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The 8th Annual Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award

The Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Cocktail hour begins at 6pm and dinner will be served at 7pm. The awards will be presented at 8pm.

The ceremony will take place in the Kent State University Student Center Ballroom (click for directions).

For ticket information, please contact Tierra Haynes at (330) 672-0441 or thaynes5@kent.edu

The Award

In 2002, Kent State University College of Nursing Advisory Chair Barbara Donaho forged the idea that clinical partnerships between Kent State University and area hospitals with which the university is partnered should receive substantial recognition. 

She acknowledged that clinical unit leaders, prefects and nurses work diligently to train our best and brightest in the College of Nursing, taking time out of their daily schedules and working without being paid for these services. It is in the spirit that the Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award was created. 

The majority of awardees are RNs who served in a variety of capacities: as staff nurses, nurse managers, clinical coordinators and advanced practice nurses, in addition to MDs. They are nominated by both Kent State University student and faculty member for providing effective leadership, demonstrating compassionate role modeling and offering sound professional mentoring. 

Recipients of the Donaho Award are a select group who have distinguished themselves by greatly enhancing and contributing to the quality of care provided by the next generation of professional nurses.

Barbara A. Donaho

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A long-time friend of Kent State University and the College of Nursing, Barbara A. Donaho has spent more than 55 years dedicating her life’s work to the advancement of the nursing profession as an educator, lecturer, director of nursing and senior vice president of patient services. Her vast career has spanned the Midwest, and both eastern and southern coasts. Most recently she was president and CEO of St. Anthony’s Health Care Center in St. Petersburg, FL, where she is currently president emeritus. 

Born and raised in Ohio, Barbara holds nursing degrees from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, as well as degrees in Nursing Education and Administration from the University of Chicago, and an honorary doctorate of law from Kent State University. She is a graduate of Johnson & Johnson-Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurses and held the distinction of being the only nurse member of the American Hospital Association Board of Directors, which in turn honored her with the Trustees Award. She is a former commissioner of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and was named distinguished alumna of the year at Johns Hopkins, later being appointed to serve on its board of trustees.

Previous Recipients

2013

Akron Children's Hospital

Judy K. Bradford
Laurel A. Celik
Janet Dix
Julie M. Salinas

Aultman Hospital

Lindsey Foradis

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Leighanne Kramer Hustak
Benjamin J. Meola

Hudson Family Health Center

Barbara G. Artrip

Kent State University College of Nursing

Melissa Dyer
Lorene S. Martin
Catherine Snelson
Cindy A. Wilk

Northcoast Behavioral Health Center

April Hampton

Robinson Memorial Hospital

Andrea Presley

Summa Health System Akron City Hospital

Denise Brown
Amy L. Henkel
Stephanie Nagel
Lisa M. Rhodes
Rebecca Wilson

Summa Health System Endocrine Associates

Christine Suchan
Elizabeth Williams Schwendler

Summit County Public Health

Sandra M. Waino

The Primary Health Network

Cheri Adams

Union Hospital
Amy Burcher
Bonnie Lancaster

University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center

Michelle M. Morse

University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Jennifer Gonzalez
Rachel K. Vanek

University Hospitals Geauga Campus

Mary Beth Rumburg
Katherine Zito

University Hospitals Kids In The Sun

Brian S. Postma

University Hospitals Western Reserve

Wendy L. Geaney

Valley Health Care

Jeannie Mulichak


2011

Debbie A. Ashbaugh, RN
Union Hospital

Erin Benavides, BSN,RN, SN
Maplewood Career Center

Christine M. Bernardo,RN, CNP, CDE
Cleveland Clinic - Diabetes Center

Denise Boville,MSN, RN, CRNPT*
Summa Internal Medical Center

Georgean Coyne, RN, BC
MethroHealth

Kathy Daniels, BSN, RN
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Gina Eberling, BSN,RN
University Hospitals - CMC Poison Control Center

Edward Eichler,RN, CNS, CDE
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Joseph Dominic Fisher, MSN, RN, FNP, BC
Dr. McCluskey & Associates

