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Audrey J. Booth, MN'48, retired from her role as Associate Dean at UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, writes the following:

I continue to fly to see family in Chicago, road trips for birds to Florida. and for leaves in Pennsylvania and New York in the fall. My birding methods now minimize walking as I look for boat trips and "drive bys," but the quest is still fun. I live at the Carol Woods Life Care Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, NC in an independent living garden apartment with my symbols of independence--my car in the parking lot and my electric scooter on the front porch.


Betty WilliamsProfiles in Nursing: Betty Williams, Champion for Black Nurses

Betty Williams, MN ’54 always knew she would lead an accomplished life. Her parents expected it and gave her much support including always letting her know, “I could be anything I wanted to be.” Not a common message for a young black woman raised before the civil-rights era. But she believed it, and now looking back on a career in nursing that has spanned more than half a century, she is justifiably proud of her accomplishments against formidable odds. Eighty-two at her next birthday, Williams has not slowed down. She is still making a difference. She earned her master’s in nursing in 1954 — the first black nurse to wear the cap of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She was also an FPB Distinguished Alumna in 1998.

Dorothy EbersbachDorothy Ebersbach '54 and Her Fellow WASPs Receive the Congressional Gold Medal

Known as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP, they were the first women to fly U.S. military planes. About 200 of these female aviators, mostly in their late 80s and early 90s and some in wheelchairs, came to the Capitol in 2010 to accept the medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress.

"I was surprised. I thought that's really a magnificent honor. It was really more than I expected to receive," Ebersbach said. Read more.

UPDATE: FPB Alum and WWII Pilot Gives $2 Million to Flight Nursing Program


Lynore Dutton DeSilets, BSN ’64, was honored as the Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing 2009 Distinguished Alumna at the nursing school’s Alumni Day Luncheon on May 16, 2009. Dr. DeSilets is assistant dean and director of Continuing Education in Nursing and Health Care in the College of Nursing at Villanova University.

Betty Lou Mantzell, BSN ’69, was honored with the Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing 2009 Alumni Association President’s Award at the nursing school’s Alumni Day Luncheon on May 16, 2009. Ms. Mantzell is a school nurse with more than 40 years of nursing and supervisory experience in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Currently, she provides nursing services to students at John Hay High School and Buhrer Elementary School.


Susan Prion, BSN '79, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco. She was selected as a Fulbright Fellow/Core Scholar in Ha Noi, Vietnam during the 2012-2013 academic year. This award continues the work she is doing with the Vietnam Nurse Project. Susan will be based at the Vietnamese Academy of Traditional Medicine and will be providing instruction to nursing students in a wide variety of fundamental and advanced healthcare topics. She will offer faculty development workshops on topics such as assessment and evaluation of student performance in the classroom and clinical settings, teaching techniques for both environments, and developing more effective clinical and skills laboratory experiences for the nursing students. She will work closely with the several Ha Noi hospitals to consult on clinical issues and offer staff development workshops. She will also assist the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and Training, and the Ha Noi Public Health Department to revise and extend the Vietnamese national nursing curriculum. Dr. Prion is also conducting research about using multimedia strategies to enhance nursing practice in a Vietnamese ICU.

Deborah Krueger, BSN ’79, received the Nurse Excellence Award from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC), the Great 100 North Carolina Award for Nursing Excellence, a scholarship for recertification as a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse from the Neuroscience Nurses Foundation, and the first Novice Writers Award from the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing which published her article “Ethical Decision Making in Neurosurgery: A Case Study.”She has also assumed the position of interim magnet program director at WFUBMC and was recently promoted to magnet program director/coordinator of the Nurse Residency Program at WFUBMC.

Mary Mullin Graiver, MSN'78 was elected the Region 10 Coordinator for Sigma Theta Tau International at the 41st Biennial Convention in Grapevine, TX. She was inducted into Alpha Mu in 1978 and then moved to Michigan, where she helped establish the Theta Chi Chapter in 1986. Throughout this time she has maintained a dual membership. Now, as Region 10 Coordinator, she will serve as the liaison between the 27 chapters of northern Ohio and all of Michigan and Ontario with Sigma Theta Tau International.


International nurse leader Judith Shamian, PhD '88 has been elected as the 27th President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). She is the first FPB alum to be elected ICN President. Read more here.

