First Annual Education Awards Were a Success!

First Annual Education Awards Were a Success!

On August 25th, THEARI held our first annual Education Awards; as a virtual community event . Along with our event sponsors, St. Anthony Health Foundation, Donor Alliance, Anatomy in Clay, and Peer Assistance Services, we distributed $16,000 across 4 different award categories to 19 students, scholars, and healthcare professionals!  It was an energizing experience, and we are grateful to the partners and community members who sponsored, donated, and attended this special event. There were 54 people in attendance to recognize excellence and dedication in healthcare pathways. As a means of embracing diversity and addressing barriers, awardees may use funds to support educational pursuits in a manner they deem supportive.


We are proud to present to you the 2021 Education Award Recipients!

Kris R. Wenzel Memorial Education Award - Award supporting education to help nurses gain and keep certifi­cation in their ­field of nursing practice.

Shelly Mayo

Rochelle Staffieri

Jenica Berzoza

Cari Pettit


David Wheatley Memorial Award - Award supporting education for those with passions for oncology, healthcare ­finance, and coordinated care.

Nicole Fuqua

Jada Holloway

Jessica Fox

Brandi Akins


THEARI Board of Directors’ Honor Award/ honoring Lynn Lonzanida - Award supporting education for those with passions for healthcare careers.

Kelly Mandrell

Alexis Akins

Krysten Welsh

Angela Rutt

Armida Lara

Marcus Berry

Isabel Gutierrez

Binjil Mupo

Julie Schafer


Donor Alliance Distinguished Scholar Award - Award supporting students or employees with an interest in transplantation science and/or donor healthcare.

Nadya Andonov

Andrea Martinez



If you would like to join us in recognizing student program participants and scholars who have demonstrated commitment to their continued education and employment in healthcare pathways in the upcoming 2022 Education Awards, you can do so by donating to our scholarship fund. Text THEARIAWARDS to 44-321 or donate here.

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