Dr. Debra Hatmaker joined the American Nurses Association as Chief Professional Practice Officer on November 1, 2012. Since 2002, she has served as the chief programs officer of the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA), managing GNA’s continuing education program and supporting the association’s leadership development, legislative and public policy, nursing practice and workplace advocacy programs. After an early career in public health and maternal-child health, she was on faculty at the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing for 16 years and continues today as a sexual assault nurse examiner and educator for the Athens-Clarke County SANE program. Additionally, she has served in many elected and appointed leadership positions, including president of the Georgia Nurses Association from 1999-2002 and president of the Center for American Nurses from 2004-2006. Hatmaker also served as the first vice president of ANA from 2006-2010 and the ANA Board of Directors appointed her president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, where she served two terms from 2007-2011. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October 2012.