Florida Chapter of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association

FL-GAPNA Board of Directors Nominees

Posted over 2 years ago by Michelle Lewis

2019 FL-GAPNA Election

 The election for 2019 FL- GAPNA board election is from June 1 through July 1. Each candidate is listed below the position they are nominated for. New officers will be announced at our Quarterly Meeting held at Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel July 27th.


Alero Ekata has been a nurse since 1987 and an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner since 2017. She has worked as a staff nurse, MDS coordinator, hospice team manager, and director of clinical services. After obtaining her Masters degree as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Mrs. Ekata was employed with Optum, taking care of long-term care residents.   Her passion is serving the geriatric population. She has been supporting Alzheimer’s disease research by participating in their annual fundraising walks. Because of her dedication and knowledge of geriatrics, Mrs. Ekata was promoted to Clinical Advisor.  She is also a member of GAPNA and would like to become more involved in the local chapter by serving as secretary.


Jo Ann Fisher, MSN, FNP-BC, is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and been a health care provider in Brevard County since 1986.  From 1986 until 1998 she worked as a staff nurse, department educator and finally a shift supervisor at Holmes Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department. After obtaining her Master’s Degree and Family Nurse Practitioner Degree, she worked with Osler Medical in a Geriatric Group Practice from January 2000 until August 2014. She was a consultant for the group from September 2014-November 2016.  This practice served residents in Post-Acute and Long Term Care Facilities, as well as Assisted Living Facilities. Mrs. Fisher has been an advocate for older adults and has been involved in efforts to improve Transitions of Care since 2009. She organized a Brevard County Medication Reconciliation Pilot Project, on behalf of the Brevard Community Healthcare Coalition, in an effort to improve communication between facilities and hospitals and possibly reduce Hospital readmissions from July 2016 to May 2017.  She has received several Leadership, Risk Management and Nursing Excellence Awards during her career. Mrs. Fisher has been a member of GAPNA for several years and is a founding member of FL-GAPNA. She has served in several board positions in our organization and would like to return to the board as the Director-at-Large.