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Voting Instructions

Offices up for election in 2011 include Vice President, Region I Representative, Region VI Representative, and the yearlycandidates for Nominating Committee. Voting opens February 7 - March 7. Members who have an e-mail address on file at ACNM will receive an e-mail with a link to the secure electronic ballot. Members who do not have an e-mail on file at ACNM will receive online voting instructions via mail.

Election Forum

Pose questions to the candidates and read their responses to other members' questions in the online election forum, open January 15 - February 5.
Click here to access the forum.


Candidate Information

Click the links below to read detailed biographical information for each of the candidates running for election in the 2011 cycle.To read the candidates responses to questions from the Nominating Committee, read pages 20-23 of the Fall 2010 issue ofQuickening.



Candidate for Vice President

Kate Fouquier, CNM
Present Position/Title:
Clinical Faculty, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

ACNM Activities

National:

Chair, Program Committee, American College of Nurse-Midwives 2004-2010

Local:

Vice President, ACNM Georgia Chapter 2002-2003

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

As midwives, many of us share a common story; we chose midwifery in order to offer women a voice in their care, only to find that individually, the mainstream medical model of care often ignores our voice. It is through our professional organization that our collective voices can be heard and we become change agents. As a member of the Georgia chapter of ACNM, I served as vice president and was part of the coalition that lobbied for, and attained, prescriptive authority. In 2004, I was selected to serve as chair of the national program committee, and held that post for two terms. As vice president, I am prepared to assist our president and the board, along with the many dedicated division and committee members, in implementing our strategic goals and to ensure that our voices are heard as active participants in the health care debate, both nationally and internationally.

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Candidate for Vice President

Cathy Collins-Fulea, CNM, MSN, FACNM
Present Position/Title:
Division Head Midwifery, Henry Ford Health System

ACNM Activities
National:

Board of Directors, Region IV Representative,2006 - 2009
Chair, Division of Standards and Practice, 2002 - 2006
Quality Management Section Chair, Division of Standards & Practice, 1995 - 2001
Chair, Administrative Manual Task Force, Service Directors Network, 1992 - 1996
National Precertification Committee, Chair Exam Sub Committee, 1990 - 1995
Chair, National Service Directors Network, 1990 - 1992
Local Chair, National Program Committee, 1985 - 1990

Local:
Chair, Southeast MI Chapter, 1992 - 1994
Chair, Peer Review Committee, MI Chapter, 1986 - 1990
Executive Secretary, MI Chapter, 1984 - 1987

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

I have been in active midwifery clinical practice, in a variety of settings, for almost 30 years. I believe strongly that we, the individuals, are the profession. For me, it is not enough to care for women in my office. I believe in dedicating some time to the profession so that I can improve the options and the quality of care available to women in this country. My goal is to continue serving the profession as ACNM vice president.

My efforts on the ACNM Board of Directors would be to strengthen our relationships with federal, state, professional, and advocacy groups. It is my goal to remove legal and regulatory barriers to practice and expand reimbursement for education of students. My history of leadership makes me well prepared for this role. I know how to engage and motivate people. I am skilled at being able to translate concepts into a language understandable to different audiences. I understand how the stressors of every day clinical practice impact us. As a regional representative on the board of directors I learned the role of the board in leading the profession. I developed an honest, transparent relationship with the MANA members on the ACNM/MANA Liaison group. I also participated in ACNM meetings with ACOG and AMA helping to build bridges between our organizations. These very diverse experiences demonstrate that I have the ability to effectively represent the ACNM members to organizations who have a range of values and beliefs, some different than ours. I would be honored to represent the voices of our members and serve as the next vice president of ACNM.

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Candidate for Region I Representative

Linda Nanni, CNM, MSN

Present Position/Title:
Shareholder, Managing Board Member, and Director of Nurse-Midwifery Services, Women's Care, Inc., Providence, RI

ACNM activities:
National:

Region I Representative, 2008 - present

Local:
Rhode Island Chapter Chair, 1989 - 1992 and 2003 - 2004
Chairperson Regional Peer Review Committee, 1988 - 1992

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

I have been a member of ACNM for 28 years. I have devoted my professional career to serving women by providing full-scope midwifery care to a diverse population. I have administrated the practice of midwifery for almost as long. As a managing partner in a collaborative practice, I have learned about the business of midwifery. All this has required activities that demand close collaboration with physicians, hospital administrators, health center administrators, nurses, ancillary and administrative staff, politician, consultants, lawyers, and accountants.

This longevity and these experiences have enabled me to be a critical thinker around the table. I am currently serving the last year of a three-year term as region I representative. It has been both much more of a commitment and more of a thrill then I had originally imagined. I have gotten to work closely with some devoted national office staff and amazing midwives that volunteer their time and expertise for our profession! There is much to do and I have more to offer.

ACNM has set priorities and goals that are exciting to be a part of. I never feel that my job is done. There is always more that I could do. I would be honored to serve a second term.


