40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders Awards Recipients

The 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders Awards was established by the Illinois Nurses Foundation to highlight and celebrate young nurse leaders who are impacting health care and the nursing profession today and who undoubtedly shape the future of the profession.

40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders Award Recipients

First Name Last Name Credentials Employer
Hiba Abbas BSN, RN Access Community Health Network
Ma. Eliza Michaela Alcantara BSN, RN Rush University Medical Center
Blanca Gabriela Alvarez BSN, RN, CDE Esperanza Health Centers
Linda Anders MBA, MSN, RN, CSRN UnityPoint Health – Trinity
Anna Baboulas DNP, APRN, FNP-BC Women’s Group of Northwestern
Elisabeth Barrett DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CNL Rush University College of Nursing
Mackenzie Elaine Bauhs BSN, RN, CWON, CMSRN Rush University Medical Center
Kathryn C. Booth MSN, RN, CNL Illinois Masonic
Emily Brey MSN, RN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, CDE Rush University Medical Center
Katherine Bulthuis MSN, APRN, CCNS Advocate Children’s Hospital
Minsueng Chu DNP, APRN, FNP-BC University of Illinois Chicago, College of Nursing
Maura Conlin BSN, RN UI Health
Veronica Galvalisi MSN, APRN, FNP Esperanza Health Centers
Stacy Gilbert RN Advocate Christ Medical Center
Christy Gomez DNP, MSN, APRN, AG-ACNP UI Health
Thao Griffith PhD, RN Loyola University Chicago
Anabel Guzman MSN, RN University of Chicago Medical Center
Joseph Hernandez BSN, RN United Airlines
Thomas Houchins DNPc, RN, CCRN University of Chicago Medicine
Greg Jennings MS, APRN, FNP-C Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing
Nathanael Karch DNP, RN, PCCN-K Loyola University Medical Center
Amy Kiefer BSN, RN Loyola University Chicago
Amanda LaMonica-Weier DNPc, MSN, RN, MAT, CMSRN, CNL Rush University College of Nursing
Raymond Ledda MSN, RN, CRRN Rush University Medical Center
Jennifer Love MBA, BSN, RN, CEN Memorial Medical Center
Teena Mathew MSN, RN, CCRN Amita health Holy Family Medical Center
Sara McPherson PhD, MSN, RN University of Illinois Chicago, College of Nursing
Lindsey Menard BSN, RN, SCRN UI Health
Caitlin A. Murphy DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AOCNP Rush University Medical Center
Emma Oanes DNP, RN University of Illinois Chicago, College of Nursing/ Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Jaylen Perez BSN, RN Norwegian American Hospital
Isis Reyes MSN, APRN, AG-ACNP-BC Rush University Medical Center
Brianne Riley MSN, RN, CNL, OCN Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Alexandra Sophia Sontag DNP, MSN, RN, CNL, FNP-BC Chicago Public Schools
Thomas Tockey RN, CMSRN Northwestern Medicine Northwest Region
Susan Tracy MSN, RN University of Illinois Chicago, Springfield campus
Chrisrose Vadakara APRN, FNP-C Edwards Jr. Hines Veterans Affair
Bernard Vonderhaar DNP, APRN, PMHNP University of Illinois Chicago, College of Nursing
Rebecca Vortman DNP, RN, CNOR University of Illinois Chicago, College of Nursing
Kristen Zambetti MBA, MSN, RN, CBC Northwestern Medicine
First Name Last Name Credentials Employer
Angel Arroyo MSN, RN, CCTC Northwestern Transplant Program
Monika Barthelmes BSN, RN, CNRN University of Illinois Hospital.
