Diane Carter, MSN, RN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, FAAN
President & CEO

Diane Carter

In 2014, Diane was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. In 2007, Long-Term Living Magazine named her one of long-term care’s 10 most influential people of the past 40 years for harnessing the power of the Internet and web-based learning in 1999 and for being the creative force behind the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC). More recently, she has overseen development of the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) and its constituent associations, AANAC and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS).

AAPACN provides support for the work-lives of nurse assessment coordinators and directors of nursing services in long-term care (LTC). Diane’s leadership has made AANAC the premier association for LTC nurses, providing more than 14,500 clinicians daily with pertinent information that is accurate and current. With the launch of AADNS, she plays a major role in getting the LTC nursing voice heard, advancing a national agenda to meet the needs of elders and others residing in LTC. 

Prior to forming AAPACN, Diane was the associate director of the Colorado Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, now LeadingAge, and the RAI/MDS coordinator for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). She was an advisor for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly HCFA, and an advisor on developing the Quality Indicators and Quality Measures. 

As deputy director of support and analytical services for the Health Facilities Division of CDPHE, Diane worked in survey and certification, complaint investigations, and regulatory analysis. She is SMQT certified in survey and complaint investigations by CMS. As director of regulatory affairs for the Colorado Health Care Association, she spoke widely on federal regulation. At the Center for Health Services Research, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Diane helped conduct the national Swing Bed Study; the Cost, Quality and Case Mix Study; the Teaching Nursing Home Study; and the Colorado Case Mix Study.

Diane earned a BS and MS in nursing administration and is a clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing. Her career began as a nursing home nursing assistant; her RN career began in surgical intensive care and as director of nursing in a Denver nursing home. 

Susan Turman, MBA
Chief Operations Officer

Susan Turman

Susan has worked in the non-profit sector for over 25 years, specializing in operations, including facility management, human resources, IT, and staff training. While most of her experience prior to AADNS had been with 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, she finds that many skills transfer quite easily from charities to associations. 

A native of Colorado, Susan has a BA in secondary education from the University of Northern Colorado and an MBA from the University of Colorado. She loves hiking and photographing the Colorado Rocky Mountains. At AADNS, Susan is responsible for financial management, human resources, facility management, and information technology.

She is also serving as the interim Executive Director of the AADNS Education Foundation. 

Contact Susan with specific questions related to AADNS's published financial reports (IRS form 990) or other organizational questions.

Brenda Hull, MSM
Vice President of Professional Development

Brenda brings more than 20 years of healthcare association leadership and management experience to AADNS. As part of the executive team and in partnership with program managers, Brenda helps maintain, revise, and create new education programs based on member needs. She has a BS in journalism from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!) and an MS in management from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Brenda enjoys spending time with family and friends and “all things Colorado” – the weather, mountains, camping, snowboarding, mountain biking, and cheering on the local sports teams.

Please contact Brenda if you have comments or questions about current programs or ideas for new ones.  

Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, DNS-CT, RAC-MT
Vice President of AANAC Curriculum Development

As the vice president of curriculum development for AANAC, Judi Kulus oversees the development and integrity of the content and curriculum for the Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification (RAC-CT), Medicare University, and other educational programs. She serves as the executive editor of the LTC Leader newsletter and represents AANAC nationally.

In her role, she supports long-term care nurse leaders in the resident assessment instrument (RAI) and minimum data set (MDS) process, regulatory compliance, Medicare integrity, and quality resident care. Judi has been a certified AANAC RAC-CT Master Teacher since 2004 and has taught prolifically on MDS and Medicare related topics.

Judi’s career began as a nursing home administrator in 1987. She holds a master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in informatics, a master’s degree in education, and has been a registered nurse since 2000. Throughout her 28-year career in long-term care leadership, Judi has focused her work on supporting facilities in managing the RAI process, MDS coding, and nursing system quality improvement. She has served as corporate operations manager, case mix and quality assurance consultant, including working as a crisis control administrator for a variety of organizations including facilities in multiple states.

Deborah White, MBA
Vice President of Membership and Marketing

Deborah brings more than 15 years of marketing experience, including 10 years in healthcare association management to AADNS. Working in collaboration with the executive team and program managers, Deborah helps to uncover unmet member needs and to increase the value of membership through benefit development, member engagement and marketing communications.

