Dr. Mary Schira is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation where she teaches in the Nurse Practitioner and DNP Programs. Dr. Schira is a frequent presenter and has made numerous presentations related to professional development, kidney disease, evidence based guidelines and outcomes, and professional practice topics. She is a member of the Dallas Chapter and has been a nephrology nurse for over 40 years; NP for over 15 years. She has held numerous volunteer positions in ANNA, and is a past member of the ANNA scholarship and awards committee, the Journal Editorial Board and APN SIG. She is currently serving as chair of the conferences committee.