Alumni Association Board

2021 Vision and Goals
  • Strengthen interaction amongst alumni globally through social media and networking events
  • Increase and sustain financial support for student professional engagement and/or endeavors
  • Maintain strong enthusiasm and participation from all alumni board members (directors and committee members)
  • Leverage knowledge and expertise from the Marian K. Shaughnessy Leadership Academy through educational offerings and mentorship
  • Support interdisciplinary collaboration across the healthcare spectrum (from the community to academic institutions to health systems)
Board Meeting Dates | 2021
  • Saturday, February 20:  Virtual Board Retreat
  • Wednesday May 26 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST via Zoom
  • Thursday August 19 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST via Zoom (potential for an in-person option)
  • Friday October 22 (annual community meeting at Homecoming) – time TBD
    Executive Board

    Erika Cheung, BSN'12

    Patricia Beam, DNP '15
    Past President

    Ramona Sowers, DNP'09

    Paula Forsythe, BSN'82, MSN'84
    Operational Director

    Kathryn Moore, DNP '07
    Alumni Engagement Director


    Board Members:

    Pat Beam, DNP '15

    Latina Brooks, PhD '02, MSN '98, BSN '95, BA '93

    Theresa Campo, DNP '08

    Erika Cheung, BSN '12

    Mary Alice Dombrowski, DNP '04, MSN '00

    Kathleen Frato, MSN, RN

    *Paula Forsythe, MSN '82, BSN '64

    Heidi Ann Goodwin, MSN '08

    Karen Hogan, ND'83

    Helen Hurst, DNP '08, MSN '99

    Mary Jo Krivanek, DNP '18

    Lauren Kusi, MSN ''20

    Colleen Leners, DNP '12, MSN

    Kathryn Moore, DNP '07

    Germaine Cheryl Nelson, DNP '17, MSN

    *Laura Nosek, PhD '85, MSN '81, BSN '61

    Pamela Slaven-Lee, DNP '08

    Ramona Sowers, DNP '09, MSN

    Courtney Donahue Stathis, DNP '19, MSN

    Mary Louise Tatum, MSN '20

    Joanne Thanavaro, ND '04

    Nancy Wagner, DNP '09



    Committee Members

    Christina Burrell Clark, MSN '08, BSN '04

    Ann Jenkins Farmer, BSN '99

    Heidi Filer, BSN '99

    Julia Golden, BSN '09

    Alice Jiang (Ad Hoc, Nursing Student Representative)

    Marianne Johnstone-Petty, BSN '9

    Ruth O'Brien, PhD, MSN '66

    George Peraza Smith, DNP'12

















    Alumni Association Board Members
    Photo of Patricia Beam

    Professional Development Specialist

    Areas of Expertise: 

    - Nursing Education

    - Pediatric Nursing


    - Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy

    Dr. Beam is the professional development specialist for Pediatric Nursing at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Her research includes examining nurses' reported stress, anxiety, and stress-related growth during COVID-19 and has examined the influence of emotional intelligence and self-awareness on the bedside nurses perception of clinical leadership. Dr. Beam is a member of the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy.She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, The Association of Nursing Professional Development, and the National League of Nursing. As a member of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, she participated in the development of the Core Curriculum for Pediatric Nurse Residencies.


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    Assistant Professor and Director
    Family Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Nursing Education
    - Women’s Health/Primary Care


    - National Black Nurses Association Triple Alumni (with PhD)

    Dr. Latina Brooks is an assistant professor and director of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). In addition to program administration, teaching and research, Dr. Brooks has been a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specializing in primary care for women for over 20 years. She has provided primary care services for women of all ages, with a particular interest in African American women, the medically under served and women with cognitive and functional disabilities.



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    Chair (EMS), Director (ED NP), and Associate Professor Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Family Medicine
    - Emergency Medicine


    American Organization for Nursing Leaders

    Dr. Theresa M. Campo is Chair, Department of EMS, Director, Emergency Nurse Practitioner track, and Associate Clinical Professor at Drexel University. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner with 30 years of experience in emergency and trauma. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

    Dr. Campo is a founding Board Member of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENP), a national organization, and has served as Vice-Chair of the American Nurses Credentialing Center content expert panel for Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification. She was the first nurse appointed to the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physician Board of Directors. A national and international lecturer on emergency and urgent care topics and is an Associate Lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates,

