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Each year, Delaware Today partners with the Delaware Nurses Association to recognize the top nurses in our state through the Excellence in Nursing program. After a slight delay, we’re proud to present the 2020 honorees listed below in various areas of practice as voted on by their peers. The top vote getters are listed in bold. Please help us celebrate all this year’s winners in a special web broadcast on Sept. 16  at 6:30 p.m. It’s free and will be available online at  delawaretoday.com/nursing.

Thank you to all the nurses in Delaware who have done so much and are still doing so many extraordinary things for our community.

Academic Educator

Crystal Dennis-Jordan, BSN, RN, COHC, COHN-S
Health Services Leader, Occupational Health, Procter & Gamble Dover Wipes Company

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Jacki Cherry, MSN, APRN, ACNP
Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner, ChristianaCare Health System

Jennifer Cormier, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, AOCNP
Nurse Practitioner, Radiation Oncology, ChristianaCare Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute

Jolene Dickerson, MSN, APRN, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Pediatrics, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Catherine Donahue Smith, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, CDE
Nurse Practitioner, Endocrinology (Adult), ChristianaCare Health System

Erin Dwyer, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-P, CCRN-K
Clinical Nurse Specialist, PICU, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Maureen Egan, APRN
Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nemours duPont Pediatrics

Melissa Garvey, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CEN
Nurse Practitioner, ChristianaCare Health System

Beatrice Gaynor, PhD, APRN, FNP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner and Professor, Primary Care, University of Delaware Nurse Managed Primary Care Center

Tina Hendler, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Lead NNP/Coordinator Neonatal APC Fellowship, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, ChristianaCare Health System

Stacie Holdinsky, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner, ChristianaCare Health System

Pamela Jimenez, DNP, APRN, FNP/PNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner and Coordinator of Neonatal Abstinence Program, Family and Pediatrics/Caring for Substance Exposed infants, ChristianaCare Health System

Denise Lyons, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC
WISH Program Manager, Geriatrics, ChristianaCare Health System

Robin Maracle, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC
Palliative Care APRN, Palliative Care, Bayhealth Hospital

Kay McLean-Grant, MSN, APRN, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner/Program Manager, School-Based Health Center, ChristianaCare Health System

Donna Mower-Wade, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, CNRN
Director of Advanced Practice Clinicians, Neurology, ChristianaCare Health System

Dana Schade, MSN, APRN, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife, OB-GYN, Christiana Care-Greenville OB-GYN

Michele Sturgeon, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, CMSRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Acute Care, Bayhealth Hospital

Laura Tolson, APRN, AGAC-NP
Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Bayhealth Hospital–Kent Campus

Victoria Varga, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Medicine, ChristianaCare Health System

Leslie Verucci, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Oncology Express Care, ChristianaCare Health System

Kevin Wiley, MSN, APRN, ENP-C, FNP-C, RN, CEN
Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Medicine, Bayhealth Hospital

Amanda Williams, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Neurology, ChristianaCare Health System

Advancing and Leading the Profession

Jenna Amador, RN
Associate Director of Clinical Operations, Administration, Westside Family Healthcare

Jo Ann Baker, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-C
Instructional Director, ADN and PN Program Terry Campus, RN to BSN college-wide, Delaware Technical Community College

Hilary Barnes, PhD, NP-C, FAANP
Assistant Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner/Workforce Researcher, University of Delaware

Brenda Blain, DNP, RN-BC, FACHE, NEA-BC
Chief Nurse Executive, Bayhealth Hospital

Faith Colwell-Dorio, MSN, RN, NEA- BC, VHA-CM
Senior Director of Perioperative Services and Nursing Informatics, Perioperative Services, Bayhealth Hospital

Melissa Crossan, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN
Nurse Manager, Emergency Observation and Express Admission, ChristianaCare Health System

Heather Crumley, MSN, RN, PCCN
Clinical Manager, Kidney Transplant, ChristianaCare Health System

