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2020 State of the Association Member Update

Come See How Your Association Represented You, Your Patients and the NP Role This Past Year
SQFT 1050

July 25, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm (CT) Online

This program does not include continuing education (CE) credit.

Join the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) for the annual State of the Association Member Update — now available entirely online! AANP President Sophia L. Thomas, Treasurer Kathy J. Wheeler and CEO David Hebert will present a recap of AANP activities, legislative work, membership growth, association financials and much more. This is your opportunity to learn firsthand how AANP has represented you, your patients and the nurse practitioner (NP) role over the past year. The meeting will conclude with a Q&A period, during which all members will have the opportunity to pose questions to AANP leadership. The 2020 State of the Association Member Update is free to attend and open to all AANP members.

Event Details
  • Details

    Details About the 2020 State of the Association Member Update

    When: July 25, 2020, 2–3 p.m. CT.

    Where: Online via the AANP CE Center.

    Cost: Free.

    CE credit: This program does not include CE credit.

    Eligibility: All AANP members may attend.

    View the 2020 State of the Association Member Update Recording

    Be Informed About Your Membership!

    The 2020 State of the Association Member Update is an important event for all AANP members to attend. Come see how the interests of your patients and the NP role were represented over the past year. The presenters will cover AANP's activities, legislative work, future priorities, key partnerships, election results, association financials, membership growth and more. The meeting is comprised of:

    • A quick, convenient update presented 100% online.
    • A Q&A period for you to address questions to AANP leadership.
  • Agenda

    2020 State of the Association Member Update Agenda

    Discover how AANP represented you, your patients and the NP role over the past year.

    This program does not include CE credit.

    Welcome From the CEO

    AANP CEO David Hebert will open the session with a special welcome and introduction.

    AANP Activity Recap

    AANP President Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, will present AANP's activities from the past year based upon how they advanced the association's strategic plan. This includes AANP activities and achievements that:

    • Impacted your patients and the public's awareness of NPs.
    • Increased the standing and leadership of NPs in health care.
    • Addressed payment concerns and parity.
    • Provided resources for NP practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership in health care.

    AANP Financial Update

    AANP Treasurer Kathy J. Wheeler, PhD, RN, APRN, NP-C, FNAP, FAANP, will present the financial performance of the association for the 2019 fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.


    This is your time to ask questions about AANP's activities, successes, finances and future plans to support NPs and remain the largest professional association for NPs of all specialties.

  • Speakers


    Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

    Sophia L. Thomas is president of AANP. A family and pediatric nurse practitioner (NP) at the Daughters of Charity Health System in Kenner (New Orleans), Louisiana, Dr. Thomas’ clinical practice has focused on providing care to the medically underserved families. Dr. Thomas is active within several professional organizations, including the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners (LANP). She has served in elected and appointed leadership and committee positions, including as president of LANP and previously in AANP as Region 6 Director. Dr. Thomas was inducted as a Fellow in both the AANP in 2012 and the National Academy of Practice in Nursing in 2013. In addition to her advocacy, Dr. Thomas impacts NP education through publications and presentations on multiple clinical topics. As AANP President and spokesperson, her multimedia reach includes print, radio and television. She also speaks extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally, advocating for NP scope of practice legislation and for improving patient access to quality, affordable health care.


    Kathy J. Wheeler, PhD, RN, APRN, NP-C, FNAP, FAANP

    Dr. Wheeler is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, recently retired from teaching in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner programs. She practices and volunteers at Mission Frankfort, a free clinic that serves the uninsured in central Kentucky. In the past, she served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives, was instrumental in passing multiple policy initiatives and continues to work to improve the practice climate for advanced practice registered nurses in Kentucky.

    Currently, Dr. Wheeler is Treasurer for AANP and is a Commissioner for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board. She is the Board Liaison to the AANP International Committee, a Co-chair of the AANP International Specialty Practice Group, and a Co-chair of the Health Policy Subgroup of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network. Dr. Wheeler has participated in multiple medical brigades outside the United States, has presented and published extensively on education, competence, practice, policy and global advanced practice nurse (APN) issues, and currently is researching global APN role development.


    David Hebert, JD

    Since January 1, 2013, David Hebert has served as the chief executive officer (CEO) of AANP. Previously, he served as the CEO of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), prior to the merger of the two organizations. Before working on behalf of the NPs, he was president of his own government relations firm — the DEH Group, LLC, where he represented a variety of clients on health care and housing issues. Prior to the DEH Group, he served as senior vice president, policy and government relations for the American Health Care Association (AHCA).

    Hebert previously served as counsel at Alston & Bird, LLP, where he worked in the health care group of former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Tom Scully and focused on legislative and regulatory issues in health care.

    Prior to moving to Alston & Bird, Hebert was chief of staff for Senator Roy Blunt when Blunt was House Majority Whip. Hebert was twice named by Roll Call to its list of “Fabulous 50 Movers & Shakers Behind the Scenes on Capitol Hill.” In 2016, Hebert was named as one of the Modern Health Care’s 100 Most Influential.

    Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Hebert directed the Washington government affairs office of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

    He also served as an adjunct professor in the Liberal Studies Program at Georgetown University. He was counsel, government affairs for the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA) from 1988 to 1994.

    Hebert received his juris doctorate from Pepperdine University in 1982 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon. Hebert also did post-graduate studies in Salzburg, Austria, and clerked in Copenhagen for a Danish law firm, as well as the California Department of Justice, Business & Tax Division. He is admitted to practice law in Texas and in the District of Columbia.

    In addition to being a non-voting member of the AANP Board of Directors, Hebert serves on the Board of Directors of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative.