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2024 AAMN Election Candidates

​Winners will serve in a transitional capacity through the summer.

All terms run for two years and 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 16-31. All voting will be conducted online.






































* Denotes incumbent

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: University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Nursing, Assistant Dean for Graduate Clinical Education-DNP Program


Professional Association Memberships: 2020-Present: National Association of Neonatal Nurses; 2018-Present: Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama; 2018-Present: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties; 2017-Present: American Association for Men in Nursing, At-Large Chapter of Birmingham; 2017-Present: American Association for Men in Nursing; 2017-Present Alabama League for Nursing; 2017-Present Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses; 2017-Present: American Nurses Association; 2017-Present: National League for Nursing; 2016-Present: Nu at-Large Chapter of Sigma: 2016-Present: American Association of Nurse Practitioners; 2007-Present: Academy of Neonatal Nursing

AAMN involvement to date: Since joining AAMN in 2017 and the local chapter of BCAAMN in 2016, I have continued to support the national and local chapter's mission and vision through education, outreach, innovation, and service. I have served as an at-large member and now the vice president for AAMN. I also serve as the Award and Recognition Committee chair. In 2023, we processed the most applications to date for the Best Schools and Best Workplaces for Men in Nursing. Additional AAMN committees of which I serve and advise as the VP for AAMN include Conference Planning, Communications, and Bylaws. I collaborated with other board members and AAMN's executive director to relaunch the AAMN Newsletter, initiative a portal to submit news, and expand relationships with Alzheimer’s Association, DAISY Foundation, Chamberlain/Walden University, and Men's Health Network. While in the role of VP for AAMN, I am a founding member of the American Men's Health Nursing Alliance (AMHNA) with the goal of developing a certificate in men's health. While in the role of VP for AAMN, I am a founding member of the American Men's Health Nursing Alliance (AMHNA) with the goal of developing a certificate in men's health. I have mentored four chapters from charter submission to chapter initiation. I have been a guest presenter for many diversity and inclusion topics from health equity to support for LGBTQ+ patients.  

At the local chapter level, I have initiated community events such as Habitat for Humanity, personal care-item drive for the Jimmie Hale Mission, food drive for Blaze Kitchen, Charter revision to become the first at-large chapter for AAMN, and a Men in Nursing Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. To date, we have participated in building two homes for the Birmingham Community and have collected more than two tons of canned goods for the Blaze Kitchen, a local food bank for UAB employees and community members. I led efforts to expand the newsletter, revise website and digital presence, and currently I serve as chapter advisor as a past president.

Candidate Statement: It continues to be a great pleasure for me to serve as your vice president for AAMN. Under my leadership as VP, I have continued to support AAMN's mission and vision through education, outreach, innovation, and service. 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. Leadership beyond AAMN includes serving as educational liaison for the Academy of Neonatal Nursing, where I lead the development of diverse educational content and certification preparation for neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners. I also serve on curricula development committees for the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.


Current Employment: NYCH+H/Lincoln, Director of Ambulatory Care Nursing Services.

Professional Association Memberships: American Association for Men in Nursing (president of NYC Chapter); American Nurses Association (appointed to the Awards Review Committee); American College of Healthcare Executives; National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives; Sepsis Alliance, Advisory Board Member; American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

AAMN involvement to date: I joined AAMN in 2018. I served as president-elect of the NYC Chapter in 2023, and I am currently serving as president of the NYC Chapter for 2024.

Candidate Statement: I am writing to express my interest in the position of vice president of AAMN.

I worked in various nursing roles for 13 years, gaining leadership skills. Formerly, I have worked as an assistant nurse manager, quality specialist, assistant director of nursing, nurse administrator, deputy chief nursing officer, and I presently serve as the director of ambulatory care nursing at Lincoln Hospital, where I oversee all outpatient clinics. Previously, I was a high school science teacher, where I engaged and motivated students to learn chemistry (this wasn’t easy!), and I have been a nurse in the United States Navy Nurse Reserve Corps for seven years, where I have held various leadership positions, including Awards Officer and Senior Nursing Officer.