    In addition to numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Campo is also the Co-editor of, “Essential Procedures for the Emergency, Urgent, and Primary Care Settings: A Clinical Companion, 1st and 2nd editions” the 3rd edition will be released February 2021 and has published the first nurse-authored medical imaging and radiograph interpretation text. She is on the Editorial Board for the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal.


    photo of Erika Cheung, FPB Alumni Association Board President

    Alumni Board President

    Registered Nurse
    Special Pathogens Program Coordinator

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Pediatric Nursing
    - Disaster preparedness
    - Emergency Management
    - Infectious Disease


    - Travel Nursing
    - Global Health Nursing

    Erika Cheung is currently working as a nurse in the Pediatric Float Pool at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She also serves as the nurse champion for the Special Pathogens Program and helps to keep CHLA prepared to care for patients with novel

    Prior to landing at CHLA, she got her start at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and then worked as a travel nurse in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. She was originally born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts. In her spare time, she enjoys playing indoor volleyball and traveling the world. So far, Erika has visited twenty countries... only 177 more to go! Her dream job is to work internationally for a humanitarian
    NGO, such as MSF or the UN.

    photo of Mary Alice Dombrowski

    Nurse Practitioner

    Area of Expertise:

    - Pediatric Gastroenterology


    - Holistic Nurses Association

    I was born and raised in Michigan but have lived in Cleveland, OH for 25 years. After graduating with a liberal arts degree from Boston College, I enjoyed working for a few years as a research assistant. Working alongside some brilliant and dedicated nurses, I decided to become a nurse. I went back to school and pursued advance degrees at CWRU, FPB SON.

    Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with and learn from great clinicians and researchers; and feel each experience has led me to the next. Although I am a family nurse practitioner, I have worked primarily in Pediatrics. I spent 10 years in private practice and then joined RBC Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology in 2010.

    I have a strong interest in integrative health and wellness which I hope to continue to incorporate into my clinical practice and research endeavors. Finally, I am married and have three wonderful children; my most challenging and rewarding experience yet!


    photo of Kathy Frato


    Areas of Expertise:

    - Nurse Management
    - Nursing Professional Development

    I have worked for University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center for 45 years before retiring  in various positions from staff Nurse to Manager. I also have experience as a Nursing  Professional Development Coordinator.


    photo of Paula Forsythe

    Past Board President

    Document Writer


    Area of Expertise:

    - Neonatal Nursing

    I believe the experiences, history, and wisdom I acquired by participating on the Alumni Board for two terms of service and fulfilling all the leadership roles, as well as a committee chairperson or member are assets in furthering the Board's future endeavors. Also, the education gleaned by precepting students in the clinical setting and teaching in the FPB SON Pediatric Simulation Lab provides me a broader perspective in making decisions. SHORT BIO: (300 words or less)  

    I received my BSN and MSN, from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, CWRU. I was an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) for Neonatal Services at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, UHCMC, Cleveland Ohio for 31 years, most of which serving as their Division's CNS. I practiced in an academic setting that expected, valued and celebrated educational accomplishments, continued learning and interprofessioanal relationships.

    I was active in the development, implementation and charter formation of the UHCMC APN Council and the APN Clinical Promotion Program, and served as Chair for several years. I have been a faculty member of the InterProfessional Education Program sponsored by CWRU. I currently work PRN for UHCMC as a Document Writer.


    photo of Heidi Goodwin

    Nurse Practitioner
    Certified Nurse Midwife

    Area of Expertise:

    - Women’s Health (breast cancer)


    Nurse Leader Fellowship


    I have been a nurse for 26 years and a nurse practitioner and midwife for almost 13 years. I am a nurse leader currently practicing in the area of surgical breast oncology with my own
    practice at University Hospitals of Cleveland. I specialize in breast, both malignant and benign and I run the high risk breast clinic for the hospital system.

    I manage a group of advanced practice providers and maintain active membership on several hospitals committees. Most recently I was chosen to be a part of the 2021 Nurse Leader Fellowship program at University Hospitals.

