The 12th Annual Barbara Donaho Awards | College of Nursing | Kent State University

The 12th Annual Barbara Donaho Awards

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 6:00pm

A great preceptor can make all the difference in your clinical experience. Every year, great preceptors are nominated for and receive The Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award.

The Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. Cocktail & Social Hour begins at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by the Awards Presentation.

For registration information, please send an email to nursingevents@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 recognized that clinical unit leaders, prefects and nurses take the time to work diligently to train our nursing students, while receiving no additional compensation for their services. It is in this spirit that the Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award was created.

The majority of recipients are RNs who have 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 students and faculty members for providing effective leadership, demonstrating compassionate role modeling and offering sound professional mentoring.

Recipients of The Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award are a select group who have greatly enhanced and contributed to the quality of care provided by the next generation of professional nurses.

About Barbara A. Donaho

Photo of Barbara DonahoA 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 Donaho Award Recipients

2018

Nancy D. Bair
Cleveland Clinic

Maggie Baker
Akron Children's Hospital

Sarah Bixler
Kent State University

Karrie N. Boss
Wooster Community Hospital

Christina M. Canfield
Cleveland Clinic

Wendy Eisenloeffel
MetroHealth Medical Center

Matthew Gooch
Internal Medicine Physicians

Michelle Johnston
Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital

Janeen S. Kotsch
Kent State University

Amy Luscik
Trumbull Regional Medical Center 

Heather Mahmood
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Evan McBride
Trumbull Regional Medical Center

Laura Michalczik
Summa Health Akron City

Lorann Murphy
PsychBC

Leonor Osorio
Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital

Lisa Pfiffner
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Brenda K. Ritz
Psycare

Madison Rogers
Mercy Medical Center

Laura J. Rose
Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health Center

Deborah Safier
Psycare

Carol A. Santalucia
Cleveland Clinic

Rebecca Sepos
Summa Health

Jagjit Singh
Kent State University

Linda Ann Strong
Cuyahoga Community College

Sarah Tarter
Summa Health Medical Group

James K. Tudhope
Portage Path Behavioral Health

Jared N. Yun
University Hospitals Portage Medical Center

2017

Mary Becher   
Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Margie Chianese          
Akron Children's Hospital

Allyson Chicoski         
Kent State University

Jacqueline Cleland             
Muskingum Valley Health Center

Jennifer D. Coleman         
Cleveland Clinic

Marcia S. Cornell    
University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center

Beth E. Cramer-Basso
University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center

Phyllis Gene Goldbach              
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

Michele L. Griffin
Cleveland Clinic

Grace F. Herwig 
Far West Center

Scott D. Hooper
Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center - St. Thomas

Donna King      
Summa Physicians

Crystal Lantz-DeGeorge    
University Hospitals Medical Practice

Karen Mallow     
Premier Physicians

Emily L. McClung      
Hiram College

Karen Moore       
University Hospitals Westshore Primary Care

Naz Mariam Older
Cleveland Clinic

Amanda Palmer           
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare

Christine R. Pfouts
Aultman Hospital

Sonja (Sunny) Pitrof         
Cleveland Clinic

Jennifer Salsbury           
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Mary R. Sauer     
Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital

Constance Saylor     
Mercy Health

Angie Schreffler
Cleveland Clinic

Danielle N. Stevenson           
University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center

Kathryn Thompson
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Susan Whittaker      
Signature Health Ashtabula

Morgan Wiggins
MetroHealth Medical Center

Jonathan L. Wilkins     
Gateway Neil Kennedy Recovery Center

Michele L. Wilmoth             
Akron Children's Hospital

2016

Arielle Adkins
University Hospitals Portage Medical Center

Lydia Booher
Cleveland Clinic

Adam Botson
Cleveland Clinic

Michelle Cawley
Lake Health

Jennifer D'Abreau
DeWeese Health Center - Kent State University

Tracy Dulay
University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center

Autumn Epps
Summa Akron City Hospital

Chris Fogarty
Mercy Medical Center

Meghan Gilroy
Aultman Hospital

Kelly Haight
Cleveland Clinic

Shellie Hawk
Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Institute

Margaret Jester
Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital

Kurt Johnson
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare

Nancy Keslar
Pediatric Associates of Youngstown

Amy Kidd
Western Reserve Hospital

Cheryl King
Cleveland Clinic

Jane Mallin
University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Patricia Metzler
Trumbull Correctional Institute

Amy Myers
ONE Health Ohio

Andrea Nelson
Akron Children's Hospital

Denise Pacholski
Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine at Marymount

Joann Panno
Wooster Community Hospital

Katherine Proehl
The Centers for Families and Children

Shannon Puliafico
Summar Physicians Inc./Northeast Ohio Cardiovascular Specialists

