Mary B. Conceison Award

The Mary B. Conceison Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership recognizes outstanding contributions made by a nursing administrator.  Mary B. Conceison was Director of Professional Relations at the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) for 12 years before her death in 1981.  Known for her advocacy in promoting nursing as a profession, Mrs. Conceison played an instrumental role in the formation of MONE.  ONL is grateful for the significant contributions of these nurse leaders.


2019   Nancy Gaden, Boston Medical Center
2018   Maureen Banks, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network
2017   Joan Vitello-Cicciu, University of Massachusetts Worcester
2016   Christine Klucznik, Baystate Medical Center
Kevin Whitney, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
2014   Marita Prater, Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro
2013   Timothy Quigley, South Shore Hospital, Weymouth
2012   Paulette Seymour-Route, UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing, Worcester
2011   Elizabeth Cadigan, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge
2010   Kathleen A. Bower, The Center for Case Management, Inc., Wellesley
2009   Elaine L. Bridge, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton
2008   Janet Madigan, New England Sinai Hospital, Stoughton
2007   Karen O. Moore, Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield
2006   Carol Dilliplane, Jordan Hospital, Plymouth
2005   Barbara Doyle, Winchester Hospital, Winchester
2004   Patricia Reid Ponte, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
2003   Linda Wells, Emerson Hospital, Concord
2002   Constance Crowley Ganser, Children's Hospital, Boston
2001   Jeanette Ives Erickson, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
2000   Doreen Hutchinson, Fairview Hospital, Great Barrington
1999   Maureen Sroczynski, UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester
1998   Sharon O'Meara, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge
1997   Nancy A. Dineen, Southcoast Hospitals Group - Charlton Memorial Site
1996   Eileen M. Sporing, Children's Hospital, Boston
1995   Maura Mitchell, Boston University Hospital, Boston
1994   Sandra L. Earl, Beverly Hospital, Beverly
1993   Joyce C. Clifford, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston
1992   Sharon A. Smith, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge
1991   Yvonne L. Munn, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
1990   Judith R. Miller, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston
1989   Karen K. Kirby, The University Hospital, Boston
1988   Mary Lou DiGiacomo, Mercy Hospital, Springfield
1987   Gail Frieswick, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester
1986   Sandra Twyon, New England Medical Center, Boston
1985   Marion Metcalf, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston
1984   Pauline Fahey, Emerson Hospital, Concord
1983   Mary Halloran, St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford
1982   Mary B. Conceison (posthumously), Massachusetts Hospital Association

Elaine K. Sherwood Award

In 1993, MONE and MCMN established an award to recognize outstanding commitment and contribution to the work of the respective organizations.  The President, Past President and President-Elect select the recipient.  The award was re-named the Elaine K. Sherwood Service Award in 1994 in memory of Elaine, one of the first recipients, who symbolized the dedication and work the award recognizes.

Criteria for Selection Include:

  • Member of ONL in good standing
  • Outstanding commitment to the organization in a variety of activities
  • Excellent project management and leadership abilities
  • Dependability in committee work and willingness to take on assignments in service to the organization
  • Support of ONL and mentor to peers and others developing in the organization


2019   Lynette Alberti, Cambridge Health Alliance
           Billie Lynn Allard, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
2018   Jacquelyn Calamari, Middlesex Health
2017   Carol Conroy, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
2016   Terry Hudson-Jinks, Tufts Medical Center
Joanne Fucile, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, Cambridge
   Kevin Whitney, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
2013   Margie Sipe, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown
2012   Kathy Finn, Saint Anne's Hospital, Fall River
2011   Mark Sugrue, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Boston
2010   Patricia M. Noga, Massachusetts Hospital Association, Burlington
           Joan M. K. Russo, The Keddy Group, Sterling
2009   Carol A. Conroy, Lunenburg
           Margery Chisholm, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown
2008   Barbara Weatherford, UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing, Dartmough
2007   Jo An Rapoza, Southcoast Hospitals Group, St. Luke's Site
           Mary Seymour, Emerson Hospital, Concord
2006   Mary J. Connaughton, Connaughton Consulting, Newton
           Donna M. Watson Dillon, Applied Management Systems, Inc., Burlington
2005   Jeanette Ives Erickson, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
           Eileen Sporing, Children's Hospital, Boston
2004   Kathleen Bower, The Center for Case Management, South Natick
2003   Carol Dilliplane, Jordan Hospital, Plymouth
2002   Janet Madigan, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
           Maureen Sroczynski, Farley Associates, Inc., Norton
2000   Geraldine Nelson, Horizon Mental Health Management, Norwood
1999   Lynn Davis, Consultant, Taunton
1998   Cheryl Mellin, Healthsouth Braintree Hospital at Metrowest
1997   Sally Millar, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
1996   Joan M. Hamel, MONE Support Staff
           Sharon O'Meara, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge
1995   Maryrose Coughlin, Hampden County Correctional Center, Ludlow
           Mary Jo Keefe, Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River
1994   Nancy Gondek, Saints Memorial Medical Center, Lowell
           Kathleen M. Olio, Consultant, Framingham
           Therese A. Smaha, Massachusetts Hospital Association, Burlington
1993   Florence Baker, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton
           Elaine K. Sherwood, Deaconess Hospital, Boston
           Anna Yoder, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston

Presidents Award

This award was established in 2007 to recognize personal contributions to the organization that go beyond expected performance.  This award is given at the discretion of the President, President-elect, and Past President and is awarded at the annual meeting.


2019   Linda Lutey, Posthumously, Past Executive Director, MONE 
2015   Sharon Gale, Chief Executive Officer, ONL
   Janet Madigan, New England Sinai Hospital, Stoughton
2013   Eileen Sporing, CNO/Senior vice President, Children's Hospital Boston
2007   Sharon Gale, Executive Director, MONE

The Janet Madigan Advocacy Award

The Janet Madigan Advocacy Award was created this year to honor Janet Madigan who passed away in July 2013 after a sudden illness.  Janet joined the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Leaders of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (ONL - MA & RI), then known as the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives (MONE) in 1987.  She served in a variety of roles, including regional director, treasurer, president of MONE and chair of the Government Affairs Committee.   The award will be given to an ONL - MA & RI member who demonstrates excellence as a community advocate, or political leader committed to supporting and advocating for the nursing profession and patient care. The nominee must be energetic, charismatic, and persistent – a person­ who has gone the “extra mile” to call attention to a critical issue and has offered his or her expert knowledge of nursing and healthcare to a broad audience of fellow nurses, healthcare colleagues, government officials and/or the general public.


2019  American Nurses Association Massachusetts
          Massachusetts Emergency Nurses Association
          Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Boston Chapter
          Infusion Nursing Society
          Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing
          Western Massachusetts Nursing Collaborative
2018  Maria Ducharme, The Miriam Hospital
2017  Stephanie Ahmed, Brigham and Women's Hospital
2016  Patricia Crombie, Massachusetts Action Coalition
 Paul MacKinnon, HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominister
          Ashley Waddell, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston
  Marita Prater, Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro

Pamela Leigh Vecchiarino Nursing Leadership Award

The Pamela Leigh Vecchiarino Nursing Leadership Award was created to honor the memory of Pam Vecchiarino, RN, MSN, a highly respected Connecticut nurse leader and former President-Elect of ONE-CT, who passed away on April 16, 2011.  This annual award has historically been the highest honor bestowed by the Organization of Nurse Executives, Connecticut Chapter (ONE-CT) which has merged with ONL (Organization of Nurse Leaders) this past year.


2019   Jennifer Silvestri, Baystate Medical Center
2018   Susan Yeakel, Hartford Hospital
2017   Susan Pettorini-D'Amico, Saint Francis Medical Center
2016  Jeannie Robbins, Bristol Hospital

Partnership Award

Established in 2005, the Partnership Award recognizes individuals or organizations who have worked closely with ONL and demonstrated commitment, courage, and collaboration that resulted in achievement of goals that would not have been realized without establishment of a true partnership. Recipi­ents of this award are selected by the ONL Board of Directors. This award is a discretion­ary award and may not be presented every year.


2015  Massachusetts Hospital Association
  Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing (MACN)
2010  David McCauley, Deputy Chancellor, Board of Higher Education
2007  Sally Millar, Director, Patient Care Services Information Systems, Massachusetts General Hospital
2006  Dr. Judith Gill, Chancellor, Board of Higher Education
2005  Massachusetts Hospital Association

Marilyn Rinker Memorial Scholarship

The Marilyn Rinker Memorial Scholarship Award was established by the Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders in 2009 to honor Marilyn’s lifelong commitment and dedication to professional nursing practice, nursing education and leadership.  Marilyn held many leadership positions in the course of her career such as Nursing Director for Medicine and Cardiology at Fletcher Allen Health Care (University of Vermont Medical Center); Oncology Clinical Coordinator at the Vermont Regional Cancer Center; Clinical Research Nurse and Educator in Vermont and Rhode Island; and, BSN Nursing Program Director at Norwich University. Marilyn also served as the Executive Director of the Vermont State Nurses’ Association and President of the Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders.


2019  Katharine Green, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
  Stacey Ward, University of Vermont Medical Center





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