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The American Nurses Association (ANA) is dedicated to serving all 4 million registered nurses and harnessing their expertise, knowledge, and wisdom to protect, improve, and promote better public health and health care for all.

Consisting of four officers and five directors-at-large, the board is elected by the ANA Membership Assembly and accountable to the members of ANA. Its duties – fully defined in Article IV, Section 3 of the ANA bylaws – include oversight of corporate responsibility and fiduciary duties, strategic leadership, and the implementation of policies established by the ANA Membership Assembly.

Loressa Cole

DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

ANA Enterprise CEO

An accomplished health care leader who has more than 30 years of nursing and management experience, Dr. Loressa Cole became the ANCC Executive Director and Executive Vice President in 2016, and was appointed ANA Enterprise CEO in 2018.

An accomplished health care leader who has more than 30 years of nursing and management experience, Dr. Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, became the ANCC Executive Director and Executive Vice President in 2016. Dr. Cole was appointed as the ANA Enterprise CEO in 2018.

Most recently, she served as the Chief Nursing Executive for Lewis Gale Regional Health System in Salem, Virginia, where she directed system-wide clinical operations, partnering with other C-suite leaders on strategic and tactical planning, and execution.

Previously, she served as Chief Nursing Officer at Lewis Gale Montgomery Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she led the hospital to achieve its initial Magnet® designation in 2009 and its redesignation in 2013. Dr. Cole began her career as a staff nurse in medical/surgical and critical care settings.

Active in many professional organizations, Dr. Cole served as President of the Virginia Nurses Association from 2012 until 2014. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

She has presented at a wide range of conferences, including the 2011 and 2012 ANCC National Magnet Conference. She earned her DNP at Case Western Reserve University, her Master's in Business Administration (MBA) at Averett University, and her BSN at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is ANCC board-certified as a nurse executive, advanced, and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ernest J. Grant

PhD, RN, FAAN

President

A former nurse of the year award winner, Dr. Grant is the first man to be elected to the office of ANA president. Thanks to his world-class expertise in burns-related treatment and fire safety issues, Dr. Grant is a leading educator in this field and has lent this experience to various branches of the U.S. military as well as civilian fields.

Dr. Ernest J. Grant is the 36th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation’s largest nurses organization representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses.

A distinguished leader, Dr. Grant has more than 30 years of nursing experience and is an internationally recognized burn-care and fire-safety expert. He previously served as the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill. In this role, Grant oversaw burn education for physicians, nurses, and other allied health care personnel and ran the center’s nationally acclaimed burn prevention program, which promotes safety and works to reduce burn-related injuries through public education and the legislative process. Grant also serves as adjunct faculty for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, where he works with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings.

Grant is frequently sought out for his expertise as a clinician and educator. In addition to being a prolific speaker, he has conducted numerous burn-education courses with various branches of the U.S. military in preparation for troops’ deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2002, President George W. Bush presented Grant with a Nurse of the Year Award for his work treating burn victims from the World Trade Center site. In 2013, Grant received the B.T. Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council for making a difference in preventing the devastating effects of fire and burn injuries and deaths within the state.

An active participant in professional organizations, Grant is a past chair of the National Fire Protection Association board of directors and served as second vice president of the American Burn Association board of trustees. He also holds membership in Sigma Theta Tau and Chi Eta Phi. Grant served as president of the North Carolina Nurses Association from 2009-11. In 2002, ANA honored Grant with the Honorary Nursing Practice Award for his contributions to the advancement of nursing practice through strength of character, commitment, and competence.

Grant holds a BSN degree from North Carolina Central University and MSN and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2014. He is the first man to be elected to the office of president of the American Nurses Association.

 

Susan Y. Swart

EdD, MS, RN, CAE

Vice President

Dr. Susan Swart,  EdD, MS, RN, CAE is currently the Chief Executive Officer/President of SYS Consulting Solutions, Inc. Dr. Swart also serves as the Executive Director of ANA-Illinois, Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing and the Illinois Nurses Foundation.

Dr. Susan Swart,  EdD, MS, RN, CAE is currently the Chief Executive Officer/President of SYS Consulting Solutions, Inc. Dr. Swart also serves as the Executive Director of ANA-Illinois, Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing and the Illinois Nurses Foundation.

It is her life’s mission to foster nurse empowerment. Dr. Swart expertise is in issues related to the scope of practice, ethics, nursing regulation, and public policy development. She is a sought-after speaker and is known for her coalition-building skills, innovative leadership approaches, organizational growth strategies, and partnerships to advance organizational missions.
Dr. Swart earned her BSN degree from the University of St. Francis and her MS in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program from the University of Illinois. Recenty, she received her doctorate degree (EdD) from Olivet Nazarene University with an emphasis on ethical leadership. 

Jeffrey N. Doucette

DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN

Secretary

As Press Ganey’s Chief Nursing Officer, Jeffrey Doucette is responsible for providing clinical guidance to help clients transform the patient and caregiver experience.

As Press Ganey’s Chief Nursing Officer, Jeffrey Doucette is responsible for providing clinical guidance to help clients transform the patient and caregiver experience. In this role, he works to develop nursing leadership at client organizations, improve quality and efficiency, and improve employee and caregiver engagement by playing an integral role in the company’s workforce initiatives.

Jeff is a widely recognized and accomplished nurse leader with nearly 30 years of experience spent largely in leadership and executive nursing roles. Throughout his career, he has focused on enabling the delivery of exceptional patient and family experiences through innovation, education, and nursing excellence.

Most recently, Jeff served as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia. In this role, he led the strategic direction and leadership of the Division of Nursing and Patient Care Services and played a critical role in cultivating and sustaining nursing excellence. Prior to joining Jefferson Health, Jeff served as president of the Magnet Recognition Program® and the Pathway to Excellence Program® at the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Known as an engaging thought leader and dynamic presenter, Jeff speaks extensively around the world on topics of interest to nursing and health care leaders. He is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. He also serves on the editorial advisory board for Nursing Management and The Journal of Nursing Administration.

Jeff earned a master of science degree in health care administration and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Marymount University, and a doctor of nursing practice degree from Old Dominion University.

Joan Catherine Widmer

MS, MSBA, RN, CEN

Treasurer

Joan Widmer, MS, MSBA, RN, CEN currently works for Home Health & Hospice Care serving as a home care RN. Prior to becoming a nurse, she had a career in multiple corporate accounting and finance roles.

Ms. Widmer has a unique and varied professional background. Prior to becoming a nurse, she had a successful career in multiple corporate accounting and finance roles, including her appointment as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a publicly traded corporation (Telular Canada, Inc). In her capacity as a VP of Finance & Accounting, Corporate Controller and/or CFO, Ms. Widmer was responsible for the day-to-day financial and accounting management, including the preparation of financial statements, business plans, strategic plans and monitoring performance against these plans. In addition, Ms. Widmer oversaw the internal and external audit processes, created and maintained banking relationships and prepared the corporate annual report for shareholders.

In 2004, Ms. Widmer elected to pursue a second career in nursing. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts, with a double major in European History and Literature from the University of California, San Diego and a Masters of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She completed her first nursing degree at Rivier College School of Nursing and received a Master’s of Science in Nursing, Evidence Based Practice from the University of New Hampshire; where she also taught as an adjunct clinical faculty member for several years. Ms. Widmer was appointed the Nurse Executive Director of the New Hampshire Nurses Association in October 2016 (through November 2020) and she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of this non-profit professional organization for New Hampshire nurses. She served as spokesperson for the organization and testified on numerous occassions before NH legislative committees regarding bills impacting nursing and healthcare. Ms. Widmer currently works for Home Health & Hospice Care, serving as a home care RN on a per diem basis. 

