Funding Lymphoma Research

Grant Recipient
Mary Foody, Recipient of 1995-96 Josh Gottheil Memorial ONS Career Development Award

At its annual Congress in 1990 the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) granted a charter to the Bone Marrow Transplant Special Interest Group (BMTSIG) which became one of the first and the largest official Special Interest Groups within the structure of the ONS. Today, the Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Lymphoma Research honors bone marrow transplant nurses by providing the financial support that enables the ONS Foundation via its BMTSIG to select four nurses annually to receive the Josh Gottheil Memorial Career Development Award. With their award, these nurses have been able to further their knowledge and skills in bone marrow transplant for cancer patients, complete their education, and attend conferences and workshops. The past recipients of the Josh Gottheil Memorial Career Development Award are listed below.

Recipients of the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation
Josh Gottheil Memorial Career Development Award

Recipients by Year

1995     1996     1997     1998     1999     2000     2001     2002     2003     2004     2005
2006     2007     2008     2009     2010     2011     2012     2013     2014     2015     2016

 
The credentials, professional titles and affiliations listed here are current for the year in which the award was granted. Individual awardees listed here may have updated credentials, changed positions/or changed affiliated institutions since that time.


1995

Mary Catherine Foody, RN, MS, OCN
Nursing Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa

I was extremely proud to be chosen in recognition of my experience and contributions in BMT. The award provided me an opportunity to pursue my Masters of Science in Oncology Nursing at the University of South Florida…on May 4, 1996 I received my M.S. degree. I hope to continue my efforts in enhancing the educational process and providing systems to better support the patients and their caregivers which will result in improving he quality of care and the quality of life our patients and families experience while being treated. It is through these endeavors that the memory of your son, Josh, will continue to live on in benefiting future patients and families. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity of being touched by your son, Josh.
-Mary Foody

Katherine Bourne Mishaw RN, MS, OCN
Clinical Instructor of BMT/Hematology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, TX

Susan A O’Connell RN, MS, OCN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult BMT Program, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Karen J. Hammelef RN, BSN
Clinical Care Coordinator, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI


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1996

Elaine DeMeyer, RN, MSN, OCN
BMT Cinical Nurse Specialist, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Viki Altomonte, R.N.
Nurse Coordinator, Graft v. Host Disease Clinic, Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, Baltimore, MD

I have been working full time at The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center with bone marrow transplant patients since June 1982. I have been going to school working towards both my undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees for the past four years. This May I will finally receive my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. I plan to use the money from my award to complete my Masters in Nursing and eventually become a nurse practitioner. I wish to continue working with bone marrow transplant patients, especially those who develop graft-versus-host disease. I really want you to knowhow much your award is appreciated.
-Viki Altomonte

Kim Schmit-Pokorny, RN, MSN, OCN
Manager, Peripheral Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Joyce Lynn Neumann, RN, MSN, OCN
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


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1997

Lori Rogerson Laczko, RN, MSN, OCN
Coordinator, BMT Program, Presbyterian Cancer Center, Charlotte, NC

Kristine L. Ahlberg, RN
Clinical Nurse, University of California-Davis Cancer Center, Davis, CA

Ann C. Xanthopoulos, RN, MSN, OCN
Director, Professional And Clinical Services, Merit Healthcare, Lombard, IL

Deborah L. Borger, RN, MSN, OCN
Primary Nurse, Allogenieic BMT Patients, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida, Tampa Blood Stem Cell Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA


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1998

Barbara Barnes Rogers, CRNP, MN, AOCN
Adult Oncology Nurse Practitioner-Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA

Kelly Kish Mayer, RN, MSN, OCN
Transplant Coordinator, Arizona Oncology Associates, Tucson, AZ

Susan Rudder Randolph, MSN, RN, CS
Senior Manager, Transplant Services, Coram Healthcare, Denver, CO

Kathleen M Maguire, RN, MS, AOCN
BMT/Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.


