Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of thought leaders in the long-term care field committed to serving AADNS membership by providing the strategic vision necessary to ensure the organization is meeting your needs today and in the years to come. They strive to maintain a positive and ongoing connection to the AADNS membership in order to fulfill those responsibilities. If you would like to share any thoughts or suggestions with them, please use the email links below. You can also contact Diane Carter, AADNS CEO and president.

Please click here to apply to be on the Board of Directors

Carol Smith, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, Chair

Carol Smith

Term: 7/1/13 – 6/30/19
Supervisory Consultant, BKD CPAs and Advisors, Tulsa, OK
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Over the course of her 30-plus years in nursing, Carol has worked in many areas. Starting as a CNA in a 20-bed rural hospital during high school and college, she then spent 15 years with Beverly Enterprises, serving in various capacities such as DON, regional nurse consultant, Medicare nurse specialist, staff development coordinator for 150 facilities, and administrator and MDS coordinator in various facilities. She worked as a DON in an acute hospital and as a nurse manager in an acute rehabilitation facility, but she always found herself returning to LTC, where the challenges were greater but the rewards with residents and coworkers sweeter.

In her current role at BKD CPAs and Advisors, Carol works as a nurse consultant, helping large and small LTC and acute-care facilities understand the MDS process (LTC/SNU/SWB) and helping hospital environments understand continuation-of-care opportunities.

Carol was awarded her BSN from South Dakota State University and has been a registered RN in many states. She served on the board of directors of the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) for several years.

Stephanie Kessler, RAC-CT, Vice Chair

Stephanie KesslerTerm: 7/1/13 – 6/30/19
Partner, Reinsel Kuntz Lesher, LLP, Lancaster, PA
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Stephanie brings years of hands-on and consulting experience in long-term care. She started her nursing career as a nursing assistant while in school and continued in many provider-nursing roles prior to working as a consultant. She has extensive expertise in organizational performance analysis, facility operations, and reimbursement systems.

Her in-depth knowledge is concentrated in state and federal regulations and all aspects of the RAI process. She has expertise in MDS 3.0, reimbursement (Medicare and Medicaid), regulatory compliance, and long-term care provider operations.

Stephanie is a sought-after speaker and instructor at seminars and conventions for healthcare associations nationwide, and she has served on boards of several community and nonprofit organizations. 

‚ÄčLinda Krueger, RN, AAS, BA, RAC-CT, Treasurer

Linda KruegerTerm: 7/1/13 – 6/30/19
Clinical Reimbursement Director, Community Eldercare Services, Tupelo, MS
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Linda has over 22 years of nursing and healthcare management experience in a variety of leadership roles, including ADON, DON, and MDS coordinator or director of clinical reimbursement. She “grew up” in a nursing home, as her mother worked as a nurse in the same home for over 35 years. Linda’s experience in nursing began with work in both sub-acute and post-acute facilities. She has over 18 years’ experience with RAI and PPS processes.

As clinical reimbursement director for Community Eldercare Services, she oversees 19 facilities in Mississippi and Tennessee for compliance with Medicare and Medicaid case-mix requirements, PPS guidelines, supportive documentation, timely completion of assessments, billing requirements, and reimbursement.

Linda received her bachelor’s in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca Nazarene University, her legal nurse certificate from Kaplan College, and her associate’s in Nursing from Columbia State Community College.

Robert Moore, RN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, Secretary

Robert MooreTerm: 7/1/15 – 6/30/18
Senior Clinical Quality Assurance Specialist, Answers Software, Warren, PA
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Rob has over 13 years’ experience in healthcare. He started out as a CNA in a skilled nursing facility and then attended nursing school. After obtaining his nursing degree, he worked in medical/surgical, telemetry, critical care, and emergency services. Rob returned to long-term care as a rehab/skilled nursing unit manager. His experience in long-term care includes serving as MDS coordinator and director of nursing services.

In his role as senior clinical quality assurance specialist at Answers Software, Rob works closely with developers in the areas of computerized order entry, medication administration, care plans, point-of-care, and all facets of EMR.

