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Current PMHNP Students & Projects

Ginni Buccola-Tournay

Ginni Bucola-Tournay PMH studentGinni Bucola-Tournay PMH studentI’m Ginni (Virginia), a 2nd year DNP- PMHNP-Family student; I’m also in the 1st year of the Infant Mental Health Certificate.  My Masters project is a literature review entitled:  Mother Baby Inpatient Psychiatric Care:  Standards and Struggles around the World.  My proposed Doctoral capstone is to develop Mother Baby Inpatient Psychiatric protocols for use in voluntary Inpatient Mental Health Units in Washington State.

I have worked as an RN for 18 years, the past 8 years at St. Joseph Medical Center on a 16 bed voluntary Inpatient Mental Health unit.  Prior to working in Mental Health I worked in different areas of Community Health from Corrections to Mother-Baby home visits.  After graduation I’m looking forward to building a private practice specializing in Perinatal Mental Health in Tacoma.

In my free time I like to hang out with my husband and 11 year old daughter.   I enjoy all kinds of exercise, especially yoga, cycling and hiking, reading and enjoying great food. 

Donna Mason

Mason DonnaMason DonnaHello! My name is Donna and I am in my last year of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Family, DNP Program in the perinatal mental health subspecialty. I graduated with my MN in June 2011 and passed my state boards in August and am officially certified! I have worked as a RN at Seattle Children’s Home, a residential Child Long-term Inpatient Program (CLIP), for the past 2.5 years. I also work as a Teaching Assistant for the Psychiatric Mental Health: Women’s Mental Health Pregnancy and Postpartum (PMH-WMHPP) Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) program in the UW School of Nursing. My capstone project is entitled A Pilot Study Comparing Substance Use and Suicidal behaviors in Adolescents Before and After a 6-Week Snowboarding Program. I hope to work with adolescent survivors of abuse and teen moms. The perinatal mental health subspecialty will help me to gain the skills necessary to properly assess and treat teen moms and their infants/children. In my free time I enjoy volunteering with at-risk youth utilizing outdoor activities as an avenue towards increased self esteem and healing. I balance my life through volunteering with youth through the Burton Chill Snowboarding Program and Inner City Outings (ICO). In my free time I enjoy snowboarding, surfing, snow shoeing, hiking, and going on date night once a week with my incredible husband.


Justin McClanahan

McClanahanMcClanahanI'm a DNP student in the PMHNP program. My perinatal area of interest is in creating/expanding educational opportunities for expecting parents on the topic of adaptive versus maladaptive parenting approaches and the corresponding effects infant development.My previous experience in health care includes: Working on both an inpatient PTSD unit and a General Psychiatry unit at the Seattle VA Hospital as a Nurse Tech while I was an undergraduate nursing student. After graduating, I worked as a night-shift charge nurse on a primarily mood disorders unit at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland. Currently, I am working as a staff nurse in the Psychiatric ICU at Harborview Medical Center, with primarily severely psychotic and dangerous individuals.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and pets. I also enjoy going on walks and playing the piano. When I am able to, I love going on cruises; I will gladly cruise anywhere, but I have been to the Eastern Caribbean and particularly enjoyed that.

Jacob Mearse

Mearse, JacobMearse, JacobMy name is Jacob (Jake) Mearse. In a first-year student in the PMHNP-DNP program. My main area of research is in Perinatal Mental Health among the military community, particularly looking at young military families as an at-risk population due to separation from family support, deployments, and (relative to the population at large) young age of marriage and childbearing. I've been in the Navy for the past 20 years, the first twelve of those as a hospital corpsman/paramedic, and the last eight as an ER/Trauma RN. I've been married to April for twelve years, and we're expecting our 5th child any day now. I love the outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and especially shooting sports. We have a small little mini-farm out near Potlatch, where we raise goats, chickens, rabbits and kids.

Tina Walde

Hi, my name Walde, TinaWalde, Tinais Tina. I was born and raised in Rhode Island, home of such delicacies as Del’s Lemonade and the Awful Awful. I left the beautiful ocean state for college at GWU in Washington, DC, where I studied psychology as an undergraduate. While there, I interned for NAMI and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. I loved policy and advocacy work but put those pieces on hold to focus on direct care. I moved to New Haven and entered the GEPN program at Yale School of Nursing to study family psychiatry. Prior to heading to the Left Coast, I worked for a year as an RN in a locked inpatient child psychiatric unit. I’ve lived in the PNW for the past 3 years while participating in the NHSC loan repayment program. I’m a full-time PMHNP-BC at Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic, working with children and families. I am in the process of transferring into the post-masters DNP program as a part-time student.

I am interested in promoting mental health in the community I serve and would love to expand my role to include community programming and teaching graduate students.  While I've not yet begun my capstone work, I am completing an internship in community health working with YVFWC Behavioral Health Services to better understand the mental health needs of the White Swan community, a rural town on the Yakama reservation. I would like to explore a project that entails a cultural community assessment to understand Yakama constructs of mental health, self care, and traditional practices so that BHS can support the community in reaching preventative and tertiary care goals.  In my free time, I explore Washington State with my husband and our four adopted critters, a Doberman, a Chihuahua, and two teenage mom cats.  I also love to read murder mysteries and cook (or eat yummy food my husband cooks for me!).   While travel time is currently limited, I find endless pleasure in reading travel books and travel blogs and daydreaming about the endless possibilities.