Michelle Fisher, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Director of Student Health Services, College Health, Delaware State University

Marianne Foard, MS, RN, NE-BC, PRC
Director, Professional Recruitment, Patient Advocacy & Service Excellence, Bayhealth Hospital—Kent and Sussex Campuses

Deborah Friedman, MSN, RN, CPHON
Nurse Manager, Sedation/Day Medicine, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Shannon Guzman, MSN, MS, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, Neuro Critical Care Unit, ChristianaCare Health System

Lynda Huselton, MSN, MSM, RN-BC, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, Heart Failure, ChristianaCare Health System

Kimkeshia Knight, MSN, RN-BC, CEN
RN, Emergency Department, Bayhealth Medical Center and Department of Veterans Affairs

Amy Kohl, MSN, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC
Nurse Manager, Perianesthesia/PACU, ChristianaCare Health System

Amanda Latina, MSN, MBA, RN-BC, TCRN
Assistant Nurse Manager, Trauma/Surgery, ChristianaCare Health System

Lauri Littleton, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, Nursing Leadership-Women and Children, ChristianaCare Health System

Donna Mower-Wade, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, CNRN
Director of Advanced Practice Clinicians, Neurology, ChristianaCare Health System

Christopher Otto, MSN, RN, CHFN, PCCN, CCRN
Manager, Nursing Professional Excellence, ChristianaCare Health System

Amanda Reese, MS, OTR/L, BSN, RN, CCRN
RN, Critical Care Surgical Shock Trauma Intensive Care Unit, ChristianaCare Health System

Jennifer Saylor, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC
Associate Professor, School of Nursing/Nursing Education and Research, University of Delaware

Lisa Sayo, BSN, RN, CGRN, NE-BC
GI Nurse Manager, Gastroenterology, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Sonya Stover, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, Critical Care, ChristianaCare Health System

Kimberly Talley, MSN, RN, APRN, CNML-BC, FABC, LSSGB
Vice President Patient Care Services, Acute Care, ChristianaCare Health System

Sharon Urban, MSN MHA RN-BC CNML NE-BC
Senior Director, Patient Care Services, Acute and Critical Care, Bayhealth Hospital

Cynthia Waddington, MSN, RN, AOCN, NE-BC
Clinical Director Cancer Program, Oncology, ChristianaCare Health System

Danielle Weber, MSN, MSM, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Wilmington Hospital, ChristianaCare Health System

Ambulatory Care

Carla Arot, RN, CDE, CPT
Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, Certified Pump Trainer, Endocrinology, ChristianaCare Medical Group

Tanya Clarke, BSN, RN, CPN
Nurse Manager, Behavior Health Developmental Medicine and Swank Autism Center, Nemours CARE Team/Child Advocacy Center, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Darlene Deel, MSN, RN-BC, CLC
Staff Nurse, Ambulatory Care, ChristianaCare Medical Group   

Lyrae Graham, BSN, RN-BC
Outpatient Nurse, Primary Care, ChristianaCare Primary Care at Middletown—West

Edna Green, MSN, RN-BC
Manager of Nursing Services, Primary Care, ChristianaCare Medical Group

Heather Grogg, BSN, RN-BC
Practice Nurse, Primary Care, ChristianaCare Primary Care at Linden Hill

Leslie Hayes, BSN, RN, ACRN
Primary Care Nurse, HIV/Hep C, ChristianaCare–William J. Holloway Program

Mary Kotowski, BSN, RN, CPN
Neurology Specialty Care Nurse, Ambulatory Care Neurology, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Alexa Maloney, BSN, RN III-BC, OCN
RN III, Radiation Oncology, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

Nattallie Masso, MSN, RN
Nurse Navigator, Oncology Nursing/Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonology, ChristianaCare Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

Gloria McGilberry, MSN, RN
Manager of Nurses Services, Ambulatory Care–Primary Care, ChristianaCare Medical Group

