Board of Directors

AACN is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors, 11 of whom represent a member institution, and 2 represent nursing practice. AACN's President and CEO also serves as an ex-officio member of the Board. The Association supports several committees, including the Government Affairs, Finance, Nominating, Membership, Program, and Diversity and Inclusion Committees, and sponsors task forces on a variety of professional concerns. Leadership Network Steering Committees oversee the activities of AACN’s seven Leadership Networks for faculty and staff. A Joint Council convenes annually and provides an opportunity for committees, task forces and advisory groups to engage directly with the Board of Directors.

Headshot of Susan Bakewell-SachsChair, 2020-2022
Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, FAAN
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR


Headshot of Cynthia McCurrenChair Elect, 2020-2022 
Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN
University of Michigan-Flint
Flint, MI



Headshot of Lin Zhan

Treasurer, 2021-2023 (second term)
Lin Zhan, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA




Secretary, 2020-2022 (second term)
Jean Leuner, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN
Auburn University
Montgomery, AL



Headshot of Pier A. BroadnaxMember-at-Large, 2021-2023 (first term)
Pier A. Broadnax, PhD, RN
University of the District of Columbia
Washington, DC


Headshot of Jean GiddensMember-at-Large, 2021-2023 (second term)
Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA


Headshot of Deborah J. JonesMember-at-Large, 2021-2023 (first term)
Deborah J. Jones, PhD, RN
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX


Headshot of Judith KarshmerMember-at-Large, 2021-2022 (second term)
Judith Karshmer, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ



Headshot of Susan MullaneyMember-at-Large, 2021-2023 (first term)
Susan Mullaney, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, GS-C, FAANP
UnitedHealth Group
Minnetonka, MN


Victoria NiederhauserMember-at-Large, 2020-2022 (first term)
Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville, TN



Headshot of Demetrius J. PorcheMember-at-Large, 2021-2023 (first term)
Demetrius J. Porche, DNS, PhD, ANEF, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA



Majorie WigginsMember-at-Large, 2020-2022 (first term)
Marjorie Wiggins, DNP, MBA, RN
Maine Health System
Portland, ME


TrautmanPresident and Chief Executive Officer (ex officio)
Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Washington, DC