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The Excellence in Nursing Awards 2023

Every year, we ask local hospitals, doctors, nursing organizations, and patients to nominate nurses that made an impact. Here are the selections for 2023, from across North Texas.
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How We Did It

We contacted local hospitals, doctors, nursing organizations, and patients and asked them to visit our website to nominate outstanding nurses. We asked nominators to answer three questions regarding how the nurses affected their lives, communities, and professions. The editors selected the best nominations and sent them to a panel of esteemed registered nurses in various fields. The panel could not judge those they worked with directly. We compiled judges’ scores to select the 96 winners. We also vetted the registered nursing licenses and reviewed any disciplinary actions of each winner.


Direct Care

Tara Best
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Parkland Health

Kelly Bonilla
Registered Nurse
Children’s Health

Stephanie Brand
Clinical Nurse
Medical City McKinney

Beth Bush
Registered Nurse
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving

Marie Cuffee
Registered Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Michael Culver
Registered Nurse
Texas Health

Rachel Curran
ERAS Coordinator
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Nighat Dharani
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Parkland Health

Joscelyne Dracca
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Sarah Dronzek
Registered Nurse
Scottish Rite for Children

Christine Dufour
Program Manager, Peritoneal Dialysis
Children’s Health

Rebecca Eagle
Registered Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Selamawit “Sele” Gelai
Registered Nurse
Medical City Dallas

Nancy Gonzalez
Senior Registered Nurse, WISH Associate Manager
Parkland Health

Carolina Hardin
Registered Nurse
Medical City Plano

Cherie Harland
Team Leader, Inpatient ACS
Children’s Health

Laura Hatton
Team Leader, ECMO
Children’s Health

Rhodel Macasaet
Clinical Nurse Coordinator
Medical City McKinney

Mary Mallory
Registered Nurse, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Delaney Massey
Registered Nurse
Parkland Health

Laura Megonigal
Clinical Team Leader
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Kimberly Minzenmayer Ayers
Post Lung Transplant
Coordinator
Baylor University Medical Center

Pblomah Nyumah
Registered Nurse
Texas Health

Dejin Omer
Registered Nurse
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Shauntel Oyewole
Registered Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Misty Potter
Program Manager, Trauma
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Reagan Power
Nurse Navigator
Parkland Health

Caitlin Remaklus-Homan
Registered Nurse Coordinator
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Lainey Segovia
Registered Nurse
Children’s Health

Sarah Sharp
Clinical Team Leader
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Jenelle Sheasby
ECMO Coordinator
Baylor Scott & White
The Heart Hospital – Plano

Myra Tapp
Clinical Nurse Coordinator
Medical City McKinney

Amber Thomas
Nurse Home Visitor
WiNGS Dallas

Ashley Utley
Registered Nurse
Children’s Health

Education/Research

Juan Bahena
Director, Quality & Safety
Education
Parkland Health

J.D. Buchert
Workforce Safety Manager
Parkland Health

Kimberly Burgess
Nursing Professional Development Generalist
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Rachelle Campbell
Assistant Clinical Professor
Texas Woman’s University

Lisa Cawthon
Director, Nursing Education
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Cathy Glenn
Injury Prevention Trauma
Outreach Coordinator
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Vicki Hallum
Nursing Professional Development Coordinator
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Cara Hough
Clinical Nurse Educator
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Elsa John
Nursing Professional Development Practitioner, Patient Safety Coordinator
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Jennifer Jones
Administrative Director, Clinical Education
Medical City Healthcare

Laura Kubin
Professor
Texas Woman’s University

Mallory Piaschyk
Nursing Professional Development Specialist
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney

Kendel Richards
Critical Care Educator, Clinical Education Team Lead
Children’s Health

Chasity Rivers
Lead Clinical Informatics
Educator
Children’s Health

Tonya Sawyer-McGee
Dean of Nursing
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Martha Shaw
Clinical Educator
Children’s Health

Nainita Soni
Nursing Clinical and Simulation Manager
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Alaina Tellson
System Director, Nursing Research and Transition to Practice
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Leadership

Diana Alonzo-Donjuan
Nursing Clinical Coordinator
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Elizabeth Asturi
Chief Nursing Officer
Texas Health Dallas

Julie Balluck
Chief Nursing Officer
Texas Health

Henry Biddle
Registered Nurse Manager, Emergency Services
Parkland Health

Ruben Castillo
Director, Medical Service Line
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Nancy Charron-Escribano
Administrative Director, Nursing Operations
Medical City Frisco

Rachel Cochran
Nurse Manager, Neuro Trauma ICU/Stroke Program
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Brent Courville
Nursing Clinical Coordinator
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Jordan Davenport
Nursing Clinical Coordinator
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Rose Anne Dela Cruz
Clinical Manager
Children’s Health

Rae Delgado
Program Coordinator, Stroke
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Shari Ann Dino-Vu
Director of Nursing, Inpatient Surgical Specialty Service Line
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Lisa Florida
Director, Nursing Acute Care
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Molly Foster
Director, Women’s Services
White Rock Medical Center

Anne-Gret Friedrich-Cuntz
Director, Magnet Program
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

James Greentree
Clinical Nurse Manager
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

April Hackler Rios
Director of Nursing
Trinity Regional Hospital Sachse

Lauren Hesselrode
Nurse Manager
Texas Health Arlington
Memorial

Samantha Klaus
Nurse Manager
Baylor University Medical Center

Marci Lasiter
Clinical Manager, High Risk
Antepartum
Baylor University Medical Center Dallas

Amy Linton
Clinical Manager
Children’s Health

Katie Mapula
Director of Nursing, Critical Care and Burn Center
Parkland Health

Amber Martinez
Nursing Clinical Coordinator
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Laura Massey
Chief Nursing Officer
Texas Health Plano

Beena Mathai
Director of Nursing, Critical Care Services
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Rhonda McGaughey
Nurse Manager, Labor and Delivery; Program Manager, Maternal
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Kelle McGough
Director of Nursing
Texas Health Resources HEB

Tiffany Mitchell
Nurse Manager
Texas Health

Elizabeth Nash
Associate Nursing Manager
Parkland Health

Trang Nguyen
Chief Nursing Officer
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney

Christina Noah
Senior Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Manager
Parkland Health

Carrie Pritchard
Nurse Manager, OR
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Christina Reyna
Clinical Manager
Children’s Health

Lauri Rodgers
Nursing Clinical Coordinator, Maternal Program Manager
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Michelle Semelroth
Nurse Manager
Texas Health Plano

Elizabeth LeeAnn Stepaniuk
Nurse Supervisor
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Robert Thompson
Registered Nurse
Parkland Health

Joshua Tippy
Director, Acute Medical Services and Vascular Access
Texas Health Resources Dallas

Carrie Tucker
Nurse Manager, OR
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Amber Ulate
Nurse Manager, Nurse Excellence Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Mary Walters
Nurse Manager, Postpartum/NICU
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Kelly Wilburn
Nursing Clinical Coordinator
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Denetria Williams
Interim Nurse Manager
Medical City Plano

LaStassia Williams
Director, Health Services
DeSoto ISD

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