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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Announces 2013 Honorary Members

Julie J. Adams
The Honor Society of Nursing,
Sigma Theta Tau International    
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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Announces 2013 Honorary Members
 Honorees will be inducted at
STTI’s 42nd Biennial Convention
INDIANAPOLIS — The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) has granted honorary membership to seven individuals who have furthered the course of health care through their commitment to the ideals and concerns of nursing. Honorary members will be inducted on 17 November 2013 at STTI’s 42nd Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., 16-20 November 2013.
“Awarding honorary membership allows Sigma Theta Tau International to celebrate the continued superior health care achievements of professionals outside our regular membership,” said STTI President Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, COI. “The 2013 honorary members have shown a profound interest to help further the STTI mission by making remarkable contributions to the health care community.”
The STTI board of directors grants honorary membership to individuals who are not eligible for regular membership but have demonstrated sustained achievements that have contributed to the advancement of nursing and health care at the national or global levels. Learn more about nominating an individual for honorary membership by visiting the Awards page at
Lynette Coetzee
Senior Manager of Health, Transnet Foundation
Project Manager, Transnet-Phelophepa Health Care Train
South Africa
Dr. Lynette Coetzee founded the Transnet-Phelophepa Health Care Train in South Africa in 1994. This is a mobile clinic that takes medical care to rural South Africa, where there is just one doctor for every 5,000 patients. The train has transported caregivers to more than 5.4 million people to date — including women and children who would otherwise have no access to basic medical services. The service provides much-needed basic health education to people in the community, including traditional healers. As project manager of the Phelophepa train, Dr. Coetzee is responsible, together with her teams, for a variety of operations including marketing and communications, strategic planning, financial and project management, and all operational activities. She runs the Phelophepa project as a strict business concern and has shown that such projects can be run in a cost-effective and financially accountable manner.
Joanne Fillweber
Senior Manager, Corporate Contributions
Johnson & Johnson
New Jersey, USA
Ms. Joanne Fillweber is responsible for Johnson & Johnson’s implementation and strategic direction of philanthropic leadership and management programs in the U.S. that contribute to building health care capacity globally. As manager for Johnson & Johnson’s partnership with STTI in the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy (MCH NLA), Ms. Fillweber is intricately involved in the program that is preparing nurses to lead health care improvement for mothers and babies. She is passionate about the projects and leadership development of the nurses and midwives in the academies, and she champions academy members’ successes and advocates to her Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions Committee about the value and successes of the academy. After several successful MCH NLA cohorts in North America were completed, Ms. Fillweber began working with her Johnson & Johnson colleagues and STTI to initiate the expansion of the MCH NLA into Africa. Because of her experience with STTI and her expertise with the MCH NLA, she undertook the task of providing Johnson & Johnson support to this new academy.
Susan E. Hickman, PhD
Associate Professor
Indiana University School of Nursing
Indiana, USA
Dr. Susan Hickman’s experience in conducting research on and providing education about palliative and end-of-life care can be used to further empower nurses to improve care of the dying. She has worked closely with nurses both as a nursing faculty member and collaborator since the start of her career. Dr. Hickman’s work has always included education for nurses to empower them to disseminate evidence-based care. As a project director, she coordinated outreach activities and provided education to support nurses and other health care professionals in improving palliative and end-of-life care across care settings. Additional outreach concentrated on providing focused education and support to nurses in the long-term care setting.
Dan Kaseje
Vice Chancellor
Great Lakes University of Kisumu
South Africa
Professor Dan Kaseje is the vice chancellor of Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kenya; a professor of public health; and an advocate for improved public health in Africa. Professor Kaseje has developed distinguished professional experience in providing technical and advisory services to governments; nongovernmental organizations; and intergovernmental, multilateral, bilateral, and other international agencies in the implementation of health and development programs in Africa. He has been involved in a unique mix of academic, practical, programmatic, managerial, research, and consultancy leadership. During the last 30 years, Professor Kaseje has supported the development of nursing in Kenya and throughout Africa. As an academic leader, he has provided numerous opportunities for nurse academics to excel, and he organized exchange programs to enable nurses to complete their postgraduate studies.
Tom Reller, MA, BA
Vice President and Head of Global Corporate Relations
Elsevier, Inc.
Pennsylvania, USA
A gifted writer and communicator, Mr. Tom Reller collaborates with many organizations to promote Elsevier’s contributions to health and science by developing partnerships through The Elsevier Foundation. Nursing has benefited greatly from his keen interest in the future of the profession by focusing the Foundation’s support on a specific need: that of recruiting and retaining new nurse faculty to ensure that future nurses can be educated for tomorrow’s health care challenges. In 2008, due largely to his success in communicating to his corporate colleagues at Elsevier the need for developing a talented group of novice nursing faculty who would become the next generation of deans and nursing school directors, The Elsevier Foundation teamed with STTI to develop a program now known as the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA). Expert nurse faculty advisers assisted with the creation of opportunities for junior faculty members to build leadership skills within their academic nursing education settings under the watchful eyes of a dedicated group of seasoned mentors.
Carolyn Miller, MS
Carolyn Miller & Associates
Texas, USA
For more than a decade, Ms. Carolyn Miller has worked with maternal-child nurses from the United States, Canada, and Switzerland. She was instrumental in crafting the first program plan for the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy and has continued to contribute to its refinement through her active participation in subsequent academies. Ms. Miller has an outstanding ability to make complex information — particularly in relation to leadership development, change management, and project implementation — understandable. Participants in these academies have repeatedly applauded her expertise, recognized her ability to transform what could be boring information into meaningful information that participants can employ in their spheres of influence, and acknowledged her ability to enhance their development as leaders and as individuals.
Margie Wilson, MS
Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library Manager (Retired)
Indiana, USA
For more than 25 years Mrs. Margie Wilson was the able coordinator of STTI’s Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library, enabling nurses all over the world to access its holdings for the advancement of their scholarship.  One of Mrs. Wilson’s significant recent accomplishments in the continual development of the library was the selection of Virginia K. Saba’s Clinical Care Classification System as the primary clinical nursing organization system of the library’s online repository. This was a lengthy process that Mrs. Wilson undertook with consultation by leaders in nursing informatics, including Dr. Virginia Saba. Mrs. Wilson was instrumental in the transition of the library to its current status as a global digital repository — a strategy that has made it globally accessible to nurses and interested others.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

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