While deployed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (2021), I served as the VP of the Officer’s Wardroom where I helped raise funds so we could host events to improve morale, and we participated in several volunteer activities to support the local community. Currently, I serve as the president for the NYC chapter of AAMN where I am working with the board to reinvigorate the chapter, focusing on membership and redesign of our professional development program.

I have been an active member of AAMN since 2018. I would love the opportunity to serve as your VP to work on strategic initiatives that would help us fulfill the mission and vision of AAMN. As your VP, I want to highlight the unique contributions we make as male nurses and bring AAMN to greater heights.


Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Jose Alejandro-White, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, MBA, FACHE, FAAN

Current Employment: Nurse scientist, UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Professional Association Memberships: AAMN, American Nurses Association, American Academy of Nursing, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, American Organization of Nurse Leaders, and American College of Healthcare Executives.

AAMN Involvement to Date: AAMN Membership 1994; AAMN Nominations Committee 1990s;  2020 - 2022 Board of Directors (appointed); 2022-2024 Board of Directors (elected).

Candidate Statement:  I have enjoyed being an AAMN member since 1994. I have previously served on the Nominations Committee and the board of directors (appointed and elected). I have remained committed to AAMN through sustained financial support and advocacy. I am committed to advancing the strategic goals of AAMN by developing and deploying financial and operational strategies to support member development initiatives and evidence-based practice. As a researcher, scholarly author, and conference presenter, I have published numerous articles and engaged audiences on the importance of leadership development, emotional intelligence, and improving access and delivery of care for vulnerable populations.

I have extensive association governance experience and have served as president of two national associations: the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. I have also served as national treasurer of Sigma Theta Tau International, CMSA (two terms), and American Nurses Association California, all with multimillion-dollar budgets. I serve or have served on the board of directors for the American Academy of Nursing, the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association, the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, the Texas Nurses Association, and the Florida Nurses Association. I am proud of AAMN's work and the support we provide to our membership and other stakeholders through mentorship, life-long learning, and scholarships. AAMN continues to provide opportunities to network, engage, and educate men in nursing. This is critical work as nursing practice continues to become more representative of the individuals we serve.


The at-large board members serve two-year terms.

AT-LARGE BOARD MEMBERS  (5 positions available)

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

M. Anderson Bottomy, MSN, BA, RN, CCRN, CEN, SCRN, NI-BC

Current Employment: Registered nurse, Neurology/Neurosurgery ICU, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Professional Association Memberships: American Nurses Association, Tennessee Nurses Association, American Association for Men in Nursing, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, American Nursing Informatics Association

AAMN Involvement to Date:AAMN member since 2022. Attended 47th and 48th Annual Conferences in Orlando and New Orleans. AAMN Infrastructure Ad Hoc Committee member, 2022-present. Middle Tennessee Chapter of AAMN, founding member and president-elect, Chapter Board of Directors, 2023-present.

Candidate Statement:  I have worked as a bedside nurse in Vanderbilt University Hospital’s Neuro ICU for more than 10 years. During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to immerse myself in Vanderbilt’s culture of shared governance on a unit-level, hospital-level, and system-wide level. I’ve served for six years as co-chair of Vanderbilt’s system-wide Shared Governance Committee and participated in multiple enterprise-wide bylaws conventions, helping to shape Vanderbilt’s shared governance structure in response to both the stressors of COVID as well as in response to our health system’s great expansion and growth.

 Inspired by AAMN's 2022 annual conference, I helped to plan a Vanderbilt University Medical Center- and School of Nursing-sponsored panel discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities for men in nursing, and I moderated that panel of three distinguished guests – Ernest Grant, Randolph Rasch, and Blake Smith. I am a founding member of the newly created Middle Tennessee Chapter of AAMN, where I currently serve as president-elect. I helped to write VUMC’s winning applications for AAMN’s Best Workplace for Men in Nursing in 2019, 2022, and 2023, and I am currently helping to write our 2024 application.