Katherine Breen PhD candidate, MSN, BSN, BS, RN, CVRN-BC, RWJFNS Memorial Medical Center & The University of Illinois at Chicago
Elena Caro DNP, RN La Rabida Children’s Hospital
Bettianne Casper MSN, RN St. John’s College
Jessica Clark MPH, BSN, RN Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Nicole Delinski DNP, RN, CCRN OSF HealthCare
Kimberly Duback MS, APRN, PCNS-BC, CPN, CPHON Advocate Children’s Hospital
Chloe Haney DNP, APRN, FNP-BC Norwegian American Hospital
Ashley Hasselbring MSN, RN, CCRN University of St. Francis & Amita St. Joseph Medical Center
Alison Hernandez PhD, RN-BC Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University 
Bridget Heroff MSN, RN, PEL-CSN Round Lake Area School District 116
Maureen Hofmann MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, AFN-BC University of Illinois at Chicago Division of Specialized Care for Children
Brittany Hohoff BSN, RN Rush University Medical Center , 2×2 Health: Private Health Concierge
Michael Huyck BSN, RN-CEN Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Chicago, Illinois
Bethany LeBron BSN, RN, MBA Northwestern Medicine
Nury Marcelo MSN RN- CCHP DuPage County Sheriff’s Office
Gina Martin MSN, RN-BC The Joint Commission
Michelle Martinez BSN, RN UIC College of Nursing ,Practice and Community Partnerships,Mile Square Humboldt Park
Matthew Mason MSN, RN Edward Hines,  Jr. Vetetans Administration
Katherine McArdle BSN, MSN, RN, CNL Rush University College of Nursing
David Miller DNP, MSN, RN, CENP, CNL, CRRN Independence Plus
Nominee’s Name CREDENTIALS Employer
Jennifer Ocampo BSN, RN, CRRN Advocate Christ Medical Center
April Odom MSN, APRN, CRRN, FNP-BC Advocate Medical Group 
Onyeisi Ogbomeh MSN-L, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, NE-BC Harvest Team Healthcare Initiatives
John Patterson BSN, RN, CMSRN SwedishAmerican
Kathryn Perticone MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, MSW Rush University Medical Center
Brooke Piper DNP, MSN, RN Olivet Nazarene University
Ashley Pond MSN, RN-BC SwedishAmerican
Jenna Reeh DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC University of Illinois at Chicago
Jennifer Reilly BSN, RN, CMSRN Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Jaclyn Rodriguez BSN, BS, RN, SANE-A Office of the Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul
Melissa Sautter DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC UIC College of Nursing, Institute for Healthcare Innovation, Policy and Practice Initiatives
Adam Spurlock DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-C, CNL Rush Oak Park Hospital​​
Lanette Stuckey MSN, RN, CNE, CMSRN Lakeview College of Nursing
Andy Vasquez BSN, RN Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the Transplant and Hepatology Department
Kimberly Wittmayer MS, APRN, PCNS-BC, AP-PMN Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn
Ebonie Wright BSN, RN, CWON Office of Inspector General, DCFS 
Nicole Wynn DNP, RN-BC Rush University Medical Center
Stephanie Yohannan DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC Rush University Medical Center
First Name Last Name Credentials Employer
Michelle Allen EdD, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE, CHSE Dominican University
Stacy Arriola MSN, BS, RN Camp Red Leaf-Jewish Council for Youth Services & Chamberlain University (Chicago Campus)
Trevor Barnum BSN, RN, CCRN Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Medicine
Andrew Bresnahan MSN, RN Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Timothy Carrigan PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE Rush University Medical Center
Hillary Crumlett BSN, MS, RN Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
Jodi Cunningham RN, BSN, OCN Developmental Therapeutics – Lurie Cancer Center
Heide Cygan DNP, RN, PHNA-BC Rush University College of Nursing-Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing
Katherine de los Trinos-Ocampo MAT, MSN, APRN, FNP-C Chamberlain University/Galilee Medical Center
Michelle Ertel DNAP, CRNA SIUE & Belleville Memorial Hospital
Lindsey Garfield PhD, RN Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Katie Gonzalez MSN, RN, RN-BC Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Shannon Halloway PhD, RN Rush University College of Nursing
Brandy Hatcher MSN, RN, CNL Rush University Senior Care
Katherine Hess MS, BSN, RN-BC Chamberlain University
Andrey Ibragimov MSN, RN, CNOR Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Karen Jennings PhD, RN, APRN Rush University/University of Chicago
Julie Johnson MS, RN, CPHON, CPN Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital & Loyola University Chicago
