2022 AAMN Election Candidates
Winners will serve in a transitional capacity through the summer.
Terms will begin at the conclusion of AAMN's annual conference, to be held in October.
Winners will be expected to be present during the conference.
Voting will be conducted May 17-31. All voting will be conducted online.
GET TO KNOW THEM
The candidates listed below have submitted nominations to run for positions on AAMN's board of directors. Those nominations have been approved by AAMN's Leadership Succession Committee.
Biographical information was provided by the individual candidates and some have been edited for clarity and consistencies in style.
Curry Bordelon, DNP, MBA, CRNP
Current Employment: Associate professor, UAB School of Nursing.
Professional Association Memberships: I am a current member of the following: National Association of Neonatal Nurses; Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama; National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty; American Association for Men in Nursing, Birmingham Chapter; American Association for Men in Nursing; Alabama League for Nursing; American Nurses Association; National League for Nursing; Nu at-Large Chapter of Sigma; American Association of Nurse Practitioners; Academy of Neonatal Nursing
AAMN Involvement to Date: Since joining AAMN and BCAAMN in 2017, I have attended national AAMN conferences, been elected to the AAMN board, and led the development and expansion of the local BCAAMN chapter. As a leader in the community, I led BCAAMN in organizing a food drive for Blaze Kitchen, a local non-profit organization providing pantry food items for food insecure families and students in Birmingham resulting in in more than 500 pounds of staple food items and more than $600 dollars in donations. Throughout 2021, 22 members of BCAAMN volunteered to provide more than 1,100 COVID-19 vaccines. As a leader in local and national nursing organizations, I joined with leadership from the Birmingham Black Nurses Association, Hispanic Nurses Association, Philippine Nurses Association, and Birmingham City Council for a series of public service announcements encouraging Alabamians to “Stay Safe and Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine." My efforts within BCAAMN have expanded our reach to more than 3,500 nurses and 595 male nurses in the UAB Health System by collaborating with the Men in Nursing Resource Group for UAB Hospital. I led the initiative to nominate the UAB School of Nursing and our chapter for national recognition of our growth efforts. As a result, the UAB School of Nursing and BCAAMN were awarded AAMN's Best School for Men in Nursing in 2019, 2020 and 2021. In 2020, I was awarded the Lee Cohen Membership Award by AAMN based on my significant and sustained efforts in chapter development and membership growth up to 106 active members. My abilities and skills as a leader have led to the progressive advancement into opportunities at the national level. In Spring 2021, I was elected to the national AAMN Board of Directors and now serve as the Awards and Recognition Committee Chair. In addition, I am a 501(c)(3) Taskforce Advisor for AAMN.
Candidate Statement: It continues to be an honor for me to serve as a leader in nursing organizations at the local and national level. My involvement in AAMN, the Birmingham Chapter of AAMN (BCAAMN), and other professional nursing organizations has provided valuable skills necessary to advance AAMN’s mission and strategic plan. As a founding member and president of BCAAMN, the organization has significantly increased membership, received national recognition, participated in community events, developed a men’s health course, launched a mentoring program, and lobbies annually at our state capital as a voice for men’s health and to encourage the recruitment of men into nursing. I was elected to the national AAMN Board of Directors as an at-large board member and now serve as the Awards and Recognition Committee chair. I continue to serve on the Executive Committee for the Academy of Neonatal Nursing, president of the local Nu at-Large Chapter of Sigma, and engage in other nursing leadership roles. These efforts are a result of active engagement among members and partners. As vice president, I will be committed to bringing my passion for organizational and professional nursing advancement within activities for AAMN.
The vice president serves a two-year term.
Oscar (Danny) Lee, PhD, APRN-BC, CNE
Current Employment: Southeastern Louisiana University
Professional Association Memberships: American Association of Men in Nursing;
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists; Sigma Theta Tau
AAMN Involvement to Date: Member of AAMN since 2007; Founding president, Southeastern Louisiana Chapter; Faculty Advisor for the Southeastern Louisiana University Chapter; BOD AAMN 2008-2012 & 2014; Board member at-large 2008-2010 & 2014, Treasurer 2010-2012; AAMN Foundation. 2014-2018; 2014 Lee Cohen Membership Award Recipient; 2013 Luther Christman Fellow; 2013-2014 Chair AAMN Education & Conference Planning Committee; 2010-2018 Member AAMN Education & Conference Planning Committee; Have presented on many subject matters and issues at AAMN Conferences from 2008-2021.
