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Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is a representative advisory body that provides informed guidance, advice, and/or recommendations on professional issues and organizational matters via collaboration with the ANA Board of Directors. The Leadership Council reports to the ANA Membership Assembly.

The Leadership Council shall be composed of two representatives from each C/SNA and the IMD, who shall be the president and chief staff officer or their designees. Each C/SNA president or the president’s designee shall be a C/SNA-ANA member. 

The Leadership Council shall elect a Leadership Council Executive Committee composed of a chairperson, a vice chairperson, and two members-at-large from its members.



  • Elaine Scherer, MAEd, BSN, RN – Chair
    Term: December 1, 2018 – December 31, 2021

  • Delanor Manson, MA, BSN, RN – Vice Chair
    Term: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022

  • Carole Stacy, MSN, MA, RN – Member at Large
    Term: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022

  • John Ziegler, D.Min, MA, BS – Member at Large
    Term: December 5, 2019 – December 31, 2021

  • Jeff Watson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC - ANA Board Liaison
    Term: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021



  • Call for Nomination - The 2021 Call for Nominations for the ANA Leadership Council Executive Committee has The deadline for nominations is 11:59pm, ET, Monday, November 1, 2021.
    • Click HERE to review the current ANA Leadership Council Operating Guidelines.
    • Click HERE to review the roles and responsibilities of the ANA Leadership Council Executive Committee.
    • Click HERE to submit your nomination. 

  • Proposed Revisions to ANA Leadership Council Operating Guidelines – The ANA Leadership Council Executive Committee is seeking written comments on the proposed revisions to the ANA Leadership Council Operating Guidelines. Guidlines  may be amended at the annual meeting of the ANA Leadership Council by a majority vote of the voting members present (see Section VIII, Amendments of the Operating Guidelines). The deadline for comments is 11:59pm ET, Monday, November 1, 2021.
    • Click HERE to review proposed revisions to ANA Leadership Council Operating Guidelines.
    • Click HERE to provide written comments.



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