Anne Fitz,MBA, RN, CHPN, CCM
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Kimberly Girolamo,RN
University Hospitals - Geauga Medical Center

Lori J. Grenich,MSN, RN, MS, CNP
First Medical Associates

Susan K. Haggerty,RN
New Dawn Retirement Community

Charlena Hammel,RN-BC
New Dawn Retirement Community

Marie Anne Hickey,MSN, FNP
University Hospitals - Western Reserve Physicians

Mary Beth Husseini,RN,CNS, BC*
Akron General Partial Hospitalization Program

Michele Kline, MSN, CNP
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Family Health and Surgery Center

Denise M. Kresevic, PhD, RN, APN-BC
University Hospitals – Case Medical Center

Monique S. Malmer, BSN, RN
Akron Children's Hospital

Ruth A. Mundy,MSN, RN, CNP
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Lynnette Marie Natale Nied,MSN, RN, CNP
Tarek Elsawy MD, LLC

Laura Paisley Mullen, BSN, RN, PMH, APRN CC
Veterans Administration-Ravenna

Ann Palascak,MSN, RN
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Susan L. Perez,MSN, RN, NP-C, CDE
Beachwood Family Medical Center

Jessica L. Polka,RN
Union Hospital

Kate Proehl,ND, RN, CNS
Center for Families and Children, East

Laurie A. Reed,RN, CRNP
Dr. Huston

Christine A. Shirey,MSN, RN, CNP
Family Practice of Louisville

Patricia Simpson,BSN, RN, BA, OCN
University Hospitals -  Case Medical Center

Joleen Sitko, BSN,RN
Summa Barberton Hospital

Judy Spieldenner,MSN, RN, CNP
NOW/Promedica Urgent Care

Pam Strange, RN
Aultman Hospital

Connie S. Tezie, DNP, RN, FNP*
University Hospital - Kids in the Sun

Dorothy Van Poppel Ray,MSN, RN,MSEd, RN-C
Huron Hospital

Elizabeth Voynovich,RN
Cleveland Clinic Foundation


2009

Angela J. Bair, RN
Union Hospital

Steve Baker, BA, RN
Mercy Medical Center

Lyn M. Benedict, MSN, RN, CNS
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Denise Boville, MSN, RN, CRNP*
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Bonnie Broseman, MSN, RN
University Hospital – Case Medical Center

Marcia Bukowsky, RN
Union Hospital

Dorcas C. Fitzgerald, PhD, RN, CNS
Youngstown State University

Jacalyn R. Golden, MSN, RN, CRNP
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Karen L. Griffiths, RNC, IBCLC
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Melissa Gross, RN
Summa Health System – Barberton Citizens Hospital

Shari Harmon, RN
Union Hospital

Sherry L. Hillyer, RN
Akron Children's Hospital

Carolyn Holder, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Colleen Hughes, MSN, RN, CPNP
Premier Pediatrics

Dawn Hutchins, BSN, RN
Akron General Medical Center

Bette K. Idemoto, PhD, RN, CCRN, ACNS-BC
University Hospital – Case Medical Center

Kathleen Kerber, MSN, RN, CCRN, ACNS-BC
Metro Health Medical Center

Janet A. Kloos, PhD, RN, CNS, CCRN
University Hospital – Case Medical Center

Mary Lou Kubu, BSN, RN, CNOR
University Hospital – Case Medical Center

Deelle Kulbacki, BSN, RN
Akron Children's Hospital

Mary Beth Modic, MSN, RN, CDE
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Joyce A. Moore, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Akron General Medical Center

Janet Paul, BA, RN
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Linda Petrella, RN
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Nancy Polz, BSN, RN
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Rebecca Anne Roberts, MSN, RN, ACNS-BS, CWOCN
University Hospital – Case Medical Center

Diane Marie Shuss, RN
Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center

Jennifer L. Smith, BSN, RN
Marymount Hospital

Veronica Sumodi, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS
Hillcrest Heart Failure Center

