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Leading Midwifery Organization Names New Chief Executive Officer


April 25, 2018
Contact: Maura Christopher
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Experienced Executive Leader in Science and Health Associated Organizations to Guide American College of Nurse-Midwives

Silver Spring, MD  The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) today announced that Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, CAE will become its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective June 11, 2018.

Sesay-Tuffour comes to ACNM with 20 years in the nonprofit sector, of which 13 were spent leading medical and scientific-based organizations. She served as the Executive Director for the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners; Vice-President of Operations for the Heart Rhythm Society; and held several roles in education, international relations, and credentialing. Sesay-Tuffour is a results-oriented leader known for fostering highly strategic business objectives, maximizing resources through financially sustainable decisions, and cultivating human capital.

"ACNM is very pleased to welcome Sheri to our organization as our new CEO," said ACNM Board of Directors President Lisa Kane Low, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN. "She brings extensive executive leadership experience in combination with business acumen to our organization at this critical juncture when we are seeking new ways to meet our mission of advancing the midwifery profession. Sheri's experience in health- and science-oriented organizations and her past successes in growing organizations to the next level through strategic project management and resource allocation, while fostering a model of strong collaborative teamwork, will be great assets in her role with ACNM." 

"I am honored to lead an organization with such a distinct history, and I look forward to positioning ACNM for its next phase of success," said Sesay-Tuffour. "I look forward to assuring ACNM, as an organization, is well positioned to provide the resources and services its members need to meet the needs of those they serve on an individual, community, and global scale." 

"The ACNM Board looks forward to having Sheri as a thought partner, as we work together to advance the positive impact we can make on behalf of the profession of midwifery, including the contributions we can make to improving maternity care and health care," added ACNM President-Elect Susan Stone, CNM, DNSc, FACNM, FAAN.

Sesay-Tuffour received her PhD from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in organizational leadership. She holds the Certified Association Executive designation; is a lifetime inductee of Yale University's Edward Bouchet Graduate Honor Society; and has professional affiliations with the American Society of Association Executives, Executive Leadership Council, Society for Human Resource Management, and Project Management Institute. Beyond her professional acumen, Sheri remains highly engaged in community affairs. She is a voluntary grant reviewer and evaluator of IRS-registered programs for the government of the District of Columbia's Mayor's Office. As a member of Sister Mentors, Sheri supports school-aged girls and women doctoral candidates in advancing through their academic journey. Sesay-Tuffour and her family live in the Beltsville, Maryland area.

ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.


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