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American Nurses Association Elects New National Leaders at Its 2023 Membership Assembly

Keziah Proctor,

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, 2024. 

ANA’s Membership Assembly elected the following members to serve on the 9-member board of directors: Vice President Anita Girard, DNP, RN, CNL, CPHQ, NEA-BC, of ANA\California; Treasurer Joan Widmer, MS, MSBA, RN, of New Hampshire Nurses Association; Director-at-Large Khaliah Fisher-Grace, PhD, RN, CPHQ, PCCN-K, of the Individual Member Division; Director-at-Large, Recent Graduate Nikule Abel, BSN, RN, of the Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses.

Those continuing their terms on the ANA board in 2024 are: ANA President Jennifer Mensik Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN of the Oregon Nurses Association; Secretary Amanda Oliver, BSN, RN, of ANA – Illinois; Director-at-Large Edward Briggs, DNP, MS, APRN, of the Florida Nurses Association; Director-at-Large, Staff Nurse Jacob Garcia, MSN, MBA, BSN, PCCN, RN, of the Washington State Nurses Association; Director-at-Large Jennifer Gil, MSN, RN, of the New Jersey State Nurses Association.

Elected to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee are: Liz Aquino, PhD, RN, of ANA-Illinois; Kaitlin Cuas, MSN, RN-BC, CDP, of the Connecticut Nurses Association; Linda Taft, RN, of ANA-Michigan; and Nelson Tuazon, DNP, DBA, RN, NEC-BC, CENP, CPHQ, CPPS, FACHE, FNAP, FAAN, of the Texas Nurses Association.


About the American Nurses Association
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's more than 4 million registered nurses. ANA advances the 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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