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AANP Leadership Program Participants Announced

AUSTIN, TX (August. 1 , 2016) – The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the largest national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties, is pleased to announce the following nurse practitioners have been selected to participate in the third cohort of the AANP Leadership Program.

Name Location Name Location
Michelle Anderson Sandpoint, ID Jenna Herman Bismarck, ND
Christina Blanco El Paso, TX Kristen Marjama Cooper City, FL
Virginia Carreira Ocean, NJ Sandra Mazzone Chesterfield, MI
Shuinn Chang Mountain View, CA Tiffany Purdie Greenville, NC
Jessica Dekan Waukesha, WI Karen Sanchez Green Bay, WI
Allison Dimsdale Durham, NC   Gretchen Schumacher Belmont, MI

This 12-month program is designed to develop the next generation of NP leaders through a variety of initiatives that will provide a broad vision of the NP role in the current and future health care environment. Those selected for the program are currently serving in clinical, administrative or educational roles and demonstrate the potential to assume roles of increasing national leadership both within AANP and throughout the nation.

Participants will meet initially in mid-September for two days of formal training, focusing on leadership development and other components of the program. Visit for more information about the AANP Leadership Program.   

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 222,000 NPs, including more than 68,000 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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