NLN Set to Induct 2022 Class of Fellows into the Academy of Nursing Education

NLN Set to Induct 2022 Class of Fellows into the Academy of Nursing Education

Ceremony Planned for NLN Education Summit in Las Vegas, September 28-30

Washington, DC — Twenty distinguished nurse educators have been selected for the 16th class of fellows to be inducted into the prestigious Academy of Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.

With the addition of the new fellows, academy membership now totals 322 leading nurse educators who teach in a range of programs across the spectrum of higher education. They are affiliated with top-ranked teaching hospitals, academic institutions, and other organizations committed to advancing the quality of health care in the United States and globally.

Following tradition, the induction ceremony will take place at the Honors Convocation, prior to the closing Gala at this year’s NLN Education Summit on Friday, September 30. The highly anticipated gathering in Las Vegas will be a festive celebration of the academy’s fellows, along with other recipients of honors, scholarship awards, and research grants to be formally recognized.

2022 Academy of Nursing Education Fellows

  • Cynthia Bradley, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE
  • Judith Cornelius, PhD, MS, RN, FAAN
  • Catherine Cox, PhD, RN, CEN, CNE, FAAN
  • Brenda Elliott, PhD, RN, CNE
  • Gordon Gillespie, PhD, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE, CPEN, PHCNS-BC, FAEN, FAAN
  • Kathryn Keller, PhD, RN, CNE
  • Margaret “Betsy” Kennedy, PhD, RN, CNE
  • Rhonda Maneval, DEd, RN
  • Ann-Marie Mauro, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, FAHA, FAAN
  • Margaret “Meg” Moorman, PhD, RN, WHNP, CNE
  • Crystal Murillo, PhD, RN, CHSE-A
  • LaDonna Northington, DNS, RN, PED-BC
  • Shannon Perry, PhD, RN, FAAN (retired)
  • Beth Quigley, DNP, MSN, RN, CRNP
  • Elizabeth Riley, DNP, PED-BC, RNC-NIC, CNE
  • Julie Sanford, DNS, RN, FAAN
  • Melissa Stec, DNP, APRN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
  • Joni Tornwall, PhD, RN
  • Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP
  • Amber Vermeesch, PhD, MSN, FNP-C, RN, CNE, FACSM, FNAP

NLN Chair Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, interim associate dean of academic affairs at Michigan State University in Lansing, congratulated the 2022 fellows, saying, “This cohort of Academy of Nursing Education fellows, like the classes before them, reflect the extraordinary leadership, fortitude, creativity, and compassion required to tackle the enormous challenges facing today’s health care and higher educational environments. They have demonstrated unqualified success in preparing and motivating students to increase access and inclusion in seeking to deliver outstanding, culturally sensitive health care across multiple health care platforms in geographically and socially diverse communities worldwide.”

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “With threats to global health on the rise and the social determinants of health creating ever greater obstacles to health care equity, we applaud these leading nurse educator-scholars for their role in supporting and facilitating excellence in nursing education and serving as role models to their students and peer educators alike."

The Academy of Nursing Education fosters excellence in nursing education by recognizing the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators. Dr. Malone added, "Fellows support the mission and core values of the National League for Nursing and assist in the work required to prepare graduates from all types of nursing programs. They serve as mentors and resources for new educators and those in clinical practice who hope to someday join the ranks of nurse faculty."

Application for admission to the NLN Academy in 2023 opens in November. For more information about the Academy of Nursing Education, visit For more information about the 2022 NLN Education Summit, visit

About the National League for Nursing

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its nearly 45,000 individual and 1,100 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at

July 19, 2022


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