Candidate Statement: I have been an active member of AAMN since 2007. I assisted in establishing the Southeastern Louisiana Chapter and served as its first president. I served as faculty advisor for the Southeastern Louisiana University Chapter. I have served on AAMN's board of directors as an at-large member and treasurer. I also served on the AAMN Foundation for four years. In 2014, I was presented the Lee Cohen Membership Award. In 2013 I was inducted as a Society of Luther Christman Fellow. I served as chair of the AAMN Education & Conference Planning Committee from 2013-2014. I served as a member of the AAMN Education & Conference Planning Committee for eight years (2010-2018). I have presented on many subject matters and issues at AAMN Conferences from 2008-2021.
The treasurer serves a two-year term.
Ian Saludares, MPA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
Current Employment: Director, patient and customer experience, Northwell Health.
Professional Association Memberships: Currently a member of the following: American College of Healthcare Executives – Healthcare Leaders of New York; The Beryl Institute - global community of practice dedicated to improving the patient experience through collaboration and shared knowledge; Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of Men in Nursing (founder); New York Organization of Nurse Executives & Leaders (NYONEL); American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL); American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN); NYC Chapter, American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA); Philippine Nurses Association of New York, Inc. (PNA-NY)
AAMN Involvement to Date: Active member since 2012; National Treasurer – 2018 - 2020; National Membership Committee – Northeast Region Chair; New York City Men in Nursing – American Association for Men in Nursing president 2017 – 2019; President-elect 2014 – 2016; Board Member / Treasurer from 2011 – 2013; Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of Men in Nursing – Founder
Candidate Statement: I consider myself a life-long learner, transformational leader and mentor. I held the position of patient care director for critical care at NYP - Lawrence Hospital from 2016-2021. Prior to this I was a nurse manager of the CCU & Cardiac Telemetry at Lenox Hill Hospital from 2011-2016. In January, I accepted the role of director for patient and customer experience at Northwell Health. At this capacity I am partnering and collaborating with leaders at the campus and system level to elevate the human experience in healthcare. I am involved with several professional organizations like the American College of Healthcare Executives – Healthcare Leaders of NY, The Beryl Institute, American Organization of Nurse Leaders, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Philippine Nurses Association of America. In January of 2018, I became the president of the New York City chapter and later that year founded the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter.
In 2019 I was the proud recipient of the AAMN Lee Cohen Membership Award and served as your national treasurer from 2018-2020. If given the opportunity I would be honored to serve again as your treasurer for the next two years. I’m confident that I will be able to support the new executive board in making sure we remain financially viable so that we can continue achieving all our goals and mission as the preferred professional nursing organization of men in nursing. I humbly ask for your support and vote.
The at-large board members serve two-year terms.
AT-LARGE BOARD MEMBERS (6 positions available)
Candidates listed in alphabetical order
Jose Alejandro, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, MBA, FACHE, FAAN
Current Employment: Chief nurse executive, Edward J. Hines, Jr. VA Health System
Professional Association Memberships: AAMN, Sigma Theta Tau International, American Academy of Nursing American College of Healthcare Executives, American Nurses Association, Case Management Society of America, National Association of Hispanic Nurses.
AAMN Involvement to Date: 2020 - 2022 AAMN Board of Directors (appointed), 2020 Luther Christman Award recipient
Candidate Statement: Dr. Jose Alejandro is the chief nurse executive / associate director – patient care services at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Health System in Chicago. He currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Alejandro was appointed to the AAMN board of directors for the 2020-2022 term. He currently serves as the Sigma Theta Tau International treasurer (2019-2023), and the American Nurses Association California treasurer (2020-2022). Alejandro was the 15th president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the 25th president of the Case Management Society of America.
Alejandro was awarded the NAHN Latino Legacy Award (2021), AAMN Luther Chrisman Lifetime Achievement Award (2020), and CMSA’s Case Manager of the Year (2015) and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and Virginia Henderson Fellow of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
Normajean Colby, PhD, RN, CNE, CPN
Current Employment: Nurse educator (associate professor), Widener University School of Nursing.
Professional Association Memberships: Eastern Nursing Research Society; Faith Community Nurses International; International Nurses Association; American Association for Men in Nursing; National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners, Inc; Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society; Eta Beta Chapter; Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society; Society of Pediatric Nurses, Nurses of Children Network; Pennsylvania League for Nursing; National League for Nursing; American Nurses Association; International Association of Human Caring.
AAMN Involvement to Date: Joined AAMN in 2010; In 2012 began a local chapter (Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter which, in all honesty, needs to be revived); Presented at the AAMN National Conferences in 2013 ("Seeking Gender Balance in Nursing- Lessons to be Learned as Nursing is Described by Practicing Registered Nurses who are Men") and in 2018 ("Accelerated Nursing Education Programs: Are there Gender Differences?")
