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2019 Leadership Excellence Award Nominees
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VNF Leadership Excellence Award Nominees

The Virginia Nurses Foundation (VNF) is excited to announce the nominees for the 2019 VNF Leadership Excellence Awards. The awards were created to honor outstanding nurses throughout the Commonwealth who have made exceptional contributions to the nursing profession. This year the VNF is proud to announce they received 137 nominees across 8 categories from more than 40 organizations in Virginia.

The 2019 VNF Leadership Excellence Award winners will be announced at the annual VNF Gala on September 21, 2019.

Finalists for each award will be selected from the pool of nominees and will be announced in the coming weeks, and a winner in each category will be announced during the Gala.

2019 VNF Leadership Excellence Award Nominees:
Bon Secours
Debra Renfro, Nurse Manager/Director
Michele Mclasky, Nurse Manager/Director

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center
Joan Daversa, Nurse Manager/Director

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
Teri Tench, Nurse Educator
Diane Smith, Nurse Educator
Trina Gardner, Nurse Educator
Christine Turner, Nurse Educator

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Center
Rebecca Shaulis, Nurse Manager/Director

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center
Robin Johnson, Chief Nursing Officer
Chris Nicholson, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Cynthia Woods, Nurse Manager/Director
Donna Dickinson, Nurse Manager/Director

Bon Secours Mercy Health
Leigh Lewis, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Carol Gabala, Nurse Manager/Director
William Jason Sweltzer, Nurse Manager/Director

Bon Secours Mercy Health System, Memorial Regional Medical Center
Angelique Williamson, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience

Bon Secours Mercy Memorial Regional Center
Sandra Garcia, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
English Hosay, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center
Karen Bridgforth, Nurse Manager/Director
Sharlie Yanez, Nurse Educator
Dawn Baumgartner, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Jennifer Stanley, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
Mark Gregg, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Markus Mines, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Jim Gregory, Nurse Manager/Director
Deborah Alder, Direct Care Patient Leader - Patient Experience

Bryant & Stratton College
Angela Saathoff, Nurse Researcher
Michele Richardson, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Amy Martinez, Nurse Educator

Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
Debora (Debi) Erick, Nursing School Dean/Director

BSHSI Maryview Medical Center
Helena Walo, Chief Nursing Officer

Carilion Clinic
Kathleen “Kathy” Ott, Nurse Manager/Director
Patricia “TK” Kingery, Nurse Manager/Director
Brandie Bailey, Nurse Manager/Director
Emily Codrea, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety

Carilion Clinic Cardiovascular Institute
Heather Moreno, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience

Carilion Clinic - Giles
Veronica Stump, Chief Nursing Officer

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
Michelene Morin, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Annie Phillips Smith, Nurse Manager/Director
Kimberly Carter, Nurse Researcher
Arielle Watkins, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Nicole Hale, Nurse Manager/Director
SaVanna Eckrote, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Cheyanne Spradlin, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety

Centra
Bridgette Smoot, Nurse Manager/Director

Inova
Alquietta Brown, Chief Nursing Officer
Helen Stevens, Nurse Manager/Director
Carine Wawa, Nurse Manager/Director

Inova Alexandria Hospital
Cynthia Bustria, Nurse Manager/Director
Michelle Hall, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Stacey Haney, Nurse Manager/Director

Inova Health System
Tiffani Fuller, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Mary Ann Friesen, Nurse Researcher

Inova Loudoun Hospital
Aliso Smolsky, Nurse Manager/Director
Jordan Tyczka, Nurse Educator
Stephanie Boese, Nurse Manager/Director

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
Larisa Golding, Nurse Manager/Director

James Madison University
Erica Lewis, Nurse Researcher

Johnston Memorial Hospital/Ballad Health
Lynn Holden, Nurse Educator
Melissa Whited, Nurse Manager/Director

LewisGale Hospital Pulaski
Jenna Martin, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience

Mary Immaculate Hospital
Kristen Caluag, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety

Memorial Regional Medical Center
Amy Peatross, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Patricia Smith, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience

Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg
Jennifer Williams, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Elisa Mangosing-Lemmon, Nurse Educator
Celia Grinstead, Nurse Manager/Director

Riverside Health System
Marybeth Scott, Nurse Manager/Director
Deborah Brown, Chief Nursing Officer
Ramona Hercules, Nurse Manager/Director
Nancy Littlefield, Chief Nursing Officer
Elisa Lemmon, Nurse Educator

Riverside Health System - Riverside Tappahannock
Lisa Petty, Nurse Educator

Riverside Regional Medical Center
Susan Donston, Nurse Manager/Director
Elizabeth May, Nurse Educator

Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
Carrie Washington, Nurse Manager/Director
Deb Brown, Chief Nursing Officer
Margaret Bennett, Nursing School Dean/Director
Heather Spence, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Heather Jarvis, Nurse Educator

Riverside Walter Reed Hospital
Heather Teller, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety

RSMH
Shelia Conner, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital
Nicole Spence, Nurse Manager/Director

Sentara Healthcare
Cherika Britt, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience

Sentara Healthcare - Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
Carrie Buck, Nurse Manager/Director

Sentara Leigh Hospital
Donna Baybay, Nurse Manager/Director
Lisa Dutter, Nurse Manager/Director
Nerizza Morido, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Jennifer Kreiser, Chief Nursing Officer

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
Judy Kauffman, Nurse Manager/Director
Jennifer Wray, Nurse Manager/Director
Heidi Cabot, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Sarah Glatt, Nurse Educator
Johnsa Morris, Chief Nursing Officer
Abby Denby, Nurse Manager/Director

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
Valeria Mitchell, Nurse Manager/Director

Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
Rebecca Joye, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Jennifer Toombs, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Lori Holleman, Nurse Researcher
Reagan Boomer, Nurse Manager/Director
Kristen Joseph, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Carrie Buck, Nurse Manager/Director

Sentara RMH Medical Center
Julie Pierantoni, Nurse Researcher

Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
Abby Dalton, Nurse Manager/Director

Southside College of Health Sciences
Wendy Thompson, Nursing Informatics
Johanna Vaughan, Nursing School Dean/Director
Katherine Lawson, Nurse Educator

Southside Regional Medical Center
Brenda Woodcock, Chief Nursing Officer
Jean-Tyler Scalone, Nurse Educator
Mary Taylor, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Heather Hunter, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience

Southside Virginia Community College
Michelle Edmonds, Nursing School Dean/Director

The George Washington University School of Nursing
Pamela Jeffries, Nursing School Dean/Director
Majeda El-Banna, Nurse Researcher

Twin County Regional Medical Center
Carla Gunter, Nurse Educator

UVA Health System
Mary Dixon, Chief Nursing Officer
Lora Carver, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Rachel Nauman, Nurse Manager/Director
Kathryn McGough, Nurse Educator
Anika Spry, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health
Kathy Baker, Nurse Researcher
Diane Hanson-Johnson, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Matthew Jensen, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Deb Zimmerman, Chief Nursing Officer
Brett Neville, Nurse Manager/Director

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing
Michael Bleich, Nursing School Dean/Director
Carla Nye, Nurse Educator

Virginia Hospital Center
Katherine Thompson, Nursing Informatics
Sherrie Robinson, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Sarah Akers, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Melody Dickerson, Chief Nursing Officer

Winchester Medical Center
Manual Zember, Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Bethann Mendez, Nurse Manager/Director