Dr. Thomas is president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP). She is a certified family and pediatric nurse practitioner (NP) dedicated to providing care to medically underserved families. Thomas practices at DePaul Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is a clinical preceptor. As a primary care provider, Thomas provides her patients with access to cost-effective, patient-centered care. She impacts NP education through publications and presentations on multiple clinical topics and lends her expertise as a legal expert witness – Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice and Standards of Care, and, since July 2020, as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Vaccine Consultation Panel, Operation Warp Speed. As AANP President, Thomas concentrates efforts on providing NPs with policy and clinical information, on boosting direct member communications, enhancing continuing education offerings, and ensuring the organization is responsive to social and cultural needs. She initiated AANP position statements against racial and health disparities and stays abreast of state issues as she believes in engaging grassroots NPs. Thomas also speaks extensively in the media on behalf of AANP as the organization spokesperson. As host of the recently launched NP Pulse: The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner® podcast, Thomas helps AANP provide an arena for NP thought leaders to address issues of interest to the NP population and a forum for clinical and regulatory matters. Thomas serves on several advisory boards, including the Amerigroup Louisiana Credentialing Committee, Prevention Magazine, and the Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Her AANP leadership involvement began when she was appointed AANP Board of Directors Region 6 Director in 2002 and then elected as the Louisiana State Representative, holding the position from 2008 – 2014, when she was elected as AANP Region 6 Director. And, in 2018, she became AANP President-elect in preparation for taking office as president in 2019. She previously served in leadership positions, including that of president (2012 – 2014), for the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners. Thomas holds a doctoral degree in nursing practice from Loyola University, where she honored with the Post-Master’s DNP Nightingale Award, and she has a master’s in nursing from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. In 2020, Thomas was chosen as one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.