2018  Candidate Information

Online Voting closed September 8, 2018

Information shown is as presented by each candidate

There were only two candidates for the four open positions


Candidates Profile:



Elsass, Ferne
Chesapeake, VA

Employer: Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

Responsibility: Education and staff development as it pertains to wound and ostomy care. Patient and family ostomy education. Policy and protocol development for wound and ostomy care. Direct patient care to include wound consults and assessment, as well as, care for chronic wound for patients at CHKD. Clinic follow up as needed for chronic wounds after patients after discharge. Ostomy follow up and education as needed. Work closely with clinics and providers to include Gastroenterology, General surgery, Plastic surgery and Hematology/Oncology.

Member Since: 2013

Education: BS in Biology; MSN in Nursing Education; Diploma in Nursing; AS in applied science; Post-Masters Certificate in Wound and Ostomy Nursing

Outside Experience: Founding member and leadership (president-elect) for Coastal Chapter of the Society of Pediatric Nurses. Conference planning committee for CHKD Pediatric Trauma Conference and Hampton Roads WOCN Wound/Ostomy workshop. Government relations representative for Hampton Roads VNA. Board appointed member of public policy committee for WOCNCB.

Regional participation: Public Policy Director Hampton Roads and co-chair Mid-Atlantic WOCN 2014-2018, Current HR WOCN President-Elect. Serving as current Mid Atlantic Secretary.

Summary statement: When I began my career as nurse I knew that I would make changes on my path to find the right fit. Something that has never changed is my dedication to caring for children and my desire to advocate for the best patient care possible. From the bedside it can be as simple as verifying a medication before you give it to make sure it will not harm your patient. It can be more difficult once they leave and advocacy means fighting for appropriate supplies with insurance companies and writing letter to you Senator to make sure that care is not denied. When I became a wound and ostomy nurse, I knew I had found a good fit for my skill and personality, little did I know that while working with the WOCN Society, I would find an outlet for my advocacy as well. The WOCN Society supports me with education and information, and I use my work within its leadership to support my fellow WOC nurses and my patients. My service on the board thus far has taught me so much a! bout all aspect of wound and ostomy car that occur behind the scenes. I want to continue that leadership in my role as secretary. I see this as a vital responsibility. The secretary is the eyes and ears during meetings and provides that ready recall when needed to keep things on track. I currently serve as secretary on a volunteer basis. Although challenging my ability to stay on track and organized in the face of both calm and sometimes controversy, I hope to continue to server my WOC community and preserve of all the exciting adventures we take as a society and as nursing community.

Director of Communications


Biddix, Joanne
Richmond, VA

Employer: Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center

Responsibility: Manage wound care program for 200 bed skilled nursing facility.

Member Since: 2009

Education: BSN 1981 State University of Binghamton School of Nursing CWCN 1997-present through WOCN-CB

Outside Experience: I have excellent written and verbal communication skills and am very organized. I have presented numerous presentations at conferences and to employees at work and am able to articulate my opinions clearly and respectfully to others. I have served on many committees at work, church and while my children have been in school and understand the dynamics of working with a leadership group.

Regional participation: Active MAR Board Member: Director at Large - Communications 2017-2019

Affiliate participation: Active member CV Affiliate since 15 years: Program coordinator x 5 years; Chairperson of 2016, 2017, 2018 Community Education program focusing on wound/ostomy education and recruitment of nurses to become WOC nurses.

Summary statement: I have had the pleasure of serving in the position of Director at Large 1 for Communications for the current term and am interested in continuing in the position for another term. I have developed a good rapport with Bernie Harberer our web master and have an ongoing dialog with him regarding changes that have been made to our website. I feel it is important to continue to facilitate communication between the region and the local affiliates to make them aware of how our website is a great educational and communication tool for their membership. I have reached out to the affiliate presidents several times a year to serve as a liaison to obtain updates they would like to see posted to their affiliate page on the website. I am interested in continuing to grow my relationship with the other board members to glean what I can from those who have a wealth of experience leading our region over many years.