Julia Ponder, DNP, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, CEN received her DNP from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with a double major in Family and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.  Since graduation, she has continually worked in the Emergency Department where she regularly precepts Nurse Practitioner students.  She actively promotes her profession through membership of multiple organizations.  She is current Arkansas State Liaison for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and President of the Arkansas Nurses Foundation.  She is past president of the Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association and serves on multiple committees for various other organizations.  Julia regularly educates her community and colleagues through podium presentations at the local, state, and national level. She has always advocated for her patients and profession.