AACN Staff Directory

AACN Leadership Team

Academic Nursing

Staff Position
Joan Stanley Chief Academic Officer
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)
Tessa Markham Communications Assistant


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
Abigail Jones Conference Coordinator
Mariah McLemore 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


Essentials Implementation

Staff Position
Susan Corbridge Chief Essentials Program Officer
Aishina Shaffer Essentials Communications Specialist
Grace Meiser Essentials Program Assistant


Foundation for Academic Nursing

Staff Position
Katie Fioravanti Foundation Director
Alexa Betances Foundation Coordinator


Government Affairs and Policy

Staff Position
George Zangaro Chief Policy and Scientific Officer
Rachel Stevenson Director of Government Affairs
Andrew Bryant Government Affairs Coordinator
Nicole Huber Policy Coordinator
Caleb Atencio Policy Administrative Assistant


Membership and Leadership Networks

Staff Position
Beth Aronson Director of Membership and Business Development
Peri Beckerman Membership Assistant



Staff Position
Taylor Jaczko Director of Application Services
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
Gene Throwe Office Manager
Stephanie Duke Database and Applications Manager
Anthony Castillo Staff Accountant
Paige Burger Administrative Coordinator
Dawn Alexander Office Services Assistant


Research and Data

Staff Position
Nick Havey Director of Institutional Research and Data Services
George Zangaro Chief Policy and Scientific Officer
Jenny Keyt Data Manager
Carrie Byrne Data Coordinator


Student Initiatives and GNSA

Staff Position
Marta Okoniewski Director of Student Engagement (Jonas Scholarship Grant)
Noah Brown Jonas Grant Manager
Anne Pearson 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
Ben Karnes Accreditation Manager
Monica Fritz Accreditation Coordinator
Quincy Ryan Accreditation Coordinator
Madeline Wales Accreditation Coordinator
Arielle Ben-Yosef Accreditation Assistant
Rae Corn Accreditation Assistant
Taylor Wells Accreditation Assistant
Dylan Pelton Accreditation Operations Coordinator
Blaine Hoffman Engagement Coordinator
Sonya Lane Administrative Assistant (Accreditation Verification Inquiries)


Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC)

Staff Position
Lynn Gardner Director of Certification, Commission on Nurse Certification
Ruby Karar CNC Certification Assistant


Interprofessional and Quality Initiatives

Staff Position
Shelley McKearney IPEC Associate Director