ANPD Award Archives

Belinda E. Puetz Award Recipients

2018 - Sheila-Golden Baker, MS, RN-BC

Sheila Golden-Baker received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and her Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Nursing from Boston University. She has been board certified in Nursing Professional Development by the ANCC since 1993. Ms. Golden-Baker is employed by Massachusetts General Hospital as a Professional Development Specialist in the Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development. She has over 30 years’ experience in nursing education. She has presented on a variety of topics at local, national and international conferences. During the 2018 ANPD convention Sheila co-presented on the topic Achieving Desired Outcomes that Meet Strategic Organizational Goals.

2017 - Launette Wooldforde, EdD, DNP, RN-BC

Learning Facilitator Award Recipients 

2018 - Mary McAdams, RN-BC, MEd

Mary McAdams, RN-BC, MEd, is a board certified Professional Development Specialist for the Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical & Professional Development at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Ma. Mary’s background includes a master’s degree in education and instructional design from the University of Massachusetts and over 20 years of experience in her role, which includes lead nurse planner for continuing education.

In 2017, Mary’s leadership played a pivotal role in the awarding of a Certificate of Distinction to the Norman Knight Nursing Center’s Provider Unit from the Ohio Nurses Association in recognition of superior accomplishments as an Approved Provider. Mary has also presented at the ANPD annual convention. Her topics include: in 2014, “Level 3 Evaluations for Continuing Education Programs: Self-Report and Observation of Practice” and in 2018, “Achieving Desired Outcomes that Meet Strategic Organizational Goals”.

Mary is also published in the Journal of Nursing Staff Development as a co-author of the article, “Evaluation of Basic Arrhythmia Knowledge Retention and Clinical Application by Registered Nurses.

2017 - Marilyn Moonan, MSN, RN-BC, CPN

Change Agent Award Recipients

2018 - Jenny Cotton, MSN, RN-BC, PNP-PC, RNC-NIC


2017 - Melanie Rainford, MSN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC

Mentor Award Recipients

2018 - Sharon Kovzelove, MSN, RN

Sharon received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Connecticut in 1978 and a Master’s of Science in Nursing Administration from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA in 1992. She has held various roles throughout her career including Pediatric and PICU Staff Nurse, Preceptor, Nurse Manager, Nursing Supervisor (AOD), Director of Nursing, Director of Nursing Systems & Operations, Vice President for Nursing, and Director of Regional Clinical Education and Decision Support. In April of 2018 she joined Nurse Builders as the Mentoring Success Manager for the RN Career Path segment of the business.

Sharon is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Association of Nursing Professional Development, and Sigma Theta Tau.

She is a graduate of The National Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland University College and The Experienced Leader Learning Collaborative at the University of Florida.

Sharon has extensive background in nursing administration and education with proven success in program development, nursing leadership, mentoring, communication and teambuilding, and handling complex organizational change initiatives. Sharon has devoted much of her career to mentoring nurses in numerous roles.

2017 - Karen Ulmer, MSN, RN, RNC, RN-BC

Leader Award Recipients

2018 - Kimberly Kerr, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CRRN

 Kim is the Director of Nursing Professional Practice, Development & Research at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. She obtained her diploma in nursing from Massillon City Hospital School of Nursing; her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Central Methodist College; and her Masters of Science in Nursing in Community Mental Health Administration from The University of Missouri. She holds Nursing Professional Development, Nurse Executive Advanced, and Rehabilitation Registered Nurse certifications.

Kim enjoys actively engages nursing leadership in conversations about needs assessments, how to gather information, how to use that information along with QI statistics to prepare appropriate education and then how to evaluate the outcomes associated with that learning activity. She carefully guides the audience, whether leadership, students, her staff of NPDS, or other professional staff, along the path of exploring the gap in knowledge, skill or practice, identifying the actual learning need - is it really education or not - and most importantly, has everyone decide on a measurable outcome that is meaningful to all.

Kim facilitates simulation coordinating with a simulation center external to her organization, actively facilitating use of scenarios and standardized patients/nurses in competency assessment.

Kim has mentored and led the shared governance structure to a new level of involvement and investment. The council leaders go through a training workshop she facilitates and she acts as mentor and facilitator for all councils, including a newly formed night shift council.

Kim is committed to a nursing culture of excellence and scholarship, the value of professionalism, creating high quality, reliable systems of care, interprofessional practice; developing the next generation of nurses and nurturing the current one; making research relevant and ultimately to offer genuine authentic and compassionate care.

2017 - Tamara Plunkett, BSN, RN, CNN

Champion for Scientific Inquiry Award Recipients

2018 - No award presented

2017 - Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN

Advocate for NPD Specialty Award Recipients

2018 - No award presented

2017 - David Campbell, MSN, RN-BC

Partner for Practice Transitions Award Recipients

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 - Bette Case Di Leonardi, PhD, RN-BC

2017 - Belinda Puetz, PhD, RN

2016 - Marlene Kramer