You are cordially invited to
Nurse of the Year - Oregon

DATE: Friday, June 5, 2020  |  Time: 8:30 AM
LOCATION: The Sentinel Hotel
ADDRESS: 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205


Join us as we honor nursing excellence and pay tribute to the tireless efforts of nurses throughout the community while also raising valuable funds for March of Dimes. Over the course of 10 to 12 weeks, nurses are nominated by colleagues, supervisors or the families they have served. At a culminating awards breakfast in June, we will celebrate the profession and recognize outstanding nurses in up to 18 diverse categories. For sponsorship information please contact Annie Flanigan at 971-270-2891.


Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.


Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present Nurse of the Year events. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event 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 the team that made this event possible.

2020 NOTY Co-chairs

Ashlee O'Meara MSN-NL, BS-Ed, RN, NPD-BC
Manager, Nursing Professional Practice & Development
Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center
Kathryn Vandewalle JD, MBA, BSN, RN
Chief Nurse Executive
Kaiser Westside Medical Center

Nominations/Selections Committee Members

Judy Geiger RN, BSN, MBA, NEA-BC
Vice President, Patient Care Services
Columbia Memorial Hospital
Lisa Ketchum MSN, RN, NE-BC
Director, Women & Children's Services
Salem Health
Melisa Smolik-Linnman MA, BSN
Therapy Account Manager for Oregon and Southwest Washington
Becky Mann MSN, RN, OCN
Senior Clinical Manager
Lora Horn BSN, MHA
Director of Women’s and Children
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Donald Wenzler DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Officer | Vice President, Patient Care Services
Mid Columbia Medical Center
Debbie Luttman, RN, MN, CENP
Chief Nursing Officer/Patient Care Administration
Shari Davis RN, MSN, MBA, CENP
Director, Women’s and Children’s Nursing Services
Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
Gretchen McCulloch MSN, RN
Senior Nursing Director, Women's and Neonatal Services
OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Kacy Dudrey MA, BSN, RN, OCN
Public Health Nurse Consultant
Oregon Health Authority

Keynote Speaker

Ruth Williams-Brinkley is the president, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. In this role, she oversees all of Kaiser Permanente’s care delivery and health plan operations in Oregon and markets in Vancouver and Longview/Kelso, Washington. She holds bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees from De Paul University, an honorary doctoral degree from Spaulding University, and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Williams-Brinkley has consistently appeared on Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare and Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare, and was named one of Becker’s Most Admired CEOs.