Meet Our Team

Tresa Zielinski, DNP, RN, APN-NP, CPNP-PC – President
Dr. Tresa Zielinski has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for 20 years. She is trained in both pediatric acute and primary care. Dr. Zielinski contributed to more than a dozen medical missions to Guatemala and on the board of directors of the former not-for-profit, Latin American Medical Providers. She has received multiple recognitions and awards, including a scholarship for Nursing Leadership from Scholarship Management Services in 2011, the APN Nurse Exemplar Award from Children’s Memorial Hospital in 2006 and the Young Villanova Alumni Medal from Villanova University in 2004. 

Cate Brennan, MBA, CAE – Vice-president
Cate Brennan happily joined NAPNAP as its executive director and chief advocate of pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and child health in 2013. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in not-for-profit organizational management, both in professional societies and trade associations. Ms. Brennan enjoys wrangling with federal, state and regulatory professionals on health policy and advocacy issues. Leading, guiding and fostering folks of all kinds is her theme.

Carol Savrin, DNP, CPNP-PC, FNP-BC, FAANP – Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Carol Savrin has been a PNP for more than 30 years in a variety of settings, her primary interest being the adolescent population. In addition to treating children, she has been a faculty member, program lead and program director for more than 20 years, teaching PNPs and FNPs. Dr. Savrin works extensively with inter-professional education (IPE) and leads multiple IPE activities, working with dental, medicine, social work, and nutrition providers to improve patient care and patient outcomes. She has also worked in the international arena in both education and provision of clinical services. Dr. Savrin has served as the president of the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (AFPNP), and is the current NAPNAP treasurer.

Beth Bolick, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC, FAAN – Director
A nurse practitioner for more than 20 years, Dr. Beth Bolick developed one of the first acute care nurse practitioner programs in the country, now in its 23rd year at Rush University in Chicago. She is a founding member of the Illinois Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program, which designed an ongoing process for emergency facilities designation in the care of children now used across the country. Dr. Bolick’s current work is as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow providing tools for nurses to identify, intervene and prevent incivility and bullying in the workplace.

Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP – Director
Dr. Dawn Garzon Maaks is a clinical professor and associate director at the Washington State University Vancouver College of Nursing. She has over two decades’ experience as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner, and she holds a certification as a pediatric primary care mental health specialist. Her current clinical practice is in a community-based clinic for the underserved where she splits her time between primary care and behavioral health. Dr. Garzon Maaks holds bachelors through doctoral degrees in nursing and completed a NIH-funded post-doctoral fellowship that culminated in her earning a Master of Psychiatric Epidemiology. She has extensive publication and speaking experience with foci in the areas of pediatric mental health and pediatric primary care.

Jessica Peck, DNP, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL - Director
Dr. Jessica Peck is an expert pediatric clinician from Houston who has practiced in the general pediatric and newborn population for 15 years. She is currently an associate professor of nursing at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas She has extensive experience teaching newborn assessment to advanced practice nursing and medical clinicians. Dr. Peck is currently the Texas South State Representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is also the current Chair for the Alliance for Care Coordination of Children in Human Trafficking.

Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC – Director
Laura Searcy is a pediatric nurse practitioner with more than 25 years’ experience in clinical practice, health policy and advocacy with a focus on pediatric primary care, child and adolescent injury prevention, substance abuse prevention and government affairs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., and her master’s in child health and pediatric nurse practitioner degrees from Emory University in Atlanta. She is currently on the medical staff at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center, delivering care to newborns. Ms. Searcy was the recipient of the 2014 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence from Georgia. She is a co-founder of the Georgia Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and currently serves as the coalition's health policy director. Ms. Searcy has been widely recognized for her leadership skills and gained much of her governance experience serving three terms, including chair and vice-chair, on the Cobb County Georgia Board of Education.