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Candidate for Region VI Representative

Mary-Paul Backman, CNM, MN

Present Position/Title:
Staff CNM, Madigan Midwifery Service, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA

ACNM activities:

Local:
Member Washington Affiliate, 1998 - present
President local Washington Chapter/Affiliate Region VI, Chapter III, 2003 - 2005

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

For the past 12 years, I have practiced full-scope midwifery. Practicing midwifery while in the uniformed service as a Naval officer provided opportunities and challenges that have built a broad base of both clinical and administrative experience. Relocation every three to four years also brought the opportunity to appreciate the variations and challenges for midwifery care in multiple settings nationally and internationally. As a uniformed service midwife, I dealt with the same day-to-day challenges as any other midwife but also faced challenges unique to military service. Opportunities to present issues for improved women’s health care was not always perceived as a priority of the uniformed service. Finding opportunities to address women’s health issues and proposals for solutions in the midwifery model, however, was always my priority.

I am active and involved in local ACNM chapters as well as experienced as a voting member of both a community-sized and medical center hospitals, Executive Medical Staffs, chairman of the medical staff and the representative from the department of OB/GYN to the hospital’s Credentials and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees. Demonstrating ability to articulate midwifery philosophy while working with multiple perinatal disciplines led to my selection to Navy Perinatal Advisory Board (A board comprised of obstetricians, pediatricians, nurses, and family medicine physicians that advises the Navy Surgeon General and the Department of Defense on maternal child health policy and practice) and my selection as the first non physician chairman of the board.

As ACNM enters an era of not only participating but leading in health policy, I would appreciate the opportunity to contribute to our further success and advancement. Now retired from military service, but still practicing full-time full-scope midwifery, I hope my experience and proven ability to work for consensus while respecting and listening to various midwifery issues can be a positive contribution to the ACNM membership.

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Candidate for Region VI Representative

Michelle Grandy, CNM, MN

Present Position/Title:
Practice Manager University Midwives, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

ACNM Activities:
National:
Chair, Medical Education Caucus of ACNM, 2009-present

Local:
Chapter Chair, Washington State, 2009-present
Local Chapter Committee for Hosting the ACNM Annual Meeting, 2008-2009

Candidate Statement related to Office:

I believe that the Region VI representative will have three main foci in the upcoming years: (1) helping states with the affiliate process, (2) facilitating communication both ways between national and the state affiliates, and (3) supporting the position of midwives at the forefront of women’s care, as guidelines for health care reform are developed.

ACNM is building a more cohesive network with the new bylaws and the transition to state affiliate organizations. The affiliate structure has potential to help unite us as midwives nation-wide—promoting midwifery in a cohesive way. As chapter chair for Washington State, I facilitated our affiliation process, and I place a high priority on assisting other Region VI states in becoming affiliates. On the national level, this year I also helped form the Medical Education Caucus (the first caucus in ACNM), writing the standing rules of operation and procedure (SROPs), and working with the national bylaws committee/board of directors for approval.

I believe that timely, effective communication between the board of directors and the state affiliates is essential to an effective organization. The region representative is in a key position to strengthen the bond between states and the national level by providing avenues for two-way information flow. I have dedicated my time as chapter chair to improving connections within our membership by (1) using our Web site for communication between members—and featuring midwives across the state; (2) utilizing internet meeting systems to increase access to chapter meetings; (3) working with chapter officers to lead organized, effective meetings, balancing personal connections and progress in our state-level work.

As we usher in health care reforms, we need to keep midwives at the leading edge as women’s care providers. We are the experts in normal physiologic birth—and we need to claim that role in the health care system. Working with other professional organizations will be essential to our success.


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Candidate for Nominating Committee

Darcy Brewin, CNM, PhD

Present Position/Title:
Assistant Professor University of Massachusetts Lowell

ACNM Activities:

Legislative Committee, Teller, Chapter Chair, Massachusetts, Member of the Massachusetts Committee of the Thrive Program (Teen Health Requires Interaction, Values and Education)–Collaboration between Massachusetts midwives and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health funded by a mini grant from the American College of Nurse Midwives and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to focus professionals, delivery systems and communities on the unique needs of teens,2002-2003

Candidate Statement related to office:

I have had a long career in midwifery. Over the past 30 years I had the opportunity to create many new midwifery practices, to teach in nurse-midwifery programs, and to help mothers deliver their babies at home, in birth centers and in community and tertiary care hospitals. Starting up a new endeavor is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. In recruiting candidates for ACNM offices, I will encourage those with a pioneering spirit, upon which midwifery in the United States was founded, to step forward and to lead us during this crucial time as the health care system is expanded and health care services are extended to all Americans.


We are now in the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act era. The passage of that landmark legislation will have a profound impact on our profession, the health care delivery system and the well-being of our clients. During this period of change, it is very important that ACNM has visionary leadership. As a member of the nominating committee I would join with the other nominating committee members to seek articulate, capable, and wise leaders to guide our profession during this most historic period. We need leadership that can speak about the contribution of midwifery care not only to a supportive audience but also to those who have not embraced the midwifery model of care.

