Colleen Leners is the Director of Policy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in Washington, D.C.  AACN serves as the voice of academic nursing, encompassing education, research, and practice.  Dr. Leners was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the office of Senator John Thune (R-SD) of the Senate Finance Committee.  Colleen serves on the Case Western Reserve Alumni Board and many committees for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  She has maintained an active family nurse practitioner practice for over 26 years and has served our country in the United States Army Nurse Corps.  She has many notable achievements both civilian and military and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and in American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  Dr. Leners was awarded the Bronze Star for her service overseas. 

Dr. Leners served as a Traumatic Brian Injury Program manager, created a nurse-managed primary care clinic for Wounded Warriors at Navy Medical Center San Diego (C5). She has also been a registered nurse and nurse practitioner for nearly four decades.  

She received her DNP in Leadership from Case Western Reserve University, MSN FNP from University of San Diego and her BSN from California State University Dominguez Hills.