PRESS RELEASE: American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Names 2018 - 2019 Board of Directors

Chicago — The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) is pleased to announce its board of directors for 2018-2019. The role of the board is to govern, establish policy and make strategic decisions about the future of the organization.


Mary Gene Ryan, MPH, RN, COHN-S/SM, CSP, FAAOHN 

Employee Health and Workers' Compensation Supervisor, St. John's Regional Medical Center

Oxnard, California 



Division Director Company Care OS, HCA – West Florida Division

Saint Petersburg, Florida.


Kimberly Olszewski, DNP, RN, CRNP, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN

Vice President, Mid-State Occupational Health Services

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor, Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs, Bloomsburg University

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Director, South Central/Southwest Region:

David Embrey, RN, COHN-S/CM/SM

Area Occupational Health Manager, Tyson Foods, Inc.

West Fork, Arkansas

Director, South Central/Southwest Region:

Patricia Strasser, PhD, RN, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN

Owner, Partners in BusinessHealth Solutions, Inc.

Sylvania, Ohio

Director, Northeast Region:


Adjunct Assistant Professor/Clinical Instructor/Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Director, Northeast Region:

Steven Marks, DNP, RN, APN, COHN-S, FAAOHN

Administrator for Health and Safety Services, Viking Yachts

New Gretna, New Jersey

Director, Mountain/Western Region:

Brenda Hellerud, RN, COHN

Occupational Health Supervisor, United Parcel Service, Inc.

Director, Mountain/Western Region:

Jeanne Vincent, MS, RN, COHN-S

Health Services Manager, Boeing South Puget Sound Clinics

Seattle, Washington

Director, Southeast Region:

Jennylynn Balmer, MPA, BSN, RN, CSP, COHN-S, FAAOHN

Occupational Health Nurse Consultant, Department of the Army

Fairfax, Virginia

Director, Southeast Region:

Phyllis McLean, MSN, RN, COHN

OH RN Management Team, Sentara

Clinical Education Consultant, Novasyte

Madison, Alabama

Director, North Central Region:

Ginny Carlson, MPH, BSN, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN

Employee Occupational Health Manager, Fairview Health Services

Woodbury, Minnesota

Director, North Central Region:

Barbara A. Enochs, RN, MBA, COHN/CM

Occupational Health Consultant, West Plains Occupational

West Plains, Missouri

“We are pleased to welcome this exceptional group of occupational health professionals to lead AAOHN into the future,” said Kaye Englebrecht, AAOHN Executive Director. “As the voice for the practice of occupation and environmental health nursing, AAOHN is focused on change to position AAOHN and the industry for continued growth for years to come.”

The new board assumed office at the close of the association’s Annual Business Meeting conducted April 16, 2018 at the AAOHN National Conference, April 16-18, 2018 in Reno, Calif.  

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