ND Nurse Practitioners Association Officers
  • President: Tara Brandner, DNP, APRN, FNP-MS

    • Tara Brandner received her BSN degree from the University of Mary and her FNP-MS, DNP degree from George Washington University. She currently practices at the Ashley Medical Center in her hometown of Ashley, North Dakota. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner she worked at St. Alexius in the Flex pool. Tara serves as the co-legislative liaison and member of the pharmacology planning committee for the North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association. She also served as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Fall 2016 Health Policy Fellow where she spent 1 month in Washington, DC promoting the health of the nation and the advancement of NP’s ability to work within their full scope of practice. Tara also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Mary.  In addition, she is a member of the North Dakota Center for Nursing health reform committee, medical marijuana tracking committee, and APRN preceptor bureau. She is married to her husband Charles and has one child. They enjoy spending time at their lake cabin, snow skiing, and traveling.​
       

  • Vice President/President Elect: Leah Neugebauer, FNP-C, WHNP-BC

    • Leah is currently serving as the President Elect for NDNPA.  She has held the position of Secretary for 3 years and was a Board Member at Large for 2 terms. She attended the MedCenter One College of Nursing in Bismarck, ND where she earned her BSN in 2005. In 2010, she completed an MSN with a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialization from the University of Cincinnati. Leah decided to further broaden her scope of practice shortly thereafter, earning a Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in 2013. Upon passing boards, she began to work full time with Indian Health Services in Fort Yates where she took pride in helping the underserved population for 5 years. Currently, Leah is working at Mid Dakota Clinic in Bismarck, as a part of the Internal Medicine Department.

    • She is a member of the NDNPA, AANP, NPWH, and the National Health Service Corps. Leah is married to her high school sweetheart, Brice, and lives in Mandan, ND on the beautiful Missouri with their daughter and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family & friends on the river, crafting, cooking, and doing yoga.​

  • Secretary: Jenn Vandal, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

    • Jenn Vandal is serving her first term as Secretary for NDNPA. As a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Jenn Vandal provides comprehensive care to patients of all age groups with acute and chronic conditions. Her areas of interest include pediatrics, women’s health, community and public health, and preventative care. Jenn obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the Minot State University in Minot, ND. She obtained her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Jenn is married with one young son and one Weimaraner dog. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, going to the lake, reading, and having new adventures. 
       

  • Treasurer: Mykell Barnacle DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC

    • Mykell Barnacle received her bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead and DNP/FNP from NDSU in 2008. She has worked as an ED RN for five years, and since graduating as an NP has had a variety of roles, including working as an NP in internal medicine and urgent care (current practice). She also worked as Director of Operations at a pharmaceutical research company, gaining interesting and important experience in management. She has been teaching in NDSU’s BSN and DNP programs since 2012, and has a strong interest in NP education and advocacy. Research interests include health promotion, rural practice, and NP education/precepting. Mykell is married to Jesse, and they have four children. 

    • Member of NDNPA, AANP, and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties  

    • I am interested in serving on the board to enhance the important role that high-quality nurse practitioners have in healthcare.
       

  • Public Relations: Cori Randal, FNP-C

    • Undergraduate:  Associates in Nursing- LPN, NDSCS, Wahpeton ND 1999; Bachelor of Science in Nursing- RN University of Mary, Bismarck ND  2002
      Graduate:  University of Mary, Bismarck ND Masters of Science in Nursing Education 2015; Maryville University, St. Louis, MO Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner 2018

    • Certifications: Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitative Practices, Advanced Burn Life Support, Certified Emergency Room Nurse; Advance Trauma Life Support; Trauma Nurse Core Certification; Aesthetic Medical Educators Training in Botox and Juvaderm injectables; Dermatology for the Non-Dermatologist continuing education by USF Health University of South Florida; Training in Restylane and Dysport fillers and injectables.

    • Current employment:  Ashley Medical Center, Ashley ND and St. Luke’s Medical Center, Crosby, ND

    • I believe in individualizing care to every patient.  Listening to their story and what they value for their health is very important to me as a provider.  My goal is to provide the best care possible to each and every patient. Cori’s interests include: Family, pets, travel. I firmly believe in a lifetime of service.  I also believe that it is important for nurse practitioners to continually advance the profession and educate themselves to provide the highest standards of care of our patients.  The NDNPA is vital as a voice for the Nurse Practitioners in our state and helping to provide professional advice and education. 
       

