Award Recipients

2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Elizabeth Cohn, PhD '09 | 2021 Award for Nursing Research

Elizabeth Gross Cohn, a nurse scientist and national leader in translational research, has made significant contributions to health innovation and equity among underserved populations. Her education and training include baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing from SUNY Stony Brook, a Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University School of Nursing, and National Institutes of Health traineeships in genetics and health disparities. Cohn is currently the associate provost for research at Hunter College and Rudin Professor of Community Health at the City University of New York. In addition, she founded and directed the Center for Health Innovation at Adelphi University.

At the national level, Cohn’s leadership in translational science and innovation is exemplified by her 2017 publication, “Diversity and Inclusion in Precision Medicine: What will Success Look Like?” These consensus recommendations provided guidance for President Obama’s All of Us Research Program, the NIH’s ambitious effort to enroll a national cohort of a million or more participants reflecting the rich diversity of the United States. President Obama recognized her work as a leader in advancing equity in 2015 by honoring her as a Champion of Change for Precision Medicine.

During Cohn’s leadership of community engagement for the New York City Precision Medicine Consortium, which includes Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, and NewYork-Presbyterian, more than 14,500 participants were enrolled in the All of Us study, 83% of whom were from groups underrepresented in biomedical research.

 Cohn is a highly productive scientist with an extensive and impactful research trajectory, with over 35 peer-reviewed papers and 33 interdisciplinary presentations including regional, national, and international forums. She has led or co-led 15 funded research projects. As an active fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and past Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar, Cohn is committed to influencing policy and building capacity by educating the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists in community-based work.

In recognition of her dedication to nursing science, nursing research, and the mentorship of other nurses, we are proud to honor Cohn with the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award in Nursing Research.

Anna Woloski-Wruble, BS '82 | 2021 Award for Nursing Education

Anna Woloski-Wruble, a nurse educator, received a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1982 from Columbia University School of Nursing. She received a master’s degree in education in 1985 and a a doctorate in education in 1991, both from Teachers College, Columbia University. Woloski Wruble joined the faculty of the Henrietta Szold Hadassah Hebrew School of Nursing in the Faculty of Medicine of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Currently, she holds a tenured academic appointment in the Faculty of Medicine and is a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing. She has shared her knowledge and expertise to develop a state-of the-art nursing curriculum and other interdisciplinary programs for nursing, medical students, and patients.

Woloski-Wruble’s leadership in curriculum design and innovative teaching methods enhanced the baccalaureate nursing program. She was also instrumental in developing the first master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing in Israel. She also played an integral role in the Faculty of Medicine’s efforts to introduce Inter-Professional Education (IPE) in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. This program included courses in Breaking Difficult News, Sexual Health, Palliative Care, and End of Life Care. She has mentored students, conducted funded research, and authored multiple publications. For her exemplary teaching in both the School of Nursing and Medical School, she has been honored with numerous awards.

In Israel, Woloski-Wruble was the first academic nurse to foster the development of a university based Sexual Health program. She also developed curricula to support teaching patients about sexual health, especially oncology patients, as well as conservative religious groups. When nurses were just beginning to be perceived as providers of health care, Woloski-Wruble became the first hospital-based sexual health nurse therapist in Israel. She shares her expertise with community groups and professional schools, both nationally and internationally.

In recognition of her leadership in curriculum design, innovative teaching methods, research, and clinical practice, we are proud to honor Anna Woloski-Wruble with the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award in Nursing Education.

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2020

2020

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Patricia Jean Moreland, PhD '10 | Award for Nursing Education

2010 - 2019

2019

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Elizabeth Cooper, MS '71 | Award for Nursing Administration
  • Nessa Coyle, MS '81 | Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing
  • Linda Kivowitz Glazner, BS '64 | Award for Neighbors Humanitarian 
  • Elaine Larson | Honarary Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Judith Mercer, MS '74 | Award for Nursing Research
  • Sarah Collins Rossetti, PhD '09 | Award for Nursing Research
  • Tener Goodwin Veenema, BS '80 | Award for Nursing Education 

