Board Members

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Tessa Johnson MSN, RN is the President of the North Dakota Nurses Association. Greetings! I have a genuine passion for nursing and nursing practice in the state of ND.  Being part of the board has shown me the selfless time, effort and dedication it takes to be an advocate of the nursing profession and I want to help the board and the nurses in the state be the best they can.  I am currently employed through Agemark Country House in Dickinson as the Executive Director of the building.  I have a background in nursing leadership and management and have a diverse background in different areas of nursing to bring to the table. 

DeeAnna Opstedahl MSN, RN, CNOR, is the current Vice President of Finances. I previously belonged to the SDNA and SDHA. I did not hold an office, but attended most of the meetings. I was the Acute Care director in Spearfish, SD and then took a Director position in the OR I Sturgis. I was the chair of a board that made decisions on products purchased and contracts signed by Rapid City Regional Health. I was recruited by Dickinson for the Director of Surgery position and then CHI asked if I would be the regional OR director for the western side of ND. I was then recruited to be the VP of Patient Care in Dickinson. I am responsible for may budgets within the hospital. I work very well with others and have had opportunities to get the best price of products in the surgery departments.

Kristin Roers MS, RN, CPPS is the Vice President of Government Relations. Kristin is the Nursing Professional Practice Coordinator at Sanford in Fargo. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at NDSU and the University of Mary - Fargo Center. Kristin plans to keep members aware of current legislation at the local, state, and national levels that will affect nursing. She wants to make the information available, understandable, and actionable.

Vice President of Membership Services - open position

Sherry Burg BSN, MBA, RN is the Vice President of Practice, Education, Administration & Research. She currently works as a manager at Altru Health System. I am a motivating, people oriented, collaborative nurse manager with over 20 years of leadership experience in the fast-paced, inpatient world of health care. Results orientated leader with focus on patient, family, physician, and staff relationships, evidence-based care, quality management, customer satisfaction, productivity and financial performance. Greatest strengths: team-building focused on mission, vision, and values of the organization; facilitating professional growth and development with coaching; strong communication skills; and financial strategic planning.

Kayla Kaizer, BSN, RN, is the VP of Communications for NDNA. I served on my local Nursing Student Association Board at the University of Mary and the Nursing Student Association of North Dakota Board of Directors as a Graduate Consultant in 2015. Nursing is my passion and I love being involved in nursing at a higher level than just my job. I am very eager to serve on the NDNA board and get more people involved.

Director at Large:  New Graduate - open position

Sherri Miller BSN, RN is the Executive Director of the North Dakota Nurses Association.

Sherri is a Registered Nurse with almost twenty years of progressive experience in the nursing/nurse leadership fields.  Prior to nursing, Ms. Miller was a certified teacher and carried her love and passion for educating into nursing.  Her diverse professional nursing history includes several years as a staff nurse on the oncology, ortho-surgical and ENT floors, a physician's office nurse/nurse manager and employment at a rapidly growing remote medical home care company as Director of Operations, then Director of Support Services.  Ms. Miller holds Bachelor degrees in both Education and Nursing.  Currently, she works as a Point of Care Testing Nursing Coordinator at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck as well as is the Executive Director of the North Dakota Nurses Association.  Ms. Miller has a special interest in health/wellness and is also a certified personal fitness trainer.  She resides in Bismarck with her husband, step-son and two golden retrievers.