Supporting Transplant Nurses

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

At its outset and working with the Oncology Nursing Society The Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Lymphoma Research was dedicated to honoring bone marrow transplant nurses. Today the continued support from Josh’s Fund enables the Oncology Nursing Foundation (ONF) via its review team of transplant nursing professionals to annually select outstanding nurses to receive the Josh Gottheil Memorial Career Development Award. With their awards, these nurses have been able to further their knowledge and skills from a time when bone marrow transplant was the primary treatment to today when stem cell transplant is an advanced treatment for lymphoma and other blood related cancers. The awards enable transplant nurses to attend conferences and workshops and disseminate the knowledge gained with their peers.

Due to the complications of attending conferences during the COVID-19 pandemic, some recipients have been unable to accept or have had to defer awards. On a positive note, Josh’s Fund has been able to increase support during this same period of time and thus the number of awardees selected by ONF annually has increased. The past recipients of the Josh Gottheil Memorial Career Development Award are listed below by the year in which they received the award.

Recipients of the Oncology Nursing 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     2017     2018     2019     2020     2021     2022     2023

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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Thank you for your donations to the Oncology Nursing Society. I’m a pediatric Oncology nurse practitioner specializing in stem cell transplant. I was awarded the Josh Gottheil Bone Marrow Transplant Career Development Award. With this I was able to attend an international stem cell conference in Barcelona, Spain. I hope that my work and efforts will prove worthy of the name the award represents. Thanks again…
-Alison Bell

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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Morgan Brady, BSN, RN, CPHON®
Staff Nurse I, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Unit – Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MS

Brittany Callahan, RN
RN, Blood Cancer Center – Mercy Health-Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Mita Roy Chowdhury, RN, MSN
Clinical Specialist, Bone Marrow Transplant – Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Rebecca Davis, MSN, BSN, RN
BMT Transplant Nurse Coordinator – University of North Carolina Health Care, Chapel Hill, NC

Lisa Wesinger, RN
Clinical Nurse, Hematology Special Care Unit – Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

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James Burgess, MBA, BSN, RN
Pediatric Oncology Nurse III, BMT – St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Carmen Everhart, BSN, RN OCN®
RN, CNIII Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic – Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC

Jennifer Margolis, RN, BSN
RN Clincal Coordinator, Cancer Center BMT – Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Rene Mashikian, MSN, RN, PHN, OCN®
CNVI Charge Nurse, BMT Unit – City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, CA

Melissa Nagin, RN, BSN, OCN®
RN 2, Blood and Marrow Transplant – University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

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Aiya Alberg, BSN, RN
RN2 – University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle WA

…because of Josh and their [Josh’s Fund supporters] generosity, we are making progress every day to fight hematologic cancers and hopefully improve the patient experience during and beyond treatment. I am humbled to be a recipient of this award, and I treasure the experience I had attending the TCT conference in Florida. I will forever be inspired and motivated to improve my practice and encourage my community with the knowledge I have gained.
-Alya Alberg

Adrienne Catedral, BSN, RN, BMTCNm
Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinator – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

I hope to inspire and encourage more of my team-mates, pediatric hematology and oncology RNs and NPs, to be involved in the Oncology Nursing Foundation. It will be an invaluable experience and education in the latest practices of Bone Marrow Transplant treatment, and it would not have been possible without this grant. As a nurse clinician, we are at the bedside administering new chemotherapies and executing new treatment plans on a regular basis.
-Adrienne Catedral

Kate Gaspar, RN, BSN, BMTCN
Lead Clinical Nurse – Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

See more from the messages of the 2019 award recipients and excerpts from the 2020 Stewardship Report of the Oncology Nursing Foundation.

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Amber Kerr, RN, BSN, OCN, BMTCN
5C Adult BMT, RN – M Health Fairview, Minneapolis, MN

Sherry Young, RN, BSN, BMTCN
Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Clinical Nurse III – UNC Health, Chapel Hill, NC

One of my favorite lectures… was about financial toxicity. I learned about many different factors that can contribute to this and the stress it can cause during all stages of the bone marrow transplant process. …I now feel better prepared to assess my patients for signs of financial toxicity, initiate a discussion about this topic, seek resources, and help my colleagues provide more comprehensive care.
-Sherry Young

Marybeth Tetlow, MSN, RN, BMTCN, CPN, CNIV
Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant, Clinical Nurse IV – Duke University Health System, Durham, NC

Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Pediatrics, RN BMT Case Manager – Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, NE

A Palliative care MD had a talk on how to have hard conversations with families and patients and to get palliative care consulted as soon as possible. It was a very interesting presentation, and I gained a lot of knowledge on what not to say. A patient should never stop hoping, just change what they hope for is necessary at the end of life.
-Amy Brant

Corinna Dyl, BSN, RN, BMTCN
Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, RN – UF Health Shands, Gainesville, FL

Stephanie Gasser, MSN, RN-BC
Oncology PCU/ Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, RN – Banner University Medical Center, Oro Valley, AZ

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Diona Gilson, RN, BSN, BMTCN
Clinical Nurse — West Penn Hospital, Shippensburg, PA

Haesu Jin “Jessica”, RN, BSN, BMTCN
Clinical Nurse III — Duke University Medical Center, Chapel Hill, NC

Katherine Fournier, RN, BSN, CPHON, BMTCN
Staff Nurse II — Boston Children’s Hospital, Bradford, MA

More important than all the knowledge I gained while attending this conference is the excitement and initiative, I am excited to bring back to my institution. …I was connected with representatives from Be the Match… about creating a drive for my colleagues to get new donors on the … registry.
-Katherine Fournier

Intake RN Specialist — M Health Fairview (University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital), Chanhassen, MN

Expanding on roughly 17 years of oncology and stem cell transplant experience, firsthand watching the field revolutionize with the addition of cellular, gene, and immunotherapies, the 2021…Career Development Award allows me the opportunity to attend the Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings.
-Lisa Burke

Laurel Holland, BSN, RN, CN2
Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC

Amanda Ayala, RN, BSN, CPN
Cook Children’s Medical Center Fort Worth, TX

Cindy Cao, RN, BSN, OCN, BMTCN
Clinical Nurse — Bowyer Oncology Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Edward Kao, RN, BSN, PCCN
Clinical Nurse II — Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, CA

There was so much to learn at the conference….I think one of the biggest takeaways that stuck with me is the session about discussing what the patient values. It resonated deeply with me, and I think really hits patient-centered care at the core… answers are different for each individual and I am inspired to continue putting these questions at the center of my care so that the patient feels seen and heard.
-Edward Kao

Danica Dorlette, MPH, BSN, RN, OCN
Nurse Clinician — New York Presbyterian at Weill Cornell Medical Center New York City, NY

Megan Bolling, BSN, RN, CPHON, BMTCN
RN/Bedside Nurse — St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Brittany Root, BSN, RN, CPHON, BMTCN
Staff Nurse II — Boston Children’s Hospital, Lancaster, MA

Thank you so much for providing me the opportunity to learn so much about my patient population, complications they may face, and future of stem cell transplants. The last few years in healthcare have been extra tough, and after attending this conference, I feel reenergized and ready to share my knowledge with others!
-Brittany Root

Christina Baker, BSN, RN, BMTCN
Registered Nurse Leader — UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA

I am leaving this conference with a wealth of new knowledge, new ideas for organization, and new mentors! I am forever thankful to have had this opportunity to attend a conference like this. I have been a nurse 9 years; and this has been one of the greatest things I’ve done thus far in relation to my profession career.
-Christina Baker

Megan Bainer, MS-RN
RN — Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoeniz, AZ

Megan Marmol, RN, BSN
Senior Professional Staff Nurse 1 — UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA

Erin Hillmon, MSN, RN, BMT-CN
Clinical Educator — Seidman Cancer Center University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Lori Storm-Snyder, BSN, RN, LCSW
RN — Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Lauren Walford, BSN, RN, BMTCN
Case Management Nurse — Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, NE

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Nancy Austin, RN-BSN, BMTCN
Adult Blood, Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant, Clinical Nurse III — Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC

Ivey Jowers, RN, OCN, BMTCN
Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Coordinator — Emory University Hospital, Winship Cancer Institute, Atlanta, GA

Donnabelle Zita Pulanco, CN II
BMT, Clinical Nurse II — Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, CA

Alan Richter, RN
Registered Nurse, Blood Marrow Transplant — Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Stacy Rooker, RN, BSN, BMTCN
BMT & CAR T Program, Transplant & CAR T Case Manager — Nebraska Medicine, Buffet Cancer Center, Omaha, NE

Lucina Todl, RN, BSN, CMSRN
Stem Cell Transplant Program, Nurse Manager — University Hospital’s Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

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