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Emory School of Nursing honors alumni, faculty, friends at Homecoming awards celebration
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L-R: Award winners Erica Ailes and Claudia Crenshaw, Dean Linda McCauley, Nurses’ Alumni Association President Kay Kennedy, and award winners Roy Simpson, Chelsea Hagopian, Tim Cunningham, Carolyn Clevenger and Mary Gullatte.

The Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing honored alumni, faculty and friends at its Homecoming Awards Celebration held October 22 at the Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta. The honorees are:

Excellence in Nursing Award – Claudia Crenshaw 72C 77BSN 79MN

Over the last four and a half decades, Claudia Crenshaw, PhD, APRN, has directed innovative programming for women with eating disorders, which led her to establish a feminist treatment program for eating disorders within her own independent psychiatric nursing practice. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, she has focused her efforts on trauma-informed psychotherapy, medication and treatment, putting her at the forefront of this work.

Honorary Alumni Award — Roy Simpson

Roy Simpson, DNP, RN, DPNAP, FAAN, FACMI, is a professor at the School of Nursing and has more than 30 years of experience in nursing informatics and senior executive administration. His primary executive research focus pioneered the development and funding of the Werley and Lang Nursing Minimum Data Set, a minimum set of data elements with uniform definitions and categories concerning specific dimensions of nursing.

Recent Graduate Award — Chelsea Hagopian 12BSN 14MSN 18DNP

Chelsea Hagopian, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing and an American Nurses Credentialing Center board-certified adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. She has practiced clinically in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery as a nurse and nurse practitioner, and her research and scholarship focus on informed consent and nursing ethics.

Excellence in Nursing Award — Erica Ailes 07BSN

Erica Ailes, BSN, RN, CPN, is a clinical learning coordinator at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and is a national leader in the field of health literacy. In 2020, she was a founding member of the National Council to Improve Patient Safety through Health Literacy and is the president-elect of the Health Care Education Association.

Award of Honor — Carolyn Clevenger 02MSN 04N 14N

Carolyn Clevenger, RN, DNP, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, FGSA, is a professor at the School of Nursing and a gerontological nurse practitioner. She is the co-creator and clinical director of the Integrated Memory Care Clinic, a nurse-led clinic practice that fully integrates dementia and primary care, and she is a nationally recognized leader in advanced practice nursing, geriatrics and gerontology. She has also served the School of Nursing as associate dean for transformative clinical practice and associate dean for clinical and community partnerships.

Distinguished Nursing Achievement Award — Tim Cunningham

Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, MSN, FAAN, is vice president of practice and innovation at Emory Healthcare and adjunct associate professor at the School of Nursing. He also serves as the co-chief well-being officer for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Office of Well-Being. Cunningham joined Emory just before the COVID-19 pandemic and has focused the innovation aspects of his work on comprehensive and interprofessional well-being.

Distinguished Nursing Achievement Award — Mary Gullatte 81MN 95N

Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, LSSYB, FAAN, is the corporate director of nursing research and evidence-based practice for Emory Healthcare and former vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer at Emory University Hospital Midtown. She also holds an adjunct faculty position at the School of Nursing.

The evening also included a recognition of School of Nursing alumni who are celebrating 30 or more years of service with Emory Healthcare. The honorees are:

Terry Walker 11N

Emory Critical Care Center, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Advanced Practice Provider

Angela Murphy 93MN

Emory University Hospital, Cardiology Department, Senior Manager of Clinical Operations and Services (Retired) 

Diana Harmon 19N

Emory Hospital Decatur, PRN Administrative Nursing Supervisor

Dorothy Ann Ferguson 08MSN

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Orthopaedics

Laura Brannon 99MSN

Emory Healthcare, Kidney Transplant Center

Mary K. Potter 97MSN

The Emory Clinic, Hematology and Medical Oncology

Diane Teagarden 97MSN 23N

The Emory Clinic, Neurology and Epilepsy Center

Kara (Kwint) Botters 98MSN

The Emory Clinic, Cardiology/EKG

Jacqueline Francis 95MSN

Emory Hospital Midtown, Special Care Nursery


About the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing  

Ranked No. 2 in BSN and master’s degree programs and No. 6 in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs by U.S. News & World Report, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing produces nurse leaders who are transforming health care through science, education, practice and policy. Graduates go on to become national and international leaders in patient care, public health, government, research and education. Others become qualified to seek certification as nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives. The DNP program trains nurse anesthetists and advanced leaders in health care administration, and the school also maintains a PhD program in partnership with Emory's Laney Graduate School. The school is also among the top five nursing schools in the U.S. for funding from the National Institutes of Health. For more information, visit Follow the School of Nursing on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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