Project Community began over 30 years ago, as the Nurses Network of America, when a small group of nurses partnered with their community to provide healthcare knowledge– rather than healthcare directions.
Today, our board, staff and volunteers come from across many communities, and we are expanding to serve even more people – in New York State and beyond.
Anne DuVal Frost, Ph.D., R.N., Founder and President, has been a resident of Pelham for 44 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from NYU. Dr. Frost has held nursing positions in acute care as well as nursing education. She has a private practice in child/adolescent and adult psychotherapy.
Dr. Frost was selected for three terms as a “Distinguished Speaker” for Sigma Theta Tau, The International Honor Society for Nursing. She has published articles on political action, social marketing and community-based health promotion. Dr. Frost was an independent producer and moderator for “Healthstyles” for the New York State Nurses Association on WBAI FM radio.
Dr. Frost has received awards from the Advocates for Child Psychiatric Nursing, the Journal for Holistic Nursing for the Outstanding Manuscript Award and American Journal for Nursing Media Festival for a Project CHILDD video. Dr. Frost has held elective offices for the New York State Nurses Association. She also presents popular community programs on parenting strategies to help prevent eating disorders and childhood fears. Her community work also includes service on a number of boards. Dr. Frost was a 2002 recipient of the New York State Senate’s Women of Distinction Award.
Elaine Pottenger, MS. RN, CPNP, PMHS, Vice President, has been a resident of Edgemont for 15 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Molloy College and went on to receive a Master of Science from Columbia University. Ms. Pottenger is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Pediatric Mental Health Specialist. She has spent the majority of her professional career in pediatric hematology and oncology and is currently working in the Pediatric Long Term Follow Up Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In 2010, Ms. Pottenger received the Samuel and May Rudin Award for Excellence in Advanced Nursing Practice. She also belongs to several professional organizations including APHON, NAPNAP, ONS AND PENS.
In addition to Project Community, Ms. Pottenger serves as Chair of the “Kids help Kids” committee, and assists with hospice care.
Susan Deland (Board Liaison, PC Art Center)
Joanne Rooney (PC Clinical Director)
Professional Nurse Consultants
Friends of Project Community, Inc.