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Indiana Nurses Foundation Announces Indiana’s 2023 Nurses of Influence

May 19th, 2023 (Indianapolis, IN) - The Indiana Nurses Foundation (INF) announces Indiana’s most influential nurses serving Hoosiers, future nurses, and as role models to the nursing community. The following list of nurses, elevated by their peers, embody the core values of nursing including human dignity, integrity, autonomy, altruism, and social justice. The INF’s Nurses of Influence ensure the ongoing legacy of our profession by advancing the care we provide and strengthening the current nursing workforce.  Join us in celebrating the INF’s top 3 category winners and all nominees by honoring the following nurses.

The Indiana Nurses Foundation has strengthened Indiana nurses practice since 1976. As a philanthropic organization, the INF serves to support nurses’ contributions to the advancement of care through research and quality improvement, as well as promote professional development fostering leadership, advocacy, and community amongst nursing. The INF continues to build Indiana’s nursing legacy for nurses practicing today and of the future.

The following nurses, as recognized by their colleagues, exhibit influential qualities inspiring others to reach their maximum potential. The positive influence of nurses boosts morale and promotes a psychologically safe workplace, which leads to higher job satisfaction. Nurses of influence positively impact the care delivered to patients, promote a healthy work environment, and have a role in shaping the future of the nursing profession. Through respect, responsibility and empathy, a nurse of influence is the light that keeps our lamp lit and uses these skills to change the health and wellbeing of our communities. This award is meant to highlight and signify the unwavering work and commitment to the profession and those we serve.

Indiana’s 2023 Emerging Nurse Leader

- $500 -

Milica Milicevic, RN, BSN

Lead Charge RN, Pediatric Emergency Department, Lutheran Hospital

Leaders in nursing are not always defined by their title or by a position of authority, but by their impact on colleagues and patients. Effective leaders respect the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach, navigate change with ease, and are recognized as problem solvers. Within the nursing profession leaders serve as role models influencing health care delivery and improving workplace culture. The emerging nurse leaders here serve a crucial role in mentoring future nurses as well as the nursing leadership of tomorrow.

 Indiana’s 2023 Nursing Educator of the Year

- $500 -

Libby Richards, PhD, RN, CHES

Director PhD Program & Associate Professor, Purdue University School of Nursing

The art of teaching ignites students’ interests and inspires our future researchers and leaders and impacts are made well past their time on campus. Teaching is a noble act that shapes the character, caliber, and ultimately our future. Nursing educators promote both excellence in nursing and advocacy for our profession. Without teachers, we lack the foundation and continued evolvement for our profession.

Indiana’s 2023 Top Nurse of Influence

- $1000 -

Yadira Santiago Banuelos, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CLC

 Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Health Clinic of Monon

(a Purdue-Partnered North Central Nursing Clinic)


The INF’s Nurses of Influence Awards highest distinction recognizes a nurse with significant impact and one who is committed to the promotion of the art and science of nursing. A nurse of influence is one that not only has the power to change our profession and the patients we serve but has harnessed that power into truly making a difference. This individual has excelled in their area of expertise through exemplary care, practice, and influence.

The INF would like to thank our internal and external judges who participated in the blinded review of the nominations provided by nurses of influence colleagues. The INF surprised the top three award winners with a sweet treat, bouquet of flowers, and a giant (faux) check, which was all around favorite part of the surprise celebration. We would also like to thank the nominators that participated in the 2023 Nurses of Influence Award call out. Without your kind words and elevation of these influential nurses, the INF 2023 Awards wouldn’t have become a reality. We thank Lutheran Hospital, Purdue University School of Nursing, and the Family Health Clinic of Monon for your support in celebrating these wonderful nurses.


2023 Nurses of Influence Nominees

(Alphabetically Listed by First Name)

 Please join the Indiana Nurses Foundation in continuing the celebration by recognizing the following Nurses of Influence:


