2016 GEM Award Finalists West

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Excellence in Clinical Nursing


Hrachuhi (Lily) Hakhpandyan, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse, 2 South Medical/Surgical
White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles


Lisa Lima, MSN, PNP, CNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist NICU
Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif.


Sakura Norling, RN, ADN, PCCN, SCRN
Clinical Nurse II, Medical Telemetry
St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, Calif.


Deborah Lang Rice, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner, Garrison Medical Clinic Palmdale/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Clinical Faculty, UCLA School of Nursing


LeAnn Shipp, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
Registered Nurse, ICU
VA San Diego Healthcare System


Adriana Velez, MSN, BSN, BS, RN, ATC
Clinical Nurse II, Media
St Joseph Hospital, Orange, Calif.

Excellence in Community Care


Luzviminda Cristobal, MSN, RN
Substance Use Disorder Program Care Coordinator
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, North Hills, Calif.


Elizabeth Harrell, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Program Director, Student Health Outreach for Wellness
Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Phoenix


Valerie Hayes, PhD, MN, PMHNP-BC,
CARN-AP, APHN-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Integrated Community Care
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System


Angela Kamau, MSN, RN-BC
Register Nurse Care Manager, Nursing-HPACT
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System


Judy Reynolds, BSN, RN, PHN, NCSN
School Nurse, Student Health Services
Long Beach (Calif.) Unified School District

Excellence in Education and Mentorship


Dometrives Armstrong, MSN, FNP, RN, PHN
Professor, Nursing Education
San Diego City College


Jessica Corley, MSN, RN, CNS, AGCNS-BC
Senior Specialist, 4 West Ortho/Surgical
Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, Calif.


Kimako Desvignes, MSN, BSN, BS, RN
Intensive Care Unit, Nurse Manager
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System


Darron Durgin, MSN, RN, PHN
Supervising RN, Staff Development
Correctional Health Services, Orange County (Calif.) Health Care Agency


Margaret Santandrea, MHA, MSNed, RN, CCM
Manager, NCLEX Success
West Coast University Anaheim, Calif.


Carol Stevens, PhD, RN
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Phoenix

Excellence in Executive Leadership


Alice Benjamin, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, PCCN-CMC
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Critical Care
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles


Catherine Owens, MEd, RN, NCSN, SN
Coordinator of Health Services/Lead Nurse
Murrieta (Calif.) Valley School District


Laurie Paletz, BSN, RN-BC, PHN, SCRN
Stroke Program Coordinator, Neurology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles


Kimberly Pearson, MHA, MBA, RN, CCHP
Deputy Agency Director, Correctional Health Services
County of Orange, Health Care Agency, Santa Ana, Calif


Robin Schaeffer, MSN, RN, CAE
Executive Director
Arizona Nurses Association, Tempe, Ariz.


Julia Wood, BSN, MSHCA, RN, PHN
Nurse Manager, Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County Children’s Medical Services/Health Program for Children in Foster Care, El Monte, Calif.

Excellence in Management


Tamre Del Valle, MSN, RN
Director of ED and Cardiac Cath Lab
Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif.


Marcia Lynch, MSN, RNC, PHN
Director of Women’s and Children’s Services
Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif.


Suzanne Stone, BSN, AA, RNC-OB, C-EFM
RN in Labor and Delivery
Kaiser Permanente, Anaheim, Calif.


Maria Villar, BSN, RN
Supervisor, NICU
Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, Calif.


Rosa Coleen Wilson, MSN, RN, BC-NE
Unit Director, Intensive Care Unit
UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Calif.


Eun Kay Yang, MSN, NP, RN
Manager of Labor and Delivery and Antepartum
White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles

2016 GEM Award Finalists Northeast

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Excellence in Clinical Nursing


Regel Del Mundo, CCRN
Clinical Nurse, Catheterization Lab
Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, N.Y.


Susanne Donovan, BSN, RN, CEFM, CBC
Assistant Nurse Manager, Mother/Baby
Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y.


Jennifer Dorman, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Rapid Response Team
Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.


Michael LeTang, BSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse IV, Post Anesthesia
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y.


Anne Patrick, RNC
Team Leader, Same Day Surgery
Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley, Westwood, N.J.


Mary Santorelli, MSN, RN, NP
Advanced Practice Nurse, Psychiatry
Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center

Excellence in Community Care


Daniella Casimir, DNP, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York City


Margaret Drozd, MSN, RN, APRN-BC
Director, Community Mobile Health Services
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J.


