VACPN - About Us
Virginia Association of Community Psychiatric Nurses - VACPN
About Us
 
The Virginia Association of Community Psychiatric Nurses (VACPN) was founded in 1987 by Irma Mahone R.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., and Jeanne Fox, Ph.D. They had a concept: forming a network of psychiatric nurses in Virginia sharing ideas, expertise, information, and experiences.
 
These early founders of VACPN ignited the energies of the community psychiatric nurses and encouraged a dynamic movement of nurses. VACPN is a group of community psychiatric nurses of all educational preparations that is focused on the uplifting of these nurses across the state of Virginia.
 
VACPN has representatives in each of five regions across the state. These representatives hold regular meetings in your region. There, you are able to express your ideas, learn from your peers, and address issues. VACPN addresses your issues through forums, training, and seminars that are sponsored by this organization.
 
VACPN hosts an annual spring seminar and fall conference. Nurses from all over the state gather together to rejuvenate themselves professionally, educationally, personally, and most importantly, collectively.
 
VACPN is a group of nurses who are dedicated to the delivery of exemplary mental health services to the state of Virginia. We achieve this through our affiliation with an organization that serves to enhance the roles of community psychiatric nurses - this organization is VACPN.
 
The purpose of VACPN is to define and enhance the role of the nurse in mental health, intellectual disabilities, and substance abuse; to exchange ideas, models, and experiences; to facilitate networking and mutual support; to promote the improvement of nursing practice; and to promote professional growth.
 
 
VACPN OFFICERS
 
Jennifer Phelps, LPN  
Co-President
Horizon Behavioral Health 
Term 8/2017 to 8/2019
 
Lisa Babilon, RN, BSN
Co-President
Hanover CSB
Term 8/2017 to 8/2019

Sharon Daniels, RN 
Vice President
Valley Community Services Board
Term 8/2016 to 8/2018
 
Michele Morgan, RN, BSN
Secretary, Social Media Specialist
Horizon Behavioral Health
Term 8/2017 to 8/2019
 
Sonya Mohr, RN 
Treasurer 
University of Virginia
Term 8/2016 to 8/2018
 
Nina Beaman, RN, Ed.D.
CNE Coordinator
Aspen University 
Term 8/2016 to 8/2018

Kirk Morton, RN, BSN
CNE Coordinator
mortonk@rbha.org
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
Term 8/2017 to 8/2019
 
Terri Gulyas, RN, MSN
Regional Rep Coordinator
Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services
Term 8/2017 to 8/2019
 
 
 
REPRESENTATIVES
 
Region I

Regional Rep: Jan Puffenberger, RN, BS
jpuffenberger@rrcsb.org
Rappahannock Rapidan CSB
 

Region II 

Regional Rep: Randy Acosta, RN, MSN
Arlington County CSB
 
Alternate: Joann Berkson, RN
NIH/NIMH
 

Region III



 
Region IV
 
Regional Rep: Terri Gulyas, RN, MSN
Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services

Alternate: Angela Harris, RN
Henrico CSB
 
 
Region V 
 
Regional Rep: Joanne Archie, RN
Hampton Newport News CSB
 
Alternate: Allison O’Brien, RN
Hampton Newport News CSB