Released on May 29, 2020

Official Celebration at 40th Anniversary Gala Rescheduled to May 2021

40 Noble Knight Nurse Honorees, 2020

 

40th Anniversary Logo, UCF College of Nursing Celebrating Nursing Excellence 1979-2019

In celebration of the 40th anniversary, an academic year celebration that concluded this spring, the UCF College of Nursing is honoring 40 alumni who reflect its values of excellence, innovation, integrity, compassion, service and community.

The official celebration of these honorees and the 40th anniversary gala were originally scheduled for this month but were delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The celebration and gala have now been rescheduled to May 15, 2021.

 

Inaugural Noble Knight Nurses

The 40 Noble Knight Nurse honorees are individuals who are admired and respected for their exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to serve others. The inaugural class of Noble Knight Nurse award recipients include direct care providers, innovators, educators and scientists.

Armed with one or more nursing degrees from UCF, these Knight Nurses have achieved great success, but most importantly, have made a profound difference in the lives of others through their contributions to the profession and community.

“All of our nursing alumni, more than 11,000 strong, are high-achievers and make a difference serving patients, students and the community every day,” said Nadine Garcia ’18MSN, RN, alumni chapter board recognition chair.

These 40 Noble Knight Nurse award recipients stood out for their extraordinary achievements. They serve as an inspiration for us all to continue reaching for the stars and be the golden example in the profession.

Nadine Garcia ’18MSN, RN, alumni chapter board recognition chair

More than 120 nominations were received online from September 12, 2019 to November 15, 2019. The finalists were confirmed based on the following criteria:

  • Graduate of the UCF College of Nursing.
  • A record of distinguished professional achievement and/or exceptional leadership in the field of nursing.
  • Reflect the college’s values of excellence, innovation, integrity, compassion, service and community.
  • Preference to alumni with direct and meaningful involvement with the UCF College of Nursing and UCF Alumni.

 


Congratulations to the following Noble Knight Nurse award winners, listed alphabetically by category, who will be honored in a formal ceremony at the gala on May 15, 2021.

Honorees were recently recognized with a “virtual toast” on Zoom on the date of the originally planned 40th Anniversary Gala, May 16, 2020, along with sponsors.

Click on a category to view honorees:
Education | Leadership | Practice | Research | Service | Charge On

 


Education

Recognizing nursing educators and/or faculty for sharing knowledge, creating and cultivating an environment that supports life-long learning, using innovative teaching strategies, utilizing evidence-based practice in clinical areas, and focusing on scholarly research and dissemination within clinical settings.

Dr. Kelly Allred, UCF Nursing Alumna and Faculty Member
Kelly Allred
’07PhD
Joyce DeGennaro, UCF Nursing Alumna and Faculty Member
Joyce DeGennaro
’03 ’09BSN ’13MSN
Sotos Djiovanis. UCF Nursing Alumnus
Sotos G. Djiovanis
’15BSN
Kate Dorminy, UCF Nursing Alumna
Kate Dorminy
’06BSN ’10MSN
Dr. Kelly Carlson Eberbach, UCF Nursing Alumna
Kelly C. Eberbach
’15DNP ’17Cert.
Dr. Dawn Eckhoff, UCF Nursing Alumna and Faculty Member
Dawn O. Eckhoff
’18PhD
Sherrina Stewart, UCF Nursing Alumna
Sherrina Stewart
’06BSN ’16MSN

Leadership

Recognizes nurses for outstanding leadership, mentorship, and professionalism while creating an environment that fosters compassionate care and inspires nurses to strive for excellence.

