Government Affairs

Grassroots Stars Program

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In 2001, the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) created a program to recognize AACN members that are not currently serving on the GAC or Board of Directors who have made significant contributions to AACN's advocacy efforts. By recognizing these hard working members, the GAC hopes to interest others in the process and ultimately increase AACN's legislative and regulatory effectiveness here in Washington, DC. Grassroots Stars advance AACN's agenda by making lobbying visits in Washington and at home; testifying before Congress or a federal agency; writing letters and making phone calls to congressional offices and encouraging their faculty and students to do so. These efforts bring advocacy for nursing schools, students, and the nursing profession to Washington, DC ultimately to emphasize patient advocacy. Thank you for all your hard work!

Government Affairs Stars 2007

  • Chandice Covington, PhD, Dean at the University of North Dakota, College of Nursing.
  • Marty Witrak, PhD, Chair of the Department of Nursing at the College of Saint Scholastica.

Government Affairs Stars 2006

  • Jeri Milstead, PhD, Dean at the University of Toledo (OH), College of Nursing.
  • Connie Carpenter, EdD, Dean of the Nevada State College, School of Nursing.
  • Carolyn Yucha, PhD, Dean of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Nursing.
  • Laura Cox Dzurec, PhD, Dean at Kent State University, College of Nursing.
  • Suzanne Mellon, PhD, Dean at the University of Detroit Mercy, College of Health Professions.

Government Affairs Stars 2005

  • Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, Dean at the College of New Jersey School of Nursing
  • Carl Christensen, PhD, Dean at the Northwest University (WA) Buntain School of Nursing
  • Harriet Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean at Pace University (NY) Lienhard School of Nursing
  • Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, Dean at the University of Michigan School of Nursing
  • Julie Novak, DNSc, Dean at Purdue University School of Nursing

Government Affairs Stars 2004

  • Janet Allan, PhD, Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland
  • Daisy Cruz-Richman, PhD, Dean at the College of Nursing at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
  • Jane Williams, PhD, Chair of the Department of Nursing at Rhode Island College
  • Sandra Ferketich, PhD, Dean at the College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico

Government Affairs Stars 2003

  • Janet Rodgers, PhD, Emeritus member and former Dean of the Hahn School of Nursing at the University of San Diego
  • Jeanette Lancaster, PhD, Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia
  • Doris Parrish, PhD, Chair at the Department of Nursing at Lycoming College (PA)
  • Susan Fetsch, PhD, Chair of the Division of Nursing at Avila University (MO)
  • Teresa Steele, PhD, Director at the Graduate Nursing Program at Husson College (ME)
  • Melanie Dreher, PhD, Dean at the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa
  • Gloria Donnelly, PhD, Dean at the School of Nursing at Drexel University (PA)
  • Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Washington
  • Carolyn Gunning, PhD, Dean at the College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University

Government Affairs Stars 2002

  • Patricia Starck, DSN, Dean at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Toni Bargagliotti, DNSc, Dean at the University of Memphis (TN)
  • Christine Alichnie, PhD, Chair of the School of Health Sciences at Bloomsburg University (PA)
  • Tina DeLapp, EdD, Director at the school of Nursing at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Marilyn Musacchio, PhD, Dean of the School of Nursing at Tennessee Technological University
  • Betty Paulanka, EdD, Dean at the College of Health and Nursing Sciences at the University of Delaware

Government Affairs Stars 2001

  • Alexia Green, PhD, Dean at School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Science Center
  • Linda Hodges, EdD, Dean at the College of Nursing at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Betty Rambur, DNSc, Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Vermont
  • Carole Anderson, PhD, former Dean at the College of Nursing at the Ohio State University
  • Jean Bartels, PhD, Chair at the School of Nursing at Georgia Southern University
  • Catherine Garner, DrPH, Dean at the College of Nursing at the University of Phoenix (AZ)