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Nurse Practitioners Unveil Federal Health Policy Team

AUSTIN, TX (February 27, 2013) – The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the nation's largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs), today announced the creation of a new team that will lead the organization's federal health policy efforts. Based in the Washington, DC metro area, the team will comprise professionals from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners, which consolidated in January 2013, as well as other policy experts from outside the organization.

Dr. Jan Towers, PhD, NP-C, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, has accepted the position of Senior Policy Advisor and will continue to help shape the organization's federal health policy effort. Throughout her career, she has worked to advance federal legislative and regulatory efforts that benefit NPs and their patients since helping to establish the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 1985.

Joining in early March is MaryAnne Sapio, who will lead the organization's lobbying effort as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs. A veteran of Washington policy and politics, Sapio has previously served as Senior Director of Government Relations and Federal Advocacy for the American Health Care Association (AHCA).

"I am extremely pleased that MaryAnne has chosen to join us at AANP. Her stellar reputation as a respected and thoughtful government relations professional in Washington will help AANP to further its mission to represent NPs at the federal level," said David Hebert, Chief Executive Officer of AANP.

Sapio also served as a consultant to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), where she developed and implemented federal legislative and regulatory initiatives involving appropriations, nursing education, mental health funding, higher education, and biomedical research.

Having previously served with the American College of Nurse Practitioners, Debra Swan will continue advancing the role of NPs in her new position as Associate Vice President of Federal Government Affairs. An alumna of Indiana University, Swan is a former Capitol Hill staff member for Indiana Congressman John Brademas, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for two decades.

"With these experienced dedicated professionals leading the way, AANP has never been better positioned to advance our federal policy priorities." said Angela Golden, President of AANP. "Along with Washington health care veteran, David Hebert, our CEO, this team is leading the charge toward ensuring federal legislation and regulation meets the challenges of today's health care environment by further empowering our nation's NPs." 


The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties. It represents the interests of over 155,000 NPs, including more than 42,000 individual members and 190 groups, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care.