Committees work together as a group and serve the overall function of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN).

Much of AAACN’s work is accomplished through short-term groups such as task forces, longer-term opportunities are available through AAACN Committees.



To address legislative issues, nurses must be aware of the power we have as respected professionals to influence health care policy. Our goal is to encourage nurses to take advantage of the power we have in numbers and influence to affect the shaping of health care policy and to become politically active in the legislative process.


  • Review legislative information from external sources and communicate pertinent information to AAACN members via ViewPoint and the AAACN website.
  • Recommend legislative priorities to the Board of Directors for AAACN involvement.
  • Review and suggest action on nursing issues from other specialty nursing organizations.
  • Recommend and develop position statements on legislative issues affecting AAACN and ambulatory care patients.
  • Filter and process information on pertinent ambulatory care/telehealth legislative issues.
  • Encourage involvement in nursing legislation action groups.


View AAACN's advocacy initiatives.



Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, AOCN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Chair Elect
Leondra Weiss, MN, RN

Committee Members:
Emily Gallagher, RN, MSN, DNP
Toyin Lawal, MSN, RN, CCCTM
Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Kae Livsey, PhD, MPH, RN
Storm Morgan, DBA, MBA, MSN, RN
Leslie K. Morris, MSN, RN
Edtrina Moss, PhD, RN-BC, NE-BC, CLSSGB
Rebecca Newman, MS, RN, CPN
Debralee Quinn, MSN, RN-BC, CNN, CH-GCN, CCM
Susan Webber, RN, BSN, MSN, CPN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN
Diane Woods, MSN, RN

Board Liaisons
Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAAN
Na Lim Heo, MDiv, MSN, RN

Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, AOCN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, AOCN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)


AAACN is fully committed to advancing our efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).  We are actively redesigning our governance infrastructure to ensure the future leadership and membership of AAACN is as diverse as the environments we proudly work and live within.

One of our first steps in this process was establishing the DEI Committee. This group of leaders assists our Board, Committees, Task Forces, and membership at large in creating and focusing on those DEI initiatives that most closely reflect our culture, our profession, and our desired future state.

DEI Resources

Access AAACN's DEI resources.


Amy Cadoret, MHA, MSN, NEA-BC, AMB-BC

Board Liaison
Kimberly Regis, DNP, RN, PNP-BC

Committee Members
Martina Crim, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Debra Duran, MBA, BSN, RN
Denise  Gates-Baker, MSN, RNC-TNP, OCN
Chanel Hart, MSN, RN
Mao Kong, RN
Gloria Okorley, BSN, RN, AMB-BC
Nancy Parker, MSN, RN, PHN, CNL
Quyen Phan, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Jennifer Stein, MPP, MA, BSN, RN, NPD-BC

Amy Cadoret, MHA, MSN, NEA-BC, AMB-BC
Amy Cadoret, MHA, MSN, NEA-BC, AMB-BC



AAACN MembersThe Nominating Committee plays an integral role in selecting the future leaders of AAACN. Committee members identify, invite, and nominate current, qualified AAACN members as candidates to run for elected offices and oversee the annual election and any special election processes.


  • Active AAACN member with broad organizational experience (e.g. served on SIGs, committees, task forces) to provide committee members with general knowledge of members who are active within AAACN.
  • Possess skills to identify leadership qualities in individuals; willing to encourage and motivate members to run for office.
  • Able to attend the Annual Conference, which kicks off the committee’s work for the year. Other activities take place via conference call and email.
  • Comfortable with time commitment: Nominating Committee positions generally require 20-30 hours annually. On occasion, additional time may be required for special projects. The Nominating Committee plays an integral role in selecting the future leaders of AAACN.
  • Nominating Committee members identify, invite, and nominate current, qualified AAACN members as candidates to run for elected offices and oversee the annual election and any special election processes.


Deena Gilland, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Tia Bell, CNE, DNP, RN-BC
Lisa Duncan, DNP, MBA, RN, AMB-BC, CIC, NEA-BC
Sarah Storhoff, MSN, RN-BC

Board Liason
Andrea C. Petrovanie-Green, MSN, NC, RN, USN, AMB-BC, CAPT(Ret)

Program Planning


AAACN MembersThe committee’s primary purpose is to review oral and poster abstracts submitted to select qualified presenters to speak or present posters on desired topics at the conference. The Education Director assists in all aspects of conference planning and assists as needed.

Monthly conference calls, and email correspondence is estimated to take 1 hour per week during Conference planning (July-October).

During Conference planning, committee members spend additional time reviewing abstracts, selecting and confirming presenters, and participating in additional conference calls. Time commitment during peak Conference planning times is two hours per week.

The national office Conference manager plans the logistics of the meeting site and participates in implementation of conference activities. Marketing of the conference, attendee registration, and preparation of materials are done by the national office.


Chairperson, 2023-2024
Gregory Kopp, MN, MHA, RN, RN-BC, CENP

Chair-Elect, 2023-2024
Leslie Giddens Robinson, MSN, RN

Committee Members
Constance Buran, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Dawn Vonderheide Herr, DNP, MSN, RN, AMB-BC, NE-BC
Patricia J. Hughes, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Laurel Lynn More, MS, RN, NPD-BC, CPN
Dr. Denise A. Moultrie
Brandy Williamson, BSN, RN, CPN

Board Liaison
Cynthia L. Murray, BN, AMB-BC, LNC



The Publications Committee will be responsible for overseeing the AAACN publication review timeline, making recommendations for authors, and writing groups, monitoring progress of production, and proposing new publications.

AAACN publications help promote effective clinical and administrative management, prepare those seeking certification, develop orientation and preceptor programs, build nurse residency programs, and more.


Chairperson, 2022-2024
Cara Spencer, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Caroline Coburn, DNP, MS, ANP-BC

Board Liaison
Cara Spencer, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Sherrie Bragg, MSN, BS, RN, AMB-BC
Heather Coil, CPHQ, MSN, NEA-BC, RN, MSJ, AMB-BC
Sarah Johnson, DNP, RN, CNL
Leslie Morris, DNP, RN, AMB-BC, NPD-BC
Leslie Pihlstrom, RN
Ray Snider, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Jenny Uguru, DNP, RN, AMB-BC, CLC
George Velianoff, PhD, RN, FACHE, ANEF

Cara Spencer, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Cara Spencer, PhD, RN, FNP-BC



Research is critical to the achievement of AAACN’s mission and vision. Goal five of our strategic plan is to build the infrastructure for AAACN to design, develop, and disseminate research.

The committee will be responsible for the development of research culture, oversight of the establishment of the research priorities, research awards and grants, and building research partnerships. The Research Committee is led by AAACN’s Nurse Scientist.


Margo Halm, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Kristen Shear, MSN, RN, CCM

Elizabeth Fritz, PhD, RN, NPDA-BC, NPD-BC
Marianne Hutti, PhD, APRN, FAAN, FAANP
Kathy Mertens, DNP, MN, MPH, RN
Jessica Varghese, PhD, RN

Board Liaison
Rachel Start, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Margo Halm, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Margo Halm, PhD, RN, NEA-BC