About MSNO

Mission/Overview

Mission of the MSNO and
an Overview of Our Organization.

Board/Leadership

Board Members, Standing Committee
& Regional Chairs

Mission & Overview

Vision
    • All Massachusetts school nurses will be equipped to practice and advocate so every student in our Commonwealth will be healthy, safe and ready to learn.

We value:

advocacy

collaboration

collegiality

education

inclusiveness

integrity

professionalism

Mission
  • Promote and advance quality school health services throughout the Commonwealth and promote the rights, interests and professional growth of our members.
  • Members are encouraged to take an active stance in decisions directly impacting school nursing, especially in the legislative, economic and educational areas.
Definition of School Nursing
  • School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success.
  • School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential.
  • Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.
Our History
  • Founded in 1970, the Massachusetts School Nurse Organization (MSNO) has been a strong voice for school nurses throughout the Commonwealth.
  • MSNO is a growing non-profit organization with approximately 800 members, including school nurses, school administrators, public health nurses, practitioners, consultants, educators, and retired school nurses.
  • MSNO is directed by an elected board of directors and a grassroots organizational structure.
  • Membership across the Commonwealth is divided into ten regions.
Past Presidents

 

  • Martha Rich (1970- 1972)
  • Anna Margaret Ray (1972 – 1974)
  • Nancy Wolfe (1974 – 1976)
  • Gladys Newhall (1976 – 1978)
  • Jayne Cash (1978 – 1980)
  • Susan Kelly (1980 – 1981)
  • Jackie Mawhinney (1981 – 1984)
  • Nancy Miller (1984 – 1986)
  • Ann Lowry (1986 – 1988)
  • Anne Kinsley (1988 – 1990)
  • Judi McAuliffe (1990 – 1992)
  • Linda Salmonsen (1992 – 1994)
  • Katherine O’Neill (1994 – 1996)
  • Marcia Buckminster (1996 – 2000) plus 2/2002-2003
  • Mary Zamorski (2001 – 2002)
  • Katherine O’Neill (2003 – 2005)
  • Marie DeSisto (2005 – 2007)
  • Kathy Hassey (2007 – 2009)
  • Mimi Stamer (2009 – 2011)
  • Pamela Rivers (2011 – 2013)
  • Judy Styer (2013 – 2015)
  • Carilyn Rains (2015 – 2017)
  • Katie Vozeolas (2017 – 2018) resigned took position outside school nursing
  • Carilyn Rains (2018-2019)
  • Jenny Gormley (2019-2020)
  • Doreen Crowe (2020-2022)
  • Cathryn Hampson (2022- )President Elect
Strategic Plan

2018-2020 Strategic Priorities:

  • Increase Advocacy
  • Improve Communication
  • Strengthen Member Opportunities
  • Strengthen Organization Infrastructure
By-Laws

Board & Leadership

Rebecca Boutwell, Data Coordinator Co-Chair

 


Rebecca Boutwell BSN RN NCSN
North Middlesex Regional School District
District Resource Nurse

Data Coordinator,Co-Chair

Jessica Gervais, Collaborative Nurse Co-Chair

Jessica Gervais

MS, BSN, RN

Collaborative Nurse Co-Chair

Terry Grimm, Membership

Terry-Grimm

Terry Grimm

BSN, RN, NCSN

Membership

Theresa Hartel, Private and Independent Schools Co-Chair

Theresa Hartel

MSN, RN

Private and Independent Schools Co-Chair

Kathy Hassey, Scholarship & Awards

Kathy-Hassey

Kathy Hassey

DNP, MEd, BA, BSN, RN

Scholarship & Awards

Barbara Hedstrom, MSNO/DOE Liaison

Barbara-Hedstrom

Carilyn Rains

Barbara Hedstrom

MSN, RN, NCSN

MSNO/DOE Liasion

Avery Hines, NBCSN Liaison

BSN, RN, NCSN

Director of Health Services, Medford Public Schools

NBCSN Liaison

Kate Maher, Collaborative Nurse Co-Chair

Kate Maher

MS-PHCNS, RN

Collaborative Nurse Co-Chair

Judy McAuliffe, Historian

Judy McAuliffe

RN

Historian

Estibaliz McCoy, Communications Consultant

Estibaliz McCoy

BSN, RN

Conference Vendor Chair

Lisa O'Connor, Private and Independent Schools Co-Chair

Lisa O'Connor

, RN

Private and Independent Schools Co-Chair

Karen Roberto, NESNC Liasion

Karen Roberto

BSN, RN

NESNC Liasion

Jenn Roca, Vocational Liasion

Jenn Roca 

M.Ed., BSN, RN, NCSN, CCM

Vocational Liasion

Denise Schwerzler, Webmaster

Denise Schwerzler

MSN, RN, NCSN

Webmaster

Shanyn Toulouse, Safe & Supportive Schools DESE Liaison

Shanyn Toulouse

MS, BSN, RN

Safe & Supportive Schools DESE Liaison

Open Positions
  • No Open Standing Positions
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PDF of Standing Committee
Regional Chairs

map-of-msno-regions

  • The MSNO is organized by region across the Commonwealth.
  • There are 10 regions, each with its own Chairperson.

PDF of Region Chairs

PDF of List of Towns By Region with Regional Chairperson

Working Groups of the Board include:

  • Advocacy
  • Communication
  • Membership
  • Organizational Development

Board Meetings

 Board Meetings will typically meet from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Please check e-newsletter and website for updates to schedule and location.
Guests of MSNO Members are welcome!

For more information, please contact Doreen Crowe, MSNO President at .

Featured Board Member

Every month we highlight a Board member to help our membership get to know us better. Click below to meet this month’s featured member.

Jenny Gormley, Past President

photo of Jenny Gormley

Jenny serves MSNO as the current Past President.

Jenny has worked in the School Health specialty in Massachusetts since 2000.

She provided direct care as a per diem and elementary school nurse in two Massachusetts school districts, and as Director of Health, Nursing, and Safety at a third school district.

Full Bio