Gail McCain, PhD '87 has been appointed at the new Joan Hansen Grabe Dean of the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College in New York. She received her PhD in nursing science from Case Western Reserve University in 1987 and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. At FPB, she served as Associate Dean for Community Affairs and the Sarah Cole Hirsh Professor of Nursing before moving on to the University of Miami, where for she served as Vice Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Frances (Brown) Evans, MSN ’69, received the first ever DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Extraordinary Nurses from Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett, Texas, on April 21, 2009. She has been employed in the Obstetrics Department at Lake Pointe since 2005, and has more than 40 years of nursing experience.

Fatima Al Rifai, MSN ’89, has been involved in the development and launch of the Emirates Nursing Association (ENA) website.


Carmen KosicekCarmen Kosicek, MSN '98, has recently published her book, Nurses, Jobs and Money -- A Guide to Advancing Your Nursing Career and Salary. Both the e-book and print version are available for sale on Amazon.

Carmen Kosicek has an extensive academic and professional background--in the fields of nursing and healthcare.

Carmen's career began when she earned an associate of applied science degree in nuclear medicine from Triton College in River Grove, Ill., a bachelor of science in nursing from St. Joseph College of Nursing at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., and a master of science in nursing with a 4.0 GPA from the globally-recognized leader in nursing education, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Read more of Carmen's bio here. Special media stories about her new book are available here and here.

Bobbie Ann Berkowitz, PhD '90, RN, FAAN has been appointed the new dean of the Columbia University School of Nursing, the Mary O'Neil Mundinger, DrPH Professor of Nursing, and Senior Vice President at Columbia University Medical Center, all effective September 1, 2010. A distinguished leader in nursing and public health, Dr. Berkowitz came to Columbia from the University of Washington, where she has been the Alumni Endowed Professor of Nursing, adjunct professor in the School of Public Health, and previously chair of the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health. She led the National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Turning Point Initiative as director and principal investigator.

Prior to joining the University of Washington, Dr. Berkowitz held leadership positions in both state and local government, as deputy secretary in the Washington State Department of Health, and as chief of nursing for the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health. She received her PhD in nursing science from Case Western Reserve University and her Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing from the University of Washington. Her research focuses on health policy and public health system reform, primarily at the state level, as well as systems-level efforts to eliminate health disparities. Her scholarship is directly informed by her rich firsthand knowledge of the politics of policy creation and implementation, as well as by her experience in building public health systems.

June (Hart) Romeo, MSN ’97, BSN ’80, is the new division chair of Health and Physical Education at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. Prior to being named to this position, she was the founder and co-director of the Center for Performing Arts Health and Research in the Conservatory of Music at B-W. At the same time, she was a nurse practitioner/director of research at Premier Physicians Centers/Southwest Rheumatology and Research Group. Before coming to B-W, she was the vice president and dean at MedCentral College of Nursing. Her education includes earning a bachelor's degree and MAEd from Baldwin-Wallace College, a bachelor's degree and master's degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University, and a PhD in sociology from City University of Los Angeles. She is currently working toward a doctor of nursing practice degree from Case Western Reserve University, with an expected graduation date of August 2010. 

Patton and ObamaRebecca M. Patton, MSN ’98, president of the American Nurses Association, led a contingent of nurses in a press conference with United States President Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden on July 15, 2009. Ms. Patton and President Obama encouraged lawmakers, nurses, and other healthcare professionals across the country to voice their commitment to healthcare reform. A nurse for nearly 30 years, Ms. Patton resides in Lakewood, Ohio, and was elected to serve a consecutive two-year term as president of the American Nurses Association in June 2008. ANA is the nation’s leading professional nursing organization representing the major health policy, practice, and workplace issues of registered nurses. Watch the video.

Patton and Obama address AANPatton appears with President Obama to address the American Nurses Association (C-SPAN). From the President's speech:

"I was mentioning to Becky [Patton] the first time we met that when I was in the state legislature I was the chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, and one of my strongest allies in Springfield, Illinois, the state capital there, was the nurses association. We did a lot of work together to make sure that nurses were getting treated properly, being paid properly, getting the overtime they needed, the time off that they needed, getting the ratios that they needed, and so I have a wonderful history working side-by-side with all of you to make sure we have the best health care system in the world. And, as a consequence, I want to say 'thank you' for all the support you're providing for health insurance reform for the American people. I am so pleased to be joined by all of you. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I just love nurses."

PattonWho Do You Trust about Health Insurance Reform?: Patton explains why doctors and nurses are calling for reform in a video by Vice President Joe Biden. (November 30, 2009)

Hashing Out Healthcare: Arguments on Different Sides of the Issue Show There's Nothing Black and White about Reform

Think talks to Ms. Patton about the merits of healthcare reform. "While I have enjoyed many opportunities to represent ANA and the nursing profession," she says, "participating in [the ceremony in which President Obama signed health care legislation into law] was one of the most emotional days I have experienced as ANA president." Read more.


