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2014 AANP Election Results

AANP is pleased to announce the official results of the 2014 election. The ballots have been qualified by Survey & Ballot Systems in accordance with the election policies and procedures as approved by AANP. Congratulations to all. Term of office begins immediately following the Annual Membership Meeting at the AANP National Conference,
June 21, 2014 in Nashville.

AANP Board of Directors

Position Representative Location
President-Elect Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP Brownsboro, AL
Recording Secretary Cindy Edwards-Tuttle, EMBA, MSN, FNP-BC Sylvania, OH
Region 2 Director Donald Gardenier, DNP, FNP-BC New York, NY
Region 4 Director Deborah Varnam, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP Shallotte, NC
Region 6 Director Sophia Thomas, APRN, FNP-BC, PNP-BC, FAANP Metairie, LA
Region 8 Director Gwen Rohde Witzel, APRN, FNP, FAANP Langdon, ND
Region 10 Director Tracy Klein, PhD, FNP, FAANP, FRE, FAAN Portland, OR

Nominations Committee 

Representative Location
James Dickens, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP Denton, TX
Colleen Leners, DNP, ENP, FNP-BC, APRN San Diego, CA

State Representatives 

State or Territory Representative Location
Alabama Kathleen Rhodes, MSN, FNP-C Harvest, AL
Arizona Melanie Logue, PhD, DNP, APRN, CFNP Peoria, AZ
California (N) Karen Ketner, MSN, NP San Jose, CA
California (S) Theresa Brown, RN, MSN, NP Thousand Oaks, CA
Connecticut Lynn Rapsilber, MSN, ANP-BC, APRN Torrington, CT
Delaware Megan Williams, APRN, FNP-C Milford, DE
District of Columbia Laura Worby, RN, MSN, FNP-BC Washington, D.C.
Florida Susan Lynch, MSN, NP-C Deltona, FL
Georgia Janet Ross, MSN, APRN-BC, FNP-C, COHN-S/CM Buchanan, GA
Hawaii Pualani Gandall-Yamamoto, MSN, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC Honolulu, HI
Illinois Julie Adkins, DNP, APN, FNP-BC West Frankfort, IL
Indiana Angela Thompson, MSN, RN, FNP-C, BC-ADM, CDE Plainfield, IN
Iowa Sherry McKay, MSN, ARNP, GNP-BC, FAANP Iowa City, IA
Kansas Michelle Knowles, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC Hays, KS
Maine Valerie Fuller, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BC Falmouth, ME
Maryland Tonya Appleby, MSN, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC Perryville, MD
Massachusetts Karen Kalmakis, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC Westhampton, MA
Michigan Beth Kuzma, MSN, FNP-BC Ann Arbor, MI
Minnesota Brian Goodroad, DNP, ANP-BC       (Appointed) St. Paul, MN
Mississippi Linda Watkins, DNP, RN, MS, FNP-C Madison, MS
Missouri Kathleen Haycraft, DNP, FNP/PNP-BC, DCNP Hannibal, MO
Nebraska LeAnn Holmes, APRN, FNP-C Lincoln, NE
Nevada Susan VanBeuge, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP Las Vegas, NV
New Hampshire Kathleen Kidder, MSN, FNP-CS, FAANP Andover, NH
Ohio Christine Williams, MSN, CNP, FAANP Shaker Heights, OH
Pacific U. S. Territories Anna Maria Cruz, FNP-BC Hagatna, GU
Pennsylvania Lori Martin-Plank, PhD, FNP-BC, NP-C, GNP-BC, FAANP Pipersville, PA
Rhode Island Denise Coppa, PhD, FNP-C, PNP-BC North Kingstown, RI
Vermont Deborah Wachtel, NP, MPH, MS Essex Junction, VT
Virginia Mary Duggan, MS, RN, CCRN, ACNP-BC Oakton, VA
West Virginia Elizabeth Baldwin, APRN, PNP,BC Grafton, WV
Wisconsin Nancy Whitehead, MS, C, CNS, FNP, APNP West Bend, WI
Note:  All AANP Bylaw amendments were approved.


The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties. It represents the interests of the nation’s 189,000 NPs, providing a unified networking platform, and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization 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 NP patients and other health care consumers. 


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