Barb Provo     MSN, RN FNP-BC, CWON

Years as WOCN: 36

Nurse Practitioner, WOCN, Coordinator Wound & Ostomy Program- Froedtert Hospital Outpatient Wound & Ostomy Program

Leadership Abilities:

Position as Wisconsin State Rep 4yrs 1990s, Member of planning committee for NCR fall conf x2/Recipient of the NCR Excellence Award 1998/Engaged in local Milwaukee area WOCN group/Preceptor and provided shadow experiences for WOCN nurses, NP, DNP students, medical & surgical residents at Froedtert Hospital the past 15yrs/ Member Sigma Theta Tau/Member Milwaukee Area Nurse Practitioner Group/Presenter on wound care issues at:  NCR conf, resident education program, American College of Physician skills sessions/Co-author chapter on Venous Leg Ulcer Management in 5Min Clinical Consult Text since 2009

Strengths & Skills:

I’ve been honored, in my first term as your NCR treasurer, to serve and demonstrate leadership in collaborating with our regional board, providing input, guidance and leadership in figuring out ways to best utilize and grow the financial resources for our region.    I’ve demonstrated attention to detail in ongoing phone conferences, whenever needed, between our regional and national membership meetings regarding key decisions on how to most efficiently and effectively utilize financial resources in innovative and creative ways, such as expanding scholarship and award opportunities to a larger portion of our membership.  I’ve been able to support ways to maintain a positive bottom line with our budget, while keeping the board and membership informed of our budget status.

As program coordinator for the outpatient wound clinic at a large academic medical center I’ve had to continuously review efficiencies and cost containment within our budget while maintaining high standards in quality of care.  If re-elected, I would be privileged and greatly appreciate the opportunity to provide continuity in the budget workings of the NCR for the next two years.

Membership/Public Policy Chair


Years as WOCN: 6
Position Title: NP Plastic Surgery  Fargo ND

Leadership Abilities:

I have never held an official position with WOCN. Currently I am growing a first time NP role in plastic surgery at my health center.  I have expanded wound care by visiting patients in our wound clinic plus plastics clinic and local LTAC hospital to cover more patients in more areas. I am updating product needs in the plastics environment.  I have served in several leadership roles at work and in my church. I led the wound committee and wound team for Kindred/Vibra Hospital in Fargo. I have held several interim roles as nursing supervisor, CNO, education coordinator and case manager for Vibra besides my primary role as wound coordinator. I was able to update our formulary, write treatment protocols and reduce pressure ulcer incidents.  I continued to assist and consult after changing employers. I served as member of the skin committee while at Riverview Health in Crookston achieving recognition with MN Hosptial Association Safe Skin Initiative. I have worked as a youth group leader, Education committee member and Missions committee member as well as a Haiti mission group participant with my local church.

Strengths & Skills:

I would like to bring in fresh ideas while working with established experts in the WOCN organization. I am passionate, intelligent and creative when it comes to brain storming and problem solving. I am at a stage in my career where I’d like to be involved and contribute to advance the field I have devoted my career to by encouraging others to join in.

Sherry Tennies   MSN, RN, CWON

Years as WOCN: 2.5
Position:   Inpatient Wound and Ostomy Nurse – Nurse Specialist ,St. Joseph’s Hospital – Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin – West Bend, WI

Leadership Abilities:

Membership/Public Policy Chair – present/Milwaukee WOC Nurse Group – Co-chair – 2017Skin Champions – Chair 2015- Present/Quality and Nursing Research Committee – 2017/Nursing Education and Research Committee, Chair – 2013-2015

Strengths & Skills:

I am passionate about WOC Nursing and working to improve the care of our patients through advances in public policy.  I am eager to share the opportunities to speak with legislators on behalf of our patients and to increase my own awareness.  I have worked hard to keep our membership up to date on current activities.  I would also like to work on ways to increase our membership and member involvement.



Years as WOCN: 9
Position : Childrens Hospital of MN   St. Paul and Minneapolis MN

Leadership Abilities:

NCR regional representative/Abstract reviewer for national conference abstract submissions./Reviewer for clinical WOCN references on ostomy care/Youth Rally camp volunteer and promoter at  NCR Fall conference and ostomy day at Coloplast Headquarters./Volunteer for National Eczema Association/Poster presenter at national conference multiple times/Informal facilitator for the pediatric networking group at WOCN National conference/Principle Investigator for IAD product trial/Local, regional, national, and international speaker/ Provided conference planning assistance for NCR regional conference in the past/Facilitated  getting new logo made for the NCR website

Strengths & Skills:

I bring leadership experience with the NCR board as the regional representative as well as a positive attitude and energy to take on the position of secretary.  The group works well together so I know I am a good fit for the group. I will assist the board with planning and arranging meetings and keep timely minutes for all NCR members. I am an organized detailed person who is well suited for the position. I can provide history on board functions and processes to keep the board running smoothly.  I have experience collaborating with groups and facilitating meetings on many levels. I will continue to be a committed asset to the organization.