Listee Features — Nursing


Backed by more than three decades in her field, Dr. Phyllis Jane Reeder, PhD, RN, has influenced multiple generations of students through her dedication to community health. From watching her aunt excel as a nurse, she wished to emulate her and sought a career in nursing in her own right. In 1960, she obtained a diploma from South Chicago Community Hospital and commenced her career as an intensive care unit and critical care unit staff nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois, holding the position from 1961 to 1975. Subsequently, Dr. Reeder earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Olivet Nazarene University in 1975. Moving into the next stage of her professional work, Dr. Reeder accepted an opportunity

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Backed by more than two decades of experience in health care, Dawn “Dee” Laster, RN, has combined her industry knowledge with her entrepreneurial spirit to forge an exceptional career. To prepare for her career, she earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 2006. She also holds key industry credentials, including a licensed practical nurse certification, which she earned at East Central Technical College in 2000. Furthermore, she is a licensed master cosmetologist and has completed coursework at Albany State University and the Albany Beauty Academy. Inspired to combine the beauty and health aspects of her profession as a nurse and skin care specialist, Ms. Laster officially spearheaded iCanDee Body Spa in Albany, Georgia, in

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Julia Rhodes


Julia Davis Rhodes, RN, was inspired early on to a career in nursing by a Ms. Sippel, the nurse who gave her vaccinations when she was 9 years old. Enthralled by how elegant the nurse looked in her uniform, Ms. Rhodes notes that this was the beginning of what would become a lifelong dream to be a nurse and work in surgery. Earning a diploma in nursing in 1964, she began her career that same year as an operating room nurse at Piedmont Metro Atlanta Hospital. In 1965, she achieved certification as a registered nurse and joined the Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, where she would go on to spend the next nearly 40 years before retiring as the team

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LeAnn Myers


Knowing she wanted to pursue a career in medicine from a young age, LeAnn Myers, MSN, RN, completed an allied health program while still in high school. Furthermore, during her senior year, she was deeply impacted by her aunt being in a car accident and witnessing the medical care her aunt received afterward, which cemented for Ms. Myers that she was on the right path. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Delaware County Community College in 2009 and began her career as a staff registered nurse with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that same year, eventually becoming the lead registered nurse by the time she left in 2013. During this time, she studied at West Chester University and

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Shakita Lewis


Shakita Randle Lewis was inspired to a career in home care by her father, who lived with diabetes for many years before his passing. Watching and helping her mother provide care for her father led to Ms. Lewis’ own passion for helping others. Having obtained a diploma from the Southwest Georgia Institute of Education in 2000, she decided to make the shift to health care and became certified as a CPR and first aid instructor and a certified nursing assistant. From 2007 to 2013, she worked as a certified nursing assistant in Albany, Georgia, working with the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in this capacity from 2008 to 2010. Subsequently, Ms. Lewis became a care manager with PruittHealth Home First in

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Dely Go


Dely Po Go, DNP, RN, LNHA, was inspired to a career in nursing out of a desire to care for her own family, particularly her parents and children. Born in the Philippines to father Tuana Go and mother Paquita Honda, she completed her early education at Silliman University in Dumaguete, Philippines, ultimately becoming licensed as a registered nurse and in nursing home administration and achieving a Master of Science in nursing. After she and her husband moved to the United States with their children, Harry and Hadele, Dr. Go sought to further her studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, from which she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice, summa cum laude, in 2012. Committed to nursing education and service, Dr. Go

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Doris Jones-Pilcher


Drawn to the field of health care by her desire to help others, Doris Jane Jones-Pilcher, ARNP, first earned an associate degree in nursing from the Immanuel School of Nursing in 1960. During this time, she was greatly influenced by one of her instructors, who was the only nurse practitioner at the school at the time, as well as by then director Kathleen Shimming. She began work as a staff nurse for Immanuel Hospital in 1960, a role that she subsequently held with the Aurora Medical Center in Wisconsin and the Weiss Memorial Hospital in Illinois between 1962 and 1965. Joining the Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Ms. Jones-Pilcher rose to become head nurse in 1969, the crisis intervention coordinator and

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Having always had an interest in surgery, Patricia A. M. Cardillo, RN, LPN, LNC, has dedicated herself to a career that allows her to help others. She began her career at the age of 16 as a certified nursing assistant and has since gone on to achieve certification as a registered nurse and a licensed practical nurse. Her nursing education has also included an associate degree from the Community College of Rhode Island, a bachelor’s degree in nursing and psychology from Rhode Island College, and certification as a legal nurse consultant. As a result of her extensive education, Ms. Cardillo has been able to utilize her wealth of knowledge to be an advocate for patients in various aspects of the

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Earning a master’s degree in 1997, Laure Jane Marino, DNP, has excelled as a nurse for many years and achieved a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the George Washington University in 2016. That same year, she became a clinical associate professor in the School of Nursing at West Virginia University, where she serves on several committees and task forces in addition to her primary work teaching. In addition to this role, she established The Concierge NP, LLC in 2017, a private practice based on the concierge nursing model. This allows Dr. Marino to meet with her patients outside of the traditional office or hospital setting, and she also offers a robust telehealth service. With considerable expertise in family practice, geriatrics,

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Judith Murray


Earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Northern Michigan University in 1977, Judith M. Murray, BSN, RN, began her career in the neurology unit at Ascension Borgess Hospital that same year. Subsequently, she worked in the medical intensive care unit at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital from 1978 to 1980. Furthering her skills, she has sought additional certifications over the years, including in peripherally inserted central catheter, chemotherapy, advanced and basic cardiac life support, and as a first aid trainer and certified institutional review board professional. In 1980, Ms. Murray joined Munson Medical Center, where she has excelled in a variety of roles ever since. From 1980 to 1983, Ms. Murray held positions in cardiac care, the cardiac

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