American Nurses Association and American Nurses Credentialing Center Announce New Staff Leaders (12/7/15)

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December 7, 2015

Jemarion Jones, 301-628-5198
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American Nurses Association and American Nurses Credentialing Center Announce New Staff Leaders

SILVER SPRING, MD –The American Nurses Association (ANA) today announced the appointment of Alice Bodley to chief operating officer and Maureen Cones to chief legal officer. In addition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced the promotion of Ellen Lahman to Director of ANCC Governance and International Affairs. The appointments are effective immediately.

Alice Bodley, JD, has been appointed chief operating officer. Bodley joined ANA in 2001 as general counsel and has served as the chief legal officer. During her tenure, in addition to overseeing all legal work for the association, credentialing center and foundation, she provided oversight and leadership for human resources, leadership services, government affairs and nursing practice programmatic departments. Bodley played an integral role in leading organizational structure changes, negotiating complex legal agreements and implementing operational efficiencies benefiting both the national organization and its constituent and state nurses associations.

In her new role, Bodley will continue to provide strategic leadership and counsel in partnership with the chief executive officer and executive leadership team.   Bodley received her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law.

Maureen Cones, JD, who joined ANA in 2008 as senior counsel, was promoted to chief legal officer. Cones, who has been practicing law for 20 years, received a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in Education, and a Juris Doctor from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Cones’ areas of focus are credentialing, litigation and nursing practice with a strong emphasis on scope of practice issues. She has represented nurses and nursing organizations in national impact litigation involving scope of practice issues in several cases across the country in both state and federal courts.

Cones also serves as ANA’s legal representative to the Coalition for Patients’ Rights, a collaboration among more than 35 organizations representing a variety of licensed health care professionals who provide a diverse array of safe, effective and affordable health care services to millions of patients each year.

Ellen Lahman, MS, RN, NEA-BC, was promoted to director of ANCC Governance and International Affairs. In her new role, Lahman is the liaison for ANCC’s international clients and implements plans and activities of the ANCC Board of Directors and the Director, ANCC World. In addition, she will serve as executive nurse content manager and liaison to ANCC’s other volunteer bodies.

Lahman received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland.

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.4 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize health care organizations for promoting nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes and promoting safe, positive work environments through the Magnet Recognition Program®, Pathway to Excellence®, and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care™ Programs; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education. Additionally, ANCC is increasing its focus on nursing excellence internationally through its ANCC World programs.