Deborah earned her BA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her MBA from the University of Colorado-Denver.

AADNS membership is all about you! So if you have any ideas, questions or comments about your membership, please feel free to contact Deborah.

Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-CT, QCP
Curriculun Development Specialist

Jane  is a Curriculum Development Specialist for AADNS.  Having been involved in long-term care for more than 40 years, she has served as a gerontological clinical specialist, director of nursing, and nurse consultant. She has a master’s in nursing and is Master Teacher. Prior to joining AADNS she was a principal at Plante Moran specializing in senior care operational consulting, certification compliance, reimbursement, corporate compliance, education and quality assurance/performance improvement.




Amy Franklin, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, QCP-MT, AHIMA Trainer
Curriculum Development Specialist

Amy Franklin, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT is a curriculum development specialist for American Association of Director of Nursing Services (AADNS). In her more than 20 years of healthcare service experience, she has served as corporate compliance officer, clinical consultant (multi-state), survey crisis manager, director of nursing, infection control officer, ICD-10 CM/PCS trainer (AHIMA), and MDS coordinator. She has spoken as a subject matter expert on clinical and reimbursement issues at regional and national levels. Amy is certified as an AANAC and AADNS Master Teacher in all their certification programs (RAC-CT, Medicare University, DNS-CT, and QCP-CT). Her expertise and practice include extensive knowledge of state and federal regulations, quality assurance, and all governmental payers’ reimbursement systems. She is currently devoted to developing and implementing practical, sustainable solutions for clinical and reimbursement systems that will promote high-quality, efficient care.

Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT
Curriculum Development Specialist

Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-CT, is a curriculum development specialist for AADNS.  Previously Jessie worked as the director of clinical reimbursement for a large long-term care organization overseeing 17 clinical reimbursement consultants across 21 states including nearly 300 living centers.  She has more 17 years of long -term care experience including Restorative Nurse, MDS Coordinator, Regional Clinical Reimbursement Specialists, Clinical Reimbursement Trainer and Director of Clinical Reimbursement.   

Jessie is passionate about improving residents’ quality of life and care.


Amy Stewart, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, QCP- MT
Curriculum Development Specialist

Amy was a legal nurse consultant for the law firm Hall, Prangle, Schoonveld (HPS), in Chicago. She has 20 years of experience in the post-acute healthcare industry, with expertise in the areas of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI), clinical reimbursement, quality, and regulatory change.

Prior to joining HPS, Amy was the division director of reimbursement for 18 skilled nursing facilities in the Chicagoland area, part of a larger hospital system that participated in CMS innovative payment models. Previous roles include director of nursing, pharmacy quality consultant, wound care consultant, and MDS coordinator. Amy is an AANAC member and Master Teacher and was a presenter at the 2014 and 2016 AANAC national conferences. In her spare time, she enjoys bird watching and spending time with her two grown sons. 
 

Annette Hall
Director of Education

Annette manages education and certification programs, including online courses and the content aspects of face-to-face workshops. She also ensures that all educational activities qualify and are awarded continuing nursing education credit through ANCC and other accrediting bodies. 

Annette is committed to providing quality educational programs to meet the demand of today’s adult learner. With more than 10 years of non-profit experience in educational programming and association management, Annette provides exceptional service when specialized assistance is needed.


Shannon Johnson
Director of Membership Marketing

Shannon Johnson

Shannon has a strong passion for member engagement, helping members to deepen their connection and involvement with AADNS as their professional association of choice. Shannon’s primary focus is to grow AADNS’s membership and to enhance the offerings and services provided. If you have suggestions for future benefits or member service improvements, please reach out to Shannon.

Shannon has worked in healthcare and the non-profit arena for over 10 years. She is a Colorado native and University of Denver alumni.


Celeste Sikora
Director of Business Development

Celeste comes to AADNS with 18 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, specializing in Development, Corporate Relations, Membership and Sponsorship. She is responsible for developing and managing relationships with key businesses in the long-term health sector including business and training partners, conference exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers. Celeste welcomes any questions, concerns or feedback regarding business partnerships.

Celeste enjoys spending time with her family and you’ll often find her at the soccer fields cheering on her son.


