About NENA

The Northeast Nurses Association represents over 30,000 RNs in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York and we are committed to growing that number. As healthcare professionals who recognize the need to achieve a more powerful and distinctive voice in the workplace to protect our professional practice and provide the highest quality care for our patients. We are here to support these efforts by educating and mobilizing those interested in forming a union at their place of work.


Meet The NENA Officers

Ellen Smith
Ellen SmithPresident
Ellen T. Smith, RN is the President of the Northeast Nurses Association, a long-time nurse, and a single mother of two. She graduated from Cape Cod Community College with an associate degree in nursing in 1994, and helped lead the effort to unionize Rehab Hospital of Cape and Islands in Massachusetts. Since 2004, Ellen has worked at UMASS medical center in Worcester MA in the Intensive Care Unit. She is a Board Member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), a Co-Chair at UMASS, the Vice Chair of Region 2, and serves as the Vice President of the Central Massachusetts Labor Council.
Gary Kellenberger
Gary KellenbergerVice President
Gary has been an RN and member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association for 22 years. He has worked for the Department of Mental Health for his entire career as a Registered Nurse and has 30 years of service in public sector healthcare.

He is currently serving as a Director at Large in the MNA Board of Directors. Also serves as a delegate to the National Nurses United. Has been serving on the MNA Finance Committee for 8 years and is the Treasurer for Region 2 of the MNA. He is looking forward to NENA continuing their organizing activities and setting records in organizing hospitals and healthcare settings in the Northeast Region.

Roy Millbouer
Roy MillbouerTreasurer
Working at Lenox Hill Hospital as an RN for twenty-seven years, Roy has spent time in critical care, inclusive of CCU, PCU, PACU and is currently in the Cardiac Cauterization Lab.

Roy has served as a NPYNU delegate for twenty years and has been on the NYPNU Executive Board for the past eighteen years. He has also served on the contract bargaining team for every contract negotiation since 1984. He is committed to not only presenting his colleagues at LHH, but also empowering other nurses throughout the Northeast to speak and maintain an effective determinative voice in their workplaces.

Kathie Reid
Kathie ReidSecretary
Kathie has been at Lenox Hill as an RN since 1991. She has always worked in Maternal Child Health, first in the NCCU and then as a float on the Pediatric Resource Team. Recently Kathie has been functioning as a Lactation Consultant throughout the Division. For at least half of her time at Lenox Hill she has been a delegate, representing members and serving as a resource for nurses at her hospital. She has been a member of the negotiating team for the last three contracts. Kathie worked on the Maternal Child Health Task Force that transformed the Division to be a more effective and positive place for patients and healthcare providers. She looks forward to continuing her work for all nurses.

The NENA Board

Maggie Browne

Sheree-Ann Dyer-Dobbins

Patty Eakin

Julie Gordon

Patty Healty

Michael D’Intosanto

Maureen May

Ginny Ryan

Lynne Starbard

Roben Schwartz

Brian Zahn