Kim Petrella, MSN, RNC-OB
Nurse Coordinator, Women’s Health/Labor and Delivery, Delaware Perinatal Quality Collaborative and ChristianaCare

Jordan Polifroni-Williams, BSN, RN, OCN
Clinical Practice Coordinator, Oncology/Hematology, ChristianaCare Medical Group

Clare Shumate, BSN, RN
Transplant Coordinator, Telehealth—Kidney Transplantation, ChristianaCare Kidney Transplant Program

Lorraine Slater, BSN, RN
Nurse Manager, Critical Care/Emergency Room, Newark Urgent Care

Kristina Sten, BSN, RN, OCN
RN III, Radiation Oncology, ChristianaCare Medical Group

Alyssa Tiberi, BSN, RN, CPN
Gastroenterology Specialty Nurse, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Trina Turner, MSN, RN-BC, LNC
Lung and Colorectal Screening Nurse Navigator, Oncology, Bayhealth Cancer Institute–Kent and Sussex Campus

Case/Utilization Management

Barbara Little, MSN, RN, CCM
Director Care Management, Utilization Review/Case Management, Bayhealth Medical Center

Karen McDevitt, MSN, RN
Care Coordinator, Case Management, ChristianaCare CareVio

Candy Muldowney, BSN, RN
Survivorship Program Coordinator, Nurse Navigator/Case Management, ChristianaCare Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

Clinical Educator

Jenna Amador, RN
Associate Director of Clinical Operations, Administration, Westside Family Healthcare

Ann-Marie Baker, MSN, RN-BC
Clinical Nurse Educator, Nursing Professional Development, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Kristen Callaghan, MSN, RN-BC
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, ChristianaCare Health System

Alexandra Colin, MSN, RN, CCRN
NPDS, Nursing Education, ChristianaCare Health System – Ambulatory Care Practices

Amy Cunningham, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Acute Inpatient Nurse Residency Coordinator—Kent and Sussex Campus, Medical-Surgical & Acuity Adaptable Coordinator–Kent Campus, Bayhealth Hospital 

Karen Davis, MSN, RNC-NIC
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Neonatal Intensive Care, ChristianaCare Health System

Stacy Lourie, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Director APC Fellowships, Family Medicine, ChristianaCare Health System

Stacy Noel, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, HTCP/I
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, ChristianaCare Health System

Doreen Nord, MSN, RN, CEN
Nursing Professional Development Specialist and Emergency Department Nurse Residency Coordinator, ChristianaCare Health System

Brittany Oakey, MSN, RN, CRRN
Clinical Educator, Bayhealth Hospital

Lisa Sayo, BSN, RN, CGRN, NE-BC
GI Nurse Manager, Gastroenterology, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Michelle Thompson, MSN, RN, PCCN
Adult Inpatient Nurse Residency Coordinator—Kent and Sussex Campus, Critical Care Coordinator—Kent Campus, Bayhealth Hospital

Kelly Tibbitt, BSN, RN
Clinical Educator, ChristianaCare HomeHealth

Amy Tuer, MSN, RN-BC
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Professional Development, ChristianaCare Health System

Home Health | Hospice | Telehealth

Ginger Cowell, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Virtual Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Lead, ChristianaCare Health System

Kathleen Ingram, RN
Director of Professional Services, Heartland Hospice

Nicole Scott, MSN, APRN, NP-C
Nurse Practitioner, ChristianaCare Primary Care at Home

Clare Shumate, BSN, RN
Transplant Coordinator, Telehealth—Kidney Transplantation, ChristianaCare Kidney Transplant Program

Susan Straughn, BSN, RN
Nurse Supervisor Medical Group Access Center, Telephone Triage, ChristianaCare Health System

Kara Welcher, BSN, RN
Community Nurse Liaison, ChristianaCare HomeHealth

Shannan Wyre, RN
RN Case Manager, Hospice/Case Management, Heartland Hospice

Informatics

Deborah Bartell, BSN, RN
Senior Clinical Analyst, ChristianaCare Health System

Susan Conaty-Buck,DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Healthcare Informatics Researcher, University of Delaware Nurse Managed Primary Care Center and College of Health Sciences

