Board Members

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Board of Nursing consists of sixteen members. Board members are appointed by the Governor for staggered, four-year terms and are eligible for reappointment.​​​​

What is the composition of the Board?

  • Nine members shall be registered nurses licensed to practice in the Commonwealth

  • Three members shall be practical nurses licensed to practice in the Commonwealth

  • One member shall be a nurse service administrator who is a registered nurse licensed to practice in the Commonwealth

  • One member shall be engaged in practical nurse education who is a registered nurse licensed to practice in the Commonwealth

  • Two members shall be citizens-at-large who are not associated with or financially interested in the practice or business regulated

For additional information, see KRS 314.121.​


How do I become a Board member?

Board members have staggered, four-year terms that allow for continuity of Board functions. Each year the Governor appoints four board members to fill vacancies created on June 30 when Board terms expire. Board members are eligible for reappointment. Depending on which position is set to expire, the following organizations make recommendations to the Governor’s Office:

  • Kentucky Nurses Association – for appointment of RN members

  • Kentucky Licensed Practical Nurses Organization Incorporated – for appointment of LPN members

  • Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders, an affiliate of the Kentucky Hospital Association

  • LeadingAge Kentucky

  • Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities

Citizens can apply to the citizens-at-large positions by completing the application for Boards and Commissions.​


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  • Audria Denker
    President, RN
    Louisville, KY
    2018-2026
  • Erica Lemberger
    Vice-President, RN
    Louisville, KY
    2020-2024
  • Ashley Adkins
    Citizen-at-Large​​
    Morehead, KY
    2021-2027
  • Jana Bailey
    APRN
    Taylorsville, KY
    2020-2024
  • Melissa Bentley
    RN
    Vanceburg, KY
    2021-2025​​
  • Susan Ellis
    RN
    Prestonsburg​, KY
    2022-2026
  • Miriam Haas
    LPN
    Louisville, KY
    2023-2027
  • Jennifer Harpe-Bates
    APRN
    Louisville, KY
    2023-2027
  • Jacob Higgins
    RN
    Lexington, KY
    2020-2024
  • Darlena Jones
    RN
    Madisonville, KY
    2023-2027
  • Hope Jones
    RN
    Louis​ville, KY
    2021-2025
  • Ruth Martin
    RN
    Monticello, KY
    2022-2026​
  • Amber Powell
    APRN
    Morganfield, KY
    2023-2027
  • Karen Sherfey
    LPN
    Glasgow, KY
    2023-2027
  • Jane Smith
    Citizen-at-Large​​
    Bowling Green, KY
    2021-2025
  • Dana Steffey
    LPN
    Versailles, KY
    2020-2024
  • ​​Anne Veno
    RN
    Crestwood, KY
    2021-2025​​
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Information regarding renewals and the renewal application will be available during that time period.​​

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