Mary serves as the Chief Executive Officer of INS and INCC. In addition to her dual CEO role, she also serves as the editor of the Journal of Infusion Nursing. Before her appointment as CEO in 1997, Mary served the organization in a wide variety of roles at the local and national levels, including terms on the INS Board of Directors. Her role as CEO has taken Mary around the globe, where she has delivered infusion education programs to clinicians in Armenia, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia to name a few and helped spread the influence of INS to our international colleagues.
Mary’s favorite travel spot is located just a mile from her home where she performs her favorite role, that of Nana to grandchildren Matthew, Aiden, and Quinn.
Chris works with the management team to develop strategies for new business development and overall organizational growth. Chris began his INS career in 1995 when INS did not have e-mail or the internet, and people actually had to use a telephone to communicate. He held positions as meetings manager, director of meetings, and director of marketing before assuming his current position as executive vice president. An avid and somewhat crazed Boston sports fan, Chris has spent the last 17 years enjoying one Boston team championship after another while trying to convince his three equally sports-crazed adult children that life wasn’t always this wonderful.
Maria manages daily operations for INS and INCC, as well as overseeing the INS Member Services Department. In addition to ensuring your membership experience with INS is a positive one, she also serves as the staff liaison to the INS Chapter and International Affiliate programs.
Maria and her husband, Don, are the proud parents of three sons, a cat, and a somewhat overly friendly dog. Currently enrolled in an online MBA program, Maria spends much of her time writing discussion posts, research papers, and using real-world business applications from the INS and INCC experience.
Marlene serves as lead nurse planner with American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and works collaboratively with the National Council on Education (NCOE) to plan educational content for all INS conferences. She also establishes the clinical direction, content, and implementation of all educational offerings on the INS LEARNING CENTER, and serves as a clinical liaison with other nursing and health care organizations. Marlene earned her PhD from the University of Arizona with a research focus on compassion fatigue within nursing. Marlene enjoys working out, swimming laps, hiking, and scrapbooking.
Jill is responsible for coordinating all educational content for INS’ national meetings. She acts as the Education Department project manager by assisting in planning, organizing, implementing and gathering data for program evaluations. She assists the meetings and education departments with content development, speaker management, and acts as the liaison to the National Council on Education (NCOE). She also oversees all of the virtual learning assets in the INS LEARNING CENTER.
Jill received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bridgewater State University in 2015. When she’s not binge-watching Real Housewives, Jill enjoys spending time with loved ones, online shopping, and a nice glass of "sauv b".
Susan is responsible for the administrative functions of the office, coordinating office operations including general computer issues, vendor relations, shipping, stationery, office supplies, and inventory. She also helps monitor and provide statistics for our Web site and marketing campaigns, along with working on social media campaigns: a “Jacqueline of all trades.”
Susan enjoys watching Boston sports, spending time with her family, tweeting to the masses, and traveling when she can. In her secret life she is a geek. She loves social media and the communication aspect of it all. When she has time, she works on friends’ computers to solve software/virus issues. She also enjoys going to live blues shows. Susan is also a foodie, trying new food of all shapes and sizes and is always on the hunt for a good restaurant, tweeting about her experiences along the way.
Adrienne is the Certification Manager for the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC). She is responsible for CRNI® certification development, maintenance, and growth, as well as working with subject matter experts and INS membership volunteers toward the ongoing development of the CRNI® credential. She also ensures that certification-related activities are carried out according to accreditation standards set by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Adrienne has more than 19 years of association management experience, all which of which has been in certification program operations. Adrienne and her husband Keith have two sons, James, 13, and Jonathan, 8—who are die-hard fans of the New York Mets and the Florida State Seminoles. When she’s not working, Adrienne enjoys cooking, hiking, and planning her family’s next traveling adventure.
Valerie is responsible for administering all tasks associated with the maintenance of the CRNI® certification program and the growth of Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation. With the rest of the team, she creates and implements innovative and engaging certification initiatives. With over 11 years of experience in marketing, sales and advertising, Valerie brings a unique approach toward management and administration. Valerie is happy to assist you with any questions you may have regarding the CRNI® exam, CRNI® Academy, and the recertification process in general.
When she’s not working to make your certification process a breeze, Valerie teaches Nia Technique® fitness classes in corporate settings to help business leaders establish a better work-life balance. She is passionate about developing corporate wellness initiatives that also inspire leaders to think and operate outside of their comfort zone. She believes in living a well-rounded life and leading by example. Valerie is a traveler, a dancing machine, and she loves to laugh.
Maureen serves as the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC) Senior Associate and can assist you with your questions about exam certification and recertification of your CRNI®.
