Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

Larry Z. Slater, PhD, RN-BC, CNE
President, NE-MSD
Dr. Slater is a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Before becoming a full-time educator in 2012, he worked as a staff nurse in the neurosurgical intensive care unit at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama from 2008-2012. He also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing from 2010-2011 and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at UAB from 2011-2012.  He received a PhD in Nursing in 2011 and his BSN in 2008 from UAB School of Nursing.

Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi, Slater presently resides in Brooklyn, New York.   Before nursing he was a chemical engineer, a dancer, and a tour manager for a luxury cruise line, traveling the world. He is also am an avid softball player.


Judith Joy, PhD, RN. 
Vice President, NEMSD
Dr. Joy recently retired as Interim Executive Director of the New Hampshire Nurses Association.  Prior to assuming the Executive Director role, she held elected positions in the Association including President and Chair of the Commission on Government Affairs.  Her work history included an extended term as Associate Professor of Nursing and Public Health at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire and many years as a healthcare informatics consultant.  She received her doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her masters and baccalaureate degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She lives in Newport, New Hampshire where she enjoys work in her garden when she is not traveling.  

Patricia Boston, MSN, RN, RRT

Secretary, NEMSD
Boston recently retired from her position of 12 years as the Clinical Informatics Manager at MaineHealth.  Prior to this, Boston held a variety of positions in clinical, educational, and administrative roles, such as Staff Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Case Manager, Staff Development Coordinator, Director of Pulmonary and GI Services, Director of Inpatient Services and nursing faculty member.   She received her BSN from the University of Southern Maine and her MSN in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She also completed respiratory therapy education at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. 

While in Alabama, she served as President of both the Birmingham Chapter of AACN and the Alabama Chapter of SGNA. Boston has served on several Boards, in addition to serving on the Biddeford School Committee and City Council.   She is proud to serve as President of ANA-Maine.  Boston resides in Biddeford, ME and feels very fortunate to live on the coast.  She enjoys walking the beach and the smell of salt air and beach roses. 

Marla C. Riley, BSN, RN
Riley is licensed in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. She is presently serving in several capacities: a nursing supervisor at Manchester Memorial Hospital in CT; ICU RN at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in RI; and an Account Manager RN for Option Care. She is also serving as Secretary for the Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA). She worked as an ICU RN for two years.  She is currently finishing her MBA/ MSN from Grand Canyon University and expects to graduate in 2018.  She earned her BSN in 2016 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her RN in 2014 from St. Joseph School of Nursing.  She is a vegetarian who loves breeding and raising chickens as pets. She enjoys being outside and caring for her animals in rural Connecticut. 

Meredith L. Roberts RN, BSN, MSN, PhD
Dr. Roberts is tenured faculty with Vermont Tech. She joined Vermont Tech in 2004, and works across their nursing program having assisted in restructuring for seamless progression.  She initiated their online BSN program and served as Interim BSN Director during its start-up.  Roberts has practiced nursing since 1989 after graduating from George Mason University, VA, working in many places, such as Virginia, Washington D.C., Cape Cod, MA, and as far south as Shands at the University of Florida, making her a Gators fan. Roberts has worked in a variety of positions, such as ICU; nurse supervisor; oncology case manager and chairman of the cancer support group; infectious disease with APIC training; and as licensed school nurse.  She received her PhD recently from the University of Phoenix, and presented her dissertation research in Vermont, Africa and Indianapolis over the past year, sharing a middle range theory and model.

Presently, Roberts serves as the President of ANA-Vermont and as member of the Vermont Action Coalition. She designed her own home, owns five horses, three of which she helped deliver, and loves to ski and sail. She resides with her husband in Fairfax Vermont, and has one daughter, a physician, and 2 grandsons.


Anita M. Creamer, RN, MSCreamer is the Program Director of the Providence VA Medical Center (PVAMC) Home- Based Primary Care Program where she leads a unique home care program for Veterans in the Providence and southeastern MA area that provides full primary care services.  She joined PVAMC in 2008 to help initiate a national VA Nursing Academy grant aimed to increase BSN employment into VA facilities thru a partnership with local BSN programs (Rhode Island College School of Nursing). Before joining PVAMC, Creamer taught nursing at baccalaureate and associate degree programs in Rhode Island for over 20 years.  She received a Masters in Nursing from Boston College, a BS in Nursing from Rhode Island College, and a diploma from Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing.

Creamer serves on several local Boards in Rhode Island and has been active in ANA-Rhode Island for years. She is an avid golfer and Patriots fan and has been married for 34 years (to the same man!!) and has two sons. 

Bobbie D. Bagley, RN, MS, MPH, CPH
Bagley currently serves as the Director of the City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Service where she provides oversight and supervision to four departments and staff whose programs of services focus on promoting, protecting and preserving the health of the community.  Bagley has 21 years of experience in nursing in the areas of public health leadership, administration, public health nursing and education.  Prior to her current role, she worked at Rivier University in New Hampshire as the Director of the Undergraduate and Graduate Public Health and served as faculty member and advisor to students in nursing and public health. 

Bagley received a BS in Biology from Montclair State University in 1986, an AS and BS in Nursing, and a MS in Nursing Education from Rivier University in 1996, '97 and 2013 respectively. She is currently pursuing a DrPH in Public Health Leadership.  She is pleased to be presently serving as the President of New Hampshire Nurses Association.   Bagley has also served as an active volunteer member, Member-at-Large, and Director on a number of local and national boards for over the past 20 years.

Elisa A. (Lee) Mancuso MS, RNC-NIC, FNS, AE-C
Mancuso is a Suffolk County Community College (SCCC), Grant Campus Professor of Nursing & NUR 246 (Child Health Nursing) Course Coordinator for the SON.  She has spent 33 years as a NICU Level III RN, NICU NP, Bereavement Counselor and 26 of those years as a Professor of Nursing at SCCC.  Originally she began her studies in Pre-Med and earned her BA in Biology from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. Taught Chemistry for a year at St. John the Baptist HS in West Babylon, NY and then went back to obtain her AAS in Nursing from Farmingdale College, NY. Upon graduation she worked nights in NICU while continuing her education during the day at Stony Brook University, NY, where she received her BS in Nursing and MS in Neonatology.

Creamer is passionate about promoting professionalism, patient advocacy and inspiring nurses to reach their optimal potential and be change agents. She has been an active member in her state’s professional nursing organization for the past 28 years and was a founding board member of ANA-New York.  She is presently serving as  President of ANA-New York.  

Creamer loves to drive out east along the south shore of Long Island to the beaches with her husband, Michael and their Golden Retriever, Gino in their 66 Vette convertible or 63 Nova.  Also, she has shaved her head for the past six years raising over $30,000 for Pediatric cancer research with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.