2023 OADN Elections Results & Board Appointments Announced

September 14, 2023

OADN Elects Members to the Board of Directors & Nominating Committee

Board Treasurer & Secretary Appointments Announced

Many thanks to each of you who voted in the 2023 OADN Elections. Your votes represent a strong demonstration of your commitment to OADN and associate degree nursing education.

Based on your votes, we have the pleasure of announcing our newly elected OADN leaders. However, before doing so, we want to acknowledge the individuals who served on this year’s Nominating Committee: Chair Johni Beth Teague, Sofia John, Jennifer Smith, and committee advisor Katharine Elliott. These individuals worked diligently throughout the year to recruit and vet the many talented candidates on this year’s ballot. We are grateful to all the exceptional candidates who ran for office this year.

The OADN Board of Directors would also like to extend their gratitude to those candidates who applied for the Board Treasurer and Secretary appointed positions. Thank you to these accomplished and highly qualified members who answered the call to serve our national association.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s election winners:


Director Midwest Region

Director Southeast Region

Lynette V. Apen, DNP, RN, CNS, CNE
Director, Research Operations Strategy
Office of Research, Patient Care Services
Stanford Health Care
Palo Alto, California
Patricia Nabal, DNP, BS, FNP, RN-BC
Associate Dean of Nursing
City Colleges of Chicago
Malcom X College
Chicago, Illinois
Audria Denker, DNP, RN, FAADN, ANEF
Executive Vice President of Nursing
Galen College of Nursing
Louisville, Kentucky

Nominating Committee

Ruby Alvarez, PhD, MSN, RN
Interim Dean, School of Nursing
Valencia College
Orlando, Florida
Constance Powers, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE
Department Chair
Phoenix College
Phoenix, Arizona
Sarah Stokke, MSN, BS, RN
Nurse Educator
NurseThink & Wolters Kluwer
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Shea Walker, DNP, RN
Assistant Director of Nursing
Georgia Highlands College
Rome, Georgia

Special Congratulations to OADN’s Newly Appointed Board Treasurer and Secretary



Mariann Harding, PhD, RN, CNE, FAADN
Professor of Nursing
Kent State University Tuscarawas
New Philadelphia, Ohio
Lisa Hawthorne, PhD, RN, PHN, CNE
Regional Dean of Nursing
Galen College of Nursing
Frisco, Texas