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American Nurses Association Elects National Leaders

Zachary Levine, 301-628-5071

Shannon McClendon, 301-628-5391

SILVER SPRING, MD – Today, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is announcing the results of its annual leadership elections. The voting representatives of ANA’s Membership Assembly elected leaders to serve on the board of directors and nominations and elections committee. Voting took place from Friday, June 18th until Thursday, June 24th at 11:59 EST. All terms of office begin on January 1, 2022. 

ANA’s Membership Assembly elected the following members to serve two-year terms on the 9-member board of directors: Treasurer Joan Widmer, MS, MSBA, RN, CEN, of the New Hampshire Nurses Association; Director-at-Large Amy McCarthy, MSN, RNC-MNN, NE-BC, of the Texas Nurses Association.

Vice President Susan Swart, EdD, MS, RN, CAE of ANA-Illinois, and Director-at-Large, Recent Graduate Marcus Henderson, MSN, RN, of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association were re-elected to their positions on the board of directors.

Those continuing their terms on the ANA board in 2022 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, Staff Nurse Amanda Buechel, of ANA-Illinois; BSN, RN Director-at-Large Jennifer Gil, BSN, RN, of ANA-Massachusetts; Director-at-Large Brienne Sandow, MSN, RN, NEA-BC of ANA-Idaho.

Elected to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee are: Gayle Peterson, RN-BC of ANA-Massachusetts; Larlene Dunsmuir, DNP, FNP, ANP-C of the Oregon Nurses Association; Nelson Tuazon, DNP, DBA, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, CPHQ, CPPS, CPHQ, FANP, FACHE, FAAN of the Texas Nurses Association and Linda Taft, RN of ANA-Michigan.


About the American Nurses Association
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the nation's 4.2 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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