I have nominated Helen Ferlazzo as our New Jersey Chapter ANAC Hero for June. Helen has always been our communication link to ANAC and never misses any important information.
Helen has been a national ANAC member since 1988 and attended the first national Conference. Helen first started working in HIV in 1985 working for a home infusion company in northern New Jersey. It turned out that a lot of their patients were HIV infected and living in Manhattan and needing home infusions. Helen continued to do this for the next 10 years.
In 1995 Helen moved to ID care in Hillsborough NJ and worked concurrently with NRCRI coordinating HIV NIH patient outpatient research studies. During that time Helen attended Rutgers University and obtained an MSN and her Adult NP degree.
After getting her NP Helen moved to the Visiting Nurse of Central Jersey Community Health Center as Ryan White Program Manager for the Part C EIS. Helen has been in her current position for 12 years and cares for approximately 150 patients.
Her ANAC role has been on the program committee and was Director at Large for the Nominations Committee. Helen has been our communication connection to ANAC. She has always supported the new Presidents and attends meetings regularly.
Helen likes to cook and entertain, swim and travel when she has the time.
As chapter president I want to thank Helen for her tireless work and support.
Eileen Scarinci DNP President New Jersey Chapter