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2019-2020 AAHFN Board of Directors

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Executive Committee:

Beth Towery Davidson 
Nashville, TN

Beth Towery Davidson is the Director of the Heart Failure Disease Management Program at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She is establishing a regional heart failure network throughout the TriStar Health system and directs daily operations of all cardiovascular specialty clinics, including Heart Failure, Hypertension, and Structural Heart Disease.

She is involved with a national work group - "Heart Failure Discharge Initiative (HEFDI)”. This group is developing tangible tools which can positively impact the continuum of care for heart failure patients, and potentially, reduce admissions. Some of those strategies include smart phone applications, provider education/webinars and, discharge teaching tools and techniques.

Beth is an AAHFN charter member and has been very active on several committees, such as the Nominations Committee, Membership Committee, Patient Education Committee, and special projects as requested.

She has authored and co-authored several publications including articles for AAHFN online CEs, and most recently, was a contributing author for the AAHFN Advanced Heart Failure textbook. She is a frequent speaker at many local and national venues.

In addition to AAHFN, Beth is a member of the Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, Heart Failure Society of America and a founding member of the Middle Tennessee Heart Failure Journal Club. Beth received the 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award for Advanced Practice and the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alumni Award for Clinical Achievement in 2007. She earned her BSN from Western Kentucky University, her MSN from Vanderbilt University, and in 2007 completed her DNP from University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. 

Linda Wick Linda Wick
President Elect
Minneapolis, MN

Linda Wick is a Nurse Practitioner in the heart failure program at the University of Minnesota, as well as the Sr. Director of Ambulatory Nursing at the University of MN Health. Linda previously led the Essentia Heart Failure Program for 10 years. Under her leadership, the Heart Failure program at Essentia Health became a Nationally Recognized Program for their outcomes achieved.

Linda has worked in cardiology for the majority of her career. First in the ICU setting as a staff nurse, then after obtaining her nurse practitioner license, she worked in primary care for 2 years and in nephrology for 6 years before returning to cardiology. She is certified by AAHFN as a CHFN.

Linda has been involved in research specific to heart failure and women’s heart disease.

She is a charter member of AAHFN and has served 2 terms on the annual meeting committee, 2 years on the nominations committee. She has served as co-chair for the local AHA chapter "Go Red for Women” annual event. She has served 2 years as a director of AAHFN.

Linda obtained her B.A. in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica. Her M.S. in nursing from the University of Minnesota. She has lectured locally at the College of St. Scholastica in the graduate nursing program for the past 15 years. She is an invited speaker at the national level specific to disease management, heart failure and the use of technology in managing chronic illness. She volunteers her time at a free clinic in Minneapolis which is staffed by students from the Universityof Minnesota. She also volunteers as a preceptor for students in an interdisciplinary professional development class at the University of Minnesota.

Sita S. Price
Orlando, FL

Sita Price is a nurse practitioner and heart failure program coordinator for the Orlando Health Heart Institute, where she provides care to heart failure patients, both inpatient and outpatient at Orlando Regional Medical Center, as well as continues program development for the heart failure programs at the various adult hospitals within Orlando Health. She is the liaison with the University of Florida and Shands for referral of all advanced HF patients and has been responsible for the development of the Shared Care program for Orlando Health. Her previous experience includes: care of the open heart surgery patient in a cardiovascular ICU, unit based educator for cardiac surgery step-down, clinical specialist for CVICU, and nurse practitioner for interventional cardiology. 

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science and Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. She is certified as an FNP-BC from AACN and a CHFN from AAHFN. 

Sita is the past chair of the Advocacy Committee for AAHFN. She is an active member of HFSA, ACC and AANP. She has been involved several cardiology research projects and has contributed to numerous publications. In addition to speaking on many cardiovascular topics, Price helped produce a patient education video for cardiac patients undergoing angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting. She is actively involved in the American Heart Association’s Go Red campaign.

