Ball State University nursing alumni who have made significant and exceptional contributions to the nursing profession through education, service, and community involvement are eligible. Anyone may nominate a candidate for the award. When the nomination is received, the nominee will be notified of the nomination and requested to complete a personal information form. To nominate a candidate for the Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award, please complete the information below. Submission are due annually by 1 December.

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Outstanding Nursing Alumni

Darcy Burthay,’84, National Managing Director for Ascension Health, and former Chief Nursing Officer/COO for St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, President and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Kathy Hutson,’92, Past president, Nursing Alumni Society; NAS Board of directors, 1993-2014; Registered Nurse, retired from St. Vincent Health Services.

Emerging Nursing Alumni Award

Jack Pugsley,’13,  Emergency Room nurse at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and volunteer.

Outstanding Nursing Alumni 2013 Award Recipient

Ball State Nursing alumni who have given exceptional service to the nursing profession through education, service, and community involvement are eligible for the prestigious Nursing Alumni Society Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award. 

The 2013 Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award went to Catherine A. (Conwell) Moniaci, BS79, Director of Patient Care Services, Shriners Hospital for Children, Houston, TX. The prestigious recognition took place at the annual Ball State Nursing Alumni Banquet, Saturday, April 27, at the Alumni Center. 

After marrying her college sweetheart, they moved to Texas and she began working at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, first as a staff nurse, and then as assistant head nurse in the medical/oncology unit. She remained at Hermann for 18 years, serving as unit director for the oncology area from 1991 – 1985. Then she transferred to the pediatric ICU/pediatric special care unit as nursing director through May, 1997.

Moniaci was named to her current position at the Shriners Hospital following a year as acting administrator, with responsibility for maintenance, engineering and safety of the hospital. Her role today includes that oversight in addition to the clinical areas of the hospital. She oversees operations for 14 patient care areas, and is responsible for budgeting, fiscal administration, Board reports and working with the chief of Staff to coordinate operations of outpatient clinics, OR, and the inpatient unit. She earned a master’s degree at Texas Women’s University in 1988. 

Moniaci is a member of the Texas Medical Center Quality Council, Houston Greater Houston Parnership Worksource, Texas Medical Center Council of Nurse Executives, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives and the Society of Pediatric Nurses, and holds the ANA Certification for Nursing Administration. 

She was recognized by the Houston Chronicle as one of the top, outstanding nurses for her dedication and caring at Shriners Hospital. Wearing several hats there, she has found that she enjoys the administrative tasks as well as care giving and nursing. 

“Two things make me come to work daily; in administration, I can make a difference. I love to see a process change and make what we do even better,” she told the Chronicle. “The other thing is seeing the absolute joy on faces of parents and patients as they achieve what they did not think might be possible, and are able to move on with their lives.”


Previous Recipients

 Bobbi Renee (Dowling) Eads, pictured with Alumni Society Immediate Past President Brandy Renz.  Damita J. (Hill) Williams, pictured with Alumni Society Immediate Past President Brandy Renz.

Right: Damita J. (Hill) Williams, pictured with Alumni Society Immediate Past President Brandy Renz.
Left: Bobbi Renee (Dowling) Eads, pictured with Alumni Society Immediate Past President Brandy Renz.

Damita J. (Hill) Williams, MSN, MA, RN, CPN, NE-BC, 1984, received BS in Nursing from Ball State University; 1997, MS in Nursing from St. Francis University in Nursing Administration; 2009, MA from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in Advanced Leadership Studies; and currently is pursuing Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership at IWU.  On 5 December 2011, Damita was named Vice President of Patient Care Services at Children’s Hospital of MI.  In September 2009, Clarian North Medical Center in Carmel, IN named Damita as Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services; prior to this appointment, she was Director, Riley Hospital for Children at Clarian North Medical Center and Resource.  Williams is affiliated with the Indiana State Board of Nursing and is a member of the Society of Pediatric Nursing, the Indiana and American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Indiana and National Black Nurses Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2007, she was recognized by the Indianapolis Star as a Salute to Nursing award nominee and is an expert reviewer for the Pediatric Nursing Journal.  She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse (ANCC) and Nurse Executive, Board Certified (ANCC). 

Bobbi Renee (Dowling) Eads, BS, RN,CWCN, COCN 1977, received BS in Nursing and 1974 earned a BS in Psychology from Ball State.  Bobbi is a wound/ostomy nurse at Community Hospital in Anderson, IN.  She is a board certified wound, ostomy, and continence care nurse.  Currently, Bobbi is the Clinical Manager for the Advanced Wound Care Center at Community Hospital.  Her nursing profession began at Community Hospital where she has held a variety of nursing positions, including staff nurse, nursing supervisor, assistant to director of nursing, rehabilitation nurse, and wound/ostomy nurse.  Bobbi has presented at national conferences.  Recognitions received were the 2011 Service Nursing Excellence Award; 1997 Dr. Tierney Excellence in Nursing Award, and 1984 Community Hospital Employee of the Year Award.  She is a member of the Wound/Ostomy/Continence Nursing Society, American Cancer Society Madison County, Community Hospital Foundation Board Member Secretary, and Allocations Committee Chairman.  Bobbi is a six year breast cancer survivor, co-chair for the Madison County Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and an annual presenter at the Bethany Christian Church Bereavement Support Group.

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