2017 Alumnae/i Board Nominations

Vivian “Enyo” Dzata, 2007

Enyo currently serves as Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Community Health Centers of Lane County in Springfield, Oregon working in a medical home for children who are underserved by diagnosing, managing and treating common pediatric conditions, including medical, behavioral and psychiatric ailments. Prior to her current position, she was working in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as an Endocrine Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 2002 where she earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Development & Psychological Services. She then earned her Post-baccalaureate at the University of Oregon in 2004 in Eugene, OR. In 2004 she returned to higher education to earn her Master of Science (MS) in Pediatric Nursing from Yale School of Nursing in 2007.

Michelle Schmerge, 2017

Michelle is currently the Director of Post Acute Care for Novant Health. In addition to her administrative role, she is an adult nurse practitioner practicing in Charlotte, NC providing care to an aging population. Prior to this position, she served as both President and Nurse Practitioner for Medical Plaza Family and Geriatric Physicians in Charlotte, NC. She started this independent medical practice, which partnered Nurse Practitioners and Physicians with an innovative practice model. She has been practicing in the long-term care/post acute care setting for ten years. In addition to her clinical and administrative work, Michelle has participated as a sub-investigator in a number of pharmaceutical research studies, including those for therapies for cardiovascular, respiratory, and endocrine system diseases. Michelle volunteers regularly with the North Carolina Nurses Association advocating for full practice authority for APRNs. As a result of her efforts, she completed a yearlong fellowship with the American Nurses Advocacy Institute and she was named the Joanne S. Stevens Political/Legislative Nurse of the Year for 2016. Michelle holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Yale University in New Haven, CT. She received her undergraduate and masters degrees from Vanderbilt University. Michelle is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Honor Society of Nursing.

Candace M. Willett, 2014

Candace currently serves as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner(PNP) in a private Infectious Disease practice, the Jemsek Specialty Clinic (JSC) located in Washington, DC.  The specialty clinic is focused on raising awareness for Lyme Borreliosis Complex (LBC); through innovative treatment supported by extensive years of research, study, and experience the clinic has restored thousands of patients to health.  Prior to her current position at JSC she was working in the field of Dermatology in a private state-of-the-art outpatient surgical center specializing in cosmetic, medical and Mohs Micrographic and Reconstructive Surgery for the removal of skin cancer in Pinehurst, NC.  She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA in 2002 where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and a minor in Religion.  Pursuing her lifelong passion for the health sciences, she then went on to obtain a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) in 2008 from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services located in Washington, DC with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health.  In 2011, she returned to higher education for a third time to earn a Master’s in Nursing Science (MSN) from Yale University School of Nursing in New Haven, CT graduating in 2014 with a specialty focus in Pediatrics.  She is ANCC board certified as a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PPCNP-BC).  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, practicing yoga and spending time with her family and friends.

Brenda Penner, 1976 (For relection)

Brenda received her BSN from University of Missouri-Columbia and a MSN in Maternal-Newborn at Yale in 1976. After graduation, Brenda worked at YSN at a clinical instructor/lecturer providing care at YNH Women’s Clinic, Young Mother’s Program, and in Meriden, CT where she started nurse-midwifery services as a student. Now retired, she has worked as an Army Nurse, clinician, CNM, director of nursing, manager, educator, and consultant in working in Women’s Health, Public Health, Home Health and Hospice. She has served on numerous local and national boards. Brenda organized Yale Day of Service events in Oregon and New Haven.

Ani N. Bagdasarian, 2014 (For relection)

Ani is from Cupertino, California and graduated from YSN’s GEPN/Acute Care MSN program in 2014. She received a BS in Biology from UCSD, and a MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from USC. She was a research assistant for the Cardiac Arrhythmia Group at Stanford Hospital, where she was inspired to enter the field of nursing from being surrounded by intelligent, passionate, and dedicated advanced practice nurses. 

Throughout her time at YSN, she was involved with a variety of activities. She was a TA for three YSN courses, wrote case studies with Donna Diers, worked as a research nurse for the YSOM Department of Sleep Medicine, student member of the YSN External Advisory Board, assisted with the admissions interviews for the Acute Care program, and gave a TED-like talk for the graduate school called, “What is a Nurse Practitioner?” Ani also competed on Marge Funk’s National Toboggan Team and coached the Yale Women’s Club Volleyball Team.  She thinks it’s important for YSN students to get the most out of their time at Yale.

Ani currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a Nurse Practitioner for the Department Vascular Surgery at Stanford Hospital. Her areas of interest include cardiovascular disease, and she recently published an article in the American Journal of Cardiology on the novel Nurse Practitioner Run Cardioversion Program at Stanford. 

Danielle Morgan, 2000 (President elect)

Danielle is a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Northeastern University (BS, 1991) and Yale School of Nursing (MSN, 2000). Shortly after graduating from Yale, Danielle opened a private practice where she has provided full scope psychiatric care in her New Haven and Guilford offices for the last 16 years. Additionally, she has maintained medical staff appointments at community mental health centers serving the indigent mentally ill population.

Since 2000, Danielle has remained politically active, serving on the local and national nurse practitioner professional organizations’ leadership boards and working to ensure patients’ access to health care and APRNs full practice authority. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD, while embracing her duties as choir mom as well as maintaining a rigorous travel baseball schedule for her two boys.