Colorado Nurses Association Nursing Continuing Professional Development Advisory Council Members


Connie Pardee, PhD, RN
Nurse Peer Review Leader
Colorado Nurses Association

Colleen Casper, RN, MS, DNP
Colorado Nurses Association

Kirsten Christensen, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Professional Development Specialist
Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO

Jody DeStigter, MS, NPD-BC
Professional Development Supervisor
Longmont, CO

Debra Edwards, BSN, RN, MS, NPD-BC
Primary Nurse Planner/Nurse Planner
Texas Health and Human Services
Austin, Texas

Ann Froese-Fretz, MS, RN, CNS, CPNP-PC
Program Director Continuing Nursing Education
University of Colorado College of Nursing
Aurora, CO

Interested in becoming a Nursing Continuing Professional Development Council Member - Contact [email protected].

Membership Responsibilities:

  • Attend 75% monthly scheduled meetings in person or virtually or notify chair if unable to attend
  • Support CNA’s philosophy, purpose, and goals of the Approver Unit
  • Participate in Peer Review of applications based on CNA/ANCC criteria
  • Declare any conflict of interest prior to deliberation on any application and recuse self from the review
  • Collaborate with Nurse Peer Review Leader in determining appropriate action for applications and other requested material
  • Maintain confidentiality of applications
  • Collaborate with Nurse Peer Review Leader in developing, collecting, monitoring and evaluating Approver Unit Quality Outcome Measures. 
  • Collaborate with Nurse Peer Review Leader for continuous improvement of Approver Unit based on Provider feedback.