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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, FACHE, NEA-BC

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, FACHE, NEA-BC, 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.

Pamela F. Cipriano

PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

President

The 35th president of ANA, Dr. Cipriano holds a doctorate in executive nursing administration and has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers. An internationally renowned authority on the provision of quality health care, Dr. Cipriano has been named one of the 100 most influential people in U.S. health care for the past three years by Modern Healthcare magazine.

A distinguished nursing leader, Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers. In 2017, she was named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare magazine for the third year in a row. In 2015, the publication also named her as one of the "Top 25 Women in Healthcare."

Prior to becoming ANA president, Dr. Cipriano was Senior Director For Health Care Management at Galloway Consulting. She has served in faculty and leadership positions at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 2000, and currently holds a faculty appointment as research associate professor at the UVA School of Nursing.

Dr. Cipriano is known nationally and internationally as a strong advocate for health care quality. She was elected First Vice President of the International Council of Nurses in 2017 and has served on a number of boards and committees for influential national organizations, including the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission. Dr. Cipriano was the 2010-11 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Cipriano has been a long-time active member of ANA at national and state levels. She was the recipient of the association’s 2008 Distinguished Membership Award for her outstanding contributions to ANA and was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of American Nurse Today, the official journal of ANA, from 2006-14.

Dr. Cipriano earned a nurse executive, advanced board certification from ANCC.  She holds a PhD in executive nursing administration from the University of Utah College of Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in physiological nursing from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from American University. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow in 1991.

Ernest J. Grant

PhD, RN, FAAN

Vice President

A former nurse of the year award winner, Dr. Grant is the first male to be elected to the office of ANA vice 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.

Currently vice president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, has more than 30 years of nursing and leadership experience.

 

Grant is an internationally recognized burn-care and fire-safety expert. He currently serves 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 oversees burn education for physicians, nurses, and other allied health care personnel and runs 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 leader in professional organizations, Grant is the immediate past chair of the National Fire Protection Association board of directors and 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 2011. He is the first male elected to the office of vice president of the American Nurses Association.

Patricia Travis

PhD, RN, CCRP

Secretary

Currently in her second elected term as ANA secretary, Dr. Travis is also a senior director of clinical research at the renowned Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. A military veteran of 27 years’ service, Dr. Travis is dedicated to professional organizations and an expert on medical/legal, research, and compliance issues.

Patricia Travis, PhD, RN, CCRP, currently serves as senior associate director of clinical research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During her 27 years of active duty military service, Travis was the recipient of numerous military and professional honors and published and lectured on nursing, health care, and research topics. Travis served for many years as a consultant on medical and legal, research, and compliance issues. The State of Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission—a joint effort with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to modernize Maryland’s unique all-payer rate-setting system for hospital services—appointed Travis to its data and infrastructure workgroup in 2014.

 

Dedicated to professional organizations, Travis is currently serving her second term as secretary for the ANA board of directors. She is also a member of the ANA-PAC Leadership Society, which recognizes nurses who are pinnacles of political activism. In October 2016, Travis completed the prestigious, yearlong ANA Advocacy Institute program, which develops nurses into political leaders.

At the state level, Travis has served the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) in many leadership roles, including as president from 2009-11 and as first vice president from 2007-08. She was a representative to the MNA board of directors from MNA district 3, as well as the district’s 2010 delegate to the former ANA House of Delegates. Travis continues to serve on several MNA committees and represents MNA as a nurse co-lead with the Maryland Nursing Action Coalition. Additionally, Travis is a trustee on the board of the Nursing Foundation of Maryland, as well as an editorial board member for The Maryland Nurse News and Journal.

 

Supported by the military, Travis obtained BSN, MSN, and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland. She has been designated by the Society of Clinical Research Associates as a Certified Clinical Research Professional® since 2004.

Jennifer S. Mensik

PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Treasurer

Jennifer S. Mensik, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is currently the division director of care management at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon and an instructor for Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Jennifer S. Mensik, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is currently the division director of care management at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon and an instructor for Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Mensik is a sought-after presenter and prolific author. Her books include Lead, Drive, and Thrive in the System and The Nurse Managers Guide to Innovative Staffing. She co-authored A Nurse’s Step-By-Step Guide to Transitioning to the Professional Nurse Role and The Power of Ten (Second Edition) and contributed a chapter to the book The Career Handoff: A Healthcare Leader’s Guide to Knowledge & Wisdom Transfer across Generations.