Julie Reynolds
Summa Health

Dennis Rongers
Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital

Emma Ryan
Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital

Kathleen Scott
Nursing Center for Community Health

Wanda Staab
Summar Physicians Inc./Northeast Ohio Cardiovascular Specialists

Susan Swisher
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Teresa Westerheide-Haller
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Rose Zalar
Cleveland Clinic

Sarah "Sally" Zimmerman
The Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties

Krista Zuppe
University Hospitals Case Medical Center

2015

Nelda Andrews
Aultman Hospital

Mary Bacha
Kent State University College of Nursing

Andrea Balluch-Dean
The Healthcare Clinic at Walgreens

Ingrid Barcelona
Louis Stokes Veterans Hospital

Lynda Boldt
University Hospitals-Parma

Kelly Brown
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare

Lucinda Cave
University Hospitals-Case Medical Center

Kim Christy
Akron Children's Hospital

Stacey Claus
Cleveland Clinic-Fairview Hospital

Cynthia Cover
Cleveland Clinic-Hillcrest Hospital

Lisa Echeverry
Cleveland Clinic-Community Internal Medicine Marymount

Theresa Fenohr
Akron General Medical Center-PPG

Carrie Gallo
Western Reserve Hospital

Sarah Gedeon
Summa Health System

Kristy Gerster
Akron General (Precepted), Cleveland Clinic-South Pointe (Current Employer)

Laurie Hornberger
Valley Health Care-Northside Medical Center

Kathy Howe
Ridgepark Medical Associates, Inc.

Michelle Janas
University Hospitals-Rainbow Babies and Children

Kathleen Kennedy
Cleveland Clinic-Hillcrest Hospital

Janet Kloos
University Hospitals

Mary Kutchin
Kent State University College of Nursing

Agnes Lane
University Hospitals-Geauga Medical Center

Cynthia Majercik
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Timothy Meyers
Kent State University College of Nursing

Amber Miller
Akron Children's Hospital

Stephanie Nagel
Summa-Akron City

Robin Primm
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare

Marybeth Sevastos
Cleveland Clinic-Children's Hospital

Lynn Stinson
Akron General Medical Center-PPG

Connie Tezie
University Hospitals-Kids in the Sun

Debra Vladyka-Brothers
Cleveland Clinic-Willoughby Hills FHC

2014

Lisa Abraham
Akron General Medical Center

Loretta Aller
Kent State University College of Nursing

Heather Baird
Dr. Robert Naples D.O. Family Practice

Mary Kathy Dwinnells
Kent State University College of Nursing

Lori Falat
Summa Akron Health System

Katie Fleming
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare Center

Philip Fragassi
Metro Health Medical Center

Christina Gabele
Metro Health Medical Center

Amy Gerber
Mercy Medical Center

Laura Goliat
Ursuline College

Marie Hickey
Kent State University College of Nursing

Holly Johnson
Summa Akron Health System

Kelly Kelmes
Sender's Pediatrics

Cristina King
Endocrine Associates at Lakewood Hospital

Angela Kockman
Union Hospital

Sue Kovach
Akron General Medical Center

Joe Kukla
St. Elizabeth's Healthcare Center

Martha Laconte
Akron General Medical Center

Jen Luli
Akron General Medical Center

Lynn Martin
Aultman Hospital

Marian Mattern
One Health Ohio - Lloyd McCoy Health Center

Phillip G. Moser
Akron General Medical Center

Tara Murphy
Mercy Medical Center

Michelle Neff
Universtiy Hospital

Susan Paschke
VNA

Mary Beth Penkala
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Jessica Poracky
St. Elizabeth's Healthcare Center

Maureen Sloan
Akron General Medical Center

Rhonda Spada
Akron General Medical Center

Philip Starr
St. Elizabeth's Healthcare Center

Ana Vuchak
Trumbull Memorial Hospital

Lynne Walker
Kent State University College of Nursing

Marsha Wineland
NEOCS

John Wolf
Superior Medical Care

Janet Ziol
Valley City Family Medicine

2013

Cheri Adams
The Primary Health Network

Barbara G. Artrip
Hudson Family Health Center

Judy K. Bradford
Akron Children's Hospital

Denise Brown
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Amy Burcher
Union Hospital

Laurel A. Celik
Akron Children's Hospital

Janet Dix
Akron Children's Hospital

Melissa Dyer
KSU CON

Lindsey Foradis
Aultman Hospital

Wendy L. Geaney
University Hospitals - Western Reserve

Jennifer Gonzalez
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

April Hampton
Northcoast Behavioral Health Center

Amy L. Henkel
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Leighanne Kramer Hustak
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Bonnie Lancaster
Union Hospital

