2019 State Award for Excellence Winners Announced

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) has announced the AANP State Award for Excellence recipients for 2019. Every year, AANP recognizes outstanding achievements by nurse practitioners (NPs) and NP advocates in each state. State Award for Excellence winners will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, June 21, during the 2019 AANP National Conference at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, June 18-23.

Established in 1991, the State Award for Excellence recognizes an NP in each state who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice. In 1993, the state award for advocate was added to recognize the efforts of an individual who had made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and recognition of NPs. Examples of past recipients of this award 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. For more information about NPs, visit AANP.org. To locate an NP near you, visit NPFinder.com.

  • Congratulations to the 2019 AANP State Award winners listed below!

    Alabama
    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Ashley L. Hodges
    Advocate: Natalie R. Baker

    Alaska

    Nurse Practitioner: Regina Dahl
    Advocate: Christine Kramer

    Arizona
    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Debra L. Ilchak
    Advocate: Dr. Valerie M. Kading

    Arkansas
    Nurse Practitioner: Michel T. Villiger
    Advocate: Rep. Justin Gonzalez

    California
    Nurse Practitioner: Melinda G. Sheehan
    Advocate: Sen. Jeff Stone

    Colorado
    Nurse Practitioner: Tenley Roeder
    Advocate: Dr. Ethan Cumbler

    Connecticut
    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Elizabeth MB Visone
    Advocate: Rep. Michelle Cook

    Delaware

    Nurse Practitioner: Jackie-Jo B. Lindo
    Advocate: Dr. Suzette M. Flores

    District of Columbia

    Nurse Practitioner: Fiona Druy
    Advocate: JoAnn K. Webb

    Florida

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Denise M. Schentrup
    Advocate: Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy

    Georgia

    Nurse Practitioner: Zakiyyah Weatherspoon
    Advocate: Dr. Michelle A. Nelson

    Hawaii
    Nurse Practitioner: Ty J. McComas
    Advocate: Patricia K. McKenzie

    Idaho

    Nurse Practitioner: Colleen M. Shackelford
    Advocate: Dr. Cathy R. Arvidson

    Illinois

    Nurse Practitioner: Michael K. Lemp
    Advocate: Dr. Mark S. Wasserman

    Indiana
    Nurse Practitioner: Jeffrey H. Baron
    Advocate: Heather Willey

    Iowa

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Teresa M. Judge-Ellis
    Advocate: Lara Marsh

    Kansas

    Nurse Practitioner: Lori Winfrey
    Advocate: Dr. Jennifer Sebes

    Kentucky

    Nurse Practitioner: Catherine M. Waits
    Advocate: Dr. Sara E. Robertson

    Louisiana

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Scharmaine Lawson
    Advocate: Dr. Jessica Landry

    Maine

    Nurse Practitioner: Christine Shaffer
    Advocate: Rhonda C. Selvin

    Maryland

    Nurse Practitioner: Marie T. Tarleton
    Advocate: Dr. Elaine M. Crain

    Massachusetts

    Nurse Practitioner: Allison Kilcoyne
    Advocate: Catherine M. McKinnon

    Michigan

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Myrth C. Condon
    Advocate: Dr. Cynthera McNeill

    Minnesota

    Nurse Practitioner: Stephanie M. Arendt
    Advocate: Dr. Mary Cameron

    Mississippi

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Calvin J. French
    Advocate: Gayle P. Harrell

    Missouri

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Tammy L. Bartholomew
    Advocate: Dr. JoAnn B. Franklin

    Montana

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Janice D. Hausauer
    Advocate: Dr. Timothy J. Adams

    Nebraska

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Kelley Hasenauer
    Advocate: Roberta Kroeger

    Nevada

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Marcia A. Clevesy
    Advocate: Dr. Susan S. VanBeuge

    New Hampshire
    Nurse Practitioner: Janet L. Chevarie
    Advocate: Jennifer Thompson

    New Jersey

    Nurse Practitioner: Varsha Singh
    Advocate: Judith E. Schmidt

    New Mexico

    Nurse Practitioner: Annette Randlemon
    Advocate: Anita M. Ralstin

    New York

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Mary Koslap-Petraco
    Advocate: Sally R. Dreslin

    North Carolina

    Nurse Practitioner: Jessica R. Puskarich
    Advocate: Dr. Peter K. Smith

    North Dakota

    Nurse Practitioner: Jackie M. Grunefelder
    Advocate: Dr. Karen Rohr

    Ohio

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Marguerite A. DiMarco
    Advocate: Dr. Jesse V. McClain IV

    Oklahoma
    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Melinda (Mindy) Whitten
    Advocate: Fmr. Sen. Ann (AJ) Griffin

    Oregon
    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Laurel K. Hallock Koppelman
    Advocate: Dr. Diane N. Solomon

    Pacific U.S. Territories

    Nurse Practitioner: Greg K. Woodard
    Advocate: Sen. Mary C. Torres

    Pennsylvania

    Nurse Practitioner: Dane Menkin
    Advocate: Tarik S. Khan

    Puerto Rico
    Advocate: Gian Garcia

    Rhode Island

    Nurse Practitioner: Cynthia Buckley
    Advocate: Dr. Richard A. Cottiero

    South Carolina

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Kelly A. Bouthillet
    Advocate: Sen. Tom Davis

    South Dakota

    Nurse Practitioner: Amy Newstrom
    Advocate: Dr. Stephan Miller

    Tennessee

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Anne W. Alexandrov
    Advocate: Carla Kirkland

    Texas

    Nurse Practitioner: Kimberly R. Johnson
    Advocate: Dr. Elda Ramirez

    U. S. Virgin Island
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    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Greta Hart-Hyndman
    Advocate: Dr. Mary Beverley A. Lansiquot

    Utah

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Gillian Tufts
    Advocate: Dr. Amanda Al-Khudairi

    Vermont

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Laura M. Cohen
    Advocate: Dr. Deborah Wachtel

    Virginia

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Dawn Bourne
    Advocate: Dr. Dawn M. Adams

    Washington

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Melody Rasmor
    Advocate: Erin Henderson

    West Virginia

    Nurse Practitioner: Donna J. Meadows
    Advocate: Del. Kelli Sobonya

    Wisconsin

    Nurse Practitioner: Rhonda E. Hoyer
    Advocate: Rep. Mike Rohrkaste

    Wyoming

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Wesley D. Davis
    Advocate: Dr. Laura A. Martin