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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 2018 Officers and Board 

Frances Cusick, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Interim Vice President, Patient Care Services
Lankenau Medical Center

Elizabeth Craig, DNP, CRNP, FACHE
Vice President Patient Services, Chief Nurse Executive
Temple University Hospital
Patty Baroni, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Clinical Director of Heart and Vascular Nursing
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

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

Emerging Nurse Leader
Heidi Seiberlich, MSN, RN, CCRN
Nurse Manager, Cardiac Surgery Unit
Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health 


Annmarie Chavarria, MSN, CMSRN, NE-BC
Nurse Director Medical Services
Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health

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

Carol Ann Gioia, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Director of Perioperative Services & Sterile Processing
Jefferson University Hospitals

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

Denise Lavery Frasca, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President, Patient Services/CNO
Jeanes Hospital

Bernadette Weis, MSN, MS, CEN, NE-BC
Director of Nursing - Emergency and Surgical Services
Main Line Health - Paoli Hospital

SEPONL Spring Conference

May 18, 2018

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

Keynote Speaker:
Nay Petrucelli, MS

Nay Petrucelli is proud to serve as the Professional Development Coordinator at the Mazzoni Center. For years, he worked as an educator in a wide range of community and juvenile justice settings, raising eyebrows from students across NYC and Illinois when he passionately argues in algebra's defense. As a proud New Yorker living in the Midwest, Nay researched the impact of sex trafficking legislation on juveniles and conducted transgender competency trainings for providers in central Illinois. He is proud to bring his policy research, education, and LGBTQ background to Mazzoni

Creating Safer Spaces: LGBTQ Cultural Competency for Nurse Leaders

Speaking Sessions:

  • SWBAT: Understand the spectra model of gender and sexuality and corresponding terminology.
  • SWBAT: Recount best practices in personal and institutional practice that address areas of disparity.
  • SWBAT: Increase comfort level in having conversation with clients.

Additional Speakers:
Robert Bettiker, MD, MGA, FACP
Ben E. Moore, BS

Providing LGBTQ - Sensitive Care

Review the SEPONL Spring Conference Brochure

Sponsored by:

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