AAPACN is dedicated to supporting post-acute care nurses provide quality care.

Mission and Board

About the Foundation

Founded in 2014, the AAPACN Education Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AAPACN. The AAPACN Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (tax ID 47-1713648) that funds and promotes the continued growth and development of nurses and of academic evidence-based research to advance the work of the nursing profession.

AAPACN Education Foundation Mission

The Foundation is dedicated to fostering the education of nursing students who plan to enter into long-term care practice and to providing grant funding for projects related to nursing education and improving quality of nursing care in long-term care facilities.

Meet the Board

Interested in serving on the AAPACN Education Foundation Board? Applications will open in fall 2021 for a service term beginning July 1, 2022.

Linda Krueger, RN, AAS, BA, RAC-CT

Linda is currently retired and enjoying the retired life. With over 25 years experience in the long-term care industry, she has served as floor nurse, MDS coordinator, ADON, DON, Director of Clinical Reimbursement, and Vice President of Clinical Services. As a prior member of AAPACN Board of Directors for six years, Linda was one of the founding members of the AAPACN Education Foundation, serving as its president for the last three years. She is currently secretary for her local volunteer fire department and a State Health Insurance Program volunteer for the state of Tennessee. She continues to find ways to serve the elderly and those in her community.

Vice President

Corporate Clinical Nurse Coach, Continuing Life |  Vista, CA 

Nancy is a certified gerontological nurse who has worked in nursing for more than 44 years, and in long-term care for the past 37 years. She has held numerous state and national positions within many various organizations, including receiving the 2015 Circle of Honor Award from the San Diego Health Care Association, being honored as the National Association Directors Of Nursing Administration's 2012 Nursing Administrator of the Year, serving as the President of the California Chapter for the National Association Directors Of Nursing Administration (NADONA) in Long Term Care, and is the Immediate Past President of the Nurses Council of California. Nancy has worked as a consultant to numerous governors, senators, and assembly-persons, sharing her knowledge and advice on issues regarding the effects that pending laws and regulations will have on direct resident and patient care. 


Yolanda Huertas, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, QCP, DSD

MDS Coordinator, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center |  Daly City, CA

Yolanda has over 25 years experience working in various positions in skilled nursing facilities, including CNA, activity coordinator, LVN, and RN. She also worked as a charge nurse in the Neurobehavioral Program, the Restorative Nursing Program, and the Medically Complex Unit. Yolanda currently works as one of the MDS coordinators in a 780-bed SNF, and also works the floor in the HIV/AIDS unit as needed.

Leigh Ann Frick, PT, MBA, RAC-CT

President, Care Navigation Consulting, LLC |  Simpsonville, SC 

Leigh Ann has spent 27 years working in the post-acute industry. She began her career as a treating therapist splitting her time between acute care and skilled nursing facilities when she quickly realized her passion was teaching and training clinicians about best practices, regulatory compliance, documentation, and billing. She worked in various operational and clinical positions eventually becoming the Executive Vice President of Rehabilitative Services for a large therapy provider and then the Chief Clinical Officer. Seeing an opportunity to help a variety of providers manage clinical integration and collaboration in the changing world of healthcare reform initiatives, she decided to start a consulting practice in 2017.

Janet K. Feldkamp, JD, BSN, RN, LNHA, CHC

Partner, Benesch Attorneys at Law  |  Columbus, OH 

Janet focuses her law practice in the area of healthcare law, including long-term care survey and certification, state and federal regulation, physician and nurse practice, and fraud and abuse involving hospitals, suppliers, insurers, and physicians.

She retains active licenses as a registered nurse and nursing home administrator. Janet is a member of the editorial board of Caring for the Ages, a monthly newspaper for long-term care practitioners, and is a frequent writer and speaker on health law and related topics, particularly in the area of long-term care. She is a coauthor of Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues, 2015, published by the American Health Lawyers Association.

Joel VanEaton, BSN, RN, RAC-CT, RAC-CTA, MT

Vice President of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Broad River Rehab |  Asheville, NC 

Joel began his career in long-term care 20 years ago as an MDS coordinator and worked for much of that time as the Director of Clinical Reimbursement and RAI overseeing the day to day RAI and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement processes for a group of nursing facilities in the southeast. He currently serves as the Vice President of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at Broad River Rehab. In this role he helps the company and their customers stay current with the RAI, Medicare and Medicaid regulatory and reimbursement environment. 

JoAnna Hurd, RN, MSN, RAC-CT

Clinical Assessment Director, Miller's Health Systems  |  Warsaw, IN

JoAnna has been actively involved in long-term care nursing for more than 28 years. She has held just about every imaginable facility nursing position. In her current role as clinical assessment director at Miller’s Health Systems, she does policy reviews for 33 SNFs, with accountability related to documentation in clinical records, care plans, and MDSs. JoAnna reviews requests for medical information related to claims and has participated in appeals related to Medicare A claims, managed care organizations, and national audit requests.


Lisa Thomson, BA, LNHA, HSE, CIMT, MT

Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Pathway Health |  Lake Elmo, MN 

Lisa has over 30 years experience in the post-acute and long-term care and currently serves as Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Pathway Health Services. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in supporting leadership teams from all levels through a number of organizational changes to establish regulatory compliance, standards of practice, operational strategies, as well as Joint Commission Accreditation. Lisa is skilled in the coordination and leadership of compliance teams that aide facilities in achieving regulatory, clinical, operational, and financial turnaround. 

Linda Shell, DNP, MA, BSN, RN, DNS-CT

Owner and Chief Learning Officer, Lindashell.com |  Fort Myers, FL  

Linda’s experience spans 25 years in post-acute care in a variety of leadership positions. As owner/principal at lindashell.com she serves as a leadership expert and educator to senior organizations across the country helping build resilient leaders that can thrive in challenging, changing environments. She is passionate about improving the quality of care through evidence-based practice and the development of nurse leaders. Linda also serves as professor of nursing at Bethel University and participates in the Senior Care Leadership program, helping recruit leaders into the field. From her doctoral work she developed SurTHRIVELeadership and collaborated with an online learning management system to educate acute healthcare professionals in developing their leadership skills.



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