About NWV Executive Board

Founding Executive Director/President- Melody Butler, BSN, RN, CIC

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Melody Butler is a mother of four and a Registered Nurse. She works on Long Island, New York, as an Infection Preventionist with previous pediatric nursing experience.  In 2011, she founded Nurses Who Vaccinate. She serves on advisory roles within national public health organizations such as Voices for Vaccines, Every Child By Two, and Shot@Life, an United Nations Foundation Campaign. She is currently serving as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC). Melody is dedicated to helping children everywhere lead happy and healthy lives.

Vice President- Mary Koslap-Petraco DNP PPC P-BC CPNP FAANP

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Dr. Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of experience in Public Health. She has and continues to serve on several national immunization committees and is a passionate champion for immunizations. Dr. Mary Beth has experienced the disastrous effects of vaccine preventable diseases in her own family and is committed to helping others lead healthy lives free from vaccine preventable diseases.

Secretary- Patti Wukovitis, RN

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Patti Wukovits is the Executive Director of The Kimberly Coffey Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the public and health care professionals about meningococcal disease and its prevention by vaccination.

She serves on the Board of Nurses Who Vaccinates

and is also a Shot@Life Champion

Treasurer- Daniel McCarthy, RN

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Daniel McCarthy is a registered nurse on Long Island, NY. He has nursing experience in geriatrics and specializes in home care. Daniel is also a New York State Certified EMT and volunteers with his local fire department. 

Advocacy Director- Angela Daly, BSN, RN

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Angela Daly is a registered nurse on Long Island, NY who is passionate about nursing and public health. While in nursing school, Angela shockingly encountered an anti-vaccine page run by nurses who immediately banned her for asking simple questions and thus she was inspired to use her nursing education to promote evidence-based practice and public health wellness through vaccine advocacy. Angela volunteers on a number of coalitions and projects to promote life-saving vaccines.