Jefferson College of Health Sciences Hosts Annual Be Exceptional Education Foundation Luncheon

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May 23, 2018
The Jefferson College of Health Sciences Education Foundation hosted the fourth annual Be Exceptional Luncheon on May 22, 2018 in the Ballroom at the Patrick Henry in downtown Roanoke. The guest speaker for the luncheon was Dr. Robert Trestman, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and Carilion Clinic Senior Vice President and Chair of Psychiatry. Approximately 160 friends and supporters, as well as students, faculty and staff of Jefferson College, filled the ballroom to celebrate the College and the recipients of the College’s annual alumni awards.

The Jefferson College Alumni Awards Program was created in 2015 to honor outstanding graduates with two awards, the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Recent Alumni Achievement Award. This year, the award categories expanded to also include the new Blue Healer Award and the Legacy Award.

The most prestigious award given by the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award is given to members of Jefferson College’s alumni body who have achieved national, regional, statewide, or local prominence either in their professional fields or through their involvement in civic, cultural, or charitable activities. The following were named the 2018 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards:

Marci Martin, PTA ‘01, Saber Healthcare-Director of Rehabilitation, Liberty Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center
Glen R. Mayhew, EHS ‘87, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Dean for Instructional Effectiveness
Kathy Sanders, ASN ‘85, Kissito Healthcare- Chief Nursing Officer
Susan M. Smith, BSN ‘03, Carilion Clinic, Director, Life-Guard

The Recent Alumni Achievement Award honors Jefferson College of Health Sciences graduates who, at the early stages of their career, have distinguished themselves and demonstrated promise of even greater achievement. These awards are given annually to graduates of the last ten years who have attained notable achievements in their field or endeavor. An alumnus/ae may receive this award only once and remains eligible for the Distinguished Alumni Award. The following were named 2018 recipients of the Recent Alumni Achievement Awards:

Amanda M. Allen, MSN ‘18, Carilion Children’s Hospital, Unit Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Jennifer Bath, MSN ‘10, Carilion Clinic - Clinical Nurse Specialist
Jacob J. Elias, DHSc ‘18, SpecialtyCare, Intraoperative Neurophysiology Clinical Manager
Alexandra J. Nassif, MS-PA ‘16, Velocity Care by Carilion Clinic, Physician Assistant

The Blue Healer Award, introduced in 2018, honors Jefferson College of Health Sciences graduates who embody the spirit of Jefferson College, and who have been inspirational to others overcoming adversity. The following was named recipient of the 2018 Blue Healer Award:

Kelly N. Berry, BS ‘15

The Legacy Award, introduced in 2018, celebrates our beginnings in 1982 through the present, and represents anticipation of continued growth and transition. This prestigious award is symbolic of the excellence in our alumni community throughout the history of our college, yesterday, today and in years to come.  The following alum was named the recipient of the 2018 Legacy Award:

Beth L. Gold, DIPL-Nursing ‘82, Frith, Anderson and Peake, Nurse Paralegal

About Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a private higher education institution that “prepares, within a scholarly environment, ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals.”  The College focuses on providing healthcare education and is a part of Carilion Clinic. Founded in 1914 as the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, Jefferson College now provides more than 1,100 students with opportunities to become part of the healthcare profession, serving communities from southwest Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The school’s graduates are building healthier tomorrows in our region and across the country every day. More information is available at