President: 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.



President-Elect: Geraldine Plechner, MS.Ed., BSN, RN

As school nurse in the Center Moriches UFSD, Gerri is responsible for the health and well-being of nursery to 8th grade students in two private schools within the Center Moriches community. She received her BS in Nursing from SUNY Binghamton, and later pursued a master’s degree in Education and also in Literacy. Gerri has volunteered for many years at the American Cancer Society’s Long Island Division oncology camp and the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. She currently serves as volunteerHealth Director for Camp Kids are Kids Chicago, a sleep away camp for oncology patients and their siblings. As part of their medical team, Gerri has updated their medical policies, procedures and standing orders to meet the Children’s Oncology Camp Association (COCA) gold ribbon standards. In addition, she sits on the camp’s leadership team.

Gerri has been a school nurse since 2012. She joined the Suffolk County Association of School Nurses (SCASN) and NYSASN in 2013 and has served on SCASN’s Executive Board since 2017, when she became president-elect. During her tenure as president, she served on the local zone’s NYSASN conference committee which resulted in a successful 2018 NYSASN annual conference in Stony Brook. After her tenure as president, Gerri became NYSASN’s Zone 2 representative. In 2020, Gerri received Zone 2’s Excellence in School Nursing award.


Past 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.


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.


Interim Secretary: Gail Hall, DPL, RN

Gail, formerly a school nurse in the Spencer-Van Etten Central School District, Zone 11, is currently the Public Relations Chairperson of NYSASN and Interim Secretary. 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. Having served on NYSASN’s Board of Directors for the past 15 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.



Committee Chairs


Advocacy ChairVacancy

Annual Conference Chair Vacancy

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

Communications LiaisonJoan Verardo, BS, RN

Membership ChairAnne Pawlowski, BSN, RN, CPN

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

Promotions ChairPatricia Hartman, BSN, RN

Public Relations ChairGail Hall, DPL, 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 –  Melissa Trau, BSN, RN


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