Candidate Statement: I envision a nursing workforce that more closely resembles the patients we serve, and in line with AAMN's value of Inclusion, I desire to see diversity of genders become more evident in our nursing profession. As a nurse for 35 years and a member of AAMN for 12 years, I have attended and presented at several AAMN national conferences and in 2012 began a local chapter of AAMN at the university where I teach.
I am currently a nurse educator at Widener University School of Nursing in the suburbs of Philadelphia, teaching undergraduate and graduate nursing students and serving as the diirector of the MSN Nursing Education Specialty and as interim director of teaching and learning. I am active in numerous professional nursing organizations and possess extensive board and committee leadership roles and experiences (including president, secretary, membership involvement chair). My research interests include Interprofessional Education, Men in Nursing (also my dissertation research), and Late-Term Effects of Pediatric Oncology Treatments. A particular passion of mine is to improve the educational environment and experience for nursing students, particularly undergraduate students who represent minority groups in nursing (men, people of color, international students). I look forward to welcoming students to AAMN's national conferences and events.
I would be honored to serve as a board member and to further the mission of AAMN, and will strive to represent the voices of our membership if elected. Thank you.
Greg Eagerton, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Current Employment: Associate professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.
Professional Association Memberships: American Association for Men in Nursing; Birmingham Chapter / American Association for Men in Nursing, Alabama State Nurse's Association; National League for Nursing; American Association for Nursing Leadership; Alabama Organization for Nursing Leadership; American Nurses Association; Sigma Theta Tau / Nu-Chapter.
AAMN Involvement to Date: Has been a member of AAMN since 2018. Presented abstracts at AAMN's annual conference in 2019 (poster), 2020 and 2021 (podium). Co-author of UAB's successful application for AAMN's Best School for Men in Nursing in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Board member of the Birmingham Chapter of AAMN since 2019. Member of AAMN's Awards and Recognition Committee in 2021.
Candidate Statement: Dr. Eagerton has been a nurse for 37 years serving as an ICU nurse, healthcare executive and educator. He served our nation’s veterans for 31 years as a clinician and leader in the VA Healthcare System. His career includes ICU nursing and progressively more complex leadership roles, including 18 years as CNO and CEO at two VA academic medical centers.
His passion has been leading by example while mentoring and coaching the next generations of leaders. He currently serves as associate professor at the UAB School of Nursing. Since 2018, he has been an active member of AAMN and was a leader in establishing the Birmingham Chapter/AAMN. This chapter has grown to over 100 members. He has been active as a board member, participant in community service and has worked with practice and academic partners to enhance the image of men in nursing.
He has been a presenter and speaker for the past three years at the AAMN annual conference and serves as a member of the AAMN Awards and Recognition Committee. The successes and work of the Birmingham Chapter/AAMN has been the source of publications, presentations and media coverage related to men’s impact on the nursing profession, patient care and nursing education. He co-authored the successful applications for the AAMN Best Schools for Men in Nursing awards for UAB School of Nursing in 2019, 2020, and 2021. He was inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame in 2011.
Aaron D. Franklin, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CMSRN
Current Employment: Senior HR program manager.
Professional Association Memberships: AAMN, DNP's of Color.
AAMN Involvement to Date: Joined in spring of 2021.
Candidate Statement: I believe I will be a great addition to the future of men in nursing, with an emphasis on minority males in nursing. In 2021 I helped Rush University's chapter rejoin the AAMN national organization, continuing the work of Luther Christman, who was a strong advocate for men in nursing at Rush and nationally.
I have had many meetings with Rush University’s College of Nursing dean and Rush University Medical Center’s chief nursing officer to advocate for men in nursing. I have committed to AAMN’s strategic goal by encouraging and providing mentorship to men in high school, college and nursing school to join the profession of nursing. I have implemented programs for men in nursing, though all genders were welcomed, for student fellowship with practicing male nurse clinicians and leaders. I have provided presentations for the Rush University College of Nursing's dean, faculty and staff on the past, present and future recommendations for men in nursing. I recently joined the human resources team at Rush University Medical Center with hopes of continuing to push the profession of men in nursing further. I believe I can be an asset to the future of AAMN.
Julian Gallegos, PhD, MBA, RN, FNP-BC, CNL, FAUNA
Current Employment: Clinical associate professor-DNP program director, Purdue University.
Professional Association Memberships: AAMN; Sigma Theta Tau International; American Nurses Association; National Association of Hispanic Nurses; American Association of Nurse Practitioners; Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Indiana; Indiana State Nurses Association; Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates; American Urological Association; Sexual Medicine Society of North America; DNPs of Color Inc.; Midwest Nurses Research Society; International Association of Latino Nurse Faculty; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Kappa Delta Rho National Fraternity, Alumni Member.
AAMN Involvement to Date: Rejoined in 2020; member of AAMN's Research Task Force. Accepted as a member of the Society of Luther Christman Fellows in 2022.
Candidate Statement: I am a service-driven leader. Leadership experiences in military and civilian healthcare sectors have taught me that serving others is most rewarding. I am an advocate for elevating others through mentorship and action-focused initiatives. I believe in advocating for the profession of nursing, particularly in increasing the efforts towards diversity and belonging.
I am currently involved in many local, state, and national professional organizations where I continuously promote the need for men in the profession and the importance and need to focus on men’s health. The mission and vision of AAMN is something that I trust in, and firmly believe it aids in meeting the goals of my professional efforts. As a member of the AAMN Research Task Force, I have become aware of the need for continued research focused on the concepts and phenomena related to men in nursing and topics in men’s health.
I believe my vast experience in clinical practice and academia allows me to bring strong leadership skills as an at-large board member, where I will continue to contribute toward the efforts of AAMN in making the Research Task Force a formal committee by helping promote research by members. As a board member, I also hope to help mentor association members into professional roles that directly impact the vision and mission of AAMN. Serving on the board would be a great honor and an opportunity for me to have a more significant impact within the organization.
Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAAN
Current Employment: Dean, distinguished professor, Duke University School of Nursing; Vice chancellor for nursing affairs, Duke Health.
Professional Association Memberships Fellow, American Academy of Nursing. Member: AAMN, American Nurses Association; American Association of Nurse Practitioners; Association of Nurses in AIDS Care; American Psychiatric Nurses Association; National Association of Hispanic Nurses; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; International AIDS Society; American Public Health Association; International Association of Providers of AIDS Care.
AAMN Involvement to Date: AAMN member since 2014; Keynote speaker at the 46th Annual AAMN Conference, 2021.
Candidate Statement: I have been an active AAMN member since 2014, and I was the keynote speaker at the 2021 AAMN Annual Conference. Furthermore, I represent men in nursing on several multidisciplinary committees and advisory bodies that shape national policy and clinical practice, including the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, the HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, and the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment. In addition, I serve as the vice-chair of the board of directors for the Latino Commission on AIDS and on the Boards of the HIV Medicine Association, the Power to Decide, and the Beyond Flexner Alliance.
In my role as the dean of DUSON -- winner of AAMN's Best Schools for Men in Nursing Award -- I have demonstrated stewardship and active support for the school’s AAMN chapter, and I broadly support increased recruitment and advancement of men in nursing. Taken together, I seek to add a unique perspective to the board’s future work and emphasize my support for the missions of AAMN and its partner organizations, commitment to advancing the strategic goals of AAMN, and ability to maintain confidentiality related to functioning of the organization.
Clint Koerkenmeier, MHS, BSN, RN
Current Employment: Associate nursing officer, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Professional Association Memberships: AAMN; Former board member and former president, Association of Cancer Executives.
AAMN Involvement to Date: Member since 2017; South Regional chair for Membership Committee 2018.
Candidate Statement: I have been a nurse for 18 years. In that time, I have worked on inpatient units, critical care, ambulatory clinics, research and home health PRN. For the last 11 years, I have been in oncology leadership at both community hospitals and major academic centers. While a member of the Association of Cancer Executives, I was on the Board of Directors for five years and also served as the president for one term.
I believe that now, more than ever, nurses need each other. That is why I am interested in joining the AAMN board. I would like to give back to the nursing profession. Nursing is my passion and I would feel blessed to be more involved with AAMN.
Andrew Richards, PhD, RN, CNE
Current Employment: Associate professor, Southern Adventist University.
Professional Association Memberships: Member of AAMN since 2014; also current member of the American Nurses Association and the Emergency Nurses Association, the Tennessee Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International (current vice president of Rho Iota chapter).
AAMN Involvement to Date: Attended AAMN's 2020 annual conference; Attended and co-presented at AAMN's 2021 conference in Atlanta ("The Nursing Pathway Project: Finding Solutions to the Underrepresentation of Men in Nursing"); Served as at-large member of the AAMN Research Task Force.
Candidate Statement: Since I joined AAMN in 2014, I have enjoyed being a passive recipient of the benefits of membership. However, since attending the two most recent annual conferences, I've decided to become more actively involved in the organization. I have been a nurse for 20 years (medical/surgical, ICU, ED, and academia). I currently work with prelicensure nursing students as an associate professor in a university setting. While I am excited by the increased number of men who are entering the profession, I am concerned by the continued underrepresentation of men in nursing academia.
