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Accreditation Commission Chair, DoQuyen Huynh, DNP, FNP, ARNP was elected to the American Academy of Nursing 2021 Class of New Fellows

Congratulations DoQuyen Huynh!

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American Academy of Nursing Announces 2021 Class of New Fellows
Academy to Induct 225 Nurse Leaders at its Health Policy Conference in October

August 4, 2021 (Washington, DC) — The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) announced today that it has selected 225 distinguished nurse leaders to be inducted into the 2021 Class of Fellows. The inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference, taking place on October 7-9, 2021. This year’s conference and induction ceremony will be offered in a hybrid format, allowing attendees to participate either in-person (at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC) or virtually.

“I am thrilled to welcome another exceptional class of Fellows to the American Academy of Nursing during a momentous time of change and progress in our collective efforts to fulfill the organization’s vision of healthy lives for all people,” said Academy President Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The Academy aims to improve health and achieve health equity through nursing leadership, innovation, and science. The Academy’s Fellows embody our values of equity, diversity and inclusivity, inquiry, integrity, and courage, which enable us to achieve new heights of impact that advance health policy across the globe. Congratulations to this dynamic cohort of leaders who bring diverse experience and expertise to the Fellowship.”

The newest Fellows represent 38 states, the District of Columbia, and 17 countries. In welcoming these Fellows, the Academy will be comprised of more than 2,900 nursing leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia who champion health and wellness, locally and globally.

Through a competitive, rigorous application process, the Academy’s Fellow Selection Committee, which is comprised of current Fellows, reviewed hundreds of applications to select the 2021 Fellows based on their contributions to advance the public’s health. Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career, in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession.

The Academy is thrilled to host a hybrid induction ceremony, allowing for maximum attendance through an inclusive format where colleagues, friends, and family members who may not be able to attend the event in person are able to participate. This year’s induction ceremony, which will feature personalized video vignettes and live streaming of each inductee, will be a special way to recognize the new Fellows as the global pandemic continues to challenge traditional methods of celebration.

Learn more about the Academy and visit the hybrid policy conference website for more details.


2021 Academy Fellows

(Listed alphabetically by region, country, then state)



Regina Szylit, PhD, MSc – University of Sao Paulo



Michelle Acorn, DNP, MN/ACNP, BScN/PHCNP, RN, NP, FCAN – International Council of Nurses

Irmajean Bajnok, PhD, MScN, RN, FCAN – Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario

Jennifer Baumbusch, PhD, RN – University of British Columbia

Mona Lisa Bourque Bearskin, PhD, RN – Thompson Rivers University

Marsha Campbell-Yeo, PhD, MN, NNP-BC, RN – Dalhousie University

Patrick O’Byrne, PhD, RN-EC – University of Ottawa


United States


Edwin Aroke, PhD, MSN, CRNA – University of Alabama at Birmingham

Natalie Baker, DNP, CRNP, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, CNE, GS-C, FAANP – University of Alabama at Birmingham

Crystal Chapman Lambert, PhD, MSN, MSPH, CRNP – University of Alabama at Birmingham

Melanie Gibbons Hallman, DNP, RN, CNS, CRNP, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, ENP-C, FAEN – University of Alabama at Birmingham

Aimee Chism Holland, DNP, WHNP-BC, FNP-C, FAANP – University of Alabama at Birmingham

Rebecca (Suzie) Miltner, PhD, RN, CNL, NEA-BC – University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mercy Ngosa Mumba, PhD, RN, CMSRN – The University of Alabama

JoAnn Oliver, PhD, RN, CNE – The University of Alabama

Shea Polancich, PhD, RN – University of Alabama at Birmingham

Penni I. Watts, PhD, RN, CHSE-A – University of Alabama at Birmingham


Johannah Uriri-Glover, PhD, MS, MSN, RN – Arizona State University


Ifeyinwa Asiodu, PhD, RN, IBCLC – University of California, San Francisco

Miriam Bender, PhD, RN – University of California, Irvine

Diane Breckenridge, PhD, MSN, RN, ANEF – Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Kristen Choi, PhD, RN – University of California, Los Angeles

Sarah Choi, PhD, RN, FNP-BC – University of California, Los Angeles

Sandra Dewar, PhD, APRN, FAES – University of California, Los Angeles

Elizabeth Oshry Dietz, EdD, CS-NP, CSN – American Red Cross of the Northern California Coastal Region

Leah Z. FitzGerald, PhD, FNP-BC – Mount Saint Mary’s University

Beth Haney, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP – City of Yorba Linda

Naomi Jay, PhD, MSN, RN, NP – University of California, San Francisco

Christine Latham, DNS, RN – California State University, Fullerton

Jung-Ah Lee, PhD, RN, FGSA – University of California, Irvine

Sonia Valdez, DNP, RN, ACNP, GANP, PHN, CVRN-BC – University of California, Irvine


Kathleen Flarity, DNP, PhD, CEN, CFRN, FAEN – UCHealth/Center for COMBAT Research

Ingrid Johnson, DNP, MPP, RN – Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence

Caren Misky, MSN, RN, FNP-BC – DispatchHealth


Jaclyn Conelius, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE, FHRS, FNAP – Fairfield University

Joanne DeSanto Iennaco, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC – Yale University

Annette Jakubisin Konicki, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP – University of Connecticut

Sascha James-Conterelli, DNP, CNM, FACNM – Yale University

Dorothy Vittner, PhD, RN – Fairfield University

Julie Womack, PhD, MSN, MA, FNP-BC, CNM – Yale University and VA Connecticut Healthcare System


District of Columbia (DC)

Jemma Ayvazian, DNP, ANP-BC – Department of Veterans Affairs

Linda Christensen, EdD, JD, MSN, RN, CNE – National League for Nursing

Clifton Jamil Kenon Jr., DNP, RN, IBCLC – United States Agency for International Development

Emma Kurnat-Thoma, PhD, MS, RN – Georgetown University

Beth Taylor, DHA, RN, NEA-BC – Department of Veterans Affairs



Eugenia Flores-Millender, PhD, RN, MS, PMHNP, CDE – Florida State University

Derrick C. Glymph, DNAP, CRNA, APRN, COL., USAR, FAANA – Florida International University

Mary McGoldrick, MS, RN, CRNI – Home Health Systems, Inc.

Mary Mckay, DNP, APRN, CNE – University of Miami

Tracy Ortelli, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF – Galen College of Nursing



Kimarie Bugg, DNP, RN, MPH – Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, Inc.

Hope Bussenius, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAR – Emory University

Nicole Carlson, PhD, CNM, FACNM – Emory University

Jill Case-Wirth, MHA, BSN, RN – Wellstar Health System

Alexis Dunn Amore, PhD, CNM, FACNM – Emory University and the Atlanta Birth Center

Fayron Epps, PhD, RN – Emory University

Pandora Hardtman, DNP, RN, CNM, FACNM – Jhpiego

Seongkum Heo, PhD – Mercer University

Roberta Kaplow, PhD, APRN-CCNS, AOCNS, CCRN – Emory University Hospital

Rose Wynne Murphree, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN – Emory University

Michelle A. Nelson, PhD, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP – Clayton State University

Regena Spratling, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP, FAANP – Georgia State University

Amy Valderrama, PhD, RN – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jessica Wells, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC – Emory University


Linda S. Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, CNS – Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Cynthia Taylor Handrup, DNP, PMHCNS-BC – University of Illinois Chicago

Brett Morgan, DNP, CRNA – American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Angela M. Moss, PhD, RN, APRN-BC – Rush University

Monique Reed, PhD, RN – Rush University



Rebecca Bartlett Ellis, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC – Indiana University

Jan Powers, PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FCCM – Parkview Health



Karen Dunn Lopez, PhD, MPH, RN – University of Iowa

Lou Ann Montgomery, PhD, MAN, RN, NPD-BC, RN-BC – University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics


