The following graduates from the College of Nursing have been recognized by their peers for having accomplished great success in both their professional careers and their community volunteer activities. Congratulations to all of this year's winners!
Distinguished Alumna Award
Cynthia Moore-Hardy, FACHE
Cynthia Moore-Hardy is president and CEO of Lake Health, the only independent community based health care system in northeast Ohio, where she has worked in leadership roles since 1988. Her career achievements include opening TriPoint Medical Center in 2009, the first new hospital in the Greater Cleveland area in almost 30 years.
During 2016, Moore-Hardy served as chair of the Ohio Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and currently serves as immediate past chair. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Hospital Association.
Moore-Hardy’s many recognitions include the Ohio Hospital Association’s 2017 James R. Castle Distinguished Service Award, being inducted into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame in 2016, Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare; American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award; VNA Distinguished Woman in Healthcare; Inside Business Power 100 list; Crain’s Cleveland Business Woman of Note; Leadership Lake County Leader of the Year Award; Cleveland State University’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Nance School of Business; and the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Moore-Hardy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Cleveland State University.
Community Service Award
Janet Harvey Hussong, MSN, CFNP, CPNP
Janet Harvey Hussong is retired from a 44-year career as a full-time nurse educator and nurse practitioner. Her career focus has been community/public health nursing in a variety of settings and communities. She graduated from The Ohio State University School of Nursing in 1962 and completed her Master of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 1967. She completed her nurse practitioner course work in 1974 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. These educational experiences have made it possible for her to teach nurses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; teach physicians in the Family Practice Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison; upgrade the skills of public health nurses in the City of Milwaukee Health Department; collaborate in private practice with family practice physicians, and practice as a nurse practitioner in child health and adolescent centers, Public Health Dayton and the Montgomery County Health Department.
Her career has been an intertwining of teaching, clinical practice, and volunteer efforts to promote quality nursing care to all populations. Her first experience as a nurse, in a small mission hospital in New Mexico, challenged her to understand cultural differences and the importance of culturally-sensitive health care.
While a nurse practitioner in a free clinic in Milwaukee, she met newly-arrived Hmong refugees from Laos. Language barriers, lack of exposure to western medical practices, and other cultural factors led her to spend the next 13 years helping to resettle, educate, and advocate for them.
Upon returning to Ohio, she practiced as a pediatric nurse Practitioner in child health clinics and an adolescent center, and became a part of a grandparent coalition through the Wright State University Center for Healthy Communities to participate in developing programs to assist grandparents raising grandchildren.
Distinguished Recent Alumnus Award
Stephen J. Roller, DHA, APRN, FNP-C, CENP, FAANP
BSN '07, MS '09
Dr. Stephen Roller received his Doctorate of Healthcare Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2016 and his Masters of Science in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at The Ohio State University in 2009. He received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University in 2007. Roller has focused much of his career on working in underserved areas to provide accessible, high-quality healthcare to those in need. He serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Clinical Officer at Primary Health Solutions, a large Federally-Qualified Health Center in southwest Ohio. Primary Health Solutions provides comprehensive, integrated care that reaches over 30,000 patients.
Roller became passionate about community health centers during his Family Nurse Practitioner training at The Ohio State University. Upon graduation, he started with Primary Health Solutions as a direct care provider and has been a member of the team ever since.
Roller currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Growing Well – Cincinnati, was recently awarded the Nursing Excellence Award in Leadership from Interact for Change, and received Fellow status from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2017.
Mildred E. Newton Distinguished Educator Award
Colleen S. Keller, PhD, RN-C, FNP, FAHA, FAAN
Colleen Keller is a Regent’s Professor, Foundation Professor in Women’s Health, and Director of the Center on Healthy Outcomes in Aging at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing & Health Innovation. She is a Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, and practices in women’s health with the District Medical
Group in Phoenix. She has received the Mentor Award from the Global Caring Nurses Foundation, the Regional Geriatric Research Award, Western Institute of Nursing, and the Distinguished Researcher, March of Dimes, Phoenix, AZ, is a Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice, and Fellow, American Heart Association and American Academy of Nursing.
She has been funded by NIH/NINR with several R mechanisms, HRSA funded with four training awards, twice by Hartford for Geriatric Leadership Development, Geriatric Advanced Practice Nursing. She served as Director, Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and as CO-Director of a Health Disparities T3: Transdisciplinary Training in Health Disparities. She was Co-Investigator/ Co-Director of National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health funded by the Office of Women’s Health, and received funding from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, and as an American Nurses Foundation Scholar.
Her research concerning weight management and cardiovascular risk reduction in women spans 20 years. She is currently co-investigator on an award from the Office of Women’s Health on prevention of female genital cutting and supervises predoctoral and post-doctoral students.