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1999

Leslie Susan Parran, MS, RN, AOCN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Fairview-University Medical Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Jennifer Kate Simpson, RN, MSN, CRNP
BMT Nurse Practitioner, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA

Deborah Marie Rust, RN, MSN, CRNP, AONC
Coordinator, Oncology Nurse Practitioner Program, Nurse Practitioner, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, PA

I have been a mastered prepared advanced practice nurse that has worked in BMT for 7 years and an oncology nurse for 16 years. At the University of Pittsburgh I coordinate the oncology nurse practitioner program. I have worked in two different transplant centers…and have published several articles and co-authored a nursing clinical textbook on Bone Marrow Transplantation. I wish to extend my gratitude for making this career development award available.
-Deborah Rust

Ann P. Conkling-Walsh, RN, MSN, OCN
BMT Coordinator and Clinical Nurse Specialist, Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT


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2000

Mary Burgunder, RN, BSN, OCN
BMT Program Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh Health Center Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

Amy L. Hayes, RN, BS, OCN
Clinical Nurse III, BMT Unit, Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, OH

Susan P. Smedley, MSN, CS, RN, OCN
Nurse Practitioner, BMT, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, Harper Hospital, Detroit, MI

Kathleen Ventimiglia, RN, OCN
Transplant Coordinator, Florida Cancer Specialists, Fort Myers, FL

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing me as one of the recipients of the Josh Gottheil Memorial Bone Marrow Transplant Career Development Award. It is my privilege to care for these wonderful patients. I am truly honored. Heartfelt thanks.
-Kathleen Ventimiglia


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2001

Margaret M. Bellejeau, RN, OCN
Staff Nurse, BMT Unit, Fox Chase-Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Katherine L. Byar, RN, BSN
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Thank you so very much for your gracious contribution in providing educational grants for nurses like myself to help achieve our goals. Your generous gift will allow me to complete my masters of nursing degree as an advanced nurse practitioner in the oncology area, specifically in transplantation. In accomplishing my goal I feel it will enable me to be more of a value in my profession as a Lymphoma/Bone Marrow Transplant Case Manager as well as improve my assessment and clinical decision-making skills. The physicians that I work with are very supportive in wanting me to finish my education so that I can assist them in the care and research that they are doing for patients with lymphoma.
-Katherine Byar

Karen Kiley, RN, MS, AOCN
Nurse, Practitioner, BMT Team, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

Ellen Leum, ARNP, MSN, FNP, CS
Coram Health Care, Denver, CO


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2002

Linda Abramovitz, RN, MSN
Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

Diana Fuller Tate, BN, BSN, OCN
Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, University of Alabama Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL

Clair A Keller, RN, MN, OCN
Medical Profession Education, National Marrow Donor Program, Minneapolis, MN

Barbara A. Matthews, RN, OCN
Nurse Manager, Pennsylvania Oncology Hematology Associates, Philadelphia, PA


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2003

Mallori Hooker, BSN, RN, OCN
Transplant Coordinator, Medical City Hospital, Dallas, TX

Janice Maienza, RN, MSN
Nurse Educator, Hematology Oncology BMT Division, New England Medical Center, Tufts University, Boston, MA

Lenore Rees, RN, BSN, OCN
Patient Care Manager, Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Leslie Wyttenbach, RN, ASD, OCN
BMT/Myelosuppression Unit, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN


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2004

Margaret F. Bevans, RN, MS, AOCN
Senior Nurse Specialist, Research and Practice Development Service, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD

The award was a great honor and allowed me to continue attending professional education meetings while completing my PhD. I have completed two studies in allogenic transplant patients looking at quality of life and psychosocial distress. I am continuing with my passion in this area and expanding my research to include family members (caregivers).
-Margaret Bevans

Amy Meyers, RN, MS, AOCN
Clinical Nurse, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

I feel truly honored to have received this prestigious and generous award. My colleagues that have won this before me are people that I look to as mentors so to have won this award is extremely special. This award will allow me to continue my schooling as I am working on my Masters degree. Upon graduation I plan on staying in the Bone Marrow Transplant field as I feel that is where my heart truly belongs.
-Amy Meyers

Cheryl Tompkins, RN, MSN, CRNP, AOCN
Nurse Practitioner, Stem Cell Transplant Service, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Centers, Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

Lisa Zajac, RN, BSN, OCN
Staff Nurse, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI


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2005

Sallie Brovitz-Palmer, RN, BSN, OCN
Clinical Nurse/Nurse Clinician II, BMT Unit, Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, Baltimore, MD

