2020 AANP State Award Winners

Region 8 State Award Winners

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

    Colorado

    NP State Award for Excellence: Laura Hildebrand, ANP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Amanda Brill, ACNP

    Montana

    NP State Award for Excellence: Jennifer K. Sofie, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-C

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Senator Terry Gauthier

    North Dakota

    NP State Award for Excellence: Melanie A. Schlittenhardt, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CUNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Tara Brandner, DNP, FNP-C

    South Dakota

    NP State Award for Excellence: Esther Masat Preszler, CNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Bryan Wermers, MSN, RN, CPNP, CPN

    Utah

    NP State Award for Excellence: Michael Vreeland, DNP, ACNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Representative James Dunnigan

    Wyoming

    NP State Award for Excellence: Kristina Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Mary Burman, PhD, MS, BSN, FAANP, FAAN


Hover over region to view state award winners for that region.

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

    Connecticut

    NP State Award for Excellence: Kathleen Bonaventura, DNP, FNP-BC, CHS, CCEPS

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Representative Sean Scanlon

    Massachusetts

    NP State Award for Excellence: Patricia O’Brien, MSN, CPNP-AC, PPCNP-BC, FAHA

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Janet Sweeney Rico, PhD, MBA, NP-BC

    Maine

    NP State Award for Excellence: Alane O’Connor, DNP, FNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: U.S. Senator Angus King

    New Hampshire

    NP State Award for Excellence: Marilyn Daley, DNP, APRN, AACC, CHFN

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Kathleen Kidder, MS, APRN

    Rhode Island

    NP State Award for Excellence: Sharon N. Garber, CNP, APRN

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Denise Coppa, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP

    Vermont

    NP State Award for Excellence: Megan L. O’Brien, DNP, FNP, ACAGNP, APRN

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Bradley Berryhill, MD

  • Region 2 Awardees: NJ, NY and Puerto Rico

    New Jersey

    NP State Award for Excellence: William M. McLean, MSN, APN-C

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Kathleen Gillespie, RN, MSN, MBA

    New York

    NP State Award for Excellence: Justin Waryold, DNP, ANP-C, ACNP-BC, GS-C, CNE

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Aney Paul, DNP, RN, MSN, PNP, MPH

    Puerto Rico

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Joseph Colon

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

    District of Columbia

    NP State Award for Excellence: Alicia Baker, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Rachel Minahan, MA

    Delaware

    NP State Award for Excellence: Candace L. Sandal, DNP, MBA, APRN, COHN-S

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Leslie Verucci, MSN, ANP-BC, CNS

    Maryland

    NP State Award for Excellence: Deborah H. Jones-Shook, MS, CRNP, CDE

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Khalid Kurtom, MD, FAANS, FACS

    Pennsylvania

    NP State Award for Excellence: Ann M. Kriebel-Gasparro, DrNP, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Janice Miller, DNP, CRNP, AGPCN

    Virginia

    NP State Award for Excellence: Rebecca A. Bates, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: HoChong Gilles, DNP, FNP-C

    West Virginia

    NP State Award for Excellence: Chad T. Hott, DNP, APRN, NP-C, FNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Julie Huron, BSH, LNHA

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

    Kentucky

    NP State Award for Excellence: Alyce Goodman Abraham, APRN, WHNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Wendy Fletcher, DNP, APRN, FAANP

    North Carolina

    NP State Award for Excellence: Stephanie V. Brinson, FNP-C

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Schquthia Peacock, FNP

    South Carolina

    NP State Award for Excellence: Jacqueline L. Baer, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Representative Gary Clary

    Tennessee

    NP State Award for Excellence: Nancy Appling, MSN, APRN, ACNP-C, CNOR, CRNFA

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN, NE-BC

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

    Illinois

    NP State Award for Excellence: Raechel Ferry-Rooney, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Maria Jefferson-Walker, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

    Indiana

    NP State Award for Excellence: Cathy Cooper, RN, MSN, FNP-C

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Senator Edward Charbonneau

    Michigan

    NP State Award for Excellence: Sandra J. Cagle, MSN, ACNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Joseph Bassett, MD (presented posthumously)

    Minnesota

    NP State Award for Excellence: Mary T. Dierich, PhD, APRN, CNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Dianne Willer-Sly, DNP, APRN, CNP, FAANP

    Ohio

    NP State Award for Excellence: Eric C. Snyder, DNP, APRN-CNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Michele Pirc, MSN, GNP-BC, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC

    Wisconsin

    NP State Award for Excellence: Bonnie L. Nickasch, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Senator Devin LeMahieu

