20 Northeastern Ohio Medical Professionals Honored with Distinguished Leadership Award

Twenty northeast Ohio nurses, known as preceptors, were honored at Kent State University College of Nursing’s Thirteenth Annual Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Awards on Thursday, April 11. Nominated by nursing students, this prestigious award recognizes exceptional nurses, physicians and healthcare administrators for generously donating their time to mentor and train Kent State’s nursing students in clinical settings.

“Precepting is an enormous responsibility taken on by individuals who wish to encourage and guide the next generation of nursing professionals,” said Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the college. “We are so grateful to have this opportunity to recognize their significant contributions to the next generation of nursing professionals.”

Guest speaker, Ellen M. Prewitt, MSN, APRN-CNP, ACNP-BC, CPNP-AC, CCRN, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in Critical Care Transport, Cleveland Clinic, and part-time instructor at Kent State University in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, reflected on the preceptors who shaped her career, in addition to her experience precepting students for nearly a decade.  

“It is you, preceptors, who help students weave imperfect reality in with knowledge. You show them how to balance information with life, how to balance caring for patients and caring for self,” Prewitt said. “You are the ones who show them life is not a simulation but so much more.”

Following Prewitt’s remarks, recipients received an engraved award as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies, Louise Knox, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, assistant professor at Kent State University College of Nursing, read their nominations aloud.

Named after Barbara A. Donaho, a long-time friend and supporter of Kent State and the College of Nursing, the award signifies the preceptor’s impact on nursing students and future nurse leaders. The College has recognized more than 300 outstanding preceptors since the awards’ inception in 2007.

Platinum sponsor for this year’s event was Cleveland Clinic The Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence. Additional sponsors included Summa Health and Akron Children’s Hospital.  George Bachman, classical guitarist and retired faculty member of Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and harpist, Ellen Eckhouse, provided the evening’s musical entertainment.    

Congratulations to the 2019 Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Awards Recipients:

  • Gayana Arzumanova, BSN, RN, Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
  • Alex Botsch, APRN, Summa Health
  • Constance Boyer, BSN, RN, Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown
  • Jessica Carson, RN, Caprice Health Care Center
  • Vanessa Chaski, BSN, CMSRN, Metrohealth Medical Center
  • Jennifer Dietz, BSN, RN, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
  • Molly Kerstetter Ferris, CNM, Summa Health Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Laura Gibson, BSN, RN, CCRN, Summa Health System Akron Campus
  • Steffani Hatfield, BSN, University Hospitals Macdonald Women’s Hospital
  • Kailey Ann Hruska, BSN, RN, Southwest General Helath Center
  • Taryn Isaacs, MSN, APRN, Cleveland Clinic Solon Family Health Center
  • Joann Jennings, RN, Southwest General Health Center
  • David McNair, BSN, RN, Summa Health
  • Melissa Moseley, BSN, RN, SCRN, Summa Health System Akron Campus
  • Kelly Mravetz, BSN, RN, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
  • Michelle Norris, MSN, APRN, Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital
  • Brian Patrick Quinn, RN, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Briana L. Ricciardi, BSN, RN
  • Summa Health
  • Mary G. Ritter, MSN, FNP-BC
  • Kristen Weaver, BSN, Cleveland Clinic Akron General

About Kent State University’s College of Nursing

In existence for more than 50 years, the College of Nursing at Kent State University is one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation with more than 12,000 alumni worldwide. As part of Kent State’s eight-campus system, the college provides more than 2,000 nursing students courses of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. To learn more about nursing programs at Kent State, please visit www.kent.edu/nursing.


PHOTO CUTLINE: Barbara Donaho, front center right, sits with the 2019 recipients of the Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award.


POSTED: Monday, April 15, 2019 - 10:11am
UPDATED: Monday, April 15, 2019 - 10:19am
Mariah Gibbons