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Board of Directors

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Julie Cronin, DNP, RN, OCN, NE-BC


Julie is currently the immediate past president of ANA Massachusetts. She is a nurse director in Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and has a passion for oncology nursing. Julie has published articles in her field of interest and presented nationally. She received her BSN and MSN from Salem State University and DNP from Northeastern University. As president of FNAMA, Julie is thrilled to help advance the nursing profession in Massachusetts. Nurses are our future; supporting a rich and sustained career in the field as well as advancing diversity in the field are vital to the success of our profession.

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Vice President: R. Gino Chisari, RN, DNP

Gino is the director of the Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical & Professional Development at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves as the chief learning officer for the Lunder-Dineen Health Alliance of Maine and sits on several hospital- and system-wide committees. In 2018, Gino was installed as the inaugural incumbent of the Dorothy Ann Heathwood Endowed Chair in Nursing Education. He is the prior deputy executive director for the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and past president of the ANA Massachusetts. Gino has held faculty positions including the MGH Institute for Health Professions, Northeastern University, and Emmanuel College. Gino is also the 2021 recipient of the ANA Massachusetts Living Legend Award.


Donna Glynn, PhD, RN, ANP-BC


Donna is the past president of ANA Massachusetts. She is the associate dean of Pre-Licensure Nursing at Regis College. In addition, she serves as a nurse scientist for the VA Boston Healthcare System. Her research, publications, and presentations are focused on reflective practice, transition to practice, diversity, inclusion, and clinical nursing education. She has worked with the MA Hospital Association on the "Care for the Caregiver Taskforce," which is an effort to improve healthcare for all employees.


Tara Tehan, RN, MSN, MBA


Tara is currently the nursing director of the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and a doctoral student at the UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing. She previously managed a respiratory unit at Baystate Medical Center. In 2010, Tara, along with Mary Guanci, RN, MS, was awarded the Massachusetts General Hospital Munn Award to explore the experience of new graduate nurses in the intensive care unit around death and dying. Tara has been an active member of the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, serving as director, treasurer and in 2014, president.


David Ball, MS


David is the founder and president of Ball Consulting Group, LLC, an award-winning, full-service strategic communications and public relations firm that specializes in health care. Before launching Ball Consulting Group in 2004, David held executive communications positions with the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA), MassHealth, the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), and the Massachusetts Extended Care Federation (now the MA Senior Care Association). In addition, he worked in Massachusetts state government for 13 years and served on the adjunct faculty of Emerson College for four years. 


Barbara Blakeney, MS, RN, FNAP


Barbara is a past president of American Nurses Association. She currently serves on the MA Health Policy Commission. She has more than 25 years of experience as the principal public health nurse for Homeless Services and Addiction Services and the director of clinical services for the Long Island Shelter Services for the City of Boston. Most recently, she was a fellow at the Center for Innovations in Care Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she led multiple initiatives including a unit-based in Transitioning Care at the Bedside (TCAB) project. During this time, she was also an innovation fellow at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).


Christopher Caulfield, MSN, RN, NP-C


Chris currently serves as a director for ANA Massachusetts. He is the co-founder/ chief nursing officer of IntelyCare Inc. and is passionate about decreasing short-staffing practices and delivering better patient care. Chris has led nursing organizations that have been a champion of addressing fundamental questions that address nurses' needs. These needs include: (1) What does the organization do? (2) How does the organization impact me? With the knowledge gained from growing his company to the "fastest-growing company in Massachusetts" and over 20,000 nursing professionals, he has expertise in both technology and social media strategies to improve the ability to recruit and retain members.

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Brian M. French, RN, NPD-BC, PhD


Brian has over 36 years of nursing experience in clinical practice (geriatrics, general surgery, trauma critical care), project management, administration, and education. For the last 35 years, he has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, most recently as director of the Maxwell & Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center and the Knight Simulation Program in The Institute for Patient Care. He is also the co-chair of the interdisciplinary Clinical Policy & Record Committee and member of the Medical Policy Committee. He is a member of the ANA Massachusetts Nomination Committee and has recently been appointed an appraiser team leader by the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program.

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Jennifer Gil, MSN, RN


Jennifer holds a master's degree focused in Health Leadership and Healthcare Innovation from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's in Nursing from Villanova University. Her expertise includes nursing practice excellence, emergency medicine, neurosciences critical care, quality improvement, patient safety, and health equity and policy. She is a member of the ANA Board of Directors and also serves on the advisory boards of Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation and Nurse Services Organization.

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Tim Quigley, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC


Tim is the senior VP of special projects at South Shore Health and has also served as VP of patient care services and chief nurse executive at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and in various roles at Massachusetts General Hospital, including clinical assistant professor at MGH’s Institute of Health Professions. His career has included service on many boards and teams including the VHA Health Front in Woburn, Boston University’s Health Policy Unit, the Boston-EMS Regional Council, the Grayken Center for Treatment at South Shore, and the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA, RI, NH, and CT, from whom he received the Mary B. Concession Leadership Award in 2013. 


Lynda Tocci, MBA


A principal in the Dewey Square Group’s Boston office, Lynda has earned a reputation as a highly effective campaign organizer and manager with a winning record in the political, public, and private sectors. With more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning and campaign management, she has developed and managed grassroots organizations for dozens of candidates and managed ballot initiatives in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Iowa, Oregon, Florida, and nationally. Lynda is a graduate of Wheaton College and received her MBA from Simmons College School of Management.

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