As a staff nurse, I am extremely passionate about empowering frontline staff to shape our own nursing practice by utilizing the structures and principles of shared and professional governance. I feel it is critically important to include the voice of the bedside nurse at the AAMN Board of Directors’ table, and I would be honored to serve as that voice.

James Combs, MPA, BSN, RN, FACHE

Current Employment: Universal Health Services; Director, Accountable Care Organization.

Professional Association Memberships: American Nurses Association; Nevada Nurses Association; American College of Healthcare Executives; Nevada Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives

AAMN Involvement to Date: Joined AAMN in 2019. Served as past president of the AAMN chapter for Chamberlain University College of Nursing; Submitted research project abstract for AAMN podium and poster presentation consideration; Active in joint AAMN/Vitas hospice volunteer program during COVID-19 pandemic; represented AAMN at local school events to promote men in nursing; former AAMN board member candidate.

Candidate Statement: It would be my privilege to serve on the AAMN leadership team. My top areas of focus would include: 1) Publish research regarding men in the profession of nursing; 2) Advocate for the multi-state Nurse Licensure Compact; 3) Build a team to visit large hospital systems to promote establishing AAMN chapters; 4) Seek opportunities for AAMN members to participate in career fairs promoting men entering the field of nursing; and 5) Promote men’s health topics at both the local and national levels.  

I first joined AAMN while in nursing school and have been steadfast in my participation since. I am an active participant in several professional organizations. My involvement with ANA and Nevada Nurses Association included petitioning the state of Nevada to participate in the Nurse Licensure Compact program.  Within my hospital system, I led the ANA National Nurses Month recognition program to showcase the extraordinary contribution of nurses. As a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, I serve as a mentor, and have led development of CME opportunities for nurses and other healthcare executives in the community.

Aaron Franklin, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Current Employment: Rush University System for Health; Senior program manager - human resources.

Professional Association Memberships: AAMN

AAMN Involvement to Date: Joined AAMN in 2019. Served on board of directors 2022 – 2024

Candidate Statement: Currently serving as the re-envisioned founder and faculty advisor for the Men in Nursing student group/AAMN chapter at Rush University, I follow in the footsteps of the great Dr. Luther Christman at Rush University System for Health. I completed the DNP: Systems Leadership program at Rush University, with a scholarly project focusing on recruitment and retention of men in nursing. My work emphasizes community service, diversity, and inspiring grade-school youth to consider a future career in nursing.

A member of the AAMN since 2019, I served on the board of directors from 2022 to 2024 and currently hold the position of co-chair of its Communications Committee. I am also a member of the Diversity Leadership Council at Rush University System for Health, where I advocate for the recruitment of men in nursing.

Currently enrolled in a PhD program at Rush University's College of Nursing, my research focuses on improving the health of Black men. I remain passionate about continuing to support the AAMN's mission of shaping the practice, education, research, and leadership for men in nursing, while also advancing men's health.

Julian Gallegos, PhD, MBA, FNP-BC, CNL, CMHE, FAUNA

Current Employment: Purdue University - West Lafayette; Clinical associate professor/Interim assistant head of graduate programs

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; DNPs of Color Inc.; Midwest Nurses Research Society; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Kappa Delta Rho National Fraternity

AAMN Involvement to Date: Rejoined in 2020; Member of Research Task Force (2020-2022); Co-chair of AAMN's Research Task Force and director at-large (2022-2023); Chair of Research Committee (2023-current), Society of Luther Christman Fellow (Inducted 2022).

Candidate Statement: As a service-driven leader with rich experience in military and civilian healthcare, I am deeply committed to serving others and advocating for nursing, emphasizing diversity and inclusion. My active involvement in various professional organizations has been pivotal in highlighting the necessity of male representation in nursing and the critical importance of men's health.

I played a key role in evolving the AAMN Research Task Force into a formal committee, aiming to deepen our research on men in nursing and men's health. My initiative to leverage my professional network has brought influential partnerships to AAMN, including collaborations with the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates and Healthy Men's Inc., to further our men's health initiatives.

