APGNN Board and Committee Chairs

President


Elizabeth S. Burch, MSN, RN, CPNP 
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 355-6055
Fax: (617) 730-0043
Email: elizabeth.burch@childrens.harvard.edu

I am a Level III Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Boston Children's Hospital within the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center and am the Clinical Coordinator for the Multidisciplinary Functional Abdominal Pain Program. I care for patients with complex motility disorders, with an interest in pain-predominant Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI). Additionally, I am a member of the GI Safety and Professional Advancement Committees. Prior to my work at Boston Children’s Hospital, I was a Pediatric Liver & Small Bowel Transplant registered nurse at Georgetown University Hospital, followed by a nurse practitioner in Pediatric Gastroenterology focusing on Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I have been a member of APGNN since 2012, serving as the Chair for the Patient & Professional Education Committee from 2017-2019 and President Elect from 2019-2021. My professional joy comes from building relationships with people – families, patients, and colleagues. As APGNN President, my aim is to increase collaboration among members and to promote and advocate for the nursing role in the field of Pediatric Gastroenterology. Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband (Adam) and two little boys (Charlie and Theo). We love animals and have two very old dogs (Everett and Sebastian) and a horse named Melvin. 

Past President


Teresa Carroll, MSN, RN, APRNTeresa Carroll, MSN, RN, APRN
Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Associates
3196 S. Maryland Parkway #309
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tel: (702) 791-0477
Fax: (702) 791-6831
Email: trcarroll500@gmail.com

21 yrs Pediatric Nursing. Graduate of UNLV 1996, SUNY Stonybrook 2002, working as APRN in Peds GI 2002 – Present, member of APGNN since 2003, Membership Chair 2010

I’m honored and excited to be the next APGNN President.  My background is solely in Pediatric Nursing since graduating from UNLV in 1996, then getting my PNP from SUNY Stonybrook in 2002, and going straight into Peds GI from there.  I have now been working in Peds GI private practice for 15yrs doing a little bit of everything.  I joined APGNN in 2003 and enjoyed my time with Membership since 2005. As much as I love caring for “little butts and guts,” my favorite job is being a mom to my 13yr old daughter.  

Treasurer/Secretary/President- Elect


Kerry Reed RN, MS, APNKerry Z.  Reed, RN, MS, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Digestive Health Institute
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
Tel: (720) 777-2801
Fax:( 720) 777-7277
Email: Kerry.Reed@childrenscolorado.org

I have been practicing in outpatient GI for over 12 years. I have worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the Digestive Health Institute for 10 of those years and previously worked as an NP in Pediatric Gastroenterology at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC. As an RN I worked for 5 years on a general pediatric floor at NYU Langone Medical Center. In my current role as an NP, I see general GI patients in our outpatient clinics. I am also very involved in our Intestinal Rehabilitation Program, seeing patients in clinic and on the inpatient service as a consultant.

Within the DHI, I have held the leadership position of Lead Advanced Practice Provider (APP) for the DHI since 2016. In this role I support the APPs in our department with hiring, onboarding, mentoring, scope of practice, and continuing education. I was one of the Tri-Chairs for the Advanced Practice (AP) Council at Children’s Hospital Colorado in which I collaborated with the other chairs to set annual APP goals, represent the voice of APPs in various work locations, determine agenda items, and present at the AP Council Quarterly meetings. I stepped down from this position in early 2021 after 2 years and have remained on the council as one the AP Council Members. In 2019, I attended a 2 day Clinical Leadership Development Program to help improve my leadership knowledge and ability. 

I have been an APGNN member since early 2010. I previously served as the chair for the Clinical Practice Committee for 3 years (2014-2016). This was a wonderful experience that provided both personal and professional fulfillment and I have enjoyed being back on the board as Secretary/Treasurer. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband (Eric) and 2 girls (4 yo and 6 yo). We all enjoy the outdoors, swimming and camping. The girls are learning to ski and I’m sure will be faster and riskier than Eric and me soon! 

Media


Whitney Gray, MSN, RN, FNP-CWhitney Gray, MSN, RN, FNP-C
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Tel: (412) 692-5180
Email: whitney.gray@chp.edu

I am a board certified family nurse practitioner and have been in practice for 5 years as the IBD Nurse Practitioner at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh with prior experience as a pediatric RN in a community hospital and on the GI/Renal/Pulm unit at UPMC Children's. I have two Bachelors’ of Science degrees, in Nursing from George Washington University and in Human Biology, Health and Society from Cornell University.  I received my Masters of Science in Nursing at George Washington University in 2016.  I have been involved in APGNN since 2016 and with the Media Committee since 2017.  I specialize in inflammatory bowel diseases and am actively involved in the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation through the National Scientific Advisory Committee, serving as the current Co-Chair of the Nurse/Advanced Practice committee, as well as Improve Care Now. I am passionate about doing my best to provide care for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases and promoting the role of nurses/APPs in the field. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and being outside. 

