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New Leadership on AFN Executive Board

On January 1, the AFN Executive Board officially turned the page to new leadership. Debra Holbrook, who has served for two years as president-elect, moved up to President. She took over the role from Jennifer Johnson, who headed up the organization from January 2022 until December 2023. Paul Thomas Clements moves into the position of President Elect.


Holbrook, a founding member of AFN, is the director of forensic nursing at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, which coordinates care to victims of interpersonal violence for all hospitals in Baltimore City. In 2002, she founded a forensic nurse examiner program in Delaware that became the model for programs of its kind in the United States.


With more than 30 years in forensic nursing, Clements is a forensic psychiatric clinical specialist, a certified gang specialist, and is certified in danger assessment. In 2021, he became the first inducted Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Forensic Nursing.


Holbrook will serve as AFN President through the end of 2024, when Clements will assume the role for the 2025 term. Johnson remains on the Executive Board this year as Immediate Past-President. Kathleen Thimsen continues in 2024 as AFN Treasurer, and Tamara Jackson will serve another year as AFN Secretary.


You can find the full Executive Board and their bios on our website.

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