You are cordially invited to
Nurse of the Year - Kansas and Greater Kansas City

DATE: Saturday, November 9, 2019  |  Time: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: The Marriott Hotel
ADDRESS: 200 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

For more information, please contact Pam Kelley at 913-235-9851.


The March of Dimes is honored to pay tribute to the nursing profession by recognizing extraordinary
nurses throughout the community. Nurse of the Year events honor those who make a
difference in the lives of so many. Nominate an outstanding nurse beginning April 23!!


Click here for the 22 categories and descriptions for the 2019 Nurse of the Year!


Thanks to the leadership of our Chair, Eva Karp, Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical and Patient Safety Officer at Cerner and the steering committee members listed below. These volunteers are taking the Nurse of the Year Awards to new heights, honoring more nurses than ever before. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of these dedicated steering committee members.

Eva Karp, DHA, MBA, RN-BC, FACHE - Senior Vice President, chief Clinical and Patient Safety Officer at Cerner Corporation

Steering Committee Members

Cheri Hunt - MHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC - Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Children’s Mercy
Dr. Thad Wilson - RN, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP - President of Research College of Nursing
Sarah Oakley - MSN, RN, NEA-BC - Vice President & Chief Nursing Offier, North Kansas City Hospital
Debbie Wilson - MSN, RN, MSA, NEA-BC - Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
Amy Peters - BSN, MBA, RN - Chief Nursing Officer, Truman Medical Center
Chris Ruder - MS, RN, NEA-BC - Chief Operating Office Kansas City Division, The University of Kansas Health System
Rachel Pepper - DNP, RN, NEA-BC - Chief Nursing Officer Kansas City Division of the University of Kansas Health System
Peggy O'Toole - MSN, APRN, NEA-BC - Administrative Director of Professional Advancement, Shawnee Mission Health
Carol Perry - MSM, BSN, RN, FACHE - Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Stormont-Vail Health
Joanie Peterson - RN, MSN, JD - Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer, Liberty Hospital
Jennifer Koepke - RN, MHSA, CPHQ - Vice President Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer, Western Missouri Medical Center
Susie Krug - MHA, BSN, RN - Chief Nursing Officer, Saint Luke's East Hospital
Terry Siek - MSN, RN, NEA-BC - Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Hays Medical Center
Ryan Fischer - Vice President of Business Development, Tutera Senior Living & Healthcare
Catherine Bonderer - BSN, RNC-OB, NE-BC - Senior Director, Mother, Child Services, North Kansas City Hospital
Jacque Davis - RN, MSN, NE-BC - Director of the Medical/Surgical Department at Liberty Hospital


Through partnership with companies, organizations and individuals the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for our clients, vendors and leadership teams to participate in a special evening, while supporting an important cause.  Sponsorship opportunities are available in a variety of levels for our Nurse of the Year event providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and and exclusive entertainment opportunity within the event. 

We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes.  For sponsorship information please contact Pam Kelley at 913-235-9851. 


Since 2011 the March of Dimes have been honoring nurses in Kansas and the Greater Kansas City area.  The Nurse of the Year Awards has raised more than $850,000 since 2011!

In 2018:
-- 600 Nurse of the Year Award Gala attendees  
-- 780 Nurses nominated from 43 different facilities
-- 22 Award Winners selected from 111 Nurse Finalists
-- $160,000 raised in 2018 support the March of Dimes Mission