Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County
Empowering APRNs to improve health through philanthropy, education and leadership

BOD Elections 2018 officers

Posted about 2 years ago by Regina Pommer

It is time once again for elections. The followng candidates are running for office. A link for voting will be sent to current members. If you would like to vote, please make sure that your dues are current. If you have any questions, please email us at

Thank you again for your participation.


Brianne Duffy FNP-BC

For the past two years, I have derived great pleasure and pride in being the Vice President.  In addition to my duties as the V.P., I enjoy being an active member and participating as a chairperson with the conference committee. 

Nurse Practitioners and the role each of us plays in our respective communities is very important to me.  It is my goal to promote the field and inspire others to join me in it. As a leader, I would like to continue to carve the council's current path by helping students and entrepreneurs with funding and inspiration.  I would also like to continue giving back to the community through fundraising and private donations. Hosting a local conference each year has been such a great way to expand our knowledge, meet others in the same field, network and strengthen our profession; I am so happy to be a part of the planning process and to attend the event with each of you.

Our current President has done a fantastic job of strengthening several local communities.  She has suggested that we identify ways to streamline supplies efforts and funding of local charities in order to support free clinics so that underprivileged residents of our area may be given optimal medical treatment when needed.  I would be thrilled to carry forward, and improve upon, her efforts thus far.

In addition to my work with NPCPBC, I am  a member of AANP and FNPN because I  realize the sizable role Nurse Practitioners play in the medical field and know that we can make many strides to develop professional goals all of us have in common with one another.  I aspire to be a mentor to many and exemplary Nurse Practitioner to all.

As a Registered Nurse I worked in Open Heart Recovery ICU, Med/Surg ICU and Telemetry. In 2011, I began practicing in Internal Medicine as a Nurse Practitioner. I aim to do my very best in delivering thoughtful, well-rounded care to all of my patients. I precept on a regular basis because I enjoy it and know the value in continuing to give back. When I am not working, I love spending time with my family, friends and dog; traveling and  relaxing. I know that the gift of life is not something to be taken for granted.

It would be my absolute pleasure to become President of the NPCPBC. Thank you for taking the time to consider me for the position.


Melissa Dail ARNP

I have been a nurse practitioner for 5 years and have worked in orthopedics, urgent care, hospital medicine and now primary care. I also worked in med-surg as a RN for 5 years. What I enjoy most about primary care is building relationships with my patients and getting to provide for them based on their own individual needs. I have a police officer husband and 2 girls aged 7 and 3 and on my free time I enjoy running, relaxing, and spending my time with friends and family. 

I am at a place both in my personal life and my career where I have time to dedicate to giving back to my profession and community. Going to the conference really lit the fire for me. It was great to see so many local nurse practitioners coming together in one place. I enjoyed the speakers and learned a ton, and I have interest in helping plan future conferences. Hearing the keynote speech was so motivating and inspiring. We have come so far as a profession because of leaders before us, standing up to make a difference, and I want to help do that for our future nurse practitioners. I definitely want to become more involved, and I think this would be a great opportunity to do so. 

Thank you so much for your consideration. 


Jennifer Kuretski, DNP, ARNP, NP-C, AAHIVS

Dear Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County,

I am running for the open position of Vice President of the Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County. I graduated from the University of Miami in 2009 and started practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the area of Infectious Disease. Since the time I graduated with my MSN in 2009, I knew when I started practice as an NP that we are the future of healthcare here in the United States, and more specifically in South Florida.  In order to fully understand the healthcare system, I returned to school and earned my DNP from the University of Miami in 2011.   I currently maintain practice as an FNP in an outpatient HIV and Hepatitis C practice.  In addition to my practice as an FNP, I am currently the NP Track Chair and Associate Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University where we are educating some of the NPs of the future!

I feel that I would be an outstanding candidate for the Vice President of our council.  I have served in numerous leadership roles throughout my life, dating back to high school, where I served as Class President.  More recently, I served as the PBA faculty liaison on the NPCPBC Conference Planning Committee in 2017.  In addition, I am serving a term as the Secretary for the Chi Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International at PBA.  

In addition to the various leadership roles, I also strongly believe in empowering and inspiring new and future nurse practitioners.  I have done this through preceptorship and now as a faculty member.  I believe these traits are essential for a leader in the NPCPBC.  My personal motto is “Care for all, lead by example and above all, continue to inspire others!”

Thank you for your consideration.

Program Chair

Chelsea Engel ARNP FNP-C

I am a true Florida local, born at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, I grew up in Jupiter and have been here my entire adult life. I have truly been able to see how our neighborhoods have grown and changed. I completed my AAS at PBCC and my BSN at FAU. My MSN was continued at FAU, it was obvious I was never going to leave this area. I have been an ARNP working in Interventional Cardiology since 7/2012 in the Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington Communities. Prior to this I worked as a CVICU RN at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center starting in 2004 and ending 4/2012.

During my career in Nursing I have developed excellent relationships with many different businesses and companies in the community and surrounding areas able to provide education and service to our organization and to patients we care for. The majority of the Representatives and Physicians I am still in contact with today, have continued to facilitate many education opportunities for my office and staff as well as patients when it has been requested.

I strongly feel that I will be an excellent candidate for this position as I am highly organized and able to quickly pull together information and clear material to patients when they are having procedures or testing done in our office or in the hospital. It is important to me that everything is clear, all questions are answered and everything is provided to patients and families as well as contact numbers for my staff and what to do in an emergency. The Program Chair will need this exact skill as organizing educational programs will need precise, clear cut information and where to go without confusions as well as excellent relationships with medical and device companies willing to provide education. I feel I am able to oversee committees organizing such tasks, as I oversee and organize employees now, and trouble shoot and brain storm through issues as they arise at present. I believe I am able to provide all of this and more, as well as being prepared to navigate what is to come.