Partners in Nursing (PIN)
2017 Cedar Crest College Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award
Award for Transformational Leadership
Donna Sullivan Havens ‘81, PhD, RN, FAAN
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. Havens is a tenured professor at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has received multiple honors throughout her career. In 2012, she received the Pennsylvania Nightingale Award for Research Excellence, and in 2015 she was the recipient of the Inaugural Visionary Pioneer Award from the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing. Earlier this year, she received the UNC at Chapel Hill SON Alumni Association President’s Award, and in July 2017 she will be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in Dublin, Ireland.
Dr. Havens is also a visiting professor at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s College in London and the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto in Canada. She is involved with a number of prestigious organizations, in which she serves as a board member, chair, and/or expert.
Award for Clinical Practice
Ramon “Ernie” Deeb ‘85, CRNA
Certified Nurse Anesthetist
Lehigh Valley Anesthesia Services
Deeb has been a registered nurse for 32 years and a CRNA for 26. In addition to working full time for Lehigh Valley Anesthesia Services, he is also a site coordinator for the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Einstein Medical Center, and is a dedicated mentor and preceptor for students in Cedar Crest’s nursing program.
Over the past seven years, Deeb has personally raised more than $100,000 for charity, which he has donated in the names of others. Past recipients include the Lehigh Valley Health Network Pediatric Cancer Center and the Lehigh Valley Health Network Children’s Surgery Center. He has also funded the purchase of two police dogs for local departments.
Notable Graduate of the Last Decade
Andrew S. Martin ’12, MSN, RN
Corporate Clinical Risk Manager
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
Martin received a diploma for the Reading Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kutztown University and a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Administration from Cedar Crest College.
Martin’s career accomplishments include serving as the director of emergency services of an emergency department and the emergency department specialty float pool, the director of operations of an aeromedical transport program which was able to obtain CAMTS accreditation under his leadership, the director of the sexual assault forensic examiner program and his current position as the cooperate clinical risk manager for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. Prior to transitioning to clinical leadership, Martin held nursing positions in both the intensive care unit and emergency department.
Martin also served as the primary investigator of a research study evaluating the influence a nurse’s attitude and experience had on their ability to accurately apply triage criteria in an emergency department setting. This research study was published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing. Based on these efforts, Martin was the recipient of the Nursing Research and Quality Award for the Promotion of New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvement. He also belongs to the American Society for Healthcare Risk Managers and previously held certification as a Certified Emergency Nurse, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown.
Spirit of Compassion Award
Lora Steffie ‘99, BSN, RN, IBCLC
Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Center at Children’s HealthCare
Steffie is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and currently serves as the director of the Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Center at Children’s HealthCare, the area’s first nationally recognized breastfeeding center. Steffie also started the “Milk and Coffee Support Group - a New Mom's Group”, which meets weekly. Prior to her current position, Steffe was a Mother Baby Resource Nurse with St. Luke’s University Health Network. This June, she received her Master’s degree from Drexel University to become a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.
Throughout her career, Steffie has received numerous awards, including the St. Luke’s Nursing Excellence Award. In 2012, she was named among the “Who’s Who in Nursing”.
2017 Pinning Ceremony and Distinguished Nursing Alumni Awards Pictures