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2023 AANP Election Results


Media Contact: Bryan Black

Meet the leaders who will begin their term of office on June 25.

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is pleased to announce the official results of the 2023 AANP Election. Selected by members during the March 10-31 voting period, these exemplary nurse practitioner (NP) leaders will set the strategic direction for the association and play an instrumental role in guiding the profession forward. The ballots have now been qualified by Survey & Ballot Systems, in accordance with the election policies and procedures as approved by AANP.

On June 25, individuals elected in 2023 will begin their term of office. Elected leaders will be introduced during the annual membership meeting at the 2023 AANP National Conference in New Orleans, and their term of office will begin immediately following the conclusion of the conference.

  • Board of Directors

    Karen Ketner, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP
    San Jose, CA

    Region 1 Director
    Valerie Fuller, PhD, DNP, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP
    Falmouth, ME

    Region 3 Director
    Colleen Leners, DNP, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP
    Arlington, VA

    Region 5 Director
    Angela Thompson, DNP, FNP-C, BC-ADM, CDCES, FAANP
    Pittsboro, IN

    Region 9 Director
    Theresa Brown, DNP, ACNP-BC, AACC, FAANP
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    Region 11 Director
    Doreen Cassarino, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, FAANP, FNAP
    Naples, FL

  • Nomination Council
    • Elizabeth Kuzma, DNP, FNP-BC
      Ann Arbor, MI
    • Cameron Duncan, PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CNE
      Reno, NV
  • State Liaisons

    Julia Ponder, DNP, AGACNP-BC, FNP-C, CEN
    Little Rock, AR

    Constance McMenamin, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
    Centennial, CO

    Michelle Anderson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP
    Meridian, ID

    Gonzales, LA

    New Jersey
    Varsha Singh, DNP, APN, NEa-BC, FAHA, FAANP
    Westfield, NJ

    New York South
    Colleen Walsh-Irwin, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, AACC, EBP-C, FAANP
    East Northport, NY

    North Carolina
    Maria Colandrea, DNP, NP-C, CORLN, FAANP
    Cary, NC

    North Dakota
    Adam Hohman, DNP, FNP-BC
    West Fargo, ND

    James Sims, DNP, ARNP, ANP-BC
    Veneta, OR

    South Carolina
    Dianna Inman, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS
    Irmo, SC

    Carla Kirkland, MSN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-BC
    Memphis, TN

    Texas North
    Vicki Brooks, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP
    Mineral Wells, TX

    Texas South
    Tracy Wilson, DNP, MSN.Ed., RN, FNP-C
    Cypress, TX

AANP is a member-driven organization, with NPs informing the association’s action and determining the future of their profession. Now is the ideal time for all AANP members who are interested in becoming an elected leader to review the leadership positions and eligibility requirements for the 2024 AANP Election and mark their calendars for the Call for Nominations to open in October.


The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 355,000 licensed NPs in the U.S. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NPs' patients and other health care consumers. To locate an NP in your community, visit For more information about NPs, visit