APGNN Board and Committee Chairs



Emmala 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. 

Past President

Diane Kocovsky, APRN
Boys Town National Research Hospital
14080 Hospital Road
Boys Town, NE 68010 
Tel: (402) 778-6851
Fax: (402) 778- 6826
email: Diane.Kocovsky@boystown.org


President Elect

Amy 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! 



Rosemary Pauley-Hunter 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
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
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
11100 Euclid Ave, mail stop RBC 6004
Cleveland,OH44106 Ohio 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 almost 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. 


Patient and Family Education

Pamela J. Morgan, RN
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Div of Ped Gastroenterology & Nutrition
3333 Burnet Ave Bldg C, MLC 2010
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Tel: (513) 636-6995
Fax: (513) 636-7805 fax 
email: Morgp0@gmail.com

I have recently retired from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCHMC) after 35 years of service. The last 17 years, I have worked in the Division of Gastroenterology where I provided nursing care management to a complex population of patients with inflammatory bowel disease, developed a pediatric IBD program in collaboration with the IBD medical director and clinical director, and co-led improvement work with the physician lead in the ImproveCareNow learning collaborative. I have been a long time member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), sitting on the local CCFA board, a CMAC member as well as a member of the Nurse and Advanced Practice Provider Committee.

After retiring from CCHMC this summer, I have accepted a position at Dayton Children’s Hospital as the Ambulatory Administrator for the Gastroenterology and Lipid Department. In this position, I have the opportunity to work with a growing GI division on process improvement, development of programs such as IBD, Motility and Lipid as well as mentor a talented group of nursing and ancillary professionals.

I have been a member of APGNN for many years and believe much of my professional growth is directly related to benefits of this membership and the nurturing from the nursing professionals in APGNN and medical professionals of NASPGHAN. 


Patricia BierlyMaureen Egan, MSN, APN
Nemours Dupont
Pediatric Division of Gastroenterogy
1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington DE 19803
Tel: (302) 651-4120
Fax: (302) 651-5838
email: maegan@nemours.org



Research and Publications

Goldie Markowitz MSN, CRNP
Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th and Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 267-426-7899
Fax: 215-590-9338
email: Markowitzg@email.chop.edu


Clinical Practice

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.