TNA Elects New Leadership at Annual Conference

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Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) Elects New Leadership at Annual Conference


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nurses across the state will have a new team advocating for their interests and the practice of nursing. Members attended TNA’s Annual Conference Friday, October 18 through Sunday, October 20 in Memphis, Tennessee elected new officers to lead the Association.

The following newly elected members will begin their terms on the TNA Board of Directors
Carla Kirkland, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-BC- President, Jennifer Conrad-Rendon, NP-C-
Secretary, Marcia Barnes, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC,CWS – Director of Government Affairs
J. Ted Nelson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K, FACHE – Director of Operations, Laura Reed, DNP, APRN,
FNP-BC – Director of Practice.

In addition, Mary Elliotte, BSEd, DNP, NP-C, Hillary Sexton, BSN-RN, CCRN and Raven Wentworth,
DNP, RN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, FNP-BC were elected to the TNA Nominating Committee and Tina Gerardi, MS,
RN, CAE, Tina McElravey, MPH, BSN, RN and Carole Myers, PhD, RN, FAAN were elected to represent TNA
at the ANA Membership Assembly.

Remaining on the board to complete their terms are: Haley Vance, DNP, APRN, CP-NP-AC,
Julie Hamm, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC – Vice President, Heather Jackson, MSN, RN, APRN-BC – Treasurer, Tracy
M. Collins, DNP, FNP-BC – Director of Membership and Nancy G. Stevens, DNP, APRN-BC, CEN,
TRN-C, FAEN – Director of Education.

“Each of these members are dedicated to the nursing profession and I am excited to begin this new
journey and continue the mission of TNA.” says TNA President, Carla Kirkland.



Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA), established in 1905 is a constituent of the American Nurses
Association. TNA empowers the registered nurse, advocates for the practice of nursing and champions
quality healthcare for all Tennesseans.