2021 Election Results

Meet the Winners - 2021

You Voted and the Election Results are In!

In early November, each member received an email (with a unique username and password to ensure confidentiality) from Survey & Ballot Systems, who managed AAACN's ballot.

Please join us in congratulating our newly elected leaders!

Director Winners (2)

The Board of Directors oversee the business and fiscal management of AAACN. They also provide strategic direction and active leadership for AAACN, reviewing articles, writing charters, performing liaison duties, and participating in conference calls, discussions, and decision-making.

Andrea Petrovanie-Green, MSN, RN-BC

Andrea Petrovanie-Green, MSN, RN-BCAndrea has been a member of AAACN since 2000. In her 20 years with the association, she has attended 12 conferences and has volunteered in multiple facets of AAACN, Co-Chairing the Tri-Service Military Special Interest Group (SIG) for multiple years, as well as serving as a Reviewer of AAACN’s Scope and Standards of Practice for Profession Telehealth Nursing, 6th edition.

Most recently, she served on the Nominating Committee for two years.

“I look forward to the opportunity to serving our members and furthering our mission of advancing the art and science of ambulatory care nursing,” Petrovanie-Green said.

Andrea will join AAACN Board of Directors as a Director in April 2021.

I am truly humbled to be considered as a candidate for the AAACN Board of Directors. If elected I look forward to the opportunity to serving our members and furthering our mission of advancing the art and science of ambulatory care nursing. As a member for over 20 years, I’ve been fortunate to have amazing mentors who instilled in me the value of service and paying it forward.

The past two years I had the privilege of serving on the Nominating Committee. This experience provided me the opportunity to work alongside and learn from a team of inspiring and compassionate professionals that further solidified my desire to seek a board position. I’ve been honored to represent AAACN at the National Student Nurses Association Mid-year Conference where I had the opportunity to influence the next generation of nurses on the impact of ambulatory care nursing.

In addition, I served as the Navy Co-Chair for the Tri-Service Military Special Interest Group and a reviewer for the Scope and Standards of Practice for Professional Telehealth Nursing (6th edition).

Most noteworthy, in 2011 I authored an influential paper which led to the establishment of the first Navy Nurse Corps Specialty Leader for Ambulatory Care Nursing. AAACN has been leading the way in ensuring ambulatory care remains at the forefront of nursing. It is an honor and privilege to be a part of this organization and I humbly look forward to serving you.

Rachel Start, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Rachel Start, MSN, RN, NEA-BCRachel joined AAACN in 2013 and has attended 7 conferences, where she participated as a poster presenter and a speaker, as well as AAACN’s invitation-only CCTM Summit in 2018.

She has held a wide array of AAACN volunteer roles, serving as a member of the Nurse Executive and Future of Nursing Task Forces, and Co-Chairing the Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Task Force, a project that ultimately produced the groundbreaking Ambulatory Care Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Industry Report.

She currently serves as an Advisor to AAACN’s Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Team.

She also authored a chapter of the Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) Core Curriculum, 2nd Edition, published an article in ViewPoint, AAACN's peer-reviewed publication, and served as an author and Perspectives Columnist in Nursing Economic$.

In recognition of her contributions and leadership, Rachel was the recipient of AAACN's Above and Beyond Award, AAACN’s highest honor, awarded by the president, in 2016.

“I am a champion for the advancement of nursing practice in the ambulatory environment,” Start said. “My leadership of a variety of initiatives has been driven by my desire to see nursing realize its full contribution in the ambulatory setting.”

Rachel will join AAACN Board of Directors as a Director in April 2021.


Nominating Committee Member Winners (2)

The Nominating Committee identifies experienced members interested in leadership roles. This is a very important job, as strong vetting and careful consideration of our future leaders is essential to AAACN’s growth and progress. Other responsibilities include reviewing AAACN awards and scholarship applications and selecting recipients.

Ann Marie Matlock, RN, DNP, NE-BC

Capt. Ann Marie Matlock, RN, DNP, NE-BCAnn Marie has been a member of AAACN since 2016 and has attended 6 conferences, where she participated as a poster presenter and a speaker. She co-chaired the Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Task Force, a project that culminated in the revolutionary Ambulatory Care Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Industry Report. She currently serves as an Advisor to AAACN’s Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Team.

She served as a Reviewer of the first edition Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) Core Curriculum, published an article in ViewPoint, AAACN's peer-reviewed publication, and served as a Perspectives Columnist in Nursing Economic$.

In appreciation of her leadership and dedication, Ann Marie was the recipient of AAACN's Above and Beyond Award, AAACN’s highest honor, awarded by the president, in 2016.

“I [will] strive to ensure candidates presented to members of AAACN represent the many realms of the ambulatory care environment as well as generations of nurses,” Matlock said.

Ann Marie will serve on the AAACN Nominating Committee 2021-2023I xxx.

Christina Watwood, MHA/MPH, BSN, RN

Christina Watwood, MHA/MPH, BSN, RNChristina joined AAACN in 2010 and has attended one conference, where she presented a poster. She authored a chapter in a previous edition of AAACN's Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Care Nursing, and currently serves on the RN Residency White Paper Review and Update Task Force.

“I am excited to serve on the Nominating Committee in support of highlighting and identifying peers who embody such leadership qualities and desire roles as future AAACN leaders,” Watwood said.

Christina will serve on the AAACN Nominating Committee 2021-2023.


AAACN's Board of Directors has selected Deena Gilland, DNP, RN, NEA-NC, FAAN, as President-Elect for 2021-2022

Deena Gilland, DNP, RN, NEA-NC, FAANDeena joined AAACN in 2013, and has served on the Board since 2019 as a Director and Treasurer. As a Board Liaison, she has provided guidance to the Program Planning Committee, Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Team, as well as the Leadership and VA SIGs.

Deena co-chaired the Nurse Executive Task Force before joining the Board, and served as a Reviewer of the Scope & Standards of Practice for Professional Ambulatory Care Nursing, 9th Edition. She has also attended 6 conferences, participating as a speaker and a poster presenter.

“There has never been a more important time for nurses in ambulatory care,” Gilland said. “Now is the time for ambulatory nurses to show the value they bring to the changing face of healthcare, and AAACN is poised to be the national leader.”

We wish her great success as our next President-Elect.

We look forward to the contributions of each of our new leaders!


Additional Information

Read more about Board Roles and qualifications of nominating committee members.

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