    I was born, raised and reside in Mentor, a Cleveland suburb. I have 3 children and 3 step children. My son lives in Jacksonville, Fl and works in politics, my elder daughter is a junior in nursing school and my youngest is a senior in high school and will be attending Kent State in the fall. My husband work in IT at Progessive and my two special needs step sons live nearby, one who works at Walmart. I am honored to be returning to CWRU to serve on the alumni board.

    photo of Karen Hogan

    Nursing Director

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Behavioral Health
    - Emergency Services


    - Magnet Program
    - Former CNO


    Director of Behavioral Health and Emergency Services, the Director of the Magnet Program at the Cleveland Clinic-Marymount. Previously was Chief Nursing Officer- Generations
    Behavioral Health Hospital, Youngstown, Ohio; Director of Nursing-Mercy Health Behavioral Health Institute, Youngstown; Head Nurse Manager, Department of Psychiatry-University
    Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio.

    Received Doctor of Nursing degree through FPB, a BA in Chemistry and Biology-Cedarville University and MSN-Capella
    University. Board Certification-Nurse Executive, Certification-Women in Healthcare Leadership from Weatherhead School of Management, Certification-Lean Six Sigma Practitioner-Kent State University. Served as clinical faculty-several SONs.

    Photo of Helen Hurst

    Department Head and Associate to the Dean

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Obstetrics
    - Women’s Health


    - Editorial board for Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing


    Dr Hurst is a Professor and the LGMC/BORSF Endowed Professor in Nursing, and serves as Department Head and Associate to the Dean at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette,
    with over 25 years’ experience in antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and women’s health care. 

    Helen's passion is promoting evidence-based practice in maternity care to improve maternal/ neonatal outcomes, and advocating for reducing disparities in maternal/child health. She was a member of the AWHONN national expert panel for the Empowering Women to Obtain Needed Care project, and was on the editorial board for Nursing for Women's Health and Healthy Mom and Baby, and is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.

    Helen is a committee member of the Louisiana Pregnancy Associated Morality Review Panel. She has multiple publications. She received the DNP and MSN from Case  Western Reserve University, Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and a BSN and BS in Business from the University of  Southwestern Louisiana.


    photo of Mary Jo Krivanek

    Education Manager

    Areas of Expertise:

    -Leadership Development for nurse managers


    Dr. Krivanek is a Nursing Education Manager for Cleveland Clinic who specializes in leadership development for Nurse Managers and Assistant Nurse Managers. She facilitates nursing professional development courses, an Assistant Nurse Manager Residency, and nurse leader succession planning sessions.

    photo of Colleen Leners

    Director of Policy
    Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Policy Fellow
    - Family Medicine


    Army Nurse Corps

    Colleen Leners is the Director of Policy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing AACN) in Washington, D.C.  AACN serves as the voice of academic nursing, encompassing education, research, and practice. 

    Dr. Leners was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the office of Senator John Thune (R-SD) of the Senate Finance Committee. 

    Colleen serves on the board of Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINER), Case Western Reserve Alumni Board and many committees for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  She has maintained an active family nurse practitioner practice for over 26 years and has served our  country in the United States Army Nurse Corps. 

    She has many notable achievements both civilian and military and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and my of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Leners was awarded the Bronze Star for her service overseas. She received her DNP in Leadership from Case Western Reserve  University, MSN FNP from University of San Diego and her BSN from California State
    University Dominguez Hills.




    photo of Kathryn Moore

    Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Acute and Critical Care
    - Nursing Research


    - Army Nurse Corps
    - Global Health nursing


    I am an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, working in Atlanta, GA with Piedmont Healthcare. I also am adjunct faculty at the Mercer University College of Nursing. I have been in academia since 1997, serving in both faculty and administration roles. I received a PhD from the University of Kentucky in August 2016. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2007, Master's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University in 1996, and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Tennessee State University in 1995.

    I began my nursing career in 1984 with an associate degree in nursing from Columbia State Community College. Before a career in nursing, I had a career in education and received degrees in health education and education from Middle Tennessee State University. I retired from the U.S. Army Nurse Corps at the rank of Colonel in 2017,after duty and in the reserves, to include combat.

    My research interests in both improving clinical practices and developing new concepts. I’m interested in research in the areas of tissue hypoperfusion and hypotension, as well as measuring initial clinical competency and sustainment of clinical competencies in health care providers using high fidelity human patients using high fidelity human patient simulation.

    I’m triple board certified as an AGACNP, ANP, and GNP. To maintain certification in primarybe used in newspapers, journals, magazines, etc . for the care, I volunteer as a healthcare worker in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Haiti.

