Zone 1 Happenings

Zone 1 | Jill McCarney
Nassau County

Our next Zone 1 meeting date is January 29th.  The speaker, from the Epilepsy Foundation, will discuss the topic of “Treating Students with Seizures.” Our meeting time is 4:00 p.m., at the North Bellmore Library, 1551 Newbridge Road, North Bellmore, NY  11710.

Any questions please contact : Jill McCarney,RN,MA  at

Colleen Foley has been overwhelmingly chosen as the EISN Winner from Zone 1.

Colleen has 17 years of School Nursing experience and has been a member of NYSASN for nine years. She currently practices at the Covert Avenue School in Elmont. As a member of the Nassau County School Nurses Association (Zone 1), she has stepped up into a leadership position and is currently the President Elect. Colleen believes it is of primary importance to keep her knowledge of nursing up to date and her skills sharp and is also a actively involved with the Asthma Educators Association.

Colleen Foley, RN, MSN, NCSN 



Please contact Jill McCarney, RN, Zone 1 Representative, with any questions, at or  516-627-0184.

Jill McCarney, RN
Zone 1 Representative

Zone 2 Happenings

Zone 2 | Gerri Plechner
Suffolk County

Zone 2’s first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 10/23/19. We will be meeting at Eastern Suffolk BOCES’ new location: the Instructional Support Center, at Sequoya High School, 750 Waverly Avenue, Holtsville 11742.  A meet and greet starts at 4:30 p.m. and the general meeting begins at 5:00 p.m.

The scheduled meetings for the remainder of the school year will be held Wednesday 2/5/20, and 4/22/20. For questions or further information, please contact the Zone 2 president, Colleen Cleary, at


This year’s Zone 2 recipient of the award for Excellence in School Nursing is Paula Saltzman from Wood Park Primary School in Commack. During her tenure at Wood Park, Paula organized a parents’ after school workshop and initiated a Walk to School fitness program. Besides her considerable knowledge and skills as school nurse, Paula also runs her school’s annual Toys for Tots and holiday food drive.

In addition to working as school nurse, Paula is also employed part time at Horizons Drug and Alcohol Counseling Center and has over 20 years’ experience as a camp nurse. She manages to do all this while continuing her affiliation with NYSASN, including having served as Zone 2 President. For all these reasons and more, Zone 2 is proud to present Paula with the 2019 EISN Award.



Gerri Plechner, MS Ed., BSN, RN
Zone 2 Representative

Zone 3 Happenings

Zone 3 | Patricia Hartman and Ponzella Johnson
Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond Counties

Congratulations to Gail Adman, BSN, RN, MPH, Zone 3 recipient of the 2019 Excellence in School Nursing Award.

Patricia Hartman, RN
Ponzella Johnson, RN
Zone 3 Co-Representatives



Zone 4 Happenings

Zone 4 | Wendy Kopec
Putnam and Westchester Counties

Adolescent Substance Abuse Conference
Zone 4 is sponsoring the Adolescent Substance Abuse Conference on  January 22, 2020, in Tarrytown, New York. It is FREE for all Westchester and Putnam County school nurses, and offers breakfast, lunch and six contact hours.

Click here to download the event flyer for more information. 

Our next two Zone 4 meetings are from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on January 29, 2020, and March 25, 2020, at the Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School Library, 3417 Old Yorktown Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

The presenter for the January meeting will be Kevin Smith, BSN, RN. Kevin is the Coordinator for the Immunization Action Program of the Westchester County Department of Health.

For further information, please contact Wendy Kopec at

NYSASN Zone 4 congratulates our 2019 Excellence in School Nursing Award Winner, Cynthia Scinto , BSN, RN, of the Walden School of PNW BOCES in Yorktown Heights, New York. Cindy is recognized by her peers and colleagues as one who consistently demonstrates leadership, compassion, excellence and professionalism in her role of responsibility to medically fragile students ages 5-21 years.  


Principal Michael Sowel attended the award ceremony and gave Cindy the highest praise for her work and integrity.

Cindy is a long time active member of NYSASN and currently serves as Zone 4 Secretary.


Zone 4 Nurses in the News:
Congratulations to Carol Bumbolow, honored as a 2018 Nurse of the Year in the 40th Senate District.


Immunizations Flyer:
A valuable resource for you to help families obtain immunizations has been provided by the Westchester County Health Department. Please download these brochures which are provided in both English and Spanish.


Westchester County has formed a Concussion Task Force. This task force consists of members from the county Mental Health Department, DOH, PMD, a School Medical Director, a School Nurse, and an Athletic Trainer, and meets quarterly. Mary Beth Guyett, BSN, RN, is the School Nurse representative for Westchester.

Wendy Kopec, BSN, RN, CNOR
Zone 4 Representative

Zone 5 Happenings

Zone 5 | Joanne Bardin
Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster Counties

Download program flyer with complete registration information and application form.


For information about Zone 5 events or suggestions of topics that you would like to have addressed, please contact the Joanne Bardin, Zone 5 representative.

Joanne Bardin, MSN, RN, AE-C
Zone 5 Representative


Zone 6 Happenings

Zone 6 | 
Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties

Interested in being the Zone 6 Representative? Encourage networking among School Nurse colleagues in your area while developing leadership skills with the support of our NYSASN Board. For more information, please contact NYSASN President, Lou Ann Gleason, at

Zone 7 Happenings

Zone 7 | Betsy Williams
Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Rensselear, and Schoharie Counties

Sherrill Becker, RN, was given Zone 7’s 2019 award for Excellence in School Nursing. This was Nurse Becker’s final year of her 31-year career as a school nurse. In Principal Robert Rhinehart’s nomination essay, he described her as “the personification of the terms ‘compassionate’, ‘joyful’ and ‘professional’.”  Sherry joined Downsville Central School in 1988 as both the school nurse and attendance officer and she has faithfully served the school community ever since. The entire school community trusts her judgement, her confidentiality and her love of all people. Sherry will be beginning a much-deserved retirement at the conclusion of this school year. She will be leaving a legacy of love and kindness that sets an example of how we should treat each other every day.”

