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Southeastern Pennsylvania
Organization of Nurse Leaders


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders was chartered in 1986 as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Executives as an affiliation of the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (PONL). The name of the organization was changed to Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders to reflect a changing philosophy that focused on nursing leadership. The primary mission of the original organization was, and remains today, to be a vehicle for networking and information exchange among nurse executives. The organization has evolved to include some 200 members, with the inclusion of all nurses in leadership positions being eligible for membership. SEPONL is a non-profit, personal membership society which promotes excellence in the practice of nursing administration. 

Member Benefits

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SEPONL) is the regional chapter for the state organization, the Pennsylvania organization of Nurse Leaders (PONL).  Both Organizations offer numerous member benefits, including:

  • Membership to the state (PONL) and regional (SEPONL) organization;
  • Access to educational sessions featuring expert speakers through PONL, SEPONL, and other regional Pennsylvania chapters;
  • Poster presentations as a forum to share evidence-based best practice;
  • Networking sessions with nurse and healthcare leaders at the state and regional level;
  • Access to research grants for your organization through SEPONL;
  • Newsletter and e-mail updates on current nursing issues as well as state- and/or regional nurse leader accomplishments;
  • Opportunity to have a common voice about state and national legislation, including issues such as "title of nurse protection" and proposed staffing legislation;
  • Position statements regarding issues affecting nursing, such as advocacy for increasing the number of BSN-prepared nurses, aligning with the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing;
  • Opportunities for leadership development through service on chapter committees.

SEPONL 2019 Officers and Board 

Elizabeth Craig, DNP, CRNP, FACHE
Vice President Patient Services, Chief Nurse Executive
Temple University Hospital

Carol Ann Gioia, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing
Lankenau Medical Center of Main Line Health
Mary Beth Edger, DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President of Professional Development TJUH, Inc. and Nursing Jefferson Methodist Hospital
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc.

Kathleen McDade, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Director, Cardiac Medical Specialties
Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health

Emerging Nurse Leaders
Rosanna Catania-Venuto, BSN, RN
Clinical Manager of Clinical Decision Unit and Clinical Manager of the Patient Safety Assistants
Penn MEdicine Chester County Hospital

Andrew L. Thum, MSN, ML, RN-BC, CCCTM
Nurse Manager
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


Chaudron Carter Short, EdD, MHA, MHEd, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Director of Nursing Education, Professional Practice & Nursing Outcomes
Temple University Hospital

Carol Chwal, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Administrative and Nurse Director
Women's and Children's Service Line
Abington Hostpial - Jefferson Health

Angela Coladonato, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Penn Medicine - Chester County Hospital

Ann Jadwin, MSN, RN, AOCN, NE-BC
Vice President of Nursing Services/Chief Nursing Officer
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Denise Lavery Frasca, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and VP, Patient Care Services
Jeanes Hospital

Terri Long, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC
Director, Critical Care & Cardiology Services
Doylestown Hospital

Susan McCulley, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Director of Nursing
MossRehab/Acute Inpatients Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park
Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park & MossRehab

SEPONL Spring 2019 Conference

Review the conference brochure and register today!

"Resilience: Moving from Surviving to Thriving"
Speaker: Jen Croneberger

April 26, 2019
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Desmond Hotel Great Valley
One Liberty Boulevard
Malvern, PA 19355

Jen Croneberger is a 3-time TEDx speaker, published author, & former recipient of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry's Female Business Leader of the Year. She holds a Master's Degree in Sports & Performance Psychology, a Sustainable Business Strategy Certification from The Harvard Business School, and has been consistently voted a top motivational speaker in the Philly and D.C regions. Jen has spoken at the NIH, the USDA, The US Dept of Defense as well as the NADONA conference at Disney World Resort, the NJLN Annual Conference and for the leadership teams at Sentara Health Systems and MedStar Hospital.

2019 SEPONL Spring Conference is sponsored by LaSalle University and Medtronic.

SEPONL Spring Conference Poster Applications

All Poster Application forms must be submitted electronically to SEPONL Office by Friday, March 22, 2019 midnight EST. Abstracts are invited for poster presentations for the SEPONL 2019 Spring Conference that will take place April 26, 2019 at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA to celebrate the individual and collective achievements of nurse leaders and administrators from the region. We offer an exciting program, including a keynote speaker, panel discussions, and poster presentations. It is a time for nurse leaders to network and share ideas about unique practice methods and problem solving in a variety of healthcare settings. Poster abstracts should be of a completed or in progress nursing leadership innovative approach, special project, etc. Posters will be on display and available to attendees during breaks and lunch.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a complete application packet which includes:

Selection Process

All poster abstracts are subjected to a peer review. Selection criterion includes relevance to the conference theme, scholarship and creativity.


All abstracts will be acknowledged as received within two weeks of being successfully submitted. Abstracts will not be accepted after Friday, March 22, 2019 midnight EST. The selection process will be completed and all primary authors notified of the outcome by Monday, April 1, 2019. All poster presenters are responsible for meeting registration fees and all other expenses incurred. For additional information or assistance, contact Nicholle Lawyer.

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