Janice Weinhardt, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Debra M. Wolff, BSN, RN, CPAN
Robinson Memorial Hospital


2007

Susan Antos,BS, RN-C
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Jan Bahle,MSN, RN, CNS, CVN, CTTS
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Judith Beeler,MSN, RN, BC*
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Sara Bender,BSN, RN
Marymount Hospital

Kathy Bielek,BSN, RN, CPON
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Elizabeth Bryson,MSN, RN, CNP, CS
Akron Children's Hospital & Medical Center

Eileen Cook,BSN, RN
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Martha Dalcoma, RN
New Dawn Retirement Community

Eileen Fleming, MSN, RN
Summa Health System

Elizabeth Heiner,MSN, RN, CNS
Akron Children's Hospital & Medical Center

Denise Grove Myricks,MSN, RN, CAN-BC, CNS
Akron General Medical Center

2012

Donald Albainy, MD
Summa Health System

Mathew Armstrong, BSN, RN*
Union Hospital

Anne Bryson, RNC
Akron Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cheryl Cairns, MSN, RN, CPNP
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Willoughby Hills Family Health Center

Lucinda Cave, MSN, RN, BC
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Suzanne Colpo, MSN, RN, CNP
Northeast Ohio Cardiovascular Specialists

Jessica L. Conway, MD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Westlake Family Health Center

Linda A. Council, BSN, RN
Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Kelly Downard, BSN, RN, OCN
Aultman Hospital

Lisa Echeverry, MSN, RN, CNP
PTS Medical Group

Tracy Fallon, CMSRN
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Char Frires, RN, CNM
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Hillcrest Family Maternity Center

Laura L. Frycklund, MSN, RN, CNP
Erieside Medical Group

Rita Hall, MSN, RN, CNS
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

John Hontula, BSN, RN, LSN
Weathersfield Local Schools

Michael Klein, MSN, RN, CNP
Summa Health System

Lisa J. Mahraz, BSN, RN
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Maureen Mayer, MSN, RN, ACNP
Northeast Ohio Cardiovascular Specialists

Earl McFarland III, MSN, RN, CRNP
Northeast Ohio Cardiovascular Specialists

Sheryl L. Mealer, RN
Summa Health System - Akron City Labor & Delivery

Susan Myers, RN
Park Village Health Care Center

Wayne Nicol, RN, CRRN
Mercy Medical Center

Joseph Oliver, RN
Union Hospital

Jeffrey D. Pike, RN, MHA, BC, NE
Akron General Medical Center

Elaine Schon, BSN, RN-C
Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron

Joyce M. Schroder, BSN, RN
Crestwood Local Schools

Cynthia Swartzwelder, BSN, RN
Union Hospital

Lindsey A. Szarka, MSN, RN, CNP
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Jeanine L. Tenhover, MSN, RN, CNP, CCRN
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Main Campus

Richele L. Thompson, MSN, RN, WHNP, CNP
Mercy Medical Center

Barbara Truman, RN
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Rekha Ujla, RN
Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services

Demetria R. Wynn, RN
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare Center

Annette F.  Zeldin, MSN, RN, CNP
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Willoughby Hills Family Health Center

Kimberly R. Zeroske, MSN, RN, ACNP
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Main Campus


2010

Mathew C. Armstrong,BSN,RN*
Union Hospital

Rose Mary Bates,BSN, RN-C,
Union Hospital

Dianne M. Boyle,RN
Akron General Medical Center

Rebecca M. Bucco, BSN, RN
Champion School District

Alecia A. Crawford,BSN,RN
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

John P. Flavell, BSN, RN
Akron General Medical Center

Janet M. Gorsuch, MSN, RN, CRNP
Austintown – Fitch High

Alexander Grant, BSN, RN
University Hospital – Case Medical Center

Katie Harvey, BSN, RN
Mercy Medical Center

Kristin R. Henning, RN
Union Hospital

Garth Ireland, MSN, RN, CNS, CWONC
University Hospital – Case Medical Center

Linda M. Jacobs, BSN, RN
Akron General Medical Center

Deborah J. Jones, RN
Union Hospital

Lisa A. Klasic, BSN, RN
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Kara Konrad, BSN, RN
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Linda J. Kramer, RN
Summa Health System

