Award Recipients

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Felesia Bowen, PhD '10 | Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing

Felesia Bowen, pediatric nurse practitioner, nurse scientist, and decorated Army veteran, has made significant and sustained nursing contributions in pediatric asthma, trauma, and health equity. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Tuskegee University College of Nursing, Tuskegee, Alabama in 1989 and a Master of Science in nursing from Rutgers, State University of New Jersey in 1996.  After fifteen years of military service, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University School of Nursing, New York in 2010 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Fairleigh Dickenson University, New Jersey in 2016.

In 2010, as a new faculty member, Bowen founded the Center for Urban Youth and Families at Rutgers University, an interdisciplinary research center. As the Director, she secured over 1 million dollars in external funding for the Center to support and sustain the preventive and chronic disease management services for underserved children and families in Essex, Ocean, and Camden County, New Jersey.  Furthermore, Bowen, the only nurse representative, served two terms on the National Academy of Engineering, Science, and Medicine Forum on Children’s Well-being. In 2021, Bowen became the Inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Alabama and began coalition-building to develop an asthma prevention school-based program in Birmingham. She convened key stakeholders from pediatric medicine, nursing, school systems, policy leaders and payors to address this need in the community.

Bowen has disseminated her research through peer-reviewed publications, served on Editorial Boards, and has been a reviewer for multiple nursing journals. She recently contributed to the Podcast on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030. In 2019, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, recognizing her as an international expert in pediatric asthma, racism, and health disparities.  She is also a contributing member of two American Academy of Nursing Expert Panels on Children and Adolescent Families, and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, that resulted in a collaborative publication on toxic stress and racism in children, published in 2021. Bowen also developed a funded program for historically underrepresented undergraduate nursing students at The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to mentor and improve graduation outcomes.

In recognition of her significant and sustained contributions to nursing research and practice, stellar military service, and commitment to health equity, we are proud to honor Felesia Bowen with the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing.

Pamela de Cordova, PhD '11 | Award for Nursing Research

Pamela de Cordova, nurse researcher and educator, has committed her career to improving the nurse work environment, addressing system level challenges in acute care hospitals, improving care quality, and evaluating health policies. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Georgetown University, Washington, DC in 2000, a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University School of Nursing in 2011. Additionally, in 2013, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship, “Advanced Training in Nursing Outcomes Research”, at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is a tenured associate professor at Rutgers University, School of Nursing, New Jersey, and a nurse researcher at the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing.

De Cordova’s federally funded Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, evaluated public reporting of nurse staffing levels and identified the impact on patient care. This research helped shape the State of New Jersey’s nurse staffing policies.  She is also a co-primary investigator of a more than 4 million dollar 2016-2022 Helene Fuld Grant, which examines job satisfaction, work environment and turnover in early career nurses in long-term care.  De Cordova’s clinical experiences, as a board-certified medical-surgical nurse, continues to influence her program of research.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, she secured grant funding to investigate the mental well-being of New Jersey nurses.  The CARE Study, Comprehensive Analysis of Responders’ Emotions, was the first of its kind in New Jersey to determine the effects of perceived registered nurse staffing, the work environment, and adequate personal protective equipment on the emotional well being and physical exhaustion of nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

De Cordova has disseminated her research through peer-reviewed publications, served as an abstract reviewer for grants and multiple journals, and presented her research at national conferences and international conferences. She collaborates on research with interdisciplinary teams from Rutgers and other academic institutions, including health economists, epidemiologists, and public health experts.  Additionally, as a dedicated educator, she serves as the co-chair of the Rutgers University, School of Nursing mentoring committee.

In recognition of her significant and sustained contributions to nursing research, dissemination of her research at the national and international level, and dedication to educating the next generation of nurse researchers, we honor Pamela de Cordova with the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award in Nursing Research.

Karen Desjardins, DNP '05 | Award for Nursing Education

Karen Desjardins, nurse practitioner and nurse educator, has made significant contributions to nursing and nursing education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia in 1975, a Master of Science in nursing from Columbia University, School of Nursing in 1998, a Master of Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 1999 and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Columbia University School of Nursing in 2005. 

Desjardins worked as a staff nurse, head nurse, and school nurse prior to becoming a nurse practitioner. She joined the Columbia School of Nursing faculty as a clinical instructor in 1998, practiced in the ColumbiaDoctors Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Group and had a distinguished career as a faculty member, program director, and assistant dean.  Desjardins was instrumental in redesigning the prelicensure entry to practice education program from a baccalaureate degree to a master’s degree, as well as creating a seamless curriculum for entry to practice students to the doctoral level.  She was also instrumental in developing a program for clinical practice nurses to advance their careers, the Master’s degree in Advanced Clinical Management and Leadership. Additionally, she led several projects incorporating cultural competency and interprofessional collaboration into the curriculum. Furthermore, she provided the leadership for both degree programs during the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation process. She was honored with the Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Award and has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and as a Fellow in the Anna Maxwell Teaching Academy.

