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Based on the Iowa Nurses Association (INA) Bylaws, the Nominations Committee issues a Call for Committees each year to encourage members to continue their engagement or to become involved with the Association through serving on a committee. After the Nominations Committee receives and reviews the Committee Consent to Serve forms, they committee makes an official recommendation to the INA Board of Directors who approve and appoint members to fill any vacancies.

Listed below are the appointed INA Committee Members for 2024:


Dawn Bowker, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, CNE, SANE (Chair)

Becky Lewis, RN

Linda Opheim, RN, BSN, CIC
Greg Opseth, MHA, BSN, RN 


Dawn Bowker, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, CNE, SANE (Chair)

Misty Brooks, RN, BSN, CMSRN

Katelyn Burns-Thompson, BSN, RN
Ellen DeJong, BSN, RN
Jan Lee, PhD, BSN, RN

Brandi O'Dell, MSN, RN, CPN
Kennedy Thoren, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC


Mary Tarbox, EdD, RN (Chair)
Amanda Bruscher, BSN, RN
Kennedy Thoren, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

This committee has two vacancies.


Christina Peterson, BSN, RN (Chair)
Candace Chihak, EdD, MSN, RN

Darci Colsch, RN, MSN
Julie Dragstra, EdD, MA, BSN, RN

Traci Lamb, MSN, RN, PMH-BC


Shari Kvidahl, BSN, RN (Chair)
Gina Battani, MPA, BSN, RN
Stephaney Brondum, MSN, RN, CNL
Dana Clasen, DNP, MSN-ED, RN
Hope Dunn, BSN, MHSA, RN
April Golwitzer, MSN, BSN, RN
Carrie Lawson, MHA, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Emily Vore, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC


Kate Pace, BSN, RN (Chair)

Dawn Bowker, PhD, RN, ARNP-BC, CNE, SANE

Lisa Caffery, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC
Jennifer Casson, BSN, RN, C-EFM
Pam Deichmann, MPH, BSN, RN
Kelcie Gunderson, BSN, RN
Esther Huston, RN, BSN, PMHNP-DNP Student
Christin Pritchard, DNP, MSHI, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, HACP
Sam Wu, RN

Questions about committees and the committee process? Email members@iowanurses.org.

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