ANPD Award Archives

Belinda E. Puetz Award Recipients

2019 - Elizabeth McNulty MA, RN, OCN

Liz McNulty MA, RN, OCN is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is the Coordinator for the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program at MSK which was recently Accredited with Distinction by the ANCC. Liz is also the Lead Nurse Planner for the Continuing Education Provider Unit, also Accredited with Distinction by the ANCC.

Liz earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Binghamton University and a Master in Arts in Nursing Administration from NYU. She has 24 years of oncology nursing experience and has has held positions in clinical practice, leadership and most recently in professional development. Liz is a member the Association for Nursing Professional Development, Oncology Nursing Society and Sigma Theta Tau and is certified as an oncology nurse. Liz is a member of the School of Health Professions and Nursing Advisory Board at Long Island University Post campus.

2018 - Sheila-Golden Baker, MS, RN-BC
2017 - Launette Wooldforde, EdD, DNP, RN-BC

Learning Facilitator Award Recipients 

2019 - Tonya Heidenreich, MSN, RN-BC

Tonya Heidenreich, MSN, RN-BC received her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Saint Anthony College of Nursing and is board certified in Cardiac - Vascular Nursing.  Tonya has more than twenty years of experience in cardiovascular nursing, including the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Program Director of the Dean Ornish Program, and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.  Her expertise has been valuable in her current role as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist (NPDS) at SwedishAmerican Health System.  She transitioned to the NPDS role in 2015 and has branched out to residency and fellowship orientation, clinical coordination, perioperative orientation and training, simulation lab, and research.  Whether it is assisting staff at the bedside, supporting a colleague, or improving nursing professional development, Tonya is willing to go above and beyond.  She is dedicated to providing evidence based education that empowers nurses to deliver the highest quality of care. 

2018 - Mary McAdams, RN-BC, MEd
2017 - Marilyn Moonan, MSN, RN-BC, CPN

Change Agent Award Recipients

2019 - No award presented
2018 - Jenny Cotton, MSN, RN-BC, PNP-PC, RNC-NIC
2017 - Melanie Rainford, MSN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC

Mentor Award Recipients

2019 - Ann Moore MS, RN-BC, CMSRN

Ann Moore’s career spans 41 years as a staff nurse, assistant manager, academic instructor at ADN level, and a Professional Development Specialist. She is currently board certified in Medical Surgical Nursing and Professional Nursing Development. Ann started her career in Washington State where she graduated from Tacoma General School of Nursing with her diploma, obtained her BSN at Pacific Lutheran University, and returned to school ten years later to obtain her Master’s Degree from University of Portland, Oregon.

Ann is a mentor in all of her roles, from her first job creating a liaison position between her local school of nursing and her hospital unit to presently mentoring Master level students and peers, she has supported nurses.  She was instrumental in bringing a review course to her community hospital which has helped over 30 nurses become certified.  She is seen by staff and peers alike as a resource for information and support for professional development. 

Ann is a member of Association of Nursing Professional Development and is a charter member of the newly developed affiliate for Washington State (ANPDWA).  She also belongs to the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses.

2018 - Sharon Kovzelove, MSN, RN
2017 - Karen Ulmer, MSN, RN, RNC, RN-BC

Leader Award Recipients

2019 - Mary E. Holtschneider, MEd, MPA, BSN, RN-BC, NREM-P, CPLP

Ms. Holtschneider has over 20 years of Nursing Professional Development (NPD) experience and currently serves as Simulation Education Coordinator at the Durham, North Carolina Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System.  She co-directs the Durham VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation, a yearlong mentorship program that prepares educators to become simulation leaders.  She is the recipient of the 2014 VA Under Secretary for Health’s Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Practice Award.  She also serves as Nursing Program Manager for Duke Area Health Education Center (AHEC), as part of the North Carolina AHEC system.  She previously served as Heart Center Clinical Nurse Educator for Duke University Health System, Director of the Duke University School of Nursing Simulation Center, and Director of Practice and Education for the North Carolina Nurses Association.  Ms. Holtschneider is Simulation Column Editor for the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, an instructor for ANPD’s NPD Certification Preparation Review Courses, and is past president of her local Association for Talent Development (ATD) chapter.  She speaks and writes regularly on simulation, leadership, interprofessional education, and mindfulness.

2018 - Kimberly Kerr, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CRRN
2017 - Tamara Plunkett, BSN, RN, CNN

Champion for Scientific Inquiry Award Recipients

2019 - Angie Rangel, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, LNC

Angie Rangel received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University in 2018. Angie is employed by Texas Children’s Hospital as the Assistant Director of Nursing Professional Development in Houston, Texas. She has over 25 years of experience in nursing serving in a variety of roles from bedside to leadership. She has presented on variety of topics at local, regional, and national conferences.  She was accepted for an international presentation in July of 2019.

Angie is the president of the ANPD Houston affiliate for 2018-2019 and is committed to the success of nursing professional development. Angie participated in the inaugural leadership academy program offered through the ANPD and completed a successful QI project that empowers clinicians to enhance their practice based on evidence.  Angie is passionate about education, leadership, evidence-based practice, and interprofessional collaboration to impact quality patient outcomes.

2018 - No award presented
2017 - Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN

Advocate for NPD Specialty Award Recipients

2019 - Julia W. Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, CNE

Julia Aucoin has been a member of NNSDO since the charter days of the organization.  Making nursing education a recognized specialty for nursing practice has been her life’s work. Serving both the practice and education settings, she guided the development of the Certified Nurse Educator exam and competencies to keep them separate from, yet equal to NPD exam and competencies and served 8 years on the content expert panel for the NPD certification exam through ANCC. Julie has mentored many colleagues, led several dissertations, and supported numerous publications related to the NPD specialty.  She has been a national and international consultant for continuing education programs. Her service locally and nationally has influenced many professional nursing associations in their education endeavors. She served the Board of Directors in the 1990s and treasurer role in the 2010s.  Julie was treasurer during the transition from NNSDO to ANPD and the move to the Smith-Bucklin association management firm. All her degrees were earned from Louisiana State University Health Science Center – New Orleans.  

2018 - No award presented
2017 - David Campbell, MSN, RN-BC

Partner for Practice Transitions Award Recipients

2019 - Travis Scott, BS, RN

Travis Scott, BS, RN is a professional development specialist at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR. He has three bachelor of science degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Nursing and is currently enrolled in the Innovative Healthcare Leadership and Administration BS to DNP program at the University of Colorado – Denver. His focus is on developing an integrated interdisciplinary staff development and organizational change model.

In 2015, Travis competed at the Sprint Canoe World Championship in Rio De Janeiro. As an end of life nursing trainer, he has given presentations around the Portland metro area to improve advanced care planning for his community and he has improved patient safety at OHSU by developing a standardized professional development program for HAI reduction.

Travis’s passion for transition to practice drives the development of his New Graduate Nurse Transition program and ensures new graduate registered nurses transition from a task-based mindset to a professional-role mindset.

Last but not least, Travis resides as the president of the ANPD-Northwest chapter which provides an annual conference for multi-disciplinary professional development specialists.

2018 - Tanya MarCia, BSN, RN
2017 - Rachel Frija, MSN, RN-BC

Marlene Kramer Award Recipients

The Marlene Kramer Award was created in 2016 and is a lifetime achievement award bestowed by the ANPD Board of Directors to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to nursing professional development. 

2018 - Dora Bradley, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

2018 - Bette Case Di Leonardi, PhD, RN-BC
2017 - Belinda Puetz, PhD, RN
2016 - Marlene Kramer