Julie Eliopoulos Tsirambidis, MSN'01 has been appointed the new Director for the Akron Children’s Advanced Practice Center. This new center will serve Advanced Practice Providers (Advanced Practice Nurses, CRNA/CNP/CNS and Physician Assistants) within the Akron Children’s Hospital organization by providing expert resources on APP practice, licensing, compliance, credentialing, continuing education and training. The center will also provide liaison services for medical staff, nursing staff, human resources and management staff regarding practice and development of advanced practice services throughout ACH.

Julie joins ACH from The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF), where she has held positions as Nurse Practitioner positions as a Hospitalist for the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, in the Department of Gastroenterology and in Internal Medicine/Family Medicine. While at the Cleveland Clinic, Julie served as a member of the Cleveland Clinic’s Advanced Practice Leadership Council. Prior to her work at the CCF she worked as a Nurse Practitioner at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Emergency Department in Cleveland. 

Julie graduated with her MSN from Case Western Reserve University and earned her BSN from the Honors College at Kent State University. Julie is Board Certified as a Nurse Practitioner in Pediatrics and Family Medicine. Julie is currently Clinical Faculty for Kent State’s MSN/FNP and ANP programs and has been a clinical preceptor for graduate NP students at Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University for many years. She is also the Health Care Ministry Director for the St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church. 

Lisa Kaloczi, BSN ’00, has been accepted into the University of Utah Doctor of Nursing Practice Program for fall semester 2009 with anticipated graduation in December 2010. She received her master of science in nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 2005 and became a certified nurse midwife. She has been working for the University of Utah for four years as a certified nurse midwife, with two of those years as clinical faculty for the college of nursing.

Carol Savrin, ND ’01, was named a fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) on Saturday, June 20, 2009, during the AANP national conference in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an associate professor of nursing, director of the Master of Science in Nursing Program, and assistant director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Robert Savinell, BSN ’02, recently passed the certification exam to become a certified nurse of the operating room (CNOR). Also, he is currently in the Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) certification course and expects to complete it by the end of summer 2009. He works full-time at the University Hospitals Richmond Heights Medical Center as a surgical nurse.

Constance G. Visovsky, PhD ’02, was honored with the Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing 2009 Award for Excellence at the nursing school’s Alumni Day Luncheon on May 16, 2009. Dr. Visovsky is an associate professor of nursing and director of the Master’s Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing.

Amy Nelles Assenmacher, MSN/MBA ’03, Cert’01, was hired as corporate director of Revenue Cycle Improvement at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas.

Mary Moller, DNP ’06, joined Yale University School of Nursing in January as an associate professor and interim director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Specialty. Dr. Moller received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD in 1971; her master’s degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 1982; and a doctor of nursing practice degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2006, where she received the Dean’s Legacy Award for her research. Dr. Moller established the first nurse-owned and managed outpatient psychiatric clinic in the U.S., in Spokane, WA. Widely published, Dr. Moller is president-elect of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and will be inducted in October 2009. She has published more than 50 articles, book chapters, and a pharmacology review book. She has traveled the globe giving more than 1,000 keynote, research, training, and lecture presentations.

Jean (Henderson) Aertker, DNP ’08, was named a fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) on Saturday, June 20, 2009, during the AANP national conference in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her RN-BSN degree and master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Florida College of Nursing and her doctorate in nursing practice from Case Western Reserve University. She is a full partner with Tampa Occupational Health Services and long-time nurse practitioner volunteer at Judeo Christian Health Clinic.

Jean Truman, DNP'08, receives the 2009 Chairs' Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in teaching: Dr. Truman is currently an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. The focus of her DNP degree at FPB was educational leadership.

JudgeJulia Judge, BSN '09 (pictured, right), has been offered a new graduate position at a children’s hospital in Chicago. She wrote an article called "Is Nursing Still a Recession-Proof Field?" for the Oxford Press (Oxford, Ohio).

Kristen Gupta Palcisco, MSN ’09, Cert ’06, was married to Michael Valentine Palcisco, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, on March 27, 2009.

JoAnn C. Green, MSN '01, RN, a critical care nursing consultant and Clinical Education Specialist at Tampa General Hospital, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in nursing consultancy services and clinical education. Read more.