Ms. Widmer was honored with election to the business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma and to the honor society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau. She has been published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing and New Hampshire Nursing News and is the co-author of a research brief published by the Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire. She has spoken nationally and internationally on nursing topics. She currently serves nationally as Secretary for American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Political Action Committee Board of Trustees and as a member of ANA’s Finance, Investment & Audit Committee. She served on Nursing Service Organization’s Advisory Board between 2017 and 2021.

Amanda Oliver

BSN, RN

Director-at-Large, Staff Nurse

Amanda Oliver currently practices as the Trauma Injury Prevention and Community Education Coordinator at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.

Amanda Oliver (Buechel) currently practices as the Trauma Injury Prevention and Community Education Coordinator at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. Her previous experience includes practicing on the surgical trauma intensive care unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL. In 2019 she was a top 5 finalist for the Illinois Nurses Foundation Nurse of the Year. In 2017, she was named by the Illinois Nurses Foundation as one of its “40 under 40” Emerging Nurse Leaders and as a Pinnacle Nurse Leader for her outstanding contributions to nursing. Oliver (Buechel) leverages her passion for public policy and advocacy by speaking to nurses and nursing students throughout the state about the importance of nurses’ participation in political advocacy.

Oliver (Buechel) has a long history of board service. She served as both first vice president and as elected executive consultant of the Student Nurses Association of Illinois (SNAI). Since 2016, Buechel has acted as the ANA-Illinois-appointed co-consultant to the SNAI Board of Directors. She continues to work with SNAI to develop future nurse leaders. Oliver (Buechel) served as ANA Director at Large- Recent Graduate from January 2018 to December 2019. She additionally has served on the ANA-Illinois board of directors from June 2016 to November 2017.

Oliver (Buechel) earned her BSN degree from the University of St. Francis, Joliet in 2015.

Jennifer Gil

MSN, RN

Director-at-Large

Jennifer Gil, MSN, RN currently practices at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA as a clinical nurse in their Level-1 Trauma Emergency Department.

Jennifer Gil, MSN, RN currently practices at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, located in Philadelphia, PA as a clinical nurse in their Level-1 Trauma Emergency Department.

Jennifer’s long-standing commitment to leadership began as an undergraduate student at Villanova University where she earned her BSN from the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing in 2013. She was recognized as a Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholar, travelling to Peru and South Africa to provide nursing care to underserved populations. During this time, Jennifer also served on the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013. After completing the Hausman Fellowship Program for Minority Student Nurses at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 2012, Jennifer moved to Boston and worked as a critical care and medical-surgical charge nurse at MGH. 
While in Boston, Jennifer was elected to serve on the American Nurses Association of Massachusetts Board of Directors from 2014-2019. She was an active member on their health policy committee and remained committed to the professional development of direct care nurses and their involvement influencing healthcare, safe staffing, and health policy.

In 2019, Jennifer was elected to serve on the American Nurses Association Board of Directors representing the voice of direct care nurses. In 2020, she served on ANA’s Political Action Committee and remains engaged in numerous state and national boards. Most recently, she was elected to serve as President-Elect for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses in Philadelphia, PA and is Chair of NAHN’s national nominating committee.

Jennifer recently earned her MSN in the Health Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and obtained a certificate in Healthcare Innovation from Perelman School of Medicine.

Jennifer is also a member of the New Jersey State Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, Emergency Nurses Association, and serves on the national advisory board for the Nurses Service Organization.

Marcus Henderson

MSN, RN

Director-at-Large, Recent Graduate

Marcus D. Henderson, MSN, RN is currently a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Doctoral Fellow in the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association.

Marcus D. Henderson, MSN, RN is currently a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Doctoral Fellow in the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association. His research interests focus on adolescent mental health, family health, mental health disparities, and the social determinants of health. Mr. Henderson’s goal is to develop a program of research aimed toward improving mental health care and optimizing mental health outcomes for marginalized youth.

