Kara Short- President
Steadman McPeters - President-Elect
Dr. Steadman McPeters, a Grant, Alabama native, is an Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. He earned his Associate Degree in Nursing from Calhoun Community College. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. After deciding to pursue an advanced degree in nursing, Dr. McPeters earned a Master of Science in Nursing, with a concentration in Pediatric Acute and Continuing Care from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2014, Dr. McPeters earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Joint Doctor of Nursing Practice Program with The University of Alabama in Huntsville, The University of Alabama and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. McPeters's academic career focuses on educating pediatric acute care nurse practitioners and Doctor of Nursing Practice students implementing pediatric quality improvement in the clinical setting. His research interests include general pediatric surgery, pediatric obesity, pediatric forensic nursing, legal nursing consultation, and pediatric hematology/oncology disorders.
He is active in many professional organizations including the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, National League for Nursing, Alabama League for Nursing, and the Birmingham Chapter of the American Association of Men in Nursing. Dr. McPeters serves as the Secretary for the Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, President-Elect of the Alabama League for Nursing and President-Elect for the Birmingham Chapter of the American Association of Men in Nursing.
Dr. McPeters currently lives in Hollywood, Alabama with his wife, Mindy and eight-year-old son, Charlee Rayden.
Allie Blumenthal - Secretary
My name is Alexandra Armstrong, and I am a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I received by Masters of Science in Nursing from UAB in 2014, and have been working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Children’s of Alabama in the Pediatric Endocrinology Department since that time. I am interested in and have worked to build specialty clinics for underprivileged patients, high-risk patient populations, and children who have undergone adverse childhood events. I am currently serving as the secretary for the Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). I served as President of the Alabama Chapter in the 2020-2021 year. I also serve as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for UAB SON. In my free time, my husband and I serve as foster parents for the Jefferson County Department of Health. We have a 1-year-old daughter, Levy, and two dogs, Gandalf and Jorah.
Morgan Corder - Treasurer
Ashleigh Bowman - Legislative Chair
Ashleigh F. Bowman serves as the Legislative Chair of the Alabama Chapter of NAPNAP. She has been a certified pediatric acute care nurse practitioner since 2015 and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of South Alabama in 2018. She has maintained an active practice in the Pediatric Emergency Department at USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital since 2016 and transitioned to full-time faculty at the University of South Alabama in 2019. She is a trained pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner.
She maintains an avid interest in healthcare policy and politics with a focus on issues impacting child health, global health, vaccines, asthma, and child maltreatment. She was chosen as a 2019 NAPNAP Advocacy Scholar and was recently appointed to serve on the NAPNAP Health Policy Committee. She has worked with Alabama Rare, Shot@Life, and the Alabama Asthma Coalition on specific advocacy actions and is excited to pursue to the legislative priorities for the AL Chapter of NAPNAP. She currently lives in Mobile, AL, with her husband, Glyn.
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.
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 pediatric migraine variants as well as health disparities and disabilities in pediatric headache, epilepsy, and neuromuscular disease. Her teaching responsibilities include clinical faculty for UAB undergraduate school of nursing. 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.