Board of Directors

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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. 

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, MS
Creamer 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.

Nancy R Lancaster MBA, BSN
Lancaster is currently retired and has just been elected to serve as President of ANA-Rhode Island starting in 2018.  Prior to retirement, she served as the National Director of Clinical Services at Quorum Health Resources, a position that gained her a million-mile flyer status. During her career, she has worked in the nursing profession in various capacities from staff and management positions to senior-level nurse executive roles.


Lancaster earned her BSN from University of Rhode Island in 1972 and her MBA in Health Care Administration from Bryant University. She has served on numerous charitable organizations in fundraising capacities and served as the Vice President of Soroptimist International of Greater Providence Chapter, the world’s largest women’s charitable organization. She has also served as the past Vice President for Delta Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and is its current secretary.


Lancaster also served on ANA’s National Advisory Panel on Civility in Nursing, which developed the white paper for ANA on the topic. She has also consulted and spoken widely on the subject at the local and national level. Lancaster could be described as a ‘Nurses Nurse’, connecting with nurses at all levels to improve understanding of the nursing profession and advocate for its advancement.

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.  Additionally she became involved in her local professional nursing organization; Professional Nurses Association of Suffolk County (PNASC) and evolved from a member to a Director at Large (3 terms) and Chairperson of the Education committee for the past 12 years. 

Mancuso 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.  

Mancuso 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. 

Lori Poirier, MSN, RN, LPN, CCHP
Ms. Poirier has worked in Correctional Healthcare since 2009 and is presently serving as the Regional Manager with Centurionvt, where she oversees the healthcare contract that delivers the medical, psychiatric and dental services to the inmates in the State of Vermont.  Before becoming the Regional Manager with Centurionvt, she started as a floor nurse and then advanced to the Director of Nursing to a Health Service Administrator.  For the first 22 years of her career, Ms. Poirier served in a variety of positions in the nursing field, such as a long-term care floor nurse, nursing supervisor and care manger, and a director of Home Care.

Ms. Poirier received her MSN from Walden University in 2016, her RN from Vermont Technical College in 2011, and LPN from Fanny Allen School of Nursing in 1989.  In the 2009, she was certified as a Correctional Healthcare Professional (CCHP).

Her office is in Waterbury, VT and she resides Derby Vermont.