APGNN Board and Committee Chairs


Amy Donegan RN, MS, APNAmy Donegan RN, MS, APN
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus Ohio 43205
Tel: (614) 722-3402
Fax: (614) 722-3454
Email: amy.donegan@nationwidechildrens.org

I have worked as a nurse practitioner in the GI department at Nationwide Children's Hospital for 17 years.  While I have had a variety of roles within the division, my primary focus for the past 10 years has been caring for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.  We have a large practice with 23 Gastroenterologists, 9 fellows, and 6 APN’s which has allowed me the ability to specialize in this one area.  I became a member of APGNN over a decade ago and remain a member because this is the only nursing organization in the country that allows me to network and learn from other Pediatric GI nurses.  This has substantially improved my clinical skills and knowledge with regards to the care of the pediatric GI population.  One thing you may not know about me… I have 3 kids that are very involved in volleyball, so between club, school, and college games I feel I am never too far away from a volleyball court!   And, while it may be super loud, it is never cold like those crazy early spring soccer games – so glad they changed to indoor sports!

Past President

Emmala Ryan Shonce RN, MSN, FNP-CEmmala Ryan Shonce RN, MSN, FNP-C
Levine Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
1001 Blythe Blvd MCP Suite 200 F
Charlotte, North Carolina 28203
Tel: (704) 381-8898
Fax: (704) 381-6851
Email: Ryan.Shonce@carolinashealthcare.org

I have worked as a nurse practitioner in the GI department at Levine Children's Hospital for 9 years.  Prior to my role as a nurse practitioner, I worked as a staff nurse in the Pediatric ICU and Pediatric Emergency room settings since the late 90s. Although I care for patients with a plethora of gastroenterological conditions, my two specialties are in regard to enteral feeding tubes and caring for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease primarily in an outpatient setting.  We have a medium sized practice with 8 GI attending physicians, and 3 ACPs. I became a member of APGNN in 2008 as soon as I joined the practice at the encouragement of my primary supervising physician.  I have grown and prospered in my role in Peds GI directly related to the networking and professional development opportunities afforded by the organization. Learning directly from other experts in this field at our annual conference and through my board and committee work, has kept my skills relevant and dynamic.  My experience in leadership through the APGNN executive office has been challenging but has enriched my personal and professional life in more ways than I can count.

President Elect

Teresa Carroll RN, MSN, APRNTeresa Carroll RN, MSN, APRN
Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Associates
3196 S. Maryland Parkway #309
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tel: (702) 791-0477
Fax: (702) 791-6831
email: TeresaCarroll1@hotmail.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 Elect.  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.  


Amy Donegan RN, MS, APNRosemary Pauley APRN, MS, CCRP
Pediatric Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner
Boys Town National Research Hospital
14080 Hospital Road
Boys Town, NE 68010
Email: rosemary.pauley-hunter@boystown.org
Tel: (402) 778-6820
Fax: (402) 778-6807

After graduation from nursing school I spent 2 years working in an adult intensive care unit and decided I would prefer more patient interaction and a pediatric focus.  I was hired in the field of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Nebraska under Dr. Jon Vanderhoof where I was able to be involved with complex case management of children with a variety of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders including short bowel syndrome, those undergoing intestinal transplant and Crohn’s disease functioning as the Clinical Research Coordinator.  I currently work as a nurse practitioner in Pediatric Gastroenterology with Dr. Vanderhoof where I spend 80% of my time with clinical responsibilities and 20% time functioning as a research coordinator within the GI department at Boys Town National Research Hospital. I see patients 3 times a week in a clinic setting at our outreach locations in 3 cities outside of Omaha.  I have been an APGNN member since 1985; one year after the group was formalized and I have held various offices. The organization has grown and I find it provides valuable information and networking opportunities which have advanced my practice.    Second only to my husband and children, my position provides me immense personal fulfillment.


Bernadette Diez, FNP, MSN Bernadette Diez, FNP, MSN
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Pediatric Specialists of Virginia
3023 Hamaker Court, suite 600
Fairfax, VA 22031-2207
Tel: (703)839-8710
Email: bgdiez@gmail.com

I am a board certified family nurse practitioner and have been in practice for 23 years. I have two Bachelors’ of Science degrees, in Nursing and in Psychology from George Mason University.  I received my Masters of Science in Nursing at Marymount University. I am certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to working in GI, I worked as an FNP in family practice and also worked at the local health department in public health. I also owned my own practice for a few years before going into specialty care. I have worked in peds gastroenterology for the past 10 years. I currently work for Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area and love my job! I specialize in the treatment and management of feeding problems, failure to thrive, and enteral feeding tubes. I founded and head the Enteral Feeding Clinic and was part of the creation of the Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic. I head quality improvement initiatives as part of the Improve Care Now collaborative for IBD patients. I also function as a Clinical Research Coordinator and manage several research projects concurrently. I have watched many of my patients grow up and am happy to have been part of their lives. In my spare time I enjoys outdoor activities with my family.


