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Fellows Program Announces 2023 Election Results

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Media Contact: Bryan Black

New leaders will begin their term of office on July 1.

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is pleased to share the results of the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) election.

Effective July 1, the newly elected FAANP officers and committee members will be:


Patricia F. Pearce, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC, FAANP, has over thirty years of nursing experience, including acute- and ambulatory care, teaching and research, with 20 years as a family nurse practitioner (NP). Pearce is interested in information management and heightening usability for effective and efficient practice, research and health policy. Her research is related to the development of a computerized questionnaire for self-reporting and screening physical activity. She has published widely and completed presentations at local, regional, state, national and international levels. She is a member of AANP and several other professional organizations, actively participating in the recruitment, education and mentoring of NPs. Pearce has also been involved with policy development in Louisiana, Utah and Alabama.


Jamille Nagtalon-Ramos EdD, WHNP-BC, IBCLC, FAANP, (Incumbent) is board certified women’s health NP with over two decades of advanced practice nursing experience. She was instrumental in developing the NP hospitalist role in the Department of OBGYN at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia in 2003. Nagtalon-Ramos is also an assistant professor at Rutgers University School of Nursing in Camden, New Jersey. In this role, she examines sexual and reproductive health disparities in vulnerable populations, with a special focus on the Filipino American community. Nagtalon-Ramos has over 12 years of experience on national boards and currently serves as the treasurer of the FAANP Executive Committee.


Alison Mitchell, MSN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, served as president of the Houston Area Nurse Practitioners, growing the organization to 600 members. Mitchell spearheaded a Senate bill on Full Practice Authority (FPA) in 2004 and served as president of the Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP) from 2006 to 2008. Mitchell was treasurer and director of state affiliates for the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) in 2006-2012. In 2012, Mitchell suggested combining the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners with ACNP, and their 2013 merger formed AANP. Mitchell was an AANP Texas State Representative in 2012-2013, was the AANP Health Policy Committee Chair in 2013, received the TNP of the Year Award and AANP Texas Advocate State Award for Excellence in 2014 and was inducted as an AANP Fellow in 2015. Mitchell was an adjunct faculty at Texas Woman's University from 2015 to 2020.

Nomination Committee Member

Kate Gawlik, DNP, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, (Incumbent) is an associate professor of clinical nursing, director of undergraduate health and wellness academic programming, and project manager for the Million Hearts® initiative at Ohio State University. She is board certified as a family NP. Gawlik has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate nursing courses and serves as a clinical preceptor for advanced practice nursing students. She is the co-editor for four nursing textbooks, including “Evidence-Based Physical Examination: Best Practices for Health and Wellbeing Assessment.” She was inducted as an AANP Fellow in June 2018 and was awarded the 2018 AANP Ohio NP State Award for Excellence.

Selection Committee Members

Kathleen Burkhart, MSN, ARNP, NBC- HWC, FAANP, (Incumbent) is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corp and an AANP Fellow. She is a certified adult and geriatric NP and studied at the University of Virginia, where she earned a Master of Science degree in psychiatric nursing. She has worked more than 30 years for the Veteran’s Administration (VA) in several diverse and challenging roles and has been a strong clinical leader in the VA Patient Centered Care and Whole Health initiatives. As a board-certified coach, she is passionate about the positive benefits of mentorship and giving back to her profession.

Joan Zaccardi, DrNP, APN-BC, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAANP, (Incumbent) cares for women with bladder, bowel and pelvic floor dysfunction and is adjunct faculty for the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Practicum at Rutgers University. She is an expert in women’s health, is a sought-after speaker and has published articles and book chapters. As an NP advocate and an AANP New Jersey State Liaison, Zaccardi serves on the New Jersey State Nurses Association Joint Protocol Steering Group, lobbying for FPA. She is Co-chair of the AANP Women’s Health Community and is an AANP Fellow and elected member of the FAANP Selection Committee.

Anthony Angelow, PhD, APRN, ACNPC, AGACNP-BC, FAEN, FAANP, is an associate clinical professor at Drexel University. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing from Thomas Jefferson University and a PhD in Nursing Education at the University of Northern Colorado. He has extensive experience in nursing practice, academia and leadership. He maintains an active clinical practice as an NP in a division of trauma and surgical critical care at a level one trauma center. He is a nationally and internationally recognized content expert and presents at national and international conferences. Due to his outstanding and long-lasting contributions to the profession, he earned fellowship status in two organizations.

Denise Link, PhD, WHNP-BC, CNE, FAAN, FAANP, is a women’s health NP and clinical professor emerita in the Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. In all her positions and activities, she has been a passionate voice for patients and NPs. She has been a leader and advocate for women’s health care and the NP role since 1979. She has held offices in national and state nursing organizations, the FAANP Executive Committee and two nursing boards. Link has been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at state, national and international conferences about NP-led health care, the NP role, health policy and women’s health.

FAANP thanks all who participated in the 2023 election and extends its gratitude to the following outgoing FAANP Officers and Committee Members:

  • Elda Ramirez, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAEN, FAAN — Member-at-Large.
  • Michelle Beauchesne, DNSc, RN, CPNP, FAAN, FAANP, FNAP — Selection Committee Member.
  • Alison Mitchell, MSN, ACNP-BC, FAANP — Selection Committee Member.


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The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) program was established in 2000 and is dedicated to the advancement of NPs and the high-quality health care they provide. Recognized as NP leaders who have made outstanding contributions to NP education, policy, clinical practice and research, AANP Fellows volunteer their expertise as reviewers, topical experts, committee members, journal contributors, mentors and more. FAANP strives to support AANP’s mission, develop NP leaders of the future and advance the NP role. Learn more at

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