2/4/10 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Announces National, Regional Election Results

Contact: Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411 • linda@ajj.com

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Announces
National, Regional Election Results

PITMAN, NJ – Rowena Elliott, PhD, RN, CNN, BC, CNE, has been elected national president-elect of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) for 2010-11. Elliott’s responsibilities will include serving on the National Board of Directors (BOD) and as liaison to assigned committees. Elliott is an associate professor at the University of Southern Mississippi School of Nursing in Hattiesburg, MS.

Along with Elliott, additional officers were elected to serve on ANNA’s BOD for 2010-11 (listed below). The new officers will assume their respective positions at the conclusion of ANNA’s 41st National Symposium in San Antonio, TX, May 2-5, 2010.

ANNA members also approved a revised mission statement. The new mission statement is: ANNA will promote excellence by advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease.

National and Regional Officers
Sharon Longton, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC, was elected as ANNA’s national secretary and will be responsible for all meeting minutes, correspondence and to-do lists/task progression. She will also ensure all policies and procedures are up to date and in compliance. Longton is a transplant data manager/coordinator at Harper University Hospital in Detroit, MI.

In the regional elections, Juanita (Janie) Martinez, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNN, was elected to serve as Southeast vice president. Martinez is a nephrology nurse clinician at Alamo Kidney Center in San Antonio, TX. Alice Luehr, BA, RN, CNN, was elected to serve as Western vice president. Luehr is a dialysis nurse at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, MT.

Regional vice presidents are responsible for managing ANNA’s day-to-day activities within a defined geographic area. They serve on ANNA’s BOD and act as liaisons between the BOD and local, regional and national members, as well as committees. Regional vice presidents are also assigned special projects.

Also in the regional elections, members elected four other leaders to serve as chapters coordinator-elect (CCE). CCEs coordinate and supervise regional chapter activities, report to regional vice presidents and serve as members on appropriate committees.

Robert MacKinnon, RN, CNN, was elected Northeast CCE. MacKinnon is facility administrator at DaVita NE in Cambridge, MA.

Cindy Richards, BSN, RN, CNN, was elected Southeast CCE. Richards is a transplant coordinator at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL.  

Mary Houglum, RN, CDN, was elected North Central CCE. Houglum is education coordinator at Fresenius Medical Care in Duluth, MN.

Sheila Doss, BSN, RN, CNN, CCRA, was re-elected Western CCE. Doss is nursing director of research at Satellite Healthcare, Inc., in Mountain View, CA.

2010-11 ANNA Board of Directors
With the elections complete, ANNA’s 2010-11 National Board of Directors is composed of:

  • President: Donna Painter, MS, RN, CNN, Corsicana, TX
  • President-Elect: Rowena Elliott, PhD, RN, CNN, BC, CNE, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Immediate Past President: Donna Bednarski, MSN, APRN, BC, CNN, CNP, Canton, MI
  • Treasurer: Molly Cahill, APRN-BC, ANP-C, RN, CNN, Leawood, KS
  • Secretary: Sharon Longton, RN, BSN, CNN, CCTC, Southgate, MI
  • Northeast Vice President: Kim Alleman, MS, RN, FNP-BC, APRN, CNN, Lebanon, CT
  • Southeast Vice President: Juanita (Janie) Martinez, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNN, San Antonio, TX
  • North Central Vice President: Sylvia Moe, BSN, RN, CNN, Rochester, MN
  • Western Vice President: Alice Luehr, BA, RN, CNN, Helena, MT
  • Executive Director: Michael Cunningham, BS, CAE, Pitman, NJ

For more information about ANNA, visit the association’s Web site, www.annanurse.org, or contact the National Office at East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone: 888-600-2662 or 856-256-2320; e-mail: anna@ajj.com.

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ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 12,000 members. ANNA will promote excellence by advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease.