Board of Directors

The governing body of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) is the Board of Directors (BOD).

The BOD appoints volunteer groups or representatives to perform the work of AAACN in accomplishing the goals of the strategic plan and the association. Learn more about the BOD and its role.

The 2020-2021 AAACN Board of Directors:

Anne T. JessiePresident
Anne T. Jessie, DNP, RN

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Kathleen MartinezPresident-Elect
Kathleen Martinez, MSN, RN, CPN

Kristene GrayemImmediate Past President
Kristene Grayem, MSN, CNS, PPCNP-BC, RN-BC

Read the article: Meet Kris Grayem, AAACN’s President (2019-20)

Deena GillandDirector / Treasurer
Deena Gilland, DNP, RN, NEA-NC, FAAN
Christine RuygrokDirector / Secretary
Christine Ruygrok, MBA, RN-BC
Eileen M. EspositoDirector
Eileen M. Esposito, DNP RN-BC CPHQ
Kathy Mertens, DNP, MPH, RNDirector
Kathy Mertens, DNP, MPH, RN
CMDR Assanatu (Sana) I. SavageDirector
CMDR Assanatu (Sana) I. Savage, PhD, DNP ,FNP-BC, CDR, NC, USN, RN-BC
Linda AlexanderChief Executive Officer
Linda Alexander

PLEASE NOTE: Send board member written correspondence to the AAACN National Office, P.O. Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056 or email to Using board member names or contacting these individuals for other reasons (e.g., compiling an email distribution list, sales solicitations, or other commercial use) is strictly prohibited.

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