NYSASN has accomplished a great deal this past year in furthering our mission, “To advance the practice of school nursing and enhance the educational success of students by promoting quality health services.” We pledge to continue our efforts and surpass our achievements in the future. To do this we need dedicated, insightful leadership that will guide us into the future of our profession.

This year we are pleased to present our candidates for the Executive Committee roles of President Elect and Secretary. We have one candidate for President Elect and 2 for Secretary.  Voting will be done electronically. Please review the biographical information below and then vote anonymously through the survey below by Friday, October 4, 2019.


Jacquelyn A. O’Donnell, AAS, RN
Candidate for President-Elect

Jacquelyn O’Donnell has been in school nursing for 25 years. Currently, she is the lead nurse for the William Floyd School District in Suffolk County, NY, a position she has held for 15 years. Prior to that she was a middle school nurse in the same district.

Ms. O’Donnell has an AAS degree in accounting, and as an adult learner earned an AAS in Nursing from Suffolk County Community College in 1992. After 2 years of hospital nursing (telemetry and pediatrics) she entered school nursing. She currently supervises a staff of 13 nurses.

She has held several leadership roles in her district and at the local and state levels of the school nursing professional organizations.  She is a past president of the Suffolk County Association of School Nurses and currently serves as its membership chairperson. At the state level, she joined the NYSASN Board of Directors in 2007 as a zone representative. She has since served as Newsletter Editor and Treasurer, and is currently the membership chair.

Ms. O’Donnell has been the recipient of several awards, including her district’s SCOPE Support Staff Service Award, the Suffolk County Association of School Nurses Excellence in School Nursing Award, and NYSASN’s Judith Harrigan Founder’s Award.

Vision Statement: NYSASN is now the only organization in the state that is solely dedicated to advancing the practice of school nursing. Through advocacy and educational offerings, I would like to see NYSASN increase awareness of the educational benefits that quality health services provide to the children of New York State. NYSASN should continue to be the voice of New York’s school nurses, among our membership, in our school districts, and with our legislators.  Increasing membership will give our organization a more powerful voice. Quality educational offerings, geared to their unique practice, will continue to meet the needs of school nurses so that they can more effectively serve their students.

It would be an honor to serve as NYSASN’s President-Elect.

Jacquelyn O’Donnell


Joanne Bardin, MSN, RN, AE-C
Candidate for Secretary

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.

Joanne is a committed school nurse who believes that you must get out of your comfort zone to make a difference in your school community. She says that you invite yourself to the table to make sure that you are heard and the needs of those we serve daily in our schools are met. We bring valuable perspectives and understanding to our different audiences as School Nurse that connects academics and home by providing a clear understanding for the supports needed for our children.

She believes that being a member of our state and national school nursing organizations allows School Nurses to demonstrate the commitment to our children that we care for every day. It lets our communities and others in our area of employment know that we work to keep current in knowledge and skills. It shows our passion for our unique position as THE School Nurses to work keeping our children strong and healthy to reach their full academic potential.  Serving on the NYSASN Board is one of Joanne’s ways of sharing her passion of School Health for moving forward and to keep the School Nurse in the middle of decision-making in the school world.

Joanne is an active member of Hudson Valley Asthma Coalition as well as a member of the Disaster Health Services for the American Red Cross.  She is currently the Secretary for CSEA Local 867 & Unit 6658. 


Roseann Gardinier
Candidate for Secretary

Roseann has been a School Nurse in the Canastota Central School District since 2009. For the past 10 years, she has taken care of 500+ students in the 4th – 8th grade, and has recently accepted a new position as the High School Nurse at the Roberts Street Complex. After graduating from SUNY Morrisville College with her AAS in Nursing in 2001, she worked in various fields of nursing, including Charge nurse/Pediatrics at Oneida Hospital, Clinical Coordinator for CNY Infusion, and Primary Nurse at Hospice and Palliative Care. Along with her experience as a United States Navy veteran, she brings that valuable discipline and wisdom to her students, parents, staff, community members, and fellow School Nurses every day.

Roseann has previously served as Treasurer for Zone 10 from 2010-2015. She joined NYSASN and served as the Zone 10 Representative from 2016-2018. During that time, she proudly chaired the 2017 NYSASN Annual Conference in Syracuse and was a faculty member of SNO that summer. She currently serves on the Safety/SAVE committee in her school district, and enjoys helping to mentor and guide new School Nurses.

In her many capacities as School Nurse, Treasurer, and Zone Rep, Roseann has excelled in the use of various computer programs, such as Microsoft products (Word, Excel, etc), Adobe products and Google products such as Docs, Sheets, and Drive. While serving as Zone 10 rep, she created a forum via Google so that Zone 10 nurses could communicate, network, and share their collective wisdom and experiences. She currently assists in mentoring new School Nurses. Her organizational and interpersonal skills as well as discipline, and enthusiasm are strengths that she will bring to the office of Secretary of NYSASN.