I am proud to lead a task force advocating for the American Nurses Association to recognize comprehensive men's health as a specialty, underscoring my dedication to advancing men's health in nursing. My clinical practice and academic background position me as a strong candidate for an at-large board member with AAMN, where I aim to mentor members toward roles that align with AAMN's mission and vision. Continuing to serve on the board would be an honor, offering a significant platform to positively impact our profession.

Julius Kitutu, PhD, MSc

Current Employment:   University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Professional Association Memberships: AACN, AAMN, NCUR, NAGAP

AAMN Involvement to Date: I officially joined on a school package membership of about 70 members in 2023. Prior to joining, I had attended the 2022 AAMN conference, where I received an award on behalf of my school.

Candidate Statement: 

I was introduced to AAMN by our dean, who asked me to apply for the Best Schools for Men in Nursing award in 2022. Surprisingly, the school received the award and I attended the AAMN conference to receive the award on my school's behalf. While at the conference, I was amazed at how the members cared about recruiting, promoting, supporting, and mentoring each other in the nursing profession and their respective work in different nursing spaces.

I have worked at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing for over 20 years. As a male faculty and administrator, I worked and encouraged male applicants to the nursing program and did my best to recruit with an aim of increasing the male population in my school. My efforts paid off, and the numbers kept increasing yearly. In 2023, we were thrilled to join AAMN as a student chapter, with about 70 students and faculty members. We have been working hard as a team to recruit students into the chapter. We also organize recruitment events where we visit local high schools to encourage male students to consider being nurses. Following the start of our chapter, male nurses in local hospitals and other schools have reached out to me, looking for ways in which they can join AAMN.

I am hopeful that I will be elected to serve as an at-large board member to serve AAMN. 

Quinn Lacey, PhD, RN, CCRN

Current Employment: LSU Health New Orleans; Nursing instructor.

Professional Association Memberships: Louisiana State Nursing Association; New Orleans Nursing Association;Crescent Care Health-Board Member; American Nursing Association; National League of Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau International (past chapter president)

AAMN Involvement to Date: Member 2015-2020; 2023-present.

Candidate Statement: I have been a faculty member at LSU Health in the pre-licensure undergraduate department of the School of Nursing for nine years, teaching theory and clinical nursing to those who will one day be the future of nursing. Prior to academia, I had over 20 years at the bedside as a critical care registered nurse. I know the challenges of being male and a minority in a profession historically predominantly female. I consider myself a good team player, a quick learner, and a detail-oriented person. I believe that by being a board member of AAMN, I would play an important role in building bonds among the organization's members while representing and carrying out the business of the board. If given an opportunity to be part of the board for the AAMN, I would be glad to contribute my time and efforts to making a difference for men in nursing around the globe.

Billy Mullins, DNP, RN, NE-BC

Current Employment: GWU School of Nursing, clinical assistant professor.

Professional Association Memberships: American Psychiatric Nurses Association; Sigma Theta Tau - Phi Epsilon chapter

AAMN Involvement to Date: Advisor for the AAMN GWU Nursing Chapter. The GWU School of Nursing was recognized as a Best Schools for Men in Nursing in 2023.

Candidate Statement: 

I have been a male in the nursing profession for the past 37 years. I was a corpsman in the Navy, an LPN and now a RN. I have worked in hospital settings in which I was the only male nurse employed by the hospital. Having had the experience of being a male in the nursing profession from the late 1980s to now has been both a challenging and rewarding experience.


As a male nursing faculty member, I encourage men to enter our profession and educate/mentor them on their successful journey. I have had the honor and privilege to initiate and sustain an active school chapter of AAMN at The George Washington University School of Nursing in which I remain the faculty advisor. The GWU School of Nursing was recognized by AAMN as a Best Schools for Men in Nursing 2023. I am a member of the Committee on Impaired Nurses appointed by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. I am the chair of the governance committee for the Phi Epsilon Chapter of Sigma. The AAMN GWU Nursing Chapter and the Phi Epsilon Chapter of Sigma are partnering together to provide educational offerings on men's health topics. I am excited about my future engagement opportunities with the AAMN national chapter.