2018 

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Jeannemarie Gelin Baker, MS ’90 | Neighbors Humanitarian Award
  • Susan Green Cooksey, BS ’68 | Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing 
  • Ann-Margaret Dunn Navarra, PhD ’11 | Award for Nursing Research
  • Anne Penland, class of 1912 (1885-1976), BS '12 | In Memoriam for Lifetime Achievement Award
  • William Daniel Roberts, PhD ’05 | Award for Nursing Administration
  • Margaret Walsh, MS ’94 | Award for Nursing Practice

2017 

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Jesus Casida, MS '96 | Award for Nursing Education
  • Lora Peppard, DNP '08 | Nursing Education
  • Rebecca Schnall, PhD '09 | Award for Nursing Research

2016 

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Amy Ansehl, MS ’96 | Award for Nursing Administration
  • Susan Krienke Chase, BS ’72 | Award for Nursing Education
  • Wei-Ti Chen, PhD ’02 | Award for Nursing Research 
  • Jill Kilanowski, MS ’82 | Award for Nursing Research
  • Viola Gommer, BS ’60 | Award for Neighbors Humanitarian
  • Wilhelmina Manzano | Honarary Distinguished Alumni Award

2015 

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Joyce Anastasi, DNP '05 | Award for Nursing Research
  • Christopher Comfort | Honarary Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Chana Engel, MS '09 | Award for Nursing Practice
  • Judy Honig, DNP '05 | Award for Nursing Education
  • Janna Lesser, BS '81 | Award for Nursing Education
  • Annie Rohan, PhD '13 | Award for Nursing Practice

2014 

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Kathleen Barnes, MS '89 | Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing
  • Margaret Mabrey Craig, BS '64 | Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing
  • Rachel Lyons, DNP '07 | Award for Nursing Education
  • Susan Levy Mascitelli, BS '74 | Award for Nursing Administration
  • Charlotte Munck, Class of 1909, BS '09 | Alumni Award in Memoriam for Lifetime Achievement
  • Beth Oliver, MS '91 | Alumni Award in Memoriam for Lifetime Achievement

2013 

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA 

  • Sarah Sheets Cook, DNP '05
  • Patricia L. Riley, BS '76
  • June Siegfreid, BS '39

2012 

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Janice Jones Izlar, MS '06
  • Margaret Ada Mutch, BS '36

2011 

Awarded by CUSONAA

  • Vanessa Battista, MS '08
  • Kirsten Malone, MS '09
  • Kate Rossettie, MS '08

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Alice Bonner, BS '81
  • Faith Hawley Howarth, BS '61
  • Betty Chin Jung, BS '71
  • Christina Alvarado Shanahan, BS '81
  • Holly Howard Stover, BS '61

2010 

Awarded by CUSONAA

  • My Hanh Nguyen, MS '07
  • Rosalie Perez, MS '07

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Barbara Decker, BS '60
  • Virginia Shultz Humphrey, BS '60

2000 - 2009

2009 

Awarded by CUSONAA

  • Jeannie Cimiotti, PhD '04

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Carol Heeks Brice, BS '59
  • Sally Eckert Arbolino, BS '64

2008 

Awarded by CUSONAA

  • Dawn Bucher, DNP '07
  • Velta Willis, MS '04

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Brooke Serpe Ingold, BS '68
  • Marguerite Wales, BS '20

2007 

Awarded by CUSONAA

  • Bernadette Capili, PhD '02

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Louise Greene Bobrow, BS '69
  • Deborah Camp Wheeling, BS '75

2006 

Awarded by CUSONAA

  • Amanda Segilia, MS '04
  • Glenn Wurtzel, MS '02

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Elizabeth Jones Davis, BS '61
  • Jean Gleichenhaus Kressy, BS '60
  • Margo Payne Leithead, BS '74
  • Tania Shiminski Maher, BS '81

2005 

Awarded by CUSONAA

  • Patricia Dykes, PhD '04
  • William Enlow, DNP '10

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Elizabeth Kerr Hay, BS '67
  • Anne Hahn Powell, BS '65

2004

Awarded by CUSONAA

  • Lawrence Landphair, MS '03
  • Roland Larkin, PhD '08

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Mary Masterson Germain, BS '64
  • Dorcas Younger Koenigsberger, BS '59
  • Margaret Krantz Stull, BS '60

