Current Legacy Fellows

While nurses improve the lives of individual patients and their families as part of the healthcare system, nurse scientists impact entire patient populations. They redefine practices and policies across healthcare systems and educate the next generation of nurse leaders.

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing seeks to honor this rich history through its Legacy Fellows, which are an elite group of high achieving individuals as demonstrated by their academic performance, research interests, and professional leadership.


Meet Some of Our Legacy Fellows

Julia Blanchette
Julia Blanchette BSN, RN, CDE

Hometown: Woodbridge, Connecticut
Education: Case Western Reserve University, BSN 2014
Research Area: Self-Management of Health and Illness
Research Topic: Financial stress in emerging adults with type 1 diabetes transitioning from pediatric to adult health care
Mentor/Advisor: Valerie Toly

Why did you choose Case Western Reserve University?
I attended the BSN program at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University from 2010 to
2014. During my time as a BSN, I was able to do research with Dr. Rebecca Darrah in the nursing school as a SOURCE scholar. When I decided to go straight into the BSN to PhD program without work experience, I felt confident that Case Western Reserve would provide me the resources, faculty expertise and experience I was looking for.

Why did you decide to pursue a PhD in nursing?
I have had type 1 diabetes since I was seven years old and always wanted to pursue a career in health care. I decided to pursue a PhD in nursing because I wanted to make a difference beyond providing nursing care to adolescents and emerging adults with type 1 diabetes. The summer after I graduated with my BSN, I worked at a diabetes camp as the nurse for the oldest campers. Although I had amazing support and a smooth time managing my diabetes and overall well-being, I realized not everyone has that same experience. I knew I offered a unique perspective on many issues that people with type 1 diabetes face and was determined to make a difference.

What do you like most about Cleveland?
I like that Cleveland feels like home. When I first came to Cleveland in 2010, I could never see myself living here permanently, since it's so different from New England. As the years went on, I found myself liking more and more about Cleveland. I like that it isn't too huge of a city but still big enough. I like all of the hospitals and health care resources. I like the diabetes community (JDRF Northeast Ohio and Camp Ho Mita Koda). I like the people here. Now, I never want to leave!

What is a fun fact about yourself?
My three favorite things are diabetes education, cats and pickles!


Grant Pignatiello
Grant Pignatiello

Hometown: Brunswick, Ohio
Education: Case Western Reserve University, BSN 2013
Research Area: Self-Management of Health and Illness
Research Topic: Cognitive and behavioral mechanisms involved in decision making and responsiveness to decision support among surrogate decision makers of ICU patients.
Mentor/Advisor: Ronald Hickman


Christine Horvat Davey
Christine Horvat Davey

Hometown: Brunswick, Ohio
Education: University of Toledo, BSN; University of Toledo, BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a minor in chemistry
Research Area: Self-Management of Health and Illness
Research Topic: Self-management of fatigue in individuals with end-stage renal disease
Mentor/Advisor: Allison Webel

Why did you choose Case Western Reserve University?
I decided to attend Case Western Reserve due to its reputation for providing excellent education and producing top nurse scientists. The exceptional faculty and numerous clinical and research affiliations with top hospitals, creates an environment rich with valuable opportunities.


Kayla Herbell
Kayla Herbell

Hometown: Brecksville, Ohio
Education: Case Western Reserve University, BSN 2014
Research Area: Self-Management of Health and Illness, Family/Community Care
Research Topic: Uncover relationships between psychophysiological stress and mental health in pregnant women. 
Mentor/Advisor: Dr. Jaclene A. Zauszniewski


Our other Legacy Fellows include:

  • Megan Alder
  • Sarah Barsman
  • Elizabeth Ann Edmiston
  • Elizabeth Fromhold
  • Maryam Hamidi
  • Sarah Miano
  • Julia O’Brien
  • Grant Pignatiello
  • Julie Schexnayder
  • Emily Tsivitse
  • Anton Vehovec

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Contact
Jaclene Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Kate Hanna Harvey Professor in Community Health Nursing
Director, PhD in Nursing Program
TEL: 216.368.3612
EMAIL: jaz@case.edu

Learn more from Jeremy Honaker, Nirmala Lehkak, Shanina Knighton, and Sarah Miano in the videos above.

Past Legacy Fellows at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

  • Sarah Givens
  • Jeremy Honaker
  • Shanina Knighton
  • Nirmala Lehkak
  • Heather Rice
  • Nathaniel Schreiner