ANPD Award Archives

Belinda E. Puetz Award Recipients

2020 - Mary A. Olson, MA, RN, NPD-BC


Mary A. Olson, MA, RN, NPD-BC is a Senior Learning and Development Specialist at Allina Health, a large healthcare system with 13 hospitals and 90 clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Mary is the system lead for standardizing orientation for RNs entering specialty areas. Her work has included leading a partnership between Allina Health and a local college to create a first of its kind orientation program for new hire RNs in the operating room. The new program improved nurse competence, confidence and retention rates. Mary is also community faculty at Metropolitan State University teaching nursing. She is a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development and is board certified in nursing professional development. Mary is passionate about evidence-based nursing education and its impact on high quality patient care.

2019 - Elizabeth McNulty MA, RN, OCN
2018 - Sheila-Golden Baker, MS, RN-BC
2017 - Launette Wooldforde, EdD, DNP, RN-BC

Learning Facilitator Award Recipients 

2020 - No award presented
2019 - Tonya Heidenreich, MSN, RN-BC
2018 - Mary McAdams, RN-BC, MEd
2017 - Marilyn Moonan, MSN, RN-BC, CPN

Change Agent Award Recipients

2020 - Jennifer Luna, MBA, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CVRN-BC, NPD-BC

Jennifer_Luna.jpgJennifer Luna is a Nurse Education Specialist at Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital. Her career spans over 25 years as a nurse educator, critical care nurse, certified life-skills instructor, evidence-based practice clinical scholar, and mentor. She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She currently holds a dual Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) for healthcare. She has 3 board certifications including the Nursing Professional Development, Critical Care Nursing, and Cardiovascular Medicine. She is a member of the American Association for Nursing Professional Development, American Association of Critical Care Nursing, and the American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine.  

As a lifelong learner, Jennifer is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of Texas Arlington.

As a clinical educator, Jennifer was the 2019 Gold award recipient of Houston’s Good Samaritan for Nursing Excellence. She was also recognized as Houston’s Top 150 Nurses in 2019. As a change agent, Jennifer relentlessly champions evidence-based practice and clinical innovation as a mentor, consultant, project leader, and team collaborator. She had presented these various EBP projects at regional conferences in Houston, Texas.

Jennifer strongly believes in the power of education and EBP. She works passionately at a Magnet recognized hospital to empower nurses at all levels to engage in clinical inquiry and nursing professional development. She is a Magnet Ambassador who consistently develops, inspires, and sustains numerous innovative programs within the hospital and greater nursing community.

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

2020 - Betsy Corrigan, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, PCCN-K


Betsy Corrigan’s career began in 1997 in Stuart Florida at Martin Memorial Medical Center as a staff nurse and preceptor.  Currently, she is a Clinical Nurse Educator for the Cardiac Telemetry Units at Northern Light Health Eastern Maine Medical Center.  Betsy has ADN from Indian River State (formally Community) College and after ten years obtained her BSN (2007) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida.  She has been certified as a dialysis nurse, and currently holds a progressive care nursing certification (PCCN-K) and a board certification in nursing professional development (NPD-BC).

In 2008, Betsy began her journey pursuing the role of a clinical educator.   Precepting nurses new to cardiovascular nursing and transitioning newly graduated nurses to practice was her passion.  With the encouragement of Karen Ripper, her CNO and her colleagues she entered the graduate program at FAU.  Betsy kept her eye on the job line but there were no positions available in the Staff Development Office at Martin Memorial.  In 2010, Karen Ripper made her aware of a clinical educator position at nearby Jupiter Medical Center.  In November of 2010 she took the position as the Cardiac Telemetry Clinical Educator at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida.  Betsy graduated in August of 2011 with her MSN in the Nurse Educator track. 

In 2011, Betsy moved home to Maine and became the clinical nurse educator at her hometown hospital.   She had a very wide and diverse network of nursing colleagues in Florida.  In 2012, Betsy identified the need for a collegial network and convened the Maine Clinical Nurse Educator Group (MCNEG) with 12 nurse educators from around the state.   Since the group’s first meeting, the MCNEG has grown to 50+ nurses, practicing in a variety of settings across the state.  This group collaborates on practice and professional projects and mentors each other and novice clinical educators around the state.  

