As we launch into National Midwifery Week, it is with confidence that the ACNM Board of Directors announces the appointment of Kate McHugh, CNM, MSN, FACNM as the ACNM interim chief executive officer (CEO) effective October 2, 2017. Kate has been a member of the ACNM Global Outreach team for the last two years. She brings expertise in executive and educational leadership and management to the interim CEO role. Previously, she worked in an executive role in a company focused on online graduate education. She has founded and directed a midwifery practice and co-founded a midwifery education program. In a long career in academia, she has held a variety of academic appointments and served as the program director of three midwifery education programs. She currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Midwifery Program at Georgetown University.
In her role as a senior technical advisor with ACNM and, more recently, as interim director of Global Outreach, she has participated in a number of global projects related to maternal and newborn health, organizational development, and professional association management. She leads the Survive and Thrive Global Development Alliance in which we partner with the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Kate has engaged multiple stakeholders to support and promote organizational leadership and professional association development through development of manuals and workshops.
In addition, Kate served as a member of the ACNM Board of Directors from 2010 to 2013. During her tenure on the board she served as the Region 2 representative for the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In this role, her key areas of focus included the transition from local chapters to state affiliates and outreach to other professional associations.
Kate?s experience with and knowledge of the national office staff and ACNM?s strategic priorities outlined in our five-year plan uniquely position her to step into this role. She brings 39 years as a member of ACNM and the intimate knowledge and understanding of ACNM?s history, opportunities, and our vision for the future. She will be able to provide immediate leadership and support for our national office staff in this interim period while a search for a permanent replacement for the CEO position is conducted. The Board of Directors will outline the process, timeline, and next steps for the search process in communication to members early next week.
We look forward to having Kate in this role as she supports our incredible national office team in moving forward toward a brighter future for ACNM in 2018 and beyond.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN