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.

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

Betsy Hardy, RN, BSN, DNS-CT
Vice President of Business Development

Betsy oversees the promotion and development of business partnerships, affinity partnerships, and professional development partnerships for AADNS. In her many years working in long-term care, she has previously held positions as staff development coordinator, MDS coordinator, assistant director of nursing, and director of nursing. She also has a bachelor’s of nursing science from Platt College in Aurora, CO.

Betsy lives on a small ranch in Elizabeth, CO with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she loves going to horse shows with her reining horse, Chewy.

If you are interested in partnering with AADNS, please reach out to Betsy. She is happy to discuss all of the great opportunities available to you and your facilities. 

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.  

Vice President of Curriculum Development

As the vice president of curriculum development, Judi Kulus oversees the development and integrity of the content and curriculum for the Director of Nursing Services-Certified (DNS-CT), QAPI Certified Professional (QCP), and other educational programs. She serves as the executive editor of the Navigator newsletter and represents AADNS nationally.

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-MT, 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.

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.



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 eight years in healthcare related marketing to the organization. She develops marketing strategies that support the AADNS education, certification, business development and professional development partnership programs. Sandi  welcomes all of your ideas and comments.

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

Scott Hammond
Member 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.


Ginger Moore
HR Generalist

Ginger started her HR career at a Fortune 50 energy company in Houston, Texas and took a job transfer with them to Denver in 1994. She has worked in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and has over 25 years’ broad-based, multi-state and international human resource experience. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/HR Management and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the SHRM-SCP certifications.

She lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband, Chris, who works in IT. Their daughter Darcie works in the catering industry.


Domitilla Sandusky
Database/Project Manager

Domitilla provides support to the staff of AADNS through database management and data analysis. She also provides project management support by overseeing the process of developing and launching new products for members. 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 work with 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. 

Debbie Robichaud
Business Development Manager

Debbie has 16 years non-profit experience in the healthcare sector, providing unparalleled customer service to members. In her various roles, she has engaged members with volunteer leadership opportunities, managed national scholarship and award programs, and supported numerous national committees.

A native of Denver, and a lover of travel, Debbie resides in Centennial with her husband and two dogs. She is also an avid fitness enthusiast, waking daily at 4 to lift weights before starting her work day. Fitness keeps Debbie grounded and has led her to enter several local fitness competitions. 


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. 

Christina Bargas
Conference and Events Coordinator

Christina comes to AADNS with 20 years of customer service working in the hospitality industry. She loves to meet new people, bring people together to share, to get inspired, and to learn. With that being her passion she returned to college to earn her BA in Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management. Her main responsibilities are to assist with the annual conference, the ongoing educational webinars and provide member support.


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
Education Coordinator

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 inquiries and provides quality customer service for the Education team. She also contributes to the quality assurance program for workshops.

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.

Meghan Moloney
Marketing Assistant

Meghan is a recent graduate of Webster University, where she received a B.A. in Management with an emphasis in Marketing. Soon after graduating, she moved from her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, to the wonderful city of Denver, Colorado. Meghan supports the AADNS marketing team through emailing, website updates, printing collateral, and more. She is very excited to be a part of the AADNS Staff, and hopes to positively impact the long-term healthcare field through AADNS marketing efforts.

Meghan loves to travel to new places, visit new restaurants, and tries to take full advantage of the beautiful Colorado outdoors.


Adrienne Tate
Receptionist/Office Assistant

Adrienne comes to AADNS with over 20 years of customer service experience.  She has a background in the medical profession having worked as an Administrative Assistant, Ward Clerk, Clinic Clerk, and medical assistant for various organizations. Adrienne works as the receptionist and is often the first person you’ll speak with when calling the office. She supports both members and staff with excellent customer service.

Adrienne grew up in Colorado and in her free time enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, football, and fishing.



Beth Gregory
Database Assistant

Beth GregoryBeth supports AADNS through database maintenance as well as data collection and analysis. Beth is a recent graduate of Taylor University, where she got her B.A. in Psychology. She is currently enrolled at the University of Denver, working towards her M.A. in Research Methods and Statistics. She is grateful to be part of a team that cares so much for their members, and is excited to help in the process of providing excellent service and experience for everyone that comes to AADNS for help.

In her free time, Beth loves to explore Colorado, find new coffee shops, and read a good book.