Beryl Ehrlich, BSN, RN
Performance Improvement Coordinator, Home Care
South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y.


Beryl Sowah, RN, APN-C
Nurse Practitioner, Community Outreach
JFK Medical Center, Plainfield, N.J.


Julia Van Nieuwland, BSN, RN, CEN, CTTS
Nurse Navigator, Pulmonary Center of Excellence
Newton (N.J.) Medical Center


Mandy Zhang, RN
Home Care Planner
MJHS, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Excellence in Education and Mentorship


Gina Dovi, MSN, RN, CPHON
Research Nurse Coordinator, Children’s Hospital Research Center
Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center


Teresa Laberdee, MSN, RN
Nurse Educator, Learning Systems
Northport (N.Y.) VA Medical Center


Beth McGovern, MSN, RNC-OB, CHSE
Clinical Practice Specialist
Obstetrics, Women’s and Children’s Services
The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, N.J.


Gail Probst, MSN, RN, APN, OCN, AOCN, NE-BC
Director of Cancer Services, Nursing
Huntington (N.Y.) Hospital


Margaret Rafferty, DNP, MPH, MA
Chair, Department of Nursing, Associate Professor
New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Brooklyn, N.Y.


J. Cedar Wang, MSN, RN, APN, GNP-BC, CHSE
Director of Simulation Education
Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, N.J.

Excellence in Executive Leadership


Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Director, Nursing
Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, New York City


Lisa lachetti, BSN, MBA, RN
Administrator, Clinical Network Development
Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center


Sara Looby, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN
Nurse Scientist and Principal Investigator
Yvonne Munn Center for Nursing Research, Massachusetts General Hospital/Physician Organization, Boston


Jennifer O’Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC
CNO and Vice President of Patient Care Services
Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J.


Joyce Palmieri, MS, RN, CHPN
Vice President of Clinical Services Hospice and Palliative Care
MJHS, New York City


Donna Schick, MA, RN, NEA-BC
Director, Regional Clinical Programs
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City

Excellence in Management


Elizabeth Clarke, MSN, RN, FNP, SCRN
Nurse Manager
South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y.


Marianne DiStefano, MSN, BSN, RNC, IBCLC
Senior Director, Patient Care Services, Nursing Administration
Staten Island University Hospital – Northwell Health


Tara Donnelly, BSN, RN
Clinical Coordinator, Outpatient Infusion
Overlook Medical Center, Summit, N.J.


Laura Iacono, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, CNML
Nurse Manager, Neurosurgical ICU
North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y.


Sonia Nelson, MSN/M, BSN, RN
Clinical Nurse Manager
Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City


Denise Occhiuzzo, MS, RN, BC
Administrator, Director of Nursing, Patient Care
Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center

2016 GEM Award Finalists Mid-Atlantic

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Excellence in Clinical Nursing


Kaitlyn Gregory, DNP, RN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, ICU
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia


Jessy Jacobs, CMSRN, PICC
Registered Nurse, Nursing 2 West
Penn Medicine, Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pa.


Lauren Micale, BSN, RN, CPHON
Clinical Nurse, Bone Marrow Transplant/Hematology
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del.


Dawn Morris, BSN, RN, PCCN, RN-BC
Staff Nurse, Progressive Care Unit
Paoli Hospital/Main Line Health


Lauren Orfe, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse, Neonatal Infant Intensive Care Unit
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Ave Preston, MSN, RN, CWOCN, ACNS-BC
Ostomy and Wound Clinical Nurse Specialist
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Excellence in Community Care


Susan Cooke, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Elder Care Coordinator, Population Health
Kennedy Health, Turnersville, N.J.


Diana Iacovo, BSN, RN, OCN, RD
Clinical Nurse Educator, Medical Oncology
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia


Toni Ann Messina, RN
Division Director, Home Health
Bayada Home Health Care, Lansdale, Pa.


Rose Moore, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse, Children’s School Services
Children’s National Health System, Washington, D.C.


Reba Scharf, MSN, RN, CDE, CWS, CWCN
Director of Wound Care Center
Inspira Health Network, Elmer, N.J.


Meghan Walker, MSN, RN, CBCN
Breast Nurse Navigator
Paoli (Pa.) Hospital

Excellence in Education and Mentorship


Amy Lipsett, MHA, BSN, RN, ONC
Staff Development Nurse
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia


Diane Murphy, MSN, RN, PCCN
Nursing Professional Development Specialist
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Gwyn Parris-Atwell, MSN, RN, APN-C,
CEN, FAEN, CS

Nurse Practitioner, Employee Health, Kennedy Health
Chief Nurse, 514th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, USAF Reserve Unit, McGuire Air Force Base


Jeanne Pettinichi, MSN, RN, CPEN, CPN
Professional Practice Specialist
Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.


