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District honorees.

District One

Martha Dukes Kral, received her BSN from Clemson University, then graduated from the Anesthesia for Nurses Program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She must have realized Georgia would be best for her in 1983. She presently works as an independent contractor CRNS in multiple facilities in the Savannah area.

She has been very active in the Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthesia and served as President and now as Vice President in 2006. She does have some time for GNA and has served as an alternate delegate to GNA Conventions for the last two years.

District Three

Peggy Batastini recently retired from Columbus State University (SON). She was convention co-chair for 2005; she is treasurer for District 3, and she is a long-time member of GNA and GSNA. Her specialty is pediatric oncology.

District Ten

Sharon Vincent has served as 10th District President and accomplished much during her tenure. Perhaps all districts should be in awe of the Spirit of Nursing Showcase the Augusta area has during Nurse Week, and Sharon co-chaired that event for two years. Sharon met with the VP of patient care of University, VA, MCG, Doctor's and St. Josephs to discuss what could be done to facilitate the transition from nursing student to graduate nurse. This resulted in the development of a seminar for new grads, titled "From Dream to Reality: The Nurse in the Mirror." The seminar was supported by all of the local hospitals and offered twice in 2002. She also presented this idea to districts at the District Assembly as an illustration of GNA and service agencies working together. This is just one illustration of Sharon's innovated ideas.

District Eleven

If you attended last year's GNA Convention in Athens, you can thank Holly Philpot for organizing the vendors for the Arts and Eats fun night event. She certainly demonstrated creativity.

On the serious side, she participates in political activities for nurse practitioners' right to write prescriptions. She is Program Director for District 11, and coordinated the 2005 nurse of the year banquet in Athens. Her community projects include organizing NPs to provide B/P screening at local flea market as well as MMse screenings at the Alzheimer's association memory walk in 2005.

She works full-time as the first NP at Athens Neurological Associates, focusing on patient education and prevention strategies. If that is not impressive enough she graduated Suma Cum Laude from Masters Program at MCG SONAT and Cum Laude from Augusta.

District Fourteen

Evelyn S. Henderson graduated from Georgia College School of Nursing and has worked at Central State Hospital for 28 years.

She has held several offices and has worked tirelessly in the district since joining GNA. She has not only worked diligently to recruit members to GNA, but has influenced several members of her family to pursue nursing careers. This includes her daughter, three nieces and her sister-in-law.

District 14 is honored to recognize the work of this wonderful and talented nurse.

District Seventeen

No one in GNA has worked harder than Jill Williams in her role as bylaws Chair and deserves this honor.

Jill exemplifies the professional active nurse through her day-to-day involvement at her workplace and in her community as well as her leadership roles in GNA. She volunteers a period of her time every month to staff a volunteer community health clinic in Warner Robins, sponsored by the Houston Medical Center and serves her hospital as a BLS instructor. In her spare time, she has enrolled in a Masters in Administration Program at Georgia College and State University.

District Eighteen

Dr. Teresita "Marie" Smith is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from MCG BSN program, MSN Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, and PhD in Nursing from MCG. She is currently a faculty member in the School of Nursing at Georgia Southern University.

She is being honored for her active membership in GNA. She has served as secretary/treasurer, treasurer, and convention delegate from her district. Maria has volunteered as a Family Nurse Practitioner on two medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic and then shared her experiences at District 18 and BSN/RN-BSN students. Dr. Smith is an active member with other nursing organizations including the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners. Her community service activities include developing and offering tobacco prevention program for a Boys and Girls Club.

District Twenty-one

Lisa Dickerson has a busy professional life as a full time staff nurse at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick and a part-time clinical instructional assistant at Coastal Georgia Community College. She serves on several committees and advisory boards in her community. She graduated in 2000 with an ADN and a BSN in 2002.

Lisa is currently the President of District 21. She has set many goals for her district that include staffing the indigent clinic with volunteer nurses and planning continuing education programs and keeping members informed on legislative issue. She has been awarded the Florence Nightingale Award for 2005-2006 by her district and the 2004 Nurse of the Year award by her employer, Southeast Georgia Health System.
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