Meet The Candidates

President: Shawn Ullrich


I have been a Nurse for twenty years and prior to that an EMT. I am married and live in Littleton and have four great kids.  I have worked in the ED most of my adult life and love it. I was honored to serve as The Colorado ENA Chapter President for 2016. Colorado was able to author, present and pass a resolution nationally on the effects of recreational marijuana.  As the government affairs chair for Colorado ENA we aim to to expand on some of the good work we have started. I would look to task our legislators to spend more on injury prevention and education with our youth to marijuana exposure. I would also work on the problem of access to psychiatric services in our state for our busy emergency rooms. 

President Elect: Jeanne Schuppe


Jeanne has been a nurse for twenty-four years, twenty years as an ED RN. She has been a CEN since 2004. She started her career in a small, rural Level III hospital caring for the community she grew up in and the people who were friends and family.  The world of ED nursing is made possible through teamwork and strong mentors.  Jeanne is working to complete her MSN this summer.  She is an ENPC and TNCC course director/instructor and loves teaching.    

Secretary: Caitlin Nave


I am a Certified Emergency Nurse, and currently working as a Clinical Education Specialist for Emergency Services for Banner Health. As a member of the ENA for the 5 years and an Emergency Department Nurse for 6 years, it would be an honor to serve the members of Colorado in this role.

Serving as secretary on shared governance committees for over 4 years I understand the value and importance of timely and thorough meeting minutes and secretarial duties. Remaining organized, punctual and detail oriented are all qualities I possess that help me in this role.

Treasurer Elect: Amy Boren


Amy Boren has been an ED RN in Northern Colorado for 11 years.  She received her BSN from the University of Northern Colorado and her MS from Regis University.  Amy currently works stretcher-side at a free-standing ED for UC Health.  She teaches TNCC, ENPC, BLS, ACLS, and PALS. Amy maintains both her CEN and CPEN and is faculty for TNCC and ENPC.

Amy is currently serving ENA as treasurer. She is committed to doing the job well so she can keep accurate financial records, provide timely reports and reimbursements, and operate our budget with integrity. She also chairs the membership and media committees. It is an honor to ask the membership to elect me to serve another term.  

Member at Large: Jennifer Van-Cura


 Jennifer’s present position is a full time Emergency Department (ED) clinical nurse educator at Penrose St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Previously, she was a tenured assistant professor of nursing at Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois. She is an experienced medical surgical and ED nurse, having worked at a level one-trauma center in the south side of Chicago. In addition to being a Registered Nurse (RN), her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in education from Lewis University in Illinois. She also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with concentration in health care administration and a Master of Public Health (MPH) with concentration in disaster management and planning from Benedictine University in Illinois. Jennifer completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Indiana Wesleyan University with her dissertation focusing on improving nursing faculty barriers to simulation with a faculty development program. In addition to her education, Jennifer is a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN), and a Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN). Presently, Jennifer is both a section editor and item writer on the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) fifth edition CEN Review Manual.