Colorado Nurses Association Nursing Continuing Professional Development Advisory Council Members


Mission Statement: The Accredited Approver Unit mission statement is to enhance the development, delivery, and evaluation of nursing continuing professional development educational activities utilizing ANCC standards.

Nan Morgan, RN, BSN, MS Nursing Leadership - Education
Accredited Approver Program Director
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

Mary Ciambelli, PhD, CNS RN
Past President CNA

Jody DeStigter, PhD, RN, 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

Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CNE, CHCP
Associate Director, Compliance
Medscape Education, LLC

Mandy Seader, BSN, RN
Patient Safety Specialist
Children's Hospital Colorado

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 Program Director in determining appropriate action for applications and other requested material
  • Maintain confidentiality of applications
  • Collaborate with Program Director in developing, collecting, monitoring and evaluating Approver Unit Quality Outcome Measures. 
  • Collaborate with Program Director for continuous improvement of Approver Unit based on Provider feedback.
  • Council members must have a BSN or higher, active unrestricted license.
  • The time commitments are meeting time and reviews = generally 2 to 10 hours per month commitment.