In addition, Maureen serves as Senior Member Services Associate where her goal is to enhance your membership experience. She helps INS members with all needs from renewing membership to helping navigate the Web site. Feel free to contact her if you are interested in joining INS, purchasing a product, learning more about the Annual Convention, or just want more information about any of your benefits.
Maureen has four grown daughters, and she and her husband are the grandparents of three beautiful grandchildren. Maureen enjoys gardening, swimming, and flower arranging. While she loves her job at INS, she would rather be sailing on Narragansett Bay and enjoying the morning sunrise at her cottage on Prudence Island, RI.
Abigail is responsible for creating all collateral for INS. She designs all print-based marketing, including the bimonthly INSider publication. She also maintains the website and ensures all media is consistently branded
Abigail is a recent graduate of Stonehill College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in graphic design with a minor in communications. She hopes to one day return to school to earn her MFA and teach design. While attending Stonehill she studied abroad in Berlin, Germany. Originally from Maine, Abigail loves the outdoors and in the winter, you will more than likely find her on the ski slopes.
Jim is responsible for overseeing all INS social media accounts, developing marketing metric reports, and analyzing data to help cultivate current and future INS campaigns. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in international business from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. Prior to joining INS, he was employed at an event marketing company in New York City.
An avid New York sports fan, Jim was born and raised in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. He has recently taken up boxing and serves as a scout for a junior league hockey team in Wyoming. When he isn’t going viral, you can find Jim playing golf, walking his dog Kalli, expanding his record collection, or playing ice hockey.
Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI®
Clinical Education & Publications Manager
(781) 440-9408 ext. 341
Dawn serves as INS’ infusion nurse educator. She has been an active INS member and a CRNI® since 2005. She served on INS’ National Council on Education from 2011 to 2014 and on INS’ board of directors as a director-at-large from 2017 to 2018. Before joining the INS team, Dawn worked for 13 years as a clinical nurse specialist for infusion and as nurse manager of the infusion center, the venous access team, and the nurse response team at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. Dawn holds a doctor of nursing practice degree in clinical leadership from the Henry Predolin School of Nursing at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin; a master’s of nursing education from the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing; and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix.
Leslie is responsible for managing the manuscript submission process for the Journal of Infusion Nursing from start to finish. She assists in manuscript selection and works with reviewers, authors, and publication staff to deliver polished, relevant content in each print issue. Leslie also oversees the editorial content of INS’ membership publication INSider, as well as other INS-related print and web materials. Prior to joining INS, Leslie served as a multimedia staff editor for a monthly RF/engineering publication. She is also a veteran news and promotions writer/producer, with more than 15 years’ experience in the Boston and Rhode Island television markets. Leslie is an avid photo enthusiast and loves to create scrapbooks detailing the milestones, adventures, holidays, and activities of life with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not busy attending soccer games or dance rehearsals, Leslie enjoys catching up with family and friends, movies, shopping, and planning her family’s next getaway.
Cheryl is responsible for handling the financial aspects of INS and INCC, reconciling accounts to ensure their accuracy and reporting that information. She is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth, where she received her BS in Accounting.
Cheryl enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and loyal canine companion and considers herself an outdoor enthusiast whose mantra is to “get out, get active.” Her free time is spent hiking or biking with her family, taking long walks with her dog, Otto, rollerblading, as well as snowshoeing and ice skating in the winter. She is passionate about food, enjoys reading, traveling, and is a dedicated yogi. Cheryl hopes to become a yoga and Pilates instructor once she retires.
Meghan manages all activities related to the INS’ national meetings. She is responsible for exhibit space sales, advertising, and sponsorship sales, as well as attendee marketing.
Meghan received an MBA from Curry College and the designation of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) in order to enhance the INS meeting experience. She is a firm believer that in order to have a productive day it must include coffee and chocolate. Meghan enjoys spending time with her family, watching football on Sundays, and listening to country music.
Yvonne is responsible for all logistical planning for INS
national, annual, board, and committee meetings. She assists the meetings
manager with exhibit booths, advertising, and sponsorship sales, and acts as
liaison with members of the hospitality community in each host city INS visits.
She earned her bachelor's degree from Johnson & Wales University
in 2014, with a major in event management and a minor in sommelier (the study
of wine). Yvonne worked in both the restaurant and wedding planning industries
for several years before joining INS and enjoys the atmosphere of a busy
kitchen and bustling dining room. Yvonne enjoys spending her time at her family
beach house on Cape Cod, MA, cooking extravagant meals for family and friends,
and being a beach bum whenever possible.