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David Goede, DNP, ACNP-BC


David is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. He obtained his associate degree from Jamestown Community College, Bachelor of nursing from University of Buffalo, Masters of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing and his Doctorate of Nursing Practice (2013) from the University of Rochester. His primary appointment is as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and secondary appointment as a Cardiothoracic NP at Strong Memorial Hospital. He has been a member of The NPA for over 10 years and has served various board positions for Region 2 and the Greater Rochester Group. He has also chaired/coordinated the Region annual conference and has been a member of The NPA Conference Committee since 2014.


Michelle Appelbaum, PhD, FNP, PNP

Immediate Past President

Dr. Michelle Gellman Appelbaum has been a nurse practitioner for over 25 years. She enjoys working in pediatrics at New Windsor Pediatrics in New Windsor, NY. She has a special interest in developmental disabilities, autism  and ADHD and precepts NP students for their pediatric component. Dr. Appelbaum holds a PhD from Columbia University. She as published several articles and has presented on these topics. 

Michelle was honored to be The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA) Nurse Practitioner of the Year in 2013. She has served at President of the Greater Newburgh Group. 

Susan Marks, DNP, RN, ANP-C

President Elect

Dr. Susan Marks, a RN since 1985, completed her BSN in 2002, and a MS as an Adult NP in 2008, from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She completed her DNP in 2015 from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has been continually board certified through the AANP. Susan currently practices as an ANP at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY in the department of medicine and also works for the NYC Fire Department providing medical management for 9-11 first responders. Additionally, her previous NP experience includes primary care medicine. Dr. Marks directed the FNP program at Long Island University in Brookville, NY from 2015 through 2018 and was a Clinical Assistant Professor from 2014 through 2018.

Susan was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2002. In 2016 she served as President of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island (NPALI), Region 7 of The NPA, and served on the board of directors as the NPALI chairperson for Public Relations from 2010- 2014; and again from 2018-2019. She is passionate about her involvement with representation and promotion of the NP profession through our regional, state and national organizations and was the recipient of the 2017 AANP State Award for Excellence for NP Advocacy, in addition to numerous leaderships, education and clinical excellence awards throughout her career. Susan has presented at many professional and community events and completed research related to NP education and professional issues.

Jeanne Martin, DNP, ANP-BC


Jeanne has been a member of The NPA since 1996 when she joined as a student.  She has been an active member of her Regional Board since 1998 serving in several capacities including committee chairs, President, Secretary and most recently as Treasurer with her term ending in December 2019.  She has also been an active member of The NPA’s Board of Directors since 2005 serving as Alternate Regional Director (Region 7), Regional Director (Region 7) and as President (2013).  She has served as The NPA’s Membership Chair since 2014.

Jeanne works at Stony Brook University Hospital in the Department of Urology as an inpatient nurse practitioner and has held this position since 1997.  She graduated from Stony Brook University’s Masters of Science Adult Health Nursing program in 1996.  She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Primary, Acute and Critical Care Nursing from Stony Brook University in 2016.  She also is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for Stony Brook’s Masters in Adult/Gerontology Nursing.

Laura Markwick, DNP, FNP-C


Laura received her BSN from the University of Vermont in 1985 and her MSN and DNP from St John Fisher College in 2006 and 2010 respectively. Dr. Markwick's background in nursing includes a wide variety of specialties, including ICU, Med/Surg, Administrative, Utilization Review, Community Health, and Long-Term Care. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she has worked as an Assistant Professor of Nursing and FNP Track Coordinator at St John Fisher College. In that role Laura also served as the Director of a nurse practitioner academic practice site that provided medical/mental healthcare for uninsured individuals. She helped to expand an inner-city telemedicine program for pediatrics to include patients of all ages. Laura is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Buffalo, teaching at the undergraduate/graduate/doctoral level. In April 2015, she opened my own private family practice in Rochester, NY. Laura is an active member of The NPA of NY, AANP, and the Genesee Valley Nurses Association. She is also a charter member of the ANA-NY and member of ANA. Laura serves as President of the Monroe County Board of Health and is the only nurse practitioner on the Excellus Credentialing Committee.

