2/2/11 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Announces National, Regional Election Results

Information: Janet D'Alesandro
(856) 256-2422; janetd@ajj.com

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Announces
National, Regional Election Results

PITMAN, NJ – Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN, of Duncanville, TX, has been elected national president-elect of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) for 2011-12. Payne’s responsibilities will include serving on the National Board of Directors (BOD) and as liaison to assigned committees. Payne is the End Stage Renal Disease Technical Advisor for the Survey and Certification Branch of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Dallas Regional Office, Dallas, TX, and a project officer in the Division of Quality Improvement.

Along with Payne, additional officers were elected in January to serve on ANNA’s BOD for 2011-12 (listed below). The new officers will assume their respective positions during ANNA’s 42nd National Symposium, March 27-30, 2011, in Boston, MA.

National and Regional Officers

Charla Litton, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNN, of Haughton, LA, was elected as ANNA’s national treasurer and will help ensure sound fiscal management for the association. She will oversee ANNA’s financial matters including budget preparation and chapter/regional reporting. Litton is a family nurse practitioner for Medicare and Medicaid Advantage programs.

In the regional elections, Paula Richards, MSN, RN, CNN, of Perkasie, PA, was elected to serve as Northeast vice president. Richards is a clinical manager at Fresenius Medical Care, Norristown, PA. Phyllis Wille, MS, RN, FNP-C, CNN, of Champaign, IL, was elected to serve as North Central vice president. Wille is a nursing faculty member, Danville Area Community College, Danville, IL; and an advanced practice nurse, Carle Hospital, Urbana, IL.

Regional vice presidents are responsible for managing ANNA’s day-to-day activities within a defined geographic area. They serve on ANNA’s BOD and act as liaisons between the BOD and local, regional and national members, as well as committees. Regional vice presidents are also assigned special projects.

Also in the regional elections, members elected three other leaders to serve as chapters coordinator-elect (CCE). CCEs coordinate and supervise regional chapter activities, report to regional vice presidents and serve as members on appropriate committees.

Caroline Steward, MSN, RN, APN-C, CCRN, CNN, of Ewing, NJ, was elected Northeast CCE. Steward works as an advanced practice nurse with Dr. Sushil Mehendru, of Wall, New Jersey.

Rebecca Benfield, BA, RN, CDN, of Mills River, NC, was elected Southeast CCE. Benfield’s latest position was as a nurse manager at DCI Spartanburg Dialysis Center, Spartanburg, SC. She is now retired. 

Maria Gonzales, RN, CNN, of Visalia, CA, was elected Western CCE. Gonzales is a renal specialist at Kaweah Delta Medical Center, Visalia, CA, and a per diem RN at Kaweah Delta Renal Services, Visalia, CA,

2011-12 ANNA Board of Directors

With the elections complete, ANNA’s 2011-12 National Board of Directors is composed of:

  • President: Rowena Elliott, PhD, RN, CNN, BC, CNE, Hattiesburg, MS
  • President-Elect: Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN, Duncanville, TX
  • Immediate Past President: Donna Painter, MS, RN, CNN, Corsicana, TX
  • Treasurer: Charla Litton, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNN, Haughton, LA
  • Secretary: Sharon Longton, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC, Southgate, MI
  • Northeast Vice President: Paula Richards, MSN, RN, CNN, Perkasie, PA
  • Southeast Vice President: Juanita (Janie) Martinez, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNN, San Antonio, TX
  • North Central Vice President: Phyllis Wille, MS, RN, FNP-C, CNN, Champaign, IL
  • Western Vice President: Alice Luehr, BA, RN, CNN, Helena, MT
  • Executive Director: Michael Cunningham, BS, CAE, Pitman, NJ

For more information about ANNA, visit the association’s Web site, www.annanurse.org, or contact the National Office at East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone: 888-600-2662 or 856-256-2320; e-mail: anna@ajj.com.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 11,000 members.
Its mission is to promote excellence by advancing nephrology nursing practice and
positivelyinfluence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease.