The AAWC has numerous volunteer opportunities available. Dive into your interests, while putting your skills and expertise to great use on an AAWC committee. Our committees are a great place to connect with your fellow members, exercise your voice in the association, and tap into your talents while making effective change in the association. Read more about our committees, how you can get involved, and submit an application for consideration. 

AAWC Volunteer Committees Include:

  • Awards and Scholarship Committee
  • Communications Committee 
  • Education Steering Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Nominating and Board Development Committee  
  • Professional Practice Research Committee
  • Sponsorship & Development Committee

Consider joining the reinstated AAWC Membership Committee with Chair Lynnette Gunn, APRN, GCNS-BC, CWCN, CFCN. Find out why you should join by watching the video below. Learn more about the committee's goals, tasks, and time commitment here 

Awards and Scholarship Committee confers awards and scholarships to deserving, dedicated, and eligible individuals who support the mission of the AAWC or successfully meet the qualifications for a financial Scholarship.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Make recommendations for new awards
  • Periodically review criteria for awards
  • Make recommendations for nominations/application process for awards
  • Review submissions and make recommendations to the Board for recipients 

Time commitment: A few one hour conference calls to review/update award and scholarship criteria as needed and review/discuss applicants. Much of the candidate assessment work is handled through an online project management tool between calls. 

Karen Bauer, NP-C, CWS, FAAWC
Matthew Davis, RN, CWON, CFCN
Marcela Farrer, DPM, MBA, CWS
Marc Jones, DPM, FACFAOM
Cordelia Lucas-Sherrod, MSN, RN, CWON
Marta Ostler, PT, CWS, CLT, FAAWC

Communications Committee collaborates with staff in the  creation, review, and deployment of communications and to elevate the quality of content across all marketing platforms. The committee will help engage AAWC members and partners through thoughtful and well executed messaging using the newsletter, social media, and other vehicles.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the overall content alignment and messaging strategy for the AAWC
  • Social media engagement and promotion of content
  • Review and select content for AAWC bi-weekly newsletter
  • Maintenance of the AAWC brand both internally and externally
  • Periodic review of AAWC website to confirm working navigation and up-to-date content

Time Commitment: Monthly 1-hour conference call and time as necessary in between to complete the work of the committee. Much of the content review is handled through an online project management tool.

Maria Goddard, MD, CWS, FAPWCA
Rose Hamm, DPT
Cordelia Lucas-Sherrod, MSN, RN, CWON 
Saralyn McDade, RN, CWCN, CSWS, WCC
Victoria Nalls, PhD, DNP-BC, CWS, ACHPN
Jenneffer Pulapaka, DPM, DipABLM, CWSP, DABMSP, FACCWS
Teresa Ustanik, MBA, CHW 

Education Steering Committee supports AAWC's core strategic pillar to provide educational opportunities for practitioners of wound care at every level. This includes the development of AAWC-branded educational material as well as providing a faculty and curriculum for wound care education at events. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Make recommendations to the Board for new educational programs.
  • Develop faculty and curriculum for AAWC Summits and wound care tracks at other national meetings
  • Populate our Wednesday educational events (Journal Club, Wine & Wounds) with engaging content and speakers
  • Forge partnerships with industry sponsors and other organizations to provide additional education to wound care practitioners 

Time Commitment: Periodic 1-hour committee calls and time as necessary in between to complete the work of the committee. Much of the committee work is handled through an online project management tool between calls.

Karen Bauer, NP-C, CWS, FAAWC
Linda Cowan, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, CWS
Maria Goddard, MD, CWS, FAPWCA, PCWC
Jonathan Johnson, MD, MBA, CWSP
Hollie Mangrum, PT, DPT, CWS, FAAWC
Marta Ostler, PT, CWS, CLT, FAAWC 

Finance Committee makes recommendations to the Board for spending based on a monthly review of financial reports and the Association’s programming priorities for the fiscal year.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Confidential review of monthly financial data and audit reports
  • Make recommendations for both conservation and disbursement of funds based on thoughtful review of expense associated with various AAWC initiatives

Time Commitment: Monthly one hour calls and time necessary to review provided documents between.

Latricia Allen-Soto, DPM, MPH
Alistair Bairos, MD, CWSP, FACCWS, FAAWC
Rose Hamm, DPT
Bill Tettelbach, MD, CWS, FUHM

Naz Wahab, MD

Membership Committee members are considered ambassadors of the AAWC and are responsible for the review and creation of initiatives to retain and grow membership in the Association.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Outreach to lapsed members
  • Develop of new membership initiatives and benefits
  • Periodic review and update of existing Membership benefits
  • Occasionally represent the AAWC at events
  • Brainstorm and plan virtual and live member events 
  • Development of leads for membership campaigns

Time commitment: Periodic 1-hour conference calls; 10-15 hours throughout the year making calls to or emailing lapsed members; and occasionally being asked to represent the AAWC when onsite at events. Travel is not required and the AAWC does not reimburse volunteers to attend the event.

Lynnette Gunn, APRN, GCNS-BC, CWCN, CFCN 

Nominating and Board Development Committee is responsible for identifying leadership candidates from the Membership and spear-heading the selection of candidates for AAWC Board Elections.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Identify and invite AAWC members to pursue leadership roles in the AAWC
  • Review submitted materials supporting candidacies
  • Confidentially interview and vet candidates for office
  • Monitor for compliance with AAWC Bylaws
  • Review and approve the infrastructure, communications, and processes to ensure a fair and secure election
  • Recommend the slate of candidates to the Board for approval

Time Commitment: Frequent conference calls to identify potential directors, review submitted materials, and interview candidates for a period of 1-2 months annually.

Rose Hamm, DPT
Barbara Bates-Jensen, PhD, RN, FAAWC
Maria Goddard, MD, CWS, FAPWCA
Victoria Nalls, CWS

Alisha Oropallo, MD, FACS

Professional Practice Research Committee supports the AAWC's core strategic pillar to create and sustain a research agenda in support of evidence-based wound care practice. This includes creating resources for members interested in research projects, collecting input from the membership on their wound care practice, occasional publications, and other work in support of relevant and meaningful research on the issues most important to our members.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Drafting a research agenda for the Association based on gaps in our current body of knowledge related to wound care
  • Identifying opportunities for collaborative research among members and their institutions
  • Forging partnerships with industry sponsors and/or academic institutions in support of research

Time commitment: Periodic one hour conference calls and time as necessary in between to complete the work of the committee. 

Latricia Allen-Soto, DPM, MPH
Somprakas Basu, MD
Carol  Bowen-Well, MD
Ruth Bryant, PhD, RN, MS, CWOCN, FAAWC
Jojy George, MD
Emily Greenstein, APRN, CNP, CWON
Hisae  Hayashi, PT, PhD
Holly Kirkland-Kyhn, RN, NP
Victoria Nalls, CWS
Alisha Oropallo, MD, FACS
Marta Ostler, CWS, CLT, PT, FAAWC
Sheila Sablon DeCastro, MS, MSN, AGPCNP-BC
Nicola Waters, PhD, MSc, RN 

Sponsorship & Development Committee members are responsible for fundraising and developing relationships between the AAWC and industry corporate sponsors.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop corporate sponsorship leads
  • Work with staff on outreach to potential sponsors for opportunities to partner
  • Periodically review the prospectus for additional offerings and value

Time Commitment: Frequent calls with staff and potential sponsors, and time spent networking on Linked In and with other organization in support of developing leads.

Jacalyn Brace 
Marcella Farrer