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

Mission and Board

About the Education Foundation’s Mission and Board

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.

Our Mission

The AAPACN Educational Foundation is dedicated to fostering the advancement of education of nursing students and professionals within post-acute and long-term care practice through scholarship and other initiatives.

Our Vision

The AAPACN Educational Foundation is a trusted resource committed to supporting nursing education and funding for passionate, dedicated nursing students and professionals within post-acute and long-term practice.

Meet the Board

Interested in serving on the AAPACN Education Foundation Board? Applications are now closed, but will reopen in fall 2022 for a service term beginning July 1, 2023.

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.


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. 


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.

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

EVP PAC Regulatory Affairs and Education, Broad River Rehab |  Arden, 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. 

Stephanie Clay, RN, BSN, DNS-CT, IPCO

Clinical Quality Consultant, Stonerise Rainelle |  Rainelle, WV 

Stephanie began her journey at Stonerise Rainelle in 2012, as the Assistant Director of Nursing and transitioned into the DON role in 2016. Under Stephanie’s leadership, Stonerise Rainelle has built an outstanding team, which is demonstrated through the improvement of the facility’s quality rating, from a 1-star facility to a 5-star facility. Stephanie’s dedication to long-term care was recognized by WVHCA in 2019, when she received the “Distinguished Director of Nursing Award”. She is passionate about learning and is currently preparing to sit for the NAB exam with the aspiration to become a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator within the year.

Cathy Rodgers, DNP, MSN, RN, NHA

Mobile NHA/DON, UPMC Senior Communities | Sandy Lake, PA 

Cathy has been a nurse for over 20 years with most of that time being spent in long-term care. She has a Doctoral degree in nursing (DNP) and received her NHA license for the state of Pennsylvania. Cathy currently works as a DON and will be transitioning into an NHA role. Cathy has a passion for long-term care and loves teaching others about nursing.

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. 


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