ANPD Award Archives

Marlene Kramer Award

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. 

2021 - Pam Dickerson, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, FAAN


Pam has been active in NNSDO/ANPD for many years, achieving initial certification in nursing professional development in 1994. She served as editor of the 5th edition of the Core Curriculum for Nursing Professional Development, co-wrote a chapter for Leadership in Nursing Professional Development, facilitated the development of ANPD’s Professional Development Associate work, has published numerous articles in the Journal for Nursing Professional Development and the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, currently serves on the ANPD Scope and Standards work group, and has presented webinars, workshops, and conference sessions. Recently retired as the Director of Professional Development for Montana Nurses Association, Pam serves on the executive committee of the ANCC Commission on Accreditation for Nursing Continuing Professional Development and is active in numerous other professional organizations. She is the recipient of the 2010 President’s Award from ANCC, was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2013, and was recognized as a Transformational Leader by The Ohio State University College of Nursing in 2014. She enjoys her family and friends, her dogs, good books, and taking walks; receives tremendous professional and personal satisfaction from mentoring others; and is passionate about the importance and value of nursing professional development.

2020 - Kari Schmidt, MS, RN, NPD-BC, ACC
2019 - Dora Bradley, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
2018 - Bette Case Di Leonardi, PhD, RN-BC
2017 - Belinda Puetz, PhD, RN
2016 - Marlene Kramer, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN

Belinda E. Puetz Award

2021 - Lobel Lurie, DNP, RN, NPD-BC

LLurie.pngDr. Lobel Lurie is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist with 32 years of nursing experience. She received her MA in Executive Leadership from Teacher’s College Columbia University, and her DNP from American Sentinel University. Held ANPD’s Best Practice for the Nurse Extern program in 2012 and in 2016, a NC Great 100 nurse. As her DNP capstone, she developed published the Onboarding Competencies for foreign-educated nurses (FEN). The structured competencies are currently utilized by organizations worldwide who are in the process of onboarding FENs into their workforce and has been presented in the US, Spain, Australia, and Switzerland. As a clinician, she was recognized as an excellent orthopedic nurse by NAON in 2000. As a nurse leader, she has advanced nursing by bringing nursing-focused discussion at the table. She sought participation and opportunities to serve in professional nursing organizations and the community. With COVID and other supply chain disruptions, she leads the Clinical Value Analysis for the health system and implemented a system wide approach in product disruption, financial impact, and education that support the organization’s strategic goals towards people, culture, patient value, and access and growth. Dr. Lobel Lurie thanks ANPD for an amazing NPDS journey.

2020 - Mary A. Olson, MA, RN, NPD-BC
2019 - Elizabeth McNulty MA, RN, OCN
2018 - Sheila-Golden Baker, MS, RN-BC

Learning Facilitator Award 

2021 - Theresa Wyman, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CMSRN


Ms. Wyman is an Education Specialist for OU Health - University of Oklahoma Medical Center.  OU Health is the only comprehensive academic hospital in the state, offering the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region. Ms. Wyman’s diverse professional experiences include Med/Surg, Women and Newborns, Intensive Care, adjunct faculty for the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, and Learning Management System Administrator for the University of Oklahoma Medical Center (OU Health).  Ms. Wyman participated in the successful ANCC Accreditation with Distinction for Continuing Nursing Education for OU Health.  Ms. Wyman is an energetic advocate for organization professional development and growth through support and mentorship of professional development staff pursuing NPD certification.  Theresa lives in a suburb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with her husband and three dogs.    

2020 - No award presented
2019 - Tonya Heidenreich, MSN, RN-BC
2018 - Mary McAdams, RN-BC, MEd

Change Agent Award

2021 - Nikki Graham, MN, RN, PMH-BC, NPD-BC, NEA-BC


Nikki Graham MN, RN, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, PMH-BC is the Director of Nursing Excellence at Kootenai Health, an ANCC Commission on Magnet Recognition designated healthcare system in Northern Idaho.  Nikki has oversight of Nursing Practice, Nursing Education, Professional Governance, the Magnet Program, Student Services, and Patient Education.  Nikki is an active member of Association for Nursing Professional Development and is board certified in Nursing Professional Development, Nurse Executive-Advanced and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.  She is also an active member in American Organization for Nurse Leaders and Nurse Leaders of Idaho.

Since her arrival in the fall of 2019, she has built a strong nursing education team, redesigned and implemented transition to practice programs, and initiated significant improvements across the Kootenai Health Professional Governance structure.  Nikki is passionate about nursing practice and strives to empower nurses in practice ownership, specifically evidence-based practice, professional governance, and practice reflection.  She is excited to go to work every day knowing her job is to make things better for nurses.  Through her enthusiasm and ability to set a common vision, she inspires others to embrace change. 

