Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to Board of Nursing
July 09, 2015
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced three appointments and three reappointments to the Board of Nursing.
Housed within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the 23-member board establishes qualifications for nurse licensure, approves standards for nurse education programs and takes disciplinary action against licensees when the health, safety, and welfare of the public has been adversely affected.
"I am confident these appointees will effectively assist the board in overseeing the practice of Michigan's invaluable registered and practical nurses and nurse specialists," Snyder said.
Patricia Harney, of Grand Haven, is the director of Healthcare Strategy for the Granger Group and previously served as the new business development and legislative affairs manager for Hospice of Michigan. Harney earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and gerontology from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s of health science from Wayne State University, a master’s in global business and health policy from Cornerstone University, and was a fellow of the Michigan Political Leadership Program. She represents the general public and replaces Mary Corrado.
Paula Hopper, of Concord, recently retired as a professor of nursing at Jackson College, where she developed and delivered theory instruction for students earning an associate’s degree in nursing. Hopper earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Jackson Community College, a bachelor’s degree in biology from Spring Arbor University, and a master’s degree in nursing from Wayne State University. She represents professional registered nurses without a baccalaureate degree engaged in nursing practice or nursing administration and replaces Roselyn Argyle.
Deborah Vendittelli, of Novi, is the associate dean of nursing and a professor at Schoolcraft College and served in numerous capacities at Huron Valley Sinai Hospital. Vendittelli earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Lake Superior State University, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lake Superior State University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas, and is currently completing her doctorate in nursing practice from Oakland University. She represents registered professional nurses with a master's degree from an accredited college with a major in nursing engaged in nursing education in less than a baccalaureate program and replaces Paula Hopper.
Ron Basso, of Iron River, is the owner of Basso & Basso, a consulting and legal services group working with local municipalities and downtown development authorities. He served as the chief deputy director for the Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services and is a member of the Iron County Brownfield Authority and numerous community boards and organizations. Basso earned a bachelor’s in business administration in finance and a law degree, both from the University of Notre Dame. He continues to represent the general public.
Kathy Bouchard-Wyant, of East Lansing, is the senior project coordinator for Sparrow Physicians Health Network, where she administers the Sparrow Physicians Health Network Ambulatory Care Transformation Program. She served as a nurse in the Mother Baby Center and was a founding member of the Unit Based Nursing Council at Sparrow Hospital. Bouchard-Wyant earned a diploma in nursing from Hurley Medical Center School of Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University. She continues to represent professional registered nurses without a baccalaureate degree engaged in nursing practice or nursing administration.
Cynthia Fenske, of Ann Arbor, is the campus dean for nursing and an associate professor at Concordia University. She served as a lecturer for the University of Michigan School of Nursing and has more than 30 years of experience in educating undergraduate students. Fenske earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Valparaiso University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in nursing practice from Oakland University. She continues to represent registered professional nurses with a master's degree engaged in nursing education in a baccalaureate or higher program.
Members serve four-year terms expiring June 30, 2019. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.