Lorene S. Martin
KSU CON

Benjamin J. Meola
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Michelle M. Morse
University Hospitals - Ahuja Medical Center

Jeannie Mulichak
Valley Health Care - Northside Hospital

Stephanie Nagel
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Brian S. Postma
University Hospitals - Kids in the Sun

Andrea Presley
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Lisa M. Rhodes
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Mary Beth Rumburg
University Hospitals - Geauga Campus

Julie M. Salinas
Akron Children's Hospital

Elizabeth Williams Schwendler
Summa Health System - Endocrine Associates

Catherine Snelson
KSU CON

Christine Suchan
Summa Health System - Endocrine Associates

Rachel K. Vanek
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Sandra M. Waino
Summit County Public Health

Cindy A. Wilk
KSU CON

Rebecca Wilson
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Katherine Zito
University Hospitals - Geauga Campus

2012

Donald Albainy
Summa Health System

Mathew Armstrong
Union Hospital

Anne Bryson
Akron Children's Hospital

Cheryl Cairns
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Willoughby Hills Family Health Center

Lucinda Cave
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Suzanne Colpo
Northeast Ohio Cardiovascular Specialists - White Pond Campus

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

Linda A. Council
Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Kelly Downard
Aultman Hospital

Lisa Echeverry
PTS Medical Group

Tracy Fallon
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Char Frires
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Hillcrest Family Maternity Center

Laura L. Frycklund
Erieside Medical Group

Rita Hall
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

John Hontula
Weathersfield Local Schools

Michael Klein
Summa Health System

Lisa J. Mahraz
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Maureen Mayer
Northeast Ohio Cardiovascular Specialists - White Pond Campus

Earl McFarland, III
Northeast Ohio Cardiovascular Specialists

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

Susan Myers
Park Village Health Care Center

Wayne Nicol
Mercy Medical Center

Joseph Oliver
Union Hospital

Jeffrey D. Pike
Akron General Medical Center

Elaine Schon
Akron Children's Hospital

Joyce M. Schroder
Crestwood Local Schools

Cynthia Swartzwelder
Union Hospital

Lindsey A. Szarka
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Jeanine L. Tenhover
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Richele L. Thompson
Mercy Medical Center

Barbara Truman
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Rekha Ujla
Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services

Demetria R. Wynn
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare Center

Annette F. Zeldin
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Willoughby Hills Family Health Center

Kimberly R. Zeroske
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

2011

Debbie A. Ashbaugh
Union Hospital

Erin Benavides
Maplewood Career Center

Christine M. Bernardo
Cleveland Clinic - Diabetes Center

Denise Boville
Summa Internal Medical Center

Georgean Coyne
MetroHealth

Kathy Daniels
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Gina Eberling
University Hospitals - CMC Poinson Control Center

Edward Eichler
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Joseph Dominic Fisher
Dr. McCluskey & Associates

Anne Fitz
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Kimberly Girolamo
University Hospitals - Geauga Medical Center

Lori J. Grenich
First Medical Associates

Susan K. Haggerty
New Dawn Retirement Community

Charlena Hammel
New Dawn Retirement Community

Marie Anne Hickey
University Hospitals - Western Reserve Physicians

Mary Beth Husseini
Akron General Partial Hospitalization Program

Michele Kline
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Family Health and Surgery Center

Denise M. Kresevic
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Monique S. Malmer
Akron Children's Hospital

Laura Paisley Mullen
Veterans Administration-Ravenna

Ruth A. Mundy
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Lynnette Marie Natale Nied
Tarek Elsawy MD, LLC (Cleveland Clinic)

Ann Palascak
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Susan L. Perez
Beachwood Family Medical Center

Jessica L. Polka
Union Hospital

Laurie A. Reed
Dr. Huston

Christine A. Shirey
Family Practice of Louisville

Patricia Simpson
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Joleen Sitko
Summa Barberton Hospital

Judy Spieldenner
NOW/Promedica Urgent Care

Pam Strange
Aultman Hospital

Connie S. Tezie
University Hospitals - Kids in the Sun

Dorothy Van Poppel Ray
Cleveland Clinic - Huron Hospital

Elizabeth Voynovich
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

2010

Mathew C. Armstrong
Union Hospital

Rose Mary Bates
Union Hospital

Dianne M. Boyle
Akron General Medical Center

Rebecca M. Bucco
Champion School District

Alecia A. Crawford
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

John P. Flavell
Akron General Medical Center

Janet M. Gorsuch
Austintown-Fitch High School

Alexander Grant
University Hospital - Case Medical Center

Katie Harvey
Mercy Medical Center

Kristin R. Henning
Union Hospital

Garth Ireland
University Hospital - Case Medical Center

Linda M. Jacobs
Akron General Medical Center

Deborah J. Jones
Union Hospital

Lisa A. Klasic
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Kara Konrad
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Linda J. Kramer
Summa Health System

LuAnn M. Kuhl-Hudak
Akron Children's Hospital

Michael Kula
University Hospital - Case Medical Center

Donna L. Vale Lanza
State Road Family Practice, Inc.

