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American Association of Nurse Practitioners® Announces 2020–2021 Board of Directors

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is pleased to announce the 2020–2021 AANP Board of Directors (BOD), effective June 28. The BOD will guide the association and empower its members through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership. BOD members' combined experience and knowledge will benefit AANP in continuing to advance nurse practitioners (NPs) as leaders in health care. The 2020–2021 AANP BOD members are:

  • Officers

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

    April Kapu, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP – President-elect

    Kathy Wheeler, PhD, FNP, FAANP – Treasurer

    Gretchen Schumacher, PhD, GNP-C, FNP, NP-C, FAANP – Recording Secretary

  • Regional Directors

    Deborah Wachtel, DNP, MPH, APRN, FAANP
    Region 1 – CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

    Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP
    Region 2 – NJ, NY, Puerto Rico

    Lori Martin-Plank, PhD, FNP-C, GNP-BC, PMHNP, FNAP, FAANP
    Region 3 – DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV

    Frank Manole, DNP, MSN, MBA, ACNP-BC, FAANP
    Region 4 – KY, NC, SC, TN

    Angela Thompson, DNP, FNP-C, BC-ADM, CDCES, FAANP
    Region 5 – IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI

    James Dickens, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP
    Region 6 – AR, LA, OK, TX

    Kathleen Haycraft, DNP, FNP/PNP-BC, DCNP, FAANP
    Region 7 – IA, KS, MO, NE

    Maria Kidner
    Region 8 – CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY

    Karen Ketner, DNP, FNP, FAANP
    Region 9 – AZ, CA, HI, NM, NV, Pacific U. S. Territories

    Sarah Sparks, DNP, APRN, NP-C
    Region 10 – AK, ID, OR, WA

    Doreen Cassarino, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, FAANP
    Region 11 – AL, FL, GA, MS, U. S. Virgin Islands


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 290,000 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. As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care. For more information about AANP, visit