2003

Awarded by CUSONAA

  • Mary Lou Ryder-Larkin, MS '98
  • Catherine Tanksley, MS '98

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • V. Eunice Hamilton Ellison, BS '51
  • Deena Penchansky Lisak, BS '64
  • Mary Katherine Brough Maroney, BS '61
  • Carol Single Stilley, BS '63
  • Kenneth Zwolski, BS '78

2002 

Awarded by CUSONAA

  • Maribeth Leigh Massie, MS '98

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Virginia Henderson
  • Marilyn Ceperano Liota, BS '51
  • Karol Murov, BS '67
  • Carol Roye, MS '86

2001 

Awarded by CUSONAA

  • Roxana Sasse, DNP '11

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Christina Browne, BS '65
  • RoAnne Muldoon Dahlen, BS '61
  • Jane McConville, BS '51
  • Eileen McLoughlin Stiles, BS '58
  • Shirley Simon Vollmer, BS '53

2000 

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Cathy Bagnal Shimmel, BS '71
  • Nancy Vendura, MS '97

1990 - 1990

1999

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Ria Grace Hawks, MS '92
  • Virginia Hicks Barrett, BS '64
  • Rosanna Forman Hess, BS '74
  • Sally Ruffner Leiter, BS '66
  • Mary Ellen Munsche Stanton, BS '69

1998

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Cheryl Avellanet, BS '71
  • Vanessa Noble Gang, BS'64

1997

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Anne Brennecke, MS '95
  • Deborah Koniak-Griffin, BS '70
  • Lillian Turner, BS '45
  • Helen Young, BS '12

1996

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • E. Joyce Gould, BS '68
  • Christine Tassone Kovner, BS '69
  • Eleanor Lee, BS '20*

1995

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Carole Birdsall, MS '87
  • Phebe Miner Goldman, BS '70
  • Mary Catherine Houston, BS '32
  • Frances Donovan Monahan, BS '66
  • Rose Ann Naughton, BS '59

1994

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Ramon L. Lavandero, BS '72
  • Shawn M. McCabe, MS '88
  • Mary M. Petriccione, BS '79
  • Florence Vanderbilt, BS '27

1993

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Lea Ormezzano Battiato, BS '54
  • Evvy Hay Campbell, BS '70
  • Carole Smyth, MS '85
  • Delight Mocas Tillotson, BS '52

1992

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Elizabeth Wallace Brackett, BS '34
  • Marie C. Bryon, BS '17
  • Sylvia Carlson , BS '47
  • Harriet Mantel Deleuran, BS '33
  • Phyllis DiFilippo
  • Evelyn Elwood, BS '39
  • Martha Haber Delano, BS '49
  • Bettie Springer Jackson, BS '67
  • Marianne Taft Marcus, BS '55
  • JoAnne C. Messore Shotwell, BS '72
  • Mathy Doval Mezey, BS '60
  • Mary O'Neil Mundinger
  • Elizabeth Lloyd Graham, BS '52
  • Marjorie Peto, BS '26
  • Robin Roy
  • Mara Leslie San Antonio Gaddy, BS '83
  • Helen L. Scott, BS '27
  • Edith Schwartz Shapiro, BS '56
  • Elma Clark Smith, BS '36
  • Mary E. Windrow, BS '40

1991

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Cynthia Kilburn Kelly, BS '42
  • Margaret McEvoy, BS '60
  • Marion Richardson Thompson, BS '60

1990

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Ellen Davidson Baer, BS '62
  • Eleanor Hall, BS '36
  • Elizabeth Hahn Winslow, BS '65

1980 - 1989

1989

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Penelope Buschman Gemma, BS '65
  • Keville Frederickson Tomasson, BS '64

1988

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Jacqueline Dee Pitts Bailey, BS '85
  • Laurie Verdisco, BS '58
  • Mila Ann Swyers Aroskar, BS '61

1987

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Mary E. Conway, BS '46
  • J.M. Ada Mutch, BS '36
  • A. Faye Wattleton, BS '67

1986

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Janet A. Alley, BS '52
  • Patricia G. Archbold, BS '66
  • Elizabeth Zawalick Hughes, BS '60

