NPAA Announces New Leadership Appointments To Further Support Alabama’s NPs

NPAA Announces New Leadership Appointments To Further Support Alabama’s NPs


Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA), a professional organization advocating for issues of significant importance for the general welfare of Alabama’s Nurse Practitioners (NPs), today announced leadership changes to further the organizations vision of improving the healthcare delivery system within our state.

“Rising to the challenge of our future requires that all our leaders excel in their area of expertise and come together with our membership to provide a united front for improving healthcare for all Alabama’s citizens,” said Susan Alexander, Immediate Past President. “This new leadership team assures the future success of NPAA and it’s goals of advancing Alabama APNs. It is important to assure our membership that NPAA is well-positioned to represent them on a State and National level.”

NPAA’s leadership changes include:

Robin Lawson, President: Robin Lawson is the senior associate dean for academic programs for The University of Alabama (UA) Capstone College of Nursing. Prior to joining UA, Dr. Lawson was the associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of South Alabama (USA). Dr. Lawson is nationally certified as an adult and acute care nurse practitioner and has been in clinical practice since 2003. She coordinated the advanced emergency nursing (family nurse practitioner/adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner) dual role concentration while at USA and is now the program director for nurse practitioner concentrations at UA.

D’Ann Somerall, President-Elect: D’Ann Somerall retired from the UAB School of Nursing faculty in August 2017. She has worked as a FNP since 2000 in various roles including: women’s health, internal medicine, primary care clinics, breast oncology clinic and is presently employed in an interdisciplinary diabetes clinic for patients who are lacking insurance. She also has served as the UAB FNP Specialty Track Coordinator.

Susan Appel, VP-Community Affairs: Dr. Susan J. Appel, PhD, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN, FAHA, FAANP is a Professor in the Capstone College Of Nursing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Appel maintains an active clinical practice on a Hospitalist service at St. Vincent’s East in Birmingham. She has been an active member of the Central Alabama Nurse Practitioners Association severing as Chairperson of Education

Ian Burge, VP-Membership: Ian Burge holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he studied both Advanced Family Practice and Palliative Care, his is board certified in both specialties. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Mobile, and is also a graduate of the Centers to Advance Palliative Care’s leadership center (PCLC). Ian has served in many capacities as both a clinical and administrative leader in Hospice and Palliative Care in Alabama for over 15 years. He is currently the Administrator and Clinical Director for Springhill Home Health and Hospice, overseeing operations in Mobile, Baldwin, and Washington counties. In addition; Ian provides house calls, primary care, hospice, and palliative care Nurse Practitioner services to patients in homes and palliative care consulting to local hospitals/healthcare facilities.

Eileen Meyer, VP-Policy: Dr. Eileen Meyer is a two-time graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing in Acute and Continuing Care Nurse Practitioner in 1997 and completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2017. In 2016, Dr. Meyer accepted the position of Assistant Director of Advanced Practice Providers at UAB. She has served on many UAB committees and been involved in the education of nursing students at many levels in their education. She served as a clinical teaching assistant in the BSN program at UAB before progressing to a clinical preceptor and mentor for nurse practitioner and doctorate students.

Lindsey Harris, Secretary: Lindsey Harris, DNP, FNP-BC began her nursing career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medicine. In 2011 she completed the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and she recently obtained her doctorate August of 2016. Lindsey is currently working with the Inpatient Glycemic Management Team as well as teaching as an adjunct instructor at UAB School of Nursing. She is the current President of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association and the immediate past secretary of the Alabama State Nurses Association. Lindsey also remains actively involved working within the community.

Barbara Wilder, Member at Large: Dr. Wilder is a faculty member at Auburn University School of Nursing. Since 2012, she has been the Director of the AU/AUM Joint Graduate Program. The AU/AUM Joint Graduate Program has two tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator. Dr. Wilder is a nurse practitioner with American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANNC) and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She received her PhD from University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an accomplished teacher, a researcher in the area of underserved populations, and a skilled advanced practice nurse in primary care settings.

Clare Kranz, Student at Large: Clare Kranz is a pediatric nurse practitioner and first semester Doctor of Nursing Practice student, who wants to work alongside other leaders at the state and national level to advance practice for NPs and remove unnecessary barriers to practice that impact access to care.

Crystal Nwagwu, Student at Large: Crystal Nwagwu is a DNP student that wants to immerse herself in an atmosphere that is NP lead and driven so that she can grow within the profession and practice at her greatest potential. She feels that being able to converse and network with other NPs with various levels of experience and backgrounds is a great opportunity.