Kimberly Nelson Kimberly Nelson
Fredericksburg, VA

Kimberly has been caring for heart failure patients for over nineteen years. Currently, she is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Cardiothoracic Surgery Progressive Care Unit at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Her responsibility as an expert clinician is to partner with patients and families on plan of care and provide education. In 2011, she developed and currently still facilitates a weekly Hopeful Hearts support group for HF/MCS/Transplant patients and families to assist patients with promoting wellness/self-care and coping with chronic illness and hospitalization. Kimberly educates staff throughout the organization on care and management of the HF/MCS/Transplant patient. On the organizational level, she is involved with improving systems of care and outcomes for these patients by developing standards, guidelines and policies. She helped develop a plan for education and training for staff that traveled off unit with the Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) population.

Kimberly has been involved with the AAHFN Heart Failure Disease Management Task Force, member of the Education Committee, and was an Item Writer for the CHFN examination. In addition to AAHFN, she has been involved with the Virginia Action Coalition, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Medical Ambassadors Serving Him through Healthcare (MASH).

Carolyn Miller Reilly
Atlanta, GA 

Dr. Carolyn Reilly is a Clinical Associate Professor within the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Clinically, Dr. Reilly has devoted nearly 30 years to caring for critically ill and cardiovascular patients as a bedside nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist. It is from this point of reference that she teaches in both the undergraduate and PhD programs of Emory University.


The central theme of her research has been to improve clinical, functional, and economic outcomes of persons with or at risk for heart failure through the provision of patient education and behavioral strategies to assist patients in their adherence with prescribed treatments and therapies. Recently, she branched into the early detection and prevention of CVD leading an interdisciplinary team to examine subclinical CVD in lymphoma survivors. This interdisciplinary team recently began work on a small retrospective case-controlled study to examine the contribution of a calculated three-dimensional radiation therapy (RT) dose distribution on the development of significant CVD events (pericarditis, myocardial infarction, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, heart rhythm disturbances, or heart failure) in cancer survivors who received therapeutic radiation to the thoracic region in the first five years following treatment. Findings from both of these observational designs have now informed a pending proposal to develop a lifestyle management intervention to reduce CVD risk using a web-based platform that will include education, discussion boards and social exchange with other participants, use of a personal activity tracking device, and personal logging. At present, Dr. Reilly is recruiting persons with heart failure into a national study (PCORI funded) addressing transitioning and prevention of subsequent rehospitalizations, and developing patient and provider teaching materials for a CDC funded study of Adults with Congenital Heart Defects.


Dr. Reilly is well-published, a reviewer for several cardiovascular and critical care journals, and past-editor for AAHFN's Connection. She also served as chair of patient education committee, and as a member of the research committee. Beyond her work with AAHFN, she has served in multiple capacities at both the local and national level for AACN, AHA, PCNA, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), and Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) for the past 25+ years. Dr. Reilly is the recipient of the HFSA Nursing Research Award, Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, the Jean Thomas Award for creativity in teaching, and a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

Ann Laramee 
Westford, VT

Ann Laramee is a Nurse Practitioner in Cardiology and Palliative Medicine at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont. She has managed patients with heart failure for over 20 years; currently caring for patients in the Heart Failure Clinic.  In addition, Ann does palliative care inpatient consults for anyone living with life limiting illness.

She is also a clinical educator and adjunct faculty for Master’s and Doctoral students at the University of Vermont. Ann’s areas of expertise and research interests are heart failure care management, palliative care, evidence based practice, and health literacy with numerous publications and national presentations in each area. 

Ann is a charter member of AAHFN and has served on a number of AAHFN committees including the Membership committee and the Annual Meeting Committee as well as serving as chair of the 2016 Annual meeting.

Ann currently serves on the Advocacy Committee for the Heart Failure Society of America, Governance Chair for Kappa Tau, the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society,  board member for the Vermont Cardiac Network, an organization devoted to bringing quality cardiac education to health care practitioners and former chair now committee member for the 9th Annual Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Symposium, a regional venue for nurses to present their evidence. 