Anna Julia Berg BSN, RN, SCRN University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
Melissa Kalensky DNP, FNP-BC, CNE Rush University College of Nursing
Carol Kindleberger APRN, FNP-BC Esperanza Health Centers
Drew Kirkley DNP, A-GNP Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
Katie Koerner DNP, MBA, RN, CNML Rush Copley Medical Center
Anna Lozoya JD, RN Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Megan Malladi MSN, RN, CMSRN Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Gwyneth Milbrath PhD, RN, MPH, CEN University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing
Maritza Moreno BSN, RN-BC UI Health/Internal Medicine Clinic
Beata Palarz MSN, RN-BC, CNL Rush Oak Park Hospital & Rush University College of Nursing
Virginia Reising DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, PEL-CSN University of Illinois-Chicago (Health Systems Sciences Department)
Sarah Richmond
First Name Last Name Credentials Employer
Melissa Angulo DNP, APN, AG-ACNP, SCRN UI Health
Lydia Bertschi DNP, ACNP-BC Illinois Wesleyan University
Jaime Biagioni RN, BSN, CCRN-K Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn
Jorge Cervantes BSN, RN, CCRN Mt, Sinai Hospital, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, PNI, Inc
Simendea Clark MSN, RN Chamberlain University
Gillian Connolly APN, RN Esperanza Health Centers
Rachel Daniel MSN, RN, CMSRN Memorial Medical Center
Kristina Davis MS, MSN, MPH, RN, CNL Presence Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
Jill Dodaro MSN, RN-BC UnityPoint Health – Peoria
Emily Enstrom CVRN-BC, MS, TNS, ATC, LAT Memorial Medical Center
Therese Gallagher DNP, APN, FNP-BC, CNL Rush University College of Nursing
Yazmin Gonzalez-Ruiz BSN, RN PrimeCare Community Health
Alexandra Groszko-Savageau BS, BSN, RN, NSP-OEC 2×2 Health: Private Health Concierge
Alaina Hamilton MSN, RN Unitypoint Health Methodist College of Nursing
Daniel Ioan Dimian MSN, MBA, RN Northshore University Systems- Skokie Hospital
Casey Ketchum BSN, RN University of Chicago Hospital
Margaret Konieczny MSN, APN, CNP, AGPCNP-BC, CMSRN Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Cari Kosiba MSN, RN William Rainey Harper College
Alina Kraynak MSN, RN Rush University Medical Center
Amanda Lee MSN, PPCNP-BC Access Community Health Network
Angela Lepkowski MSN, RN, PEL-CSN, NCSN University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
Anne Lindstrom MS, APN, FNP-BC, SCRN Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital< Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
Angela Maeder PhD, RNC-OB Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital
Marge Marouni MS, RN Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Lauren Martin RN, CEN Roseland Community Hospital
Meggan Mikal MS, APN, PCNS-BC, CPNP, CHPPN Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn
Mary Molloy MSN, RN, OCN Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Esmeralda Ochoa BSN, RN Chamberlain University
Jean Reidy MSN, MPH Erie Family Health Center
Lauren Robertson BSN, RN, CGRN Rush Oak Park Hospital
Jessica Rosati MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNL, RNC-OB Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital
Renita Sanders MSN, RN City Colleges of Chicago, Malcolm X College and Morton College
Iswarya Srinivasan BSN, RN, IBCLC Weissbluth Pediatrics
Kevin Stein DNAP, CRNA, APRN Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing
Ashley Stewart MSN, RN, CNL, CMSRN Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Jen’nea Sumo PhD, RN Rush University College of Nursing
Kelly Ulrich RN, BSN Advocate Children’s Heart Institute
Kelly Vaez DNP, FNP-BC University of Illinois College of Nursing
Benson Wright MSN, RN, CTN-B Echo Consulting Group, a US Acute Care Solutions Company
Rachelle York MSN, RN Presence Mercy Medical Center
First Name Last Name Credentials Employer
Gloria Barrera MSN, RN, PEL-CSN District 229 OLCHS, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DePaul University
Rachael Beard EdD, MSN, Med, RN School of Nursing, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Amanda Buechel BSN, RN Advocate Christ Medical Center
Mary Byrn PhD, RN Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University
Emily Chin PhD, RNC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Ashley Denny BSN, RN, OCN Northwestern Medicine
Ann Eckhardt PhD, RN Illinois Wesleyan University School of Nursing
Jacqueline Eva Garcia MSN, APN, FNP-C Fenix Family Health Center
Fallon Flowers BS, RN Loyola University Chicago
Jennifer Gambon Lucas RN, MSN, FNP-BC Loyola University Chicago
Eli Heicher MSN, RN Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System
