New Officers for 2020!
Congratulations to all our new state officers! They will serve in their various roles for two years from January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021. We are proud to announce the newest role created of Director of Outreach which will be filled by Dr. Amy Malcom!
Director of Outreach: Amy Malcom, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Dr. Amy Malcom is a FNP in family practice. She has been in nursing for close to 30 years mostly in critical care. Dr. Malcom received the Masters of the Art in Nursing Award in 2017 for her lifetime of service to nursing and her community. Dr. Malcom has been at Brenau University for 7 years and serves her students as the FNP Coordinator. She has been an active member of UAPRN of GA at the chapter and state level for 8 years. Dr. Malcom is also active in Brenau’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and serves locally and internationally on committees. Dr. Malcom takes volunteers to Romania to do medical pop up clinics in gypsy clinics. She loves reading, traveling, and gardening. As a cancer survivor, Dr. Malcom is also active in her local Relay for Life. Dr. Malcom did her DNP project on “Telehealth and Diabetes Self-Management”. She also returns to UAPRN as our previous Director-at-Large!
Treasurer: Imelda Reyes, DNP, MPH, APRN, CPNP-PC, FNP-BC, FAANP
Imelda is passionate about providing primary care to children and families and addressing the social determinants of health that impact so many of our communities. Early intervention ensures that children are able to maximize their full potential; thus, educating our next generation of nurse practitioners in the provision of excellent healthcare is crucial.
Imelda is dual certified as a Pediatric and Family Nurse Practitioner fluent in Spanish. She has held clinical roles over the last 20 years in a variety of settings including serving in the US Navy. She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing since 2012 and maintains pediatric primary care practice with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She also served as a Medical Service Corps officer in the US Navy from 2001-2006, where her last position was as the Chief Financial Officer at Naval Hospital Cherry Point, North Carolina.
Imelda's clinical research focus is in the area of identifying and managing overweight and obesity in children and the parental perception of weight and health of children. Her expertise lies in pediatrics and adolescent healthcare as well as the reproductive healthcare of teenagers.
Director-at-Large: Desiree Clement, DNP, APRN, CNM, FNP-BC
Dr. Clement is both a Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 21 years total of experience in nursing working in a variety of healthcare roles within academe, hospital, and outpatient clinical settings. She currently teaches fulltime at Emory University and as the Coordinator, for the Dual Specialty FNP+ Midwifery MSN program. She maintains an active clinical practice part-time with Ideal Gynecology. She is also a Navy veteran who served in the hospital corps.
Dr. Clement received both her DNP degree and FNP post-master’s certification from Vanderbilt University. She also received her MS dual specialty degree in Nurse-Midwifery and Nursing Education and BSN degree from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Clement is a CEU Program Reviewer for the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and is also a local planning committee co-chair for the 2018 National ACNM convention. Currently, she is halfway through her term serving as President and National Voting Delegate for the Mercer University Pi Gamma chapter of STTI. She had also previously served the Georgia Affiliate of ACNM in the roles of State Vice-President, State Secretary, and nominating committee member.
Vice President: Ashley Blackmon, MS, CCRN, FNP-C
Ashley Blackmon is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who is currently working in advanced heart failure. She enjoys this subspecialty because it includes heart transplants as well as multi-disciplinary management. She is passionate about all aspects of healthcare and has previous APRN experience in pediatrics, family practice, as well as gastroenterology.
During her nursing tenure, she has been active in many teaching roles including teaching assistant as well as a part-time instructor at GSU. She has precepted several APRN students as well as led education sessions for RNs. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She is also the administrator of the Atlanta Nurse Practitioner Facebook page which helps facilitate networking, student preceptorship, and disseminating information among APRNs and APRN students. She is currently serving as Vice President for United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Assistant Legislative Liaison for the Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia and is looking forward to serving again!
Ashley's passions include reading, writing, enjoying her home with her husband and 2 daughters, as well as being an advocate for the nursing profession, new nurses, and advanced practice nurses.