In 2017, Laura was selected as a Fellow with the AANP. In 2016, she was selected as the Nurse Practitioner of the Year by the Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA) as well as a Woman to Watch by her patients.  Academically she received the Distinguished Graduate Student Award from St John Fisher College.

Dr. Markwick has presented at the local, state, national, and international levels on several different topics and has published 4 different manuscripts in various journals, including the Journal for The NPA (JNPA) and JNP.


Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP

Executive Director

Dr. Stephen Ferrara is a practicing nurse practitioner with over 15 years of clinical experience. In addition to serving as The NPA's part-time Executive Director, Stephen is the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of Nursing in New York. He also has experience in college, correctional, occupational and men's health. Stephen holds a Bachelors degree in both biology and nursing. Dr. Ferrara has served The NPA as Membership Chairperson and was elected to the positions of Treasurer and President-elect. He has lectured at numerous conferences. Stephen has a passion for health care technology and integrating evidence-based practice into daily practice. * The Executive Director is a non-voting member of the Board.

Jill Muntz, DNP, FNP-C

Region 1 Director

Jill is a practicing nurse practitioner at Jamestown Public School District, in Jamestown, NY. She has been a nurse for over 30 years. Jill received her BSN from Alfred University in 1983 and her MSN from Gannon University, Erie, PA in 1998. She is currently working on her DNP from Gannon University. Jill is licensed to practice in both New York and Pennsylvania. Her clinical experience includes primary care, pediatrics, school health, allergy and immunology, addiction medicine and urology. Jill has served as adjunct faculty in Nursing at Jamestown Community College and has precepted FNP students from Gannon University and Daeman College, Buffalo, NY. She has served as secretary for the Southern Tier Group and is currently serving as Region 1 Director on The NPA board. 


Desiree' M. Branson, DNP, RN, FNP-C

Region 2 Director 

Dr. Desiree’ Branson has been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner for over 12 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing, Masters of Science in Nursing and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (2015) from the University of Rochester, School of Nursing. Dr. Branson is full-time faculty, Visiting Assistant Professor, at St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Nursing. She has worked for the University of Rochester for over 16 years and currently maintains her clinical practice in Vascular Surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital. She also works for United Health Care – Optum; House Call Team, providing in-home assessments and education for high risk members to reduce gaps in care. Desiree is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau – Epsilon Xi on the Leadership Succession Committee. Dr. Branson has served on the Board of Directors for the past four years-and currently is past-President of the NPA Region 2. She has chaired this Region’s annual Education Conference and has been an active member of the NPA for over 10 years.

Melissa Reynolds, FNP

Region 3 Director 

Melissa Reynolds is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing Degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Keuka College. She is currently pursuing her DNP at the University of Buffalo. She has a nineteen year career in nursing which includes eight years as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her clinical experience as an FNP includes Internal Medicine, Pediatric primary care, Urgent Care and most recently working in her local county health department. She provides care for the STD clinic, PrEP program, primary care at the county correctional facility, and sports physicals/acute care visits for Jefferson Community College students. Melissa has also worked as adjunct faculty for Keuka College teaching at the Baccalaureate level. In 2016, Melissa was awarded a grant from the National Asthma Learning Collaboration led by the EPA. Her grant work focused on creating interventions to reduce the burden of asthma in the pediatric population in the School-Based Health Center setting. She presented her project at the NY School-Based Health Alliance Conference in 2016. Melissa has previous board experience serving on the NY School-Based Health Alliance board and serving as the President Elect, President and Immediate Past President for Region 3 of The NPA.

Gregory Rys, DNP, FNP-BC

Region 4 Director

Dr. Rys received his associates in nursing and RN in 1996 from Maria College. He has the distinction of being the first male nurse to work in labor and delivery at St. Peter's Hospital, Albany, NY where he worked from 1996-1999 as well as at Albany Medical Center in PICU/NICU. Greg received his bachelors and masters of nursing at the Sage colleges and received his NP in family practice in 2001. Greg has nearly 20 years of clinical experience in rural upstate New York Dr. Rys received his DNP from Walden University in 2016. Greg also precepts NP students from several different universities around the state. After receiving his DNP is was made the Clinical Coordinator of NP students at Bassett Healthcare Network, with the role of organizing clinical preceptors and placing all NP students throughout Bassett's multi-site primary care network.

