Bailey Ackerman

Bailey Ackerman is the Grants and Education Coordinator for the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She is responsible for grant writing and reporting, developing and maintaining our Learning Management System, and facilitating PCNA’s abstract submission process.  She brings a background in education and administration to her role at PCNA. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh…

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Jennifer M. Eaves

Jennifer Eaves, DNP, MSN, RN, Administrative Director of Cardiovascular Services at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Over 20 years of healthcare experience with 10 years in nursing leadership.  She has a passion cardiovascular services, quality patient care, and evidence-based practices. When not at work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband.  Her hobbies include needlepoint, gardening, canning, and musical…

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Kate Nilges

Kate Nilges, RN-BSN is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic – Rochester in their Valvular Heart Disease Clinic and on their Ischemic / Comprehensive Cardiac Progressive Care Unit. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Exercise Science in May 2015 from Iowa State University and an Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing from Allen College…

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Lynsey Mahlum

ANP received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Humboldt State University and graduated from University of Colorado with a Master’s degree adult nurse practitioner. She currently works at University of Colorado Health Internal Medicine. She is a board-certified Heart Failure Nurse.  She is the current Rocky Mountain Chapter President for PCNA. She serves on the…

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Emily J. Jones

Dr. Jones is a nurse scientist who conducts type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention-focused community-based participatory research in collaboration with partners in the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Specifically, she works with Indigenous women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes to identify and implement intervention approaches to reduce stress-related cardiometabolic risk factors and prevent diabetes…

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Kimberly Buff Prado

Dr. Kimberly Buff Prado is an assistant professor, within the Advanced Nursing Practice Division, for Rutgers University School of Nursing. Dr. Prado Graduated from Rutgers in 2010 with her DNP, and in 1995 for her MSN, in the Advance Practice Acute Care track. Dr. Prado also became nationally certified In Adult Gerontology. Dr Prado served…

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Irina Benenson

A practicing family nurse practitioner, Dr. Irina Benenson serves as an assistant professor at the Advanced Nursing Practice Division, Rutgers University School of Nursing, where she teaches graduate level clinical courses. Dr. Benenson’s scholarship focuses on improving healthcare outcomes of individuals with chronic medical conditions, especially hypertension and other cardiovascular comorbidities. The primary area of…

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Mary Nejedly

Mary P. Nejedly graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a BSN in nursing and completed her MS as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from the University of California, San Francisco. She has been practicing as a nurse practitioner for over 30 years with the last 25 years being in Cardiology.  She has been at Stanford…

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