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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 Leaders (PONL). The name of the organization was changed to Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse 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. 

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.

SEPONL 2019 Officers and Board 

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

Carol Ann Gioia, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing
Lankenau Medical Center of Main Line Health
Mary Beth Edger, DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President of Professional Development TJUH, Inc. and Nursing Jefferson Methodist Hospital
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc.

Kathleen McDade, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Director, Cardiac Medical Specialties
Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health

Emerging Nurse Leaders
Rosanna Catania-Venuto, BSN, RN
Clinical Manager of Clinical Decision Unit and Clinical Manager of the Patient Safety Assistants
Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital

Andrew L. Thum, MSN, ML, RN-BC, CCCTM
Nurse Manager
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


Chaudron Carter Short, EdD, MHA, MHEd, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Director of Nursing Education, Professional Practice & Nursing Outcomes
Temple University Hospital

Carol Chwal, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Administrative and Nurse Director
Women's and Children's Service Line
Abington Hostpial - Jefferson Health

Angela Coladonato, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Penn Medicine - Chester County Hospital

Ann Jadwin, MSN, RN, AOCN, NE-BC
Vice President of Nursing Services/Chief Nursing Officer
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Denise Lavery Frasca, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and VP, Patient Care Services
Jeanes Hospital

Terri Long, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC
Director, Critical Care & Cardiology Services
Doylestown Hospital

Susan McCulley, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Director of Nursing
MossRehab/Acute Inpatients Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park
Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park & MossRehab

SEPONL Fall 2019 Conference

"From Exhausted to Extraordinary: Strategies to Reverse Nurse Leader Fatigue"
Speaker: Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN, CSP

Nov. 22, 2019
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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

Dr. Renee Thompson is a sought after speaker, author, consultant, and leading authority on creating healthy workforces by eliminating bullying & incivility. With 28 years as a clinical nurse, nurse educator, quality manager, and nurse executive, Dr. Thompson is an expert on workplace bullying, and spends the majority of her time working with healthcare organizations that want to cultivate a healthy workforce.

Download the Fatigue handout for conference.

Breakfast and break generously sponsored by Medtronic.

Break generously co-sponsored by PSU - Abington.

Speaker Co-Sponsor generously co-sponsored by Smith+Nephew.

Lunch generously co-sponsored by Someone To Tell It To.

Break generously sponsored by Masimo

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