LuAnn M. Kuhl-Hudak, MSN, RN, PNP-BC, CS
Akron Children's Hospital

Michael Kula, BSN, RN
University Hospital – Case Medical Center

Britney L. Larimore, BSN, RN-C
Akron General Medical Center

Lynn T. Martin, BSN, RN, CEN, REMT-P
Aultman Hospital

Karen A. Mayo, MSN, RN, FNP-C
Dr. Goltz in Heritage Valley Health System

Jeanette Ann Moleski, RN, MA, DO
Hudson Family Heath Center, Inc

Beth Ann Paradise, BSN, RN
University Hospital - Case Medical Center

Melissa L. Rambert, BSN, RN
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Fairview Hospital

Ronald Ross, MSN, RN
University Hospitals – Case Medical Center

Jennifer Saenz, MSN, RN, CNP
Eliza Jennings Senior Care

Julie A. Santabarbara, RN
Akron Children's Hospital

Cathy Shannon, RN
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Amy Stanford, MSN, RN, CNP
Akron Children's Hospital

Amy E. Stineman, BSN, RN
Akron General Medical Center

Connie S. Tezie, DNP, RN, CNP*
University Hospital - Kids in the Sun

Sister Elizabeth Turpish, MSN, RN, CNS, CNP
August Health Services

Donna L. Vale Lanza, MSN, RN, CNP, CDE
State Road Family Practice, Inc.

Peggy A. Walder, BSN, RN
Akron Children's Hospital

Sherry L. Zimmerman, RN, CCRN
Mercy Medical Center


2008

Catherine Anderson, RN, CNP
Akron Children's Hospital & Medical Center

Lisa Aurilio, MSN, RN, CNAA
Akron Children's Hospital & Medical Center

Judith Beeler, MSN, RN-BC*
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Cynthia Bennett, MSN, CNP, ATC
Akron Children's Hospital & Medical Center

April Bonvechio, BSN, RN
Union Hospital

Barbara Brunt, RM-BC, MA, MN
Summa Health System

Cynthia Bryant, RN
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare Center

Cathleen Burke, RN, CBN
Akron General Medical Center

Claudia Cihlar, PhD, APRN, BC
Akron General Medical Center

Mary DeBois, RN
Union Hospital

Lisa Dukeman, BSN, RN
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Diana Fleming, MSN, RN
Akron General Medical Center

Anna Harstine, RN-C
Union Hospital

Mary Beth Husseini, RN, CNS, BC*
Akron General Medical Center

Julie Imani,MSN, RN, CNS
Akron General Medical Center

Jeremy Jarzembak, BSN, RN, MA*
Marymount Hospital

Cindy Majercik, MSN, APRN, BC, CS
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Stephanie Marszal, MSN, RN, PNP-BC
Children's Choice Pediatrics

Lauren McCaulley, RN
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Cheryl McCurry, BSN, RN
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare Center

Wendy Miller, RN-C
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Marilyn Nibling, MSN, RN, NNP, BC
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Claudia Orsburn, MSN, RN, MS, CNOR, RNFA
Salem Community Hospital

Rob Parsons, RN, CRNP
PsyCare, Inc.

Parvesh Rampal, RN
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare Center

Marc Streem, RN
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Teresa Twyman, BSN, RN
Robinson Memorial Hospital


2007 (cont)

Shirley Hemminger,MSN, RN, Geriatric RN
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Diana Janusch,MSN, RN, CNAA, BC, CHE
Akron General Medical Center

Jeremy Jarzembak, BSN, RN, MA*
Marymount Hospital

heryl Switzer-Koontz,MSN, RN, CPNP, CDE
Children's Hospital of Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Carol Sacha Gifford, BSN, RNC
University Hospitals – Case Medical Center

Jackie Suppan,MSN, RN, CNS
Aultman Hospital

(* denotes second time winner)

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