    When not in the classroom, either literally or virtually, I’m playing tennis or golf. I also love all water sports, particularly stand-up paddle-boarding and whitewater kayaking.
    My teaching philosophy is: “Learning should be fun”.






    photo of Germaine Nelson

    Clinical Program Manager

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Emergency Medicine
    - Community Outreach


    Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy

    Dr. Germaine C. Nelson, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CPXP, CEN is a graduate of The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Case Western Reserve University and is core faculty of the Marian K, Shaughnessy Nursing Leadership Academy.

    An all-encompassing subject matter expert and award-winning transformative nursing and healthcare leader with 20+ years' in emergency services and clinical care of 9/11 responders.


    photo of George Peraza-Smith

    Department Chair
    Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Gerontological Nursing
    - Primary Care
    - Nursing Education

    George Byron Peraza-Smith is a gerontological nurse practitioner and an adult/gerontology
     Education at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Peraza-Smith’s research focuses on the NPs role in the assessment and management of persistent pain in older adults, long-term care, LGBTQ, and NP education.

    Dr. Peraza-Smith is a Professor and serves as the primary care nurse practitioner that specializes in primary care and long-term care. He received his BSN and MSN in Nursing Administration at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Post-Masters GNP Certificate at University of South Florida, and DNP in Nursing Education at Case Western Reserve University.

    Dr._Peraza-Smith’s research focuses on the NPs role in the assessment and management of persistent pain in older adults, long-term care, LGBTQ, and NP education. Dr. Peraza-Smith is a Professor and serves as the department chair for APRN and DNP program with _South University as well as he maintains a private practice with skilled nursing and long-term care.

    George currently serves as the President for the Florida Nurses Association. He is a gerontological nurse practitioner representative of the ANA Gerontological Scope and Standards Work Group revising the Gerontological Nursing Scope and Standards. George is the president of the Gerontology Nurses Certification Commission that has created the first specialty certification for the ARNP Gerontological Specialist released in March 2018.




    photo of Pamela Slaven-Lee

    Associate Professor and Senior Dean for Academic Affairs

    Areas of Expertise:

    -Healthcare Simulation
    -Nursing Education


    Pamela Slaven-Lee, DNP, FNP-C, CHSE, FAANP is a clinical associate professor and the senior associate dean for academic affairs at the George Washington University School of Nursing. Prior to GW Nursing, Dr. Slaven-Lee held _faculty appointments at Georgetown University and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

    She is a Sigma Theta Tau Leadership Academy scholar. Dr. Slaven-Lee is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), with expertise in curricular integration of simulation and simulation design and evaluation in advanced practice nursing education. She is currently researching formative simulation assessment models and the impact of simulation based learning on student learning outcomes in nurse practitioner education.

    She is a Founding Board Member of Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization with a mission of preserving memories of fallen US service members honoring those who directly serve and teaching the value of freedom.  She is family nurse practitioner and fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

    photo of Ramona Sowers

    Family Nurse Practitioner, Medicine Service
    Dept of Neurology Sleep Medicine
    Department of Veteran Affairs


    photo of Mary Louise Tatum

    Nurse Practitioner

    Area of Expertise:

    - Psychiatric Nursing



    Mary Louise Tatum has experience in research, academia, and healthcare internationally, as well as in the rural and urban environments of the United States. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner her passion is to identify strengths, goals, and provide hope for those who are distressed and need support to achieve an improved quality of life.

    As a leader, she is motivated to expand her knowledge and ability to engage in behavioral health practice that allows all people the same opportunity for best healthcare outcomes.


    Alumni Association Committee Members
    photo of Christina Clark

    Nurse Practitioner

    Area of Expertise:

    - Acute Care


    My name is Christina Clark, a native Clevelander, wife, mother of 2 beautiful children and dedicated Acute Care Nurse Practitioner since 2008.

    Since graduation, I’ve held a number of roles as a Nurse Practitioner across multiple specialties and various clinical settings. My clinical acumen has equipped me with the knowledge and skill set to precept both undergraduate and graduate nursing students for the entirety of my career as a nurse.


    photo of Julia Golden

    Nurse Practitioner

    Area of Expertise:

    - Pediatric Oncology

    My involvement with the FPB board began as a new graduate in 2009 and has continued in various forms and positions through four moves, four jobs and three babies. It brings me joy to serve my alma mater and I am glad to be part of _this ever-evolving board that is  consistently an enthusiastic, dedicated group of FPB Alumni!

    photo of Alice Jiang

    Ad Hoc Committee Member

    FPB Student Representative

    Nursing Student VP of Alumni Relations (USNA)

