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2018 State Award for Excellence

AUSTIN, TX (May 16, 2018) Every year, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recognizes outstanding achievements by nurse practitioners (NPs) and NP advocates in each state by presenting the AANP State Award for Excellence. These awards are distributed to the recipients throughout the year, with winners being recognized during the AANP national conference.

The State Award for Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes an NP in each state who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice. In 1993, the state award was extended to recognize the efforts of an individual who had made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and acceptance of NPs. Examples of past recipients of this award have been physicians, legislators, educators, etc. NPs are also eligible for the advocate award for non-clinical practice initiatives related to leadership, precepting, policy, politics, research, education, or community affairs.

Congratulations to the AANP 2018 State Award winners listed below!

2018 State Award Winners

State Nurse Practitioners   Advocates
Alabama Kala Blakely, DNP, CRNP, NP-C   Ian Burge, MSN, FNP-BC, CHPN, CRNP
Alaska Claire Lewis, WHNP, MHS, BSN, RN   Ursula McVeigh, MD
Arizona Joan Lazore, MSN, FNP-BC   Denise Link, WHNP, CNE, FAAN, FAANP
Arkansas Michelle Boone, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, AG-ACNP-BC   Rep. Kim Hammer
California Denise Perez, MS, RN, FNP-BC   Jeffrey Arnold, MD, FACEP
Colorado Rosario Medina, PhD, FNP-BC, ACNP, CNS   Kathleen Sanford, DBA, RN, FACHE, FAAN
Connecticut Kristen Marie Guida, DNP, ANP-C, ACNP-BC,
  Edward Volpintesta, MD
Delaware Cynthia Lang-Groening, APRN, NP-C   Ronald Castaldo, Ph.D., MBA, MS, CRNA,
District of Columbia Courtney Pladsen, DNP, FNP-BC   Lauren Inouye, RN, MPP
Florida Amanda Chaney, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP   Jessica MacIntyre, ARNP, NP-C, AOCNP
Georgia Janie McGhin, NP-C,CDE   Lucy Marion, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP
Hawaii Jared Medeiros, APRN   Laura Reichhardt, MS, APRN, NP-C
Idaho William Sabel, DNP, FNP-C, APRN   Michelle Anderson, DNP-FNP
Illinois Barbara Shaw, DNP, APN, FNP-C   Pamela Haerr, RN, BS, CPNP
Indiana Kristine Weaver, FNP   Mary Yaggy, GNP-BC
Iowa Lori Reed, ARNP, FNP-C    
Kansas Karen Lehman, DNPc,MSN,APRN, FNP-C   Charity Clark, MSOHRD, BS, RRT
Kentucky Sheila Carroll, APRN   Jane Owens, DNP, FNP-C
Louisiana Mari Wirfs, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, CNE   Rhonda Hensley, EdD, DNP
Maine Margaret (Peggy) Akers, ANP   Robert Howe, MPA
Maryland Helina Somervell, DNP, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC   Beverly Lang, MScN, RN, ANP-BC
Massachusetts Martha Klay , MSN, APRN   Stephanie Ahmed, DNP, FNP-BC
Michigan Susanna Sirianni, RN, DNP, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, CCRN   Olivia McLaughlin
Minnesota Patricia Peschman, DNP, RN, CNP   Renee Dahring, MSN, APRN, CNP
Mississippi Teresa Hamill, DNP, FNP-BC   Rep. Donnie Scoggin, FNP
Missouri Anniece Spencer, DNP, RN, FNP-C, BC-ADM   Fmr Rep. Tila Hubrecht, RN
Montana Kathy Jorgensen , APRN, FNP   Gabrielle Corscadden, RRT
Nebraska Amy Arndt, DNP, APRN   Linda Lazure, PhD, RN, FAAN
Nevada Maileen Ulep-Reed, APRN, FNP-BC   Teresa Praus, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
New Hampshire Jillian Belmont, DNP, FNP-BC, SCRN   Dorothy Mullaney, DNP, APRN
New Jersey Mary Krug, MSN,APN   Linda Mowad, RN, PhD
New Mexico Lisa Taylor, DNP, CRNP, BC-ADM   Michelle Peacock, FNP-BC
New York William Rosa , MS, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN, AHN-BC, CCRN-CMC   Mary Callan, FNP
North Carolina Dennis Taylor, DNP, ACNP-BC   Jean Davison, DNP, FNP-BC
North Dakota Danielle Skaar, FNP-C   Stacey Pfenning, DNP, APRN, FNP, FAANP
Ohio Kate Gawlik, DNP, RN, CNP   Meredith Foxx, MBA, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC,
Oklahoma Leah Melton, MSN, APRN, BC-ADM   Rep. Josh Cockroft
Oregon Nicole Bennett, PMHNP, DNP   Jenn Baker, BA
Pacific U.S. Territories Meagan Bamba-Ada, MSN, NP-C   Felix Cabrera, MD
Pennsylvania Carolyn Garver, RN, CRNP-C, MSN   Sen. Camera Bartolotta
Puerto Rico     Marien Saade, MSN, RN, CNN
Rhode Island Xristin Maestri, APRN   Madeleine Thibeault, MS
South Carolina Kristi Miller, MSN, FNP-BC   Judith Zink, MSN, FNP-BC PCPNP WOCN
South Dakota Diane Kenkel, MS, CNP   Nicole Gibson, DNP, RN, NP-C
Tennessee Tracie Moore, DNP, FNP/ACNP/ACNS-BC   W. Clay Jackson, MD, DipTh
Texas Holly Jeffreys, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN   Rep. Stephanie Klick, BSN
U.S. Virgin Islands Lisa Gay, FNP   JudyAnne Ross, RN, BSN, MSN
Utah Rodney Newman, MSN, ANP-BC   Deanne Williams, MS, CNM, FACNM
Vermont Michelle Wade, MSN/ Ed. APRN   Amy O'Meara, DrNP, AGNP, WHNP
Virginia Megan Hebdon, DNP, RN, FNP-c   Karen Budd, MSN, FNP-C
Washington Carrie Boom, RN, MN, ARNP   Anne Piazza, MBA
West Virginia Kendra Barker, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, CDE   Gaylene Miller
Wisconsin Mary Beck-Metzger, DNP, MSN, FNP   Debra Casper, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Wyoming Mary Cox, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BC   Mary Behrens, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP


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