I still work 30 hrs a week on the BMT unit/BMT clinic and the award enabled me to return to school. I have completed 23 credits of 36 needed to receive my Masters degree in Nursing. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity.
-Sallie Brovitz-Palmer

Laurie Cantrell, RN, BSN, OCN
Staff Nurse, BonSecours St. Francis Health Systems, Greenville, SC

Merrill HowardBSN, RN, OCN
Nurse Clinician, BMT Unit, Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Michelle Wasko, BSN, RN
Patient Care Resource Manager, BMT Program, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, Ohio State University, Columbus

The award provided me with the opportunity to complete my schooling. I am happy to say I graduated in June with a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Systems Management. I am currently working as the Patient Care Resource Manager for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. I continue to work with BMT patients and pursue projects focused on the transplant population. I am currently working with two colleagues on a research article regarding stem cell mobilization processes and infection rates. I hope to continue publications and possibly pursue a doctorate degree. I continue to attend BMT related conferences and plan to present at a conference in February. The award influenced my continued devotion to BMT and the the importance of “paying forward.”
-Michelle Wasko


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2006

Amy M. Federoff, CRNP
Staff Nurse, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

Tracy L. Robinson, RN, BN, CON(C)
Clinical Resource Nurse, Actue Leukemia/Medical Oncology/BMT, Winnepeg, MB, Canada

Rhonda J. Smith, RN, MSN, AOCN, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Case Manager, BMT Unit, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL

…this award has imprinted me with the fact that the work I do in our bone marrow transplant unit does not go unnoticed. I strive to make a difference with my patients’ lives and work hard to make a very difficult experience a whole lot easier. I am frequently told by my patients that their transplant experience was so much different than they had anticipated. What these patients go through to get to the actual transplant is commendable.
-Rhonda Smith

Deborah Wise, RN, MS, AOCNS
BMT Clinical Nurse Specialist, Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, OH


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2007

Rebecca R. Babb, MSP, APRN, CPNP-AC
Research Nurse Specialist, Experimental Transplantation and immunology Branch, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research, Bethesda, MD

Rosemary C. Ford, BA, BSN, OCN
Manager, Transplant Clinic, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA

Kristen Geraghty, RN, MS, ANP-BC
Staff Nurse, Clinical Nurse III, Bone Marrow Transplant Oncology Unit, University of California, San Diego Medical Center (Thornton Hospital), La Jolla, CA

Anna L. Rodriguez, RN, BSN, OCN
Interim Manager, Stem Cell Transplant, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL


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2008

Susan Drago, RN, BSN, OCN, HP (ASCP)
Apheresis Coordinator, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Duke University, Durham, NC

How exciting it was to learn that I had been chosen to receive the Josh Gottheil Career Development Award. Stem cell collection has been my passion here at Duke for the past 20 years and this award will enable me to improve the methods by which we screen our stem cell donors to optimize collection and transplantation of peripheral blood and bone marrow stem cells. On behalf of all BMT nurses I offer my sincere thanks for your support in our efforts to make strides in our practice. This is the highlight of my career!
-Susan Drago

Irma Garcia, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP
Nurse Practitioner, Bone Marrow Transplantation, University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago, IL

Lisa (Johnston) Hanna, RN, BN, OCN
RN Coordinator, Bone Marrow Transplant and Hemotology, University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Care Center and Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

I rely on financial aid, grants and student loans to help finance my education. Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and provide assistance for me as I continue pursuing my education. Becoming a nurse was always my dream: I graduated at age 20 from a college in Scotland and immediately began practicing with Oncology and Hematology patients. I also currently volunteer both as a fund raiser and speaker for the Los Angeles chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
-Lisa Hanna

Monica Munaretto, RN, BSN, OCN
Staff Educator, City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, CA


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2009

Martha Lassiter, MSN, AOCNS, BMTCN
Oncology Clinical Nurse, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

