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2018 AANP Election Results

AANP is pleased to announce the official results of the 2018 election. The ballots have been qualified by Survey & Ballot Systems in accordance with the election policies and procedures as approved by AANP. Terms of office begin at the close of the AANP 2018 National Conference in Denver, July 1, 2018. Congratulations to all.

Board of Directors

President-Elect Sophia Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP Metairie, LA
Recording Secretary Cindy Edwards-Tuttle, MA, FNP-BC Sylvania, OH

Regional Directors

Region 2 Director Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP, FAANP White Plains, NY
Region 4 Director April Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP Nolensville, TN
Region 6 Director James Dickens, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP Denton, TX
Region 8 Director Deanna Babb, DNP, FNP BC, FAANP Great Falls, MT
Region 10 Director Tracy Klein, PhD, ARNP, FAAN, FAANP Portland, OR

State Representatives

Alabama Kathleen Rhodes, DNP, FNP-C Harvest, AL
Arizona Bessie Burk, DNP, FNP
Arizona City, AZ
California (North) Sheri Rickman Patrick, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC Elk Grove, CA
California (South) Theresa Brown, MSN, ACNP-BC, AACC Thousand Oaks, CA
Connecticut Lynn Rapsilber, DNP, ANP-BC, APRN, FAANP Torrington, CT
Delaware Sharon Baptiste-Brown, MSN, APRN-BC, GNP Newark, DE
Florida (North) Stacia Hays, DNP, CPNP-PC, CNE Gainesville, FL
Florida (South) Arlene Wright, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC Fort Myers, FL
Georgia Janet Ross, MSN, APRN-BC, FNP-C, COHN-S/CM Buchanan, GA
Hawaii Lenora Lorenzo, DNP, APRN, FNP, GNP, ADM, CDE, FAANP Haleiwa, HI
Illinois Julie Adkins, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP West Frankfort, IL
Indiana Angela Thompson, DNP, FNP-C, BC-ADM, CDE, FAANP Plainfield, IN
Iowa Anne Gentil-Archer, ARNP, DNP, AGNP-C, PMHNP-BC Iowa City, IA
Kansas Karen Roberts, DNP, FNP, APRN-C Lawrence, KS
Maine Valerie Fuller, PhD, DNP, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP
Falmouth, ME
Maryland Veronica Gutchell, DNP, CRNP Columbia, MD
Massachusetts Leah McKinnon-Howe, DNP, ANP-BC Norwood, MA
Michigan Ericka Brunson-Gillespie, DNP, RN, AGACNP-BC Canton, MI
Minnesota Debbi Lindgren-Clendenen, AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC Minneapolis, MN
Mississippi Linda Watkins, DNP, APRN, FNP-C Madison, MS
Nebraska Miranda Kliment, DNP, APRN Valparaiso, NE
Nevada Sheryl Giordano, APRN-C Henderson, NV
New Hampshire Gene Harkless, DNSc, APRN, FNP-BC, CNL, FAANP Alton, NH
New Mexico Melissa Rietz, BA, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, RYT-200 Farmington, NM
Ohio Christine Williams, APRN-CNP, FAANP Shaker Heights, OH
Pacific U. S. Territories Teo Cruz, RN, MSN, FNP-C Barrigada, GU
Pennsylvania Donald Bucher, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN, FCCP Harrisburg, PA
Rhode Island Marianne Hurley, MS, FNP-C, GNP-C, CDOE, FAANP Wakefield, RI
U. S. Virgin Islands Naita Salmon, ANP Christiansted, VI
Vermont Michelle Wade, MSN/Ed, APRN Rutland, VT
Virginia Mary Duggan, MS, CCRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP Oakton, VA
West Virginia Toni DiChiacchio, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP Morgantown, WV
Wisconsin Tina Bettin, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, APNP Marion, WI

Nomination Council

Nomination Council George Peraza-Smith, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-C Tampa, FL
Honey Jones, DNP, ACNP-BC Mebane, NC
Kathleen Woodruff, RN, DNP, ANP-BC White Hall, MD

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