In 2016, AWHONN members across the State of Kansas accepted volunteer leadership positions to increase the presence and activity of AWHONN within our communities and organizations. We are pleased to present you with the Kansas Section Leadership team!
Section Chair – Kimberly Dishman, MSN, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB
Kim is an Advanced Practice Nurse with more than 11 years of clinical experience in women’s health nursing. She works with women through the lifespan to improve quality of life and health by promoting a healthy lifestyle, family planning, and treatment of minor illnesses or conditions. In her current role, she works for the Saint Luke’s Health System as the Clinical Education Specialist for Obstetrics nursing. She volunteers locally to improve the health of women and children in Kansas as the Secretary-Treasurer for AWHONN. Kim likes sleeping in late, caffeine , and she may be slightly dependent on Chipotle. She has been known to binge watch Netflix originals.
National Emerging Leader – Brianne Fallon BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Bree started her career in 2004, in a tertiary care facility, providing high risk intrapartum and antepartum care. In 2010, she moved to Children’s Mercy, and helped open the Fetal Health Center. In 2013, Bree took the position of Clinical Educator for Perinatal Services at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Bree loves teaching ACLS-OB and AWHONN Fetal Monitoring classes, and above all, running obstetric emergency simulations. This year, Bree was selected by AWHONN to the Emerging Leader Program. The Emerging Leaders Program engages nurses in a formal, year-long leadership train-ing program. Activities include guidance from mentors, networking events, meetings with Members of Congress, continuing education opportunities, and other experiential training to build confidence and leadership skills.
Section Legislative Co-coordinator – Heather Scruton MBA, MSN, RNC-OB, CEFM
Heather is currently with Children’s Mercy Hospital. She graduated from the University Of Kansas School Of Nursing with a BSN in 1997 and in 2014 received her Master’s degrees in Nursing Administration and Business Administration from the University of Mary.
She currently serves as the Coordinator of Perinatal Education for one of the country’s first Maternal/ Fetal Medicine programs located within a pediatric hospital and has presented nationally in the areas of nursing innovation in fetal medicine and the use of simulation competency validation. She has worked in high-risk obstetrics for over 15 years.
Section Legislative Co-coordinator – Susan Thrasher, APRN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Susan is a nurse practitioner at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, a tertiary care hospital located in suburban Kansas City. She has more than 15 years of high-risk nursing maternal care experience and has taught AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring for six years.
She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Wichita State University and her scholarly project is focused on prevention of heart disease in women with a history of preeclampsia.
Professional Development Coordinator – Heather Aylward, MSN
Heather obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing in 1999 from Emporia State University and her Masters of Science in Nursing, Organizational Leadership, from the University of Kansas in 2015. Since 2011, she has served as the Director of the Women’s Life Center at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, Kansas. The Women’s Life Center is the home to a level 2 nursery, post partum, labor and delivery, and pediatrics. In 2013, Heather helped obtain the High 5 Award from the United Health Ministry Fund and made the hospital the 4th location in the state to obtain the award. Currently, she is active in the March of Dimes serving as site coordinator for the Lyon County Becoming a Mom program, Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Advisory Committee Chair, and member of the MOD State Program Services Committee. She serves as the LATCH (Lactation Associates Teaching Community Health) committee chair and a member of the Kansas Organization of Nurse Leaders. Being from a rural hospital, AWHONN has played a major role in helping provide evidence based practice at her facility and to her staff. She is looking forward to participating on the Kansas Section in the new role of Professional Development Coordinator.
Section New Member Coordinator – Dawn Piacenza, APRN-CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Dawn graduated from Wichita State University with her MSN in 1999, and served as adjunct faculty there for 3 years. She has been an OB nurse for over 27 years, joining AWHONN in 1993. After 10 years as the OB Clinical Nurse Specialist, she recently decided to try her hand at managing the BirthRooms at Wesley Medical Center.
She occasionally finds time to teach IFMC and ALSO, and review chapters for Elsevier. In her spare time, she loves to go scuba diving with her husband of 29 years.
Communications Coordinator & South Central Kansas Chapter Co-coordinator – Stacey Eason, BSN
Stacey graduated from Hesston College in 1997 with her associates of arts in nursing and Fort Hays State University in 2016 with her BSN. She has held several staff nurse positions working in labor and delivery since starting as a new grad in a LDRP unit. She has spent 9 years working with home birth midwives, where she gained her passion for truly caring for women and supporting their birth choices. She is currently pursuing her MSN in Nurse Midwifery at Frontier Nursing University. She works at Wesley BirthCare Suites in Wichita. At Wesley, Stacey enjoys sitting on the Professional Practice Counsel as a representative of her unit. In her spare time, she is raising her five children still at home and playing with her three grandchildren. To stay balanced amidst a very busy schedule, Stacey likes to make several escapes throughout the week to practice yoga.
South Central Kansas Chapter Co-coordinator – Leslie Babb, BSN
Leslie graduated from Wichita State University in 2010 with her BSN. She knew then that labor and delivery was where she wanted to be and was hired as a new graduate at Wesley BirthCare Suites in Wichita. She is active as a “Firestarter” to work hospital wide to be a voice for nurses at Wesley.
Kansas City Metro Chapter Co-coordinator – Jonnie Overcash, MSN, WHNP, RNC-OB
Jonnie has over 30 years of labor and delivery nursing experience, including high risk antepartum and intrapartum care. She is an experienced Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been involved with AWHONN for years, and has teaches AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring. She is interested in nursing research, and has a pending publication in the Surgery Journal about Cesarean Delivery with External Negative Pressure Dressing Systems. Jonnie has been a long time AWHONN member, and is excited for her first leadership position in the Kansas City area. She works hard to play hard, and enjoys traveling in her free time.
Kansas City Metro Chapter Co-coordinator – Mallorie Suffield, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Mallorie began her career as a Labor and Delivery nurse in 2010 after graduating with a BSN from the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She just recently graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Masters in Nursing Education in 2017. Mallorie currently works as a labor and delivery nurse at Overland Park Regional Medical Center and enjoys assisting with educational opportunities throughout the hospital and also works as clinical faculty at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She holds certifications in Inpatient Obstetrics and Electronic Fetal Monitoring and is an NRP and AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Instructor. She enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and two dogs, and drinking coffee while watching Netflix! Mallorie has been a member of AWHONN for many years and is excited to see what opportunities lie ahead!