State Chapters

State Leaders

State leaders assist the AALNA board in advising assisted living nurses about local issues. State leaders are available to AALNA nurses on a state level, and function as a resource or networking source. The AALNA national office supports state leaders by researching and addressing issues that are raised at the state level, and providing assistance clarifying regulations and policy decisions.

States with active state leaders include:

Alaska: Cheri Hutchins Texas: Barbara Bierstedt Oregon: Raeann Voorhies
Minnesota: Deb Kurz California: Bobby Potter Wisconsin: Deb Harris
Tennessee: Kandice Alcorn Maryland: Deb Hansen Kansas: Joy Dukart

State Chapters

Strong and successful state chapters are critical to advancing AALNA’s mission. State chapters are actively involved in state and local issues important to assisted living nurses, which include regulatory activities, policy decisions, and advocating for quality resident care. The AALNA national office support its state chapters by making funds available to help form new chapters, and providing insurance coverage for state chapter officers.

States with active state chapters currently include:



Terri Berrigan, LPN







Arizona Chapter News



Pat Banta, RN
Regional Director of
Health Services- New York
Office: Corporate
(908) 889-4200

Vice President

Elaine Jeffers, MSN, RN, LNC, CDP, C-AL
Regional Director of Healthcare- New Jersey
Ultimate Care Senior Living Management
(907) 872-5911


Ann Sullivan, RN, BSN, CDP, C-Al
Chelsea Senior Living Regional Nurse Manager


Margo Kunze, RN, CALA
Al Consulting
(732) 267-2160




Donna Crivaro, RN C-AL


Sherri Pitzer, LPN C-AL





Florida Chapter News




Gwen Wilburn