2020 - Jennifer Luna, MBA, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CVRN-BC, NPD-BC
2019 - No award presented
2018 - Jenny Cotton, MSN, RN-BC, PNP-PC, RNC-NIC

Mentor Award

2021 - Rachael Frija, DNP, RN, NPD-BC


Dr. Frija is an energetic nursing leader with 25 years of nursing experience beginning her career as an ADN in 1996, obtaining her BSN in 2012, MSN in 2017, and achieving her DNP with Distinction from the University of New Mexico in 2019.  She is the Director of Employee Education for Lovelace Medical Center located in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is board-certified in Nursing Professional Development and currently serves as ANPD Treasurer. She founded the NM-ANPD affiliate and served as the organization’s first president. She is a Fellow of the American Nurses Association Advocacy Institute, serves on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Nurses Association, and is President-Elect for the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence. In her words, I believe nurses hold healthcare in their hands giving us the power to shape policy, advance our practice, and direct the profession towards the betterment of the communities we serve helping to lead society to a healthier tomorrow.”

2020 - Betsy Corrigan, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, PCCN-K
2019 - Ann Moore MS, RN-BC, CMSRN
2018 - Sharon Kovzelove, MSN, RN

Leader Award

2021 - Susan Walker, DrNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNOR, CSSM


Susan Walker, DrNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNOR, CSSM –Dr. Walker has over 20 years of experience as a registered nurse in perioperative settings, both inpatient and ambulatory. She has worked as an educator, both in the academic and clinical setting. She also has experience in management and research. Dr. Walker has been a loyal Penn Medicine employee since 2001; her tenure at Pennsylvania Hospital includes working as a clinical nurse in the Operating Room, both Main Campus and at the Pennsylvania Hospital Ambulatory Surgery center, and also as a Clinical Nurse Education Specialist in perioperative services. Susan has authored/co-authored more than 10 articles, presented numerous national podium and poster presentations and completed several research/evidence-based protocols focused on patient safety. Dr. Walker received her BSN undergraduate nursing degree from York College of Pennsylvania in 2000, her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, and her DrNP in Clinical Education from Drexel University in 2009. She alsoS holds a Nursing Professional Development Certification (NPD-BC), she is a Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) and a Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM).

2020 - Jill Benns, RN, MSN, PCCN-K, NPD-BC
2019 - Mary E. Holtschneider, MEd, MPA, BSN, RN-BC, NREM-P, CPLP
2018 - Kimberly Kerr, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CRRN

Champion for Scientific Inquiry Award

Not awarded in 2021

2020 - Paula E. Dunham, ND, MSA, BSN, NPD-BC, EBP-C
2019 - Angie Rangel, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, LNC

Advocate for NPD Specialty Award

2021 - Seon Lewis-Holman, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, ACNS-BC


Seon Lewis-Holman, DPN, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, ACNS-BC is the Senor Director, Clinical Professional Development at Northwell Health-Lenox Hill Hospital, part of a twenty-three hospital healthcare system in New York. Dr. Lewis-Holman has 30 years of progressive healthcare experience covering a broad range of settings. Dr. Lewis-Holman holds a BSN and MSN from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, a Post Master’s Certificate in Distance Education from Thomas Edison State College and a Post Mater’s Certificate in Nursing Education from Hunter College. She obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Chatham University in 2014. Dr. Lewis-Holman’s experience includes the development of clinical and population disease management programs for hospital and community health settings. Additionally, her experience also includes private, federal and state funded grant writing and management. She has co-authored peer-reviewed manuscripts, and book chapters and presented podium and poster presentations both nationally and internationally. She is currently responsible for the development, planning, coordination, and implementation of educational and staff development programs for three sites.

2020 - Lisa Benfield, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
2019 - Julia W. Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, CNE
2018 - No award presented

Partner for Practice Transitions Award

2021 - Julie Burson, MN, RN, NPD-BC


Julie Burson, MN, RN, NPD-BC is a Clinical Educator at the Everett Clinic, an 18-clinic ambulatory healthcare system in Western Washington. A graduate of Seattle Pacific University, Julie began her nursing profession as a Nurse Corps Officer in the United States Navy in 2000.  Her active duty tours included Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Naval Hospital Guam and Navy Recruiting District Seattle. Her clinical experience encompasses post-partum, medical-surgical, intensive care, Internal Medicine Clinic Manager & perioperative nursing.  Julie earned her Master of Nursing from University of Washington, Bothell with a focus on Leadership and Education. Since then she has been part of the Clinical Education Team for The Everett Clinic where she coordinates and provides new employee clinical orientation, policy and procedure development and scope of practice consultation.  Julie serves as co-chair in the Nursing Professional Development Council of TEC Nursing Shared Governance.  Her most recent accomplishments include leading the development and implementation of the both the Nurse Clinical Ladder and RN Residency program.  She is a member of the Association of Nursing Professional Development and the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing.

2020 - Deborah Raley, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
2019 - Travis Scott, BS, RN
2018 - Tanya MarCia, BSN, RN