 

Mensik has held numerous high-profile leadership positions within the nursing profession. She served as president of the Arizona Nurses Association 2007-2010. Nationally, Mensik has served as both second vice president and director-at-large on the American Nurses Association board of directors. Additionally, she held the role of governor of nursing practice for the Western Institute of Nursing in 2010-2014.

 

Mensik earned a PhD from the University of Arizona College of Nursing with a focus on health systems and a minor in public administration from the Eller College of Management. Mensik’s MBA degree is from the University of Phoenix, while her BSN degree is from Washington State University. She also holds an ADN degree from Wenatchee Valley College-North. Mensik was inducted as a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

Faith M. Jones

MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Director-at-Large

Thanks to her many years’ experience across a range of health care related fields, Faith M. Jones has held leadership roles in a wide range of areas relating to public health – ranging from laboratory management to medical staff credentialing.

Faith M. Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, began her health care career in the U.S. Navy nearly 30 years ago. She has worked in a variety of roles in clinical practice, education, management, administration, consulting, and health care compliance. Her knowledge and experience span various settings including ambulance, clinics, hospitals, home care and long-term care with a focus on rural health. In her leadership roles, Jones has been responsible for the operational leadership of all clinical functions, including multiple nursing specialties, pharmacy, laboratory, imaging, nutrition and therapies, as well as administrative functions related to quality management, case management, medical staff credentialing, staff education, and corporate compliance. In her role as director of care coordination and lean consulting at HealthTechS3, she implements care-coordination programs focusing on the Medicare population and teaches care coordination concepts nationally.


Jones received her initial nursing degree from Ventura College, a BSN degree from the University of Wyoming, and her master’s degree in nursing administration and education from the University of Phoenix. She is also a member of the ANA-PAC Leadership Society, which recognizes nurses who are pinnacles of political activism. Jones is designated as a Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified (NEA-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and currently holds certifications as a LEAN Instructor and Green Belt in Healthcare from LEAN Healthcare West.

Tonisha J. Melvin

DNP, CRRN, NP-C

Director-at-Large

Currently serving as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Tonisha J. Melvin began practicing as a registered nurse in 2009. Passionate about equipping the next generation of front-line nurse leaders with the training and mentorship they need, Tonisha is also an active volunteer on a host of issues in her home state of Georgia.

Tonisha Melvin, DNP, CRRN, NP-C, is a nurse practitioner at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center (CNVAMC) in Augusta, Georgia. At CNVAMC, she serves as an environmental health registry specialist and specialty examiner for compensation and disability claims in addition to managing the disability benefits questionnaire claims clinic at the Veterans Affairs. Melvin participates on numerous CNVAMC committees for quality improvement and ethical and clinical compliance.

 

She is a contributing author of The Charge Nurse Leader Program Builder: A Competency-Based Approach for Developing Frontline Leaders, a comprehensive curriculum and roadmap for developing nurse leaders and ensuring charge nurses are trained, mentored, and supported in their roles.

Melvin is an active volunteer. In addition to conducting annual community health screenings, she is a vocal advocate for nursing issues, such as safe staffing and nurses’ work environments. Recently, she began efforts to prevent adult and childhood obesity and promote nurse health and wellness. Melvin also co-founded the Melvin Family’s Meal Donation, which feeds families during the holiday season.

 

An active member in professional organizations, Melvin serves on the audit panel for the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, is the governance chair to Sigma Theta Tau International’s Georgia chapter, and is an active member of the Georgia Nurses Association. In addition to her director role, Melvin sits on a number of ANA board committees, including the committee on honorary awards, the committee on appointments, the employee relations committee, and formerly, the committee on planning and budget. In 2015, she served as vice president of the Concerned National Black Nurses Association.

Melvin earned her DNP degree from Georgia Baptist College School of Nursing of Mercer University and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi multidisciplinary collegiate honor society in 2017. She is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (NP-C) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

Gayle Peterson

RN-BC

Director-at-Large

Gayle Peterson brings to the ANA leadership team a wealth of nursing experience, particularly around the field of nursing ethics. A former member of the Leadership Council of Harvard Medical School’s ethics division, Gayle is an active member of several ANA board committees, including the Committee on Honorary Awards and the Committee on Appointments.

