all management company invoices and/or reimbursement requests.
  5. Provide financial reports to the Board and general membership:
    1. Provide a report of financial exceptions or concerns to Board of Directors during routine meetings and as they occur;
    2. Provide full Treasurer report to the Board of Directors semi-annually;
    3. Provide annual financial statement to membership.
  6. Other tasks/duties as assigned by President.

Board Position:               Treasurer

Nominations Open:        4/1

Nominations Close:        5/31

Candidates Slated:          9/15

Voting Begins:                10/1

Voting Closes:                 10/31

Results Published:          Winter Newsletter

Term of Office:               January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2021

2018 Candidate Biographies – Treasurer

Heather Brock is a Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse (CDDN) who received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from William Jewell College and has 15 years of experience in the field of nursing, including a background in critical care, emergency services, and nursing in the school system. Currently, Heather is the RN at Developing Potential, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri where she assists the individuals and staff at all program locations by promoting and supporting healthy living. Heather provides training for program staff, which includes: Red Cross CPR and First Aid; medication administration training; and on-going health trainings throughout the year.

Through the local Chamber of Commerce, she is a committee member on the health and wellness committee. She is also a member of the Dental Coalition through the local SB40 board, whose goal is to enhance and improve dental services to individuals with ID/DD. Furthermore, Heather is a Clinical Preceptor for William Jewell College where she assists with educating nursing students about providingcare for individuals having developing disabilities. Heather’s dream is to one day open a specialty clinicfor individuals with ID/DD and their specific care needs. Heather’s vision for DDNA is to increasemembership, with the hopes that as more nurses become involved with the organization, the bigger the impact will be in the lives of individuals with ID/DD.

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I’ve been a I/DD nurse for nearly 30 years. I was one of the first 100 Registered Nurses toreceive the DDNA certification. Other certifications include CRRN, TNP, BC-Gerontology, LNC, and graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Course.

Passion and dedication for people has been the driving force throughout my career, I continue to work as a residential RN and Director of Health Management and Research of a diverse group of professionals/paraprofessionals.

My mission is to provide compassionate care, a sense of belonging, help others understand the“why” in situations to provide optimal care, and assist families to make informed decisions.Together we can accomplish much to improve the healthcare challenges for those most vulnerable, who need us to walk alongside them. We’re also responsible as professionals toassist our colleagues to listen, support, teach, and learn from one another. As DDNA members we can continue to make a difference for those entrusted to our care, their families, the staff and nurses entering the field of I/DD nursing.

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