Ann started as a member of the National Board of Regents in June 2005, joined the Board of Directors as Secretary in April 2007 and served as the Board of Regents Co-President until her final term ended April 2013. An entrepreneur, nurse, attorney and community activist, Ann Adams has blazed a pioneer's trail throughout a long and diverse career. Beginning as an Emergency Room nurse in Altoona, PA, Ann has held senior medical staff positions at some of the nation's finest Hospitals, including Head Nurse at Denver General Hospital, where she created and developed the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit. Seeking to explore the nexus between healthcare and the law, Ann earned her J.D. from the University of Denver.
In 1987, Ann co-founded Independence Plus, a home health agency that specializes in caring for patients with brain and spinal-cord injuries. After serving as Principal of the business and building it into a preeminent healthcare company in the greater Chicago area, Ann sold her interest in 2004.