Eric Mutchie, MHA, RN, FACHE, NE-BC, CPHQ

Current Employment: United States Army, Keller Army Community Hospital; Deputy commander for nursing/chief nursing officer.

Professional Association Memberships: American Nurses Association; American College of Healthcare Executives; National Association of Healthcare Quality; Wisconsin Nurses Association; Healthcare Leaders of New York; New York Nurses Association; Nurse Leaders of New York; Army Nurse Corps Association; Military Officers Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars

AAMN Involvement to Date: Joined in December 2022.

Candidate Statement: 

As a member AAMN, I have immersed myself in various healthcare organization's activities, fostering connections and amplifying the organization's impact within the nursing community. In addition to my involvement with AAMN, I have extended my reach to other state and national professional organizations, bringing a diverse perspective and collaborative spirit to the table. My engagement in these broader networks reinforces my dedication to advancing the nursing profession as a whole. Throughout my interactions in all associations, I maintain outstanding professional behaviors, grounded in loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and professional courage.


My genuine spirit of stewardship and giving drives me to actively support not only the mission of AAMN but also those of our partner organizations, recognizing the interconnectedness of our efforts. I am deeply committed to advancing the strategic goals of AAMN, leveraging my organizational leadership skills and experiences to propel the organization forward. Furthermore, I understand the critical importance of maintaining confidentiality in all aspects of information related to the functioning of the organization, ensuring trust and integrity are always upheld. In summary, I am honored to be part of AAMN and am dedicated to contributing meaningfully to its mission and vision. I am excited about the opportunity to continue serving as a champion for nurses and driving positive change within the nursing profession.

Brien Nash, BSN, RN

Current Employment: Behavioral health nurse, Eskenazi Health Psychiatric.

Professional Association Memberships: American Nurses Association; Indiana State Nurses Association; American Public Health Association; Counsel on Nursing and Anthropology; American Psychiatric Nurse; American Association of Men in Nursing.

AAMN Involvement to Date: I joined in 2023 and spoke as a podium presenter at the 2023 AAMN Conference. I helped start and guided the implementation of the Purdue University chapter of AAMN.

Candidate Statement: 

Service and contribution are important factors to consider when making dynamic change to any organization. During my first year as a member, I have been involved in the organization. I helped start the Purdue University chapter, attended the national conference, and presented a podium presentation on my research regarding the integration of multicultural health into nursing school simulations. I am actively involved in numerous organizations that cater toward public health, psychiatric nursing, nursing anthropology and further work in local level chapters.


Through these organizations I could be a resource by providing extensions to our current network allowing for more interorganizational collaboration. Through more dynamic networks, we can provide more resources, more opportunities, and more development for our members and future clinicians who are about to start their professional careers. While being a part of the organization through membership provides strength in numbers, I would like to join the board of directors to start facilitating strength through action. With my background in public health and health equity, the values of inclusivity, empowerment, and innovation are important to me. As a new graduate nurse, it would be important for me to network, facilitate activities and initiatives to help nursing students become active and have ownership of their involvement in the organization.

Somali Nguyen, DNP, CRNP, AGACNP-BC

Current Employment: Assistant professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Professional Association Memberships: AAMN, GAPNA, NONPF, SPOCUS, NLN, NPAA, BCAAMN.

AAMN Involvement to Date: Joined in 2021. Activities: Invited panel speaker for NOBC, attended conferences, awarded Best School and Best Workplace for Men in Nursing, and Best Chapter award.

