Speaker Information

Alan Agins, MS, PhD

Alan Agins received a Masters in Pharmacology & Toxicology and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. He has held faculty appointments at Brown University Medical School, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy and the University of Virginia School of Nursing. He has also taught pharmacology courses for NP programs at a number of nursing schools including Penn State, Idaho State, Virginia Commonwealth, West Virginia and Radford universities.


During his tenure at Brown, Dr. Agins was the recipient of the Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for five consecutive years. As founder and president of PRN Associates, Dr. Agins has presented continuing education programs nationally on all topics of pharmacology to more than 95,000 advanced practice clinicians and allied healthcare professionals over the past 25 years. 

He is also on the national faculty of presenters for CORE-REMS education on “Pain Management and Opioids” for which he also developed a website for presenting that material via an online streaming video continuing education course. Dr Agins has authored three books, co-authored textbook chapters, written CE monographs and newsletters and has served as primary reviewer for various journals.

Cindy Cooke DNP, FNP-C, FAANP


Cindy Cooke is a board certified family nurse practitioner from Huntsville, AL.  Dr. Cooke has a diploma in nursing from Mary Meek School of Nursing in Abilene, TX, a BSN from the University of Texas Arlington and an MSN from the University of Alabama Huntsville. She completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Alabama Birmingham with a focus on health literacy. She is an experienced nurse and nurse practitioner with national board certification as a family nurse practitioner.

Dr. Cooke has been active in local, state and national NP organizations since her graduation. She is past president of North Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association (NANPA), the founding president of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA), past American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) state representative for Alabama and past AANP Region 11 Director. She served as the AANP President from 2015-2017. Dr. Cooke has been active in speaking locally and nationally on various clinical and health policy topics. She was selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2009.  She is a member of numerous professional organizations including NANPA, NPAA and AANP.

Dr. Cooke is married and currently resides in Huntsville, AL. She enjoys family activities with their adult children and grandchildren, sports, singing in a female a cappella group and travels extensively.

Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-S, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC


Dr. Fitzgerald is the founder, president and principal lecturer with Fitzgerald Health Education Associates,Inc. (FHEA), an international provider of nurse practitioner certification preparation and continuing education for healthcare providers.

An internationally recognized presenter, Dr. Fitzgerald has provided thousands of programs for numerous professional organizations, universities, national and state healthcare associations on a wide variety of topics including clinical pharmacology, clinical assessment, laboratory diagnosis, healthcare and nurse practitioner practice. For more than 25 years she has provided graduate-level pharmacology courses for NP students at a number of universities. In addition, she practices as a family nurse practitioner at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence, MA. Dr. Fitzgerald holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, where she received the Alumni Association Award for Clinical Excellence.

Dr. Fitzgerald is the recipient of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ Lifetime Achievement Award, given in recognition of vision and accomplishments in successfully developing and promoting the nurse practitioner role, the American College of Nurse Practitioner’s Sharp Cutting Edge Award and the Outstanding Nurse Award for Clinical Practice by the Merrimack Valley Area Health Education Council. In addition, Dr. Fitzgerald received the Loretta C. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium for demonstrating longevity, integrity, professional achievement, and advocacy in advanced practice nursing. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a charter fellow in the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Fitzgerald is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association and is the first nurse practitioner to earn the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation in recognition of excellence and integrity as a speaker. She is also certified by the American Board of Comprehensive Care as a Diplomate of Comprehensive Care (DCC), a designation available to DNP graduates who are licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and nationally certified in an APRN specialty. 

Dr. Fitzgerald is an editorial board member of The Nurse Practitioner Journal, American Nurse Today, and Prescriber’s Letter. She is widely published with more than 200 articles, book chapters, monographs, and audio and video programs to her credit. Her book, Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and Practice Preparation (now in the 4th edition) received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for Advanced Practice Nursing and has been published in English and Korean. She has provided consultation to nursing organizations in the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Fitzgerald is an active member of numerous professional organizations at national and local levels.

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