Allie Blumenthal - President
Kara Short- President-Elect
Robin Greer - Treasurer
Steadman McPeters - Secretary
Dr. Steadman McPeters is known for his passionate care of the pediatric patient. His research and clinical interests include pediatric surgery with a central focus on congenital diaphragmatic hernia neonates, pediatric obesity, and pediatric forensic nursing. Dr. McPeters also has zeal to teach nursing students while encouraging them to be future leaders of tomorrow. He recently developed a student membership for nurse practitioner students in the state of Alabama as an arm of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA).
Samantha Weaver - Communications and Membership Chair
Samantha Weaver, a Tuscaloosa native, has been a resident of Birmingham since 2001. She is a Pediatric Neurology and Trauma trained Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in the neuro-trauma environment, holding past and current certifications in transplant, pediatric sexual assault, emergency trauma, and neuroscience nursing. She completed her Master’s of Nursing degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012 and is presently a Doctor of Nursing Practice student also at UAB. She has served as a nurse practitioner for UAB Child Neurology since 2012. Her research, publications, and clinical interests include health disparities and disabilities in pediatric headache, epilepsy, and neuromuscular disease. Her teaching responsibilities include clinical faculty for UAB undergraduate and graduate-level School of Nursing since 2013. She serves as an active member of the Association of Child Neurology Nurses. She currently lives in Birmingham with her husband and their two girls.
Staci Abernathy Simmons - Continuing Education Chair
Staci Simmons serves as the continuing education chair for the Alabama chapter of NAPNAP. She is an acute care-trained pediatric nurse practitioner with over 20 years of pediatric nursing experience. She maintains a clinical practice at Children’s of Alabama in cardiovascular services and serves as a full-time faculty member for the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) at the University of Alabama. Staci obtained BSN and MSN degrees from UAB and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from UA. She serves on the leadership succession committee for the Epsilon Omega chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and is the chair for the faculty practice committee at CCN. Staci’s interests include nursing education, quality improvement, clinical simulation, and optimizing nurses’ professional wellbeing. Her most recent publication discusses the use of mindfulness and meditation to reduce compassion fatigue in nurses.
Michelle Coulter Smith - Legislative Chair