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2018 Board Approved Candidates

On June 8, 2018 The NPA Board of Directors was presented a list of qualified nominees interested in running for office for The NPA BOD by the nominating committee. The list of nominees was approved and we are pleased to announce the candidates that are running for office. The newly elected directors will assume their positions on January 1, 2019.

Per NPA bylaws Article V, Section 4 - In the event of an uncontested election, a slate of directors shall be presented at the annual meeting of the membership of the corporation for a vote for election with no nominations to be accepted from the floor. The NPA annual meeting of the membership will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 beginning at 8:00 am, at the Saratoga Hilton, in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Below is the list of candidates and their position statements. 


Candidate for President Elect

David Goede, DNP, MEd, ACNP-BC
Home: Rochester, NY
Work: Rochester, NY
Region 2

 Bio Sketch

David Goede 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 University of Rochester. David is the Lead Manager for the Advance Practice Providers on the Cardiovascular Service at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Goede holds a secondary appointment as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. David has been a member of The NPA for over 10 years and has held various board positions for Region 2 and the Greater Rochester Group. He also has chaired/coordinated the region annual conference and has been a member of the NPA State conference committee for the last 5 years. David now serves on The NPA Board of Directors as the Region 2 Director. He is a current fellow in the Duke-Johnson and Johnson Nurse Leadership program.


Candidate for Secretary

Rebecca Rigolosi, DNP, ANP-BC, FAANP

Home: Edgewater, NJ
Work: New York, NY
Region 6

 Bio Sketch

Rebecca Rigolosi, DNP, ANP-BC, FAANP is a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner currently working at Columbia University Medical Center in Vascular Surgery. Rebecca received her BSN from Syracuse University, Master’s degree and NP training at NYU, and DNP from UMDNJ (now Rutgers University). She worked as a staff nurse at NYU before completing her NP, then worked in the field of Vascular Surgery at NYU, St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital. Rebecca worked for several years at Holy Name Medical Center as both a Nurse Practitioner in surgery and in the Medical Management department, becoming a Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist with additional experience in Quality Improvement, Utilization Review and Outcomes Management. Dr. Rigolosi then returned to the field of Vascular Surgery at her current position at Columbia University Medical Center. Rebecca is the recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence from St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in 2001, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners New York State Award for Excellence in 2014 and inducted as Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2015. Dr. Rigolosi has published several articles including her original research from her DNP work in Health Policy. Rebecca is active as an Educator teaching in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She has served in various Board of Director positions within The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State including President in 2012, remains an active member of NJSNA and The APN Forum, and is an active member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 


 Candidate for Regional Director Region 3

Melissa Reynolds, MS, FNP-C

Home: Dexter, NY
Work: Watertown, NY
Region 3

Bio Sketch

Melissa Reynolds is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing Degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2010. Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Keuka College. She is currently in the process of applying for DNP studies with intentions to begin in fall 2018. Melissa has a nineteen-year career in nursing which includes eleven years as a Registered Professional Nurse and 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. Melissa provides clinical care for the STD clinic, PrEP program, TB program and provides primary care services at the county correctional facility. She has also worked as adjunct faculty for Keuka College teaching at the Baccalaureate level. Melissa is a member of The NPA, AANP, NYSBHA (past board member) and the National SBHA. She was also previously inducted into the National Nursing Honor Society- Sigma Theta Tau. Melissa graduated from SUNY Upstate with honors distinction. 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. Melissa presented her project at the NY School-Based Health Alliance Conference in 2016 and was featured in local media.


Candidate for Regional Director Region 6

Dorothy Grasso, MS, RN, CCRN, FNP, DNS-C  

Home: Brooklyn, NY
Work: New York, NY
Region 6

Bio Sketch

Dorothy Grasso is a Family Nurse Practitioner working in college health since 2007. She has had a long and exciting career, which began as an LPN and continued right through to the Doctoral level. Dorothy worked in the profession in many capacities and working in all of these levels of nursing has given her clinical experience and a 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 worked as a hemodialysis nurse and did supervision in the hospital. Dorothy 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. She also taught at Long Island College Hospital school of nursing for 15 years, both full-time and per diem, as Associate Dean, as an instructor and as an assistant professor. Dorothy worked at CUNY (BMCC and SPS) for 12 years full time as a classroom and clinical instructor, assistant professor and was tenured,

Dorothy’s professional affiliations include AACN, Sigma Theta Tau, NLN and The NPA. She is CCRN certified and is also a BLS provider and BLS instructor trainer. Dorothy received the Phi Theta Kappa Professor of the Year award in 2008. She 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 assisted with accreditation for middle-states, NLN, JCAHO and AAAHC. Her research is on the art of nursing identifying facilitators and barriers to practicing the art of nursing.


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