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2016 AANP Election Results

AANP is pleased to announce the official results of the 2016 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. Terms of office begin at the close of the AANP 2016 National Conference in San Antonio, June 26, 2016.

AANP Board of Directors

Position Representative Location
President-Elect Joyce Knestrick, PhD, C-FNP, FAANP Washington, PA
Recording Secretary Cindy Edwards-Tuttle, MSN, EMBA, FNP-BC, FAANP Sylvania, OH
Region 2 Director Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP White Plains, NY
Region 4 Director April Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP Nolensville, TN
Region 6 Director Patricia Pearce, MPH, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP New Orleans, LA
Region 8 Director Deanna Babb, DNP, APRN, FNP BC, FAANP Great Falls, MT
Region 10 Director Tracy Klein, PhD, FNP, ARNP, FAANP, FAAN Portland, OR

Nominations Committee 

Representative Location
Claudia Beckwith, MSN, FNP-BC                                                            Grinnell, IA
Linda Brown, PhD, ARNP-C, EJD Hialeah, FL
Julie Koch, DNP, RN, FNP-BC Crown Point, IN
Robert Metzger, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC Dallas, TX

State Representatives 

State or Territory Representative Location
Alabama Kathleen Rhodes, DNPC, FNP-C Harvest, AL
Arizona Bessie Burk, DNP, FNP Arizona City, AZ
California (N) Sheri Rickman Patrick, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC Elk Grove, CA
California (S) Theresa Brown, RN, MSN, ACNP, AACC Thousand Oaks, CA
Connecticut Lynn Rapsilber, MSN, ANP-BC, APRN, FAANP, DNPc Torrington, CT
Delaware Sharon Baptiste-Brown, MSN, APRN-GNP Newark, DE
Florida (N) Susan Lynch, MSN, NP-C Deltona, FL
Florida (S) Jacinto Garrido, DNP, ARNP, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN Miami, FL
Georgia Amy Warner, DNP, FNP-C, ACNS-BC Cumming, GA
Hawaii Lenora Lorenzo, DNP, APRN BC-FNP, GNP, FAANP Haleiwa, HI
Illinois Julie Adkins, DNP, APN, FNP-BC, FAANP West Frankfort, IL
Indiana Angela Thompson, FNP-C, CDE, BC-ADM Plainfield, IN
Iowa Anne Gentil-Archer, DNP, ARNP, AGNP-C Iowa City, IA
Kansas Michelle Knowles, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC Hays, KS
Maine Valerie Fuller, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BC Falmouth, ME
Massachusetts Karen Kalmakis, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC, FAANP Westhampton, MA
Michigan Beth Kuzma, DNP, FNP-BC Ann Arbor, MI
Minnesota Debbi Lindgren-Clendenen, MN, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC Minneapolis, MN
Mississippi Linda Watkins, DNP, RN, FNP-C Madison, MS
Missouri William LaFevers, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC Kansas City, MO
Nebraska Miranda Kliment, APRN, MSN, FNP Valparaiso, NE
Nevada Susan VanBeuge, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP Las Vegas, NV
New Hampshire Kathleen Kidder, MSN-CS, FNP, APRN Andover, NH
Ohio Christine Williams, MSN, CNP, FAANP Shaker Heights, OH
Pacific U. S. Territories Teofila Maria Cruz, MSN, APRN, FNP-C Barrigada, GU
Pennsylvania Lori Martin-Plank, PhD, FNP-BC, NP-C, GNP-BC, FAANP Pipersville, PA
Rhode Island Denise Coppa, PhD, APRN, CNP, FNP North Kingstown, RI
Vermont Deborah Wachtel, NP, MPH, MS Essex Junction, VT
Virginia Mary Duggan, MS, RN, CCRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP Oakton, VA
West Virginia Elizabeth Baldwin, APRN, PNP, BC Grafton, WV
Wisconsin Tina Bettin, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, APNP Marion, WI
Note:  All AANP Bylaw amendments were approved.


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 more than 205,000 NPs, including more than 67,000 individual members and 200 organizations, 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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