Alysha Hetrick, BSN, RN

Community Physician Network Heart and Vascular Care


Amy Norman, BSN, RN, NCSN

Center Grove School


Angie Logan, MSN, RN, PCCN

Cameron Memorial Community Hospital


Anjanette Wicker, MSN, RN, AMB-BC

Community Health Network


Ashley Costanza, BSN, RN

Parkview Hospital


Barbara Logan, DNP, FNP, PMHNP*

Henry County Community Health


Beth Bufink, MSN, RN

Indiana University Fort Wayne School of Nursing


Bret Bright BSN, RN

Community Health Network


Carla Cureton, BSN, RN

St Vincent Ascension

Carlee Turner Poe, BSN, RN*

Community Health Network


Catharine Paschall, ASN, LPN*

Eskenazi Health Pedigo


Celeste Turpen, BSN, RN

Union Hospital


David Hoover, BSN, RN

Stillwater Hospice

Deb Horsman, BSN, RN

Community Health Network


Elizabeth Gray, BSN, RN

Community Health Network


Hannah Boyd, BSN, RN

Union Health


Jan Erlenbaugh Gaddis, BSN, RN-BC

Franciscan Health Indianapolis



Parkview Health & Indiana University School of Nursing


Jason H. Gilbert, PhD, MBA, NEA-BC

Indiana University Health


Jessica Keller, BSN, RN

Parkview Health


Jessica Kemmerly, BSN, RN

Parkview Health


Jill East BSN, RN*

Community Health Network


Julia Blubaugh, BSN, RN

Indiana University Health Bloomington


Julian L. Gallegos, PhD, MBA, RN, FNP-BC, CNL, FAUNA

Purdue University School of Nursing


Kaitlin Downs, BSN, RN, CMS-RN

Columbus Regional Hospital


Kaleigh Davis, ASN, LPN

Community Health Network


Kathy Jarvis, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CENP

Community Health Network


Katie Butcher, BSN, RN

Parkview Health


Kelly Freeman, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, DipACLM

American College of Lifestyle Medicine


Krista Scott, BSN, RN

Parkview Behavioral Health


Kristin Bassett, DNP, RN, CNE

Indiana University Fort Wayne School of Nursing


Lanae McAllister, MSN, RN, CSM- RN

Indiana University Fort Wayne School of Nursing


Lauren Black, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC

Indiana University Health Bloomington


Leah Collier, ASN, LPN

Community Health Network


Linda Snyder, BSN, RN, CRNI

University of Louisville Health – Jewish Hospital


Maria Hines, DNP, RN, CNE, CCRN-K

Indiana University Fort Wayne School of Nursing


Mary Drewes, MBA, MSN, RN

Indiana University Health


Maureen Freeman, BSN, RN

Parkview Hospital, Whitley


Michelle (Shelley) Ulmer, BSN, RN*



Mindy Craig, BSN, RN, CHPN

Parkview Hospice


Mopelola Adeola, PhD, RN

Purdue University School of Nursing


Morgan Ann Deleon, RN


Nichole Ebinger, MSN, RN, CEN

Columbus Regional Health


Rose Marie Pennell, MSN, RN NPD-BC, AP-PD

Lutheran Health Network


Sara Schafer, BSN, RN

Community Health Network


Sarah Bryan, BSN, RN

Community Health Network


Sharron Johnson Crowder, PhD, RN, ATSF*

Indiana University Indianapolis School of Nursing


Stephanie Egler, MSN, RN

Community Health Network


Yetunde Aina-Aremu, BSN, RN

Northwest Manor Healthcare


*Denotes multiple nominations.

We encourage you to learn more about the Foundation’s current programs for Indiana Nurses, including scholarships for Professional Success & Certification, grants for Research and Quality Improvement Projects, Nurses in Need funding, and general programing such as nurse recognition, like the Honor a Nurse program, and promoting community within our profession. Just this past year, our donations have increased by 146%, which allowed us to increase the number of nurses receiving financial support by 220%.  Our foundation is able to celebrate Indiana’s Nurses of Influence due to the generosity of our donors. Thank you to the INF Community!


About the Indiana Nurses Foundation

The Indiana Nurses Foundation (INF) was established as the charitable, tax- exempt 501c3 organization, of the Indiana State Nurses Association. Since 1976, the INF has served Indiana nurses and nursing students through the promotion of professional development scholarships, research and quality improvement grants, recognition, and Nurses in Need resources. The INF vision is to inspire and support Indiana Nurses to actively take part in professional growth opportunities through contributions of our donors by providing a means to leave a legacy for nursing and to improve health care delivery to all Hoosiers.

INF Contact: Libby Harris, INF President | 317-299-4575 |

Media Contact: Katie Feley | 317-299-4575 |


Caroline Ruthiru 3 months ago


Jean Putnam 4 minutes ago

Congratulations to the winners and to the nominees for your achievements and the recognition.

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