AFT Vice President
Ann Twomey, RN, is president of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE)/AFT, headquartered in New Jersey. She oversees and develops a variety of bargaining, educational, professional and policy issues for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, pharmacists, social workers, medical technologists, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals and ancillary employees in a variety of healthcare settings. She also oversees HPAE's statewide organizing programs.
Twomey is very active in her community and labor organizations; she serves as vice chair of the AFT Nurses and Health Professionals program and policy council, a member of the AFT human rights and community relations committee, vice president of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, co-chair of Patients First Coalition in New Jersey, a board member of New Jersey Citizen Action, Board Trustee, American Labor Museum, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Felician College Nursing Program.
Twomey's awards include New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Leader of the Year (2014), Labor Leader of the Year from the Rutgers University Labor Education Department, and the Governor's Award for Labor Excellence. She has also been honored by the Women's Fund of New Jersey and the New Jersey Consumers for Civil Justice.
Previously, Twomey worked on a medical-surgical unit specializing in oncology and cardiac telemetry. From 1971 to 1991, Twomey was a staff nurse on a coronary care unit, where she worked in intensive care specializing in cardiac care. She served as charge nurse and preceptor of newly hired nurses and helped create and deliver patient and family teaching programs.
Twomey attended Fairleigh Dickenson University's medical technical/nursing program and the Englewood Hospital School of Nursing.