Ann earned her BSN from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and her MS at the University of Vermont in 1994 as a clinical nurse specialist and received a post master’s as an adult nurse practitioner in 2004.

S. Craig Thomas 
Faber, VA

Craig has been a heart failure/ cardiovascular nurse since 2001, working as a bedside nurse, Nurse Manager and now an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the Heart Failure program as well as Clinical Instructor in Nursing for UVA School of Nursing. He received his BS degree in Biology from James Madison University, his BSN, MSN and post-Master’s ACNP from University of Virginia.  He is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Acute Care NP by American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a Heart Failure Nurse from American Association of Heart Failure Nurses.

Craig has been heavily involved in heart failure readmission reduction strategies, remote monitoring and transitional care strategies for UVAMC.  He has first-hand knowledge of the impact nursing care has on patient transitions. He is the Supervisor of the University of Virginia Medical Center’s Heart Health @ Home program, one of the first Grand-Aide Chronic care/ Transitional care heart failure programs in the US. 

Craig has been a member of the AAHFN since 2007, member of the Education Committee since 2013 and has been Chair of the committee since 2015.  Over the last 3 years he has helped restructure the AAHFN Education Provider Unit and successfully attained a 4 year accreditation from ANCC.

Tara Whitmire 
Omaha, NE

Tara is an Associate Professor and the Director of the BSN-DNP program at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, NE and works part-time as a cardiothoracic nurse practitioner at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha. She previously worked as a nurse practitioner in general cardiology and was the Structural Heart Coordinator for 4 years at CHI Health in Omaha. Her previous nursing experience includes intensive care, post-intensive care, surgery and outpatient surgical services. Her passion has always been cardiology.

Tara earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Iowa State University in Ames, IA. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science-Family Nurse Practitioner from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner from AANP and is a Certified Heart Failure Nurse from AAHFN.

Tara has served as the chair of the AAHFN Membership Committee and Area Representative Committee. She served on the Annual Meeting Committee and is the chair of the Together in HF website committee. She is also involved with her state nurse practitioner organization; Nebraska Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Tau Tau Chapter. 

Kelly Stamp 
Immediate Past President
Summerfield, NC

Kelly Stamp is the Department Chair of Family and Community Nursing and Eloise R. Lewis Excellence Professor at the UNC Greensboro, School of Nursing.

Prior to joining UNCG, Dr. Stamp was an Associate Professor and Director of the Direct Master's Entry program at the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. She is certified as an adult nurse practitioner by American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and a heart failure nurse by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN). Her scholarly expertise is in developing and testing nurse-coached interventions that promote the self-care behaviors of older adults with heart failure and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Dr. Stamp’s program of research incorporates the foundation of nursing science and synthesized knowledge from other disciplines to explore, develop, and test ways to help older adults take partnership in managing the self-care of their chronic illness and to improve their psychological outcomes and quality of life. Her research has been funded to test the feasibility of nurse-coached interventions and she has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Heart Association for her contribution to cardiovascular nursing science.

Dr. Stamp is a regional and national leader in heart failure self-care, nursing science, and intervention development. In addition, she serves as a reviewer for the National Institute of Health and numerous peer-reviewed journals.

She has numerous publications and has received many awards for her academic accomplishments. 

Non-Voting Member

Lisa Rathman
Chair of Development  
Lancaster, PA

Lisa Rathman is the lead nurse practitioner of The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health Heart Failure Program in Lancaster, PA.

Lisa developed the outpatient heart failure program at The Heart Group in 1998. In 2001, she was a member of the core team that developed the inpatient heart failure program at Lancaster General Hospital.

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware in 1990, followed by a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, with an Adult Critical Care Nurse Practitioner specialty. She is board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Lisa also serves as clinical associate faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the past secretary and one of the founding members of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. She is past chair of the publication committee of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. Currently, she is the treasurer for the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. She is a member of the Heart Failure Society of America, American College of Cardiology, American College of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. 

Over the past 15 years, Lisa has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and abstracts. In addition, she lectures locally, nationally and internationally on various heart failure topics.

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