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.


Thank you to all nurses who participated!

2019 Nurse of the Year Finalists, PDF (45 KB)


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


With the leadership and support of our volunteer chairs and committee members, this event continues to honor nurses who are changing lives to make the future brighter for us all. After months of hard work by these volunteers, we’re honored to offer this 8th Nurse of the Year event in Kansas City, MO. March of Dimes and the moms and babies we support in communities like yours and across the country are so thankful for the generosity and hard work that makes this evening possible.

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
Julee Thompson - MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, CENP - Chief Nursing Executive, Mosaic LIfe Care
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, Inpatient Services, Liberty Hospital


March of Dimes celebrates nursing in the most meaningful way, through partnerships with hospitals, health care facilities, organizations, vendors and individuals. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for Nurse of the Year, providing community building, connection and engagement while honoring nurses. We look forward to discussing your partnership with March of Dimes.  Please contact Pam Kelley at 913-235-9851 or pkelley@marchofdimes.org for a customized sponsorship package.


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