Dr. Loretta Jackson Brown began her nursing career as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. From the beginning she saw nursing as leadership. Rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Brown groomed and developed countless nurses and medical technicians. She is particularly proud of the medical technicians who went on to become nurse leaders. A nurse for almost 35 years, she currently works as a senior health communication specialist where she serves as a team lead in the Division of Overdose Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An ANNA volunteer leader, Dr. Brown is a former board of directors member, Southeast Vice President, and chair of the leadership development committee. In May 2018, Dr. Brown was recognized by her alma mater, Florida State University with the Women of Distinction Inspire award. Today, Dr. Brown serves as chair of the division's Diversity Council and as the first chair of ANNA's newly formed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.