State Award Winners

The prestigious AANP State Award for Excellence, comprised of two separate awards, is granted annually to deserving NPs and NP advocates.

The NP State Award for Excellence is given to an individual NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in clinical practice.

The Advocate State Award for Excellence is given to an individual in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of NPs. Examples of past recipients have been physicians, legislators and educators. NPs are also eligible for the advocate award for non-clinical practice initiatives related to leadership, precepting, policy, politics, research, education or community affairs.

Only one award may be given per category in each state. Groups and organizations are not eligible to receive these awards. Current AANP state representatives and board members are not eligible for either state award category during their term of office. To make a nomination, you must be a current individual member of AANP. However, the nominee does not have to be an AANP member.

All recipients receive a one-time waiver of their registration fee for the AANP National Conference, where they are honored at the Salute to the States event. States may recognize their award recipients throughout the year with individual awards or honors given at the discretion of the state representatives. Current AANP member recipients receive a one-year extension on their membership, beginning at their current renewal date. Non-AANP members who are award recipients are given a one-year complimentary membership.

  • Region 1 Awardees: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT

    Connecticut

    NP State Award for Excellence: Elizabeth MB Visone, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Rep. Michelle Cook

    Massachusetts

    NP State Award for Excellence: Allison Kilcoyne, MS, RN, CFNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Catherine M. McKinnon, MSN, ANP-BC

    Maine

    NP State Award for Excellence: Christine Shaffer, FNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Rhonda Claire Selvin, NP

    New Hampshire

    NP State Award for Excellence: Janet Lee Chevarie, APRN
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Jennifer Thompson, MS, APRN

    Rhode Island

    NP State Award for Excellence: Cynthia Buckley, FNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Richard A. Cottiero, MD, FACP, FASH

    Vermont

    NP State Award for Excellence: Laura Mary Cohen, DNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Deborah Wachtel, DNP, MPH, APRN

  • Region 2 Awardees: NJ, NY and Puerto Rico

    New Jersey

    NP State Award for Excellence: Varsha Singh, DNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Judith E. Schmidt, MSN, DHA(c), RN, CCRN, CEO

    New York

    NP State Award for Excellence: Mary Koslap-Petraco, DNP, PPCNP-BC, FAANP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Sally R. Dreslin, MS, RN

    Puerto Rico

    NP State Award for Excellence:
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Gian Garcia, LCDO

  • Region 3 Awardees: D.C., DE, MD, PA, VA and WV

    District of Columbia

    NP State Award for Excellence: Fiona Druy, RN, GNP, MPH
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Jo Ann K. Webb, RN, MHA, FAAN

    Delaware

    NP State Award for Excellence: Jackie-Joe Lindo, FNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Suzette M. Flores, DNP

    Maryland

    NP State Award for Excellence: Marie Taylor Tarleton, MS, FNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Elaine M. Crain, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP

    Pennsylvania

    NP State Award for Excellence: Dane Menkin, MSN, FNP, RN
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Tarik S. Khan, MSN, FNP-BC, CRNP

    Virginia

    NP State Award for Excellence: Dawn Bourne, DNP, RN, FNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Rep. Dawn M. Adams, DNP, ANP-BC

    West Virginia

    NP State Award for Excellence: Donna J. Meadows, MSN, PMHNP-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Delegate Kelli Sobonya

  • Region 4 Awardees: KY, NC, SC and TN

    Kentucky

    NP State Award for Excellence: Catherine M. Waits, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, C-GRH
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Sara E. Robertson, DNP

    North Carolina

    NP State Award for Excellence: Jessica R. Puskarich, AGACNP-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Peter K. Smith, MD

    South Carolina

    NP State Award for Excellence: Kelly A. Bouthillet, DNP, APRN, CCNS, ACNP-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Sen. Tom Davis

    Tennessee

    NP State Award for Excellence: Anne Alexandrov, PhD, AGACNP-BC, ANVP-BC, FAAN
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Carla Kirkland, APRN, ACNP,FNP, ENP

  • Region 5 Awardees: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH and WI

    Illinois

    NP State Award for Excellence: Michael K. Lemp, MSN, APN, EMT, FNP-C
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Mark S. Wasserman, MD, FACOG

    Indiana

    NP State Award for Excellence: Jeffrey H. Baron, FNP-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Heather Willey

    Michigan

    NP State Award for Excellence: Myrth C. Condon, DNP, FNP-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Cynthera McNeill, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-C

    Minnesota

    NP State Award for Excellence: Stephanie M. Arendt, APRN, CNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Mary Cameron, MD, FACP

    Ohio

    NP State Award for Excellence: Marguerite A. DiMarco, PhD, CPNP, FAAN
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Jesse V. McClain IV, DNP, APRN-CNS, CCRN, MSCN