Britney L. Larimore
Akron General Medical Center

Lynn T. Martin
Aultman Hospital

Karen A. Mayo
Dr. Goltz in Heritage Valley Health System

Jeanette Ann Moleski
Hudson Family Health Center, Inc.

Beth Ann Paradise
University Hospital - Case Medical Center

Melissa L. Rambert
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Fairview Hospital

Ronald Ross
University Hospital - Case Medical Center

Jennifer Saenz
Eliza Jennings Senior Care

Julie A. Santabarbara
Akron Children's Hospital

Cathy Shannon
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Amy Stanford
Akron Children's Hospital

Amy E. Stineman
Akron General Medical Center

Connie S. Tezie
University Hospital - Kids in the Sun

Sister Elizabeth Turpish
August Health Services

Peggy A. Walder
Akron Children's Hospital

Sherry L. Zimmerman
Mercy Medical Center

2009

Steve Aker
Mercy Medical Center

Angela J. Bair
Union Hospital

Lyn M. Benedict
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Denise Boville
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Bonnie Broseman
University Hospital - Case Medical Center

Marcia Bukowsky
Union Hospital

Dorcas C. Fitzgerald
Youngstown State University

Jacalyn R. Golden
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Karen L. Griffiths
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Melissa Gross
Summa Health System - Barberton Citizens Hospital

Shari Harmon
Union Hospital

Sherry L. Hillyer
Akron Children's Hospital

Carolyn Holder
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Colleen Hughes
Premier Pediatrics

Dawn Hutchins
Akron General Medical Center

Bette K. Idemoto
University Hospital - Case Medical Center

Kathleen Kerber
Metro Health Medical Center

Janet A. Kloos
University Hospital - Case Medical Center

Mary Lou Kubu
University Hospital - Case Medical Center

Deelle Kulbacki
Akron Children's Hospital

Mary Beth Modic
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Joyce A. Moore
Akron General Medical Center

Janet Paul
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Linda Petrella
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Nancy Polz
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Rebecca Anne Roberts
University Hospital - Case Medical Center

Diane Marie Shuss
Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center

Jennifer L. Smith
Marymount Hospital

Veronica Sumodi
Hillcrest Heart Failure Center

Janice Weinhardt
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Debra M. Wolff
Robinson Memorial Hospital

2008

Catherine Anderson
Akron Children's Hospital

Lisa Aurilio
Akron Children's Hospital

Judith Beeler
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Cynthia Bennett
Akron Children's Hospital

April Bonvechio
Union Hospital

Barbara Brunt
Summa Health System

Cynthia Bryant
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare Center

Cathleen Burke
Akron General Medical Center

Claudia Cihlar
Akron General Medical Center

Mary DeBois
Union Hospital

Lisa Dukeman
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Diana Fleming
Akron General Medical Center

Anna Harstine
Union Hospital

Mary Beth Husseini
Akron General Medical Center

Julie Imani
Akron General Medical Center

Jeremy Jarzembak
Marymount Hospital

Cindy Majercik
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Stephanie Marszal
Children's Choice Pediatrics

Lauren McCaulley
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Cheryl McCurry
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare Center

Wendy Miller
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Marilyn Nibling
Summa Health System - Akron City Hospital

Claudia Orsburn
Salem Community Hospital

Rob Parsons
PsyCare, Inc.

Parvesh Rampal
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare Center

Marc Streem
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Teresa Twyman
Robinson Memorial Hospital

2007

Susan Antos
Summa Health System - Akron City

Jan Bahle
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Judith Beeler
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Sara Bender
Marymount Hospital

Kathy Bielek
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Elizabeth Bryson
Akron Children's Hospital

Eileen Cook
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Martha Dalcoma
New Dawn Retirement Community

Eileen Fleming
Summa Health System

Carol Sacha Gifford
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Elizabeth Heiner
Akron Children's Hospital

Shirley Hemminger
University Hospitals - Case Medical Center

Diana Janusch
Akron General Medical Center

Jeremy Jarzembak
Marymount Hospital

Denise Grove Myricks
Akron General Medical Center

Jakie Suppan
Aultman Hospital

Cheryl Switzer-Koontz
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Children's Hospital