2018 President-Elect Candidates

A three-way tie occurred during the President-Elect election. ANA-Michigan will be holding a runoff election for President-Elect between Margaret Calarco, Katherine Dontje and Julia Stocker Schneider.
  • Members will receive their official electronic ballot, by email, on Wednesday, September 19th. Voting will close at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018.
  • Please make sure to look in your spam/junk folder if you haven't yet seen your ballot. Email nurse@ana-michigan.org if you have any questions.
Remember to VOTE, every VOTE counts!
Election results will be announced during the Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, October 26, 2018, in Rochester, Michigan.

Members will receive their official electronic ballot, by email, on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018. Voting will close on Friday, September 28, 2018, at 7 PM ET.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a consent to serve.
Special thank you to the nominating committee: MaryLee Pakieser (Chair), Jeanine Easterday, Sally Decker, Kris Allen, and Joan Bickes.



On Monday, August 20th, there was a "Meet the Candidate" forum for current members to ask questions and get to know the candidates for the 2018 President-Elect.

Listen to the audio of the forum here:


The 2018 President-Elect Candidates:

Margaret M. Calarco, BSN, MSN, Ph.D., NEA-BC

PLYMOUTH, MI – Region 8

Current Position: Director for Clinical Innovation, University of Michigan School of Nursing

“The issues facing our profession continue to be the need to create and sustain safe and empowering practice environments which enable professional nurses to flourish and practice at the top of their license and education. The growing threat of increasing violence in the work setting, the opioid epidemic, and professional bum-out are very real threats to our profession internally. Externally, health care and health care reform have never been more fragmented and tenuous. Our communities are yearning for better ways to prevent illness, maintain health and navigate their health and illness care successfully and in sustainable ways. The prevention of illness, the maintenance of health and the coordination of care have always been the hallmarks of nursing science so there is no better time than now to come together as professional nurses, joining our communities to co-create new models of health care. For much of our history we have practiced in the shadow of others and this is the time to demonstrate the significant impact of nursing care and health care to society.
During the last 20 years of my career, I have focused on bringing thousands of professional nurses together to co­create a strong and empowered professional practice environment, by engaging our patients, families, and colleagues in all the processes we created. This work was done within our organization and influenced the nursing profession at-large through our nurses’ practice and scholarship. I am now seeking to serve the nursing profession in a much broader and more impactful way by serving as the President-Elect. In this role, I am confident that I can join the other leaders of ANA-Michigan and most importantly the members to co-create innovative models of caring for and developing each other, as well as, joining the diverse communities we serve to co-create better and more sustainable models of health care.”

Katherine Dontje, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC, FAANP

BATH, MI – Region 6

Current Position: Associate Professor, Michigan State University

“A key issue facing nursing is safe staffing ratios. Solutions including developing flexible staffing ratios based on patient acuity to innovative ideas focused on reimbursement for nursing services. I would work with stakeholders to support the best solution for Michigan. Defining, protecting and advancing the scope of practice for all nurses in Michigan’s restrictive practice environment is another key issue. I would address this through legislative and regulatory means. Membership growth is essential. I would work with the organization to explore ways to engage and grow membership through strategies such as educational offerings and topic focuses task forces.
ANA-Michigan’s mission is to advance the nursing profession in Michigan. I am passionate about the role of nursing and the importance of supporting and expanding the scope of nursing practice. Nurses are the key to providing high-quality care for all individuals in Michigan. In order to do that we need a strong nursing organization to support the profession of nursing. My background and experience in health systems, outpatient clinics and academia provide me with the tools necessary to serve and provide leadership to the organization. I hope you will support my candidacy for President-Elect of ANA-Michigan.”

Julia Stocker Schneider, Ph.D., RN, CNL

PINCKNEY, MI – Region 8

Current Position: Associate Professor & Coordinator, Health Systems Management & Clinical Nurse Leader Programs, University of Detroit Mercy

"Continued membership expansion and engagement is important for ANA-Ml, as the association strive to be more visible and more relevant to nurses throughout Michigan. Strategies to attract nurses of all generations should be continued, and the restructuring plan that will allow new ways for nurses to engage and be active in ANA-Ml should be embraced. It is through member engagement that the work of the association is best accomplished. This will allow us to strengthen our presence as the professional voice for nursing in Michigan, and allow us to coordinate that voice with other nursing and interprofessional stakeholders statewide.
I have gained much from my involvement in ANA-MI and would like other nurses to benefit from the opportunities for networking, advocacy, and leadership development. I would like to use the leadership skills I have gained to help lead ANA-Ml in continued growth, presence, and influence in the state. I have past association leadership experience and have grown over the years in my knowledge of governance and advocacy. I can apply the knowledge and skills that I teach related to quality improvement as we strive together to make our Association stronger. I would be honored to serve as President-Elect of ANA-MI.”