Congratulations to our 2021 AAPPN award recipients!
Amy Renee, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Student Member of the Year
The Student Member of the Year Award honors a current student member who demonstrates academic and clinical excellence while offering unique contributions to their learning community.
Amy graduated from the University of Washington Doctoral of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program with high honors in March 2021. She was recognized for her incredible interpersonal skills that translated to positive influence and steady force for her peers during the rigorous DNP study.
Nikki Behner, DNP, MPH, ARNP
Volunteer of the Year
The Volunteer of the Year Award honors an AAPPN member who makes a difference to the organization.
Nikki’s extraordinary contributions to the AAPPN Legislative Committee were essential to the committee’s success. She is a vital member of AAPPN and is being honored for her humble service to the association.
MaryAnne Murray, DNP, EdD, PMHNP-BC
The Nursing Excellence Award honors an AAPPN member who makes a difference to advanced practice psychiatric nursing, the mental health profession, and/or the clients we serve.
MaryAnne is a skilled psychiatric provider and nursing preceptor who advocates for her patients and her colleagues. Her contribution to continuing education and collaboration with organizations such as Autism COE and ECHO Autism are widely recognized.
April Gerlock, PhD, PMHNP-BC, ARNP
Gretchen Schodde Lifetime Achievement Award
The Gretchen Schodde Lifetime Achievement Award honors those who further the profession of advanced practice psychiatric nursing and promote the mental health and well-being of those served.
April is a distinguished clinician and internationally renowned scientist. Her work in PTSD, violence, and trauma-informed care has made a significant impact on patient care. Her work has also informed national policy and practice guidelines. Over the years, she has mentored countless PMHNPs and inspired those who crossed paths with her.