William Harvey, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CPHIMS
Clinical Informatics Nurse, Nursing Administration, Bayheath Hospital

Jennifer Henry, MSHI, BSN, RN-BC, CEN
Senior Clinical Analyst, Information Technology/Informatics, ChristianaCare Health System

Lindsey Klemash, MSN, RN
Clinical Informaticist, Bayhealth Hospital

Amy Tyler, BSN, RN-BC, CEN
Senior Clinical Transformation Analyst, ChristianaCare Health System

Carolyn Zsoldos, MS, BSN, RN-BC
Senior Clinical Transformation Analyst, ChristianaCare Health System

Inpatient Clinical Nursing

Ellen Alvarez, MEd, BA, BSN, RN, CCRN, WTA-C, TNCC
RN, Medical Intensive Care Unit, ChristianaCare Health System

Labrini Carabetsos, BSN, RN
RN, Medical Surgical, ChristianaCare Health System

Tyler Coty, MSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Coordinator, Critical Care, Bayhealth Hospital–Kent Campus

Thomas Czapp, BSN, RN, EMT
RN, Emergency Department/Trauma, ChristianaCare Health System

Tanesha Downes, BSN, RN
RN, PCU/IMC, Bayhealth Hospital–Kent Campus

Kathleen DiGuglielmo, MSN, RN, PCCN, WTA-C
RN, Progressive Critical Care, ChristianaCare Health System

Jeffrey Egbert, BSN, RN
RN, Heart and Vascular Interventional Services, ChristianaCare Health System

Joseph Fiorelli, BSN, RN, PCCN
RNIII, Step Down/Critical Care, ChristianaCare Health System

Stephanie Fulton, BSN, RNII, CCRN
RN, Transitional Medical Unit (TMU)/ Pulmonary Step-down, ChristianaCare Health System

Melinda Huffman, MSN, RN
RN, Operating Room, Nanticoke Health Services

Kelsey Johnson, BSN, RN
RN, Inpatient Clinical Nursing, ChristianaCare Health System

Samantha Lewis, BSN, RN
RN, Critical Care/ICU, ChristianaCare Health System

Susan MacCord, MSN, RN, VA-BC, CEN
Assistant Nurse Manager, Vascular Access Nursing, ChristianaCare Health System

Benjamin McQuiston, ADN, RN-BC
RN, Acute Care Medical Surgical, ChristianaCare Health System

Fredeline Menard, MBA, BSN, RN
RN, Hematology/Oncology, ChristianaCare Health System

Grace Ngamau, MSN, MSM, RN
RN, Women’s and Children’s – Postpartum, ChristianaCare Health System

Christine Potocki, BSN, RN
RNII Staff Nurse, Surgical, Shock Trauma ICU, ChristianaCare Health System

Lisa Sayo, BSN, RN, CGRN, NE-BC
GI Nurse Manager, Gastroenterology, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Laura Ritchie, MSN, RN, VA-BC
Vascular Access Nurse, ChristianaCare Health System

Amy Staples, MSN, RN
Research Nurse Coordinator, OBGYN Research Department, ChristianaCare Health System

Kristin Syanene, BSN, RN, SCRN
RN, Neurology/Stroke, ChristianaCare Health System

Brittany White, BSN, RN, CCRN
RN, Surgical Trauma Intensive Care, ChristianaCare Health System

Kimberlee Woods, MSN, RN-PCCN
RN, Pulmonary Step-down, ChristianaCare Health System

LPN- Ambulatory Care

Shannon Franks, LPN
Ambulatory Care, ChristianaCare Health System

Autumn Smith, MPA, BS, LPN
Patient Safety and Regulatory Program Manager, Ambulatory Care, ChristianaCare Health System

LPN- Inpatient Clinical Practice

Tammy Walker, LPN
Nurse, Cadia Rehabilitation

Nursing Legend

Thomas Kopec, BSN, RN, WCC
Wound and Ostomy Specialty Nurse, Nemours/ A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Nursing Newcomers

Gavin Brown, RN
RN, NICU, Bayhealth Hospital–Kent Campus

Brandon Gartland, RN
RN, Med-Surg, ChristianaCare Health Systems

Emma Hasek, BSN, RN
RN II, Transitional Care, ChristianaCare Health Systems

Felicia Johnson Cordell, RN
RN II, Pulmonary, ChristianaCare Health Systems

Jacob Lorea, BSN, RN
RN, Emergency Department, Bayhealth Hospital–Kent Campus

Kristan Miller, BSN, RN
Charge Nurse, Medical-Surgical, Nanticoke Health Services

Amanda Reese, MS, OTR/L, BSN, RN, CCRN
RN, Critical Care Surgical Shock Trauma Intensive Care Unit, ChristianaCare Health Systems

Idalis Stamas, BSN, RN
RN, NICU, Bayhealth Hospital–Kent Campus

Ashley Turner, ADN, RN
RN Case Manager, Community Health, Westside Family Healthcare

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Anne DeCaire, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness, ChristianaCare Health System

Stephanie Evans-Mitchell, EdD, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health, ChristianaCare Health System/Creative Medical Consulting LLC

Michelle Fisher, APRN, FNP-BC
Director of Student Health Services, College Health, Delaware State University

Lisa Toy, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse with Prescriptive Authority, Psychiatry/Mental Health, Alapocas Collaborative Care

Lisa Wallace, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Addiction Medicine, Addiction Consult Liaison Service Chair, APRN Council, ChristianaCare Health System

Bradley Why, DNP, APRN-BC
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatry, Bancroft Behavioral Health

Quality | Safety | Risk Management

Hilary Chavis, MSN, RN, QCP
Assistant Director of Nursing, Rehabilitation—Long-Term Care, Cadia Healthcare

Trista Frese, BS, RN
RN, Surgical Trauma ICU, ChristianaCare Health System

Susan Mascioli, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, LSSBB
Director, Nursing Quality and Safety, ChristianaCare Health System

Julie MoDavis, BA, BSN, RN
Performance Improvement Project Manager, Patient Experience, ChristianaCare Health System

Emily Riddick, BSN, RN-BC
Patient Experience Program Manager, ChristianaCare Health System

Lisa Wallace, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Addiction Medicine, Addiction Consult Liaison Service Chair, APRN Council, ChristianaCare Health System

Rehabilitation/Long-Term Care

Hilary Chavis, MSN, RN, QCP
Assistant Director of Nursing, Cadia Healthcare

Anita Fasick, BSN, BS, RN, DNS-CT, WCC, RAC-CT
Director of Nursing, Cadia Rehabilitation–Silverside

Volunteerism & Service

Dawn Culp, MSN RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FNE, DV Consultant & Gang Consultant
Bayhealth Forensic Nurse Clinical Coordinator, Emergency Nursing, Bayhealth Hospital–Smyrna, Kent & Sussex Emergency Department

Nishelle Harris-Hines, MSN, RN
Quality Management, Surgical Services/ Controlled Services, Wilmington VA Medical Center

Nora Katurakes, MSN, RN, OCN
Manager, Community Health Outreach and Education, Oncology/Community Outreach/Prevention and Early Detection, ChristianaCare—Helen F Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute

Greg O’Neill, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, NPD-BC
Patient & Family Health Education Manager, Nursing Professional Development, ChristianaCare Health System

Melissa Slater, BSN, RN, CMSRN
RN, Med-surg, Bayhealth Hospital

Trina Turner, MSN, RN-BC, LNC
Lung and Colorectal Screening Nurse Navigator, Oncology, Bayhealth Cancer Institute—Kent and Sussex Campus