1985

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

1985: Suzanne Law Hawes, BS '59

1984

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Marion D. Cleveland, BS '27
  • Lois Mueller Glazier, BS '60

1983

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Dorothy E. Reilly, BS '42

1982

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Cecile Covell, BS '26
  • Elizabeth S. Gill, BS '37

1981

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Grace Davidson, BS '42

1980

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

Mary Wasson Britten, BS '59
Helen F. Pettit, BS '36

1977 - 1979

1979

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Dorothy M. Rogers, BS '25

1978

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Margaret Wells, BS '29
  • June Travers Werner, BS '45

1977

Awarded by CUPHSONAA

  • Margaret E. Conrad, BS '20

2021 Early Career Alumni Award Recipients

Ava Dawson, MS '12 | 2021 Emerging Nurse Leader Award

Ava Dawson, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, received a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2010, and in 2012 a Master of Science in nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing. In 2020, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from New York University in New York City.

She began her career as a registered nurse at Sunrise Association Day Camp of Long Island, a day camp for children with cancer. The summer camp has grown from one camp to eight camps, and she serves as nurse manager for all Sunrise Association Day Camps. Dawson’s role includes the orientation, training, and supervision of nursing staff and the revision of health policies and procedures for all camps. Each summer, she builds an effective health care team that responds to children with medically complex health care needs.

Dawson currently serves as a health director/pediatric nurse practitioner for a private school in New York City. She is also the co-president of the Independent School Nurses Association (ISNA), which serves over 150 school nurses and school nurse practitioners employed in New York City private schools. She has presented on school nursing for the New York State Association of Independent Schools, served as a nurse consultant at multiple independent schools in New York City, and has championed incorporating evidence-based research into school nursing practice.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dawson joined the New York City Health and Hospitals COVID Test and Trace team as a COVID provider. She also became a COVID response leader. In her leadership role at ISNA, she is setting the standard for COVID school safety procedures and advising fellow nurses on the latest evidence-based guidelines and protocols and policies for school nursing. She has provided educational programs to assist with implementation of those policies, resulting in a safer environment for children and teachers.

In recognition of her dedication to school health, the utilization of evidence-based practice in school nursing, and the mentorship of other nurses, we are proud to honor Ava Dawson with the 2021 Early Career Alumni Award: Emerging Nurse Leader.

Hannah Lee, MS '14 | 2021 Emerging Nurse Leader Award

Hannah Lee, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 2009. In 2014, she received a Master of Science in nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing.

Her registered nurse experience includes employment as a pediatric intensive care nurse at the University of Virginia Health System. In 2014, after becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner, she joined the Program for Pediatric Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure and Transplantation at the Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian. Her responsibilities include the clinical management of heart failure and cardiac transplant patients from birth to young adulthood. She provides multidisciplinary patient care during the pre- and post-transplant process, including educating patients and families, coordinating outpatient care, and developing admission plans for patients who require emergency room evaluation or hospitalization.

Lee has taken the lead role in the development of a Solid Organ Transplant Transition Program. She collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of transplant physicians, pharmacists, and psychologists; uses evidence-based research to guide clinical decision-making; and improves clinical outcomes for pediatric organ transplant patients transitioning from pediatric to adult care.

Lee has also initiated several quality assurance projects to solve clinically relevant issues. Her project, “Maximizing Laboratory Testing on Minimum Blood Volume for Heart Transplant Recipients,” was presented as a poster at the Northeast Pediatric Cardiology Nurses Association in April 2018 and received a first-place award. Additionally, Lee was first author on “Varying Presentations of COVID-19 in Young Heart Transplant Recipients: A Case Series,” an article published in Pediatric Transplantation in 2020.

In recognition of her dedication to collaborating with interprofessional health care teams to manage complex health issues, implementing innovations in clinical nursing practice, and the mentorship of other nurses, we are proud to honor Hannah Lee with the 2021 Early Career Alumni Award: Emerging Nurse Leader.

Past Early Career Alumni Award Recipients

2020

2020

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Allison Norful, PhD '17
  • Jasmine Travers, PhD '16

2019

2019

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Donald R. Boyd, Jr., PhD '17