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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 2021 Officers and Board 

Carol Ann Gioia, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing
Lankenau Medical Center, Main Line Health

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

Mary Beth Edger, DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President of Professional Development TJUH, Inc.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc.

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

Mary Lou Kurilla, MSN, RN, CNL, NE-BC
Nurse Director of Operations
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
Nurse Manager
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


Chaudron Carter Short, EdD, MHA, MHEd, MSN, RN, NE-BC
System Associate Vice President
Nursing Education, Professional Practice & Magnet
Temple University Hospital

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

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

Mary Mahabee-Betts, MSN, RN, CNOR, CPPS
Risk Manager
Department of Risk Management

Timothy D. Marks, MBA, MSN, RN, CEN, NEA-BC
Interim Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
Chestnut Hill Hospital

Susan McCulley, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Clinical Manager of the Clinical Decision Unit
Clinical Manager of 4Pavilion Respiratory Unit
Manager of the Behavioral Safety Assistants
Chester County Hospital

Alyssa McEachern, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager
Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health

Elizabeth Pyle, MSN, MBA, RNC-MNN
Nurse Manager, Mother Baby Unit/Antepartum Unit
Pennsylvania Hospital

John Renzi, DNP, MBA, RN, CCCTM, NE-BC
Vice President - Patient Care Services
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc.

SEPONL Call for Nominations

On behalf of the SEPONL Board, we would like to encourage you to join the 2022 SEPONL Board.

The available board positions are:

  1. Co-Chair Elect: three-year term (first year Co-Chair Elect, second year Chair, and third year Immediate Past Chair
  2. Secretary: two-year term
  3. Treasurer-Elect: two-year term (first year Treasurer-Elect and second year Treasurer)
  4. Members-at-Large: (4 positions) - one-year term

All members must be in good standing order with PONL.

All applications are due by Oct. 29, 2021.

Voting will open to all SEPONL members in early November.

Complete the application form and email to Sabrina Truglio.

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