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 in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital for 3 years. I spent 7 years as an outpatient GI nurse and 4 years as a clinical nurse on an inpatient unit prior. 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 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 Family Education

Elizabeth Burch RN, CPNPElizabeth Burch RN, CPNP
Boston Children’s Hospital
Email: elizabeth.burch@childrens.harvard.edu

I am a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Boston Children's Hospital within the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center and the Aerodigestive Center, and am the Clinical Coordinator for the Multidisciplinary Functional Abdominal Pain Program.  I care for patients with complex motility disorders, aerodigestive disorders, and patients with pain-predominant functional GI disorders.  Prior to my work at Boston Children’s Hospital, I was a registered nurse on the Pediatric & Small Bowel Transplant Unit at Georgetown University Hospital, followed by a nurse practitioner in Pediatric Gastroenterology with an emphasis on the Inflammatory Bowel Disease population. I have been a member of APGNN since 2012 and contributed to the Social Media and Program Planning committees in past years. I also had the privilege of presenting with Dr. Samuel on  multidisciplinary approach to Functional Abdominal Pain Syndrome at the World Congress in 2016.  I enjoy program development and believe that patient and family education is not only a critical aspect to quality care, but a fundamental building block of nursing. 


Nannette Martin, MSN, RN, CPNP Nannette Blios-Martin, MSN, RN, CPNP
Pediatric Feeding Consultant, PedzFeedz, PLLC
Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health
720 St. James Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
Tel: (919) 270-6781
Fax: (919) 660-8199
Email: pedzfeedz@gmail.com

I am a pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in gastroenterology for the last 14 years. My passion is caring for children with feeding disorders.  I began my advanced practice career at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, where I was instrumental in developing and co-directing the Multi-Disciplinary Feeding Team. After relocating to the coast in 2012, I joined Coastal Children’s Services and coordinated the Feeding Team as well as caring for patients with various gastrointestinal disorders. I formed Pedzfeedz, PLLC in 2018 and am currently the feeding consultant for the Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health in Wilmington, NC.  I have been a member of APGNN since 2004 and have been on the Program Committee since that time. My involvement with this organization enables both professional and personal growth through interaction with other pediatric gastroenterology nurses across the country.  My husband and I also enjoy travel when time permits, especially visiting our children. In my spare time I serve as a board member for the Providence Home (emergency teen shelter) and volunteer for the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization. 


Research and Publications


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.


Kerri Ann Fournier BSN, RN, CPN Kerri Ann Fournier BSN, RN, CPN
Boston Children's at Waltham
Infusion Center, 3rd Floor West
9 Hope Ave
Waltham, MA 02453 
Phone: 781-216-1500
Email: Kerri.Fournier@childrens.harvard.edu

I have been a pediatric nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) since graduating from Boston University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Throughout my career at BCH, I have worked on various units including the neonatal intensive care unit, IV team and an infant-toddler surgical floor.  For the last 18 years, I have worked in the Center for Ambulatory Transfusion and Clinical Research (CAT/CR) and satellite infusion center.  Nearly 60% of the patients we treat in our infusion centers have inflammatory bowel disease and we manage their care using a variety of biologics. I have always been passionate about research and clinical inquiry and I am an active member of BCH’s Medical/Patient Services Clinical Inquiry Committee, Dissemination Committee and Improve Care Now collaborative.  I am currently a mentee in the BCH Nursing Science Fellowship Program, through which I am working to develop a tool to better understand administration delivery practices and characteristics of pediatric/young adult gastroenterology patients receiving infliximab infusion therapy in ambulatory infusion clinics.  Recently, I was honored as the recipient of the 2018 APGNN Susan Moyer Nursing Research Award.  I have been a member of APGNN since 2016 where I am an active member of the Research and Quality Improvement Committee.  I believe all nurses play an essential role in promoting a culture of safety and high reliability in health care by ensuring that care practices integrate the strongest available evidence.  I look forward to continuing to foster, promote, and support the mission of the APGNN Research and Quality Improvement Committee and its member’s enthusiasm for research.

Clinical Practice

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.