Tampa Bay Chapter
Formerly Central Suncoast Chapter
(Last Updated 2007)
Founded: Fall of 1993
Chartered: January 1995 as Central Suncoast Chapter
Name change: approved by National BOD in April 2000. Current name is Tampa Bay Chapter of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Dory Norris, M.D. sponsored a registered nurse from Tampa, Edward McKeithan, to attend the National ANAC meeting in Nashville, TN in 1993. After returning from that meeting, Mr. McKeithan began a letter witting campaign to provide information about the chapter that was soon to be starting. The first meeting was held in February, 1994 at Memorial Hospital Tampa. Other individuals who assisted Mr. McKeithan in the start-up of the Chapter were Mark Hester, Maureen Yacker, Toney Heaton, Sue Johnson and Martha Spicklemier. Judy Cats, a pharmaceutical representative, helped sponsor the first few meetings.
1995 Edward McKeithan, RN (now ARNP)
1996 Monte Lewis, RN
1997 Don Kurtyka, ARNP
1998 Don Kurtyka, ARNP
1999 Jackie Milch, ARNP
2000 Bonnie Tiemann, ARNP
2001 David Landry, RN
2002 Jan Nichols, RN and Bob Williams RN
2003 Bob Williams,RN
2004 Don Kurtyka, ARNP
2005 Patricia P. Gilliam, ARNP
2006 Lois Hall, ARNP
2007 Tina L. Van Doren-Ruppell RN MSN
Significant Chapter Events:
• 1997 Gail Powell-Cope, PhD, ARNP received the National ANAC Nurse Researcher of the Year Award.
• 2001-2002: Don Kurtyka, MBA, MS, ARNP was selected to be in the first group of Distinguished ANAC Lecturers.
• 2004 Don Kurtyka, MBA, MS, ARNP received the National ANAC Doctoral Student Fellowship Award.
• 2006 Rasheeta Chandler, RN, MS received the National Diversity Mentorship Scholarship