NAANA Board of Directors
Elizabeth Sustick, RN, ANS, RES, RMT
Elizabeth is a founding Member of NAANA and the certified training for Anthroposophic Nursing in North America. She serves as Vice President for the Anthroposophic Health Association (AHA), and is active in the Leadership Circle of International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN). She is also a board member of the International Council of Anthroposophic Nurses Associations (ICANA) and is active in Anthroposophic Nursing teaching and caring since 1980.
Anthroposophy has been at the center of her personal and professional endeavors since discovering its salutogenic benefits in 1970. She is grateful to serve as a co-worker of the medical section, supporting the aims and vision of NAANA. Elizabeth is a certified Anthroposophic Nurse Specialist, Rhythmical Einreibung Specialist, and Rhythmical Massage Therapist.
Laurie Schmiesing, RN, MS, ANS
NAANA Vice President
Laurie has been a nurse for over 30 years, with a master's degree as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has a private nursing practice supporting wellness for people of all ages in San Jose, California. She has studied Anthroposophic Nursing since 2009 and completed the Anthroposophic Nurse Specialist training in 2017. She presented at the 2017 and 2018 Annual Holistic Nursing Conference and is co-director of the Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing.
Charles (Ben) Matlock
Ben hails from Missouri. He spent 20 years in Germany teaching in a German school and then worked in finance with the American Air Force. Ben lived in the Western part of Massachusetts for seven years, where he worked in finance for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. During this time his son, Adam, was a student at the Hartsbrook Waldorf School. Following, he spent time in Boston where he was CFO for the Episcopal Divinity School. During a Buddhist retreat in France, he met members of the Camphill Community. This was destiny. The last 15 years he has been in Camphill, Copake, living most of that time in a care house. He came to Camphill to escape finance, but found himself called to financial work there for several years as well. Ben has degrees in sociology, communication, and business. He and his spouse, Edward Todd, now host a guest house in Camphill Village. They both enjoy attending courses in Anthroposophic Health Care in the United Kingdom regularly.
Rianne Clark MS, RN, FNP-C
Rianne is a nurse practitioner who lives and works in the Denver, Colorado area. Having graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2012, Rianne worked as a nurse in the hospital setting for over six years. In 2018, Rianne graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing degree with a family nurse practitioner focus.
Having grown up with anthroposophy, this was something Rianne always knew she was passionate about and wanted to incorporate into her life. In 2014, Rianne began her Anthroposophic Nurse and Rhythmical Einreibung (RE) trainings. Over the years, she completed the Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing, the RE Foundation Course, and the RE Specialist Course.
In 2018, Rianne joined NAANA’s Public Relations committee. In 2020, she joined the NAANA board in the role of Secretary. Over the years, Rianne has been able to observe and experience NAANA expand and grow as an organization. She is excited to have the opportunity to be a part of helping to continue this trend as a member of the board!
Anke Smeele RN, HN-BC, ANS, RET
NAANA Chair Education Committee
Anke is a Registered Nurse since 1979. She specialized in Pediatrics, Community Nursing and Home Care, and has lived and worked in Camphill communities since 1982. She has practiced Anthroposophic Nursing in the Netherlands, England, Switzerland, and the USA. She completed her training for Rhythmical Massage in the Hauschka Schule in Bad Boll, Germany, in 1984 with Irmgard Marbach. She graduated from the Birch Tree Center for Holistic Nursing in 2006, and is currently Board Certified in Holistic Nursing.
Anke studied Anthroposophic Nursing in Clinic Arlesheim (Switzerland), and with Joan Smith (UK). She graduated as Specialist in Rhythmical Einreibungen under Edelgard Grosse-Brauchman and Fiona Sim. She is a Specialist in Anthroposophic Nursing (ANS), and Rhythmical Einreibungen (RES). She teaches Einreibungen in the Foundation course and Specialist training for Anthroposophic Nurses at the American IPMT. She also teaches Rhythmical Einreibungen in various US locations and in Canada. She is teaching in the Social Therapy Training in the Camphill Academy at Camphill Village Copake, USA Ltd.
Anke is a founding and current Board Member of NAANA. She is chair for the Education Committee, creating opportunities for training and further development for those interested in Anthroposophic Nursing. Anke has closely worked together with the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN) in Dornach, Switzerland, in auditing several courses offered by NAANA, leading to accreditation of these courses.
Teresa Ferrari RN ANS
NAANA Board Member, Membership Coordinator
Teresa has been a student of the work of Rudolf Steiner since the mid 1990’s. Like some others who send their children to a Waldorf school, she kept uncovering the many layers of anthroposophy and found ways to study together with others. She became an early childhood Waldorf teacher first and then was able to take up the nursing work which is her deepest calling. She lives in San Francisco and Marshall, California, loves to hike, sail, walk on the beach and cook biodynamically grown food for its exceptional flavor which she willingly shares with friends. She practices nursing in San Francisco and Albany at the offices of Drs Hering and Baer.
Tina Galgon-Herr RN, BSN, ANS, RES
Tina lives in the beautiful foothills of Boulder, Colorado. She has been a nurse for 28 years. She currently works in the Intensive Care Unit at Boulder Community Health. She also has several patients in the community who see her for Rhythmical Einreibung.
Tina’s hope for her new role as Development Chair of NAANA is to continue the development, enthusiasm and awareness of Anthroposophical Nursing in North America. The art of nursing lies within Anthroposophical Nursing; it is a gift to humanity.
Susan Moss, RN, ANS, RES
NAANA Board Member at Large
Susan has been a nurse for over 35 years with clinical experience in several areas of nursing practice, as well as holding various administrative roles. She met anthroposophy in her 30s and eventually through this destiny moment, found anthroposophic nurses training which has deeply enhanced her registered nursing practice and personal growth.
Susan completed the Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing, earned Specialist levels in both Anthoposophic Nursing and Rhythmical Einreibung, and she holds a certificate as an Oil-Dispersion Bath Therapist. She practices in Akron, Ohio at Family Holistic Health, with anthroposophic-trained physician, Karin Cseak, DO. Susan enjoys serving and teaching in NAANA, various musical activities, and ballroom dance.