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VNF Announces 2018 40 Under 40 Award Winners

Thursday, September 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jackie Jester
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The Virginia Nurses Foundation (VNF) is pleased to announce the recipients (listed below) of the 2018 40 Under 40 Awards. Award winners were selected from a record number of nominations as one of Virginia's outstanding young registered nurse (RN) leaders because of achievements in professional practice, leadership, and positive promotion and advancement of the nursing profession beyond the practice setting.

“We are thrilled to recognize this group of exceptional young women and men who have excelled as nurses and as leaders in both the practice setting and in their communities,” said Janet Wall, VNF chief executive officer. “Nursing clearly has a very bright future in Virginia.”

Winners will be honored at the 2018 VNF Gala, chaired by Mary Dixon, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer of the University of Virginia Health System, on the evening of September 22 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa - Short Pump.

For more information about the VNF Gala or 40 Under 40 winners, visit

40 Under 40 Award Winners
(listed alphabetically by last name)

Amanda Allen, Carilion Clinic
Intima Alrimawi, Stratford University
Genevieve Beaird, Virginia Commonwealth University
Rebecca Berry, Inova Loudoun Hospital
Coffee Bourne, Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital - American Anesthesiology of Virginia
Jake Cash, Centra Health
Heather Cooper, VCU Health
Kaila Cooper, VCU Health
Erica Davis, Bon Secours Medical Group
Tiffany Deas, Bon Secours Health System
Stephanie DeFilippis, Carilion Clinic
Rachel Denny, Carilion Clinic
Sarah Beth Dinwiddie, Carilion Clinic
Katherine Eichin, Inova Alexandria Hospital
Shelly Feazell, Carilion Clinic
Luella Glanzer, UVA Health System
Jessica Gourley, Riverside Regional Medical Center
Heather Hedges, McGuire VA Medical Center
Heather Irving, VCU Health
Kyle Jensen, VCU Health
Jill Jones, VCU Health
Katie Katz, Radford University School of Nursing
Haley Meade, The Health Wagon
Emma Mitchell, University of Virginia School of Nursing
Lathika Mohanraj, Virginia Commonwealth University
Kelsey Oostdyk, VCU Health
Heather Powell, Centra Health
CJ Robinson, Sentara Leigh Hospital
Lyndsey Schaffer, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
Yovaletta Scruggs, Inova Alexandria Hospital
Ashley Shrader, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Ava Speciale, UVA Health System
Brittany Steele, McGuire VA Medical Center
Joseph Tacy, James Madison University
Jena Vedder, US Public Health Service
Ashley Walters, UVA Health System
Katy Wiggins, Southside Physicians Network
Caitlin Wise, VCU Health
Melissa Wray, Carilion Clinic
Temika Younger, Virginia Adult Care Education, LLC (VACE)

40 Under 40 Honorable Mentions
(listed alphabetically by last name)

Amanda Wrenn Brendel, Carilion Clinic
Jennifer Claybrook, Centra Lynchburg General Hospital
Kristin Crouse, Carilion Clinic
Caitlin Crowder, VCU Community Memorial Hospital
Tiffany Fick, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
Stephanie Fitch, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
Mary Haigh, Riverside Regional Medical Center
Brandon Jones, Carilion Clinic
Mary Lord, Centra Southside Community Hospital
Brady Lutz, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery
Season Majors, Inova Health System
Jasmine Nicholson, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center
Veronica Nolden, VCU Health
Thomas Powell, Centra Health
Alison Rivers, VCU Health
Enkh-Ochir Sanz, Inova Alexandria Hospital
Claudia Spurill, VCU Health
Amber Taylor, Centra Health
Tyler Thompson, Sentara RMH Medical Center
Ariana Webb, VCU Community Memorial Hospital
Drew White, Centra Health
Caitlin Winkler, VCU Health