Mr. Henderson has professional experience working in community-based, acute psychiatric, and educational settings. Most recently, Mr. Henderson was a Lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. At Penn Nursing, he taught community health and psychiatric nursing in the undergraduate and accelerated BSN programs. He was also a charge nurse for child and adolescent services at Fairmount Behavioral Health System in Philadelphia, PA. Prior, Mr. Henderson served as the Co-Founder and the Executive Director of Up and Running Healthcare Solutions, a Philadelphia-based organization that provided case management with community health workers and other supportive services for men experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia, PA. His work on health for homeless individuals and community health workers was funded by the 2017 President’s Engagement Prize from the University of Pennsylvania.

For his work in the Philadelphia community, Mr. Henderson was recognized as a Community Champion for Positive Change by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation in 2018. Mr. Henderson served as a member of the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 at the National Academy of Medicine. He is currently a member of the American Nurses Association Board of Directors, National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing, and HOSA Inc. Board of Directors. Mr. Henderson received a BSN and MSN in Health Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and he also holds a certificate in Health Care Innovation from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Amy K. McCarthy

MSN, RNC-MNN, NE-BC

Director-at-Large

Amy K. McCarthy, MSN, RNC-MNN, NE-BC currently serves as the Director of Nursing of Women and Infant’s Specialty Services at Parkland Hospital. She is also a student at The George Washington University, working to obtain her DNP with a focus on Executive Leadership.

Amy K. McCarthy, MSN, RNC-MNN, NE-BC currently serves as the Director of Nursing of Women and Infant’s Specialty Services at Parkland Hospital. She is also a student at The George Washington University, working to obtain her DNP with a focus on Executive Leadership. McCarthy believes in the importance of using transformational, heart-led leadership to inspire and empower nurses to build cultures of wellness and innovation within their workspace.

Over the past eight years, McCarthy has had the opportunity to work collaboratively with state and national leaders on strategies to accomplish nursing initiatives, which continuously inspires and invigorates her efforts to improve outcomes for the public and employees she serves at the bedside and in leadership. She currently serves as President of The Dallas Fort Worth Great 100 Nurses, is a Director on the Texas Nurses Foundation board, and began her term as Director-at-Large for the American Nurses Association (ANA) in January 2022. McCarthy previously served as Secretary of the Texas Nurses Association, as well as an appointed member of the ANA Nursing Practice Standards Committee. Additionally, she served as the Texas Action Coalition representative to the Nurses on Boards Coalition. In this role, she helped to co-chair the communications workgroup and assisted in making recommendations concerning the communication and public relations needs of the organization to ensure that coalition goals were met. McCarthy has also worked with the National League of Nursing, serving on the advisory board of the Accelerating to Practice program, assisting in the creation of a new curriculum and residency program that focuses on a new graduate’s entry into the workforce.

McCarthy holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology from Southern Methodist University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Masters of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas in Arlington. She also holds a Nurse Executive certification, as well as a certification in Maternal - Newborn Nursing.

Brienne Sandow

MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Director-at-Large

Brienne Sandow, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is the Director of the Enterprise Resource and Staffing Center of Excellence at St. Luke’s Health System in Idaho.

Brienne Sandow, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer (COO/CNO) of St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center and Eagle Medical Plaza in Idaho. She has strategic oversight for both sites, working collaboratively with clinical disciplines, providers, and ancillary leaders to ensure services are fully integrated in pursuit of patient centered outcomes. Brienne fosters a culture of partnership and commitment to high performance in all areas including exceptional staff and patient experiences, quality, safety, and efficiency of care.

In 2002, Brienne joined St. Luke’s Health System. During her nearly 20 years with the organization, she has served in multiple leadership positions and driven numerous critical initiatives. More recently, she has been instrumental in supporting operations throughout the pandemic in her previous role as Director of the Enterprise Resource & Staffing Office.

Brienne earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Idaho, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boise State University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, emphasis Patient Care Services Administration, from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is American Nurses Credentialing Center certified in Nurse Executive Advanced.

Brienne has served as President and President-Elect of ANA Idaho, a state constituent organization of American Nurses Association (ANA). She is currently serving on the national ANA Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

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