Meet the New PNCB Board Members

Experienced pediatric health care professionals to join the PNCB Board of Directors
May 13, 2024

New Board Members Chosen for Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Experienced pediatric nursing professionals will join the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. PNCB is the largest and most essential organization for the certification, continuing education, and competency development of nursing professionals who provide care for children, adolescents, and young adults.

ROCKVILLE, MD (May 15, 2024) – The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) is pleased to announce the newest members of its Board of Directors. These three new members will begin their term in July 2024 and will serve with current Chair Amanda Vickers, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, PMHS, and new Chair-Elect Scott Meskimen, MSN, CPNP-PC, PMHS. Their first term will conclude June 30, 2027.

"As PNCB continues its work to be a driving force for quality in pediatric nursing globally, I am excited and grateful to accept the position of Chair-Elect of PNCB’s Board of Directors. PNCB is halfway through the goals outlined in its Strategic Plan, and I look forward to leading our team in keeping with PNCB’s core values of integrity, quality, innovation, advocacy and respect, as well as our vision of ‘A healthier world one child at a time.’ We also sincerely thank our out-going members for their dedication and time through the years: Susan Burke, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, CPNP-PC-Faculty-at-Large Representative; Theresa Mikhailov, MD, PhD, FAAP, Pediatrician-at-Large Representative; and Janet Cross, M.Ed, CCLS, CPXP, Public Member."

Scott Meskimen, MSN, CPNP-PC, PMHS
Treasurer and Chair-Elect
Scott Meskimen is a pediatric nurse practitioner in private practice for primary care. Seeking a fulfilling career after working as a buyer for a retail chain, he began his nursing career journey with an associate degree. He then worked as a staff nurse floating between General Pediatrics and the Pediatric ICU at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital while completing his BSN at the University of Iowa. His desire to advance his education and career pushed him to become the evening supervisor for the Children’s Hospital while completing his Master’s of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Seeing the increased need for mental health services in the pediatric population and difficult access to pediatric trained psychiatric providers, he pursued his Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist (PMHS) certification. Becoming a nurse and being even a small part of patients' and families' lives is truly one of the most rewarding aspects of his life.

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (CPNP-PC) Faculty-at-Large Representative
Dr. Anne Derouin is a clinical professor and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at Duke University, and the Director of the Pediatric Behavioral Mental Healthcare specialty program. She holds academic appointments at Duke Family Medicine, the Duke Global Health Institute and is a Duke AHEAD Distinguished Fellow. A Fellow of AANP, she is also a dual-certified ARPN who has served in community and school-based healthcare for more than 30 years. She is recognized as a national adolescent health care expert and has served on state and national task forces aimed at addressing pediatric, adolescent, and mental health care issues. Dr. Derouin is an awarded nurse educator and CPNP-PC. She works to promote diversity among interprofessional health professions, equipping them with leadership, communication, and clinical skills to address vulnerable populations. She serves as a national consultant for pediatric mental health education and has consulted with interprofessional colleagues locally, nationally, and globally. She's been awarded two HRSA-sponsored, multi-year $2.6 million grants to advance pediatric mental health care and has served in leadership roles including the NAPNAP Executive Board. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and podcasts and is currently serving as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Healthcare.

Jill Koss, MS, CCLS
Public Member
Koss has worked in pediatric health care for more than 33 years, spending most of those years at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She began her career as a certified child life specialist and then transitioned into department leadership for Child Life, and then leadership for multiple departments and programs, including: Volunteer Services, Family Services, and Family-Centered Care. Over the years, she has worked to create patient-focused programming such as Creative Arts, Facility Dogs, Therapeutic Clowns, and a Child Life Zone, which has required having oversight of nine program budgets. She has also been highly involved in the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP), serving in several leadership positions over the years. She was initially involved in ACLP's Certification Commission, serving on multiple committees until ultimately serving as the Co-chair/Chair from 2006-2009. She also served as the ACLP President, completing a three-year term from 2019-2022. She is currently part of Cook Children's Patient and Family Experience team and has responsibility for advocacy for emotional safety best practices, and eliminating emotional harm. 

Sheilah Snyder, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician-at-Large Representative
Dr. Sheilah Snyder, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician specializing in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Her career in pediatrics began in an outpatient clinic for two years and then transitioned to hospital medicine. Nearly two decades later, she currently works clinically at five hospitals, including a tertiary care pediatric hospital, Children’s Nebraska. She teaches DNP, medical students, pediatric, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and family medicine residents. Her academic role is Associate Professor at University of Nebraska Medical Center and Fellowship Program Director for Pediatric Hospital Medicine. In the Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she has served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and is currently President. One of her special interests is working with their Pediatric Nurse Practitioners on their hospital medicine team. When she served as Medical Staff President for Children’s Nebraska, bringing a Nurse Practitioner into a representative role on the medical executive committee was a victory for all providers. She has worked on an inpatient pathway for eating disorders, improving quality of care and length of stay for these challenging adolescent patients. She has other special interests in clinical documentation integrity, billing and coding, advocacy, and informatics.

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