MNA Elections

Elections Information

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is a democratic, member-driven organization whose leadership is elected by the membership by election ballot.  This leadership offers diverse opinions and strategies about how to protect and advance nursing's agenda. Through the work of the Association and its initiatives, MNA's elected officers gather the opinions of the membership and create the strategies that steer the organization. As a active member of the MNA you can add your input to that debate — if not in person then by voting for your nurse colleagues who you have chosen to bring their voice to the decision making forums at MNA.

Nominations are gathered from January to March. Elections are held in the late summer, and the winning candidates are announced at the MNA's annual convention each fall. Vacancies throughout the year are filled by MNA Board of Director appointments. A listing of available positions is provided below along with pertinent information for all candidates regarding policies and procedures.

Massachusetts Nurses Association Slate of Candidates – listed in Alpha Order (not yet final ballot order) 

President, Labor, (1 for 3 years) 
Patricia Comeau
Katie Murphy
Claire O’Connell
Marie Ritacco
Secretary, Labor, (1 for 3 years) 
Joan Ballantyne
Trish Powers
Director, Labor*, (5 for 3 years)- 1 per Region
Region One
Donna Stern
Region Two
Catharine Mysliwiec
Region Three
P. Karen Duffy
Region Four
Haruna (Mali) Maliani
Elizabeth Mulholland
Region Five
Terri Jamros
Ellen MacInnis
Director At-Large, General (3 for 3 years) 
Beth Amsler
Ellen Farley
 James McCarthy
Seamus Whelan
Susan Wright Thomas
Director At-Large, Labor (4 for 3 years)  
Joan Ballantyne
Mary Havlicek Cornacchia
Emma Dragon
Connie Gassett
Donna Guiney
Labor Program Member who is a non-RN Health Care Professional (1 for 3 years)
Gloria Bardsley
Nominations Committee, (5 for 3 years) - 1 per Region
Bylaws Committee, (5 for 3 years)
At-Large Position in Regional Council (3 years 2 per region) 
Region 1
Region 2
Beth Amsler
Region 3
P. Karen Duffy 
Region 4
Region 5
NENA Delegate, Labor (9 for 3 years)
Joan Ballantyne
Karen Coughlin
General means an MNA member in good standing & does not have to be a member of the labor program. Labor means an MNA member in good standing who is also a labor program member. Labor Program Member means a non-RN Healthcare Professional who is a member in good standing of the labor program.

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Call for Member Participation on MNA Committees

The following standing committees of the MNA Board of Directors are currently seeking members to help carry forward the work of the organization:

  • Awards Committee: This committee develops criteria for MNA awards, reviews nominations of candidates for awards and recommends award recipients to the MNA Board of Directors. This committee enables MNA to reward and applaud the contributions of outstanding individuals to nursing and health care. There were 17 recipients of MNA awards in 2014. The committee meets two to four times per year.
  • Bylaws Committee: This committee both receives and initiates proposed amendments to MNA's Bylaws and presents its recommendations to the MNA membership annually. MNA's bylaws regulate its operation. The committee meets four to six times per year.
  • Education Committee: This committee interprets, implements and monitors a program of continuing education for nurses, serves as a resource to MNA to identify trends and issues in nursing and health care as they relate to education, and recommends strategies to support competence and professional growth of nurses. This committee meets six times per year. Contact Shirley Duggan, associate director, Nursing Department at 800.882.2056, x763 for additional information.