International Society of Nurses in Genetics

ISONG 2017 Board Ballot

We are delighted to announce the 2017 ISONG Board Ballot. Eligible ISONG members will receive a ballot on June 7, 2017. 

Participation in the annual election is a vital component in selecting ISONG's future leadership team.

This ballot will remain open until Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5PM Eastern time. All candidates are listed in alphabetical order by position. The personal statements are listed below each candidates name. To view the Personal Statement and CV for each candidate please click here

The Nominations committee is:
Sandra Daack-Hirsch Chair,
Sheila Alexander
Elizabeth Pestka
Sivia Barnoy  

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Sandy Daack-Hirsch at, chair of the Nominations Committee.

ISONG Board of Directors

Elizabeth L. Pestka, MS, PMHCNS-BC, AGN-BC


The President shall be the principal executive officer of the Society and shall, in general, supervise and control all of the administrative matters and business affairs of the organization. The President shall implement policy established by the members of the Board of Directors. The President shall authorize all financial transactions of the Society. The President shall preside at all the meetings of the members and of the Board of Directors; execute all conveyances, notes, contracts, or other instruments authorized by members; appoint all committee chairpersons as provided for in the Bylaws; serve as an ex-officio member of all standing committees; and perform and discharge all duties incident to the office of the President and such other duties as may be assigned by the members of the Board of Directors.

Mindy Tinkle, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN


The President-elect shall become familiar with the duties of the President and shall automatically succeed to the presidency at the conclusion of the President's term of office. The President-elect shall perform the duties of the President in the absence of the President or in the case of inability to act. When so acting, the President-elect shall have all the powers of and be subject to all restrictions of the President. The President-elect shall serve as Parliamentarian during the official meetings of the Society, and perform such other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Sandra Daack Hirsch, PhD, RN


The (immediate) Past-President
shall provide assistance to the President and Board of Directors in order to support, facilitate and effect administrative business and other affairs of the Society. The Past-President shall chair the Bylaws committee and the Awards committee.

Rebecca Kronk,


The Treasurer
shall be responsible for all funds and securities of the Society, including all authorized monies due and payable to the Society from any source whatsoever; deposit all such monies in the name of the Society in such banks or other depositories as shall be decided by the Board of Directors; account for and record all financial transactions by the Society; prepare and render an annual report, which has been audited by an outside agency, for the Society at the annual meeting and whenever requested by the Society membership or Board of Directors; and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

Catherine Read, PhD, RN




The Secretary shall record, keep, maintain, and assure distribution of the minutes of the meetings of members and the Board of Directors, and give all notices that are required to be given by these Bylaws; attest all documents, the execution of which has been duly authorized by the members according to these Bylaws; and in general perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as the Board of Directors may prescribe.

Gia Mudd-Martin, RN, MPH, PhD



Sivia Barnoy, RN, PhD



The Members-at-Large shall provide a perspective of the general member to the Board of Directors, perform such duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors as well as participate in meetings of the Board of Directors.

Lacey J. Wright Heinsberg, BSN, RN




The elected Student Representative who will hold a position on the ISONG Board of Directors.

Executive Director (non-voting)
Beth Kassalen, MBA


The Executive Director oversees all administrative duties for ISONG at their headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA.


Term of Office

The President, President-elect, and (immediate) Past-President shall each serve a one year term or until his or her successor (has been installed). The other Officers shall each serve a two year term or until his or her successor has been installed. No person may hold more than one office simultaneously. No officer may serve more than two consecutive terms of office.

Election of Officers

The Officers shall be elected by electronic or written vote of all members with voting privileges. Elections each year shall include the President-elect and a Member-at-Large. Election of the Secretary shall occur in odd years and the Treasurer in even years. The President and the Past-President positions shall be an automatic sequence following the conclusion of the President-elect and President positions, respectively. The election of officers shall be completed prior to each annual meeting and to the extent possible, shall be installed at the annual business meeting.