Members of NYSASN will soon have an opportunity to select their leadership for the coming year. Please take the time to “meet” our candidates so you will be prepared to vote for the leaders you believe will best serve and represent our organization in these vital roles. You should anticipate receiving an email in September to request your vote. Voting will be open between September 15 and October 15.

Our new leadership will be presented to the membership at our 2017 Fall Conference.

  • The role of President-Elect places the individual leader in a position to support the current President and learn about the responsibilities to be assumed in the future. This person will be a vital member of our Executive Committee as well as represent us among national nursing leaders and state educational leaders. The two candidates below have a wealth of expertise and commitment as their biographies show.
  • The role of Secretary places him/ her in the position of recording all formal meetings of the organization. This person also provides valuable support and insight as member of the Executive Committee.

Gail Hall, RN

Gail Hall, RN
Candidate for President-Elect

My 16 years as a School Nurse in the Spencer Van Etten School District have been enhanced by extensive nursing experiences including those in the Emergency Room, Pediatrics, Labor and Delivery, and NICU settings.

Although recently retired as a full-time school nurse, I remain vitally active in the school district. I have and continue to serve as the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the school district, the principal CPR/AED/First aid trainer for staff and coaches, and the trainer of school health office aides. I also provide support to the school nurses upon request.

Education and training has always been an important part of my life. I have been and remain an American Heart Association CPR instructor for the past 30 years and a NYSPHSSA Coach’s First Aid Trainer. I developed and presented a variety of topics to school and hospital staff including: How to Deal with Stress, Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Work Environment, Primary and Secondary Patient Assessment, Seizure Disorders and Understanding Cultural Differences. This commitment has benefited NYSASN throughout the past 10 years as I have been a member of the Education Committee and have served as the Chairperson of several NYSASN education conferences.

My community outreach includes being available to the area school districts, local fire departments and community as a certified Critical Incident Stress (CIS) Debriefer. This expertise has been carried into my school nursing practice as I have been instrumental in updating policy and training school district staff related to Emergency Preparedness and CIS. My interpersonal communication skills and organizational competencies were further developed as the Patient Representative for a large hospital system as well as the Director of Nursing of a Healthcare System.


  • 1976 – Graduated from C. S Wilson School of Nursing with honors
  • 1990 – Certified in Critical Incident Stress Management
  • 1994 – Certified as a Leadership Trainer

Positions held in NYSASN:

  • 2006-2015: Zone 11 Representative
  • 2011-2015: Zone Coordinator
  • 2006-present: Education Committee member
  • 2015-present: Public Relations Chairperson

Awards received:

  • 1997: Toastmaster’s International Speaker of the Year
  • 1999: United Health Services Hospital Employee of the Year
  • 2006: NYSASN School Nurse of the Year
  • 2009: NYSASN EISN Award for Zone 11
  • 2016: NYSASN Judith Harrigan Award

Having an extensive nursing and leadership experiences supports NYSASN’s mission “to advance the practice of school nursing and enhance the educational success of students by promoting quality health services.” I believe that I possess those qualities necessary to fulfill the position of NYSASN’s President Elect.

It would be an honor and a pleasure to serve on NYSASN’s Executive Board of Directors.


Gail Hall, RN


Joanne Bardin, MSN, RN, AE-C

Joanne Bardin, MSN, RN, AE-C
Candidate for President-Elect

Joanne Bardin, MSN, RN, AE-C is a School Nurse in the Poughkeepsie City School District since 2006 working on the secondary level. Joanne entered school health 25 years ago, in 1996, as a substitute nurse in area school districts. Joanne has been an active member of the New York State Association of School Nurses (NYSASN) since 1999 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2009. Currently she is the Zone 5 Representative of NYSASN.

Joanne has been an RN since 1972. Her varied experiences, 18 years as an ED/OR nurse and 16 years as a camp nurse, have helped her to hone her school nurse skills. Joanne has attended both state and national school nurse conferences since 1995.

Joanne is the volunteer lead for the American Red Cross Disaster Health Services of the Mid-Hudson Chapter and is also a CPR/FA instructor. She was recently recognized by the Red Cross for 50 years of volunteer service. She is a member of the Hudson Valley Asthma Coalition and serves on the literacy advisory committee which evaluates educational materials used by patients, families, and stakeholders whose lives have been touched by asthma. Her national certification as an asthma educator allows her to be a valuable resource to her professional organizations, school, and community.

Her other professional involvements include serving on her district’s wellness committee, SAVE committee, and concussion management committee. Joanne works with Center for Prevention of Child Abuse to help students who are entering the role of parenthood. She also works with the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health to implement a Fit4Ever afterschool program in the middle school. Through successful grant writing, Joanne was able to help bring in fitness equipment to her middle school.

As a longtime member of NYSASN, Joanne knows the importance of keeping current with this specialty area of nursing practice. “I feel one of the best ways to increase our students’ health and learning,” Bardin says, “is to invite yourself to the table of topics that cross our children’s and family’s daily worlds.” She also goes on to say that: “By doing so, as a school nurse, I have found we bring a reality through the sharing of unique and diverse experiences that others may not always see. We provide a truth to our caring and healing as well as a reason for our importance in making decisions that affect those we care for.”

By being involved with a very dedicated Board of Directors over the years, she has learned that it takes foresight and willingness to commit to make school health their number one priority by keeping school nurses up to date with the most current resources and research affecting their practice. “It is a collaborative effort that will move school nursing forward. We must be willing to sit at the table, listen, talk, and act to advocate for school nurses, students, families, community, and health,” Bardin says.

One of her favorite quotes by Margaret Mead describes how important Joanne feels about being a member of NYSASN is,

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


Olga Jeanne Dolly, MS, FNP-C, SNT

Olga Jeanne Dolly MS, FNP-C, SNT
Candidate for Secretary

Olga Jeanne Dolly is a Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in school health and pediatrics and is currently employed as the Medical Director at Indian River Central School in Philadelphia, New York.

She completed her Associates of Science in Nursing at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Canton and then earned her Bachelors of Science in Health Occupations Education at SUNY Oswego, NY, and her Masters of Science degree in Family Nurse Practitioner at SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse, New York.

Olga Jeanne Dolly has served as Nursing Faculty Instructor and Clinical Educator for SUNY Canton’s School of Nursing.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New York State Association of School Nurses (NYSASN) as their Secretary. She has also served this Board for the last thirteen years and held the positions of President, President-Elect, Past President, Legislative Chair, Zone Representative for Zone 9, Promotions Chair and Vendor Chair as well as serving on the Education committee and Faculty for the School Nurse Orientation Conference.

She has received the Excellence in School Nurse Award in 2010, and the Judith Harrington Award of Excellence in 2014 from NYSASN. She received the National Certified School Nurse (NCSN) award, in 2006 and held that title until 2016 when she let that expire. She currently has a National Certification in Nurse Practitioner since 2013.

Olga Jeanne Dolly is also a member of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), Sigma Theta Tau, The Nurse Practitioners Association New York State (TheNPA), and American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

She has served the children and staff of Indian River Central School District with passion as a medical director, coordinator of care, a nurse manager, school nurse, and provider of preventative and acute care serves.

Olga Jeanne Dolly has served you on the Board of NYSASN and hopes to continue in the role as Secretary with your support.