Chapter Information

Georgia Chapter NAPNAP

Congrats to our 2018 Board Election Winners!!



Marlena Sherman went to Boston University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health. During her time at Boston University’s School of Public Health, she was a research assistant where she built the skills she believes are needed to provide secretarial administrative support to a board. As a detail oriented person and a careful listener, she will provide timely and accurate collection and sharing of information as described in the bylaws.

While obtaining her MPH, she soon realized she wanted to have a more direct impact on children and their families, which led her to a career in pediatric medicine. She was accepted to Emory University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and completed her Master of Science in Nursing with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care specialty. She is board-certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Her special areas of interest include childhood obesity and asthma.




Laura Loeffel began her career as a RN at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in August 2000. She continued to work there while she attended Georgia State University for her Masters in Nursing degree in 2005 and 2006. Laura then worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner briefly for Dr. David Wrubel with Pediatric Neurosurgery Associates before transitioning to Child Neurology Associates where she provided care to neurology patients at Scottish Rite. In 2010, she began working for the Emory Children's Center Division of Pediatric Neurology at Egleston. Through a multi-provider merger with CHOA, in 2012 she then transitioned to the newly created Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Neurology practice. Although much of her time has been spent focused on the inpatient environment, she presently sees both general neurology patients and patients in the Neurogenetic & Metabolic Clinic with Dr. Stephanie Keller.


Continuing Education Chair


Stacy Buchanan is an experienced Nurse Practitioner licensed in Pediatrics with strong clinical and people skills.  She is also a part-time clinical instructor for BSN nursing students.


Membership Chair


Hannah Swirsky is currently in her last semester at UAB in the PNP-PC program. She is set to graduate August 2018! She currently works for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in outpatient central staffing.

Student Opportunity

We would love to hear from students who are interested in assisting a board member or becoming an ambassador for their school. Please send Bio and interest to info@ganapnap.

Educational Opportunities

Sanofi Pasteur invites you to attend an educational dinner program on empowering clinicians to become champions for influenza vaccination during the 48th National Immunization Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.


This program will take place on Wednesday, May 16, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Southern Exchange Ballrooms in downtown Atlanta.


The program, Empowering Clinicians to Become Champions for Influenza Vaccination, includes a multidisciplinary group of experts:


  • Tracy Bieber, RN, BSN, Clinical Services Manager, Enterprise Clinic Services, at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

  • Ruth M. Carrico, PhD, DNP, APRN, Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Founding Co-Director, Global Health Center, and Clinical Director, Global Health Center-Travel Clinic at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky

  • Serese Marotta, Chief Operating Officer at Families Fighting Flu in Arlington, Virginia

  • Barbara A. Pahud, MD, MPH, Associate Director, Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit, at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri


This panel will examine why immunization rates are well below national goals, as well as share and demonstrate effective communication techniques to overcome common vaccine hesitancy concerns.


Please refer to the attached invitation, which includes additional information about the program.


Pre-registration is required for this educational program. You may register by clicking on the link below:


Empowering Clinicians to Become Champions for Influenza Vaccination


In accordance with Sanofi Pasteur’s policies and the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals, attendance at this educational program is limited to health care professionals.


Value transfers to licensed health care professionals by pharmaceutical companies may need to be reported according to certain state laws, as well as federal Sunshine Act provisions.


This is a non-CME/CE educational event. CME/CE credit will not be offered for this program.


Brought to you as an educational service by Sanofi Pasteur Inc.


Transitioning Adolescents with Special Needs Seminar

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Preceptors Needed!!

Varsha Patel is currently a nurse practitioner student at Walden University and she was wondering if there are any nurse practitioners who would be able to precept her for her pediatric rotation, which starts at the end of May. She can be reached at 803-237-1625 or


Amy Baker is a primary care pediatric NP student at the University of South Alabama. She is looking for a preceptor.  She will begin clinical in January through May 2019 and she needs 240 hours. If you’re available to help Amy, please contact her at


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Thank you for all you do for the children and families of Georgia!


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