Greg is active in The NPA at both the Region and state levels. He has current memberships with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowships Training Consortium (NNPRFC).


Marietta Api, MS, ACNP-BC

Region 5 Director

Marietta Api has been practicing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner for Cardiology at Montefiore Hospital for over 20 years. She received her BSN from Hunter-Bellevue in 1971, and her MSN from Lehman College in the Bronx, N.Y. A Post Masters Certificate as an ACNP was obtained from College of New Rochelle in 1996. After 25 years as an ICU nurse, educator and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, she wrote and accepted a position in Cardiology as an Acute Care Cardiology Nurse position, caring for in- patients, and expanding later to outpatient areas.

Marietta has traveled the United States, lecturing and sharing information about cardiovascular disease to health care personnel, patients and families, learning from other expert nurse practitioners. She has nurtured our young, precepting over 26 RNs and NPs, acting as a role model. Marietta was a past officer in The NPA and now serves as the Region 5 Director. Marietta has also been very active in the the Lower Hudson Valley Group. 

Semi-retired now, Marietta serves as a member of The NPA Conference Committee, learning from our present State officers, committee members, and administrative personnel the responsibilities and challenges of an annual conference.

Dorothy Grasso, DNS, RN, FNP, CCRN

Region 6 Director

Dorothy has been working in college health as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2007. Her long and exciting career began as an LPN and continued right through to the Doctoral level. Working in all levels of nursing in many capacities has given Dorothy her clinical experience and a great respect for the nursing profession. Following the death of her husband in 1999, she became a single mom to two young children but continued her education and setting goals.

Dorothy's LPN and RN experience was in critical care, cardio-thoracic ICU and in the ER. She also worked as a hemodialysis nurse and did supervision in the hospital. She was a staff education instructor, where she taught the critical care course, supervised new nurses in the clinical area and taught ALS and BLS courses. Dorothy taught at Long Island College Hospital school of nursing for 15 years, both full-time and per diem, as an instructor, assistant professor and as Associate Dean. She worked as an assistant professor full time at CUNY (BMCC and SPS) for 12 years as a classroom instructor, online instructor and clinical instructor, and was tenured.

Dorothy's professional affiliations include AACN, Sigma Theta Tau, AANP and The NPA. She served as a Region 6 board member, in varying capacities, for many years. Dorothy is CCRN certified, a BLS provider and a BLS instructor trainer. She received the Phi Theta Kappa Professor of the Year award in 2008. Dorothy has had four publications. In 2010 she participated in two public service programs through a grant from Queens Public Access Television. Our Program on Women’s Health won the community award in our category. Dorothy has presented internationally in the Netherlands and nationally on various topics. She has served on several committees, both college-wide and department level. Dorothy has also assisted with accreditation for middle-states, NLN, JCAHO and AAAHC. Her  research is on the importance of the art of nursing in professional practice, identifying facilitators to practice and identifying barriers to practicing the art of nursing.


Diane Santangelo, ANP-C

Region 7 Director

Diane Santangelo is a full time Clinical Assistant Professor at Adelphi University. She coordinates the Adult Health II course and teaches at the undergraduate level. She has worked as an adjunct faculty member for the undergraduate and graduate level programs at Stony Brook University. Prior to her work at Adelphi, Diane worked as a Registered Nurse seventeen years and as an in-patient, Acute Pain Management Nurse Practitioner for sixteen years at Stony Brook University Hospital. She has traveled locally, statewide and from coast to coast presenting and educating a variety of health care professionals on topics related to Pain Management. She has four publications and has served for four years on the board of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) LI Chapter. Diane received the Sigma Theta Tau International Kappa Gamma Chapter Award for Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice in 2007 and the Nurse Exemplar Award from the ASPMN National in 2011.

Diane joined The NPA in 2002 and became the Membership Chair of Region 7 in 2011. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1985), Masters of Science in Adult Health Nursing (2002), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (2002) degrees from Stony Brook University.

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