Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association

Voting information for Open Executive Board Positions

Posted 11 months ago

Hi Everyone, 

A huge thank you to all of our prospective executive board members for accepting their nominations to potentially sit on our ANPA executive board! Below, you will find the link and information for voting. Please follow the instructions, click the link, and VOTE!

*You must be a current, active member to vote.* *We are still accepting nominations for Secretary, voting will take place when nominations are closed**

For more information about our nominees, please see below. If you cannot vote or the link does not work for you, please don't hesitate to contact our Administrative Assistant at

If you would like to nominate someone for our secretary position, please email our administrative assistant at

Thank you and happy voting :)

Marisa Bune (President-Elect)

Marisa Bune is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is originally from Texas where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management with a certificate in education from The University of Texas at Arlington and obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Marisa has a background in critical care nursing and has worked in cardiovascular and general intensive care units prior to transitioning into management and education roles. Marisa has led teams both in and out of the hospital setting, working as a charge nurse, then as a manager of a step-down unit and then as an educator at a local college where she taught Leadership to nursing students. She has had the privilege of serving as the president-elect (2013-2014) and then the president (2014-2016) of the local chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) where she worked to develop educational opportunities for the nursing community including conference and guest speaker hosting and planning. Other leadership activities include volunteering for school events at Holy Rosary Academy, volunteering with community health fairs, and with the community-wide adult immunization efforts with the Assisted Living Home (ALH) immunization project. Finally, when living in Texas, she developed and implemented a community outreach program to the Lee and Beulah Moor Home for Children in El Paso, Texas from Del Sol Medical Center (DSMC) CVICU working in conjunction with DSMC NICU, ICU, Wal-Mart, and El Paso Community College, providing school supplies, clothing and foodstuffs for children in need. Marisa is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Marisa strongly believes in patient-centered care and enjoys partnering together with her patients to achieve quality health outcomes. She now works in interventional radiology and will also be opening a nurse practitioner owned primary care practice in December 2019. Marisa moved to Alaska in 2012 with her daughter, and husband Steven. Together, they enjoy spending time together as a family, exploring the beauty of Alaska, and traveling to Hawaii as they are able. In her free time, Marisa also enjoys swimming and yoga.

Kevin Barrett (President-Elect)

20 years of experience
Professional Achievements:
Past president of Chicago Nurses in AIDS care 2009-2012
Host of CAN-TV Ch21 AIDS-Call in law 2002-2012
Author for Alaska Nurse Magazine
Editorial and legislative board member Alaska Nurses Association 2018
Associate Professor Charter College 2018; University of Alaska (current position)

NP Alaska VA health systems 2014-2019

Favorite Thing About My Profession:
The ability to learn and care for patients. To use my knowledge to get measurable outcomes.

To live a life of significance. To provide the best care possible. To promote health and respect everyone for the decisions they make in their lives.

Why do I want to be President-Elect?
Being an NP is one of the great highlights of my life. It is the sum of all of the years experience working as a floor nurse, a manager, a coordinator and a consultant. The act of going to school and honing those years of experience to provide care to the patients. The Nurse Practitioner, by nature, is a patient advocate, the voice that defends their patients. The question that I asked our current President Dr. Jasinski was “Well, who advocates for the NP?” and her response was obvious in retrospect, she simply answered, “We do.”

I want to be able to advocate for our profession. I want to fight to ensure that we continue to enjoy our practices without the constraints of the collaborative agreement. I want to express to anyone that can help us, that we are powerful stakeholders in the healthcare industry in Alaska and the entire country. We need the ability to remain true to our profession and work fully within the scope of our practices. I choose to serve because my fear is if we don’t advocate for ourselves then someone else will control our practice and that is simply unacceptable.