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List of Outstanding Achievement Awardees

The Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award was inaugurated in 2018. Heading link



  • Sarah H. Ailey, PhD ’02, MS ’98, BSN ’96, FAAN, CDDN, PHNA-BC, CNE, College of Nursing at Rush University
  • Lilian Ferrer, PhD, MS ’00, MSc, NM, FAAN, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


  • Dale E. Beatty, DNP ’17, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President, Stanford Health Care
  • Timothy Carrigan, PhD ’11, RN, CNO and Vice President of Patient Care Services, Loyola University Medical Center
  • Sandra Martell, DNP ’10, MS ’93, RN, Public Health Administrator, Winnebago County (Illinois) Health Department


  • Phyllis Pelt, MS ’95, BSN ’67, RN, Founding Director, UIC College of Nursing school nurse certification program
  • Angelique Richard, PhD ’99, RN, Senior Vice President, Hospital Operations and Chief Nursing Executive, Rush System for Health; Associate Dean for Practice, Rush University College of Nursing
  • JoEllen Wilbur, PhD ’84, MS ’75, RN, FAAN, Professor and Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing, Associate Dean for Research, Rush University College of Nursing; Professor emerita, UIC College of Nursing


  • Julia Muennich Cowell, PhD, MS ’74, Executive Editor, The Journal of School Nursing
  • Jehad Omar Halabi, PhD ’96, Associate Professor, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University
  • Judith McDevitt, PhD ’97, MS ‘90, BSN ’88, Clinical Associate Professor Emerita, UIC College of Nursing
  • Mary Crabtree Tonges, PhD, MS ’77, Former senior vice president and chief nursing officer at the University of North Carolina Hospitals and associate dean for UNC Health Care in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing


  • Julie Creamer, MS ’91, President, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Judith Hicks, MS ’75, Founder and President, Beechwood Health Solutions
  • Mary Maryland, PhD ’94, adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, scholar, administrator and nurse educator