Welcome new board members!

Thank you to all the participated in the recent election. We want to take a minute to welcome Karen Fried and Mary Anne Saveoz to the board. See below for their positions as well as a little information about them.

In addition, thank you to Elaine Flynn, Kristine Longo, and Laura Bittner for extending your terms on the board. We appreciate your service.


Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ARN Election Results

President Elect

Mary Anne Saveoz

Education: BSN-Gwynedd-Mercy College (BSN- 1982, AD - 1973) 

Certification: CRRN for over 20 years

Current Employment: ReMed Recovery Care-nurse clinician for 17 years—various sites and roles from RCM to co-medical management of medically complex TBI patients; advocating w/external Drs. and providers; coordinating pre & post op care and staff education for patients in group home/apartment settings; assist with cancer and end of life care.

This position is important to me: Over several years I have seen many talented nurses take on the challenges of leading the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ARN. I have learned so much from all of them, and grown as a nurse and a person. At this point I feel it is my opportunity to give back to the rehab nursing community, and especially to find a way to spark the interest and dedication of newer nurses who can carry us all into the future. Rehab nursing as a specialty, and the disabled patients and families we serve, depend on this growth.

Favorite Saying: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain!”


Laura Bittner

Education: Hahnemann University (1991) with AD in nursing

Certification: CRRN since 1994

Current Employment: Outpatient marketing liaison for Magee Rehabilitation

This position is important to me: I have served on the Greater Phila. Chapter of ARN as a Board member and as Chapter Secretary for the past 8 years. This experience has enabled me to work with and learn from a talented group of nurses who share a passion for rehabilitation nursing. I will continue to serve our Chapter by helping to bring forth initiatives that will aide in the development of present and future rehabilitation nurses.

Favorite Saying: “CAN DO!”

Board of Directors Member

Elaine Flynn

Education: RN Montgomery Hospital School of Nursing 1975; BSN/LaSalle University 1985; MSN/LaSalle University Nursing Admin 1991

Certification: CRRN; CIC (Certified Infection Control)

Current Employment: Infection Preventionist MossRehab, Elkins Park, PA

Practice Information: Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation and Infection Prevention and Nursing Education

This position is important to me: I am knowledgeable of GPC strategic initiatives and I am prepared to lead us forward. Our strategic plan, which includes advancing nursing practice and empowering nurses, parallels national initiatives outlined in the 2010 IOM Future of Nursing Report. In my tenure on the GPC board, we increased membership by 15%, provided quality education programs, and were recipients of national ARN leadership awards. I believe that we empower our members through living the Strategic plan. I have been an active participant in professional development, government relations and research at the local and national level by providing quality education programs that enhance nurse’s knowledge, encourage review of evidenced based practice via journal club and promote the value of rehabilitation nursing certification. As a member of the GPC leadership team I will do my best to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, act in prudent way with veracity to achieve the goals of the chapter.

Favorite Saying: Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. (Albert Einstein)  

Karen Mandzak Fried

Education: BSN - Thomas Jefferson University, MSN- UPenn

This position is important to me: I have a long previous history and love of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ARN and believe strongly in all that it does! I was deeply involved with it in the 80’s and 90’s in my position as the Rehab Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Manager on the CIRU/SCI unit at Thomas Jefferson University and as a weekend Nursing Supervisor at Magee Rehabilitation. I was also involved on the Rehab Nursing Certification Board during that time. After raising my children and doing consulting and Life Care Planning during those years, I am now back practicing at Magee Rehabilitation in the Gaspar Outpatient Center and grant-funded Medical Home Project.

Favorite Saying: “NEVER A DULL MOMENT”

Kristine E. Longo

Education: RN, Diploma

Certification: CRRN

Current Employment: Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

This position is important to me: It is important to me to enhance my nursing career experience in other ways besides the bedside. It is important to have a voice in decision making and to be involved of our professional organization.

Favorite Saying: “The earth has seen the embrace of the sun and we shall see the results of that love.” (Sitting Bull)