Lindsay Quedenfeld, BSN, RNC-NIC
Clinical Nurse, NICU Advancing Practice/Education Chair
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Cathleen Vandenbraak, MBA, BSN, MHA, CEN, CCRN, CFRN
Nursing Supervisor
Paoli (Pa.) Hospital
Nurse Clinical Education Coordinator
JeffSTAT, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia

Excellence in Executive Leadership


Alquietta Brown, PhD, MHSA, BSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, Va.


Angela Coladonato, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
CNO/Senior Vice President Nursing Administration
Penn Medicine, Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pa.


Janet Davies, MSN, RN, APN, CCNS, CENP
Vice President of Patient Care Services
Inspira Health Network – Vineland/Elmer


Nancy Hesse, MSN, RN
Interim President and CEO
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia


Kim Hoffman, RN, MHA, CPHRM
Corporate Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management
Kennedy Health, Somerdale, N.J.


AnnMarie Papa, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CEN, FAEN, FAAN
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, East Norriton, Pa.

Excellence in Management


Monica Boyle, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, Orthopedic, Rehab, Neurology Unit
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del.


Monica DiMauro, BSN, RN-BC
Nurse Manager, Adult Mental Health Unit
Inspira Health Network, Bridgeton, N.J.


Cheryl Hecht, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Nurse Manager, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Debbie Hetrick, BSN, RN, CNML
Clinical Manager, Surgical Units
Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pa.


Stephan McDonald, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager, Emergency Dept.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia


Priya Nair, MS, RN
Nurse Manager, Ambulatory Services
University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore

2016 GEM Award Finalists Midwest

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Excellence in Clinical Nursing


Nicole Albold, BSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC
Clinical Nurse and Lactation Consultant, Women & Children
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago


Jennifer Doyle, MSN, RN, CNP
Perinatal Outreach Educator/APN, Women’s Services
Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio


Tracy Haberkorn, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR
Epidemiology Coordinator, Surgical Services
Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.


Natalie Seewald, MSN, RN, CRRN
Direct Care Registered Nurse, Patient Recovery Unit
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


Debra Skopec, BSN, NIC-BC
Neonatal Outcomes RN
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn, IL


Megan Walker, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse, Post Partum
Methodist Hospitals, Northlake, Gary, Ind.

Excellence in Community Care


Gina Barasa, MSN, RN, OCN
Nurse Clinician, Clinical Coordinator, Developmental Therapeutics
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago


Judy Bergsmith, RN, IBCLC
Lactation Coordinator, Maternity Suites
Kishwaukee Hospital, Dekalb, Ill.


Kathleen Brown, RN, CDDN
Director of Development
Pharmacy Alternatives, Louisville, Ky.


Shaun Hamberlin, BSN, RN, CRN
Staff Nurse, MRI
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago


Michele Rubin, MSN, BSN, APN, CSN-BC, CGRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Colorectal Surgery
University of Chicago Medicine


Kristen Sarkan, BSN, RN-C
Assistant Clinical Manager, Pain Management
Advocate Christ Medical Center, Lockport, Ill.

Excellence in Education and Mentorship


Karan Fachet, MS, RN, NE-BC
Manager, Clinical Research Unit
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago


Rebekah Jaensch, MSN, RN, CNOR
Manager of Clinical Operations
Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.


Molly Moran, MSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Educator, Pediatric Intensive Care
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago


Mary Carol Racelis, MSN, APN, ACNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Orthopedics
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago


Michele Ross, BSN, RN, CCRN
Nurse Clinician IV, Adult Surgical Heart Unit
Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.


Teresa White, DNP, RN-BC
Clinical Nurse Educator, Professional Practice
SwedishAmerican, a Division of UW Health, Rockford, Ill.

Excellence in Executive Leadership


Nancy Burke, MSN, ACNP
Director of Emergency and Behavioral Health Services
Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.


Barbara Holmes Gobel, MS, RN, AOCN
Director of Professional Practice and Development, Magnet Program Director
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago


Patricia Nedved, MSN, RN, CENP, FABC
Acting Chief Nursing Officer
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago


Jill Price, PhD, MSN, RN
Dean, Online RN-BSN Option, Post-Licensure
Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, Ill.