As a role model and mentor for many faculty members, Desjardins is known as a creative educator who encourages her colleagues to explore innovative, interactive teaching methodologies and assessment methods.  The highest compliments come from students who admire her dedication to encouraging them and expressing confidence in their abilities.  As one of her students commented, “She has laid the foundation for many Columbia nursing students to take on a career in nursing through her expertise, guidance and insistence on excellence.”

In recognition of her significant and sustained commitment to nursing, nursing education, curriculum design, innovative teaching methodologies, assessment, and evaluation, we are proud to honor Karen Desjardins with the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award in Nursing Education.

Po-Yin Yen, PhD '10 | Award for Nursing Research

Po-Yin Yen, nurse scientist and informatics expert, has made significant contributions to nursing and biomedical informatics. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan in 2001, a Master of Science in medical informatics from Oregon Health and Science University, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Portland, Oregon in 2005, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University School of Nursing in 2010.   

Yen, an Associate Professor at Washington University in St Louis (WUSTL) at the School of Medicine, Institute for Informatics, and the Goldfarb School of Nursing, also serves as the Associate Director for Collaborative Human-AI Learning and Operation (HALO). She leads a Usability Laboratory that provides an important infrastructure for mentoring undergraduates to post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty in nursing, biomedical informatics, and computer science.

Yen’s program of research has two major foci: user-centered design and evaluation including methods development, and visual analytics for display of search results from publication databases. She developed a usability model, the Health Information Technology Usability Evaluation Model, and an innovative usability assessment tool, the Health Information Technology Usability Evaluation Scale. She continues to develop other methods that contribute to usable and useful technology design, including a tool for time and motion studies. These methods have been applied to a variety of technologies that support nurse staffing, bedside patient portals, mobile applications, supply inventory management and electronic health records. With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Yen’s team designed DoxCompass, an interactive tool that uses network analysis to visualize the output of a user search for papers related to a particular topic. This tool was designed for clinicians to be able to retrieve relevant and useful literature at the point of care. She also formed a company to facilitate its dissemination and implementation in practice.

Yen has disseminated her research through peer-reviewed journals, papers, and presentations. Her papers have been published in top-ranked national and international informatics journals. She has been acknowledged with multiple awards, and in 2020, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA) and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).   

In recognition of her significant and sustained contributions to nursing research, informatics, and mentoring interprofessional teams, we are proud to honor Po-Yin Yen with the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award in Nursing Research.

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2020 - 2021

2021

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Elizabeth Cohn, PhD '09 | Award for Nursing Research
  • Anna Woloski-Wruble, BS '82 | Award for Nursing Education

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

2022 Early Career Alumni Award Recipient

Meghan Reading Turchioe, PhD '18 | Emerging Nurse Leader Award

Meghan Reading Turchioe, Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar and nurse scientist, is dedicated to using informatics and data science methods to improve self-management, quality of life, and outcomes of adults living with cardiovascular conditions, including atrial fibrillation and heart failure.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Boston College, School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in 2012, a Master of Public Health from George Washington University, Washington, DC in 2015, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University School of Nursing in 2018. Additionally, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Weill-Cornell Medical College in 2020.  

Turchioe, an Instructor in Division of Health Informatics, Department of Population Health Sciences at Weill-Cornell Medical (WCM), has mentored many clinicians from a variety of disciplines. She has mentored medical students, physicians, several trainees in the Master’s Program in Informatics and trainees in the Master’s in Biostatistics and Data Science. Additionally, she has effectively built interprofessional healthcare teams to conduct research related to the management and self-management of complex cardiovascular health issues.

Turchioe is trained in natural language processing (NLP), human computer interaction and implementation science. She is conducting a study aimed at using NLP to generate evidence about atrial fibrillation symptom improvement after a catheter ablation and using visualizations to communicate this evidence to patients in shared-decision making settings.

Turchioe has disseminated her research in nursing and informatics journals, including the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, the Journal of the American Heart Association, the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and Applied Clinical Informatics, as well as book chapters, and peer-reviewed conference abstracts. In July 2022, she will join the Columbia University, School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor of Nursing.  

In recognition for her dedication to nursing research, informatics, and mentoring interprofessional teams, we are proud to honor Meghan Reading Turchioe with the 2022 Early Career Award: Emerging Nurse Leader. 

Past Early Career Alumni Award Recipients

2020 - 2021

2021

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Ava Dawson, MS '12 | Emerging Nurse Leader Award
  • Hannah Lee, MS '14 | Emerging Nurse Leader Award

2020

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Allison Norful, PhD '17 | Emerging Nurse Leader Award
  • Jasmine Travers, PhD '16 | Emerging Nurse Leader Award

2019

2019

Awarded jointly by CUSONAA and CUPHSONAA

  • Donald R. Boyd, Jr., PhD '17 | Emerging Nurse Leader Award