2018 Nurses of Influence Banquet Award Recipients

2018 Nurses of Influence Banquet Award Recipients

We are proud to present six awards to outstanding graduates and other exceptional individuals in the greater nursing community.  Congratulations to all our award winners and thank you for all of you hard work and dedication in improving health and making a lasting impact in our local and global community.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Pam Cipriano

This award recognizes a UW School of Nursing graduate whose career in nursing exemplifies excellence in clinical practice, leadership in professional organizations, outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the community. Only graduates of the UW School of Nursing are eligible for this award. This year we had two awardees.

Pamela Cipriano, ‘81, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN 

Pamela currently serves as President of the American Nurses Association, representing the interests of the nation’s largest nurses organization and 3.6 million registered nurses. She has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers and in faculty and leadership positions and is recognized internationally and nationally for her advocacy for health care quality.

“I want nurses to be ‘top of mind’ when anyone wants to address an issue or find the answer to a healthcare challenge. If successful, my legacy will be that nurses don’t need to ask to be invited into the conversation, but instead, others insist that nurses are involved or the dialogue cannot go forward,” said Cipriano.

Karalee Hatch Sutterlin, ’80, BSN, RN

Karalee Hutch Sutterlin

Karalee is a retired U.S. Army nurse who served as an active duty nurse for 11 years plus nine years in the Army Reserve. She has recently practiced her nursing skills in another somewhat unconventional workplace: aboard Mercy Ships’ Africa Mercy, the world’s largest nongovernmental hospital ship. She assists with all kinds of life-changing procedures, including cataract surgery. She treats individuals suffering from huge, disfiguring facial tumors and parents with children who have cleft palates or severe bowlegs come seeking treatment for debilitating conditions that are often easily fixable where there is medical care.

“I hope I can inspire others to acknowledge how they have been blessed. As nurses, your gifts and talents can be to provide service and hope to the poor. Then you will discover the joys, smiles and gratitudes that result in life changing experiences as l have. One will never forget them,” said Sutterlin.



Betty Bekemeier

Distinguished Researcher Award

This award recognizes an individual whose research, professional achievements and cumulative contributions have brought personal distinction, enhanced the profession, improved the welfare of the general public and brought honor and prestige to their field.

Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Betty is exceptional in her program of research, interdisciplinary collaborations, community collaborations, and working with our DNP and PhD students. Over the past year, Betty’s research and leadership have advanced public health systems through Public Health Practice-based Research Networks (PBRN), Best start for Kids, and the Public Health Activities & Services Tracking (PHAST) Study, an ongoing multi-state study to generate data and evidence for examining the health outcomes associated with public health services and systems.

“Don’t be satisfied with being a “caring nurse” expand your notion of “caring” to one of caring to change the broken systems that undermine people’s health and to create healthy environments where everyone lives to their fullest potential,” said Bekemeier.

 Distinguished Practitioner Award

This award honors a nurse who demonstrates excellence in nursing care, serves as an advocate for patients, families and/or communities, makes a recognizable difference through their practice and embodies the essence of the nursing profession.

Sarah Rawlins

Sarah Rawlins, RN, BSN, MPA

Sarah owes her professional development in nursing to Harborview Medical Center which has served as her home base for the past 14 years. In 2011 she graduated with her MPH from the University of Washington Department of Global Health and then went on to complete a Diploma in Tropical Nursing in the UK. She has worked as a nurse in over 10 countries and has completed two missions with Doctors without Borders/MSF. She has developed training programs for nurses in Haiti, Uganda, South Sudan, and Bangladesh, has worked in sexual gender-based violence in Honduras, and has worked as a clinical instructor for prospective nursing students in the Seattle Medical Careers Program. She is currently helping to support the work of Medical Teams International in Bangladesh as they respond to the Rohingya refugee crisis.”

“Find what makes you alive, what gets you out of bed in the morning and pursue that with everything you have. Seek out people who inspire you, who are doing what you want to be doing and ask them to mentor you. Prepare yourself to be uncomfortable; to get in over your head and to take risks and do not let fear keep you from pursuing any of the above,” said Rawlins.

Carolyn Chow

Distinguished Diversity Advocate Award

This award honors a nurse who advocates for the needs of underrepresented populations and communities, encourages dialogue and reflection regarding societal power imbalances; and demonstrates leadership in promoting diversity in nursing.

Carolyn Chow, MA

Carolyn serves as Director of Admissions & Student Diversity for the UW School of Nursing. She has been a tremendous supporter and promoter of increasing diversity among nursing, particularly for the School’s student body. Her leadership and accomplishments in advocacy of diversity has elevated the UW School of Nursing to national prominence with regard to being a model for how a nursing school can actualize its value for diversity, equity, and inclusion; and integrate best practices that result in successful recruitment, matriculation, progression, and graduation of students of color and from underrepresented groups. As a result of her deep commitment to diversity, the UW School of Nursing has been recognized with awards both locally and nationally for its diversity work.

“While there are times that I may feel the road to promoting equity and inclusion in health and in higher education can feel really dauntingly full of systematic and institutional obstacles, I as an individual, can always reflect and focus on what my privileges are and that I can use that knowledge to enact positive inertia systematically and interpersonally,” said Chow.

Distinguished Advocate, Administrator, Leader

This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in nursing advocacy, patient advocacy, administration and leadership; serves as a champion for the nursing profession, actively seeks to improve nursing management, administration and goes above and beyond across the nursing practice continuum.

Barbara Trehearne

Barbara Trehearne, PhD, RN

Barbara has been Chief Nursing Officer for three decades and additionally serves as Vice president of Primary Care and former Vice President of Clinical Excellence and Nursing at Kaiser Permanente/Group Health (KP/GH). Last year, Barbara was appointed one of the School of Nursing’s Honorary Assistant Deans of Clinical Practice in recognition of her significant role in the School of Nursing and our community. Barbara is well known locally, regionally and nationally for her outstanding leadership in clinical excellence, quality, service, and patient safety. In addition, she lectures, leads seminar discussions and provide cutting-edge perspectives about real-world clinical and administrative successes and dilemmas for both our UW undergraduate and doctoral students. She is a powerhouse nurse leader and educator who never stops opening doors while simultaneously reaching back to pull through the next generation of nurse leaders with her.

“Be bold, be persistent, be clear about nursing and why it matters, speak truth to power,” said Trehearne.

Peter Dyer Heart of Nursing Award

The award acknowledges an individual or group who embodies the ideals of the UW School of Nursing and whose leadership, dedication, and contributions reflect an ongoing commitment to advance the nursing profession. This award was created in honor and memory of Peter Dyer – nursing advocate, donor, and friend.

Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization

Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization

Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization. The Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization was first founded in 1949 by Anne Foy Baker and twelve other Seattle nurses. The organization was first named the Mary Mahoney Registered Nurse Club. Ms. Baker invited twelve registered nurses to a meeting in her home to meet one another and discuss the idea of establishing a professional organization. Under her leadership, the organization was created with a two-fold mission: First to provide information and support for each other and the community; and secondly, to provide scholarship support to students pursuing education and careers in nursing.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Doris Carnevali



Doris has spent her career helping patients with terminal diseases and aging. She has written several textbooks, including The Cancer Experience. At age 94, Doris launched a blog called Engaging with Aging, to help others deal with aging. Through her blog, she discusses health care, finances, friends, death and other concerns and joys that come with getting older.

“Everyone has spheres of influence for which they bear some degree of responsibility. It’s important to be aware of them (smallest to largest) and use one’s resources appropriately,” said Carnevali.