Board of Directors

The KCNA Board of Directors is fortunate to have highly qualified new members, as well as experienced members returning for another term:



Antwinett O. Lee, EdD, MSN-CAN, RN

Antwinett is a nurse at Public Health, Seattle & King County. She is a member of Mary Mahonety Professional Nurses Organization and serves on the Professional Nursing Health Care Council of Washington State Nurses Association. She has previously served on the KCNA Board of Directors.


Vice President

Pam Newsom, RN, BSN

Pam is retired from 40 years in nursing (ICU, endoscopy). She has previously served as member and president of the KCNA Board, and on the WSNA Cabinet and Conference Committee. She currently serves on KCNA's Neighborhood Health Special Interest Group and Finance Committee.




Pauline Lao, DNP, ARNP

Pauline works at Virginia Mason Medical Center. She serves on the KCNA Nominating and Scholarship committees, is a member of the Neighborhood Health Special Interest Group and has volunteered with the Public Health Needle Exchange Program and Global Medical Brigades (in Honduras). 




Anne Poppe, PhD, M, BSN, BA, RN

Anne is nurse consultant and associate director of Assessment and Innovations for the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education at VA Puget Sound Health Care System. She holds a PhD in Nursing and an MN in Advance Practice with Adult/Older Adult focal area. Anne also serves on the Washington Center for Nursing and Nursing Care Quality Assurance Committee to develop guidelines foe transition to practice programs and scope of practice issues in long-term care.


Member at Large

Judy Albers, BSN, CRRN

Judy Albers is retired following a 40-year career with Seattle Childrens Hospital and Medical Center. She earned her BSN at University of Washington and is certified as a rehab nurse. Judy has previously served as a KCNA Board Member at Large and has volunteered on Nominating and Scholarship Committees and the Community Grants Task Force.


Member at Large

Brenda Balogh, RN, BSN

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Brenda works in Jail Health Services for King County Public Health. She serves as a WSNA Grievance Officer for King County Correctional Facility and member of the Labor Management Committee. 



Member at Large

Edna Cortez, RN

Edna is a nurse in urgent care at Seattle Children's Hospital and Medical System. She is also the co-chair of the local unit at Children's. 


Member at Large

Amy Gilbertson, RN

Amy holds an Associate Degree in Nursing and is currently earning her BSN. She works at Virginia Mason Medical Center, and was previously a case manager for adults with traumatic brain injuries and developmental disabilities. She currently serves as a WSNA Union Unit Representative. 


Member at Large

Monica Manley, RN, BSN

Monica is a nurse at King County Public Health/Jail Health Services. She holds a BS in NURSING from University of Missouri and is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 


Frankie Manning, RN, MAN

Member at Large

Frankie is retired from her position as associate director of nursing at VA Puget Sound Health Care System. She has previously served on the board and is a member of many nursing groups, including Sigma Theta Tau, National Black Nurses Association, and Region X Health Equity Council. She is vice president of Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization and co-chairs the Governor's Interagency for Health Disparities.



Member at Large

Emily Vinson, BSN, RN

Emily is a staff nurse in the PICU at Seattle Children's HMC. She holds a BSN from University of Iowa and is currently pursuing an MN in the Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at SPU. Emily is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and American Association of Critical Care Nurses.


Member at Large

Rosa Young, MSN, RN

Rosa is retired from the VA Puget Sound HealthCare System. In addition to her MSN and RN, Rosa holds an MPA from Seattle University. She is active with the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization, Northwest Kidney Centers and African American Reach and Teach Health Ministry.