Seventy one nurse practitioners (NPs) became fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) this year. These clinicians, who practice in various disciplines around the world, were selected based on their expertise in at least 2 of the following areas: clinical practice, research, education, and health policy.1

The FAANP program was established in 2000 to honor outstanding NPs. Fellows hold an annual think tank event to discuss the future of the NP profession and healthcare industry, and are tasked with advancing the mission of the AANP. The FAANP has also established a mentorship program.1

Since the pandemic prevented an in-person gathering to honor the 2020 class of fellows, Janet DuBois, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, Chair of the FAANP, indicated in the induction program that the 71 NPs will be honored at the AANP National Conference in June 2021.2

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“Becoming a Fellow reflects a significant personal accomplishment as well as individual contributions to our profession and the nation’s health. The Fellow’s designation also comes with a commitment to support the mission, values, and goals of AANP as well as to advance the role of the nurse practitioner through leadership and participation in Fellow’s initiatives,” Dr Dubois stated.2

The Clinical Advisor team would like to congratulate the 2020 class of AANP fellows, listed below:

NamePractice Location
Kristi A. Acker, DNP, PhD, FNP-BC, AOCNP, ACHPN, FAANPAlabama
Bimbola Fola Akintade, PhD, MBA, MHA, ACNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAANPMaryland
Anthony M. Angelow, PhD, APRN, ACNPC, AGACNP-BC, FAEN, FAANPNew Jersey
Erin K. Athey DNP, FNP-BC, RN, FAANPWashington DC
Hilary Barnes, PhD, APRN, NP-C, FAANPPennsylvania
Mary Mescher Benbenek, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CPNP-PC, FAANPMinnesota
Christy Blanco, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANPTexas
William J. Brown, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, FAANPGermany
Susan Jean Bulfin, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANPFlorida
Deborah W. Busch, DNP, CRNP, RN, IBCLC, CNE, FAANPMaryland
Virginia L. Carreira, DNP, RN, APN, CCRN, CDE, CSN, FAANPNew Jersey
Adele Marie Caruso, DNP, CRNP, FAANPPennsylvania
Jennifer M. Clifton, DNP, FNP-BC, CCHP, FAANPUtah
Keven J. Comer, MN, FNP-BC, FAANPMontana
Calli Cook, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANPGeorgia
Kathleen M. Cox, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CNE, FAANPTexas
Nichole A. Crenshaw, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANPFlorida
Renee Dahring, MSN, CNP, CCHP, FAANPMinnesota
Tearsanee Carlisle Davis, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANPMississippi
Wesley D. Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, FAANPWyoming
Carolyn Dickens, PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANPIllinois
Lauren Diegel-Vacek, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANPIllinois
Susan E. Davis Doughty, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANPMaine
Lacey Eden, MS, FNP-C, FAANPUtah
Christie Ehle Erickson, DNP, APRN, CNP, FAANPMinnesota
Brooke M. Fought, DNP, WHNP, NCMP, FAANP, IFTennessee
Sharon M. Fruh, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC, FAANPAlabama
Stefanie M. Glenn, Captain, US Public Health Service, MS, DNP, ANP-BC, ACNP-BC, FAANPMaryland
Diane M. Hanna, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, DCNP, FAANPKansas
Stacia Marie Hays, DNP, CPNP-PC, CCTC, CNE, FAANPFlorida
Christopher Hemmer, DNP, ANP-BC, FAANPMissouri
Rhonda Hensley, EdD, DNP, APRN, FAANPLouisiana
Deborah Johnson, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANPCalifornia
Honey Monet Jones, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANPNorth Carolina
Kirstyn Marie Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANPPennsylvania
Tsui-Sui Annie Kao, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANPMichigan
Katie Kemble, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, AOCNP, FAANPWashington
Debra Kosko, DNP, MN, FNP-BC, FAANPNorth Carolina
Kathryn Evans Kreider, DNP, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, FAANPNorth Carolina
Karan Kverno, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANPMaryland
Denise M. Linton, DNS, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANPLouisiana
Ryan Seth Mallo, PhD, DNP, NP-C, FAANPMichigan
Stanley Ivan Marchuk, DNP, MN, NP(F), CNeph(c), FAANPBritish Columbia
Brenda Marshall, EdD, PMHNP-BC, ANEF, FAANPNew Jersey
Laura McRee, DNP, ACNP-BC, LMT, RNFA, FAANPArizona
Carol Gullo Mest, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAANPPennsylvania
Benjamin J. Miller, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-C, ACNPC, ENP-C, FAANPWashington
Michelle A. Nelson, PhD, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANPGeorgia
Olivia M. J. Newby, DNP, FNP-BC, CDE, FAANPVirginia
Johis Ortega, PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC, ENP-BC, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANPFlorida
Leslie A. Parker, PhD, APRN, FAAN, FAANPFlorida
Courtney J. Pitts, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, FAANPTennessee
Melissa Ann Pollard, DNP, APRN, RN-BC, CCRN, CEN, WCC, FAANPNew Hampshire
Kristen E. Rawlett, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANPMaryland
Erin J. Ross, DNP, CNP, APRN, FAANPOhio
Michael Sanchez, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, FAANPMaryland
Assanatu I. Savage, PhD, DNP, RN-BC, FNP-BC, FAANPWashington
Denise Marie Schentrup, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANPFlorida
Trisha G. Sheridan, DNP, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, SANE-P, FAANPOhio
Guillermina Rincon Solis, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, GNP-C, FAANPTexas
D’ann Wilson Somerall, DNP, MAEd, CRNP, FNP-BC, FAANPAlabama
Helina Somervell, DNP, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, NE-BC, FAANPMaryland
Jennifer Tedder Sonney, PhD, APRN, PPCNP-BC, FAANPWashington
Regena Spratling, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP, FAANPGeorgia
Angela R. Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, CNRN, FAAN, FAANPConnecticut
Wendy Renee Thal, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANPTexas
Kathryn S. Tierney, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANPConnecticut
Paula Wise Tucker, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANPGeorgia
Justin M. Waryold, DNP, ANP-C, ACNP-BC, GS-C, CNE, FAANPNew York
Janice Wilson, DNP, NNP-BC, C-ELBW, FAANPPennsylvania
Heidi J. Worabo, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANPTexas


  1. American Association of Nurse Practitioners inducts 71 new fellows [news release]. Austin, TX: American Association of Nurse Practitioners; March 23 2020. Accessed November 10, 2020.,health%20through%20their%20outstanding%20contributions.
  2. American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 20th anniversary 2020 induction program. American Association of Nurse Practitioners, June 25, 2020. Accessed November 10, 2020.