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2019 Board Approved Candidates

On June 7, 2019 The NPA Board of Directors was presented with 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, 2020.

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. Contested elections will be held by electronic ballot in November 2019 (November 5 - November 19).

The NPA annual meeting of the membership will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 beginning at 10:15 am, at the Turning Stone Resort, Verona, NY.

Below is the list of candidates and their bio sketch. 


Candidate for President Elect

Susan Marks, DNP, RN, ANP-C
Home: East Meadow, NY
Work: Manhasset, NY
Region 7

 Bio Sketch

Dr. Susan Marks, a RN since 1985, completed her BSN in 2002, and a MS as an ANP in 2008, from Adelphi University in NY. She completed her DNP in 2015 from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Susan has been continually board certified through the AANP since 2008 and is currently practicing as an ANP at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY in the department of medicine. Her previous NP experience includes primary care medicine.

Susan directed the FNP program at Long Island University from 2015 through 2018 and was Assistant Professor from 2014 through 2018.

Susan was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2002. She has served as President of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island (NPALI), the regional affiliate of the Nurse Practitioner Association NYS, and is currently chairperson for Public Relations of NPALI. Susan 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 State Award for Excellence for NP Advocacy from AANP.

Susan presents at events and completed research related to NP education and professional issues.


Candidate for Treasurer

Laura Markwick, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

Home: Pittsford, NY
Work: Rochester, NY
Region 2

 Bio Sketch

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. Laura'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. Laura helped to expand an inner-city telemedicine program for pediatrics to include patients of all ages. Dr. Markwick is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Buffalo, teaching at the undergraduate/graduate/doctoral level. In April 2015, Laura opened her own private family practice in Rochester, NY. She is an active member of The NPA 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 she 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 NYS as well as a Woman to Watch by her patients. Academically Dr. Marwick received the Distinguished Graduate Student Award from St John Fisher College.

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


 Candidate for Regional Director Region 2

Desiree Branson, DNP, RN, FNP-C

Home: Webster, NY
Work: Rochester, NY
Region 2

Bio Sketch

Dr. Branson currently teaches in the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs at the Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (2015) from the University of Rochester, School of Nursing. Dr. Branson’s doctoral capstone was titled: Implementation of a Probiotic Protocol in a Vascular Surgery Inpatient Unit. This quality improvement project demonstrated that a protocol for prophylactic probiotic therapy for the prevention of Clostridium Difficile in a vascular surgery inpatient unit improved ordering consistency and enhanced standardized patient care.

Dr. Branson is a board certified family nurse practitioner, working in the acute care setting of Vascular Surgery at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital for over 12 years. Dr. Branson also works for United Health Care – Optum; House Call Team providing in-home assessments and education for high-risk patients to reduce gaps in care.

Dr. Branson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau –Epsilon Xi on the Leadership and Succession Committee. She has been a member of The Nurse Practitioner Association and has held leadership positions in Region 2 as Treasurer, President-Elect, President and is currently the Region 2 Director on The NPA BOD. Region 2 serves: Rochester, Finger Lakes, Tompkins Cortland and Susquehanna Groups. She has also served as the Region 2 Education Day Conference Chair for the past two years and looks forward to continuing to serve The Nurse Practitioner Association NYS for many more years to come.


Candidate for Regional Director Region 4

David Dempsey, DNP, FNP-BC

Home: North Bangor, NY
Work: Brasher Falls, NY
Region 4

Bio Sketch

David Dempsey, DNP, FNP-BC, received his DNP in 2008 from Chatham in Pittsburgh and his MSN from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge. Dave has worked in multiple settings in the past which include federal, state and profit and nonprofit facilities. For the last thirteen years Dr. Dempsey has been employed in Northern NY in an outpatient hospital based family practice clinic which is a PCMH in an ACO seeing all ages. Last year the facility added suboxone treatment to their clinic and Dave continues to manage patients for this. Currently Dave is a member of The NPA and previously served as the Region 4 Director and President of The NPA.


