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The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 224,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, announced its 2020 Board of Directors and committee members election results following its September 27, 2019 general business meeting.


Vice President: Tarik S. Khan, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, PhD Candidate

Khan is a family nurse practitioner and a lecturer with The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Nursing. He is a PhD candidate with the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of La Salle University, Roxborough Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, and Davidson College. Khan has served in several leadership positions within PSNA, including Government Relations Committee chair and PSNA Board member.


Secretary: Deb Cardenas, DNP, MSN, RN, Paralegal, LSSYB

Deb Cardenas is program manager of quality and patient safety outcomes with Penn State Health Medical Group’s Academic Practice Division. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from George Washington University in 2018. Cardenas is a graduate of the PSNA Legislative Ambassador Program and has served as a member of the PSNA Government Relations Committee and the Nominating Committee.


Director: Anna T. Bickert, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Dr. Bickert is the vice president of nursing and director of nursing for the System & Nursing Institute at Geisinger, Danville. She served seven years as president of a regional chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, as well as on several university advisory boards. Dr. Bickert has spent 19 years in progressive leadership roles and 20 years as a direct care nurse in intensive care.


Cabinet on Nursing Practice and Professional Development:

Tammi Lining

Peter Caprioli


Nominating Committee:

Sarah Austin

Darla Marks

Molly Heenan

Kathleen Doherty

Melanie Duffy


ANA Representative:

Chris Alichnie


The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) is Pennsylvania’s leading professional nursing organization. Representing more than 224,000 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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