Emily Herbert MSN, FNP-C Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Robin Johnson MS, APN, CPNP University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Abigail Kristine Ault MSN, RN Unity Point Clinic – Family Medicine Residency, OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center
Kylea Liese PhD, MSN, APN, CNM Department of Women, Children and Family Health Sciences UIC College of Nursing
Sarah Livesay DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, ACNS-BC Department of Adult and Gerontological Care Rush University College of Nursing
Saria Lofton PhD, RN University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Hana Malik DNP, APN, FNP-BC Illinois College of Nursing
Anne Marie Mullins BSN, RN, PEL-CSN, NCSN Niles Township High School District 219
Nicole Marlow RN Perry County Health Department
Irene Mendez BSN, RN Neuro-Spine ICU, Northwestern Medicine
Stephanie Mendoza MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM Norwegian American Hospital
Anna Middleton BSN, RN, CVN, CCRN Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Angela Moss PhDc MSN, APN-BC, RN Rush University College of Nursing
Elizabeth Myers BSN, RN 2×2 Health: Private Health Concierge
Kathryn O’Brien BSN, RN, MBA, NE-BC Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Gina Panozzo MSN, RN, DNP (candidate) Aurora University, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Rasmussen College
Rachel Reichlin MPH, MSN, CTN-B Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS)
Gabrielle Sauder BSN, MSN, CPNP Norwegian American Hospital 
Sallanshell Simpson BSN, RN, CNRN Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Megan Smith BSN, RN Amita Health – LaGrange
Caitrin Sobota MSN, RN William Rainey Harper College
Dr. Stefani Motkar DNP, APN, ACAG-BC Gulf Coast Pulmonary
Naomi Twigg PhD, PHCNS-BC, RN University of Illinois at Chicago
Reenu Varghese DNP, APN, NP-C Community House Call Services
Brandi Venvertloh MSN, RN, CPN Blessing Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Miriam Vera BSN, RN  
Carmen Vergara RN-BSN, MPH Esperanza Health Centers
Paige Wilson RN, MSN, CMSRN Northwestern Medicine
Ellen Yau BS, BSN, RN Chamberlain College of Nursing
First Name Last Name Credentials Employer
Rebecca Abraham RN-BSN Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Diana Bahena MSN, APN, FNP-BC, TNS Kare First
Juana Ballesteros BSN, RN, MPH Illinois Department of Public Health
Jennifer Bond RN, MS, CCRN-K Memorial Medical Center, Springfield
Fawn Cothran PhD, RN, GCNS-BC Rush University
Elizabeth Florez PhD, RN DePaul University
Dan Fraczkowski MSN, RN Tenet Health
Sarah Gabua DNP, RN 2nd Act Consulting
Jennifer  Grenier MSN, RN-BC Rush Oak Park Hospital
Alyssa Grzegorzewski BSN, RN Alexian Brother Hospital and Medical Center
Guadalupe Hernandez MSN, APN, FNP-BC Primary Healthcare Specialist
Lizabeth Hernandez MSN, RN Richland Community College
Michelle Heyland DNP, APN, PMHNP-BC Rush College of Nursing
Amanda Hopkins PhD, RN Illinois Wesleyan University
Simi Jesto Joseph DNP, APN, NP-C GI Solutions
Shana Kennon BSN, RN OSF Holy Family Medical Center
Suzanna D. Kopec BSN, RN, CHPN Rainbow Hospice
Amber S. Kujath PhD, RN, ONC Rush University, College of Nursing
Sam Logan APN, CNP Frances Nelson, a program of Promise Healthcare
Lauren R. Mardirosian BSN, RN Memorial Health Systems
Michelle Matthews MSN, RN-BC Parkland Community College
Megan E. McDowell MS, RN, CCRN Harper College
Nicole Murphy RN, BSN, CCRN Rush University Medical Center
Nicholas A. Nelson MS, RN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, CPN Loyola University Medical Center
Amelia Perez PhD, RN Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing
Erin Raether RN, BSN, CLC Erie Family Health Center
Monique Reed PhD, RN Rush University College of Nursing
Amy Rowe BSN,RN,CCRN Edward Hospital
Diana I. Salihar BSN, RN, PEL-CSN Ridgeland School District #122
Christine M. Tatom MSN, RN, CCRN Rush Oak Park Hospital
Sarah Tenuto MSN, RN, CNL Amita Health Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital
Kelly Trainor APN, CPNP Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Natalie Velazquez BSN, RN, CNOR Rush University Medical Center
Christina Wagener MSN, APN, CNP Oak Street Health
Teresa White DNP, RN-BC SwedishAmerican Hospital
Sheri Winsper MSN, MSHA, RN not currently employed
Valerie Wright MSN, RN, CEN Lincoln Land Community College
Christine Yaeger MSN, RN, CCRN, CPN Edward Hospital
Charles Yingling DNP, APN, FNP-BC PCC Community Wellness Center, University of Illinois
Mastura Zalwango APN, ANP-C Zalwango Wellness Concierge

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