ABSNC Announces Results of the 2023 Elections

Mt. Laurel, NJ – April 3, 2023—The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) is pleased to announce results of the 2023 election for Board Director and Officers. The new Director’s and Officers’ terms will begin with the 2023-2024 fiscal year on July1st. The new board member will serve a three-year term. Officers will serve a two-year term.

Elected as Director by the board is Brenna Morse, PhD, FNP-BC, NCSN, CNE, PMGT-BC, FNASN. Ms. Morse is an Associate Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals.

The following slate of officers were elected to serve two-year terms for 2023-2025:

  • President - Margaret Erickson, PhD, RN, CNS, APRN, APHN-BC®, SGAHN. Margaret is currently the Chief Executive Officer of American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC).
  • President-Elect - Cynthia Beckett, PhD, RNC-OB, LCCE, LSS-BB, CHRC, EBP-C. Cynthia is the Evidence-based Practice Certification Program Director for the Ohio State University Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare and also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor for The Ohio State University College of Nursing.
  • Vice President - Amy Grand, MSN, RN. Amy is the Director of Certification and Accreditation for the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN).
  • Secretary-Treasurer - Dawn Whiteside, MSN, RN, CNOR, NPD-BC, RNFA. Dawn is the Director of Education, Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI).

The ABSNC is pleased to continue to recruit such talent to the Board. The work is challenging. In addition to making decisions about the governance and business of the organization, board members have the opportunity/responsibility of reviewing accreditation application submissions”, says ABSNC Executive Director, Felicia Lembesis, CAE, ICE-CCP. “I would like to acknowledge the ongoing commitment of the ABSNC Board members and, on behalf of the entire board warmly welcome our new Board member.”  


Currently ABSNC accredits nearly 77 programs from more than 27 specialty nursing certification organizations. The accreditation standards offered by ABSNC include Examination-Based Certification Programs, Portfolio Assessment Certification Programs, and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. For more information about ABSNC and its accreditation standards, please visit www.ABSNC.org or contact Felicia Lembesis, ABSNC Executive Director (info@absnc.org, 856-439-9080).