Leslie Davis, Natalia Rodriguez Villegas, and Jessica Williams (left to right)

Davis, Villegas and Williams elected fellows in American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing announced yesterday its selection of 225 highly distinguished nurse leaders for its 2021 class of Academy Fellows, including SON faculty members Leslie L. Davis, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAANP, FACC, FAHA, FPCNA; Natalia Villegas Rodriguez, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC and Jessica R. Williams, PhD, MPH, PHNA-BC!

New alumni fellows include Brigit Carter, PhD ’09, MSN, RN, CCRN, and Leslie L. Davis, BSN ’85, MSN ’89, PhD ’11, RN, ANP-BC, FAANP, FACC, FAHA, FPCNA, and Carolina Nursing Board of Visitor member Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named a Living Legend. Dr. Hassmiller is an internationally respected luminary known for her devotion to the profession and advancement of policies and programs that bolster nursing science, innovation,
leadership, and health equity.

In the AAN press release, Academy President Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN lauded the achievements of the new fellows:

“I am thrilled to welcome another exceptional class of Fellows to the American Academy of Nursing during a momentous time of change and progress in our collective efforts to fulfill the organization’s vision of healthy lives for all people,” said Academy President Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The Academy aims to improve health and achieve health equity through nursing leadership, innovation, and science. The Academy’s Fellows embody our values of equity, diversity and inclusivity, inquiry, integrity, and courage, which enable us to achieve new heights of impact that advance health policy across the globe. Congratulations to this dynamic cohort of leaders who bring diverse experience and expertise to the Fellowship.”

Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN

Selection criteria for fellowship include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all.

The Class of 2021 joins the following impressive list of Carolina Nursing faculty and faculty emerita Fellows. We congratulate them all once again!

Carolina Nursing Fellows

G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN
Ruth Anderson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Anna Beeber, PhD, RN, FAAN
Linda Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN+**
Jada Brooks, PhD, MPSH, RN, FAAN
Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, FAAN
Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN+*
Carol Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Cynthia Freund, PhD, RN, FAAN+
Sandra G. Funk, PhD, RN, FAAN+
Cheryl Giscombe, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAAN
Jean Goeppinger, PhD, RN, FAAN+
Edward Halloran, PhD, RN, FAAN+
Joanne Harrell, PhD, RN, FAAN+
Donna Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN+
Eric Hodges, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN
Cheryl Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN

Kathleen Knafl, PhD, FAAN+
Barbara Mark, PhD, RN, FAAN+
Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN+
Margaret Miles, PhD, RN, FAAN+*
Mary H. Palmer, PhD, RN, AGSF, FAAN+
Nena Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Margarete Sandelowski, PhD, RN, FAAN+
Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN+
Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PHD, PMHCNS/NP-BC,
FAANP, FAAN
Lixin Song, PhD, RN, FAAN
Suzanne Thoyre, PhD, RN, FAAN
Mark Toles, PhD, RN, FAAN
Marcia Van Riper, PhD, RN, FAAN
Margaret Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN
SeonAe Yeo, PhD, RNC, WHNP, FAAN
Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, CNL, FAAN

+Emerita Faculty
*Living Legend
**Edge Runner