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American Nurses Association Elects National Leaders

Shannon McClendon, 301-628-5391

Joan Hurwitz, 301-628-5020

SILVER SPRING, MD – Today, the voting representatives of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Membership Assembly elected leaders to serve on the board of directors and nominations and elections committee. All terms of office begin on January 1, 2020. 

ANA’s Membership Assembly elected the following members to serve on the 9-member board of directors: Vice President Susan Swart, EdD, MS, RN, CAE, of ANA- Illinois; Treasurer Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, of the Oregon Nurses Association; Director-at-Large James Watson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, of the Texas Nurses Association; Director-at-Large, Recent Graduate Marcus Henderson, BSN, RN, of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association.

Those continuing their terms on the ANA board in 2020 are: President Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the North Carolina Nurses Association; Secretary Stephanie Pierce, PhD, MN, RN, CNE, of the Louisiana State Nurses Association; Director-at-Large Tonisha J. Melvin, DNP, CRRN, NP-C, of the Georgia Nurses Association;  Director-at-Large Varsha Singh, DNP, APN, RN, of the New Jersey State Nurses Association; Director-at-Large, Staff Nurse Jennifer Gil, BSN, RN, of ANA Massachusetts.

Elected to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee are: Larlene Dunsmuir, DNP, FNP, ANP-C, of the Oregon Nurses Association; Laure Marino, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, of the West Virginia Nurses Association; Sara McCumber, DNP, APRN, CNP, CNS, of the Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses; and Gayle Peterson, RN-BC (chair-elect), of ANA Massachusetts.

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 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. For more information, visit

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