I’ve worked in the field of bone marrow and stem cell transplant since 1985 and was thrilled to be honored [with the Career Development Award]. …my role as a nurse has afforded me opportunities to be touched by people battling through transplant who I would never have the chance to meet in my day to day life. These patients and their families welcome you into their lives during the most stressful of circumstances. It is people like you, Josh and your family, that make this a rewarding career. …I would like to have known Josh.
I will use the scholarship to attend ASBMT annual meeting next year and apply the remainder to the meeting in 2011. As hospital funds are limited, the scholarship will help defray much of the cost I would personally provide. Thank you for your support of oncology nursing through this scholarship. I am deeply honored to be one of the recipients.
-Martha Lassiter

Shirley Mobley, RN, OCN
BMT Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Pamela D. Paplham, DNP, AOCNP, FNP-BC
Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Practitioner, Rosswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

Angela D. Spruill, RN, BSN, OCN
Staff Nurse, University of North Carolina Medical Center, Chapel Hill, NC


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2010

Nikki (Neighbors) Alimi, NP, CNS, MSN, OCN
BMT In-patient Nurse Practitioner, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Barbara Walsh Eron, RN, BSN, OCN, CPON
Staff Nurse, CNIII, University of North Carolina Health Care, Chapel Hill, NC

Dareth (McCoy) Gilmore, MS, RN, CNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Ohio State University James Cancer Center, Columbus, OH

Jamie L. Oliva
BMT Nurse Practitioner, University of Rochester James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, NY


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2011

Jennifer Eldred, RN, OCN
Staff Charge Nurse, University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, AZ

Rhonda Evans, RN, BSN, OCN, BMTCN
Nurse Manager, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, IA

Christine Rimkus, RN, MSN, AOCN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Washington University Siteman Cancer Center, St. Louis, MO

Tina Scherer, RN, MSN, OCN
Oncology Nurse Navigator, Christiana Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, Newark, DE


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2012

Kelly Cherni, BSN, RN, OCN

Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Liza Rodriguez, APRN, AOCNP

Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Practitioner, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, KS

Robin Rosselet, MS, RN, CNP, AOCN

Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Practitioner, The James Cancer Hospital and Research Instittute, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Kathleen Wiley, MSN, RN, AOCNS
Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


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2013

Christina P. Caso, RN, CPON, OCN, BMTCN
Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Program Coordinator, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Rochelle Chiffelle, RN, BAN, MS, NP
Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Practitioner,  Scottsdale Healthcare Cancer Transplant Institute, Scottsdale, AZ

Allison Renee Franco, RN, CPHON
Pediatric BMT Coordinator, Oregon Health and Science University/Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, OR

Terese S. Miceli,  RN, BSN, OCN
BMT Coordinator, Nursing Transplant Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


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2014

Karen Anderson, MN, RN, OCN
Transplant Clinic, Transition Nursing Supervisor, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA

Patricia Van Strien RN, MSN, OCN, CHTC, BMTCN
Bone and Marrow Transplant, BMT Clinical Program Coordinator, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Kavitha Nair RN, BSN, OCN
Bone Marrow Transplant, Assistant Nurse Manager, UTSW University Hospital, Dallas, TX


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2015

Jill Beavers
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital, Hematology & Transplant Clinic, Columbus, OH

Caroline Costello, BSN, MBA, RN, CPON, BMTCN
Clinical Education Coordinator, Boston Children’s Hospital, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Department, Boston, MA

Laura Larsen, RN, OCN
Staff Nurse, Mayo Clinic, Nursing/BMT Department, Rochester, MN

Wendy Madden, RN, MSN, OCN
Nurse Manager, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, Birmingham, AL

Elaine Stenstrup, MSN, ACNS-BC, AOCNS, BMTCN
BMT Quality Project Manager, University of Minnesota Cancer Care, Minneapolis, MN

Christine Symes, RN, MSN, CPN, CPNP, APRN
APRN Nurse Practitioner, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Bone Marrow Transplant Department, Kansas City, MO


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2016

Jennifer Barnett, RN, BSN, RN
Bone Marrow Transplant – Franciscan St. Francis Health, Indianapolis, IN

Alison Bell, DNP, CPNP
Pediatrics NP – City of Hope, Duarte, CA

Katherine von Brecht, RN, MSN, RN
Hematology/Oncology/BMT – St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Mandy Swiecichowski, BSN, RN, CHPN
Bone Marrow Transplant after Care Coordinator – UW Health, Madison, WI


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