President: Lou-Ann Gleason, MSN, RN

Lou Ann Gleason is a school nurse at the South Jefferson Central School District. She became a school nurse in 2004 after earning her Associates Degree as a part-time student while working full time as a school LPN for twelve years. She continued her education and earned her BSN in 2011 and her MSN with a specialty in Nursing Education in 2015 from Excelsior College. She has worked in the elementary, middle, and high school and has been the district’s nursing supervisor since 2012. Lou Ann received the Excellence in School Nursing award in 2012. She is a member of the district’s Health and Wellness Committee, Pupil Services Team, and Safety Committee. Lou Ann was the NYSASN Zone 9 representative from 2012 to 2017 and education chair from 2016 to 2018. Lou Ann has been a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing since 2015 and The National Association of School Nurses since 2004.


President-Elect: Jacki O’Donnell, AAS, RN

Jacki O’Donnell has been active on the NYSASN board since 2007, serving in positions as Zone 2 representative, Communicator editor, membership chair and treasurer. She has also served as president of Suffolk County’s Zone 2. Her recognition awards include School Nurse of Excellence and the Judith Harrigan Leadership Award. She is employed as lead nurse for the William Floyd School District on Long Island, supervising a staff of 13 nurses.





Past President Gail Hall, DPL, RN

Gail, formerly a school nurse in the Spencer-Van Etten Central School District, Zone 11, is currently the past president of NYSASN. After twenty years of hospital experience, which included ten years in the NICU and serving as the hospital’s patient representative, she began her career in school nursing in 2000. Gail has served on NYSASN’s Board of Directors for the past 12 years. Gail received the New York State School Nurse of the Year Award in 2006, the Excellence in School Nursing Award in 2011 and the Judith Harrigan Leadership Award in 2016.

Gail currently serves as the Spencer-Van Etten School District’s health services training coordinator and is a member of the district’s Health and Wellness Committee.


Treasurer: Teresa Ergul, AAS, BS, RN

Teresa Ergul has been a registered nurse for 36 years. She has been a school nurse for 11 years and is currently the school nurse in Moriches Elementary School in the William Floyd School District for over 800 students in grades K through 5.

Ms. Ergul has an AAS degree in Nursing from Suffolk County Community College and a BS in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College.

She has served Zone 2 of NYSASN as a past president. Also she received the NYSASN award for Excellence in School Nursing from Zone 2. She has been the bookkeeper for her family business, a wholesale produce company, for the past 30 years and is currently the Treasurer for her district’s nursing unit.


Secretary: Joanne Bardin, MSN, RN, AE-C

Joanne is actively employed as a School Nurse in Poughkeepsie City School District for 13 years. Currently, she works in Poughkeepsie High School responsible for the health needs of over 1200 students.  She has worked as a substitute nurse in Wallkill School District and Valley Central School District until offered the position in her current district.  Overall, she has worked in School Health for approximately 23 years.

She became a member of NYSASN and NASN in 1998.  She is serving currently on the Board of Directors for NYSASN since 2009 as the Zone 5 Rep.  She is Nationally Certified Asthma Educator and an Instructor Trainer for the American Red Cross.



Committee Chairs


Advocacy ChairVacancy

Conference Chair Vacancy

Bylaws Chair – Suzanne Smith, BSN, RN, NCSN-E

Communications LiaisonJoan Verardo, BS, RN

Membership ChairMary Fitzpatrick, BSN, RN, NCSN

National Association of School Nurses DirectorConstance Griffin, BS, RN, AE-C, NCSN

Promotions ChairPatricia Hartman, BSN, RN

School Nurse Orientation ChairO. Jeanne Dolly, MSN, FNP-C, SNT

Zone Representatives Click here for a list of the Zone Representatives.


New York State Center for School Health Linda Khalil, MSEd, BSN, RN, SNT

New York State Center for School Health –  Melissa Trau, BSN, RN


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