    I'm currently a second-year nursing student from NYC. Currently, I'm the Vice President of Alumni Relations for USNA (Undergraduate Student Nurses Association) at FPB. In addition to that, I am also one of the office assistants for the Alumni Relations Department at FPB. This year I have the honor of being the Student Representative for the Alumni Board.

    photo of Marianne Johnstone-Petty

    Director, Interprofessional Palliative Care Education

    Area of Expertise:

    - Palliative Care

    Marianne graduated from CWRU FPB SON in Spring 1994. Academically, she obtained a MS with FNP focus, a Master's Certificate of Nursing Education with a focus on clinical education, and a DNP with a project thesis focused on the completion of advance directives within a primary care clinic. Professionally, as a nurse, she has worked in the_NICU, PICU, and adult surgery, and then as a FNP, at the Univeristy of Alaska Student Health Center and for the past 7 years as a Palliative Care clinician within an >300 acute bed hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Palliative Care has renewed her love of nursing. Personally, she is married to her best friend, has two daughters, and a sweet old dog named Tally

    photo of Lauren Kusi

    Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Psychiatric Nursing
    - Behavioral Health

    Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Lauren Beverlee Kusi, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is currently a psychiatric nurse practitioner credentialed at Metrohealth Medical Center. She has been a nurse since 2013, and started her love for psychiatry by working at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia.

    Lauren attended Cleveland public schools until sixth grade. She then attended the Andrew school for girls in Willoughby, Ohio where she graduated in June of 2000. She continued her education at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia until her mother died in 2001 in which she decided to return home due to family obligations. Later she completed her bachelor’s degree at Hondros College of Nursing in Independence, Ohio.

    In 2016, Lauren decided to attend Francis Bolton school of nursing at the Case Western Reserve University to pursue her master’s degree in nursing.  While pursuing her master’s degree,she was awarded a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant.  She graduated with her masters degree in 2020. 

    Lauren currently lives in Solon, Ohio where she is active PTA member at Orchard Middle School. In her spare time Lauren enjoys swimming, traveling, and cooking with her son.  Lauren is an active member with Northeast Ohio Nurse Practitioner (NEONP) and Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN).






    Area of Expertise:

    - Public Health Nursing


    Former nursing professor

    American Academy of Nursing, American Nurses Association, Colorado Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of University Women

    photo of Courtney Donahue Stathis

    Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Stroke Nursing
    - Acute Care


    - Catholic Nurses Association

    International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico- Social Assistants (CICIAMS), UN Youth Representative, National Association of Catholic Nurses (Awards Committee member), American Stroke Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

    photo of Joanne Thanavaro

    Associate Dean
    Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Cardiovascular Nursing
    - Gerontological Nursing

    Dr. Thanavaro is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Education at Saint Louis University, Trudy Busch Valentine. School of Nursing. She also serves as the director of the Advanced Practice programs and DNP programs at Saint Louis University.
    She received her MSN in Cardiovascular Nursing Research at St. Louis University, her post- master’s certificate as an_Adult Nurse Practitioner at the University of Missouri and her post-
    master’s certificate as an_Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Southern Indiana University. Her doctorate in nursing is from Case Western Reserve University.

    Dr. Thanavaro is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is actively engaged in clinical practice and is the founder of the health resource NP run clinic at Saint Louis University. She has published widely and spoken locally and nationally on topics related to advanced nursing practice with a focus on cardiovascular.

    Her book, Clinical Decision Making for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners, was released in 2016


    photo of Nancy Wagner

    Director and Professor

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Pediatric Nursing
    - Nursing Education


    - Global Health Nursing


    Nancy Wagner is the director and professor of the Youngstown State University Centofanti School of Nursing, where she has been on the faculty for more than 25 years and has led the school since 2013. She is an alumna of the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University and earned her DNP at Frances Payne Bolton in 2009.

    Prior to teaching, her professional career began at Cincinnati Children's Hospital where she cared for children with cystic fibrosis and their families. Some of Nancy's professional highlights include creation of the John and Dorothy Masternick Nursing Simulation lab, accompanying students and faculty to Mexico for a mission and organizing a study abroad trip to Israel where the students experienced care of patients at Galilee Medical Center, a hospital near the Lebanese border.

    Her research focused on scenario simulation, under-served students and incarcerated mothers and babies.  She is a member of various community organizations and has been recognized for her leadership.  Most recently she was awarded the FPB Alumni Award for Excellence.