• 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. 

Amanda Bettencourt

President

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

Theresa Davis

President-elect

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

Rebekah Marsh

Secretary

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

Tonka Williams

Treasurer

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

Nicole Fontenot

Director

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2025

Tiffany A. Mullen

Director

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2025

Kirsten Skillings

Director

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2025

Paula Levett

Director

Jul 01, 2020 – Jun 30, 2023

Joseph Falise

Director

Jul 01, 2021 – Jun 30, 2024

Veronica Gurule

Director

Jul 01, 2021 – Jun 30, 2024

Alvin Jeffery

Director

Jul 01, 2020 – Jun 30, 2023

Janet Mulroy

Director

Jul 01, 2021 – Jun 30, 2024

Katie Schatz

Director

Jul 01, 2020 – Jun 30, 2023

Beth Wathen

Immediate Past President

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

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

Elizabeth Scruth

Chair

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2024

Myra Ellis

Chair-elect

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2024

Kathleen Siedlecki

Director, Consumer Member

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2025

Lisa Falcón

Immediate Past Chair

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2024

Jennifer Adamski

Director

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2025

Paula Levett

Director

Jul 01, 2020 – Jun 30, 2023

Janet Mulroy

Director

Jul 01, 2021 – Jun 30, 2024

Jodi Berndt

Secretary/Treasurer

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

Nanette Logan

Director

Jul 01, 2020 – Jun 30, 2023

Clareen Wiencek

Director

Jul 01, 2021 – Jun 30, 2024

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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Beth Wathen

Co-Chair

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

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Lisa Falcón

Co-Chair

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

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Jennifer Adamski

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

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Dawn Carpenter

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

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Myra Ellis

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

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Liane Fujita

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

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Stephen Holman

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

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Teresa Jahn

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

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Dannette Mitchell

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

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Tiffany Mullen

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

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Janet Mulroy

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

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Katie Schatz

Committee Member

Jul 01, 2022 – Jun 30, 2023

Dana Woods

Chief Executive Officer

Call For Nominations: AACN And AACN Certification Corporation Leadership Positions

Is your colleague an exceptional leader? Are you interested in a remarkable leadership opportunity with AACN? Learn more about the governance leadership positions, and consider nominating yourself or your colleague(s).

Nominations are accepted annually in April and May.


About Governance Leadership Positions

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 members, constituents, the chief executive officer and national staff, these leaders ensure achievement of the organization’s mission, vision and strategies.


When are nominations open?

Nominations for all three groups are being accepted annually from March 14 through May 31.


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

Highly qualified and committed governance leaders are vital to the continuing health and progress of AACN. With this goal in mind, the organization has defined Essential Competencies for Governance Leadership to assist members and certificants in assessing their readiness for a governance leadership position. The competencies are:

  • 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.