  • Board Member at Large: Dean Gross

    • I am a lifelong resident of North Dakota. My college education includes the University of Mary (BSN), University of Kentucky (MSN/FNP) Rush University (PhD). In 2001 I developed the FNP program at NDSU followed by the DNP program in 2004. I practice one day a week as a FNP in Ulen, MN. I am married (Carla), have three children, and have coached soccer for 15 years.​
       

  • Board Member at Large: Sara Wiedrich, FNP-C, CDE

    • Sara Wiedrich is a family nurse practitioner who specializes in the management of diabetes at the CHI St Alexius Heart and Lung Clinic. She has special interest in insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring as well as the overall management of both type 1, type 2 diabetes, and diabetes in pregnancy.

    • Sara obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary in 2012. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.  She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association and the American Diabetes Association. 

    • Sara lives in Bismarck ND with her husband Jesse and 2 boys, Cole and Mason. 
       

  • Board Member at Large: Courtney Short

    • She received both her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of North Dakota. She graduated with her Master’s degree in 2016.  During that time, she was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor’s Society of Nursing and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. While studying for her Masters she worked as an RN fulltime in a critical access hospital in rural North Dakota where she was also involved with quality assurance. Currently she is working as a primary care provider for Wishek Community Hospital and Clinics Association where she continues to provide healthcare to rural North Dakota. Here she works in the clinic, hospital, and ER and is on the infectious disease committee. She is married to her husband Josh and they have two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys music, hunting, spending time with her family and going to the lake. ​
       

  • Legislative Liaison: Paula Moch, FNP-BC

    • Paula Sokoloski Moch FNP-BC was born and raised in Bismarck. Paula and her husband Tracy “Zach” Moch, are raising the fourth generation of Moch’s on Zach’s family farm north of Braddock ND.  Their children, Johanna (9), Tracy Jo (8) and Vonn (5) attend Kidder County Elementary School in Steele.  Zach is active in small grain and row crop farming and repairing equipment when he is not helping raise their 3 children.  Paula and Zach are involved with several local organizations. The family likes to spend their free time outdoors, boating, hunting, sledding and exploring.  

    • Paula has worked in various positions in the medical field since she was 14.  She graduated from Medcenter One College of Nursing with her BSN, and Clarkson College in Omaha Nebraska with her MSN, FNP.  She has worked as an FNP in Occupational Medicine, as a Hospitalist FNP and in a Critical Access Hospital providing coverage for the Hospital, ER and working in the clinic.  She holds various certificates in Wound Care, ATLS, Tobacco Treatment, Pre-Hospital Emergency Care, Stroke and Cardiac Care.  

    • She is excited to be the legislative liaison for the NDNPA.  Paula looks forward to supporting and promoting the interests of NDNPA in the legislative session.  She will work hard to educate the legislators on the bills that the NDNPA is sponsoring or supporting.  
       

  • AANP North Dakota State Representative: Jenna Herman

    • Jenna received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Augustana College. Her nursing career began on a medical/surgical/oncology unit at a large hospital in Minneapolis, MN where she worked for four years. She added her MSN from the College of St. Scholastica and completed her Doctor in Nursing Practice from University of Minnesota. After working for two years at a thriving pain management and rehabilitation clinic, she moved to North Dakota to lead and teach in an established Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2013. In addition to working in the academic setting, Jenna serves as a nurse practitioner in primary care clinics and hospitals across rural North Dakota, correctional medicine, and a busy emergency room in Bismarck.

    • In her role as the AANP ND State Representative, she acts as the liaison for AANP to keep nurse practitioners in North Dakota current on issues affecting our profession. Her passions are nurse practitioner students and advocating for role expansion of the nurse practitioner. Outside of being an NP, she enjoys spending time with her husband Tedd, cooking, and traveling.
       

  • Student Representatives: Molly Buzakovic (UMary), Stephanie Hendricks and Jessica Holman (NDSU), and Kadie Eriksson (UND)

 

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