My goals for serving on the AAMN board are: (1) To continue the mission of AAMN (to shape the practice, education, research and leadership for men in nursing and advance men’s health); (2) Improve the impact the organization within the nursing profession and society; (3) Increase membership and engagement within AAMN; Increase research and scholarships within AAMN; (5) Encourage more men to become nurse educators.
Thomas Rossini, ADN
Current Employment: Senior PA Nurse, UnitedHealth Group.
Professional Association Memberships: AAMN.
AAMN Involvement to Date: Joined AAMN in 2009. Inducted to the Society of Luther Christman Fellows in 2021. Have served on AAMN's Educational and Awards Committees. Have also served on the AAMN Foundation's board of directors. Founding member, president and past president of the UHG AAMN Chapter. Have presented three times at the AAMN Annual Conference. Secretary of the AAMN Nursing Project and participant in AAMN's FutuRN Program.
Candidate Statement: I have been a proud member of AAMN since 2009 and I am in good standing. Over the years, I have worked hard with the executive board of AAMN and its members to foster knowledge of men's health and promote men in nursing. My presentations at previous AAMN conferences include men's health Issues, human trafficking, understanding health insurance and, last year, a panel discussion regarding AAM's Nursing Project. I was invited to join the AAMN Foundation's board of directors three years ago and now look forward to working with AAMN as a member of the board. Currently, I am in the RN - BSN program and hope to be completed in the summer of 2023. I work for UnitedHealth Group and have been nominated as a Service Hero and a Sages Award nominee. I am looking forward to working for you in addressing men's health issues and breaking down the barriers for men in nursing.
Rebecca Smith, BSN
Current Employment: Graduate nurse technician, Cincinnati VA Medical Center.
Professional Association Memberships: AAMN, University of Cincinnati AAMN Chapter, Greater Cincinnati AAMN Chapter, Student Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Lambda Delta.
AAMN Involvement to Date: Since joining in 2018, I have attended two of AAMN’s annual conferences and am on the planning committee for this year’s event. I have served as president and secretary for the University of Cincinnati AAMN Chapter. I assisted the university in creating its nomination materials for AAMN's Best Schools for Men in Nursing Award. The school received the award in 2019 and 2021. I have also created and led numerous local events including axe throwing, paintball, a No-Shave November fundraiser, and a Mini Heart Mini 5k.
Candidate Statement: I believe I can be a fresh and enthusiastic board member bringing a new perspective to AAMN. I am a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati and will be transitioning into an RN position. This new start allows me to build upon my AAMN foundation and take it to the next level.
I have been extremely involved since joining in 2018 by serving locally, regionally, and nationally, including the current conference planning committee. Serving on the local level has provided me with the ability to mentor numerous male nursing students. If elected, it would be my goal to continue and grow the mentorship program. Cincinnati’s proximity to local and regional chapters has allowed me to lead social and networking events. Virtual platforms were used to incorporate other states for these events.
The uniqueness of my college experience provided me with many opportunities to bring information from other organizations to the local chapter. Positive changes were made using this information and will continue if elected.
As a board member at large, I will bring a different perspective not only from a student’s view but also a female perspective. It is my goal to empower both male and female nurses in support of the AAMN mission. From student to RN, my career passion has been AAMN. I am young, committed, and invested in the advancement of men in nursing as well as improvement of men in the community. I would be honored to have your vote and to serve the board of directors for AAMN.
Jeffrey Williams DNP, APRN, CCNS, CCRN
Current Employment: Associate clinical professor, Texas Woman's University.
Professional Association Memberships: AAMN, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, Texas Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist, Transcultural Nursing Society.
AAMN Involvement to Date: Joined AAMN in 2020. Currently on the committee that is planning this year's annual conference in October.
Candidate Statement: With the pursuit of this board position, I wish to greatly increase my involvement in AAMN. My involvement in other national organizations includes active involvement on committees in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist. For AACN, I served on the Advanced Practice Institute planning conference for the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care exposition that took place in New Orleans in 2016. For NACNS I served on the abstract review committee for the annual conference in 2016.
As a college of nursing faculty member, I am honored to help shape the next generation of nurses and nursing leaders. Helping these young people take their first steps into nursing is such a rewarding experience. As a leader in academia, I strive to consistently empower my students to build up their self-confidence. Serving on the board would allow me the opportunity to promote the role of men in nursing on a national level. I would bring to the board a strong leadership ability. I would also bring to the board a strong desire for promoting excellence across the nursing profession. I would of course uphold the confidentiality of the board when it is applicable.
I would be honored to have your vote and to serve the board of directors for AAMN.