Program


Sharon Perry, MSN, RN, CPNP Sharon Perry, MSN, RN, CPNP
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
11100 Euclid Ave, mail stop RBC 6004
Cleveland, OH 44106
Tel: (216) 844-1765
Fax: (216) 844-8750
Email: sharon.perry@uhhospitals.org

I am a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and have worked at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital for 19 years. I have spent 15 of the last 19 years working in pediatric GI, first as a RN and as a NP since 2014. I see a variety of patients but my primary focus is on patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I am also our center’s Quality Improvement Coordinator for Improve Care Now. I have been a member of APGNN since 2012 and a member of the Media Committee since 2015. I served as the Media Chair from 2016 until now where I and excited about the role of Program chair. I am also very involved with my local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, having organized our Spin for Crohn’s and Colitis for the first time in 2019! I am fortunate to be a part of an organization that fosters novice GI nurses and celebrates the careers of the experienced GI nurse. In my spare time I love to go to sporting events (Go Bucks!!), hang out at the pool with a good book and play with my dog, Finn. 

 

Patient and Professional Education


Jordan A. Trotter-Busing MSN, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
D. Brent Polk Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
2200 Children's Way 
Nashville, TN 37232 
Tel: (615) 322-7449
Email: jordan.a.trotter.1@vumc.org

I am a certified pediatric nurse practitioner working in pediatric gastroenterology at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. I earned my master’s of science in nursing degree from Vanderbilt University in 2015. Prior to working as a pediatric nurse practitioner, I cared for post-surgical and trauma patients at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital as an RN. Since 2017, I have worked as a nurse practitioner in pediatric gastroenterology. I currently care for general pediatric gastroenterology patients with a special interest in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. I am heavily involved in the new diagnosis Celiac Disease education clinic. I also lead the IBD transition education clinic, which focuses on educating patients with IBD who are transitioning from a pediatric to adult provider.  
I have been a member of APGNN since 2018 and have been involved with the Patient and Professional Education Committee. I am passionate about providing the best education to my patients and their families as they navigate learning about their GI diagnosis. I also care about the continued education of the GI nurses in my practice. I have started a GI education series for GI nurses once a month at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. I hope to continue to provide excellent education to GI pediatric patients nationally through my new role as Patient and Professional Education Chair.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and puppy, Pepper, and exploring the live music scene in Nashville.

 

Clinical Practice


Rhys David, NP
Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Rady Children's Hospital- San Diego
Medical Office Building, Second Floor, South
3030 Children's Way
San Diego, CA 92123
Tel: (858) 966-4003
Fax: (858) 966-7791
Email: rdavid@rchsd.org

I am a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner working at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, California in Pediatric Gastroenterology. I graduated from Vanderbilt University with my Master's in 2011.   I have been with Rady since 2009, first in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as an RN and then in Gastroenterology for the past 9 years as an NP.   I currently care for patients with all manner of gastrointestinal disorders  and  specialize in management of complex gastrostomy tube dependent patients, and also in patients needing enema maintenance regimens.  I also help triage urgent referrals for the Division, take outside NICU consults, and am on the Ethics Committee as a consultant for the hospital.   I am looking forward to getting to know the members of APGNN and to be involved with the Clinical Practice Committee. 

 

Research 


Sara Fidanza, MS, RN, CNS-BC, CPNP-PC Sara Fidanza, MS, RN, CNS-BC, CPNP-PC
Digestive Health Institute
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E16th Avenue, B290
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (720) 777-2747
Fax: (720) 777-7277
Email: Sara.Fidanza@childrenscolorado.org 

Although I am a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, I have been employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in the Digestive Health Institute (DHI) of Children’s Hospital Colorado for the past 34 years.  The DHI is a very busy practice, with 39 providers and 11 fellows who provide service to patients in more than a seven state region, with network of care clinics throughout Colorado and Montana.  In my role as CNS, I have provided leadership in the development of clinical programs to improve the care of children with Short Bowel Syndrome (Intestinal Rehabilitation), Nutrition Support and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  Over the years, I have transitioned from inpatient to outpatient care with focus directed at population management and care coordination across the continuum.  In addition, I provide organizational leadership, consultation and education in the areas of: enteral and parenteral access devices; homecare interface; EBP, QI and research; evaluation of new products and recommendations for innovations in care.  Accomplishments include multiple abstracts, posters, national speaking, publications and I have coauthored a chapter in two nursing pathophysiology books.  I also have received a Nightingale Award nomination and a 2012 Women of Distinction Award from CCF, a 2016 Daisy award and two Children’s Hospital Colorado Nursing Excellence awards in 2013 and 2018.  I have been involved with APGNN for over a decade and in the past was a member of ASPEN (nutrition support certification) and an elected official for the local chapter, CSPEN.   My passion is to provider leadership and mentorship of GI nurses focusing on EBP, QI, Research and Innovation.

 

Membership


Donna Garner, RN MS CPNP Donna Garner, RN MS CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Texas Children's Liver Center
6701 Fannin CCC 1010.00
Houston, TX 77030
Tel: (832) 822-4009
Email: dkgarner@texaschildrens.org

I have worked as a nurse practitioner in the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Texas Children's Hospital/ Baylor College of Medicine for the past 11 years.  Prior to that I worked as a Pediatric Nurse in the Pediatric ICU at Texas Children's Hospital for 5 years.  My primary focus has been caring for pre and post liver transplant patients as well as children with fatty liver disease.   We have a large practice with 39 GI/Hepatology attending’s, 9 fellows, 1 advanced transplant hepatology fellow, and 4 APRNs, which has allowed me to specialize in this area.  I have also always been actively involved in our research protocols.  I have been on the Clinical Practice Committee in APGNN for the last 3 years.  During this time, I have networked and helped to develop teaching modules for new nurses/providers while also improving my own knowledge at the same time.  I have 3 children who are actively involved in Cub Scouts, swimming, tennis, and soccer.