AACN Staff Directory

AACN Leadership Team

Deb Trautman

Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN
President and Chief Executive Officer
Executive Assistant Phyllis Todd

Jennifer Ahearn

Jennifer Ahearn, MBA, CAE
Chief Operating Officer

Robert Rosseter, MBA, MS
Chief Communications Officer

Brigit Carter, PhD, RN, CCRN, FAAN
Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer

Joan Stanley

Joan Stanley, PhD, NP, FAAN, FAANP
Chief Academic Officer

George Zangaro

George Zangaro, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chief Policy and Scientific Officer

Susan Corbridge

Susan Corbridge, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FCCP, FAAN
Chief Essentials Program Officer

Academic Nursing

Staff Position
Joan Stanley Chief Academic Officer
Kathy McGuinn Director of IPE and Practice Partnerships
Cassandra Godzik Director of Nursing Education Initiatives
Allison Jacobs Associate Director of Special Projects
Bridget Bingle Nursing Education Coordinator
ELNEC Project Team End-of-Life-Care (ELNEC)


Communications and Media Relations

Staff Position
Robert Rosseter Chief Communications Officer
Amy McElroy Director of Communications and Content Strategy
Jessica Washington Associate Director of Marketing
William O’Connor Editorial Director (Journal of Professional Nursing)
Max Garrison Communications Coordinator


Conferences, Leadership Programs, and Webinars

Staff Position
Cynthia Leaver Director of Academic Nursing Development
Nadja Beverage Director of Conferences
Alexa Tehansky Associate Director of Online Learning and Engagement
Sean Holloway Online Learning Coordinator
Kate Waggoner Conference Coordinator
Sofia Ruiz Conference Coordinator


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Staff Position
Brigit Carter Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer
Wanda Thruston Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Christine Downing Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Vernell DeWitty Senior Consultant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Essentials Implementation

Staff Position
Susan Corbridge Chief Essentials Program Officer
Sandra Maroa Essentials Program Assistant


Foundation for Academic Nursing

Staff Position
Katie Fioravanti Foundation Director
Alexa Betances Foundation Assistant


Government Affairs and Policy

Staff Position
George Zangaro Chief Policy and Scientific Officer
Rachel Stevenson Director of Government Affairs
Brenda Baker Director of Policy
Judy Ly Government Affairs and Policy Manager
Sonia Garfinkel Administrative Assistant
Nicole Huber Government Affairs and Policy Assistant
Allison Record All of Us Grant Assistant


Membership and Leadership Networks

Staff Position
Beth Aronson Director of Membership and Business Development
Shaima Abdul-Aziz  Membership Coordinator



Staff Position
Stephanie Wurth Director of Application Services and Strategic Partnerships
Taylor Jaczko Associate Director of NursingCAS Marketing & Analytics
Katherine Avery NursingCAS Admissions and Outreach Coordinator


Operations and Finance

Staff Position
Jennifer Ahearn Chief Operating Officer
Heather Shelford Director of Finance and Administration
Tony Dempsey Information Technology Director
Lavelle Lamb-Anthony Human Resources Specialist
Gene Throwe Office Manager
Stephanie Duke Database and Applications Manager
Anthony Castillo Staff Accountant
Paige Burger Administrative Assistant
Dawn Alexander Office Services Assistant


Research and Data

Staff Position
Di Fang Director of Institutional Research and Data Services
Jenny Keyt Data Manager
Carrie Byrne Data Assistant


Student Initiatives and GNSA

Staff Position
Marta Okoniewski Director of Student Engagement (Jonas Scholarship Grant)
Marilyne Njuraita Student Services Assistant


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Staff Position
Jennifer Butlin Executive Director
Benjamin Murray Deputy Executive Director
Daniel Michalski Director of Accreditation Services
Lina Nandy Director of Program Monitoring
Priya Lorenzen Associate Director
Mary Wells Accreditation Manager
Pamela Pecku Accreditation Coordinator
Dylan Pelton Accreditation Operations Coordinator
Monica Fritz Accreditation Assistant
Megan Terpstra Accreditation Assistant
Madeline Wales Accreditation Assistant
Blaine Hoffman Accreditation Assistant
Sonya Lane Accreditation Assistant


Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC)

Staff Position
Lynn Gardner Director of Certification, Commission on Nurse Certification


Interprofessional and Quality Initiatives

Staff Position
Shelley McKearney IPEC Associate Director