2017 API Program Planning Committee

Thank you to the members of this year’s API (Advanced Practice Institute) Program Planning Committee, who selected abstracts and designed the API educational program. We appreciate your enthusiastic dedication and admire your expertise.

Marylee Bressie is a core faculty and specialization lead for Leadership & Administration in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Capella University, Minneapolis. She says, “Getting to work with national office staff and fantastic advanced practice nurses from different practice areas all over the country was thrilling and humbling. I have reviewed abstracts before, but the commitment and responsibility we were given to pick the topics for what will be the best API ever in Houston was phenomenal.”



Kathy Bunzli serves as a clinical nurse in the Virtual ICU at University of Colorado Health, Aurora. She says, “Every nurse I had the honor to work with on this committee showed not only compassion and commitment, but a true sense of passion to help elevate critical care nurses around the country. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience I shall never forget.”




Angeline Dewey, a clinical nurse specialist in an ICU and neurosurgical ICU at Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover, Delaware, felt honored to return to the API committee this year as chair. She says, “I was impressed by how driven AACN is to providing an exceptional learning experience at NTI/API. For example, if the committee identified an important learning need for a presentation, AACN leadership was willing to find a speaker to fulfill that need.”



Susan Dresser, a clinical instructor at Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, has worked as an advanced practice nurse in many roles and settings to care for acutely and critically ill cardiovascular patients. She says, “My value for diversity of thought was reinforced as a result of this experience, as APRNs from around the country shared their thoughts. The opportunity to network with such a collegial group of professionals was truly inspiring.”


Kristin Hittle Gigli, a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Pediatric ICU at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, has worked in pediatric critical care for more than 10 years. She says, “Working with a dynamic planning committee provided me an opportunity to learn about the review process and demonstrated the thoughtful hard work that goes into planning an API with sessions for each member to attend, which will strengthen critical care delivery.”


Lisa Harrison is a nurse practitioner in Transplant Surgery Services at University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville. She says, “I was reminded how much everyone who works for this group of extraordinary nurses cares about our profession and the AACN mission. It was one of the best and healthiest work environments I have been a part of, thanks to the guidance from Angeline Dewey and RoseMarie Faber. I hope we put forth a top-notch program for all of the members and attendees.”


Rose Hata is an APRN/clinical nurse specialist in the Surgical ICU at The Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu. She says, “With more growing opportunities for APRNs, it was important that we included the latest technological advances, up-to-date guidelines/research information and innovative strategies to sustain change or outcomes. Our shared vision for excellence in our committee allowed us to meet our goal to select meaningful sessions for all APRNs.”



Serena Kelly, a nurse practitioner in Pediatric Critical Care at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, Oregon, brings a pediatric and nurse practitioner clinical perspective to this year’s API committee. She says, “It was a priority for me to include new pediatric-specific clinical content as well as content to support advanced practice nurses in career advancement, leadership and personal growth. It takes a lot of work to plan one of the best conferences in the nation, but it sure is fun work!”