GNSA Advocacy Leaders

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Join the GNSA Advocacy Leaders to Engage in Advocacy at the National Level

The GNSA Advocacy Leaders maximize AACN's advocacy efforts on behalf of graduate nursing students. Consisting of 2 representatives from each state including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, these nursing leaders participate in quarterly conference calls to develop their advocacy skills and become informed on the latest health policy discussions. The GNSA Advocacy Leaders create a greater impact in amplifying AACN's policy and advocacy messaging and provide feedback to AACN staff on policy issues that are of importance to graduate nursing students.

Don’t see two representatives for your state? Apply to become a GNSA Advocacy Leader by completing the following online application.

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If you have any questions, contact Marta Okoniewski, Director of Student Engagement at


2022-2023 GNSA Advocacy Leaders




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2022-2023 GNSA Advocacy Leaders

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Name Institution Program Photo
LaDonna Gaines Samford University BS to DNP
Colleen Anusiewicz University of Alabama at Birmingham BS to PhD
Autumn Argent Arizona State University PhD
Mandea Hood University of Arizona MSN
Anna Dermenchyan University of California-Los Angeles PhD
Nancy Shivers Capella University RN to MSN
Joanna Andrade American Sentinel University MSN
District of Columbia
Emily Walker Georgetown University MSN
Kristin Ferguson Duke University DNP
Raquel Brown Florida Atlantic University PhD
Linda Casale Capella University MSN
Camille Sterling Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University MSN
Gaea Daniel Emory University PhD
Carlana Coogle Boise State University DNP
Elizabeth Wise Loyola University Chicago MSN
Ashley Baumann Rush University Entry Level MSN
Audrey Hopper Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis BS to PhD
Sarah Hodson Aspen University RN to MSN
Heather Raley University of Louisville BS to DNP
Shannon Parsley University of Kentucky PhD
Sarah Locke Murray State University BS to DNP
Juanita Allen-Garner Southern University and A&M College PhD
Jenna Oien Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Entry Level MSN
Emerald Rivers Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing PhD
Brittany Carney University of Massachusetts Medical School DNP
Karen Li Regis College RN to MSN
Cynthia McNerlin Michigan State University DNP
Jenna Magallanes University of Michigan MSN
Myra Colakovic University of Minnesota DNP
Sarah Oerther Saint Louis University PhD
Laura Remy University of Missouri PhD
Carli Zegers University of Nebraska Medical Center BS to PhD
Rachel Smith Nebraska Wesleyan University MSN
New Jersey
Kimberly Vanesko Georgetown University DNP
Denise Warren Rutgers University DNP
New Mexico
Siri GuruNam Khalsa University of New Mexico PhD
North Dakota
Joanne Lassiter Capella University Other
Emmanuel Aminu Mount Saint Joseph University Entry Level MSN
Rewa Banks Maryville University-Saint Louis DNP
Heather Brantley Boise State University DNP
Caroline Madrigal Pennsylvania State University BS to PhD
Danielle Farer Villanova University MSN
South Dakota
Alexandra Draisey South Dakota State University BS to PhD
Melynda Thelen South Dakota State University PhD
Meredith Booten University of Alabama at Birmingham MSN
Joshua Lehrer Vanderilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) Entry Level MSN
Jodi Behr The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston PhD
Jasmine Perkins Texas Women's University MSN
Carolyn Scheese University of Utah Other
Frederick Opoku George Mason University BS to DNP  
Vivienne Pierce McDaniel Walden University DNP
Dani Paschall Pacific Lutheran University DNP
Jung Amaral Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Entry Level MSN
Kari Stinson University of Wisconsin Eau Claire BS to DNP
Lori Schuerman Idaho State University BS to DNP