Rob received his associate’s in Applied Science/Nursing from Jamestown Community College. He has multiple nursing certifications.

Nancy Beecham, RN-BC, BS, CDONA/LTL, FADONA

Robert MooreTerm: 7/1/17 – 6/30/20
Continuing Life, Corporate Clinical Nurse Coach, Vista, CA
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Nancy Beecham joined Continuing Life in 2014 as the Clinical Coach. She is a Certified Gerontological Nurse who has chosen long-term care as her field of practice for the past 37 years. She has worked in nursing for more than 44 years, beginning as a ward clerk, and has more than 35 years of experience in nursing administration, with an extensive background in gerontological nursing. She has held numerous state and national positions within many various organizations, including receiving the 2015 Circle of Honor Award from the San Diego Health Care Association, being honored as the National Association Directors Of Nursing Administration's 2012 Nursing Administrator of the Year, serving as the President of the California Chapter for the National Association Directors Of Nursing Administration (NADONA) in Long Term Care, and is the Immediate Past President of the Nurses Council of California.

Nancy has worked as a consultant to numerous governors, senators, and assembly-persons, sharing her knowledge and advice on issues regarding the effects that pending laws and regulations will have on direct resident and patient care. Having served on the California Board of Registered Nurses for four years, she is very conscientious of how important it is to make a difference in the delivery of healthcare in our nation, and to the education of future nurses who will be working in long-term care.

Mary Ellen Dellefield, PhD, RN

Term: 7/1/17 – 6/30/20
Research Nurse Scientist, VA San Diego Healthcare System, Clinical Professor, Haun School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 
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Mary Ellen has been actively involved in long-term care nursing since 1985. She has worked as a charge nurse, MDS coordinator, director of nursing, director of staff development, and infection control nurse. Her experiences have been in governmental, non-profit, and for-profit organizations.

Because of her deep commitment to improving the practice environment for nurses working in long-term care settings, she furthered her educational preparation. This included a MS, PhD, post-doctoral fellowship at University of California, San Francisco, and a Career Development Award from VA Health Services Research and Development.

Mary Ellen has published papers on topics relevant to the practicing nurse, including care planning, the MDS, QAPI, and RN staffing. She has conducted research studies with a focus on prevention of pressure ulcers and nursing practice. 

Janet K. Feldkamp, JD, BSN, RN, LNHA, CHC

Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/19
Partner, Benesch Attorneys at Law, Columbus, OH 
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Janet focuses her law practice in the area of healthcare law, including long-term care survey and certification, state and federal regulation, physician and nurse practice, and fraud and abuse involving hospitals, suppliers, insurers, and physicians.

She retains active licenses as a registered nurse and nursing home administrator. Janet is a member of the editorial board of Caring for the Ages, a monthly newspaper for long-term care practitioners, and is a frequent writer and speaker on health law and related topics, particularly in the area of long-term care. She is a coauthor of Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues, 2015, published by the American Health Lawyers Association.

Janet was awarded her Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law and her BSN from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Columbia Bar Association, and Ohio State Bar Association. She is the past president of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys. 

Elizabeth (Beth) Florczak, RN, BSN, MSN

Term: 7/1/17 – 6/30/20
Chief Clinical Officer, Presence Life Connections, Mokena, IL
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Beth has over 30 years of experience spanning the health care continuum. She started as a nurse technician and has worked in a number of settings including critical care, medical surgical, home care, hospice and post-acute care. She has held roles including staff nurse, nurse educator, and director of nursing.  

In her current role as Chief Clinical Officer of Presence Life Connections, Beth is responsible for clinical oversight over 19 skilled nursing facilities, five home care agencies, as well as one community and supportive living facility for adults with intellectual disabilities.  She oversees clinical regulatory compliance, Joint Commission accreditation, development and implementation of evidence-based best practices in nursing and rehabilitation centers, senior housing communities, adult and child care centers, and pharmacy. She also oversees patient, resident, client, and family satisfaction. 

