AANP Councils and Committees

Your Support Helps AANP Succeed

You believe in the mission and vision of AANP—your national nurse practitioner (NP) association. Contribute your expertise as we work together for the future of the NP role by serving on an AANP Committee or the Nomination Council.

  • Nomination Council

    The AANP Nomination Council is comprised of elected AANP members who serve for a three-year term.

    Chairperson

    Colleen Leners

    Members

    Linda Washington Brown, Secretary
    George Peraza-Smith, Vice-Chair
    Claudia Beckwith
    Honey Jones
    Kathleen Woodruff
    Julie Koch
    Robert Metzger
    Barbara Todd

    Staff Liaison

    Nancy McMurrey

    Charge/Purpose

    Per Bylaws

  • Awards Committee

    Chairperson

    Nancy Zaner

    Members

    Stephen Ferrara, Board of Directors liaison
    Mary Duggan
    Mary Ellen Roberts
    Theresa Brown
    Paula Hill
    Don (Donald) Bucher

    Staff Liaisons

    Nancy McMurrey

    Charge/Purpose

    1. Review and select recipients for the Sharp Cutting Edge Award and the Towers Pinnacle Award awards
    2. Assist and advise staff for state awards ceremony at the AANP National Conference
    3. Review the application process for national and state awards
  • Diversity Committee

    Chairperson

    Honey Jones

    Members

    Deanna Babb, Board of Directors liaison
    Vicky Buhr
    Barbara Todd
    Robert Metzger
    Susan Schrand
    Joyce Knestrick
    Jennifer Adamski

    Staff Liaison

    Diane Padden

    Charge/Purpose

    The purpose of the committee is to sustain an infrastructure that will uphold the definition of diversity, which the committee has defined as:

    • Encompassing the acceptance and respect of individuals with different life experiences
    • Accepting, embracing, exploring and nurturing differences that make members of the organization unique
    • Demonstrating a culture of inclusivity that is evident throughout all aspects of the organization.
  • Health Policy Committee

    Chairperson

    Lynn Rapsilber

    Members

    James Dickens, Board of Directors liaison
    Kahlil Demonbreun
    Denise Link
    Sean Lyon
    Lee Moss
    Doreen Cassarino
    Cheryl Rising

    Staff Liaison

    MaryAnne Sapio
    Tay Kopanos

    Charge/Purpose

    1. Review and/or respond to staff requests regarding proposed laws, regulations, guidance and policies that impact NPs, as needed, to support the mission
    2. Respond to requests from AANP’s staff to assist in the development of comments (both formal and informal) to questions or issues regarding proposed laws, regulations, guidance or policies that impact NPs or their patients
    3. Provide educational sessions and networking opportunities related to policy for members
    4. Other policy related initiatives relevant to the mission and vision of AANP
  • History Committee

    Chairperson

    Lorraine Reiser

    Members

    Kathleen Haycraft, Board of Directors liaison
    Mona Counts
    Thad Wilson
    Barbara Shear

    Staff Liaison

    Dennis Smith

    Charge/Purpose

    1. To gather information regarding the history of AANP (including the former Academy and College)
    2. To work with the Fellows History Committee to ensure that the history of the organization is complete and enduring
  • International Committee

    Chairperson

    Kathy Wheeler

    Members

    Kathy Wheeler, Board of Directors liaison
    Lori Martin-Plank, Board of Directors liaison
    Rosemary Goodyear
    Michal Boyd
    Ken Wysocki
    Pat Maybee
    Galadriel Bonnel
    Lorna Schumann
    Lenore Resick
    Carol Moffett
    Kate Henderson
    Cathy St. Pierre
    Mary Jo Gagan
    Garrett Chan
    Madrean Schober
    Maria Kidner
    Deborah Gray
    Shirin Dalai
    Marianne Hurley
    Paige Johnson
    Karen Ketner
    Bev McCoy
    Minna Miller

    Staff Liaison

    Debbie Smithey

    Charge/Purpose

    1. Encouraging AANP to strengthen commitment to international issues
    2. Encourage ongoing and significant communication and collaboration with the ICN and other organizations devoted to international NP/Advanced practice nurse (APN) issues
    3. Perform an international needs survey
    4. Create and monitor the AANP international listserv for the purpose of exchange on international NP/APN experiences
    5. Assist with international experiences
    6. Provide assistance to requesting organizations on international issues
    7. Increase visibility of AANP international efforts/materials
    8. Formalize and increase activities of the AANP International NP Forum
  • Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP)

    Chairperson

    Joyce Knestrick

    Members

    Donald Gardenier
    Ken Miller

  • Leadership Task Force

    Chairperson

    Jean Aertker

    Members

    Joyce Knestrick, Board of Directors liaison
    Kathy Wheeler
    Gretchen Schumacher
    Cindy Edwards-Tuttle
    Lori Martin-Plank
    April Kapu

    Staff Liaison

    Diane Padden

    Charge/Purpose

    1. To conceptualize a leadership program/institute for AANP
  • Organizational Structure Committee

    Chairperson

    Joyce Knestrick

    Members

    Sophia Thomas
    Cynthia Edwards-Tuttle
    Stephen Ferrara
    James Dickens
    David Hebert
    Diane Padden
    Colleen Leners
    Rick Meadows
    Deb Kiley
    Lisa Bayhi
    Janet DuBois
    Ken Miller
    Richard Ricciardi
    Don (Donald) Bucher
    Barbara Todd

    Staff Liaison

    Dennis Smith

    Charge/Purpose

    1. To review the current AANP Organizational Structure and make any recommendations to the BOD for change that will help the organization move into the future
  • AANP Political Action Committee

    Chairperson

    Louann Bailey

    Members

    Karen Ketner, Board of Directors liaison
    Marianne Hurley
    Marsha Siegel
    Meredith Heyde
    Janet Selway
    Donna Emanuele
    Gayle Harrell
    Jan Zdanuk

    Staff Liaison

    Jessica Talbert

    Charge/Purpose

    Per PAC Guidelines

  • Practice Committee

    Chairperson

    Allen Prettyman

    Members

    Gretchen Schumacher, Board of Directors Liaison
    Irene Bean
    Tina Bettin
    Susan Conaty-Buck
    Tearsanee Davis
    Michelle Edwards
    Karen Greco
    Brett Snodgrass

    Staff Liaison

    Diane Padden

    Charge/Purpose

    1. Collaborate with key partners to help resolve clinical issues and promote adoption of best practices
    2. Promote clinical practice efforts to highlight the significant contributions of NPs that impact on exemplary clinical practice, processes and outcomes
    3. Review and evaluate clinical practices, processes and outcomes to promote best practices and standards of care among all NPs
    4. Other clinical practice‐related initiatives relevant to mission and vision of AANP
  • Region Meetings Committee

    Chairperson

    Jean Aertker

    Members

    Joyce Knestrick, Board of Directors liaison
    Deanna Babb
    Stephen Ferrara
    Kathleen Haycraft
    April Kapu
    James Dickens
    Karen Ketner

    Staff Liaison

    Tay Kopanos

    Charge/Purpose

    1. Review the policy and procedure for Regional Invitational Leadership Meetings annually and provide recommendation to BOD for any changes
    2. Review the process and agenda for the Regional meetings held at the national conference (including possible state breakouts) and provide a recommendation to the BOD
    3. Provide direction on appropriate resources for faculty related to HP
  • Research Committee

    Chairperson

    Susan Buchholz

    Members

    Tracy Klein, Board of Directors liaison
    Hilary Barnes
    Gene Harkless
    Kristen Rawlett
    Thomas Schlepko
    Elizabeth 'Beth' Kuzma
    Melody Wilkinson
    Lynne Braun

    Staff Liaisons

    Chris Tracy
    Amanda Harrawood
    Dennis Smith

    Charge/Purpose

    1. Advise AANP staff regarding research-related proposals, initiatives and activities
    2. Develop key strategies to implement the AANP research agenda
    3. Collaborate with AANP staff, membership and committees to plan future research initiatives
    4. Engage in research focused projects at the direction of the Board of Directors
    5. Support dissemination of NP-focused research to NPs and stakeholders
  • Social Media Ad Hoc Committee

    Chairperson

    Stephen Ferrara

    Members

    Sallie Porter
    Imelda Reyes
    Michelle Cuevas
    Charles Paul Buscemi

    Staff Liaison

    Michelle Karns

    Charge/Purpose

    1. To monitor and compile the online activity regarding the reputation of nurse practitioners on various social media platforms.
    2. To report negative or potentially harmful activity to AANP to decide if a response or change in social media tactics are warranted.
  • SPG Ad Hoc Committee

    Chairperson

    Amanda Chaney

    Members

    Gretchen Schumacher
    Kathleen Haycraft
    Allen Prettyman
    Lakshi Aldredge
    Midge Bowers
    Angela Patterson

    Charge/Purpose

    1. Review and revise current guidelines and make the guideline into operational guidelines that align with other programs.
    2. Explore IT programs to improve discussion and posting.
    3. Continue to encourage member engagement