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American Association of Nurse Practitioners Introduces 2023 Executive Leadership Program Cohort

Media Contact: Bryan Black

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is honored to announce the 2023 AANP Executive Leadership Program cohort. AANP has accepted 14 qualified nurse practitioners (NPs) with diverse backgrounds from across the U.S.

Working in partnership with The George Washington University (GWU) School of Nursing, this program reinforces and further develops the personal qualities, relationship-building and problem-solving skills necessary for effective leadership, particularly at the executive level. Created as an extension of the AANP Introductory Certificate on Leadership multi-module educational series and advancing the curriculum participants gained through its successful completion, the AANP Executive Leadership Program will be conducted in person and online this year in two weeklong sessions that begin on March 27-31. The second part will run June 5-9. To ensure participants stay on track between sessions, the program will include a webinar on May 3.

Using curriculum developed by the GWU School of Nursing and with an emphasis on content and ongoing coaching, top experts will equip these dynamic individuals to lead the next generation of NP professionals. Participants are required to complete specific assignments in advance of each weeklong session and share their experiences and challenges for discussion and recommendations.

”NPs provide various health care services daily in complex and diverse settings,” said Blair Johnson, MBA, Director of Ventures, Initiatives, and Partnerships at the GW School of Nursing. “The accumulated experiences of many patient encounters elevate their clinical skills to extraordinarily high levels. What happens when an NP becomes an executive leader and their organization turns to them to help lead the entire enterprise, not just patient care? The AANP Executive Leadership Program helps high-potential NPs develop a strategic mindset and multiply their impact as leaders across their organizations. The cohort-based model combines rich leadership content, experiential learning and policy exposure. The program elevates the participant’s ability to lead high-performance teams, facilitate systemic change and produce enhanced health care and business outcomes.”

Participants earn approximately 50 contact hours of continuing education credit upon program completion as they work toward developing the right mindset to influence others, make tough decisions and — most importantly — be effective in an executive role.

Participants in the 2023 AANP Executive Leadership Program include:

  • Alyssa Angel, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, of the United States Army Reserve from Tampa, Florida.
  • Nadia Applegate, MSN, FNP-C, GS-C, of WellBe Senior Medical from Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Dana M. Bloomburg, MSN, CRNP, of The Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Amanda Connoyer, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, of Springfield Clinic from Springfield, Illinois.
  • Natalie DeGroff, MS, RN, FNP-C, of AIS Healthcare from Dallas, Texas.
  • Arneta Finney, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, of National University from Los Angeles, California.
  • Ebonye Green, MSNc, ACNPC-AG, CNRN, SCRN, APRN, FNCS, of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) from Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Cortney Kulers, FNP-C, of Eventus Whole Health from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • Mark Larson, FNP-C, of the Food & Drug Administration from Rockville, Maryland.
  • Brandon Lee, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, of Eskenazi Health from Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Olayinka Lowe, MSN, FNP-BC, from New Jersey.
  • Amelia R. Malcom, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, of Brenau University from Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Rhonda Parker, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC of BCHA/Mountain Health, LLC from Belington, West Virginia.
  • Kari Wheeling, RN, MPH, MSN, BC-FNP, of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies (HMHB) from Honolulu, Hawaii.


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. 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. To locate an NP in your community, visit For more information about NPs, visit

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