The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACMN) recently announced the winners of this year’s election. Frontier Nursing University (FNU) faculty and staff are excited to celebrate the three community members who will be serving with ACNM.
Here are the FNU faculty members who have been elected into leadership positions with ACNM:
President-Elect of the ACNM Board of Directors: Heather Clarke, DNP, CNM, LM, APRN, FACNM
Dr. Heather Clarke is an assistant professor at Frontier Nursing University with a midwifery career that spans over 41 years including a rich history of clinical practice, public health, and academia. Throughout that time, she has been an active member of ACNM. Beginning in the mid-1980s, she served as Treasurer on the board of the New York ACNM chapter when it successfully fought to develop the first state board of midwifery in the US and paved the way for the development of the LM credential that is equally inclusive of CMs and CNMs.
Racial unrest and calls for equity are not new to the ACNM. Dr. Clarke was present in 1987 when the ACNM ad hoc committee on minority affairs was formed to give voice to midwives of color for the first time in its history. The ad hoc committee changed its name in the 1990s and became the standing ACNM Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC). Following previous pioneers, Dr. Clarke became the chairperson of MOCC in 2013. Under her leadership, MOCC continued to fundraise for the Watson scholarship for midwifery students of color and developed the Carrington-Hsia-Nieves scholarship to support doctoral education. Her other leadership positions included Co-Chair of the ACNM Students and New Midwives Committee and alternate ACNM representative to US-MERA. Dr. Clarke’s active engagement within ACNM has prepared her for leadership at the highest level.
Dr. Clarke has five specific goals in mind:
- To increase the midwifery workforce and expand its diversity to reflect that of our consumers.
- To push for system change that centers midwives as the primary healthcare providers for women and people throughout the reproductive health cycle.
- To close the gap in MCH disparities among BIPOC families.
- To establish consensus for implementation practices that build engagement, equity, inclusion, and respect for all members.
- To strengthen ACNM’s ability to better support the professional development of its members, and thereby increase its membership.
At-Large Midwife of Color Board Representative: Charlotte Morris, DNP, CNM, FACNM
Dr. Charlotte Morris is an Assistant Professor at Frontier Nursing University, where she is course faculty in two courses, Introduction to Independent Practice and Gynecologic Health. In addition to her coursework, Dr. Morris serves as a tutor for students needing additional academic support. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, supporting the work of the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion.
Dr. Morris has spent over 30 years in clinical practice committed to midwifery care for women in under-served communities. She established and served as Director of Temple Hospital’s Midwifery Practice in Philadelphia for over ten years. In 2012, she expanded her education and earned her DNP from Temple University. In ACNM, Dr. Morris has served as Chair of the Membership Committee and Secretary of the MOCC under two different chairs. Throughout this role, Dr. Morris has maintained member lists, contact information, and communication from various committee meetings and activities. Currently, Dr. Morris continues to support MOCC through the mentoring program. She also served as an elected member of the Nominating Committee and serves on ACNM Liability Committee, helping develop peer support tools for midwives experiencing adverse outcomes in clinical practice.
In addition to her academic achievements and work within ACNM, Dr. Morris is committed to service in the community. She serves as secretary on the executive board of a faith-based organization with 4,000 members. In this role, she maintains confidential documents, including financial records, legal papers, and minutes from general and executive board meetings and all archived documents.
ACNM Nominating Committee Member: Dwynn Golden, DNP, CNM
Dr. Dwynn Golden has worked at Frontier Nursing University as clinical and didactic faculty for midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner students since 2012. She has been a midwife since 1993. Dr. Golden was in a full-scope practice from 1992-2012, then was the manager at a prenatal clinic, where she brought Centering Pregnancy to the practice. Dr. Golden has been an active ACNM member since she became a midwife and regularly attends regional and national meetings. She pursued this role to better serve the needs of midwives across the country and ensure the representation of all members.
Dr. Golden was the secretary of the Sigma Theta Tau chapter, Chi Pi, at Frontier Nursing University from 2016-2020 and attended the international congress of Sigma Theta Tau as a delegate in 2019. She believes that serving as part of the nominating committee will help her to engage with the leaders of ACNM and bring forward midwives who can provide leadership and representation for midwives across the country.
Additionally, this year’s nominating committee for the ACNM elections included FNU faculty Dr. Nena Harris and Dr. Linda McDaniel. Transitioning out of her current role as ACNM president is Dr. Cathy Collins-Fulea, who spent the past year unifying midwives across the country while advocating for inclusion and celebrating diversity. FNU couldn’t be more proud to be so involved with the wonderful ACNM organization!
Join FNU in congratulating all of the ACNM’s new leaders during the virtual 66th ACNM Annual Meeting, May 21 – 25, 2021.
To read more about each of the elected officials, visit the ACNM announcement blog here.