WhelanDouble FPB alum Adriana T. Whelan, MSN & ND '00 (right) of the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland is one of the finalists for the 2010 Health Care Heroes award in the "Non-Hospital Setting" category by Crain's Cleveland Business. Read more.

DNP Alum Valerie Foree Receives International Award

Family Nurse Practitioner Valerie Foree, DNP '06, APRN-RX, FNP-BC, was the inaugural recipient of the Innovator of the Year Award presented at the 6th International Street Medicine Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif. The purpose of the award is to recognize health care providers who practice and make contributions for the provision of health care to individuals experiencing homelessness.

Valerie Foree, DNPDr. Foree was chosen from a number of physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and other providers from around the world. She received the honor in part for her contributions in conducting research that supports evidence based clinical practice specific to the homeless population.

“Needless to say, I was stunned to be the recipient,” Dr. Foree said. “It was overwhelming while sitting in a room full of extremely accomplished people...I want to be somebody who does effect change and effect the overall healthcare for the homeless.”

In 2006, Dr. Foree presented results of her research “Who They Are and How They Got There: A Descriptive Study of Oahu’s Older Homeless Population” at the second International Street Medicine Symposium in Santa Barbara, Calif. In 2009, Dr. Foree presented results from her research “Fostering Culturally Sensitive Care for Hawaii’s Homeless” at the International Transcultural Nursing Society Conference in Seattle, Wash. and again at the 5th International Street Medicine Symposium in Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Foree received her nursing diploma from the Burge School of Nursing in Springfield, Mo. She moved to Hawaii in 1984 where she eventually returned to school and obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in nursing from Hawaii Pacific University. She obtained her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in 2006 from Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Dr. Foree currently has a full-time clinical practice with Waikiki Health Center’s Care-A-Van Homeless Outreach Program. She is also an adjunct professor at Hawaii Pacific University.

DNP Alum Diane J. Bartscherer Elected President of Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island

Diane J. Bartscherer, DNP'09, RN, ANP-BC has been elected president of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island for 2011. Based in Hauppauge, NY, the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island (NPALI) is a chapter of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State.

Dr. Bartscherer has nearly 30 years of experience as a healthcare provider. Presently, she is a tobacco cessation specialist with the North Shore-LIJ Health System Center for Tobacco Control, spearheading the development and implementation of smoking cessation programs in hospitals, clinics, and health care provider offices throughout Long Island. This work is funded by a grant from the NY State Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program. She also provides counseling and treatment, including facilitating individual counseling, group classes and support groups for the community, as well as targeted interventions for various groups including mentally-ill and oncology patients. Her other responsibilities include in-hospital consultations to evaluate and treat hospitalized tobacco users; development of educational programs about tobacco dependence treatment for nursing and medical staff; and tobacco related clinical research initiatives.

Rachel AustermillerShe completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western University, in Cleveland Ohio in 2009.

Rachel Austermiller, BSN '09 (pictured, right) has attained CCRN certification. She is a clinical nurse in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and is working on her MBA.

Jennifer Tucker, RN, MSN '09, FNP-BC has been named the 2011 MinuteClinic Paragon award winner by CVS Caremark. The award is the highest honor a colleague can achieve within the company and is reserved for individuals who make remarkable contributions on the job or in their communities. Ms. Tucker has volunteered for a medical mission program in Guatemala for five years to serve people without access to healthcare, and she also works Monday evenings at a homeless shelter. She attended the CVS national meeting in Washington, DC to receive her award.

Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP '06, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) on October 15, 2011 at the American Academy Induction Ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. This exclusive designation recognizes outstanding national contributions and achievements in nursing.

Concettina (Tina) Tolomeo, DNP '09 was recently promoted to Director of Program Development for the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. Tina is a family nurse practitioner in the Section of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine and was Director of Program Development for that section. She has also edited a first edition text entitled Nursing Care in Pediatric Respiratory Disease. It was published by Wiley-Blackwell.


Alicia Namrow, MSN '10 is a graduate of FPB's nurse anesthesia program and now works as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) at Hillcrest Hospital. Her profile is featured in's Employment section, in which she discusses her profession and provides insights and tips about being a nurse anesthetist.

SamarkandiOsama A. Samarkandi, PhD '11, RN, GMD, NIAC is Assistant Professor of Nursing Informatics in the Faculty of Applied Medical Science and the International Collaboration Office Chairman at Albaha University in Saudi Arabia. He has recently received the 2012 Best Papers Award in the BHAA Distance Learning and Online Track at the Business and Health Administration Association Conference, held in Chicago on March 28-30, 2012.

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