Northern Region Officers

Regional Officers

Ivonne Carvajal BSN,RN,CGRN- President

Ivonne has been a Registered Nurse at Morristown Medical Center since 1995. She worked in the PACU until 2000 & began her career in Endoscopy at the Digestive Center where she remained full-time in the Ambulatory Endoscopy Center. Ivonne has been involved in her department's QI and Performance Improvement Audits in the area of Infection Control/HLD. She has also added to her specialty as an esophageal manometry nurse. She is a Magnet Champion and is a preceptor. She graduated from Rutger's College of Nursing in 1995 and maintains her CGRN. Despite the occurrence and challenges of the Covid-19 Pandemic, as our 2020 President, she continued to actively communicate with the officers and members the best she can! She was active in updating NNJ activities in the SGNA Communities Calendar and Facebook as well as the creative postcards! Ivonne is honored to serve as our 2022 NNJ President!

Susan Overhoff BSN,RN,MSN,CGRN- President-Elect

Susan has earned her BSN and MSN Degrees from St. Peter University in Jersey City, N.J. She has been a nurse for 30+ years and has an extensive background in medical-surgical, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and gastroenterology. She is a major resource person at St. Joseph Medical Center in both Paterson and Wayne. She is an active member of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates as well as holding certification with ABCGN. Susan has shared her knowledge with presentations at the National and Regional levels. She will be presenting once again at our 2022 National to be held in Utah! Susan has served as secretary of our region in the past two years. And now she is honored to serve as our president-elect this year!

 Emma Gimmel BSN, RN- Secretary

Emma can speak to over 24 years in Endoscopy from a staff nurse to leadership as Manager and DON. Her most recent leadership role is serving as Director of Nursing at Manhatten Endoscopy Center. Since 2011, Emma has continued to work hands-on as a per diem on-call Endoscopy and PACU staff nurse at Bayonne Medical Center. Emma graduated in 1988 and started her nursing profession at Jersey City Medical Center in the Post-Surgical Orthopedic Unit from where she quickly became a preceptor and also worked in SICU. Emma followed a lateral move in the ICU at Morristown Medical Center where eventually she transferred to Interventional Radiology and finally to Endoscopy where she worked in both in-hospital and ambulatory. Her role as chair of the Practice council. and participation in other committees in the Shared Governance prepared her to take her successful leadership path. Emma has been involved in Quality Improvement and Infection prevention. Up to now, Emma has always been a forward thinker since she started nursing school where she explored her interests in technology skills by taking computer classes. Since then Emma regularly attends conferences to maintain current in her profession. Emma is no stranger to volunteer work as a translater in community health, medical missionary trips, and peer support. As secretary for our region, she hopes to share and gain more experience with her fellow peers in support of the vision of SGNA's best nursing practice.

Kimberly Venturella BSN RN CGRN - Treasurer

Kimberly began her nursing career in 1995 when she graduated from Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing. She completed her BSN through the University of Phoenix and ever so slowly on a master's degree. She has been in GI nursing since 2002, joined SGNA in 2003, certified in 2006, and maintained her certification ever since. She has worked in Mountainside Hospital, Morristown Medical Center, and is currently managing the Endoscopy Department at Englewood Hospital. SGNA has been her passion alongside the field of GI Nursing. She has developed policies and procedures, training materials, and educational programs for her units using SGNA resources. She's given back by serving on committees and boards both regionally and nationally. She enjoys her knowledge and has presented both locally and nationally. She's published in the current volume of GI Nursing Core Curriculum as a contributor in the esophageal chapter. Welcome back Kimberly as our newly appointed Treasurer!

Joan Meechee BSN, RN - Immediate Past President

Currently working in the OR at Chilton, Joan was the charge nurse in the ambulatory/ in-house Endoscopy Dept. at St. Joseph's Hospital Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. She was mentored by a 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. It has been an honor to serve as President of NNJ SGNA in 2019  and 2021.


Northern Region Calendar

Next meeting:

Hello Northern NJ SGNA members, 

You are invited to our final regional meeting and educational dinner in 2022.  


"POEM" Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy by Dr. Matthew Grossman


Overview of "ENDOFLIP" by Medtronic

Date and Time
Tuesday, November 15th
6:30 pm for networking and dinner
7:00 pm for contact hour presentation
St. Joseph's University Medical Center
Auditorium 1
703 Main St, Paterson, NJ 07503

This pass September 14th we met at Morristown Ambulatory Center

Dinner was sponsored by Steris and the Presentation (1Contact Hr) on Colon Cancer updates and followed by Removal of foreign objects. The Chapter Business Meeting engaged members in updates and next President and Secretary call for nominations. 

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

Our Chapter meetings are contingent to restrictions established for everyone's protection during COVID as we continue to network amongst our GI peers!

Next meeting in person in November  2022, information to follow.

Active NNJ Members, please update your contact information in your SGNA profile or you risk not receiving email/postcard announcements regarding upcoming events.

Congratulations to Molly Schulenberg as our 2022 SGNA 49th National Conference scholarship winner to Utah!

Don't forget, that attending the business meetings after the presentation can increase your chance of winning a scholarship to next year's 2023 Annual National 50th SGNA!

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