AACN's national office will be closed for a summer pause from July 15-19, 2024.
  • Board of Directors

  • Certification Corporation Board

  • Nominating Committee

  • How to Serve

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. 

Jennifer Adamski

President

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

Rebekah Marsh

President-elect

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

Tiffany A. Mullen

Secretary

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

Jarrod Atkinson

Treasurer

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

Kristina Brooks

Director

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2027

Dawn Carpenter

Director

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2027

Kelly Carter

Director

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2027

Nicole Fontenot

Director

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2025

Desiree Hodges

Director

Jul 01, 2023 – Jun 30, 2026

Sara Knippa

Director

Jul 01, 2023 – Jun 30, 2026

Dannette Mitchell

Director

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2027

Lynn Orser

Director

Jul 01, 2023 – Jun 30, 2026

Kirsten Skillings

Director

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2025

Theresa Davis

Immediate Past President

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

Dana Woods

Chief Executive Officer

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, PCCN, ACNPC-AG, ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P and ACCNS-N specialty exams and the CMC and CSC subspecialty exams.

Myra Ellis

Chair

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2026

Jodi Berndt

Chair-elect

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2026

Carly Byrne

Secretary/Treasurer

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

Stephen Holman

Director

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2027

Sara Knippa

Director

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

Carol Olff

Director

Jul 01, 2023 – Jun 30, 2026

Lynn Orser

Director

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

Kathleen Siedlecki

Consumer Representative

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2025

Tonka Williams

Director

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

Elizabeth Scruth

Immediate Past Chair

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2026

Dana Woods

Chief Executive Officer

Ensuring future governance leaders is critical to the success of AACN and AACN Certification Corporation. 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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Theresa Davis

Co-Chair

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

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Elizabeth Scruth

Co-Chair

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

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Lisa Ayers

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

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Jodi Berndt

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

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Kelly Carter

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

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Nicole Fontenot

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

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Derek Free

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

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Myra King

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

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Carol Olff

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

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Shelly Orr

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

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Kirsten Skillings

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

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Tonka Williams

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2024 – Jun 30, 2025

Dana Woods

Chief Executive Officer

About Governance Leadership Positions

This page provides detailed information for anyone interested in pursuing a leadership role with AACN. Nominations are accepted annually in April and May.


What are AACN’s governance leadership positions?

AACN’s governance leaders are composed of the members of three bodies: AACN board of directors, AACN Certification Corporation board of directors and AACN – AACN Certification Corporation Nominating Committee. In partnership with AACN members, constituents, the chief executive officer and national staff, these leaders ensure achievement of the organization’s mission, vision and strategies.


Are you ready to apply for an AACN governance leadership position?

This year we are excited to share a new tool to assist anyone interested in evaluating their own leadership journey compared with the AACN Governance Leadership Competencies. We encourage you to review the information on this page and then use the Readiness Assessment Tool to reflect on your leadership journey and identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth. This tool is for your personal use only.

Readiness Assessment Tool


What are the competencies to serve in a governance leadership position?

Highly qualified and committed governance leaders are vital to AACN’s continuing progress. With this goal in mind, the organization has defined Essential Competencies for Governance Leadership to help members and certificants assess their readiness for a governance leadership position. The competencies are as follows:

  • Self-Leadership
  • Global Thinking
  • Visioning
  • Consensus Building
  • Delivering Effective Messages
  • Knowing and Committing to AACN and Its Governing Bodies

Detailed information about the competencies


AACN Board of Directors

AACN membership required

Accountabilities:

  • 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.

Detailed information about these positions


AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors

AACN membership not required

AACN Certification Corporation bylaws and accreditation require board members to represent the populations certified. To fulfill these requirements, different credentials or experience is required on a rotating basis, which determines the available positions each year.

Accountabilities:

  • Define and support the mission, vision and values of the corporation.
  • Ensure effective planning.
  • Effectively manage the corporation’s resources.
  • Determine, monitor, evaluate and strengthen certification programs and services.
  • Act with integrity and uphold all legal requirements.
  • Assess board performance and ensure board succession.
  • Ensure effective communication between AACN and AACN Certification Corporation.

Detailed information about these positions


AACN - AACN Certification Corporation Nominating Committee

AACN membership required

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.
  • Select candidates through a group process.
  • Communicate the committee's decisions and feedback to nominees.

Detailed information about these positions

Board Only Access

For present and past AACN leaders.