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American College of Nurse-Midwives Announces 2011 Elections Results

Vice President, Region I and VI Representatives to Take Office in May

For immediate release: April 5, 2011

Contact: Melissa Garvey
Office: 240-485-1826
E-mail: [email protected]

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is proud to announce the election of three new board members. Cathy Collins-Fulea, CNM, MSN, FACNM, has been elected vice president; Linda Nanni, CNM, MSN, has been re-elected Region I representative; and Michelle Grandy, CNM, MN, has been elected Region VI representative. Members also elected two midwives to the ACNM Nominating Committee: Kathleen Brown, CNM, MSN, and Pamela Reis, CNM, MSN, NNP-BC, PhD. Winners will take office at the ACNM 56th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, May 24 – 28, 2011.

"Congratulations to our election winners who show such passion for communication and collaboration with federal, state, professional, and advocacy groups,” said ACNM President Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN. “I welcome them to these leadership positions and know they will be an asset as we strive to promote our profession, build a cohesive and organized membership, and foster highest quality care to women and their families."

 

Cathy Collins-Fulea, CNM, MSN, FACNM, is the division head in midwifery and medical director of inpatient obstetrics at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She earned her master of science in nursing from Oakland University, her bachelor of science in nursing from Mercy College of Detroit, and her midwifery education from the Plymouth School of Midwifery in England. Collins-Fulea has been in active midwifery clinical practice in a variety of settings for nearly 30 years. Her goals as vice president will be to strengthen ACNM’s relationships with federal, state, professional, and advocacy groups, and to remove legal and regulatory barriers to practice as well as expand reimbursement for student education.

Linda Nanni, CNM, MSN, will serve as region representative for a second term to Region I of ACNM, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and non-US locations. Nanni earned her bachelor of science in nursing and her master of science in nursing from Georgetown University in 1984. She has devoted her professional career to serving women by providing full-scope midwifery care to a diverse population. For 14 years, she has been a shareholder, managing board member, and director of nurse-midwifery services at Women’s Care, Inc. in Providence, RI. Among her many accomplishments for the profession, she worked diligently on prescriptive privileges and third party reimbursement for CNMs in Rhode Island, where she serves on the Advisory Council for Midwifery and advises the director of health on midwifery issues.

Michelle Grandy, CNM, MN, will serve as region representative to ACNM Region VI, which includes Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Grandy has been the midwifery practice manager at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle since 2006. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Seattle Pacific University in 1987 and her master of nursing in nurse-midwifery, from the University of Washington in 1996. She has served as chair of the ACNM Medical Education Caucus since 2009, and is president of the Washington State Affiliate of ACNM.

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For more information, please contact Melissa Garvey, ACNM Communications Manager at (240) 485-1826 or via e-mail at mgarvey@ac[email protected]

With roots dating to 1929, the American College of Nurse-Midwives is the oldest women's health care association in the United States. ACNM's mission is to promote the health and well-being of women and newborns within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives. Midwives believe every individual has the right to safe, satisfying health care with respect for human dignity and cultural variations. More information about ACNM can be found at www.midwife.org.

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