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AONL Announces 2023 Class of Fellows

Press Release
Chicago (Dec. 7, 2022)

The American Organization for Nursing Leadership today announced the 2023 inductees into its fellow designation program. The AONL fellow designation, FAONL, recognizes a nurse leader’s sustained contributions to the specialty of nursing leadership, commitment to service and influence in shaping health care. AONL will honor the inductees at its annual conference May 1 - 4, 2023 in Anaheim, Calif.

“The FAONL designation reflects excellence at the highest level of nursing leadership practice,” said AONL CEO Robyn Begley, DNP, RN. “I look forward to honoring these accomplished nurse leaders and thanking them for their contributions to AONL and health care.”

AONL 2023 Class of Fellows:

  • BJ Bartleson, Self-employed,    Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Kit Bredimus, Midland Health, Midland, Texas
  • Courtnay Caufield, St Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, Calif.
  • Esther Chipps, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Paula Coe, Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh
  • Justin Drew, Middlesex Health, Middletown, Conn.
  • Marie Duffy, CarePoint Health - Christ Hospital, Jersey City, N.J.
  • Amber Egyud, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Chesapeake, Va.
  • Nancy Rollins Gantz, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
  • Stephanie Jackson, Sentara Obici Hospital,    Suffolk, Va.
  • Reynaldo Rivera, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York
  • Lisa Rowen, University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore
  • Maureen Swick, Atrium Health, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Laura Wightman, SCL Health, Broomfield, Colo.

About the American Organization for Nursing Leadership

As the national professional organization of more than 12,000 nurse leaders, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) is the voice of nursing leadership. Our membership encompasses nurse leaders working in hospitals, health systems, academia and other care settings across the care continuum. Since 1967, the organization has led the field of nursing leadership through professional development, advocacy and research that advances nursing leadership practice and patient care. AONL is an affiliate of the American Hospital Association. For more information, visit