Susan Swart, MS, RN, CAE
Executive Director, ANA-Illinois
Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing and Illinois Nurses Foundation, Manteno, Ill.


Gina Reid Tinio, PhD, MS, MPH, RN-BC
Senior Director, Department of Professional Development
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage and Delnor Hospitals, Winfield, Ill.

Excellence in Management


Maureen Canavan, MSN, RN-B
Manager Clinical Operations, 4 West
Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.


Charlotte Ramazinski, RN, CNML
Assistant Unit Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago


Maureen Romeo, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Clinical Director, Medical Care Center
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Ill.


Cheryl Siegall, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Director, Rush Day Hospital, Psychiatry
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago


Diane Stonner, MSN, RN, APN, RNC-NIC
Patient Care Manager, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Northwestern Medicine/Prentice Women’s Hospital, Chicago


Gail Tagney, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, NEA-BC
Director of Patient Care Services, 6 WSD and MICU
University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, Chicago

2016 GEM Award Finalists South & New GEM States

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Excellence in Clinical Nursing


Jessica Albers, BSN, RN, MFS, SANE-A, SANE-P
SANE Team Leader
Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kan.


Ann Benedict, MSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Staff Nurse, PICU
The Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.


Susan Krause, MSN, RN, CWS, CWOCN
Inpatient Wound Care Coordinator
Texas Health Huguley Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas


Sheeba Ninan, DNP, APRN, BC
Nurse Practitioner, Pain Management
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston


Karrie Wells, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse, Emergency Department
Arkansas Heart Hospital, Little Rock, Ark

Excellence in Community Care


Amy Choitz, BS, RN
Cardiac Rehab Clinical Coordinator
Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kan.


Dawna Jennings, BSN, RN
Administrative Director, Huguley Surgery Center
Texas Health Huguley Hospital, Fort Worth South


Allison Lowderman, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Doctor, The Center for Concussion Management
The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan.


Lisa Mason, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse Field Clinician, Forsyth County Visits
Bayada Home Health, Winston Salem, N.C.


Susan Potter, RN
Case Manager, Nursing
AseraCare Hospice, Hamilton, Ala.


Eloise Woodside-Ramirez, RN
Clinical Manager 2
Bayada Home Health Care, Salisbury, N.C.

Excellence in Education and Mentorship


Kathleen Atwell, MSN, RN-BC
Education Coordinator, Education Department
Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South, Burleson, Texas


Annie Clavon, PhD, MSN, ARNP, CCRC
Nursing Instructor, Nursing Department
Keiser University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


Rhonda Fuselier, MSN, MHA, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Educator, Charge RN
Texas Health Huguley Hospital, Fort Worth South


Rose McGhie-Anderson, PhD, MSc, RN, CEN
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing, Miramar, Fla.


Anne Naulty, MSN, PCCN
RN III, Adjunct Faculty, CCU, Nursing
National American University, Overland Park, Kan.


Lynda Newsome, BSN, RN
Clinical Diabetes Educator, CNDH
Wayne UNC Health Care, Goldsboro, N.C.

Excellence in Executive Leadership


Tammy Collier, MSB, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer
Texas Health Huguley Hospital, Burleson, Texas


Pamela Dotson, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.


Lora Duncan, MSN, MBA, RN
Director, Nursing Practice and Professional Development
Charleston Area Medical Center, W.Va.


Kathleen Harlow, MSN, RNC-OB
Director of Women’s Services, Labor and Delivery, Nursery
Texas Health Huguley Hospital, Fort Worth South, Texas


Jamie Mathis, MSN, RN
Administrative Director, Ambulatory Care Services
Harris Health System, Houston


Ora Strickland, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Florida International University, Miami

Excellence in Management


Rachel Cameron, MSN, RN, CEN
Director, Emergency Services
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, Woodlands, Texas


Joann Evans, MSN, RN
Patient Care Coordinator, Ambulatory Surgery
Methodist South Healthcare, Memphis, Tenn.


Anna Liza Fernandez, MSN, BSN, RN, CSSM
Nurse Manager, Perioperative
West Palm Beach (Fla.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center


Robert Hinkle, BSN, RN
Team Manager, ICU, Med-Surg, ICU
Integris Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City


Lyzanne Michele Mason, MSN, RN, CCRN, CSC

Associate Director, Central Monitoring
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston


Kristin Merritt, MSN, MBA, RN, NE-BC, CCRN
Neuroscience Service Line Director, ICU and NSU Nurse Manager
Duke Raleigh (N.C.) Hospital