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 Current Legacy Fellows

Legacy Fellow: Megan Foradori

Megan Foradori

Hometown: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Education: Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, BSN (2004) & MSN (2009); Wittenberg University, BA in Biology (2002)

Research Areas: Data Science and Family/Community Care

Research Topic: Trends in early identification and treatment of babies and toddlers with developmental delays

Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Schiltz

Why did you choose CWRU?

Pursuing a PhD in nursing has been a dream of mine for a long time. When the time finally came in 2019 to apply, I met with a few current FPB faculty and was so impressed! 

With some experience in mixed methods research already, I was especially interested in building new skills in data science, and FPB has some great offerings and opportunities in this space.

Interdisciplinary enrichment is plentiful here as well - for me, that has meant getting involved with the Schubert Center for Child Studies and connecting with faculty in other departments working in early intervention, including speech-language pathology and social work clinician researchers.


Legacy Fellow: Shanell Hill

Shanell Hill

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Education: MSN,Cleveland State University, School of Nursing (2018); BSN, Cleveland State University, School of Nursing (2012); AA, Cuyahoga Community College (2006); Diploma, Huron School of Nursing (2006)

Research Area: Implementation Science

Research Topic: Implementing mobility interventions in critical care nursing units

Advisor: Dr. Mary Dolansky

Why did you choose CWRU?

CWRU is recognized as a leader in both research and nursing education.  I also had a great introduction to the university through the Bridges to Doctorate Program. My experience in "Bridges" showed me that CWRU is dedicated to diversity and supporting student success.


Legacy Fellow: Megan Alder

Megan Alder

Hometown: Smyrna, Tennessee 

Education: Lipscomb University, BSN (2017)

Research Area: Self-Management of Health and Illness, Symptom Science

Research Topic: Sleep in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Advisor: Dr. Jaclene A. Zauszniewski

Why did you choose CWRU?

I chose to go to Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing to learn from the nation's top nurse scientists and to conduct interdisciplinary and innovative research. The close collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, provides an interdisciplinary environment with valuable research experience. 


Legacy Fellow: Jessica McCullough

Jessica McCullough

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Education: University of Cincinnati, MSN; University of Akron, BSN

Research Area: Substance abuse, mental health, comorbidities and disparities

Research Topic: Comorbid opioid use disorder and anxiety treatment outcomes

Advisor: Dr. Diana Morris

Why did you choose CWRU?

I chose to attend CWRU because of the reputation of excellence and vast network of experienced nurse scientists. I also wanted to stay close to home, since I am a Clevelander, and work with community organizations in mental health and substance abuse disparities. Cleveland has a vast network of substance abuse providers and treatment agencies. I knew that CWRU would prepare me to be a leading nurse scientist.


Current Legacy Fellows

  • Megan Alder
  • Shanell Hill
  • Jessica McCullough
  • Megan Foradori
  • Suzanna Thiese
  • Julie Schexnayder
  • Emily Tsivitse
  • Lisa Brannack
  • Maryam Hamidi

The two newest Legacy Fellows are Tangela Peavy and Christine Smothers.

Past Legacy Fellows at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

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