 Candidate for Regional Director Region 4


Gregory Rys, DNP, FNP-BC

Home: Cobleskill, NY
Work: Cobleskill, NY
Region 4

Bio Sketch

Dr. Gregory Rys DNP, FNP-BC, received his associates in nursing and RN in 1996 from Maria College and fell in love with his career, after having a BS in biology and pre-med from Siena College in 1993 and becoming disillusioned by medicine. He has the distinction of being the first male nurse to work labor and delivery at St. Peter’s Hospital where he worked from 1996-1999 and moonlighted at Albany Med PICU/NICU. While working full-time Greg went back to school for his bachelor/masters of nursing at the Sage colleges, where he received his NP in family practice track in 2001. While in school at Sage Greg moved with his family and started working at Mary Imogene Bassett in Cooperstown, NY as a float nurse on nights on every floor. Since graduating, Dr. Rys has accumulated more than 18 years of clinical experience as a FNP in rural upstate N.Y. In 2012 he decided that he needed to stand out at his organization and wanted to take more of a leadership role. Greg felt that the DNP would give him the credentials to “sit at the table” with the other leaders and be (listened to) at the same level as the physicians. Greg received his DNP from Walden University February 2016.

Greg started mentoring and being a preceptor for students after 5 years of practice and has taken students from SUNY Binghamton, Sage, Lemoyne, SUNY Upstate, SUNY Poly, and NYU to name a few. After obtaining his DNP, Greg was made Clinical coordinator of NP students at Bassett Healthcare Network, with the role of organizing clinical preceptors and placing all NP students throughout our multi-site primary care network. This has increased their pool of candidates for positions at our facilities and decreased significantly our recruitment costs. This money that was saved, in turn has been used for stipends for preceptors and discussion has started on increasing our preceptors CME time and money as well.

Greg's doctoral studies project was devoted to uncovering plausible solutions to increasing practice readiness of RN graduates entering the complex health care delivery system, immediately following acquisition of their NP and DNP certifications. Dr. Rys conducted this research effort at Bassett to assess readiness and support among leaders and clinicians for the formation of a NP residency program that would yield more clinically prepared NPs for today’s complex primary care market. This research was subsequently presented at the DNP summit at the University of Rochester in 2017. Greg has recently, just this past January-March, been principal investigator for a HRSA grant to start up a residency program of this nature at Bassett.

Dr. Rys has maintained active roles in the Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium (NNPRFC), in the latter, working on NP residencies/fellowships and getting funding for them as well as other national issues to include Home Health Orders. His affiliation with The NPA started back in 1997 as a student and continues today. During his time with The NPA, Greg has been a member of the annual conference committee since 2014, where most have seen me working at the store while it was open, selling raffle/PAC tickets, or greeting you at the front desk. Greg has  been on the leadership team at the local and Regional levels for many years including Region 4 President during our recent regionalization process. Greg would really appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve you as Region 4 Director over the next 3 years.


 Candidate for Regional Director Region 7


Jean Marie Osborne, DNP, RN, ANP-C
Home: Bellmore, NY
Work: Brooklyn, NY

Bio Sketch

Jean Marie Osborne DNP, RN, ANP-C is an Assistant Professor at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY. She is very excited to be a part of this distinguished private college in the Department of Undergraduate Nursing. Jean Marie has been associated with Molloy College since 2007.

Jean Marie started her educational pursuit in 1994 at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY earning a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. She obtained her Masters of Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in 2007, a Post Masters Certificate in Nursing Education in 2012 and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2016.

Dr. Osborne has continually been Board Certified since 2007 and is currently working for the FDNY and its members as a City Medical Specialist for the World Trade Center Cancer Care Program under the direction of the CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Jean Marie has published several articles in various journals and continues to actively research and publish as well as present at local, state, and national conferences.

Dr. Osborne was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2006. She has served as Immediate Past President of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island (NPALI), and is currently the Regional Director of Region 7 for the Nurse Practitioner Association NYS. Additionally, Jean Marie has been chosen to serve as the NYS Southern Representative to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) since June 2017. Dr. Osborne believes that it is important to give back to the nurse practitioner community by volunteering her experience.


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