In 2014-15, Betsy was invited to work with the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine and the Maine Nurse Preceptor Education Advisory Team.  This very dynamic group of professionals developed a premier Preceptor Program, adopted by many Maine healthcare organizations.  The program is offered every year, free of charge and has produced over 800 nurse preceptors. 

She has precepted and/or mentored nurses in her many roles throughout her career in acute inpatient, outpatient centers, adjunct clinical faculty and clinical education. 

2019 - Ann Moore MS, RN-BC, CMSRN
2018 - Sharon Kovzelove, MSN, RN
2017 - Karen Ulmer, MSN, RN, RNC, RN-BC

Leader Award Recipients

2020 - Jill Benns, RN, MSN, PCCN-K, NPD-BC


Jill Benns has been a nurse since 2000.  Over the past 10 years, she has dedicated her career to the professional development of nurses and nursing support staff throughout the United States. Some of her key accomplishments include participating in the development of a CAUTI care protocol for the VISN 11 VA Healthcare system, developing, hiring and implementing an Electrophysiology Lab at Dorn VAMC in Columbia SC, creating a nurse residency program at Palmetto Health in Columbia SC, receiving a 600K grant from HRSA for the development of a paraprofessionals training program in the Midlands, developing and implementing a nurse fellowship program for experienced nurses crossing specialties at Parkland Hospital in Dallas Texas and creation of a Nursing Professional Development Specialist Training and Professional Development Program at Parkland.  Additionally, she has been an advocate for the infusion of resilience and workplace violence prevention in healthcare; speaking and writing regularly on these topics in multiple interprofessional venues.

Most recently Jill has accepted a position as Director of Nursing Operations for Vibra-Ernest Healthcare starting up a rehabilitation hospital in her home town.

2019 - Mary E. Holtschneider, MEd, MPA, BSN, RN-BC, NREM-P, CPLP
2018 - Kimberly Kerr, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CRRN
2017 - Tamara Plunkett, BSN, RN, CNN

Champion for Scientific Inquiry Award Recipients

2020 - Paula E. Dunham, ND, MSA, BSN, NPD-BC, EBP-C


Paula Dunham has 28 years of nursing experience, consisting of long-term care, acute care, critical care, and academia in both staff and leadership roles. She currently serves as an RN specialist at the Dayton VA Medical Center. Paula has been teaching and mentoring Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) to interdisciplinary staff for over eight years and chairs the Medical Center EBP Education Committee. She has presented EBP and QI topics at both national and international venues. Paula has a passion for evidence-based practice and earned her certification in 2019. She is a life-long learner as she pursues her DNP.

2019 - Angie Rangel, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, LNC
2018 - No award presented
2017 - Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN

Advocate for NPD Specialty Award Recipients

2020 - Lisa Benfield, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

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Lisa Benfield MSN, RN, NPD-BC is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist at INTEGRIS Health, a nine-hospital healthcare system in Oklahoma.  Lisa has 15 years of experience in Nursing Professional Development, and 41 years of nursing experience. She is the Coordinator for the nursing career ladder program, the nursing orientation program, and the preceptor/mentor development program. 

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix. She is board certified in Nursing Professional Development and in Medical Surgical nursing.  Lisa is a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development and has served on the conference planning committee. She has clinical practice experience in perioperative nursing, hemodialysis nursing, and medical surgical nursing. Lisa is the Chairman of the ANCC Content Expert Panel for Nursing Professional development.

2019 - Julia W. Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, CNE
2018 - No award presented
2017 - David Campbell, MSN, RN-BC

Partner for Practice Transitions Award Recipients

2020 - Deborah Raley, MSN, RN, NPD-BC


Debbie Raley has over 35 years experience in nursing professional development with clinical emphasis in critical care, acute care, and gerontological nursing. Her previous roles included critical care education specialist, clinical nurse specialist, unit-based and centralized nurse educator, clinical faculty, and adjunct professor. Her current position is Clinical Nursing Transformation Leader at Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Debbie’s primary focus is nursing transition to practice and role development. She directs nursing orientation, competency assessment, and nurse residency programs; she serves as the primary nurse planner for nursing continuing professional development. As a member of the Advancement of Nursing Practice Council, Debbie influenced revision of the nursing practice model and peer review.

2019 - Travis Scott, BS, RN
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. 

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