Northern Region Officers

Regional Officers

Ivonne Carvajal BSN,RN, CGRN- President

Ivonne has been a Registered Nurse at Morristown Medical Center since 1995. She started working on the Progressive Cardiac Unit. In 2000, she began her career in Endoscopy at The Digestive Center. She remains full-time in their Ambulatory Endoscopy Center. During her years of service, she has been involved in her department's QI and Performance Improvement Audits in the area of Infection Control/ High Level Disinfection and AAAHC inspections. She is an ANCC Magnet Champion and participates in her department's Unit Base Shared Governance Committee. She graduated from Rutger's College of Nursing in 1995 and maintains her CCGRN. Ivonne has been very enthusiastic about being part of our NNJ SGNA Chapter. Ivonne is not one to just sit back and observe. She has been very active during her President-Elect term in 2019 especially in helping step up our game in trying to communicate with our members with our Reminder Postcards!

Joan Meechee BSN,RN- President Elect

Joan is currently working at the OR/ Endoscopy in Chilton Medical Center. Joan was the Charge Nurse in the Ambulatory/ In-House Endoscopy Department at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. She was mentored by Founding member of the SGNA Society Doris Barnie. Her friendship, guidance, mentoring and love inspired her to become the nurse that she is today. She has great respect and love for the study and progression of Gastroenterology. Last year,she faced a busy challenging year involving our NJ Tri-Regional Conference which was no easy feat especially as an officer for the VERY first time in our NNJ Regional chapter as well as the conference Chairperson! With her enthusiasm and a group of supportive officers and past presidents by her side, Joan did a great job! She has learned the process of obtaining Contact Hours for our region and hope to share her experience with our fellow NJ regional chapters. It is an honor to have served as NNJ Regional President in 2019, be the Immediate Past President, and now President-Elect for 2020!

Susan Overhoff BSN,RN,MSN,CGRN- Secretary

Susan has earned her Bachelor of Science degree and her Master of Science degree from St. Peter University in Jersey City, N.J. She has been a nurse for 30+ years and has extensive background in medical surgical, cardiovascular, pulmonary and gastroenterology, She is an active member of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates as well as holding a certification with ABCGN. Susan has been the main resource person at St. Joe's when it comes to our GI Scope of practice! She is proud to serve as secretary for NNJ SGNA Regional Chapter #36. This is her first position as officer in our chapter! In addition Susan had presented at the 2018 National SGNA Conference in Orlando,Florida, the Annual NJ SGNA Tri-Regional Fall conference 2019 and will be presenting yet again this year at Louiville, Kentucky this year!

AnnMarie Allarey-Quimbo BSN RN CGRN - Treasurer

Has been a nurse for over 30+ years. Graduated from York College of Pa. with a BSN. AnnMarie was one of the first participants in the Nurse Externship program introduced at Hackensack Univ.Med.Ctr. in Surgical ICU in 1988. She worked on the Dialysis/Diabetic unit at HUMC and in the MICU at St.Joseph's in Paterson and in HUMC. Worked in Endoscopy for 19+ years and has been a SGNA member for 17+ years.She has maintained her CGRN for 15 years. AnnMarie has been a member and chairperson at her Endo Department's Unit Base Council, BLS instructor for her department as well as a member of the Staff Advisory Council. AnnMarie is enthusiastic in updating her colleagues with what she learns from SGNA, so much that she has introduced the idea of "Night of Endoscopy" in her unit. She has been involved in several NNJ SGNA committees as well as served as NNJ SGNA President-Elect/President 2014/2015. Because of what she learned during her Presidency, with the support of her fellow officers/conference committee members and fellow SGNA member from Old Dominion Chapter, AnnMarie was involved in advancing our approach to On-line registration and credit card acceptance for our 2019 Annual SGNA NJ Tri-Regional Conference. AnnMarie is honored to serve as NNJ SGNA's Treasurer for a second term.

Joan Meechee BSN,RN - Immediate Past President

Joan was our 2019 President and currently our President-Elect for 2020! Please see above.



Northern Region Calendar

HAPPY New Year Everyone!! May our 2020 be filled with GI Education and continuous Support from our GI Peers!

All Meetings: Dinner 6:30 pm - Lecture begins 7:00 pm and short business meetings follow

We invite you to come to our meetings and network amongst our GI peers!

Next meeting: Tues. September 15, 2020 at The Hekemian Center in main hospital HackensackUMC; Hackensack-parking adjacent to the center where there is security. Social Distancing in effect-Please wear mask upon entering facility!
**Please stay for brief business meeting after presentation for updated news and be eligible for our Door Prize!! Results for 2020 National Scholarship Winner to Kentucky to be announced!

 Don't forget,coming to the meetings held after the presentation can increase your chance in winning a scholarship to the 2021 SGNA National Annual Course in Pittsburgh Pa.!

See Upcoming meeting dates and topics of presentations under Meeting Agenda/Minutes

We are proud to announce our 2020 scholarship winner for the SGNA National Conference at Luiville, Kentucky...CONGRATULATIONS Emma Gimmel!! Alternate will be Rosemarie Lepore!

Other 2020 meetings
Go to "Meeting Agenda and Minutes" Tab