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Emergency Nurses Association names deputy executive directors

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The Des Plaines-based Emergency Nurses Association today announced the appointment of two new deputy executive directors who will serve on the senior leadership team.

Cynthia Meehan joins ENA in the new Deputy Executive Director, Member Relations role. Meehan brings a strong background in association leadership to ENA, focusing the majority of her career on membership and chapter relations. She most recently served as Director of Member Development at Rotary International where she was responsible for the development and execution of strategic membership plans, member communication and marketing strategy and member technology programs.

Meehan will provide strategic leadership to ENA's marketing, member services, component relations and IT departments. She will focus on strategic member initiatives such as member recruitment, retention and engagement.

Kathy Szumanski, MSN, RN, NE-BC, moves into the new Deputy Executive Director, Nursing role from her position as the Association's Chief Nursing Officer. In her new role, Szumanski provides leadership and executive management to the Institute for Emergency Nursing Research (IENR), the Institute for Quality, Safety and Injury Prevention (IQSIP) and the Institute for Emergency Nursing Education (IENE). She also provides strategic oversight of course operations, the ENA Connection newsletter and conferences. Her clinical nursing expertise is instrumental to product development oversight and strategic leadership.

"The two most important aspects of ENA are its members and the profession of emergency nursing. Creating these two new ENA staff positions at the most senior level provides targeted expertise and focus to our most critically important areas. We are thrilled that Cindy and Kathy will be serving as collaborative Deputy Executive Directors," said ENA Executive Director Susan Hohenhaus, LPD, RN, CEN, FAEN. "Their knowledge and expertise will undoubtedly take ENA's programs and services to the next level, ultimately increasing the value of ENA membership to emergency nurses around the globe."

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