Graduate Nursing Student Academy Leadership Council

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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce the formation of the inaugural Leadership Council for the new Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA). The Leadership Council consists of 10 graduate nursing student members who will serve a two year term to help shape the formation of the GNSA and provide direction on what programs, services, and resources should be developed to meet the needs of nursing students in master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Please direct any questions to Associate Director of Student Initiatives, Marta Wall at

Kristen A. Altdoerffer, MSN, CPNP
DNP Program
University of Maryland


Teresa L. Hagan, BSN, BA, RN
PhD Program
University of Pittsburgh

Kim Crosby, BSN, RN
MSN Program
University of St. Francis


Sarah J. Hoffman, MSN, MPH, RN-BC
PhD Program
University of Minnesota

Evangeline Dowling, MSN, RN
PhD Program
Arizona State University


J. Michael Leger, MBA, BSN, RN
PhD Program
University of Texas Medical Branch

Emily Emma, BSN, RN
BS to DNP Program
The George Washington University


Michaela Lewis, BSN, RN, CPN, CPEN
BS to DNP Program
Medical University of South Carolina

Tonya Smith, BSN, RN
MSN Program
Indiana Wesleyan University