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 Cynthia McCurren Chair, 2022-2024
Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN
University of Michigan-Flint
Headshot of Jean Giddens Chair-Elect, 2022-2024
Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN
Virginia Commonwealth University
Headshot of Lin Zhan Treasurer, 2021-2023 (second term)
Lin Zhan, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of California, Los Angeles
Headshot of Julie Sanford Secretary, 2022-2024 (first term)
Julie Sanford, DNS, RN, FAAN
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Headshot of Stephen Cavanagh Member-at-Large, 2022-2024 (first term)
Stephen Cavanagh, PhD, MPA, RN, FACHE, FAAN
University of California-Davis
Headshot of Deborah J. Jones Member-at-Large, 2021-2023 (first term)
Deborah J. Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Texas Medical Branch
Headshot of Jerry Mansfield Practice Member-at-Large, 2022-2024 (second term)
Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Mount Carmel Health System/Trinity Health

Headshot of Susan Mullaney Practice Member-at-Large, 2021-2023 (first term)
UnitedHealth Group
Headshot of Victoria Niederhauser Member-at-Large, 2022-2024 (second term)
Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, FAAN
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Headshot of Demetrius J. Porche Member-at-Large, 2021-2023 (first term)
Demetrius J. Porche, DNS, PhD, ANEF, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans
Headshot of Ora Strickland Member-at-Large, 2022-2024 (first term)
Ora Strickland, PhD, RN, FAAN
Florida International University
Headshot of Rita Trofino Member-at-Large, 2022-2023 (first term)
Rita Trofino, DNP, RN
Saint Francis University
Headshot of Christine Verni Member-at-Large, 2022-2023 (first term)
Christine Verni, EdD, FNP-BC, APRN
Niagara University

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