Alumni Awards

Award Winners

NAA Award Winners

The Nurses' Alumni Association is excited to congratulate the 2018 award winners. These awards were presented during Homecoming Weekend October 19-21, 2018.

Mona Counts PhD, CRNP, FNAP, FAANP is the Elouise Ross Eberly Professor Emerita at Penn State University College of Nursing. Counts is regarded as a national leader in nurse practitioner education and practice and has held multiple leadership roles at the top professional associations in her field. Counts’ work has advanced the role of nurse practitioners and women in nursing. She has primarily focused on patients who needed healthcare but, for a variety of reasons, had trouble receiving the necessary attention. Notably, Counts started and personally funded a rural Appalachian clinic in Pennsylvania which served more than 5,000 patients who were seen exclusively by nurse practitioners providing the majority of the rural community’s care. In addition to her direct work, Counts has served on a national panel of healthcare leaders charged with addressing serious issues regarding the cost, quality, and delivery of primary healthcare services in the United States. She is also credited with starting the Advanced Practice Nurse specialty program at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University.
Timothy Porter-O’Grady Ed.D., PhD, RN, FAAN is currently senior partner of health systems for TPOG Associates, LLC, an Atlanta-based international health consulting practice. For the past 35 years, he has been adjunct faculty at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and in the past 10 years, his positions also include professorships at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation and The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Porter-O’Grady is recognized worldwide as an expert in clinical health systems, professional governance, and health systems innovation consulting with over 600 clinical systems worldwide. He has lectured at over 1,000 settings globally, authored and co-authored 26 books and more than 200 proctored publications, and his writing has made him a 9-time winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards. Porter-O’Grady is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists, and he is currently Chair of the Board of the American Nurses Foundation. He is a board member of St. Joseph’s Mercy Care of Atlanta, a community health system which provides health services for the under-served and homeless and participated in the federal grant project for initiating St. Joseph’s Mercy Care of Atlanta helping to guide its implementation 30 years ago. Porter-O’Grady still serves today as a practicing clinical wound specialist in the Mercy Care Street Medicine program.
Theresa Gillespie PhD, MA, RN has extensive experience in clinical oncology, clinical trials, and cancer research. Clinically, Gillespie has expertise in breast, prostate, lung, and pancreatic cancers as well as other solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. Gillespie is a Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology in the Emory University School of Medicine. She is also a Clinical Associate in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and an active supporter of the Winship Cancer Institute. She has served in leadership positions in the Winship Cancer Institute for the past two decades, including roles as Director of Clinical Research and Education, Deputy Director for Administration, and Co-Director of the Health Disparities Initiative. She was previously Director of Health Services Research at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. As Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous grants, Gillespie has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Department of Defense, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, American Cancer Society, Avon, and Movember Foundation. Her funded studies have focused on disparities affecting under-served, rural, minority, and under-represented populations across the continuum of care experience. Her work has also explored decision-making by patients, the public, and clinicians, risk communication, quality and outcomes in healthcare, as well as interventions to improve risk comprehension, guideline concordant care, and outcomes. Gillespie teaches in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing at Emory University and has published and presented extensively for more than 30 years.