 

Meghann Rettelle, CMP
Senior Conference and Events Manager

Meghann ShinnersWith over 13 years’ experience as an association meeting planner, Meghann brings the logistical expertise, work ethic, and cheerful optimism necessary to push AADNS conferences and webinars to exceptional new levels. She received her Certified Meeting Professional certification in 2010 and stays on top of meeting trends through ongoing professional development. With a passion for customer service and engagement, she plans to ensure AADNS’s members have an unforgettable experience at all AADNS events.
 
If you have any ideas for improving the member experience at AADNS's Annual Conference or webinars, please reach out to Meghann. She is happy to hear your thoughts.

Bob Droog
IT Project Manager

Bob joined the AADNS team in 2016. He manages the technology needs of the organization and helps to keep staff up-to-date on current industry trends. Before joining AADNS, Bob had several years of experience working as a web specialist at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) while pursuing his bachelor’s degree. At MSU Denver, Bob provided ad hoc support to all members of the digital marketing team, and was the primary point of contact for over 300 University stakeholders using the web content management system.

Bob was born in the Netherlands and is bilingual (Dutch and English).


Leigh Anne Elkins
Accounting Manager

As the Accounting Manager, Leigh Anne is responsible for all accounting functions.  She has a BS in Accounting from Colorado State University, and over 20 years of nonprofit accounting experience.  She loves sitting at her desk crunching numbers, as well as helping others understand them.

Leigh Anne loves to travel and visit new places. She likes staying active and spending time with friends and family.



 

Sandi Genova
Marketing Manager

Sandi brings more than 20 years of non-profit experience and over seven years in healthcare related marketing to the organization. She develops marketing strategies that support the AADNS education, certification, business developmen,t and professional development partnership programs. Sandi is thrilled to be part of the AADNS team and welcomes all of your ideas and comments.

Sandi also volunteers for several Denver-based nonprofits where she manages marketing and social media.



Scott Hammond
Membership Services Manager

Scott joined the association in 2015 as the Member Services Manager. He has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector working with members and volunteers. Scott manages the member service team and works to maintain high levels of customer service and strengthen member engagement. Making sure member needs are met and that they have a great customer service experience is his priority. 

Please feel free to reach out to him with suggestions for ways to continue to improve the member experience. 

Scott is from Colorado but has lived in several places around the U.S. and internationally. He loves traveling, enjoying the outdoors of Colorado, and spending time with his family.

Meg Mothershed
Graphic Designer

A recent graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BFA in Communication Design, Meg joins AADNS with a background in graphic design and digital/fine arts illustration. She is incredibly excited to contribute to the advancement of AADNS through the designing of marketing materials, printed and digital collateral, along with video production. Meg loves all things caffeinated and lives in her cozy Denver apartment with her husband and two dogs.




Staci Clemmons
Human Resources Generalist

Staci  joined AADNS in 2016. She has over 20 years of  Human Resources experience specializing  small to mid-size organizations, partnering with all levels of executives, managers and employees in startup, growth and stable organizations. 

Staci is a CNA, earned her master's in Organizational Management, and holds a BS in Management and Human Relations. Staci is passionate about traveling to tropical locales and enjoys spending her time with her daughter, two dogs and friends. 

 



Domitilla Sandusky
Data Specialist

Domitilla provides support to the staff of AADNS through database management and data analysis. Prior to joining AADNS, Domitilla gained experience in operations and process improvements through several opportunities in the financial services industry. She has her BS in Business Management and her MS in Organizational Leadership and is passionate about creating efficient, successful teams through organized processes and quality leadership at every level of an organization.

She is excited to join such a well-respected team committed to providing excellent education and resources for their members. 



Jessica Kunkler, MA
Editorial Coordinator

Jessica coordinates newsletter and blog content for production. She has a BA in Creative Writing and Art History and her MA  in International and Intercultural Communications from the University of Denver, as well as experience with non-profits. 

Originally from Pittsburgh, Jessica spends her free time enjoying the Colorado outdoors with her husband and her dog.  If you are interested in being a guest writer or have an idea for the newsletter, please contact Jessica.




