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American Nurses Association Elects New National Leaders at Its 2024 Membership Assembly

ANA President Re-elected for a Second Term


SILVER SPRING, MD – Today, the American Nurses Association (ANA) announces that the voting representatives of ANA’s Membership Assembly re-elected Jennifer Mensik Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, of the Oregon Nurses Association to a second term as ANA president to represent the interests of the nation’s more than 5 million registered nurses. As ANA’s 38th president, Dr. Mensik Kennedy will lead the ANA Board of Directors and ANA Board of Directors Executive Committee and continue to work on issues and initiatives that are critical to advancing nursing and health care.

ANA’s Membership Assembly also elected 4 members to serve on the 9-member Board of Directors. The Membership Assembly re-elected board members Secretary Amanda Oliver, BSN, RN, CCRN, CPST, of ANA-Illinois and Director-at-Large Edward Briggs, DNP, MS, APRN, of the Florida Nurses Association. The Membership Assembly also elected Director-at-Large Ahnyel Burkes, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, of the Louisiana State Nurses Association and Director-at-Large, Staff Nurse Josephine Agyei, BSN, RN, of ANA-New York. Terms of service for Dr. Mensik Kennedy and the other elected members of the Board of Directors will commence on January 1, 2025.

The following ANA board members will be continuing their terms on the ANA board in 2025: Vice President Anita Girard, DNP, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC, of ANA\California; Treasurer Joan Catherine Widmer, MS, MSBA, RN, CEN, of the New Hampshire Nurses Association; Director-at-Large, Recent Graduate Nikule Abel, BSN, RN, of the Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses; and Director-at-Large Khaliah Fisher-Grace, PhD, RN, CPHQ, PCCN-K, of the Individual Member Division.

Elected to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee: Mavis Mesi, DNP, MSN, RN, of the Colorado Nurses Association; Vinciya Pandian, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN, FFNMRCSI, of the Maryland Nurses Association; and Kimberly Velez, MSN, RN, of ANA-New York.


The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's more than 5 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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