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. 

2022 - Sandra L. Bruce, MSN, RN-BC

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Sandra received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Mercy College of Detroit in 1976 and entered the Air Force in 1982 where she earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She served as the Education Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for Nursing Education programs for more than 3,000 Air Force Nurse Corps members. Later, she served as the Nurse Education Program Manager for the Air Force Personnel Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas.

For many years Sandra coordinated the military affiliate post-convention session and when it was time for her to retire from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel, her ceremony was held following the convention. A full room of military nursing professional development practitioners honored her years of service and celebrated a valued mentor.

Sandra was a longtime ANPD volunteer, lending her time and expertise in many ways over the years. In 1996, she was honored with the Belinda E. Puetz Award. She served on the JNPD editorial board, edited the third and fourth editions of the Core Curriculum for Nursing Professional Development, and served a term as president of the Board of Directors. Under her leadership, ANPD began the process of moving to a new association management company to help our growing organization.

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

2022 - Kelly Russell, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NPD-BC


Kelly has been active in ANPD since 2015, achieving initial certification in nursing professional development in 2016. She has proudly served as a member of the ANPD Awards and Recognition Committee since 2019. Kelly has also been a member and leader of the Greater Louisville Affiliate of ANPD. Most recently she completed her second term as president of the affiliate. In her career she is most proud of being a part of her organization’s initial ANCC-Magnet document submission in February 2022. In her free time she enjoys walks with her daughter, two dogs, and husband.

Kelly certainly embodies the same NPD excellence that Belinda Peutz does.

2021 - Lobel Lurie, DNP, RN, NPD-BC
- Mary A. Olson, MA, RN, NPD-BC
2019 - Elizabeth McNulty MA, RN, OCN
2018 - Sheila-Golden Baker, MS, RN-BC

Learning Facilitator Award 

Not awarded in 2022

2021 - Theresa Wyman, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CMSRN
- No award presented
2019 - Tonya Heidenreich, MSN, RN-BC
2018 - Mary McAdams, RN-BC, MEd

Change Agent Award

2022 - Una Moore, MSN, RN, OCN, NPD-BD


Una is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. As the facilitator of the competency management program, she led an enterprise-wide initiative, changing the competency format from paper to electronic. Una has served as a liaison forming a collaborative partnership with an external vendor, internal organizational leadership, clinical staff, and support staff to successfully change the practice of competency development and increase compliance for the organization. One of her passions is bringing awareness and validation of the ambulatory care nurse role. She was instrumental in creating and implementing an ambulatory care nursing course series focusing on the nurses’ transition to ambulatory care. This evidence-based series concentrates on providing the knowledge and specialized skills the ambulatory care nurse role requires to provide quality and safe care, improving practice and patient satisfaction. Una is board certified in Nursing Professional Development and is an Oncology Certified Nurse.

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

2022 - Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, NPD-BC


Linda Bub is the Wisconsin Regional Manager for Nursing Education and Professional Development. She has been with Advocate Aurora for the last six years. Prior to that she was the Director of Education for Nurses Improving Care for Healthcare Elders out of NYU, Director of Senior Services for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Clinical Director for an NIH Funded research study out of the University of WI Milwaukee, College of Nursing. She has been an advocate for mentoring nurses and NPDs since she has been in her current role seeing it as an opportunity to develop strong nursing talent in an organization that has incredible opportunities. She is honored to work with them as they develop their skills and challenge themselves to be their best selves.

2021 - Rachael Frija, DNP, RN, NPD-BC
- Betsy Corrigan, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, PCCN-K
2019 - Ann Moore MS, RN-BC, CMSRN
2018 - Sharon Kovzelove, MSN, RN

Leader Award

2022 - Rachel Senefeld Kromer, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC


Rachel Senefeld Kromer is the Director of Clinical Education & Professional Development for Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Rachel serves on ANPD’s Implementation Committee. She is board certified in Nursing Professional Development and Nurse Executive-Advanced.      Following a reorganization of the adult hospital’s nursing education reporting structure in 2017, Rachel has built a strong nursing education team and strengthened new graduate transition programs.  She’s passionate about nursing professional development and strives to empower nurses in quality practice, patient-centered care, and inclusivity of diverse ways of thinking.  In her words, she is excited to go to work every day knowing her job is to make things better for nursing professional development practitioners. 

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

2022 - Kathryn Robinson, MSN, RN, OCN, NPD-BC


Katie is the Evidence-Based Practice Coordinator for U of L Health, a regional academic health system located in Louisville, Kentucky. Her clinical experience includes nursing in the ER, ICU, oncology and palliative care settings. She received her BSN from Bellarmine University, MSN in Nursing Education from Western Kentucky University, and is currently enrolled in Bellarmine University's Ph.D. in Health Professions Education program. In her role, Katie enjoys guiding clinical staff through clinical inquiry processes with a focus on measurable outcomes and best practice interventions. In addition to her full-time role with UofL Health, Katie is a clinical instructor to undergraduate nursing students, where she emphasizes the importance of a spirit of inquiry and using evidence to guide nursing practice. Katie spends her free time with her supportive parents, wonderful husband, three beautiful daughters, and dog, Yogi.

2021 - No award presented
- Paula E. Dunham, ND, MSA, BSN, NPD-BC, EBP-C

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

Advocate for NPD Specialty Award

2022 - Debbie Buchwach, MSN, RN, NPD-BC


Debbie Buchwach, has been a member of our association since 2003. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the Oregon Health & Science University and a Masters of Science in Nursing with a focus on Health Systems Leadership from Gonzaga University. She has been NPD Board Certified since 2007. Debbie currently serves as the Director for Professional Development and Education at Valley Medical Center, an affiliate of UW Medicine. Debbie is completing her 2nd term on the ANPD Board of Directors. She is in her 7th year serving as an ANPD Certification Preparation Course Facilitator. She is the author of the Professional Development Decision Tree for Education Issues that can be found in the Core Curriculum. Debbie is a passionate champion for the specialty practice of NPD.

2021 - Seon Lewis-Holman, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, ACNS-BC
- Lisa Benfield, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
2019 - Julia W. Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, CNE
2018 - No award presented

Partner for Practice Transitions Award

2022 - Cameron M. Wilson, MSN, RN, NPD-BC


Cameron Wilson is the Nurse Residency Program Coordinator at Shannon Medical Center, a rural healthcare system located in San Angelo, Texas. She is a graduate of the NPD Evidence-Based Practice Academy where she utilized immersive gamification to increase novice nurse competence. Cameron is part of Shannon's Staff Development Department where she coordinates and provides graduate nurses with education and support surrounding leadership, quality outcomes, the professional nursing role and evidence-based practice. She also acts as the Accredited Provider Program Director for all continuing nursing education activities. Cameron is certified in Nursing Professional Development and is a candidate for the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing Healthcare EBP-C certification, with an anticipated completion date of March 2022. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Texas Nurses Association, the National Association of Catholic Nurses and Catholic Medical Association, Sigma Theta Tau International’s Tau Chi Chapter and was most recently inducted into Angelo State University’s Nursing Honor Society as a Community Nurse Leader. She also serves others as a mentor in the American Nurses Association Mentorship Program and Sigma's Mentoring Cohort.

2021 - Julie Burson, MN, RN, NPD-BC
- Deborah Raley, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
2019 - Travis Scott, BS, RN
2018 - Tanya MarCia, BSN, RN