Florida State Association of Rehabilitation Nurses



Mission Statement for the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN):

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses promotes and advances professional rehabilitation, nursing practice through education, advocacy, collaboration, and research  to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability and chronic illness. FSARN, as a chapter, supports the same mission and values upheld by ARN For more information regarding FSARN, contact [email protected]


2015-2017 Board Members

President: Donna Bagley
President-Elect: Cynthia Hernandez

Recording Secretary: Dawn Etman
Treasurer:  Peggy Rosier

Corresponding Secretary: Ellen Ortu
Nominations Chair: Sue Brown
Past President: Barbara Martelli

FSARN is divided into 13 districts covering all corners of the state. Each district operates under the guidance and bylaws of FSARN. Listed below are the districts and the president of each district.


Committee Chairs
Advisory Board: Colleen Balestrieri
Bylaws: Linda Bertino
CE Application: Kathy Sobczak
Conference Liaison: Cynthia Hernandez
Finance: Karen Dimick
Historian: Anabel Velazquez
Membership: Carol Mangan
National Health care Policy: Ina Fletcher 
Newsletter: Sue Sharman
Scholarship: Brook Jimenez
Website Manager: Ina Fletcher

District Presidents                                             
Broward President: Ellie Ortu 
Central FL President: Lydia Hendrix 
North Central Contact: Dolores Mauk                    
Northeast President: James Edwards                   
Tallahassee President: Penny Kehoe                       
West Coast President: Cindy Hernandez 
Dade: Inactive
Citrus: Inactive                                               
Palm Coast Contact: Inactive                    
Southwest President: Inactive          
Space Coast President: Inactive
Suncoast President: Inactive
Volusia/Flagler President: Inactive

2016 Annual Educational Conference

The 2016 Annual Educational Conference, Rockin' & Rollin' Through Rehab was filled with great speakers providing valuable education, vendors with new resource information, 21 first time attendees, networking opportunities, great prizes and tons of fun. Our final speakers were from Limbitless Solutions, an innovative charitable organization providing upper extremity prosthesis to children. Just under $900 was collected which will provide 3 limbs to some very deserving children. To obtain more information for your pediatric patients or to donate go to: www.limbitless-solutions.org.

Current Happenings


From our West Coast District

Elected to the ARN Board of Directors 2016-2019


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