2019 MNA Awards

The 2019 MNA Awards Banquet was held at Boyne Mountain Resort on Friday, October 11. The event featured the graduating class of the MNA Advocacy Academy and celebrated MNA members for their outstanding leadership.

MNA AWARDS

Nurse Hero Award
Trisha Goodridge, RN (posthumous)
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Outstanding Contribution to MNA Award
Jessica Lannon, BA, RN, C-FEM
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Labor Leader of the Year Award
Stephanie DePetro, RN
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Carolyn Hietamaki Political Nurse Activist Award
Katie Scott, RN
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Cheryl L. Johnson, RN Labor Legacy Award
Katie Oppenheim, RN
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Advocacy Academy

The MNA Advocacy Academy is a 6-month professional development program for nurses from across the state. The nurses built their knowledge and skills in legislative advocacy so they can have a voice on public policy issues such as safe staffing, workplace violence and community health. Over the past 6 months, nurses worked diligently: attending webinars, participating in conference calls, lobbying their legislators in support of the Safe Patient Care Act, and educating lawmakers on nursing issues.

MNA is proud to recognize these graduates of the 2019 Advocacy Academy class (not all were present):

Savannah Andrews, RN, University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, Nicole Barrios, RN, University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, Michelle Brooks, RN, Borgess Medical Center, Jamie Brown, RN, Borgess Medical Center, Ray Collins, RN, University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, Melissa Gibney, RN, University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, Angela Goodson, RN, Associate Member, Montanna Hokenson, RN, University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, Amber Irrer, RN, Associate Member, Kathy Kline, RN, University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, Blair March, RN, University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, Janet Medina, RN, Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital, Tina Ray RN, Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital, Michael Riviera, RN, University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, Aalona Robinson, RN, Associate Member, Nicole Vasher, RN, Associate Member, Justin Walukonis, RN, University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, Nancy Weissman, RN, University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, Martha Zettelmaier, RN, University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council

To learn more about next year’s Advocacy Academy, contact Jennie Gies, MNA Legislative Program Coordinator, at 517-775-1914.

2019 Awards Banquet Program