Beth received her RN degree from Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana and MSN from St. Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois. She is a member of the Professional and Technical Advisory Panel for Joint Commission. She is a contributor to several professional publications and conducts presentations across the U.S. on pressure ulcer and wound management.  Beth has served on the board of directors of Telligen and the Illinois Catholic Health Care Association. 

Jo-Anna Hurd, RN, MSN, RAC-CT

JoAnna HurdTerm: 7/1/13 – 6/30/19
Clinical Assessment Director, Miller's Health Systems, Warsaw, IN
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Jo-Anna has been actively involved in long-term care nursing for more than 28 years. She has held just about every imaginable facility nursing position.

In her current role as clinical assessment director at Miller’s Health Systems, she does policy reviews for 33 SNFs, with accountability related to documentation in clinical records, care plans, and MDSs. Jo-Anna reviews requests for medical information related to claims and has participated in appeals related to Medicare A claims, managed care organizations, and national audit requests.

Jo-Anna received her MSN and BSN from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is passionate about nursing education, and she shares her vision as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University. 

Jennifer L. Scully, RN

Term: 7/1/16 - 6/30/19
President and CEO, Clinical Resources, LLC, Atlanta, GA
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Jennifer has dedicated more than 30 years to the delivery of quality care to geriatric patients and seniors across the nation and throughout the healthcare continuum, including acute care, sub-acute care, assisted living, and long-term care.

She launched Clinical Resources in 2007 to address the critical shortage of nurses and other healthcare professionals through a unique talent management approach to meeting the need for qualified personnel in healthcare settings nationwide. She is committed to recognizing and supporting nurses and the nursing profession through her efforts to encourage “back to work” opportunities for nurses and other healthcare professionals. 

Jennifer is a registered nurse with a BSN from Jacksonville University and is a licensed nursing home administrator and a paralegal. She holds certifications in Healthcare Risk Management, Case Management, Legal Nurse Consulting, and Nursing Assessment. Jennifer has dedicated her career to quality improvement and serves thousands of patients and residents nationwide.

Jillene Nero Snow, MBA, BSN, RN-BC, CHC

Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/19
Senior Vice President, Compliance and Clinical Information, Ethica Health and Retirement Communities, Atlanta, GA
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Jill is a leader with extensive experience in long-term care. She has more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles and has demonstrated success in conceptualizing and implementing clinical operations platforms and quality improvement programs. She is a subject matter expert in state and federal regulations.

In her current role as vice president at Ethica Health and Retirement Communities, she works with key stakeholders to develop system-wide internal and external strategies to ensure the organization’s success. She ensures a comprehensive and effective compliance program and provides strategic direction for clinical practice program development.

Jill received her MBA with a concentration in Health Services from Keller Graduate School of Management and her BSN from Georgia College. She is board certified in Gerontology Nursing.

Kelton Swartz, BS, RAC-CT

Kelton SchwartzTerm: 7/1/15 – 6/30/18
Regulatory Strategist, Cerner Extended Care, New Concord, OH
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Kelton has a strong knowledge of the senior care industry and has been actively involved since he was 18. He is a long-term care speaker, educator, and advocate.

Over the course of his 19-year long-term care career, Kelton has held various roles around developing, supporting, and consulting with long-term care software and applications. In his first five years, he was an associate with Swartz and Associates/Swartz Software Systems before it was acquired by Plante Moran; he continued with the Plante Moran Clinical Group for another eight years. For the past six years, he has worked with Cerner as program manager, solution designer, and, currently, strategist within the Long-Term Care Business Unit.

He has spent years working with LTC providers and RAI coordinators, going back to the days of MDS 2.0. As a regulatory strategist, he is aware of the current and future regulations that members face, as well as what opportunities and challenges will likely come in the future.

Kelton is engaged with providers and RAI coordinators across the country and works with them to support their goals and successes. In his current role as a leader and regulatory strategist, he oversees software development, provides staff education, and is the education liaison between hospital, home health, and long-term care software developers.

Kelton received his bachelor’s in Business and Applied Economics from Ohio State University.