Betsy Williams, AAS, RN
Zone 7 Representative

Zone 8 Happenings

Zone 8    
Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties


Interested in being the Zone 8 Representative? Encourage networking among School Nurse colleagues in your area while developing leadership skills with the support of our NYSASN Board. For more information, please contact NYSASN President, Lou Ann Gleason, at

Zone 9 Happenings

Zone 9 |
Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties

Interested in being the Zone 9 Representative? Encourage networking among School Nurse colleagues in your area while developing leadership skills with the support of our NYSASN Board. For more information, please contact NYSASN President, Lou Ann Gleason, at


Zone 10 Happenings

Zone 10 | Nancy Trendowski
Cayuga, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties

Congratulations to Sharon Botsford,
Zone 10 Excellence in School Nursing award winner.

Nancy Trendowski, BSN, RN
Zone 10 Representative



Zone 11 Happenings

Zone 11 | Annette Cobb
Broome, Cortland, Chemung, Chenango, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties

Zone 11 scheduled its fall meeting for October 16th at The Cellar Restaurant and Bar in Owego, New York. The topic was Human Trafficking—What You Need to Know, presented by Emily Barrett, Director of Development, from the Potters Hands Foundation located in Corning, New York. The Potter’s Hands Foundation has funded and built a comfortable and safe home for women who are trying to recover from the trafficking business.

Congratulations to Kim Holden, RN, NP

Zone 11 2019 Excellence in School Nursing award winner!


Southern Zone 11 retirees were honored at the School Nurses Day dinner

on May 8th at the Little Venice Restaurant in Binghamton, New York.

Pictured, L to R: Joanne Stanley, Cindy Ceracche, Diane Silvers and Debby Dvorsky

Watch the NYSASN website for upcoming Zone 11 events. For more information or suggestions of topics that you would like to have addressed, please contact the zone rep.

Annette Cobb
Zone 11 Representative


Zone 12 Happenings

Zone 12 | Diane Houseknecht and Lynn Muth  
Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties

For information contact your Zone 12 Co-Representatives, Diane Houseknecht and Lynne Muth.

Diane Houseknecht, RN
Lynne Muth BSN, RN
Zone 12 Co-Representatives  

Zone 13 Happenings

Zone 13 | Barbara Baer
Erie and Niagara Counties

Our next scheduled meeting will be on November 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Hillview Elementary School in Lancaster.  Our speaker will be presenting on working with the deaf and hearing impaired student.

Tuesday, 1/21
Monday, 2/10
Monday, 3/16
Tuesday, 4/21
Monday, 5/18 – End of year gathering.

Speakers for each meeting will be announced beforehand.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barb Baer at

Barbara Baer, BSN, RN
Zone 13 Representative

Zone 14 Happenings

Zone 14 | Jill Kenney
Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chataqua Counties

Zone 14 is having a Fall Meeting on Wednesday November 6, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. We are holding it at Moonwinks Restaurant in Cuba, New York. Speaker to be announced.

Don’t forgot to sign up for NYSASN’s 33rd Annual Conference on November 1st and 2nd in Latham, New York. Sign up or get brochure at

Also don’t forget the 2019 NYSCSH School Health Seminars. Registrationdeadline is October 7, 2019. Get brochure at

Hope to see everyone there.

Zone 14 2019 EISN Award

Jill Kenney has been a registered nurse for 30 years. She has worked at Pine Valley Central School District in Chataqua County for 19 years. She worked in the elementary school for three years part-time covering the health office while her co-worker taught health classes. She then moved to the jr./sr. high school (7th-12th grades) and has been there full time for 16 years. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart, James M. Kenney, for 31 years. They have two beautiful children, Richard and Monica. She lives in her district and graduated high school from her district. It was Jill’s dream to be a school nurse and her husband supported her in that dream. Jill has belonged to NYSASN and NSASN since 2000.

School Principal Joshua Tedone nominated Jill Kenney for the EISN award. He stated, “Mrs. Kenney performs her duties resourcefully on a day-to-day basis. Her dedication to her job and the care of our students has always been handled with professionalism. Jill is a calm person by nature and can work in a high stress environment without becoming unnerved. This has been tested several times with incidents at the school. Nurse Kenney is also dependable because of her excellent attendance record. Jill demonstrates a high level of commitment to her job. Jill has experience working with the elementary and high school students.”

Zone 14 had their spring meeting on School Nurse Day at Gialy’s in Jamestown, New York. Racheal Ludwig from Chautauqua County Health Department spoke about Trauma and Mental Health in the school population, in addition to best practices in suicide awareness and prevention. She provided many resources and explained that other county Health Departments have had similar findings. Zone 14 President Diana Pantall provided special decals for School Nurse Day.

This year’s EISN nomination came from my own school principal and had my name on it! Past President Mary Fitzpatrick called and surprised me on School Nurse Day with the news.

In other news: Zone 14 was proud to award scholarships to two high school seniors, both planning to pursue a career in nursing. Four of our Zone members will be retiring this year between June and December. We wish them all a happy retirement.

For information about Zone 14 activities, contact Jill A. Kenney, Zone 14 Representative.

Jill A. Kenney, RN
Zone 14 Representative