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Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization
of Nurse Leaders


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders was chartered in 1986 as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Executives as an affiliation of the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Executives (PONL). The name of the organization was changed to Southeastern Pennsylvania of Nursing Leaders to reflect a changing philosophy that focused on nursing leadership. The primary mission of the original organization was, and remains today, to be a vehicle for networking and information exchange among nurse executives. The organization has evolved to include some 200 members, with the inclusion of all nurses in leadership positions being eligible for membership. SEPONL is a non-profit, personal membership society which promotes excellence in the practice of nursing administration.

SEPONL 2017 Officers and Board Members 

Margaret Iacobacci, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC
Vice President, Patient Care Services
Lankenau Medical Center

Frances Cusick, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing
Main Line Health - Lankenau Medical Center
Patty Baroni,
Nurse Manager
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Cynthia Westphal, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Senior Director, Nursing
Grand View Hospital


Annmarie Chavarria, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC
Nurse Director
Abington Hospital

Jeanne Gray, BSN, MHA
Nurse Director
Lankenau Hospital

Bernadette Weis, BSN, RN, MS
Nurse Manager
Main Line Health - Paoli Hospital

Susan Lynch, MSN, CSSM, CNOR, RNFA
Associate Director of Surgical Services
Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital

Denise Lavery Frasca, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President, Patient Services/CNO
Jeanes Hospital

Elizabeth Craig, DNP, CRNP, FACHE
Chief Nurse Executive, Vice President of Patient Services
Temple University Hospital

Carol Ann Gioia, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Magnet Program Coordinator
Jefferson University Hospitals


Strategies to Support and Energize Nurse Leaders

Sponsored By:

Nov. 30, 2017

The Desmond Hotel Great Valley
One Liberty Blvd
Malvern, PA 19355

Keynote Speaker: Kathleen D. Pagana, PhD, RN


Speaker: Susan Lynch, MSN, CSSM, CNOR, RNFA


Member Benefits

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SEPONL) is the regional chapter for the state organization, the Pennsylvania organization of Nurse Leaders (PONL).  Both Organizations offer numerous member benefits, including:

  • Membership to the state (PONL) and regional (SEPONL) organization;
  • Access to educational sessions featuring expert speakers through PONL, SEPONL, and other regional Pennsylvania chapters;
  • Poster presentations as a forum to share evidence-based best practice;
  • Networking sessions with nurse and healthcare leaders at the state and regional level;
  • Access to research grants for your organization through SEPONL;
  • Newsletter and e-mail updates on current nursing issues as well as state- and/or regional nurse leader accomplishments;
  • Opportunity to have a common voice about state and national legislation, including issues such as "title of nurse protection" and proposed staffing legislation;
  • Position statements regarding issues affecting nursing, such as advocacy for increasing the number of BSN-prepared nurses, aligning with the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing;
  • Opportunities for leadership development through service on chapter committees.

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Pittsburgh, PA 15221



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