Karen Porter
Education Coordinator

As the Education Coordinator, Karen’s primary role supports members and students through the online content for education programs. Karen has a BS in Organizational Leadership and over 30 years of customer service experience. She believes that true customer service and member support are the most overlooked benefits within many organizations today. With a strong work ethic and background of helping others in professional development and certification, she has a commitment to seeing individuals succeed and reach their goals. 

As a native of Denver, Colorado, Karen likes spending time with her family and friends, as well as seeing movies, going camping and fishing, and has a passion for cars. 

Erica Zapata, CMP
Conference and Events Coordinator

Erica's responsibilities are primarily to provide support to our Business Development Program, but she is also very involved in the logistical side of our conferences. She also might be the one you talk to when calling the AADNS office, as she helps to answer the phone and provide membership and education assistance as needed. 

With a degree in Hospitality Management and experience in retail and customer service before coming to Colorado and AADNS, Erica has the skills and knowledge to provide excellent service to AADNS members and sponsors.



Teresa Summers
Executive Assistant

Teresa Summers

Teresa brings 20+ years of customer service experience to the AADNS team. From the medical industry where she served as a certified billing and coding specialist to direct interactions within the restaurant arena, Teresa has a tremendous background in assisting others and contributing to a positive member/customer service experience. As the Executive Assistant at AADNS, Teresa supports the CEO and Executive Team. Her caring nature and concern for others make her an incredible representative of AADNS and part of the team.

In her free time, Teresa loves to spend time with her family and watch her teenage daughter participate in extracurricular activities. She also likes to travel and try out new gluten-free baking recipes.
   

Carolyn Gibson
Senior Member Services Representative

Carolyn is a Senior Membership Service Representative on the AADNS team, providing you with attention to your membership needs. When you call AADNS, you may very likely speak with Carolyn, as she also helps with member/student information as a member service representative. 

According to Carolyn, "There’s a lot of variety in each day, and it’s good to hear from members to help access the database to ensure accurate, complete, and reliable information. Especially in the long-term skilled facility workforce, time is very limited and when you call AADNS with a service question, it’s good to have a member services representative ready to answer your call."

 Carolyn is customer-focused and values people! She enjoys gospel, jazz, and rock ‘n roll music. She also likes to read and travel.

Tamara Rimpley
Senior Member Services Representative

Tamara Rimpley

As a Senior Member Services Representative, Tamara is here to support members with their education and professional development needs. She works with members one-on-one to provide answers to general education and certification questions, assists them in enrolling in courses or full programs, and trouble-shoots course and exam difficulties. Tamara is passionate about helping AADNS students be as prepared as possible so they have the best education experience imaginable and successfully complete the certification and education process.

Tamara brings over 20 years of research, education, and customer service experience to the AADNS team and has a deep understanding of the medical and science-based fields. As a self-proclaimed life-long learner, Tamara understands the process that AADNS students are going through and can connect with them on their goals and needs for professional development. Tamara is a native Nebraskan, and in her free time, she enjoys stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, running, crafting, and cooking. 

Kim Armstrong
Member Services Representative

Kim comes to AADNS with an extensive background in customer service and a strong desire to provide support and guidance to AADNS members. Kim will likely be the first contact you make when you call AADNS. Her main priority is to provide exceptional customer service to AADNS members.

Kim has a degree in Computer Information Systems and experience in property management and retail/restaurant management. She is a native to Massachusetts and since moving to Colorado in 2015, enjoys skiing, hiking, and biking. She also loves travel and new adventures. 


Sue Dampier
Program Assistant - Accounting

Sue Dampier

Sue comes to AADNS after 15 years spent working for a property management company that specialized in office management and accounting. Currently Sue assists our accounting manager with month end and other accounting functions as needed, and is never afraid to step in and help with another program.

Sue loves taking long hikes in our beautiful Rocky Mountains. We love that Sue always has fresh flowers on her desk and never fails to have a kind word or a smile to share. 

 


Alix Murrell
Business Development Assistant

Alix specializes in registrations and logistics for all AADNS training partner workshops held throughout the country. She serves as a main point of contact for workshop and webinar inquiries and provides quality customer service for the Business Development team. She also contributes to the quality assurance program for workshops and webinars.

With a BA in Family and Consumer Sciences and years of customer service experience, specifically in an education setting, Alix has a true passion for helping others and a strong desire for providing support and guidance.