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Candidate for Nominating Committee

Kathleen Brown, MSN, CNM

Present Position/Title:
Lead Certified Nurse Midwife and Simulation Specialist

ACNM Activities:

National:
ACNM Ed. Session - Obstetric emergent simulation: Design, Development, Debriefing, and Evaluation, 2010
ACNM Workshop presentation - Obstetric emergent simulation: Shoulder Dystocia, Post-partum Hemorrhage, Maternal arrest, 2009
ACNM Special program Participant: Become a Midwife, 2008 & 2009

Local:
Inaugural year ACNM Michigan Affiliate President, 2010 - 2011
Chapter Chair, Region IV, Chapter VII , 2009 - 2010


Candidate Statement related to office:

Gentle fierceness is at the core of a nurse midwife. With gentle hands she nurtures the women giving birth and the student striving to become a midwife. Fierceness prevails in the constant struggle to preserve our practices and keep our profession moving forward. This became apparent in my current clinic practice, previous full scope practice and birth center practice. They have allowed me to push forward in starting a CNM Triage practice in a hospital without any midwives, reinforcing the value I have in the strength of women, a strong midwife education, and the organization that represents us and promotes our role.

My vision for the American College of Nurse Midwives membership is to have our professional role known, valued and distinguished throughout America. To make clear the healthcare role we play in the lives of women and their families. This requires recruitment of gently fierce leaders who value promotion of who we are and what we do. I envision our leaders strengthening our collaboration with ACOG in the promotion of women’s health and birth experience; promoting our love of diversity, evidence based practice and innovation in education; while supporting the common ground we share with MANA and NACPM.

I want the leadership of the ACNM to have the same strength of character as the strong women and families we care for and midwives we work with. The members of the nominating committee are in the unique position of leadership recruitment. If chosen for the committee, I will work to ensure our candidates for office are strong, gentle, and fierce in their commitment to Certified Nurse Midwives\Certified Midwives, and in the promotion of our profession, the diversity of our experience and practice, and in upholding the core values we live by when caring for women and their families.



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Candidate for Nominating Committee

Nivia Nieves Fisch, CNM, RN

Present Position/Title:
Certified Nurse-Midwife, Harlingen Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates, Harlingen, Texas

ACNM Activities

National:

Member of ACNM starting 1975 to present
Chair Women of Color Committee, ACNM (2001-2004)
Consultant, ACNM, Global Health, Honduras Project (2000-2001)
Consultant, ACNM, Special Projects Section, PRIME/Peru Phase 111
Clinical training (1998)

Local:

ACNM Region V Chapter 7 - 1975 to present (Have served as chair, vice chair, and fundraiser)
Representative to Texas Consortium of Nurse-Midwives

Candidate Statement related to office:

The American College of Nurse-Midwives' role in the promotion of our midwifery profession to our clients and their families as well as the general public, locally, nationally, and even globally is more important than ever.

The work of ACNM is to assure the well being of a profession dedicated to rendering quality care, promoting healthy life styles and access to all.

It is our role as members of this wonderful profession to guide ACNM leadership in identification of problems, solutions, and to help make plans for the future of a healthy society and midwifery profession.

In the past 35 years since I joined ACNM, I have seen many changes and have met many wonderful women. I have attended almost every local chapter meeting, 32 national meetings and been involved in the creation of the Texas consortium of Certified Nurse-Midwives.

My goal for being a member of the nominating committee of ACNM is to encourage some of these very talented women to devote time towards the betterment of our profession by working with ACNM.


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Candidate for Nominating Committee

Pamela Reis, CNM, MSN, NNP-BC, PhD(c)
Present Position/Title:
Clinical Assistant Professor, East Carolina University College of Nursing, Greenville, North Carolina

ACNM Activities:

National:

Member, ACNM 1991-present
Member, ACNM Midwives of Color Committee, 1995-present


Local:
Member, North Carolina Chapter of ACNM, 1992-present
North Carolina Chapter of ACNM Nominating Committee, 2009-2010


Candidate Statement related to office:

I have been a nurse-midwife and a member of ACNM for 18 years and would be honored to serve our professional organization as a Nominating Committee member. I have practiced in a variety of settings that included full-scope midwifery care and a hospitalist model of practice. For the past three years I have had the privilege of serving as an educator of nurse-midwifery students and I am confident that our future is in good hands.

I bring to ACNM my experience as both a nominating committee member and chair and familiarity with the nomination and election process. I have served as a member of the North Carolina Chapter of ACNM Nominating Committee, and I currently serve as chair of both the East Carolina University College of Nursing Faculty Organization Nominating Committee, and the Society of Rogerian Scholars Nominating Committee.

It is the position of ACNM to encourage diverse representation at all levels within our organization. The Nominating Committee is charged with seeking qualified leadership candidates that represent the richness and diversity of our organization, and as a member of the Nominating Committee I would work diligently toward putting forth a slate of midwifery leaders whose life experiences and service in our profession champion the philosophy and vision of ACNM.



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