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Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Announces 2023 Elected Candidates


Contact: Dana Shive, Director of Communication and Membership Services

[email protected], 717-798-8170


Harrisburg, PA, October 19, 2022 – The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), the professional nursing association representing Pennsylvania’s more than 228,000 registered nurses, announced its 2023 Board of Directors and committee members election results following its October 7, 2022, general business meeting.

President / ANA Membership Representative: Deb Cardenas, DNP, MSN, RN, Paralegal, CPHQ

Dr. Deb Cardenas has over 38 years of nursing experience. She attained her MSN from Widener University (1993) and her DNP from George Washington University (2018). Dr. Cardenas has served in various positions for the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), including President of PSNA since June 2021. She also served as Secretary on the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) Board of Trustees.


Treasurer: Jill Buterbaugh, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNE, CME

Dr. Jill Buterbaugh is an Associate Professor and FNP Program Coordinator at Frostburg State University and a CRNP at Hyndman Family Health Center Organization. She earned her MSN from Widener University (1998) and DNP from Salisbury University (2020). This is Dr. Buterbaugh’s second term as Treasurer of PSNA. 


Director: Tammi Lining, DNP, RN

Dr. Tammi Lining has over 30 years of nursing experience. She recently earned her DNP from Chamberlain University and works as a Nurse Manager at Vitas Healthcare. Dr. Lining has held several positions with PSNA, including the Cabinet of Nursing Practice and Professional Development. She also volunteers with Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Rights Actions League (NARAL).


Director, Young Nurse Professional: Hunter Murdoch, BSN, RN

Hunter Murdoch is currently an RN at Penn State Holy Spirit Medical Center. She earned her BSN from Penn State University (2018) and is working towards her MSN. Hunter has served in various roles with PSNA, including President of the Young Nurse Professionals (YNP) Advisory Board and the Government Relations Committee. Before her involvement with PSNA, Hunter was very involved in the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP).


Cabinet on Nursing Practice and Professional Development


Priscilla VanDewark, MS, BSN, RN


Nominating Committee

Karen Celestine, RN, BSN, MPH CCM

Aaron Dinger, MSN, BSN, RN


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The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) is Pennsylvania’s leading professional nursing organization. Representing more than 228,000 professional nurses, PSNA leads, advocates, educates and connects with RNs across the Commonwealth. PSNA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association.



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