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

    Arkansas

    NP State Award for Excellence: Leonie C. DeClerk, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Karen Reynolds, MSN

    Louisiana

    NP State Award for Excellence: Katrina E. Lloyd, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Michael Brown, MSN, FNP

    Oklahoma

    NP State Award for Excellence: Andrea N. Johns, APRN, CNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Benny Vanatta

    Texas

    NP State Award for Excellence: Peggy J. Ostrander, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Erin Cusack, BA

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

    Iowa

    NP State Award for Excellence: Sherry Buske, ARNP, FNP-C, MSHSA

    Kansas

    NP State Award for Excellence: Janelle D. Williamson, MSN, APRN, NP-C

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Merilyn Douglass, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

    Missouri

    NP State Award for Excellence: Christopher R. Hemmer, DNP, ANP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Tammy Vandermolen, DNP, APRN-BC

    Nebraska

    NP State Award for Excellence: Terry S. Thomas, MA, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Marisa L’Heureux, MSN, APRN

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

    Colorado

    NP State Award for Excellence: Laura Hildebrand, ANP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Amanda Brill, ACNP

    Montana

    NP State Award for Excellence: Jennifer K. Sofie, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-C

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Senator Terry Gauthier

    North Dakota

    NP State Award for Excellence: Melanie A. Schlittenhardt, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CUNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Tara Brandner, DNP, FNP-C

    South Dakota

    NP State Award for Excellence: Esther Masat Preszler, CNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Bryan Wermers, MSN, RN, CPNP, CPN

    Utah

    NP State Award for Excellence: Michael Vreeland, DNP, ACNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Representative James Dunnigan

    Wyoming

    NP State Award for Excellence: Kristina Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Mary Burman, PhD, MS, BSN, FAANP, FAAN

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

    Arizona

    NP State Award for Excellence: Cynthia Elliott, DNP, FNP-C

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Paula Christianson-Silva, DNP, FNP-BC, ANP-BC

    California

    NP State Award for Excellence: Shelly S. de Peralta, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Jenny Veliz-Urzua, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

    Hawaii

    NP State Award for Excellence: Caroline Koley Stoner, APRN, MS, NPC, CNS, CENP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Joseph Humphry, MD, FACP, CPHIMS

    New Mexico

    NP State Award for Excellence: Tamaki “Kia” Harrold, CNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Amanda Conley, MSN, FNP-BC

    Nevada

    NP State Award for Excellence: Diane M. McGinnis, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Alona Angosta, PhD, APRN, FNP-C

    Pacific U.S. Territories

    NP State Award for Excellence: Carla Torres Haddock, FNP-C

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Kevin Hitosis, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

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

    Alaska

    NP State Award for Excellence: Kevin R. Trimble, FNP-BC, CUNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Charity Manwaring, BS

    Idaho

    NP State Award for Excellence: Amanda Draper, NP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Christine Mladenka, APRN-CNP, DNP, WHNP-BC

    Oregon

    NP State Award for Excellence: Jacqui Terrill Cooke, FNP-C, CNM

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Jessica Gregg, MD

    Washington

    NP State Award for Excellence: Jacquelyn K. Brolsma, MN, ARNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Justin Gill, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC

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

    Alabama

    NP State Award for Excellence: Lisa G. Rhodes, MSN, MA, CRNP, FNP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Peggy Benson, RN, MSHA, MSN, NE-BC

    Florida

    NP State Award for Excellence: Susan Hook, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Ruby Monica Sanford, MSN, APRN, ACNP

    Georgia

    NP State Award for Excellence: Samantha S. Tojino, DNP, FNP-C, IF, NCMP

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Molly Bachtel, APRN, DNP, FNP-C

    Mississippi

    NP State Award for Excellence: Tearsanee Davis, DNP, FNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Robert Ware, DNP, MHA, CEN, APRN, ACNPC-AG

    U.S. Virgin Islands

    NP State Award for Excellence: Cherian Joseph-JnoFinn, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC

    Advocate State Award for Excellence: Senator Janelle Sarauw


2021 AANP State Award for Excellence Nominations Now Open

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

The Advocate State Award for Excellence is given annually 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, educators, etc. 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, members of the AANP Board of Directors and AANP Awards Committee are not eligible for either state award category during their term of office.

The nominator must be a current individual AANP member to submit a candidate for a state award; however, the candidate does not have to be an AANP member.

Nominations are open from August 4 thru September 30, 2020, at 5 p.m. CT.

Submit a Nomination