CANNP Board Members

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Judy Philbrook


Judy has been employed by Cape Fear Health System since 1992. She received her NNP certificate from Georgetown University Hospital and her MSN from George Mason University. Judy is the Co-Coordinator for the NNP group at Cape Fear. Special interests include Performance Improvement (chairs NICU committee and projects), Education and Bereavement. Judy is on the NANN Nominations Committee, serves as program director for the Southeastern Carolina Association of Neonatal Nurses (local NANN chapter) and is the volunteer youth leader at her church. She also serves as chair for the Prayer Shawl Ministry and is on the Committee for a local Boy Scout troop. Judy is married and has 4 children and 2 grand-kitties.


Kathy Connelly

Vice President

Kathy has been a nurse for over 40 years, graduating in 1977 with her ADN from Sandhills Community College in Southern Pines, NC, then with her BSN in 1984 from UNC Chapel Hill.  She received her MSN, NNP at UNC Chapel Hill, NC in 2002.  She has been a member of CANNP since she graduated practitioner school.   She previously served for 4 years as secretary to the organization.  She is also a member of NANNP, ANN, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.  Kathy is a member of the Boy Scouts of America where she has served many leadership roles along with teaching new leaders.  She is active in her church singing in the choir and playing handbells.  She also is involved in mission work through the United Methodist Church.  She was fortunate to have been able to go to El Salvador in 2016 & 2017 on a medical mission.  She has been married to Richard for 34 years.  She has two sons, Patrick & Nathan, a wonderful daughter-in-law Beth (who some of you may know from Duke!) and the greatest grandson ever, Bennett.  She is a member of the Neonatology team at WakeMed working in the NICU in Raleigh, Cary, and North Raleigh. 


Amy Jnah


Dr. Amy Jnah is a board certified neonatal nurse practitioner, professor, researcher, Army wife and mother of two. She is the director for the neonatal nurse practitioner concentration (MSN) with East Carolina University. Dr. Jnah has published articles in several peer reviewed nursing journals, several textbook chapters (to be released in 2016) and is a nurse researcher within the clinical and academic setting. Her academic research trajectory includes mentoring and its implications for the neonatal nurse practitioner workforce. Dr. Jnah's clinical research trajectory include non-invasive screening mechanisms for premature neonates, psychomotor skills competency, and simulation -based training. In her "spare" time, she enjoys triathlons, tennis and vacations to the beach with her family!


Sharon Rush


I was born and raised in the great state of Maine, a true Yankee. I started my nursing career as a graduate of Eastern Maine Medical Center School of Nursing in 1985. I went right into the NICU as a new graduate and spent 13 years there at EMMC in Bangor Maine. After the great ice storm of 1998 in the northeast, I packed the family and household up and headed south to warmer weather.  I have spent the last 19 years in the NICU at Cape Fear Valley in Fayetteville NC.  In 2005 I graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with my MSN degree in the NNP program, and continued practicing at Cape Fear Valley only in the advanced practice role as an NNP. In my spare time, I’ve raised 3 successful children and am anxiously awaiting my first grandchild this August of 2017. Traveling is my number one passion and looking forward to retirement.


Christine Rowland


Dr. Christine Rowland is also a board certified neonatal nurse practitioner. She currently practices full-time in the NICU at Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte NC. She also enjoys working PRN at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. She received her BSN in 2006 from the University of Akron, her MSN in 2011 and DNP in 2015, both from East Carolina University. Her areas of clinical interest and scholarship include delivery room management, advanced neonatal procedures, developmental care, necrotizing enterocolitis prevention, quality improvement, and application for best practices. She is a proud member of American Nurses Association, NC Nurses Association, National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, and CANNP. She married her husband Steve this past summer in beautiful Charleston, SC, and in her free time she enjoys running, gardening, reading, traveling, and volunteering for the March of Dimes.