Amy Garcia, DNP, MSN, RN – University of Kansas

Jamie Myers, PhD, RN, AOCNS – University of Kansas


Jess Calohan, DNP, PMHNP-BC – Frontier Nursing University

Ruth Carrico, PhD, DNP, CIC, FSHEA, FNAP – University of Louisville

Whitney A. Nash, PhD, APRN, FAANP – University of Louisville

Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, PMHNP-BC, APRN – University of Kentucky

Holly Wei, PhD, RN, NEA-BC – University of Louisville



Paula Zeanah, PhD, MSN, RN – University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Deborah Baker, DNP, APRN, NEA-BC – Johns Hopkins Health System

Linda Costa, PhD, RN NEA-BC – University of Maryland

Peg E. Daw, DNP, RN-BC, CNE – Maryland Higher Education Commission

Laura Samuel, PhD, MSN – Johns Hopkins University



Virginia Capasso, PhD, CNP, CNS, CWS, FACCWS – Massachusetts General Hospital

Amanda Stefancyk Oberlies, PhD, MBA, RN – Organization of Nurse Leaders

Laura J. Wood, DNP, MS, RN, NEA-BC – Boston Children’s Hospital



Lisa Astalos Chism, DNP, APRN, BC, NCMP, CSC, FAANP – Oakland Macomb Center for Breast Health

Nancy May, DNP, MSN, RN – Michigan Medicine

Debra Schutte, PhD, RN – Wayne State University

Terri Voepel-Lewis, PhD, RN – University of Michigan



Cyrus Batheja, EdD, MBA, BSN, PHN, RN – UnitedHealth Group

Diane Twedell, DNP, MS, RN, CENP, FAONL – Mayo Clinic



Karen Winters, PhD – University of Mississippi Medical Center


Anne Boatright, MSN, RN, SANE-A – Office of the Nebraska Attorney General


Larissa Ann Africa, MBA, BSN, RN – Versant Healthcare Competency Solutions

Susan S. VanBeuge, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP – University of Nevada, Las Vegas


New Jersey

Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN – Camden City School District

Caroline Dorsen, PhD, FNP-BC – Rutgers University

Carolyn Hayes, PhD, RN, NEA-BC – Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey/RWJBarnabas Health

Amanda Hessels, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, CPHQ, FAPIC – Columbia University, Hackensack Meridian Health

Olga Jarrín Montaner, PhD, RN – Rutgers University

Maureen A. Madden, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC, CCRN, FCCM – Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Larider Ruffin, DNP, APN, RN, ANP-BC, AGNP-C, CRNP, CTTS – Stockton University


New Mexico

Judy Liesveld, PhD, PPCNP-BC, RN, CNE – University of New Mexico

Beth B. Tigges, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC – University of New Mexico


New York

Valerie Aarne Grossman, MA, RN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAARIN – Highland Hospital (University of Rochester Medical Center)

Kellie Bryant, DNP, WHNP, CHSE – Columbia University

Jane Carmody, DNP, MBA, RN, CENP, NEA-BC – The John A. Hartford Foundation

Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC – NYC Health & Hospitals

Ana Maria Kelly, PhD, RN – Columbia University

Irene Macyk, PhD, RN, NEA-BC – North Shore University-Northwell Health

Ruth Masterson Creber, PhD, MSc, RN – Weill Cornell Medicine

Allison Andreno Norful, PhD, RN, ANP-BC – Columbia University

Pamela Paplham, DNP, AOCNP, FNP-BC, FAANP – University at Buffalo

Rhoda Redulla, DNP, RN, NPD-BC – NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Sarah Collins Rossetti, PhD, RN, FACMI, FAMIA – Columbia University

Meghan Underhill-Blazey, PhD, APRN – University of Rochester; Wilmont Cancer Institute

Courtney Vose, DNP, MBA, RN, APRN, NEA-BC – NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

North Carolina

Brigit Carter, PhD, RN, CCRN – Duke University

Judith Bacchus Cornelius, PhD, MS, RN – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Leslie L. Davis, PhD, RN, APRN, FAANP, FACC, FAHA, FPCNA – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Susan Haynes Little, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, CPH, CPM – NC Department of Health & Human Services Division of Public Health

Natalia Villegas Rodriguez, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cathleen Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Jessica R. Williams, PhD, MPH, PHNA-BC – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Jodi McDaniel, PhD, RN – The Ohio State University

Tim Raderstorf, DNP, RN – The Ohio State University

Carolyn Harmon Still, PhD, MSM, APRN, AGPCNP-BC – Case Western Reserve University



Gail E. Armstrong, PhD, DNP, ACNS-BC, RN, CNE – Oregon Health & Science University


Betty J. Braxter, PhD, MS, RN, CNM – University of Pittsburgh

Cynthia Danford, PhD, CRNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-PC – University of Pittsburgh

Nikki Hill, PhD, RN – Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing

Karen Lasater, PhD, RN – University of Pennsylvania

Heeyoung Lee, PhD, PMHNP-BC – University of Pittsburgh

Tami Minnier, MSN, RN, FACHE – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Susan Watters Wesmiller, PhD, RN – University of Pittsburgh

Claire Zangerle, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL – Allegheny Health Network

Rhode Island

Marie Ghazal, DNP, RN – Rhode Island Free Clinic


South Carolina

Joy Deupree, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC – University of South Carolina

Catherine Durham, DNP, APRN, FNP-C – Medical University of South Carolina

Janice Withycombe, PhD, MN, RN – Clemson University


South Dakota

Deb Soholt, MS, RN – Influential She


Irene W. Bean, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAANP – Serenity Health Care, PC

William (Dan) Roberts, PhD, RN, APN – HCA Healthcare

Carla Sanderson, PhD, RN – Chamberlain University



Fedricker Diane Barber, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCNP, FAANP – MD Anderson Cancer Center

Adelita Cantu, PhD, RN – UT Health San Antonio

Bonnie Clipper, DNP, MA, MBA, RN, CENP, FACHE – Wambi

Valerie Danesh, PhD, RN, FCCM – Baylor Scott & White Health

Wyona Freysteinson, PhD, MN, RN – Texas Woman’s University

Donna Scott Tilley, PhD, RN, CA, SANE – Texas Woman’s University

Cara C. Young, PhD, RN, APRN, FAANP – The University of Texas at Austin



Linda S. Edelman, PhD, RN, FGSA – University of Utah

Perry Gee, PhD, RN – Intermountain Healthcare

Lauri Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON – University of Utah

Michelle Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FADCES – University of Utah

Lee Moss, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, ANP-C, FAANP – University of Utah



Susan Boyer, DNP, MEd, RN, NPD-BC – Vermont Nurses in Partnership


Patricia Black, PhD, RN – American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Melissa M. Gomes, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNAP – Hampton University

Robert Hawkins, PhD, DNP, MPH, MS, MBA, MA, CRNA – United States Navy

Virginia LeBaron, PhD, APRN, FAANP – University of Virginia

Carolyn Rutledge, PhD, FNP-BC – Old Dominion University

Amy Salisbury, PhD, RN, APRN – Virginia Commonwealth University

Kim P. Shaughnessy-Granger, DNP, RN, CNM, FACHE, FACNM – United States Navy

Shelly Smith, DNP, ANP-BC, FNAP – Virginia Commonwealth University

Phyllis Whitehead, PhD, RN, APRN/CNS, ACHPN, PMGT-BC, FNAP – Carilion Clinic



Joelle Fathi, DNP, RN, ARNP, ANP-BC, CTTS, NCTTP – University of Washington

DoQuyen Huynh, DNP, FNP, ARNP – Washington State Health Care Authority

Darrell Owens, DNP, MSN, MSHSA – University of Washington Medical Center

Jeffery Louie Ramirez, PhD, PMHNP, CARN-AP, CNE, FAANP, FNAP – Gonzaga University

