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The AACN Board of Directors unites our community of exceptional nurses, to shape the future of nursing practice. These leaders help to further our mission of a patient- and family-driven healthcare system where acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. 

Clareen Wiencek

President

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

Christine S. Shulman

President-elect

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

Kimberly Curtin

Secretary

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

Megan E. Brunson

Treasurer

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

Elizabeth Bridges

Director

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2019

Nancy Freeland

Director

Jul 01, 2014 – Jun 30, 2017

Wendi Froedge

Director

Jun 01, 2015 – Jun 30, 2018

Michelle Kidd

Director

Jul 01, 2015 – Jun 30, 2018

Deborah Klein

Director

Jul 01, 2014 – Jun 30, 2017

Mary Beth Makic

Director

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2019

Paula S. McCauley

Director

Jul 01, 2014 – Jun 30, 2017

Louise Saladino

Director

Jul 01, 2015 – Jun 30, 2018

Rosemary Timmerman

Director

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2019

Karen McQuillan

Immediate Past President

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

Dana Woods

Chief Executive Officer

Board of Directors

Nominations are accepted annually in April and May, and directors serve three-year terms.

Responsibilities: Qualifications:
  • Define and support the mission, vision and values of the association
  • Ensure effective organizational planning
  • Effectively manage the association's resources
  • Determine, monitor, evaluate and strengthen the association's programs and services
  • Uphold legal requirements and ethical integrity
  • Assess board performance and ensure board succession
  • Ensure effective communication between AACN and AACN Certification Corporation and other subsidiaries of the association
  • Active membership in AACN
  • Active commitment to and understanding of AACN and its mission, vision and values
  • Demonstration of the essential governance leadership competencies as defined in the AACN Framework for Governance Leadership Competencies

AACN Certification Corporation, AACN’s credentialing arm, enhances patient health and safety by establishing and maintaining high standards of nursing excellence through certification and certification renewal for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. We develop and administer the CCRN, CCRN-E, CCRN-K, PCCN, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG*, CCNS, ACCNS-AG*, ACCNS-P* and ACCNS-N* specialty exams and the CMC and CSC subspecialty exams. In collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Credentialing Center, we also offer the CNML exam.

*Consensus Model-based exams

Karen S. Kesten

Chair

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2018

Denise Buonocore

Chair-elect

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2018

Lisa Falcón

Secretary/Treasurer

Jul 01, 2015 – Jun 30, 2017

Sonia Astle

Director

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

Nancy Freeland

Director

Jul 01, 2014 – Jun 30, 2017

Teresa Jahn

Director

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2019

Deborah Klein

Director

Jul 01, 2014 – Jun 30, 2017

Elizabeth Scruth

Director

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2019

Mary Frances Pate

Immediate Past Chair

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

Patty Cox

Consumer Representative

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2019

Dana Woods

Chief Executive Officer

Ensuring future governance leaders is critical to the success of AACN. Acting on behalf of AACN members, the Nominating Committee has a thoughtful, systematic process to evaluate nominee qualifications that ensures each candidate selected possesses the required competencies to fulfill the role. With this assurance, Association members can be confident that the candidates for whom they vote will be prepared for success in their governance role.
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Karen McQuillan

Chair

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

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Elizabeth Bridges

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

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Kelly Carter

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

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Myra Ellis

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

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Kiersten Henry

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

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Michelle Kidd

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

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Deborah Klein

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

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Louise Saladino

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

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Michele Zucconi

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2016 – Jun 30, 2017

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Tracey Van Dell

Committee Member

Dana Woods

Chief Executive Officer

Board of Directors

Nominations are accepted annually in April and May, and directors serve three-year terms.

Responsibilities: Qualifications:
  • Define and support the mission, vision and values of the association
  • Ensure effective organizational planning
  • Effectively manage the association's resources
  • Determine, monitor, evaluate and strengthen the association's programs and services
  • Uphold legal requirements and ethical integrity
  • Assess board performance and ensure board succession
  • Ensure effective communication between AACN and AACN Certification Corporation and other subsidiaries of the association
  • Active membership in AACN
  • Active commitment to and understanding of AACN and its mission, vision and values
  • Demonstration of the essential governance leadership competencies as defined in the AACN Framework for Governance Leadership Competencies

Competencies for Governance Leadership

Self-Leadership

Assess and then develop your abilities, so you can optimize your professional relationships and improve your organization’s outcomes.

Global Thinking

Think beyond your current role, and apply new perspectives that will improve your practice.

Visioning

Create a clear view of the preferred future based on global analysis to lead other people and your organization to this preferred state.

Consensus Building

Achieve practical consensus within groups to promote teamwork and garner the participation of others to reach solutions and effect positive change.

Delivering Effective Messages

Deliver effective messages that motivate others to thought and action.

Knowing and Committing to AACN

Demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to the mission, vision, values and initiatives of AACN to support nurses and thereby optimize outcomes for patients and their families.

Board Only Access

For present and past AACN leaders.