New Beginnings

Dear AALNC Members,

It was wonderful seeing so many of you this past weekend at AALNC’s annual Educational and Networking Forum in Denver!  As usual, this year’s conference was outstanding and energizing, and the quality of the education and networking events was exceptional.  Congratulations to the Forum Committee, led by Cyndi Maag, for a job very well done!

The Forum is a time of transition for the AALNC Board of Directors, as we thank those who are rotating off and welcome those who are coming “on board,” so to speak.  It is my privilege to introduce the 2014-2015 AALNC Board:

  • President: Julie Dickinson, MBA BSN RN LNCC
  • President Elect: Varsha Desai, BSN RN CLNC CNLCP
  • Past President:  Elizabeth Zorn, BSN RN LNCC
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Mary Sussex, MBA BSN RN-BC LNCC CNLCP
  • Director-at-Large:  Kimberly Beladi, RN, BSN, LNCC
  • Director-at-Large:  Susan Carleo, RN, CAPA, LNC
  • Director-at-Large: Debra Pritts, RN LNCC

I would like to extend my gratitude to Sharon McQuown and Kathy Ferrell, our two outgoing board members, for their service to AALNC and for their valuable contributions to our association.  AALNC is fortunate that they are both remaining involved in AALNC projects, and I appreciate their time and dedication.

I would also like to welcome Kim Beladi and Susan Carleo, our two new Directors-at-Large.  I am excited to begin working with them and know they will both be valuable additions to the Board.

Lastly, a heartfelt “Thank You!” is owed to our Past President, Elizabeth Zorn.  She has dedicated an extraordinary amount of time, not only over the past year but throughout her career, to AALNC and the specialty practice of legal nurse consulting.  As she shared in her State of the Association address in Denver and in her last blog post, AALNC had many accomplishments during the past year.   AALNC has thrived under her leadership, and I am deeply grateful for her ongoing contributions to making AALNC the premier association for legal nurse consultants!

During my closing remarks in Denver, I discussed the goals of the AALNC Board of Directors for the coming year.  I will share those in my next blog post, but I do want to impart one closing thought that I conveyed in Denver.  It’s an exciting time to get involved in AALNC!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me or  We have numerous opportunities for LNCs of all experience levels and availability.  It takes a village to run AALNC, and we would not be where we are today without the collective talents of our many, many volunteers and our staff.  It is my great honor to work with these extraordinary individuals every day, and I look forward to the year ahead!

Julie Dickinson
President, AALNC

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