    Wisconsin

    NP State Award for Excellence: Rhonda E. Hoyer, MSN, RN, ANP, APNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Rep. Mike Rohrkaste

  • Region 6 Awardees: AR, LA, OK and TX

    Arkansas

    NP State Award for Excellence: Michel Thames Villiger, MSN, FNP-C
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Rep. Justin Gonzales

    Louisiana

    NP State Award for Excellence: Scharmaine Lawson, DNP, FNP, FAANP, FAAN
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Jessica Landry, DNP, FNP-BC

    Oklahoma

    NP State Award for Excellence: Melinda “Mindy” Whitten, DNP, APRN-CNP, FAANP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Former Senator Ann “AJ” Griffin

    Texas

    NP State Award for Excellence: Kimberly R. Johnson, MS, APRN, ANP-C
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Elda Ramirez, PhD, FNP-BC, ENP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

  • Region 7 Awardees: IA, KS, MO and NE

    Iowa

    NP State Award for Excellence: Teresa “Tess” Judge-Ellis, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Lara Marsh, BSE

    Kansas

    NP State Award for Excellence: Lori Winfrey, APRN, FNP, AOCNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Jennifer Sebes, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

    Missouri

    NP State Award for Excellence: Tammy Lee Ann Bartholomew, DNP, APRN-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: JoAnn Franklin, DNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP

    Nebraska

    NP State Award for Excellence: Kelley Hasenauer, DNP, APRN-NP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Roberta Kroeger, MSN, APRN

  • Region 8 Awardees: CO, MT, ND, SD, UT and WY

    Colorado

    NP State Award for Excellence: Tenley Roeder, FNP, ACNP, PMHNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Ethan Cumbler, MD

    Montana

    NP State Award for Excellence: Janice D. Hausauer, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Timothy J. Adams, MD

    North Dakota

    NP State Award for Excellence: Jackie Marie Grunefelder, FNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Rep. Karen Rohr, PhD, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAANP

    South Dakota

    NP State Award for Excellence: Amy Newstrom, CNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Stephan Miller, MD

    Utah

    NP State Award for Excellence: Gillian Tufts, DNP, APRN, CFNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Amanda Al-Khudairi, DNP, APRN, WHNP-C

    Wyoming

    NP State Award for Excellence: Wesley Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Laura A. Martin, MD

  • Region 9 Awardees: AZ, CA, HI, NM, NV and Pacific U.S. Territories

    Arizona

    NP State Award for Excellence: Debra Lorraine Ilchak, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-BC

    California

    NP State Award for Excellence: Melinda G. Sheehan, MS-FNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Sen. Jeff Stone

    Hawaii

    NP State Award for Excellence: Ty J. McComas, APRN, FNP-C
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Patricia Kay McKenzie, APRN, WH-C, FNP

    New Mexico

    NP State Award for Excellence: Annette Randlemon, CNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Anita M. Ralstin, MSN, FNP-BC

    Nevada

    NP State Award for Excellence: Marcia A. Clevesy, DNP, WHNP-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Susan S. VanBeuge, DNP

    Pacific U.S. Territories

    NP State Award for Excellence: Greg Woodard, APRN-NPC, AOCNP
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Sen. Mary C. Torres

  • Region 10 Awardees: AK, ID, OR and WA

    Alaska

    NP State Award for Excellence: Regina Dahl, APRN
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Christine Kramer, FNP, AGACNP

    Idaho

    NP State Award for Excellence: Colleen Marie Shackelford, MSN, NP-C
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Cathy R. Arvidson, PhD, FNP-BC, APRN, FAANP

    Oregon

    NP State Award for Excellence: Laurel Hallock Koppelman, DNP, FNP-C, APRN
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Diane N. Solomon

    Washington

    NP State Award for Excellence: Melody Rasmor, EdD, MS, RN, ARNP, COHN-S
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Erin Henderson, MSN, FNP-BC, RNFA

  • Region 11 Awardees: AL, FL, GA, MS and U.S. Virgin Islands

    Alabama

    NP State Award for Excellence: Ashley L. Hodges, PhD, WHNP-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Natalie R. Baker, DNP, CRNP, ANP-BC, FAANP

    Florida

    NP State Award for Excellence: Denise Marie Schentrup, DNP, ARNP-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Ranjith Ramasamy, MD

    Georgia

    NP State Award for Excellence: Zakiyyah Weatherspoon, FNP-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Michelle Alyson Nelson, PhD, MS, APRN, FNP-BC

    Mississippi

    NP State Award for Excellence: Calvin J. French, DNP, FNP-C
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Gayle P. Harrell, NP-C, MSN, CWCN

    U.S. Virgin Islands

    NP State Award for Excellence: Greta Hart-Hyndman, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
    The Advocate State Award for Excellence: Mary Beverley Anne Lansiquot, DNP, RN