Candidate Statement: 

Nguyen is an assistant professor, academic integrity coordinator, and director of clinical simulation and training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. He is a board-certified, adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner and has over 13 years of emergency medicine experience. He is the current president for the Birmingham at-large chapter of AAMN (BCAAMN). Under his leadership, UAB has been awarded AAMN’s Best School for Men in Nursing for the past two years as well as a Best Workplace for Men in Nursing and Best Chapter of AAMN awards. Every  year, BCAAMN provides volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, hosts a clothing drive for the Jimmie Hale Mission, and hosts the “CANstruction” competition to collect canned goods for the UAB Blazer Kitchen to support the community. He is involved in the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association’s acute care special interest group as well as the International Nurses Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning’s advanced practice registered nurse special interest group. Nguyen was a recent recipient of the 2024 Diversity and Inclusion award by the Birmingham Business Journal for his work with BCAAMN and recruitment efforts for men in nursing. Nguyen has created partnerships with local organizations such as the Birmingham Alzheimer’s Association and Brother Bryan Mission to support the mission of AAMN.

Vincent Palmieri, MSN, RN-BC, FNP, CCM

Current Employment: Clinical coordinator, Mount Sinai Health.

Professional Association Memberships: American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nursing Association.

AAMN Involvement to Date: I was a member of AAMN as a BSN nursing student in 2011 and had great mentors to reach out to at the time. I then began my career in nursing and moved onto other interests. I am recently a member again due to the new mission and goals of this organization.

Candidate Statement: 

I am excited to seek a role on the AAMN board as an at-large board member, as I will embody the characteristics and values central to the organization's mission. I commit to actively engage in AAMN at various levels contributing to fostering a sense of community and advancing the organization's goals. Throughout my involvement, I will consistently make meaningful contributions that will have a positive impact to the AAMN and its members. I will leverage my background in management and other organizations to bring valuable insights to AAMN, benefiting the organization.

I support ongoing agenda items and seek to contribute new ideas to assist members, promoting their longevity and professional growth through excellent resources, connections, and mentoring. I believe this approach will help AAMN members of all levels navigate the evolving healthcare landscape, connect with peers and resources, and enhance their success in diverse work settings nationwide.


Current Employment: Chief executive officer, National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Professional Association Memberships: American Nurses Association, Illinois-ANA, American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology, Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists, American Academy of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, National Academies of Practice.

AAMN Involvement to Date: Member since 2023.

Candidate Statement: 

I would like to dedicate my time and talent to assist the AAMN to advance its mission to shape the practice, education, research, and leadership for men in nursing and advance men’s health. I would bring my history of involvement in nursing higher education and with non-profit associations and professional organizations, both as a volunteer leader and as paid staff, to the position of BOD member should I be fortunate enough to be selected.

Susanne Quallich, PhD, ANP-BC, NP-C, CUNP, CMHE, FAUNA, FAANP

Current Employment: Assistant professor of Urology Andrology, Nurse Practitioner Division of Andrology, General and Community Health Department of Urology, Michigan Medicine University of Michigan.

Professional Association Memberships: Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society (1994-present); American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (1995-present); Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (1999-present); American Society for Reproductive Medicine (2002-present); Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (2003-present; first nurse practitioner elected to membership); Society for Male Reproduction in Urology (2004-present; first nurse practitioner elected to membership); American Urological Association (2005-present); Sexual Medicine Society of North America (2008-present; Education Committee 2013-2020); Society of Women in Urology (2011-present); American Pain Society (2011-2019); American Society for Men’s Health (founding member; 2012-present); American Association for Men in Nursing (2022-present).

AAMN Involvement to Date: Member since 2022.

Candidate Statement: 

Although I have had limited involvement in AAMN to date, our goals are aligned: I believe men’s health is family and community health. I have consistently promoted men’s urology/men’s health at the national level, developing a focused men’s health course for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners that premiered at its 2023 annual conference and will repeat in 2024. I lecture locally, regionally and nationally to promote awareness and education of men’s health issues. I have introduced students and residents to translational clinical research focused on benign male urology, to increase knowledge or document effective practice patterns in this understudied domain of urology/men’s health. I am an advisory council member for Healthy Men Inc, a founding member of the American Society of Men’s Health and serve as Urology co-chair for AANP.


