Congratulations to the 2021 State Award for Excellence Recipients

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AUSTIN, TEXAS — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) proudly announces the recipients of the 2021 AANP State Award for Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding achievements by nurse practitioners (NPs) and NP advocates in each state and honors recipients annually during the AANP National Conference. Established in 1991, the State Award for Excellence is given to an NP in each state who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice. In 1993, the state award for NP advocates was added to highlight the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and recognition of NPs. Congratulations and thanks are due each of the individuals listed below.

  • 2021 AANP Award for Excellence Recipients

    Alabama

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Aimee Holland

    Advocate: Dr. Eileen Meyer

    Alaska

    Nurse Practitioner: Rachael Carlson

    Advocate: Dr. Javid Kamali

    Arizona

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Timian Godfrey

    Advocate: Dr. Lydia Cohan

    Arkansas

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Kimberly Hill

    Advocate: Yvonia Finley

    California

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Jennifer Ballard-Hernandez

    Advocate: Assemb. Jim Wood

    Colorado

    Nurse Practitioner: Rebecca Garber

    Advocate: Sen. Joann Ginal

    Connecticut

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Lindita Vinca

    Advocate: Dr. Lynn Rapsilber

    Delaware

    Nurse Practitioner: Ema Ndi

    Advocate: Dr. James Gill

    District of Columbia

    Nurse Practitioner: Carolyn Summer

    Advocate: Laura Worby

    Florida

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Lucie Dlugasch

    Advocate: Dr. Mai Kung

    Georgia

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Heather Quaile

    Advocate: Julianna McConnell

    Hawaii

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Bradley Kuo

    Advocate: Lee Ann Teshima

    Idaho

    Nurse Practitioner: Brad Bigford

    Advocate: Cynthia Dalsing

    Illinois

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Susan Corbridge

    Advocate: Dr. Marie Lindsey

    Indiana

    Nurse Practitioner: Theresa Coyner

    Advocate: Fmr. Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer

    Iowa

    Nurse Practitioner: Theresa Hohertz

    Advocate: Cecilia (Jodi) Tomlonovic

    Kansas

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Benjamin Cochran

    Advocate: Elizabeth Patton

    Kentucky

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Jessica Estes

    Advocate: Carol Darwin

    Louisiana

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Tavell Kindall

    Advocate: Dr. Rebekah Gee

    Maine

    Nurse Practitioner: Sara Hayes

    Advocate: Dr. Valerie Fuller

    Maryland

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Elizabeth Galik

    Advocate: Dr. Laurie Scudder

    Massachusetts

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Julianne Nemes Walsh

    Advocate: Gov. Charlie Baker

    Michigan

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Mary Anne McCoy

    Advocate: Patricia Wells

    Minnesota

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Maria Ruud

    Advocate: Sara Forrest

    Mississippi

    Nurse Practitioner: Stephanie Gale

    Advocate: Dr. Wanda Stroupe

    Missouri

    Nurse Practitioner: Brandon Forester

    Advocate: Sen. Eric Burlison

    Montana

    Nurse Practitioner: Valerie Anderson

    Advocate: Kelly Gregory

    Nebraska

    Nurse Practitioner: Jenni Gallagher

    Advocate: Cora Schrader

    Nevada

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Cameron Duncan

    Advocate: Sen. Joyce Woodhouse

    New Hampshire

    Nurse Practitioner: Mary Vigeant

    Advocate: Dr. Wendy Wright

    New Jersey

    Nurse Practitioner: Elise Rohana

    Advocate: Dr. Amita Avadhani

    New Mexico

    Nurse Practitioner: Vernon Osborn

    Advocate: Dr. Gloria Doherty

    New York

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Joan Miravite

    Advocate: Dr. Colleen Walsh-Irwin

    North Carolina

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Kathryn Kreider

    Advocate: Comm. Josh Dobson

    North Dakota

    Nurse Practitioner: Andrea Klizer

    Advocate: Dr. Adam Hohman

    Ohio

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Carol Savrin

    Advocate: Christine Williams

    Oklahoma

    Nurse Practitioner: Jayme Taylor

    Advocate: Susan Brown

    Oregon

    Nurse Practitioner: Shelby Freed

    Advocate: Dr. Benjamin Colburn

    Pacific U.S. Territories

    Nurse Practitioner: Sheri Tackett

    Advocate: Kathleen Fernandez

    Pennsylvania

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Deborah Pora

    Advocate: Dr. Lorraine Bock

    Puerto Rico

    Nurse Practitioner: Iris Ramos

    Advocate: Gladys Velez

    Rhode Island

    Nurse Practitioner: Carol Annunziata

    Advocate: Matthew Roman

    South Carolina

    Nurse Practitioner: Kathleen Boone

    Advocate: Judith Zink

    South Dakota

    Nurse Practitioner: Rebekka Klemme

    Advocate: Dr. Abigail Gramlick-Mueller

    Tennessee

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Heather Jackson

    Advocate: Jennifer Conrad-Rendon

    Texas

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Elizabeth Ellis

    Advocate: Dr. Jessica Peck

    Utah

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Michelle Litchman

    Advocate: Dr. Beth Luthy

    Vermont

    Nurse Practitioner: Jeri Wohlberg

    Advocate: Dan Bennett

    Virginia

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Shelly Smith

    Advocate: Dr. Carolyn Rutledge

    Washington

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Diane Fuller Switzer Advocate: Nancy Lawton

    West Virginia

    Nurse Practitioner: Joyce Wilson

    Advocate: Dr. Toni DiChiacchio

    Wisconsin

    Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Maureen Greene

    Advocate: Dr. Gina Bryan

    Wyoming

    Nurse Practitioner: Sarah-Anne Galloway

    Advocate: Sen. Jeff Wasserburger


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