A Publication of the Association of California Nurse Leaders

 ACNL's Cathy Novaresi Announces Her Retirement 


After much thought and consideration, ACNL Administrative Manager Cathy Novaresi has decided to retire effective July 31, 2013. Novaresi has been with ACNL for 14 years. With her strong background in customer service and sales, Novaresi was instrumental in growing exhibitors and sponsors for ACNL's annual program, as well as CNSA and CACN conferences. In addition, she has worked closely with the Member Services Committee to recruit and retain members.

"On behalf of the ACNL Board and staff, my sincere thanks to Cathy for her 14 years of service to our organization," says CEO Patricia McFarland. "We wish her the best in retirement."

“It has been my honor to serve our nurse leaders in California,” said Novaresi. “Little did I know when I came to ACNL 14 years ago that I would encounter such a fabulous group of professionals and that it would become the most rewarding experience of my career! The nursing and health care education I have received is immeasurable. I have also had the privilege and honor to meet and collaborate with several nursing icons. Through my work with the Board of Directors and several ACNL committees, I have come to know many of you on a personal level. I will sincerely miss these relationships, although I hope to continue seeing many of you as I transition to a new chapter in my life – retirement! I plan to travel and volunteer with several special organizations that are near and dear to my heart. I thank all of you for the kindness and respect you have shown me. And most of all, I thank you for doing what you do best, which is creating and influencing the future of health care.”

Novaresi will continue to work with ACNL on a contract basis as a liaison to vendors, exhibitors and sponsors.


ACNL Names Wendy Smolich New Administrative Manager

Longtime ACNL staff member Wendy Smolich has been named the organization’s new administrative manager to replace Cathy Novaresi. During her 14 year tenure with ACNL, Smolich has been involved in various aspects of ACNL operations and for many years provided valuable support for the CALNOC project.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to working more closely with the Board, committees and membership to accomplish the work of ACNL,” said Smolich.