I edited a men’s health book targeted to the advanced practice role. My research investigates the NP role in urology/men’s health to improve care of men, including male chronic genital/pelvic pain, an area of health disparity when compared with parallel conditions in women. The role of nursing in men’s health should align with the needs of the community and definitions of health and wellness that are prevalent; this goal can often be marginalized within nursing. I wish to serve as an at-large board member to continue to give back by collaborating with board members and stakeholders to support men in nursing and promoting men’s health.

Ian Saludares, MPA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CPXP

Current Employment: Nursing administrator, The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Professional Association Memberships: American College of Healthcare Executives – Healthcare Leaders of New York, The Beryl Institute; New York City Men in Nursing; American Association for Men in Nursing, Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of Men in Nursing; New York Organization of Nurse Executives & Leaders; American Organization for Nursing Leadership; American Association of Critical Care Nurses; NYC Chapter American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Philippine Nurses Association of America; Philippine Nurses Association of New York.

AAMN Involvement to Date: Active member from 2012-present; National treasurer (2018-2020, 2022-present); National Membership Committee (Northeast Region chair); have attended multiple conferences and was a presenter / speaker at the 2023 event. I was awarded the 2019 Lee Cohen Membership Award and am a Society of Luther Christman Fellow.

Candidate Statement: 

As a dedicated member of AAMN, I am excited about the opportunity to serve again on the board and continue to contribute to our goals. Through my track record of involvement, I have shown my dedication to the organization's growth and success. My experience serving on boards of other professional organizations has given me valuable insights that enhance our collaborative efforts.

A sense of responsibility and generosity drives my commitment to advocating for members and advancing our shared objectives. I fully endorse AAMN's mission and vision and will work seamlessly with partner organizations to maximize our impact. I am deeply invested in furthering AAMN's objectives by leveraging my skills and experiences to take our organization to the next level.

Let's unite to strengthen AAMN and support nurses nationwide. Join me in championing our profession and shaping the future of nursing. Together, we can create change! I would appreciate your support in the election for the At-Large Board Member position. Your vote will shape the future of our organization and the nursing profession as a whole. Let's collaborate to bring about transformations and enhance healthcare


Rebecca Smith, RN, BSN

Current Employment: Registered nurse, Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

Professional Association Memberships: AAMN, AACN

AAMN Involvement to Date: I joined AAMN in 2018, starting at the local level where I served as president, immediate past president, and secretary of our chapter. During my tenure in these roles, I organized a 5K event for the American Heart Association, coordinated local outings, and facilitated online networking events spanning across multiple states. Additionally, I have attended four national conferences since joining AAMN. In 2021, I was honored to receive the Outstanding Student Award. Moreover, the local chapter I was actively involved in received the AAMN Best School Award in both 2019 and 2021. In addition to my involvement at the local college chapter level, I was also a member of the regional Cincinnati chapter, which provided opportunities for networking and organizing more events to promote AAMN and various men’s health topics. On the national level, I have contributed to multiple committees, including membership, conference planning, and bylaws. Serving as an at-large board member has afforded me the opportunity to lead the Membership Committee, resulting in significant growth for the association.

Candidate Statement: 

Continuing to serve on various platforms within AAMN and the nursing community remains an honor. Since 2018, I've contributed at local, regional, and national levels, with unwavering dedication. Within the most recent term, I was elected to the national AAMN board of directors, I also serve as the Membership Committee chair and participate in conference planning and bylaws committees. Under my leadership as membership chair, our national membership has grown by approximately 15%. If reelected, I commit to furthering this growth through innovative strategies.

In my role as MICU unit council president at the Cincinnati VA, I've honed communication and problem-solving skills that benefit AAMN. Spearheading policy changes benefiting veterans, nurses, and the hospital, I've fostered positive impacts disseminated through education and daily practice. The AACN NTI conference expanded my nursing perspective and provided insights applicable to AAMN. I'm poised to apply these skills, particularly in membership growth and overall association development.

Locally, I engage Cincinnati nurses in promoting AAMN and men's health topics, advocating for positive changes. My passion for AAMN's mission and values remains steadfast. If reelected, I'll continue bringing fresh insights and unwavering commitment to advancing the association.

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