Founders Awards 


Dorothy Garrigas Adams for Excellence in Fostering Professional Standards

Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, NE-BC, FABC
Magnet Program Director
Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals
Ohio, USA
Delta Omega #118

Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, NE-BC, FABC is the Magnet Program Director for Summa Akron City and St Thomas Hospitals in Akron, OH.  She has held a variety of nursing professional development positions for the past 36 years.  Brunt has presented on a variety of topics locally, nationally, and internationally, and has published 45 articles, five chapters in books, and six books.  She served as a section editor for all four editions of The Core Curriculum for Nursing Professional Development.  Ms. Brunt hold a master’s degree in community health education from Kent State University and a master’s in nursing from the University of Dundee in Scotland.  Her research has focused on competencies.  Brunt maintains certification in nursing professional development, as well as a nurse executive.  She is a member of the taskforce revising the current Nursing Professional Development standards, and was involved in several previous versions also. 

Edith Moore Copeland for Excellence in Creativity

Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Maryland, USA
Nu Beta Chapter #312

Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN. Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health.  Dr. Glass conducts community-based interventions with diverse populations across multiple domestic and global settings. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) of multiple multidisciplinary studies in the US, DR Congo, Somalia, and South Sudan to test employment, economic empowerment and safety interventions to improve the health of survivors of gender-based violence and their families.  

Elizabeth McWilliams Miller for Excellence in Research

M. Cynthia Logsdon, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN
Professor - University of Louisville, School of Nursing
Associate Chief of Nursing for Research - University of Louisville Hospital/James Graham Brown Cancer Center
Kentucky, USA
Alpha Chapter #001
Iota Gamma Chapter #217

Dr. Logsdon has had a long and distinguished career in nursing research as evidenced by her prolific publications and presentations, the impact of her research on nursing practice, publications with interdisciplinary and international researchers, service as a consultant and peer reviewer of research for professional journals and government agencies, her publications with and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, junior faculty and clinical nurses, and her service to research organizations. The extraordinary excellence of Dr. Logsdon’s scholarship has been externally validated by the most prestigious organizations in nursing.  In 2005, Dr. Logsdon received the Excellence in Research Award from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nursing. In 2009, Dr. Logsdon received the Research Dissemination Award from Sigma Theta Tau, International. From 2012 through 2013 she participated in the Maternal Child Health Leadership Program, sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau and Johnson & Johnson, as a leadership mentor for research. 

Elizabeth Russell Belford for Excellence in Education

Deanna L. Reising, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF
Associate Professor
Indiana University
Indiana, USA
Alpha Chapter #001

Dr. Reising is Associate Professor of Nursing at Indiana University, where she conducts research on educational and patient outcomes of interprofessional education and practice.  She teaches primarily in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program with a focus on interprofessional education and practice.  She mentors doctoral students in with a nursing education research focus.  Dr. Reising serves as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Indiana University Bloomington Hospital, Bloomington, Indiana, and as the Magnet Program Coordinator for Indiana University Health system.  Dr. Reising is a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education through the National League for Nursing.  She was named a Macy Faculty Scholar in 2014 and her work focuses on a collaboration between Indiana University School of Nursing and Indiana University Health in Bloomington using interprofessional student navigation teams to impact patients at high risk for readmission in transitional care.

Ethel Palmer Clarke for Chapter Excellence

Pi Gamma Chapter #385
Mercer University Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
Georgia, USA

May 18, 1998, the Nursing Honor Society of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University was officially chartered as the Pi Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. The chapter celebrated 17 years of active service in May, 2015. The chapter currently has 201 active members. Pi Gamma will accept its 8th Chapter Key Award during the 43rd Biennial International Convention to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, November, 2015. While we struggle with the same issues as many chapters (Member retention and participation), we strive to provide a meaningful experience for our members. Our members live out the STTI mission daily, to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Our dedication, perseverance and hard work have led to this award.

Marie Hippensteel Lingeman for Excellence in Nursing Practice

Judith E. Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
The Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing
New York University, College of Nursing
New York, USA
Upsilon Chapter #018
Alpha Omega Chapter #046

Dr. Judith Haber, the Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing at NYU College of Nursing, is an internationally recognized leader in psychiatric-mental health nursing, evidence-based practice, interprofessional education and practice and oral-systemic health.  She is the Executive Director of a national oral health initiative, Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) and the HRSA funded initiative, Teaching Oral-Systemic Health (TOSH) designed to advance a national nursing and interprofessional oral health agenda.  Dr. Haber has received numerous awards including Distinguished Alumna Awards from Adelphi and New York University, the APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award, and the ANA Hildegarde Peplau Award.  Dr. Haber is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  Dr. Haber is internationally recognized for her landmark textbook, Comprehensive Psychiatric Nursing and currently for the award winning textbook, Nursing Research:  Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-based Practice, as well as more than 100 articles and book chapters.

Mary Tolle Wright for Excellence in Leadership

Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS
President and Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Assoiation
District of Columbia, USA
Alpha Beta Chapter #024

Sister Carol Keehan, DC, is the ninth president/CEO of the Catholic Health Association (CHA).   Sister Carol has worked in administrative and governance positions at hospitals sponsored by the Daughters of Charity for more than 35 years, serving for 15 years as president/CEO of Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. Sister Carol has held influential roles in the governance of health care, insurance, and educational organizations, including as a board member of Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, MD. She has served on several health, labor, and domestic policy committees of the USCCB. She has earned numerous awards, honors and special degrees. Sister Carol earned a B.S. degree in nursing from St. Joseph's College, and a M.S. degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina

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