Catherine Van Son, PhD, RN, ANEF, FGSA – Washington State University

West Virginia

Aila Accad, MSN, RN – LifeQuest International, LLC


Norah Johnson, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC – Marquette University

Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-PMHCNS, APHN-BC – Rogers Behavioral Health System/Golden Apple Healing Arts/ Milwaukee School of Engineering

Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, PhD, RN – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee




Yingjuan Cao, PhD, RN – Qilu Hospital of Shandong University

Weiju Chen, BSN, RN – Jinan University

Shouzhen Cheng, MSc, RN, FCNA – The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University

Yanming Ding, BSN, RN – Peking University First Hospital

Hui Feng, PhD, RN – Central South University

Jia Guo, PhD – Central South University

Lin Han, PhD, RN – Lanzhou University/Gansu Provincial Hospital

Yufang Hao, PhD, RN – Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

Xiuying Hu, PhD, RN – Sichuan University

Hongyan Li, PhD, RN – The First Hospital of Jilin University

Qiuping Li, PhD, RN – Jiangnan University

GenDi Lu, MS, RN – Shuguang Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai University of TCM

Hongyu Sun, PhD, RN – Peking University

Maritta Välimäki, PhD, MSN, RN – Central South University

Xia Xin, MPH, RN – The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University

Cuiping Xu, PhD, RN – Shandong Provincial Qianfoshan Hospital

Guihua Xu, PhD, RN – Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine

Yingchun Zeng, PhD, RN – Zhejiang University

Jingping Zhang, PhD – Central South University, Hunan Nursing Association

Meifen Zhang, PhD – Sun Yat-Sen University

Yiyu Zhuang, MSN, RN – Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine


Hong Kong

Yue Lai Helen Chan, PhD, RN, FHKAN – The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Anna Zisberg, PhD, RN – University of Haifa


Erlinda C. Palaganas, PhD, RN – University of the Philippines Baguio

Daisy Regis Palompon, PhD, DSN, MAN, RN – Cebu Normal University


Saudi Arabia

Mustafa Bodrick, PhD, RN, MSN, MPH, FFNM (RCSI) – Saudi Commission for Health Specialties


Karis Kin-Fong Cheng, PhD, RN – National University of Singapore

Honggu (Linda) He, PhD, MSc, BSc – National University of Singapore


South Korea

Myonghwa Park, PhD, RN, GNP – Chungnam National University

Hyunsook Shin, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC – Kyung Hee University



Nai-Ying Ko, PhD, RN – National Cheng Kung University

Hung-Ru Lin, PhD, RN – National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences

Shao-Yu Tsai, PhD, RN – National Taiwan University

Jing-Jy Wang, PhD – National Cheng Kung University

Ruey-Hsia Wang, PhD, RN – Kaohsiung Medical University

Mei-Ling Yeh, PhD, DMS – National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences





Paul De Raeve, PhD, MSc, RN – European Federation of Nursing Associations


Martina Roes, PhD – The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)


Imelda Coyne, PhD, MA, RN, FTCD, FEANS – Trinity College Dublin

Thomas Kearns, EdD, FFNMRCSI, Med, BNS, RNT, RGN, RPN – RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

John Wells, PhD, MSc – Waterford Institute of Technology



José Ramón Martínez-Riera, PhD – University of Alicante


Yvonne Wengström, PhD, OCN – Karolinska Institutet


United Kingdom

Jane Noyes, DPhil, MSc, RN – Bangor University




Robyn Gallagher, PhD, RN – The University of Sydney

Theresa Green, PhD, RN – The University of Queensland

Claire Rickard, PhD, RN – The University of Queensland-Metro North Hospitals & Health Service

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About the American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing serves the public by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Academy Fellows are inducted into the organization for their extraordinary contributions to improve health locally and globally. With more than 2,800 Fellows, the Academy represents nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia. 

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