• Board of Directors

  • Certification Corporation Board

  • Nominating Committee

  • Governance

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. Schulman

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

If you have any questions about AACN Board of Director or Nominating Committee Positions,
please contact the governance department at volunteers@aacn.org or (800) 394-5995 ext 331

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

AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors

The AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors composition must meet the accreditation requirements set forth by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Therefore the Corporation has established processes for the identification and selection of directors distinct from AACN. For information about Certification Corporation board positions, please contact boardofdirectors@aacn.org.

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

Staff Liaison

Dana Woods

Chief Executive Officer

Nominating Committee

Nominations are accepted annually in April and May, and committee members serve one-year terms.

Responsibilities: Qualifications:
  • Assess nominee qualifications
  • Develop a slate of candidates, and present these to the voting membership
  • Provide ongoing evaluation and improvement of nominating processes
  • Ensure an election in accordance with AACN bylaws

If you have any questions about AACN Board of Director or Nominating Committee Positions,
please contact the governance department at volunteers@aacn.org or (800) 394-5995 ext 331.

Information about AACN Governance Leadership Positions

As a member of the AACN community, one of the responsibilities and privileges you have is selecting the next leaders of the organization. You do this when you vote in the AACN election and also when you nominate colleagues for leadership positions.

Currently, AACN is accepting nominations for governance leadership positions on the AACN Board of Directors and the AACN Nominating Committee. The competencies for these positions have been defined in the AACN Framework for Governance Leadership Positions.

We ask that you carefully consider the defined competencies and submit nominations for colleagues who demonstrate the competencies and who you believe would provide strong leadership in moving AACN towards achieving its mission and vision. You may also nominate yourself.

Simply complete the nomination form and submit it by the May 31, 2017, deadline. No nominations will be accepted after the deadline.

Following are the positions for which nominations are being sought. Terms for all positions will begin July 1, 2018. Reimbursement for travel as well as other expenses is provided for all of these national volunteer positions.

AACN Board of Directors

(3-year terms)
Accountabilities:

  • Define and support the vision, mission and values statements for 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.
Qualifications:

AACN Nominating Committee

(1-year terms)
Accountabilities:

  • Ensure the election process is in accordance with established procedures, policies and bylaws.
  • Conduct comprehensive interviews of nominees.
  • Review, synthesize and analyze nominee applications, references and interview transcripts.
  • Through group process, select candidates.
  • Communicate the committee's decisions and feedback to the nominees.
Qualifications:

If you have any questions about AACN Board of Director or Nominating Committee Positions, please contact the governance department at volunteers@aacn.org or (800) 394-5995 ext 331.

AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors

The AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors composition must meet the accreditation requirements set forth by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Therefore the Corporation has established processes for the identification and selection of directors distinct from AACN. For information about Certification Corporation board positions, please contact boardofdirectors@aacn.org.

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For present and past AACN leaders.