Mona Marie Counts, PhD, CRNP, FNAP, FAAN, FAANP, 77, of Rices Landing, Pennsylvania, died Thursday, April 4, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family and friends. Mona lived life to its fullest! A very strong advocate for women’s education and advancement, she traveled the world over; touched thousands of lives, many of which even she did not realize; and left a positive impact that will live on in the hearts of many. Dr. Counts started one of the first nurse practitioner (NP)-run rural practices in the country, using the second mortgage on her home to fund the Mt. Morris Primary Care Center. Through this clinic, she educated hundreds, if not thousands, of NPs and residents. Her efforts were recognized by many nationally, as she lobbied and testified at the state and national level on behalf of full practice authority for NPs. She served as state representative, regional director, treasurer and president of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (now the American Association of Nurse Practitioners [AANP]). She was an AANP Fellow, serving as chair and member-at-large of the FAANP. She was also active in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) up until the time of her death.
Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Marcellus, Jefferson, at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2019. A celebration of life will follow at the Old Station Inn Bar & Grill, located at 1611 Mt. Morris Road in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, 2 p.m.–6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Mona requested that mass cards be filled out in her remembrance with donations to support charitable works in her name.