Trish Celano, UCF Nursing Alumna
Trish Celano
’10MSN
Michele Fackler, UCF Nursing Alumna
Michele Fackler
’00BSN ’12MSN
Natalie Harper, UCF Nursing Alumna
Natalie Harper
’07BSN ’20MSN
Louise Kaigle, UCF Nursing Alumna
Louise Kaigle
’01BSN ’02MSN
Dr. Edwin Loftin, UCF Nursing Alumnus
Edwin Loftin
’18DNP
Dr. Rosemary Notarantonio, UCF Nursing Alumna
Rosemary Notarantonio
’81BSN
Dr. Joy Parchment, UCF Nursing Alumna
Joy Parchment
’15PhD
Dr. Julie Vincent, UCF Nursing Alumna
Julie Vincent
’16DNP
Eugene Waterval, UCF Nursing Alumnus
Eugene Waterval ’09MSN
Dr. Cathleen Wheatley, UCF Nursing Alumna
Cathleen Wheatley
’17DNP
Arrow Up to Return

Practice

Recognizes nurses across practice levels and sites for clinical excellence, superior skills, and providing high quality, compassionate care.

Suzanne Ashworth, UCF Nursing Alumna
Suzanne Ashworth
’11MSN
Lori Hill-Bigelow, UCF Nursing Alumna
Lori Hill-Bigelow
’81BSN
Dr. Patricia Geddie, UCF Nursing Alumna
Patricia Geddie
’15PhD
Annabeth Huff, UCF Nursing Alumna
Annabeth Huff
’15BSN
Cynthia Kling, UCF Nursing Alumna
Cynthia Kling
’97BSN ’05MSN
Dr. Vicki Montoya, UCF Nursing Alumna and Faculty Member
Vicki L. Montoya
’83BSN ’01MSN ’13PhD
Dr. Lauren Morata, UCF Nursing Alumna
Lauren Morata
’09BSN ’17DNP
Sarah Rose Thornton, UCF Nursing Alumna
Sarah Rose Thornton
’18BSN

Research

Recognizes nurses for generating new knowledge and innovations and disseminating research findings for use in nursing practice, education, development of patient / caregiver materials, lecturing, leadership, and advancing the profession of nursing.

Dr. Valerie Danesh, UCF Nursing Alumna
Valerie Danesh
’03 ’06BSN ’06MS ’15PhD
LTC MeLisa Gantt, UCF Nursing Alumna
LTC MeLisa Gantt
’10PhD
Dr. Sigrid Ladores, UCF Nursing Alumna
Sigrid Ladores
’13PhD
Dr. Valerie Lapp, UCF Nursing Alumna
Valerie Lapp
’99BSN ’09MSN ’16PhD
Dr. Vicki Loerzel, UCF Nursing Alumna and Faculty Member
Victoria Loerzel
’07PhD

Service

Recognizes nurses for participation in local, national, or global volunteer work, community outreach activities, and military service that promotes global health and addresses disparities.

Aly Angel, UCF Nursing Alumna
Aly Angel
’03MS ’09BSN
’12Cert. ’17MSN
Chelsea Arnold, UCF Nursing Alumna
Chelsea Arnold
’11BSN
Dr. Jean Davis, UCF Nursing Alumna and Faculty Member
Jean Davis
’19PhD
Dr. Frank Guido-Sanz, UCF Nursing Alumnus and Faculty Member
Frank Guido-Sanz
’18Certificate
Dr. Maria Stahl, UCF Nursing Alumna
Maria Stahl
’08MSN ’14DNP

Charge On

Recognizes alumni who have elevated the profession to new, extraordinary heights by using unique skillsets to implement creative or entrepreneurial ideas that advance nursing beyond the bedside.

Dr. Ken Dion, UCF Nursing Alumnus
Kenneth Dion
’91BSN
Lt. Cmdr. Jason Duprat, UCF Nursing Alumnus
Jason A. Duprat
’09BSN
Rachel Groves, UCF Nursing Alumna
Rachel Groves
’05BSN ’10MSN
Blake Lynch (Nurse Blake), UCF Nursing Alumnus
Blake Lynch
’14BSN
aka Nurse Blake
Cory McFarlane, UCF Nursing Alumnus
Cory McFarlane
’16BSN
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