2017 Award Recipients

Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award

This award honors midwifery's "unsung heroes" who have demonstrated pioneering vision and innovative leadership. Award winners are exceptional CNMs or CMs who are members of ACNM, have been certified for at least 10 years, and have not previously received the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award. The Lang Award is aptly named for Dorothea M. Lang, CNM, MPH, FACNM - past-president of ACNM and the A.C.N.M. Foundation, whose visionary leadership has advanced the profession of midwifery in countless ways.

Rosemary J. Mann, CNM, MSN, JD, PhD
Susan J. Leibel, MSN, MPH

Louis M. Hellman Midwifery Partnership Award

John W. Larsen, Jr. MD, George Washington University

Therese Dondero Memorial Lecture

Timothy R.B. Johnson, Jr., MD, FACOG

Bonnie Westenberg Pedersen International Midwife Award

Not awarded in 2017; to be given again in 2018.

Jeanne Raisler Award for International Midwifery

Jennifer Neczypor, RN, SNM, Vanderbilt University

A.C.N.M. Foundation Graduate Education Fellowship

Karen Trister Grace, PhDc, MSN, CNM, Johns Hopkins University SON
Carrington-Hsia-Nieves Doctoral Scholarship for Midwives of Color
Venay Uecke, CNM, MSN University of New Mexico (Fall 2016)

W. Newton Long Award

Adria Goodness, MN, CNM, PMHNP-BC
Michelle Collins, CNM, PhD, FACNM
Wreatha Carner, CNM, MN, DNP

Varney Participant Award

Paris Maloof-Bury, SNM (Frontier Nursing University)
Heidi Carter, SNM (Frontier Nursing University)

Basic Midwifery Scholarships

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health Care Scholarship

Heidi Carter, SNM (Frontier Nursing University)

Midwives of Color-Watson Scholarship

Jeanine Valrie-Logan, SNM (Frontier Nursing University)
Karen Ojeda, SNM (Frontier Nursing University) 
Tenzing Sherpa, SNM (Case Western Reserve University)

The Edith B. Wonnell CNM Scholarship

Mari Upshaw, SNM (University of New Mexico)

Christine Nuger CNM Memorial Scholarship

Rebecca Palmer, SNM (Vanderbilt University)

A.C.N.M. Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Kathryn Dirks, SNM (Emory University) 
Christine Higgins, SNM (Emory University) 
Chloe Campbell, SN (SUNY Downstate- Direct Entry)

Midwifery Legacies Project 20th Century Student Interview Awards

1st Place: Rebecca Palmer, SNM (Vanderbilt University)
2nd Place : Phoebe Lithgow, SNM (University of Pennsylvania)
3rd Place: Jennifer Neczypor, SNM (Vanderbilt University)

Honorable Mention:

Katherine Tan, SNM (Vanderbilt)
Rebecca Smiddy, SNM (Georgetown)
Rebekah Randall, SNM (Texas Tech)
Alexandra Speros, SNM (Vanderbilt)

Thacher Community Grants*

Kelly Roberts, CNM, MSN (Fall, 2016)
Erin Morelli, CNM, MSN (Fall, 2016)

Thacher-MBN Leadership Development Awards** (Fall 2016)

Mary Lou Kopas, CNM, MN
Darlaine Laviolette, CNM, MSN
Erin McMahon, CNM, MSN, EdD
Jennifer Steir, CNM, MSN
C. Nichole Wardlaw, CNM, MSEd, MSN

Texas Midwifery Creation Scholarship

Lauren Olvera, SNM (Baylor) - In memory of Nivia Nieves Fisch, CNM, FACNM 
Rebekah Randall, SNM (TX Tech) - In honor of Sr. Angela Murdaugh, CNM, FACNM

The A.C.N.M. Foundation Staff Appreciation Award

Ashley West, ACNM Communication and Marketing Specialist

* Supported by the Frances T. Thacher Midwifery Leadership Endowment

** Supported by the Frances T. Thacher Midwifery Leadership Endowment with matching funds from the Midwifery Business Network (MBN).

rev 07/17