Gayle Peterson, RN-BC, has practiced as a clinical nurse for more than 30 years at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the state’s first hospital to achieve Magnet® recognition. From 2004-10, she co-chaired MGH’s interprofessional ethics in clinical practice committee and sat on Harvard Medical School’s division of medical ethics leadership council. In 2003, she founded a monthly, unit-based ethics forum that provided a space for clinical nurses to discuss challenging cases causing moral distress, which frequently led to care improvement and practice changes. Peterson has worked for decades helping state and federal legislators understand ANA's core issues, such as safe staffing and the work environment of nurses.


In addition to her director’s role, Peterson is active on several ANA board committees. She is a member of the influential Committee on Planning and Budget and chairs the Committee on Appointments. Additionally, Peterson is a member of the ANA-PAC Leadership Society, which recognizes nurses who are pinnacles of political activism. She has served several terms as an elected representative of the former ANA House of Delegates and the ANA Congress on Nursing Practice.


At the state level, Peterson serves on its health policy committee and previously served on the ANA-Massachusetts board of directors. In 2013, she was the recipient of the ANA-Massachusetts Loyalty Award for her dedication to the organization. She also was a member of her city's Human Rights Commission from 2006-12.


Peterson earned her nursing degree from Northeastern University in Boston. In 2012, Peterson earned certification in clinical nursing ethics from a rigorous, year-long ethics residency-for-nurses program, supported at MGH by a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Peterson received her pain management nursing certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and presently chairs MGH’s pain management committee.

MaryLee Pakieser

MSN, RN, BC-FNP

Director-at-Large

MaryLee Pakieser, MSN, RN, BC-FNP, has remained true to clinical nursing practice for over four decades. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including acute care, home care /hospice, rehabilitation coordination, and in a transitional home for patients with brain injury.

MaryLee Pakieser, MSN, RN, BC-FNP, has remained true to clinical nursing practice for over four decades. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including acute care, home care /hospice, rehabilitation coordination, and in a transitional home for patients with brain injury. She is currently a family nurse practitioner at the Traverse Health Clinic providing integrated care that includes primary care and mental health services to an underserved population.

 

Pakieser has long been an advocate for vulnerable populations within her community, including pregnant teens, the uninsured, and the working poor. She worked as a nurse practitioner at the Traverse City VA Clinic from 2007 to 2014. Prior to that, Pakieser was clinical director and nurse practitioner at the Northwest Michigan Health Services Migrant Health Clinic.

 

Pakieser’s advocacy extends to the public policy realm; she has provided testimony to the Michigan legislature on two occasions: to promote support for nursing education and to promote safe and healthy working conditions for nurses. As president of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP), she helped push for a bill to allow nurse practitioners to practice independently from physicians. She remains an active member of MICNP.

 

She has extensive volunteer experience. In addition to being a member of the Michigan Department of Community Health Task Force on Nursing Practice, Pakieser served on the boards of directors for the Michigan Center for Rural Health as well as the Traverse Health Clinic. She is a founding member and past president of ANA-Michigan and also held numerous leadership positions in the Michigan Nurses Association, including president from 1999-2003.

 

The recipient of many honors, Pakieser was named the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ 2013 Nurse Practitioner of the Year (Michigan). In 2006, she received the Carol E. Franck Nursing Leadership Award from the Michigan Center for Nursing for her advocacy on behalf of the state’s nursing profession. In 2005, Pakieser presented with the Michigan Nurses Association’s Bertha Culp Human Rights Award for her service to vulnerable populations.

 

Pakieser received her initial nursing diploma from St. Francis School of Nursing, her BSN degree from Ferris State University, and her MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner specialty from Vanderbilt University. Pakieser is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.

Amanda Buechel

BSN, RN

Director-at-Large, Recent Graduate

Amanda Buechel currently practices on the surgical trauma intensive care unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL.

Amanda Buechel currently practices on the surgical trauma intensive care unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL. 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. 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.

 

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. Buechel served on the ANA-Illinois board of directors from June 2016 to November 2017.


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

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