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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 

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.

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

Mary Lou Kurilla, MSN, RN, CNL, NE-BC
Magnet Director
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

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

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

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

John Renzi, DNP, MBA, RN, CCCTM, NE-BC
Director of Nursing Operations and Patient  Care Services
Jefferson Health - Jefferson Methodist Hospital

SEPONL Spring 2020 Conference

4 P's (Publishing, Politics, Posters and Panel Discussion)

April 24, 2020
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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

Review the conference brochure and register today!

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at the conference? View the 2020 Spring Conference Prospectus


Denise Drummond Hayes, MSN, RN, CRNP
Senior Clinical Editor, Wolters Kluwer

Denise Drummond Hayes received her BSN from Gwynedd Mercy College, and MSN from Villanova University, and a post-Masters Nurse Practitioner certificate in Acute Adult Care from Drexel University. Denise has over 25 years of critical care experience and has spent the last 18 years working as the Senior Clinical Editor for Journals & Special Projects for Wolters Kluwer. Denise is also a Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Instructor for the Temple University Hospital System. Denise has authored numerous professional nursing journal articles, and has presented at various nursing conferences, both at the local and national levels.

Talk Topics:

  • Bylines and Deadlines: Writing for professional Publication
  • Don’t Fall Prey to Predatory Publishers

Alec Stone, MA, MPA
Public Affairs Director, Oncology Nursing Society

Alec Stone, ONS Public Affairs Director, has been a leader in healthcare legislative and regulatory affairs for more than two decades. Mr. Stone has worked with the American Cancer Society, American Medical Association, American Dental Association, American Library Association, and the Deafness Research Foundation. As a public policy professional, Mr. Stone has extensive experience with Congress and federal agencies. Much of his engagement is with oncology nurses and grassroots policy advocacy. Mr. Stone holds a BA in history from Memphis State University, a Masters in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University, and a Masters in Political Management from GW. He and his family live in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Talk Topic:

  • Advocacy in the Age of Adversity: The Need for Nursing to be Engaged in Policy

Panel Discussion Community Service Activities 

  • Dana Adamson, BSN, RN-BC
    Clinical Nurse, Inpatient Surgical Oncology Unit
    Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Carol Chwal, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
    Administrative Director, Women & Children's Service Line
    Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health
  • Diana  DiMarcantonio Kott, MSN, RN, OCN
    Nursing Professional Development Practitioner
    Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Jennifer Nelson, RN
    Nurse Manager
    Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Sarah Payonk, BSN, RN
    Clinical Nurse, Infusion Services
    Fox Chase Cancer Center

Call For POster Abstracts and submission guidelines

All poster abstracts with completed applications must be submitted electronically by Monday, March 23, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

This call for poster abstracts invites nurse leaders from a variety of specialties, ranging from novice to expert, to share their best practices implemented across the care continuum. Abstracts should reflect a completed, nursing leadership intervention with an innovative approach, special project or research study.

How To Apply

Complete and submit the online application, which requires the following forms:


All primary presenters will be notified of the judge’s decision by Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

All poster presenters are responsible for meeting registration fees and all other expenses incurred.

Abstracts will not be accepted after the deadline of Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

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