Lighting the Way to GI Excellence!

Board of Directors

Director
Patti Pontolillo RN

Current Position:
Staff Nurse Mid Coast Hospital

Years in GI:
16

Positions Held:
Former Treasurer, Board member and Educational Chair CT SGNA.
CT SGNA Nurse of the Year in 2017.
Chair for upcoming Fall 2019 MSGNA Conference

Why I love GI:
“GI has been my passion and teaching the importance of colorectal awareness a big part of my work. It is exciting to be working with a new group of dedicated GI nurses here in ME helping to “light the way” for other health care professionals in SGNA.”

Director
Dawn Howard

Current Position:
Advanced Endoscopy Nurse at MMC, Pre-Procedure Review Nurse for Portland Gastroenterology

Years in GI:
7

Why I love GI:
I have been a nurse for over 30 years. My GI career started 7 years ago in the office answering phones and I felt a connection with patients with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis as I was diagnosed with Crohn’s when I was 25 so I could relate to what they are going through. When I started at MMC 2 years ago I began in General GI and them moved to Advanced Endoscopy, I feel like I learn something new every day in the procedure room.

Linda Daniels, GTS, AGTS, CFER

Current Position:
SC Endoscopy Technician
Advance Endoscopy Technician

Years in GI:
12

MSGNA Offices Held:
MSGNA Director
MSGNA Membership Committee Chair

SGNA Special Interest Group (SIG) Co-Chair
Technician and Associates

Presentations:
MSGNA Fall COnference, Presenter 2018
SGNA Webinar, Presenter, April 2019

Endoscopy Technician 12 years
Advance Technician 3 years
SGNA Associates, GTS
Advance Associate, AGTS
Certified Flexible Endoscopy Reprocessing Technician, CFER 2017
Maine SGNA Board Member 2 years
Maine SGNA Membership Chair
SIG Co-Chair SGNA Technician & Associates.

Why I Love GI:
With the variety of challenges in doing procedures, I take something away from all the doctors I work with. And with that I become a better clinician/Technician in the endoscopy field. My self motivation has exposed me to many opportunities in endoscopy. My job isn’t just a job, it’s my career.

Director
Jodi Freedman

Current Position
Clinical Nurse at Portland Gastroenterology

Years in GI
4

Why I love GI
I love working in GI. I have learned so much about many disease processes and treatments. There are always new ideas and treatments. I enjoy the patients and the providers that I get to interact with every day.

Director
Jacqueline Kulik RN, BS

Current Position
Staff Nurse, Endoscopy Department, MaineGeneral Medical Center – Alfond Center for Health, Augusta ME

Years in GI
3

Certification
2013

SGNA Offices Held
MSGNA Director

Why I love GI
I love GI nursing for the variety it offers and the daily challenges it provides. The patients are great and I love supporting them through their procedures. There is always something new for me to learn since it is an ever evolving field. I also work with a great group of nurses!

President
Beth Barton

Current Position
Staff Nurse, Maine Medical Center

Years in GI
14

Certification
2013, 2018

SGNA Offices Held
MSGNA President
MSGNA Director

Presentations
MSGNA Fall Conference 2016

Why I love GI
The ability to make a difference in patient experiences through the nursing care I provide is the most rewarding aspect of working in GI for me.  I also love learning new things in this ever-changing specialty and working as part of a team with physicians, GI techs, infusion nurses, MA’s and NP/PA’s.

President Elect/Director/Legislative & Website Liaison
Lynne Bowden BSN, RN, CMSRN, CGRN

Current Position
Staff Nurse, Endoscopy Department, MaineGeneral Medical Center – Alfond Center for Health, Augusta ME

Years in GI
3

Certification
CGRN (Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse) 2016

SGNA Offices Held
MSGNA President
MSGNA Past-President
MSGNADirector
MSGNA Director
MSGNA Legislative
MSGNA Website & Legislative Liaison

Presentations
Membership Presentation – MSGNA Fall Conference 2016
Membership Presentation – MSGNA Spring Conference 2016
Membership Presentation – MSGNA Fall Conference 2015

Why I love GI
“I am a newcomer to the realm of GI nursing, which has allowed me to focus my skills on a specialty practice while gleaning information from my previous experiences as a Medical/Surgical nurse. I thoroughly enjoy the balance of technical skills and patient care that Endoscopy provides. As a novice GI nurse I look forward to opportunities to enhance my knowledge and skills, and hope to bring a fresh perspective to the professional realm of GI nursing. The future of GI nursing is exciting, and fostering the development of our future GI nurses is imperative to the continued success of our practice.”

Director/Education Chair
Linda Gondeck, RN CGRN

Current Position
Staff Nurse, Endoscopy St. Marys Regional Medical Center, Lewiston ME

Years in GI
30

Certification
2000

SGNA Offices Held
MSGNA President
MSGNA Secretary
MSGNA Director
MSGNA Education Committee Chair
MSGNA President-Elect
MSGNA Past President

Why I love GI
“I like the variety and challenge of doing procedures. Every day is different.”

Treasurer
Sandy Masters, BSN RN CGRN

Current Position
Staff Nurse, Endoscopy
Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Lewiston ME

Years in GI
27

Certification
2000

SGNA Regional/National Offices Held
MSGNA Treasurer
MSGNA Director

Presentations
MSGNA Spring Conference 2004

Why I love GI
“GI covers a variety of disease processes.; I don’t find it boring and it is unpredictable”

Secretary
Barb Young, RN CGRN

Current Position
Staff Nurse, Endoscopy
Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockland ME

Years in GI
34

Certification
1993

SGNA Offices Held
MSGNA Secretary
MSGNA President-Elect
MSGNA President
MSGNA Immediate Past President
MSGNA Director
MSGNA Membership Committee Chair

Presentations
Regional Conference Host, Regional Conference Presentation Panel Discussion Member, MSGNA Regional Conference, MSGNA 2011 Fall Conference
MSGNA Spring Conference 2013

Why I love GI
“GI is the place to be in nursing. It is innovative and always advancing. I consider it a privilege to provide such a service to my patients. I appreciate the opportunity to be active on the MSGNA Board as it gives me a voice in the practice of GI Nursing.”